The CPA Australia Board of Directors governs five committees that assist the board in their decision-making and policy processes. All committee members are appointed by the board.

Audit Risk and Compliance Committee

The Audit Risk and Compliance Committee assists the board in the areas of statutory reporting, internal control systems, risk management systems, insurance and legal proceedings, and the internal and external audit functions.

The Audit, Risk and Compliance Committee comprises five directors:

Audit Risk and Compliance Charter – 14 December 2020 (PDF)

Finance and Investment Committee

The primary function of the Finance and Investment Committee is to assist the Board in fulfilling its statutory, corporate governance and oversight responsibilities relating to CPA Australia’s financial and investment strategies. These strategies include managing budgetary processes and strategic finance management, reviewing investment/divestment strategies, improving the quality of internal and external reporting of financial and non-financial information, and ensuring correlation between organisational key performance indicators and related financial information.

The Finance and Investment Committee comprises five directors:

Finance and Investment Committee Charter – 1 January 2021 (PDF)

Nomination Committee

The Nomination Committee’s role is to assist the Board and Appointments Council in the effective discharge of their responsibilities, having regard to the law, the highest standards of governance, and the diversity of the membership.

It is responsible for, among other things: 

  • assessment and recommendation to the Appointments Council candidates for appointment to the Board
  • advising the Board and Appointments Council on succession plans for the Board.

The Nomination Committee comprises two directors, two members of the Appointments Council, and two independent members:

Directors

Members of the Appointments Council

  • Mark Narustrang (Western Australia)
  • Melissa Georgiou (Queensland)

Independents

  • Business Law Specialist, Geoff Rees 
  • Lawyer and Senior Corporate Executive, Michaela Healey

The external independents bring decades of corporate and governance experience.

Geoff Rees is a highly experienced commercial lawyer, former Chairman of the Legal Practitioners Liability Committee, long term Director of the commercialisation entity of the University of Melbourne and Victorian editor of Business Law and General Counsel modules of LexisNexis Practical Guidance.

Michaela Healey is a lawyer and senior corporate executive with extensive leadership and governance experience across a range of industries. Formerly Group Executive People, Communications and Governance at NAB, Michaela was Founding President of the International Women’s Forum Australia and Chair of the AusIMM Council for Diversity & Inclusion. She currently holds directorships in The Magokoro Practice, Berry Street, Free to Feed, Good Stuff Global and The Man Cave and is an independent member of the Integrity and Ethics Committee for the Victorian Department of Education.

Nomination Committee Charter – 14 December 2020 (PDF)

Member Engagement and Culture Committee

The Member Engagement and Culture Committee’s role is to act in an advisory capacity in relation to matters involving member engagement with all of CPA Australia’s members by:

  • providing advice to the Board on member-related strategies
  • providing advice to the Board on member services and product (at a strategic level)
  • advising on and maximising the effectiveness of communications with members and other key stakeholders
  • doing all it reasonably can to protect and enhance the external reputation of CPA Australia; and 
  • advising the Board on the people, remuneration and culture of CPA Australia.  

The Member Engagement and Culture Committee comprises five directors:

Member Engagement & Culture Committee Charter – 1 January 2021 (PDF)

Education, Policy and Innovation Committee

The Education, Policy and Innovation Committee’s role is to assist the Board in fulfilling its statutory, corporate governance and oversight responsibilities relating to CPA Australia’s education, research and innovation strategies.  It has oversight of the education strategy relating to the CPA Australia professional programs, the innovative practices and technologies agenda of the organisation, particularly considering the rapidly changing environment in which CPA Australia operates and any impact on its strategic plans, and advising the Board in relation to organisational policy responses and thought leadership.

The Education, Policy and Innovation Committee comprises five directors:

Education, Policy and Innovation Committee Charter – 1 January 2021 (PDF)