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:

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Donna Moore

Donna Moore CPA – President

A/Director Financial Reporting, Department of Treasury and Finance

Sector: Public

Born and raised in Darwin, Donna brings both private and public sector financial, budgeting and policy experience. She has worked in the Northern Territory Government for the past six years in various finance-related roles, and eight years with a Darwin-based accounting firm working in bookkeeping, taxation, business services, auditing and assurance. With a passion for the Territory, Donna is committed to building the future leaders of tomorrow.

Michele Bain

Michele Bain CPA – Deputy President

Principal, The Adding Value CFO

Sector: Public practice

Michele has more than 25 years’ experience in accounting and finance roles and has been a CPA for 10 years. Michele’s accounting career has enabled her to work in a vast range of business structures, including sole trader, partnership, not-for-profit, public sector, public practice and multinational organisations. Michele has worked in various industries, including travel and hospitality, trades, manufacturing, transport, fuel and logistics, health, utilities and equipment hire. Michele's firm provides virtual CFO services and she is passionate about helping small businesses grow.

Lisa Blakeley

Lisa Blakeley FCPA – Deputy President

Finance Manager, Territory Generation

Sector: Corporate

Lisa has lived and worked throughout the Territory for much of her life. Her background is in tax, business advisory and SMSFs, and she has more than 10 years’ experience as a tax professional in Alice Springs and Darwin. Lisa currently works with Territory Generation as Finance Manager, further expanding her experience and knowledge of the corporate and public sector.

Professor Indra Abeysekera CPA

Professor Indra Abeysekera CPA – Councillor

Professor of Accounting and Chair of Accounting and Finance

Sector: Education

Indra plan for joining the Divisional Council is to have closer ties between academia and the CPA, in terms of student development and with the possibility of embedding CPA modules in the academic syllabus, accountants and non-accountants skill-building, and undertaking activities that are relevant to the accounting profession and enhances current and future professional.

Anil Basnet

Anil Basnet CPA – Councillor

Manager Financial Services, Department of Local Government, Housing and Community Development (DLGHCD)

Sector: Public practice

Anil has over seven years' experience in the finance and accounting sector. He specialises in the areas of financial accounting and governance and has experience working in the not-for-profit, private and public sectors. At DLGHCD, he leads the finance team on the delivery of quality finance and accounting services. He also acts as the finance representative on a community based not-for-profit board.

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Ashley Challis

Ashley Challis CPA – Councillor

Business Performance Manager, Thales Australia

Sector: Business

Ashley joined the Divisional Council to engage with the profession and ensure that Northern Territory is represented across government, not-for-profit, accounting firms and the commercial private sector. Ashley has practised in both, private and government sector and has 15 years’ experience in management accounting, financial reporting and analysis of performance within dynamic commercial environments. With proven ability to lead staff through organisational and process change by leading continuous improvement.

Benjamin Inglis

Benjamin Inglis FCPA – Councillor

Financial Controller, Lasseters Hotel Casino

Sector: Corporate

Ben brings his insights and experience as a financial controller of a large corporate organisation working in a regional setting to the Council. Having been a CPA for more than 11 years, he is keen to contribute to the development of the profession in the Territory and specifically within the Alice Springs community.

Derek Mayger FCPA

Derek Mayger FCPA – Councillor

Director, DJMI Accounting & Consulting

Sector: Public practice

Derek has been a CPA for more than 15 years. Complimenting his accounting qualifications, he holds a MBA (Finance), a Bachelor of Laws and is admitted to the Supreme Court of the Northern Territory. Working in public practice, his firm provides business advisor services, helping aspiring organisations to flourish. Derek is committed to encouraging members to embrace technology change, reaping the benefits it provides for firms and their clients.

Trish Richardson

Tricia Richardson CPA

Senior Financial Analyst, Department of Health- Northern Territory Government

Sector: Infrastructure

Tricia has an interest to represent fellow members and to increase engagement with both members and stakeholders. She is keen to mentor associate members to help them achieve success.

Suyana Shrestha

Suyana Shrestha, CPA – Councillor

Practice Manager, The Income Tax Professionals

Sector: Public practice, taxation

Suyana has worked at ITP Darwin for more than six years and has an interest in broadening knowledge about public sector issues, tax updates and superannuation. She was appointed as a Commissioner for Oaths in 2017.

Ross Springolo

Ross Springolo FCPA – Councillor

Director, Strategic Services & Governance and University Secretary, Charles Darwin University

Sector: Education

Ross brings many years of experience from across the tertiary education and community services sectors. Based in Darwin, he has a strong background in governance, policy development, internal audit, risk management and compliance. Ross is also an experienced non-executive director of private sector boards, community-based entities and non-government organisations.