Congratulations to the 2021 Office Bearers.

  • President – Donna Moore CPA
  • Deputy President – Michele Bain CPA
  • Deputy President – Lisa Blakeley FCPA

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’s worked in the Northern Territory Government for the past nine 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. Her firm provides virtual CFO services and she is passionate about helping small businesses grow.

Lisa Blakeley

Lisa Blakeley FCPA – Deputy President

Manager Finance and Corporate, NT Auditor General’s Office

Sector: Corporate

Lisa has lived and worked throughout the Territory for much of her life. Her background has been in tax, business advisory and SMSFs, with more than 10 years’ experience as a tax professional in Alice Springs and Darwin. More recently, Lisa has expanded her experience and knowledge in corporate finance and the public sector and is currently with the NT Auditor General's Office as Manager Finance and Corporate Services.

Ashley Challis

Ashley Challis CPA – Councillor

Business Performance Manager, Thales Australia

Sector: Business

Ashley has practised in both private and government sectors and joined the Divisional Council to engage with the profession and ensure that the Northern Territory is represented across government, not-for-profit, accounting firms and the commercial private sector.

Benjamin Inglis

Benjamin Inglis FCPA – Councillor

Financial Controller, Lasseters Hotel Casino

Sector: Corporate

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

Iain MacPherson CPA

Iain MacPherson CPA – Councillor

Manager, Merit Partners

Sector: Business

Iain is a Manager at Merit Partners and practices in the areas of taxation, three-way forecasting and management accounting. He continues to represent CPA Australia members and seeks to combine his skills to achieve positive outcomes for small and medium-sized businesses to large family groups.

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 an 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 is interested in representing fellow members and increasing their engagement with stakeholders. She has 15 years’ experience in management accounting, financial reporting and analysis of performance within dynamic commercial environments. Tricia is keen to mentor Associate members to help them achieve success, and has a proven ability to lead staff through organisational and process change by encouraging continuous improvement.

Peter Scott FCPA

Peter Scott FCPA – Councillor

Finance Manager, Darwin Private Hospital

Sector: Public practice, taxation

As the Finance Manager at the Darwin Private Hospital, Peter has a focus on private sector accounting. He’s provided mentoring support and guidance to numerous trainees at different career stages, has broad industry background and continues to give back to the profession with a focus on assisting organisations and Boards in the not-for-profit sector.

Suyana Shrestha

Suyana Shrestha CPA – Councillor

Partner, Tax Store

Sector: Public practice, taxation

Suyana has worked in public practice in 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.