2019 office bearers

Congratulations to the 2019 office bearers: 

  • President – Clare Lezaja FCPA
  • Deputy President – Jacquetta Griggs FCPA
  • Deputy President – Piotr Jakubicki FCPA

The Council supports the Board of Directors by working towards the effective servicing of members within Victoria. In addition, the Council will contribute towards the strategy and direction of CPA Australia to benefit members.

The Council is responsible for serving and representing member interests within the state of Victoria. The purpose of the Council is to provide a touch-point for members, with a key focus on member engagement and advocacy of the CPA Australia brand. 

In support of the CPA Australia Board of Directors, the role of Council is to:

  • contribute to the strategy and direction of CPA Australia for the benefit of all members
  • help establish and deliver local operation strategies to meet key objectives of CPA Australia’s Corporate Plan
  • represent Victorian members
  • discharge the responsibilities of the council as contained in the Constitution or as delegated by the Board of Directors.

Individual Division Councillors act as ambassadors in their regions and spheres of influence through:

  • promoting the skills, qualifications and professionalism of members
  • enhancing relationships with key stakeholders including employers, government and educational institutions through representation in the community
  • providing the forum for professional debate on relevant issues such as law, ethics, accounting and commerce.

Your Council is keen to talk to you

If you’d like to join the conversation, we invite you to email your name and contact number to:



Clare Lezaja

Clare Lezaja FCPA – President

Executive Operations Enablement – Strategy and Finance

Sector: Telecommunications, Corporate

With more than 20 years in the telecommunications industry, Clare holds a breadth of experience in financial control, financial and strategic planning, business performance analysis, and capital investment. Clare has played a key leadership role in Telstra the development of skills and capability of finance graduates and young finance professionals.

Jacquetta Griggs

Jacquetta Griggs FCPA – Deputy President

CFO, Australian Industry Standards Ltd

Sectors: Corporate, SME, Not-for-profit

Jacquetta is an accomplished finance professional with a breadth of experience in people leadership and business strategy. Jacquetta is the Chief Financial Officer for Australian Industry Standards and has a proven track record in delivering complex business initiatives across various industries and organisations. As a passionate advocate of the CPA Program, Jacquetta is working with the Education team on the Strategic Management Accounting Advisory Panel.

Piotr Jakubicki

Piotr Jakubicki FCPA – Deputy President

Principal Budget Advisor, Hospital Budgets and Performance, Health and Human Services

Sector: State government

During Piotr’s career across various levels of the Victorian public sector he has developed extensive experience focused on strategic analysis, effective stakeholder engagement and building high performing teams. He has led significant transformational projects and contributed to development of innovative funding models. He is passionate about empowering young professionals to reach their potential and actively supports secondary tertiary organisations through mentoring and governance on selected committees.

Richard Blakeman

Richard Blakeman FCPA – Councillor – Executive Committee

President, Rotary Club of Glenferrie

Sector: Not-for-profit

Richard has local and international experience in finance and administration, sales and marketing, customer support, supply chain and logistics, IS project management and general management in a number of industries. Retired from full time employment, he has previously held volunteer roles as board member and chair of the finance committee of the Herald-Austral Credit Union and Volunteering Victoria Inc., as a past Chair of the CPA Australia Third Age Network Committee and past member of the CPA Australia Representative Council. He is active in many community causes through his membership of Rotary International, where he is currently President of the Rotary Club of Glenferrie.

Brent Szalay

Brent Szalay FCPA – Councillor – Executive Committee

Managing Director, SEIVA

Sector: Public practice

Brent is the Managing Director of SEIVA, a modern day accounting firm, leading the way in public practice and advisory services for ambitious SMEs. Brent’s strategy expertise includes planning, financial management, culture, and embracing technology to improve internal processes for prosperity. Brent is highly influential in the accounting industry; chairing the Public Practice Committee for the past two years and INTHEBLACK recognise him as a Top 40 under 40 Business Leader.

