The Divisional Councils key role is member engagement and local support for CPA Australia and maintaining the integrity of the designation. Divisional Councils are an important conduit between the members and CPA Australia’s Board and the organisation more broadly. Depending on the size and complexity of the Division, regional committee branches, speciality interest and sector committees or networks may support the work of Divisional Councils in member engagement and advocacy activities. Divisional Councillors are elected by the membership in the Division, usually to a three-year term.
Contact your Divisional Council President
You can contact your Divisional President via e-mail:
Erica Blythe FCPA – President
Director of Finance and Administration, International Convention Centre Sydney
Erica has worked for a number of years as a mentor to CPA Program candidates and is an active member of the NSW Women in Business discussion group. She is a strong champion of diversity, presenting to working mothers and female leaders. Erica is keen to work as part of the Divisional Council to assist CPA Australia with stronger member benefits and engagement.
Vittoria Anderson FCPA – Deputy President
Vittoria is a Principal at Anderson Consulting and Associate Professor for Royal Roads University. She has been the co-convenor for the CPA Women in Business discussion group for the past three years, and has been awarded the Canadian Forces Decoration. Vittoria is looking forward to being on the Divisional Council to increase member engagement, particularly with junior members.
Lisa Gill FCPA – Deputy President
Finance Director, ACN Pacific Pty Ltd
Lisa has experience working in corporate local and multinational companies and SMEs, specialising in business requiring growth and restructures. She is a member of CPA Australia’s NSW Women and NSW Governance and Strategy discussion groups, and acts a mentor to other CPAs.
Maria Balatbat FCPA – Councillor
Senior Lecturer (School of Accounting) and Joint Director (Business School), Centre for Energy and Environmental Markets, UNSW
Maria teaches advanced financial accounting in the undergraduate and postgraduate programs. Maria also teaches a postgraduate course on reporting for climate change and sustainability to business and environmental management students. Prior to her academic career, she worked as a consultant and auditor with Ernst & Young, Milwaukee and Manila offices. Maria is a mentor for the CPA Program, member of the TWG Climate Disclosure Standards Board, and a reviewer for the accounting programs at Alphacrusis College and the National College Accreditation Saudi Arabia.
Jennifer Dalitz FCPA – Councillor
CEO, Women in Banking and Finance Inc
Jennifer has significant experience working in member associations, a passion for governance and 25 years’ experience in strategy and execution in the banking and finance section. Her involvement with CPA Australia includes speaking at CPA Congress and mentoring young CPAs. Jennifer is also a mentor for the UNSW FinSOC Women Mentoring Program, a member of the UNSW Business School Alumni Advisory Board, and acts as the finance and audit representative on various not-for-profit boards.
Rosalie Degabriele FCPA – Councillor
Academic Finance Discipline Group, UTS Business School
Based in Sydney, Rosalie has 35 years of experience in the banking, capital markets and superannuation industries. She has also worked as a consultant domestically and in overseas markets. She is currently a member of the postgraduate teaching group at the UTS Business School. She has been a member of the UniSuper Consultative Committee for more than 10 years. Rosalie holds a number of advisory positions in financial services and is currently completing a PhD in superannuation.
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David Ferri FCPA – Councillor
Senior Finance Analyst, BlueScope Steel
David has 20 years' experience working with public listed and SME’s across manufacturing, supply chain, banking, engineering and public practice. His most recent roles have had a focus on business partnering and continuous improvement. He has been a member of New South Wales Illawarra Branch since 2015 and Chair since 2017. David looks forward to being on the Divisional Council to represent regional members and branches.
Sarah Lawrance CPA – Councillor
Founder and Managing Director, Hot Toast
Sector: Public Practice
Like oil and water, tiger balm and itchy eyes, creatives and accountants don’t usually mix… until now. As the Founder of Hot Toast, a new breed of accounting firm, Sarah has joined the NSW Divisional Council to represent the next generation of public practitioners.
