council elections

The election of Councillors to Divisional and Branch Councils for the period 1 January 2018 to 31 December 2020 has concluded. The election results were finalised on 20 October 2017. We thank those members who actively participated in the election process.

The following European candidates were elected as Councillors:

  • Garth Britton CPA
  • Christopher Crellin CPA
  • Kerry Huggler CPA
  • Warren Mcrae FCPA
  • Philip Sourry FCPA

Members in Europe are represented by a branch council.



Rajeev Adrian, B.Com, MBA, FCPA (Aust.) – President

CFO and Deputy CEO, Arab Banking Corporation International Bank

Sectors: Banking and finance

CFO and Deputy CEO for Arab Banking Corporation International Bank, Rajeev has over 20 years of international experience in banking and finance acquired through holding senior positions, leading complex projects and managing stakeholders across the globe. Rajeev’s experience spans strategy, business development, transformation, restructuring, leadership and management. Rajeev has studied and worked in many countries and has travelled extensively.

Philip Sourry

Philip Sourry B.Comm, M.Comm, FCPA, (Aust.), FIOD – Deputy President

Non Executive Director

Sector: Not-for-profit

Philip has over 30 years of global senior financial experience working in Australia, Europe and USA. Now retired, he is currently a Non Executive Director for the Salvation Army, one of UK's largest charities. He is keen to be an advocate for CPA Australia that enabled him to work overseas outside of his native Australia during most of his career.

Chris Arboit

Chris Arboit: B. Com FCPA (Aust.) – Councillor

Director, International Reporting, Heidrick & Struggles

Sector: Professional services

Chris has spent close to 20 years working in the UK in various senior roles. He has particular experience with managing geographically dispersed teams tasked with meeting financial and tax reporting obligations. Chris’s other areas of experience include statutory filing compliance, audit and global indirect tax.

John Benias

John Benias CPA (Aust.), CIA, CISA, BCom – Councillor

Head of Internal Audit, Harrods Bank Limited

Sector: Banking and finance

John has significant international experience in banking, finance and professional services. In recent years his niche has been in start-up and challenger banks, including ING Direct and the Knightsbridge based Harrods Bank. John has chaired the Risk Management Special Interest Group.

Kristy Eden-Green

Kristy Eden-Green FCPA (Aust.) – Councillor

Finance Director at State Street

Sector: Banking and finance

Kristy is the Finance Director responsible for Financial Planning and Analysis for State Street for the EMEA region. In addition to her experience in Financial Services, Kristy spent seven years as an educator in accounting and finance. She chairs the Women in Business group, and with 20 years of diverse experience, Kristy is able to engage with and represent members’ interests.

Matthew Lao

Matthew Lao CPA (Aust.) – Councillor

Interim Financial Manager, Freelance Contractor

Sector: Financial services

Originally from Melbourne, Matthew has spent the last seven years based in London primarily engaged in interim (contractor) roles within the four UK retail banks. His primary areas of expertise are group planning, cost and business management. Matthew is looking forward to working with the council and members to promote CPA brand in Europe.

Warren Mcrae

Warren McRae FCPA (Aust.) – Councillor

Chief Operating Officer, Barclays Private Bank – Europe, Middle East & Africa

Sector: Financial services

Warren lives in Switzerland and is the Chief Operating Officer for Barclays Private Bank EMEA, Barclays Bank (Suisse) SA, Barclays Investment Bank in Zurich, and Director of the Barclays joint-venture company in Japan. His career has seen him live and work across several regions across the globe at various stages. Warren has had a long association with CPA Australia and works to encourage more young professionals achieve their ambitions.

Stella Michael

Stella Michael B.Bus, Dipl. Lead, CPA (Aust.) – Councillor

Business Consultant specialising in revitalisation, transformation, strategy and leadership

Sector: Management consultant

Stella has over 20 years of finance and change experience, leading complex projects across sectors including media, banking, television, communications, music and leadership development in London, New York, the Far East and Australia. She enjoys making important things happen, drawing people together to create win-win environments that people enjoy working within. Stella also chairs the CPA Personal Awareness Group.

Warwick Syphers

Warwick Syphers LLB, Grad Dip Fin Mgt, MBA FCPA (Aust.) – Councillor

Commercial Director, Adstream

Sector: Media

Warwick is based in London and has spent 30 years in the media and healthcare sectors. He has held positions as CFO and CEO in publicly listed companies in the US and Australia. He is keen to share his commercial experience and promote the benefits of CPA membership.

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