The Board of Directors is the governing body of CPA Australia. The Board independently and objectively assesses the organisation's decisions, and oversees the performance and activities of management.

The Board is responsible for a number of decisions including:

  • setting and approving the organisation's strategy, direction and financial objectives
  • appointing the president and deputy-presidents
  • approving financial statements
  • evaluating of the CEO's performance
  • making and amending By-Laws and other regulations

The Board of Directors is appointed by the Representative Council.

All directors are nominated and elected to the Board for three-year terms.

Board of Directors

Graeme Wade FCPAGraeme Wade FCPA
Director, President and Chairman of the Board
BBus (Acc)

Graeme Wade has operated at partner level in public practice for more than twenty-five years. He holds a number of non-executive directorships and has consulted widely across the private sector, specialising in mergers and acquisitions and the agribusiness sector. Graeme has also provided advice to the Australian Government for many years.

Graeme has served on the Victorian Divisional Council and was President of that division. He was appointed a Board Director in 2006 and was elected as Deputy President in 2011. He is a past Chair of the Policy Governance and Audit and Risk Committees. He is the current Chair of the Finance Committee.

Tyrone Carlin FCPA Tyrone Carlin FCPA
Director, Deputy President
BCom, LLB (Hons), MCom (Hons), LLM, PhD

Tyrone Carlin is Deputy Vice Chancellor (Registrar) and Professor of Financial Regulation and Reporting at the University of Sydney. He has served in a number of senior leadership positions within the Australian higher education sector.

Tyrone was appointed a Board Director in 2011 and is currently a member of the Policy Governance Committee. He was a member and Chair of the International Advisory Committee from 2007 to 2011, a New South Wales Divisional Councillor and a member of the Representative Council from 2009 to 2011.

Peter Dowling FCPAPeter Dowling AM FCPA
Director, Deputy President

Peter Dowling holds a number of directorships in the finance, insurance, health and technology sectors. He is also Chair or Member of the Audit and Risk Committees for several major government organisations. 

Peter is a former partner of international accounting firm Ernst & Young in the Tax and Business Advisory area. He is a Member of the Order of Australia and a Centenary of Federation Medal recipient for services to accounting and the community. He is also the Queensland Honorary Consul for Botswana. 

Peter was appointed a Board Director in 2010. He is a past Chair of the Policy Governance Committee and is currently the Chair of the Audit & Risk Committee.

Penny Egan FCPAPenny Egan FCPA
Director, Immediate Past President
BBus (Acc), GAICD

Penny Egan is the Chief Executive Officer of Cancer Council Tasmania. She is the former CFO of the Department of Health and Human Services in Tasmania and the CFO of Forestry Tasmania. She has had more than twenty years' experience in industry and commerce, principally within the forestry industry. 

Penny has served on the Tasmanian Divisional Council and was President of that division. Penny was appointed a Board Director in 2005 and was elected as Deputy President in 2010 and held that position until 2012. She is a former Chair of the Audit and Risk and Finance Committees and currently serves on the Nomination and Remuneration Committee.

Richard AlstonRichard Alston AO

Richard Alston is Chairman of AMEX Ltd, a listed Australian resources company, a member of the international advisory board of London based hedge fund CQS LLP, Chairman of the China based Waratah Group, a director of CQS Investment Management (Australia) Pty Ltd, Nanuk Asset Management Pty Ltd, Balmoral Gardens Pty Ltd, and Chairman of the advisory board of an international alliance between Monash (Australia) and Warwick (UK) Universities.

Since 2004 he has been an Adjunct Professor in the Business School at Bond University, Queensland. His previous positions have included non executive chairman and director of a number of listed public and private companies both in Australia and overseas, as well as a member of the national executive of the Australia China Business Council.

From March 1996 to October 2003 he was Minister for Communications, Information Technology and the Arts in the Australian Federal Parliament and from 2005-08 he was Australian High Commissioner (Ambassador) to the United Kingdom.

Richard was appointed a director in 2014 and serves on the Nomination and Remuneration Committee.

Jim Dickson FCPAJim Dickson FCPA 

Jim Dickson has vast experience and interest in supporting the accountancy profession and its development, both in Australia and internationally, including working with international, regional and national accountancy bodies. He is Chair of the International Federation of Accountants' (IFAC) Compliance Advisory Panel and a longstanding advocate for monitoring and improving the standards of the profession globally.

