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
Penny Egan FCPA
President and Chairman of the Board
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.
Graeme Wade FCPA
Director, Deputy President
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.
Peter Dowling AM FCPA
Director, Deputy President
BA (Acc), FAICD
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.
Tyrone Carlin FCPA
BCom, LLB (Hons), MCom (Hons), LLM, PhD
Tyrone Carlin is Professor of Financial Reporting and Regulation and Pro Vice Chancellor (Education Operations) 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.
Jim 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.
Tim Ebbeck FCPA
B. Ec, FAIM, MAICD. MACS
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.
Christina Foo FCPA
BBus (Acc), CA (Msia)
Christina Foo is Managing Director and Co-Founder of Priority One, a consulting firm providing strategic business building solutions.
Christina has over twenty-eight years experience in professional services and the private sector. She is formerly a Director of Ernst & Young in Malaysia. Christina has served on the Malaysian Divisional Council and was a past President. She was also the Vice-President of the Malaysian Institute of Accountants and a Board Director of the Confederation of Asia and Pacific Accountants.
Apart from her other Board directorships, she is currently a member of IFAC’s Small and Medium Practices Committee.
Christina was appointed a Board Director in 2007 and serves on the Finance Committee.
BA, CPM, GDACG, ACIS, FAMI, FAICD, FAIM, AIAMA
Mark Grey has a background in international marketing and was formerly MD of Clemenger BBDO in Brisbane and later CEO of Pan Asian marketing service group Batey Redcell in Hong Kong and China and Global Communications Director for the Singapore Airlines business.
He is Chairman of Livingstones Australia, an Industrial Relations and Employment Law group, Chairman of VPSC, Melbourne's private eye & ear hospital, Chairman of the Advisory Board of risk mitigation group Verifact and Chairman of research and development ocular drug company EyeCo.
He is a member of the Asia Advisory Board of Global Coalition for Efficient Logistics (GCEL) in Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia) and is also a director of Guide Dogs Queensland.
Mark was appointed a Board Director in 2007 and sits on the Audit and Risk Committee and the Finance Committee.
Deborah 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 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.
LLB, BA, GAICD
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.
Bruce Trebilcock FCPA
MBA, FAICD, FCIS
Bruce Trebilcock has more than forty years’ experience across a number of industries including manufacturing, food and agribusiness, banking and finance, defence contracting and electronics.
Bruce served on the South Australian Divisional Council and was President of that division. Bruce was appointed a Board Director in 2007. He previously sat on the Audit and Risk Committee and is a current member of the Policy Governance Committee.