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Mr Robert Jelly

Director of Education, Chartered Institute of Management Accountants
Member of Advisory Board


Robert Jelly was born in Scotland in 1951. He studied Accounting and Economics at the University of Strathclyde Glasgow and graduated in 1972, gaining a 1st Prize in Accounting.

On leaving university, he worked for Touche Ross (now Deloitte) as a trainee Chartered Accountant, and was admitted as a member of The Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland in 1975. A long career in Higher Education was preceded by work with ICI plc as a Management Accountant in Grangemouth, Scotland.

Prior to joining CIMA, Robert was Head of Dundee Business School, where his teaching focused on Management Accounting and Financial Management, and his research on Accounting for Brands. He was awarded an MBA from the University of Edinburgh in 1986. His consultancy activity while at the Business School included work for the Central Bank of Mauritius and a United Nations sponsored project in Lesotho.

Robert joined CIMA in January 2000, and as Director of Education, has world-wide responsibility for maintaining the relevance and differentiation of the CIMA qualification, currently studies by over 90,000 students worldwide and for the life long learning of CIMA’s 70,000 Members. Robert is also a director of CIMA Enterprise Limited - CIMA’s commercial operations, with particular responsibility for CIMA’s publishing and courses and conferences activities.

In his role as CIMA’s Director of Education, Robert has been appointed to three exciting roles in the last three years: as Visiting Professor of Accounting, at the University of Geneva, Switzerland, and teaches on a MBA programme designed for staff working for the international agencies based in Geneva; UK Technical Adviser to the International Accounting Education Standards Board based in New York - and in October of 2006, was appointed as an Adjunct Professor in the Business & Law Faculty, Deakin University, Melbourne, Australia.

Robert, who was awarded an honorary doctorate from Kingston University, London, for his “outstanding contribution to accounting and management education” at a graduation ceremony held at the Barbican on 17 January 2007, is based at CIMA’s international HQ in London, lives in Surrey, England.

He has three children, Susan (now living and working in Cape Town, South Africa) Ewan, living and working in Scotland and Colleen who is secondary teacher training in Scotland.

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