Divisional and Branch Councils have elected the following new Presidents and Deputy Presidents to represent members for 2019. 

Congratulations to all Councillors on the appointments.

Division President Deputy President


Emily Canning FCPA

Rodney Miller FCPA
Kym Partington FCPA


Warren McRae FCPA (Aust.)

Warwick Syphers FCPA (Aust.)

Greater China

Roy Lo FCPA (Aust.)

Janssen Chan FCPA (Aust.)
Anthony Lau FCPA (Aust.)


Sharman Arumugam FCPA (Aust.)

Gark Chee Jin FCPA (Aust.)
Jimmy Lai FCPA (Aust.)

New Zealand

Mat Croad FCPA (Aust.)

Tracy Hickman FCPA (Aust.)
Matthew Needham FCPA (Aust.)

Northern Territory

Randle Walker FCPA

Lisa Blakeley FCPA
Donna Moore CPA

New South Wales

David Crook FCPA

Erica Blythe FCPA
David Ferri FCPA


Peta Shipley FCPA

Deborah Nisbet FCPA
Kerry Phillips FCPA


Chng Lay Chew FCPA (Aust.)

Max Loh FCPA (Aust.)

South Australia

Glenn Bain CPA

Chau Chiem FCPA
Andrew McInerney FCPA


Andrew Pearce FCPA

Ric De Santi FCPA
Fiona Stagg FCPA


Clare Lezaja FCPA

Piotr Jakubicki FCPA
Jacquetta Griggs FCPA

Western Australia

Quentin Hooper FCPA

John Dawson FCPA 
Andrew Seinor FCPA

Members are elected to Division and Branch Councils by the members of a division or branch. The Councils are an important channel of communication between members and the Board and are essential for engaging and serving members. Their key focus is on member engagement and advocacy of the profession and CPA Australia.

Role of the Division and Branch Councils

The Council is an advisory body elected by members resident in the division. It is responsible for serving and representing members by connecting with the broader divisional membership base to develop informed viewpoints on matters affecting members and the profession.

Individual Councillors act as advocates for CPA Australia and for members of the division in their regions and spheres of influence.

The CPA Australia Board of Directors (the Board) considers that Councils: 

  • are the primary touch point for members with a key focus on member engagement and advocacy of the CPA Australia brand 
  • are essential to linking with and serving members 
  • must work in concert with the broad aims and activities of the Board and the organisational strategy. 

In support of the Board, the role of the Council is to: 

  1. Contribute ideas towards the strategy and direction of CPA Australia for the benefit of all its members 
  2. Develop and implement a member engagement plan 
  3. Enhance relationships with key stakeholders, including employers, government and educational institutions, through representation in the community by promoting the CPA designation and brand to decision makers and leveraging its relationships with community leaders to create external advocates and supporters 
  4. Contribute towards the effective representation of all members within the division, including effective succession planning and management of member groups 
  5. Provide the forum for professional debate on relevant issues, including accounting, finance, law and ethics 
  6. Promote the skills, qualifications and professionalism of members 
  7. Discharge the responsibilities of the Divisional Council as contained in the Constitution or otherwise delegated by the Board from time to time, including:
    • making decisions regarding Special Admission applications to CPA status 
    • appointing Divisional Council members to the Appointments Council 
    • nominating members for CPA Australia awards, including Divisional President’s awards 
    • being accountable for any member groups established by the Council to support it in performing its role 
    • when requested, communicate key messages of the Board to members.

In support of the CPA Australia Strategy, each Council will decide what the priorities are in their division and for which they have a capacity to contribute.

Each Council should evaluate the effectiveness of its council by completing the annual survey distributed by the division.