2021 OFFICE BEARERS
Congratulations to the 2021 Office Bearers.
- President – Lisa Gill FCPA
- Deputy President – Richard Morton FCPA
- Deputy President – Bernadette Smyth CPA
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:
Lisa Gill FCPA – President
Finance Director, ACN Pacific Pty Ltd
Lisa has experience working in corporate local and multinational companies and SMEs, specialising in businesses requiring growth and restructures. Lisa is a member of CPA Australia’s NSW Women and NSW Governance and Strategy discussion groups, and acts a mentor to other CPAs.
Richard Morton FCPA – Deputy President
General Manager Finance, Konica Minolta Australia
Richard has 25 years of experience working for FMCG and property companies in Australia, Hong Kong, Singapore and Thailand. His career has seen him manage large teams through periods of significant change, meaning he clearly understands how an engaged membership is critical to the future success of CPA Australia.
View Richard’s LinkedIn profile.
Bernadette Smyth CPA – Deputy President
Company Secretary, TROG Cancer Research
Bernadette has more than 15 years’ experience across public practice and commercial accounting, having worked in London, Sydney and Newcastle, where she calls home. Bernadette been a member of the Newcastle and Hunter Branch since 2015 and held the position of Chair for the last two years. In her position on the Divisional Council, Bernadette is keen to represent regional members and those working in the not-for-profit sector.
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, as well as a postgraduate course for business and environmental management students on reporting for climate change and sustainability. Prior to her academic career, she worked as a consultant and auditor with EY in their 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.
Andrew Crawford FCPA – Councillor
Non-Executive Director, Australasian Reporting Awards
Andrew’s current focus is on charities and not for profits, technology, risk and governance and teaching. With special interests in risk, governance and technology in AI, as well as cybersecurity, Andrew brings a collaborative and sharing approach to the council. As a member of CPA Australia’s Not-For-Profit Committee, he’s a strong advocate for senior members of the profession, and recent graduates who seek mentors and internships.
Michelle Cull CPA – Councillor
Associate Dean Engagement and Senior Lecturer, Western Sydney University
Michelle is the Associate Dean at Western Sydney University and the current Deputy Chair of the Macarthur Advisory Board Salvation Army. She practices in business education and academic research with a specific focus on accounting, business ethics and financial planning. As part of the Divisional Council, Michelle is keen to connect members with students to provide valuable learning experiences for future accounting professionals.
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.
Helen Dong FCPA – Councillor
Client Manager, Bates Cosgrove Chartered Accountants
Sector: Public practice
As Client Manager at Bates Cosgrove Chartered Accountants, Helen specialises in public practice, accounting, taxation and financial structures. Having served as a member of the CPA Australia Young Professionals Committee, treasurer of the Risk Discussion Group and an adjudicator with the Australian Reporting Awards. Helen is passionate about providing opportunities for students, graduates and young professionals and is a strong advocate of education.
Kerryn Goddard FCPA – Councillor
Financial Controller, Kastle Systems Australia
Based in Sydney, Kerryn has 30 years’ experience in corporate organisations. As a co-convenor of CPA Australia’s Hornsby Discussion Group Kerryn seeks to encourage members to be part of the future strategy of their organisation and to maintain the brand awareness of CPA Australia in NSW with current and upcoming members.
Ruyi Jin FCPA – Councillor
Senior Manager (Assurance), PwC Australia
Ruyi works in audit services and financial accounting technical advisory at PwC, and is the founder and COO of the Association of Chinese Accountants Australia (ACAA). As Councillor, Ruyi hopes to give a voice and representation to the growing number of Chinese CPAs in Australia.
Sarah Lawrance FCPA – Councillor
Founder and Managing Director, Hot Toast
Sector: Public practice
Like oil and water, and 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 joined the NSW Divisional Council to represent the next generation of public practitioners.
Maggie Lo CPA – Councillor
Business Analyst, Woolworths Group
Maggie specialises in commercial accounting and is President of the CPA Australia Young Professional committee in NSW. She is a passionate advocate for the next generation of accounting professionals.
Thomas O’Keeffe FCPA – Councillor
Thomas has been a member of CPA Australia for more than 41 years, currently serving as Deputy Chair of the Third Age Committee and a member of the NSW Public Sector Committee. He has practiced in many areas, including strategic finance advice and analysis, finance business partnering and transformation, business planning, finance policy, and standards. He has an interest in delivering targeted strategies and initiatives that increase value proposition for member retention and participation across their career journey.
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.
View Stephanie's LinkedIn profile.
Lynette Pinder FCPA – 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. Currently, she is part of CPA Australia’s Inner West Accountants, Women in Business, 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 Women in Business Discussion Groups, and from 2006 to 2007 was a member of the CPA Australia Young Professionals Network in Victoria.
Christine Winwick CPA – Councillor
Finance Manager, Sabre Corporation Pty Ltd
Christine practices in the FMCG, management and financial accounting areas of speciality. She serves on the TAG Committee as the current joint Deputy Chair, and is a mentor and advocate for finance professions of varying ages. As part of the Divisional Council, Christine is keen to transform mindsets, continue education and echo the benefits of being active CPAs in the member community.
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’s been an adjudicator of Australasian Reporting Awards (ARA) for the past three years and 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.