2021 OFFICE BEARERS
Congratulations to the 2021 Office Bearers.
- President – Fiona Stagg FCPA
- Deputy President – Ric De Santi FCPA
- Deputy President – Gary O’Donovan FCPA
The Divisional Council's key role is member engagement and local support for CPA Australia, as well as maintaining the integrity of the designation. The council is an important conduit between the members, the Board and the organisation more broadly. Depending on the size and complexity of the division, regional committee branches and specialty interest or sector committees and networks may support the Divisional Council with member engagement and advocacy activities. Councillors are elected by the membership in the division, usually to a three-year term.
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Fiona Stagg FCPA – President
With a strong background in the corporate sector, including senior finance roles for agricultural and aqua cultural companies, Fiona brings extensive experience to the Tasmanian Divisional Council. She also has expertise in change management, systems implementation, manufacturing and governance. She currently oversees the Nichols Poultry financial operations, involvement in strategic projects, and the group payroll for Tasfoods Ltd.
Ric De Santi FCPA – Deputy President
Deputy Auditor General and COO, Tasmanian Audit Office
Ric has extensive public sector experience in management, financial and performance audit and reporting. Ric is a CPA Australia Board member and sits on a number of committees. Ric is a Commissioner with the Tasmanian Catholic Education Commission, and Chair of its Finance Committee, as well as a member of the Australasian Council of Auditors-General (ACAG) Financial Reporting and Accounting Committee, and Chair of the ACAG Heads of Financial Audit Group.
Professor Gary O’Donovan FCPA – Deputy President
Acting Head, School of Law and Academic Lead – Accreditation, College of Business and Economics, University of Tasmania
With an academic career spanning 37 years, Professor O’Donovan has gained national and international standing as a researcher in the field of sustainability reporting. He’s widely published and has presented across the globe. Gary is a former Pro Vice Chancellor and Dean at the University of Tasmania. He is a member of CPA Australia’s Professional Qualifications Advisory Committee.
Steve Allen FCPA – Councillor
Senior Teaching Fellow, University of Tasmania
With extensive experience in the education Steve has a distinguished career in both academia and higher education sectors. His special interests include NFP governance, development of business simulations for industry. Steve is passionate to promote accounting careers in secondary schools and represents CPA to university students.
Paul Gimpl FCPA – Councillor
CFO City of Launceston
Sector: Local government
As part of the Executive Management Team of the City of Launceston, Paul focuses on strategic and tactical matters, as well as modelling the effects different decisions will have on the council’s long-term financial and asset-planning budgets. He’s also the Tasmanian representative on CPA Australia’s Appointments Council.
Carolyn Harris FCPA – Councillor
Manager, Tasmanian Dairy Industry Authority
Sector: Regulatory authority
Carolyn works in government and has a strong interest in the not-for-profit sector. She recognises the importance of delivering value and keeping members informed across CPA Australia.
James Hipwood CPA – Councillor
CFO, Tasmanian Irrigation
James leads the Corporate Services team for Tasmanian Irrigation, a state-owned company that focuses on building and operating irrigation schemes that allow farmers to diversify, value-add and grow their agricultural businesses. James has over 12 years of business and accounting experience, including roles in transport and infrastructure across Australia and the UK, including with KPMG. He’s passionate about ensuring members have relevant CPD events and that Associate members are provided with support and career path information.
Roger Lu CPA – Councillor
Tax Specialist/Assistant Director, Australian Public Service
Roger is a trilingual adviser with experience across the accounting and financial services sectors. His focus is in taxation law, governance and not-for-profits matters, and hiss past roles include working with a listed financial services group and an accounting firm in Hobart.
Donna Powell CPA – Councillor
Commercial Manager – Wrest Point
Donna has more than 10 years’ audit, accounting and business experience, working in a range of public sector, corporate, SME and public practice roles in Hobart and the UK. She is a board member of YMCA Hobart and the Hobart Repertory Theatre Society.
Meg Richards FCPA – Councillor
CFO and Company Secretary, AWM Group Management Services Pty Ltd
Meg has been with AWM, or related companies, for more than 16 years. She started as a financial accountant and is now CFO and Company Secretary. The business is responsible for the administration of 15 privately-owned, related companies in Australia and overseas, with the majority involved in the manufacturing or wholesale of textiles.
Claire Smith CPA – Councillor
Director Strategic Services, Cradle Coast Authority
Sector: Public sector
Claire has more than 15 years of progressive experience across a diverse range of industries. She’s passionate about the importance of local government and the role the profession can play in shaping Tasmania’s future, especially in regional areas facing significant economic challenges. Claire has an interest in increasing the visibility, confidence and influence of CPAs as public administration professionals.
Belinda Williams FCPA – Councillor
Interim Head of School Accounting Economics and Finance, University of Tasmania
Belinda has extensive expertise in education and promotes an active liaison between academia and the accounting profession. Through her roles on the Divisional Council and the Northern Regional Network, Belinda hopes to inspire and equip the accountants of tomorrow, and identify opportunities to reinforce the relationship between CPA Australia and the University of Tasmania.