Congratulations to the 2021 Office Bearers.

  • President – Deborah Nisbet FCPA
  • Deputy President – Tanya Feekings FCPA
  • Deputy President – Douglas Dunstan 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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Deborah Nisbet

Deborah Nisbet FCPA – President

General Manager, Finance & Business Services, St Vincent De Paul Society Queensland

Sector: Not-for-profit

Deborah’s key responsibilities include the effective operation of all finance, communication, fundraising, administration, property management, procurement and information and communication technology services throughout Queensland. She is experienced across a diverse range of industries and business structures, delivering expertise within c-suite executive and director roles.

Doug Dunstan

Douglas Dunstan FCPA – Deputy President

Non-executive Director and Governance, Financial and Risk Management Consultant

Sector: Education

Doug is an experienced executive and academic of 25 years in Australia, Papua New Guinea, South-East Asia and the South Pacific. He is a lecturer and tutor in accounting and auditing, and governance units at James Cook University and CQU Townsville, as well as a Senior Associate at O’Connor Marsden, completing internal audit engagements in North Queensland. He serves on the North Queensland Branch Council and is passionate about regional representation and issues.

Tanya Feekings

Tanya Feekings FCPA – Deputy President

Director, Advisory Services, Queensland Shared Services

Sector: Public sector

Tanya has 15 years’ experience in the state public sector, as well as many years in private sector accounting and taxation. In her current role, Tanya provides strategic leadership for the delivery of finance, recruitment and HR advisory services for more than 20 Queensland Government departments. Tanya hopes to use her recent experience, overseeing the implementation of robotics, to help influence the continued evolution of the CPA Program.

Steven Austen FCPA

Steven Austen FCPA – Councillor

Business Manager, Whitsunday Anglican School

Sector: Education

Steven has extensive experience as a CFO and company secretary in the SME sector and in educational not-for-profit organisations. His special interests are in corporate governance and culture, as a proponent of best practice, he sees that CPA Australia should be leading by example. Being a resident of Mackay, Steven is an advocate for members in regional Queensland.

Melissa Georgiou

Melissa Georgiou FCPA – Councillor

Academic Lecturer, Executive Finance Manager, Change Champion

Sector: Academia

Melissa is an MBA graduate with more than 23 years’ commercial experience across many industries, most recently in executive and senior management in media and health. Keen to pay it forward and transition to a career in academia, Mel is working as a lecturer and tutor at Griffith University on the Gold Coast, while pursuing research focused on the future of accounting, in particular to assess if perceptions of the profession are changing in a disrupted, changing landscape.

david hardidge

David Hardidge FCPA – Councillor

Technical Director, Queensland Audit Office

Sector: Private

David is Technical Director at the Queensland Audit Office and has extensive experience in accounting advisory functions of large accounting firms. Especially in regards to providing advice, insights and explanations on Australian accounting and International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS and AIFRS) and external financial reporting requirements for the public and private sectors. David was recently appointed to the CPA Australia Centre of Excellence for Digital Transformation.

Shanna Hunter FCPA

Shanna Hunter FCPA – Councillor

Director, Hunter Taxation Services

Sector: Public Practice

Shanna is the Director at Hunter Taxation Services and has extensive experience in public practice. She is an active member on a number of committees including the Public Practice, ATO Tax Practitioners Stewardship Group.

Sofia Keryk

Sofia Keryk CPA – Councillor

Management Accountant, Construction Sciences

Sector: Public sector infrastructure

Sofia is a recent graduate from the CPA Program and is interested in management accounting, women in business, leadership and technology. She’s an active advocate for the CPA designation and the value CPAs can bring to any organisation.

Cissy Ma FCPA

Cissy Ma FCPA – Councillor

Managing Director, Grow and Sell Your Biz P/L, Australia China Education P/L

Sector: Private

Cissy is the Chair of the Queensland Corporates Committee and oversaw 69 member events in 2018. During 22 years of her corporate career at Queensland Treasury Corporation, QR/Aurizon and ShineWing Australia, Cissy has led about $17 billion of domestic and cross-border mergers and acquisitions, and structured deals from both the buying and selling sides. Cissy now helps small-to-medium-sized enterprises with their capital raising and inorganic growth requirements.

Theresa O'Connor

Theresa O’Connor FCPA – Councillor

Practice Partner, Concord Tax & Business Solutions

Sector: Public practice

Theresa joined the team at Concord Tax & Business Solutions practice in 2001 and passionately works with small to medium-sized businesses. As a certified Practising Accountant and registered Tax Agent, she is a certified Xero and Vend Advisor. Theresa is an active member of the Divisional Council and of the Northern Region Branch since 2010 having held the positions of both Treasurer and Secretary.

Kerry Phillips

Kerry Phillips FCPA – President

Consultant, Interim CFO/CIO

Sector: Public, health and education

Kerry is experienced across all tiers of government, not-for-profit, aviation, property, hospitality and banking industries. She consults in areas of finance, leadership and teaming to local government, education and health sectors and is currently an external member of the Audit (Business Improvement) Committee for Gladstone Regional Council and City of Gold Coast, and Chair at Lockyer Valley. Kerry is committed to assisting regional members and is excited to continue supporting them as part of the council.

Doug Tyler

Doug Tyler CPA – Councillor

Director Budget and Strategy, Australian Digital Health Agency

Sector: Private

Doug has a breadth of experience expanding across commercial, not-for-profit and government sectors. He has a special interest in integrated business planning, organisational performance measurement and government financial strategy. He is committed to continuous improvement and is driven by problem solving and finding business solutions through innovation, process redesign and automation.