Robyn Erskine FCPA

Robyn Erskine FCPA – Councillor

Partner, Brooke Bird

Sector: Public practice

Robyn is a partner in the specialist restructuring turnaround and insolvency firm, Brooke Bird. In addition to serving on the Victorian Divisional Council, Robyn joined the CPA Australia Board in October 2017. Robyn’s commitment to CPA Australia and its members have seen her serve on a number of committees and advisory boards for more than 29 years of membership. She was until November 2016 a member of the Victorian Public Practitioners Committee. In 2015 after being nominated by CPA Australia and CAANZ, she became a member of the accounting professions global body IFAC’s SMP Committee. The IFAC SMP Committee is charged with providing strategic input on IFAC’s activities to support and represent the interest of professional accountants who work in small and medium practices worldwide.

Robyn is a past President of the Australian Restructuring Insolvency Turnaround Association (ARITA) and sits on the ARITA board. She has a strong record in setting strategic directions, shaping law reform and ensuring high industry standards.

Devini Goonetilleke

Devini Goonetilleke FCPA – Councillor

Business Transformation Specialist, Independent Consultant (various clients), Affiliate – Internal Consulting Group (ICG)

Sector: Financial services, Management consulting

Devini has held senior executive positions for more than 17 years in the financial services industry. She specialises in medium to large scale business transformations (people, process and technology). She provides consulting advice to multiple industries from strategy development to execution. Devini was the chair of the CPA Australia Victorian Corporate Committee in 2017 and 2018, and is the facilitator for the Corporate Discussion Groups. As a Divisional Councillor, she looks forward to working with members to reinvigorate the CPA Australia brand, service offering and professional development opportunities. She is keen for members to be supported throughout their career to achieve both professional and personal goals.

Justin Gordon

Justin Gordon CPA – Councillor

Partner, Strategem

Sector: Public practice

Justin has worked extensively in public practice for more than 20 years. Has a strong background in audit and business services and is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. As Chair of the Bendigo Branch, his focus and interest is in supporting the needs of members from the regional areas of the State.

kerry harris

Kerry Harris FCPA – Councillor

Director, Focus Consultants

Sector: Sport, Not-for-profit

Kerry has more than 25 years’ experience working in the sporting sector, in strategic planning, financial strategy, reporting and management accounting. Her involvement with CPA Australia includes tenure as a member and deputy president for the WA Divisional Council, chair of the Victorian Women’s Committee Network. Kerry has promoted the CPA Australia brand through speaking engagements and mentoring CPA Program candidates.

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Anne La Fontaine

Anne La Fontaine FCPA – Councillor

Sectors: Technology, Corporate

Anne has worked in the IT sector for more than 25 years performing many finance roles, including senior management roles and directorships. She has led mergers, acquisitions and divestiture projects, and is experienced in corporate governance, operations, shared services and management accounting. Anne is passionate about developing people, and mentors upcoming finance professionals.

Edward Turner

Edward Turner CPA – Councillor

Executive Director, Ashfords Accountants and Advisory

Sector: Public practice

Edward is an experienced accounting and business professional with more than 30 years in public practice – accounting and advisory. His strengths lie in operational management and he uses his experience at board level to assist in controlling, resolving and managing complexities and making significant decisions.

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Katrina Watt

Katrina Watt CPA – Councillor

Teacher – Business Studies, Sunraysia Institute of Technical and Further Education

Sector: Education

Katrina is an educator and facilitator in finance, accounting and business at Sunraysia Institute of TAFE, and a casual lecturer at La Trobe University in Mildura. In 2017 she received a fellowship from the International Specialised Skills Institute. She has held a variety of roles in financial reporting, management accounting, public practice and finance. Katrina has served as secretary for the Sunraysia Branch since 2010 and is passionate about promoting accounting as an exciting career to students and providing opportunities for them to engage with industry through the CPA Australia network.

Melville Yates

Melville Yates FCPA – Councillor

Director - Reporting, Red Tape Reduction & ACNC Corporate Services, Australian Charities and Not-for-Profits Commission

Sector: Public sector, Not-for-profit

Melville began his career at a large professional services firm and has worked in local government social services finance roles in England. Prior to his current role at the ACNC, Melville worked at the Australian Taxation Office in compliance, internal policy and operational financial management roles. Melville is the current chair of CPA Australia’s Victorian Public Sector and Not-For-Profit Committee.

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