John Malcolm Hutcheson FCPA (50 years) – Councillor
Forensic accountant and forensic engineer; Court expert; Mediator and business facilitator
Sector: Management, Engineering, Building and Property
John had 38 years in military engineering and business and as a commando. He researched, practised and taught business and real estate for 20 years at the UNSW. He practices as a forensic accountant and a forensic engineer, as well as a property specialist for litigation. In continuing his PhD research, he facilitates the survival of commercial operations and NFP organisations. He has published 19 books and more than 200 papers on business. He researches and writes books on the political, business, professions and military survival in Australia. He is the Vice President of the RUSIDSS NSW. His research and experience reveal that there can be no progress in enterprises and organisations without change.
Ruyi Jin FCPA – Councillor
Senior Manager (Assurance), PwC Australia
Ruyi works in audit services and financial accounting technical advisory at PwC. She is the founder and COO of Association of Chinese Accountants Australia (ACAA). As a Councillor, she hopes to give a voice and representation to the growing number of Chinese CPAs in Australia.
Mark Jones FCPA – Councillor
Mark is an experienced financial services executive with Region and Country Head and CFO roles in Asia, the Philippines, Indian Ocean and Australia at Citi, Barclays and Westpac. Mark is passionate about people development and driving business performance with extensive experience acquiring, growing and transforming banking businesses. Prior to financial services, Mark worked in corporate finance, strategy and CFO roles for BOC Gases in Australia, the UK and Asia.
Richard Morton FCPA – Councillor
General Manager Finance, Scentre Group Limited
Richard has 25 years of experience working for FMCG and property companies in Australia, Hong Kong, Singapore and Thailand. Richard’s career has seen him manage large teams through periods of significant change, and as a result he understands clearly how an engaged CPA membership is critical to the future success of CPA Australia.
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Stephanie Perkiss CPA – Councillor
Senior Lecturer in Accounting, University of Wollongong
Stephanie works in teaching and research, specifically, financial and management accounting, social accounting – corporate social responsibility (CSR) and sustainable development. She is the CPA liaison officer at the University of Wollongong and a member of the Illawarra Branch. Stephanie is keen to develop and facilitate relationships that support CPA Australia members, local business and education institutions, and to promote CPA Australia and its professional accounting opportunities to higher education students.
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Lynette Pinder CPA – Councillor
CEO, Australian Institute of Training and Development
Sector: Not-for-profit, Corporate
Lynette has a long history with CPA Australia – she was the organiser of the 2001 Malaysian national conference and member of the Penang Branch of CPA Australia. Currently, Lynette is a member of the Inner West Accountants, Women in Business Discussion Group, and Directors discussion groups.
Karen Pitt CPA – Councillor
Founder and Principal, Karen Pitt Accounting Services
Karen has experience in project accounting, financial accounting, and management accounting. She is a member of the Governance and Strategy and CPA Women in Business discussion group, and from 2006 to 2007 was a member of the CPA Young Professionals Network in Victoria.
Bernadette Smyth CPA – Councillor
Manager - Profit For Purpose, BeLLCORP Accountants
Bernadette has more than 15 years’ experience across public practice and commercial accounting, and has worked in London, Sydney and Newcastle, NSW, where she calls home. She has been a member of the Newcastle and Hunter Branch since 2015, and held the position of Chair, the last two years. Bernadette is keen to represent regional members, and those working in the not-for-profit sector in her position on Divisional Council.
Shan Wu CPA – Councillor
Senior Business Analyst and China Business Development Manager, Stewart Brown
Shan has experience in consulting and financial modelling, business analysis, strategic planning, merging and alliance feasibility, and industry benchmarking. She has been an adjudicator of Australasian Reporting Awards (ARA) reports for the past three years. Shan is currently a member of CPA Australia’s Risk and WeChat discussion groups, convenor for the Chatswood discussion group and deputy chair of CPA Australia’s Not-for-profit Committee.
Ying Zhang FCPA – Councillor
Finance Director, APAC, SSI
With more than 15 years’ experience in finance and a focus on the APAC region, Ying has worked in diverse industries. She is an active member of CPA Australia, and is the former NSW Women in Business discussion group convenor. In 2017, she was part of New South Wales Corporate Sector Taskforce. Ying’s areas of interest include governance, sustainability and financial management.