Jim was appointed a Board Director in 2010. He is currently a member of the Policy Governance and the Nomination and Remuneration Committees. He also represents CPA Australia with the ASEAN Federation of Accountants.

Michele DolinMichele Dolin FCPA

Michele Dolin holds directorships and chairs audit and risk committees in the superannuation, insurance and university sectors. Her career has been in the finance sector and covers banking, superannuation, insurance, wealth management and funds management.

Michele was appointed a Board Director in 2014. She is a member of the Policy Governance Committee.

Tim EbbeckTim Ebbeck FCPA


Tim Ebbeck is Managing Director, Australia and New Zealand of Oracle Corporation. Prior to this role, he was Chief Commercial Officer of NBN Co and has over 30 years’ experience in commerce in a range of industries and roles.

Tim was previously CEO of SAP in Australia New Zealand, and between 2008 and 2012 he lead the SAP business to its four largest years ever, including successes in all major industry segments and enabling some of the largest business transformations ever undertaken in Australia and New Zealand.

Tim is a member the Business Council of Australia (BCA). He has been a member of the BCA’s Sustainable Growth Taskforce and was also an inaugural BCA Women C-Suite Mentor. His thought leadership focus includes many public speaking engagements including addressing the Commonwealth Business Forum in Perth in 2011.

Tim is a member of the Board of Trustees of the Powerhouse Museum and Chair of the Finance sub-Committee.

Tim was appointed a Board Director in 2013 and serves on the Policy Governance Committee.

Deborah Ong FCPADeborah Ong FCPA

BAcc (Hons), FCA (Singapore)

Deborah Ong is Partner, Risk and Quality Leader in PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) Singapore. She was previously the Firm’s Human Capital Partner.

Deborah has over twenty years of public accounting experience providing audit and advisory services to local and US-listed, multinational companies and Singapore Statutory Boards. She is currently the lead partner for a portfolio of the firm’s largest clients.

Deborah is Deputy Chairman of National Parks Board and Ngee Ann Polytechnic Council, and is chair of its Audit Committees. In addition, as a member of the Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine Governing Board, she chairs the Audit and Risk Committee. She has been recently appointed to the Singapore Accountancy Commission.

Deborah was appointed a Board Director in 2013 and serves on the Audit and Risk Committee. She has been a member of the Singapore Divisional Council since 2009 and was President of that division in 2011 and 2012. She has also served as a member of the Representative Council in 2011 and 2012, and was a member of the Professional Qualifications Advisory Committee from 2009 to 2013.

Richard Petty FCPARichard Petty FCPA
BBus (Hons, 1st Class, University Medal), MCom (Hons), PhD

Richard Petty is Professor of Management (Accounting and Finance) and Executive Director International at Macquarie Graduate School of Management. He is Chairman of the Australian Chamber of Commerce Hong Kong & Macau, and Chairman or Director of several other companies. 

Richard has been involved in the establishment, management and sale of a range of businesses. He started practice with Ernst & Young. He is author or co-author of several books and monographs and he has published extensively in academic and professional journals. 

Richard was appointed a Board Director in 2006, served as Deputy President from 2007 to 2009 and as President from 2009 to 2010. He is presently Chair of the Nomination and Remuneration Committee. Richard was made a life member of CPA Australia in 2010.

Kerry Ryan FCPAKerry Ryan

Kerry Ryan has a background in commercial law and is a former partner at international law firm, Norton Rose Fulbright. Kerry's broad-ranging legal experience includes five years working in Jakarta and an in-house counsel role with Publishing and Broadcasting Limited in India.

Kerry has held directorship roles in several other government, not-for-profit and private companies, and has recently been appointed as a director of AFL club, the Richmond Football Club. 

Kerry has been a director since 2007 and sits on the Audit and Risk and Nomination and Remuneration Committees.

David Spong FCPA

David is the Australia and New Zealand CFO and Director of Finance & Business Services for Ericsson, working for both the Australian subsidiary and the parent company, LM Ericsson, since 1997. David’s roles have included General Manager Finance, Commercial Director, Saudi Arabia CFO and Group Business Controller for the Global Ericsson Organization. David has over 20 years Corporate and SME Experience and has worked in Sweden, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates and Australia. David has served on the Victorian Divisional Council and was Deputy Victorian President in 2014. David was appointed a Board Director in 2014 and serves on the Audit and Risk Committee.