Congratulations to the following candidates recently elected to Divisional Council for the period 1 January 2021 to 31 December 2023.

  • Gina Brighouse CPA (Aust.)
  • Gillian Craig FCPA (Aust.)
  • Mark Saunders CPA (Aust.)
  • Ray Smith CPA (Aust.)

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:

Rick Jones
Country Head New Zealand
[email protected]


Matthew Needham

Matthew Needham FCPA (Aust.) – President

Deputy Chief Executive, Finance, Kāinga Ora

Sector: Government

Matthew is the Deputy Chief Executive, Finance at Kāinga Ora – Homes and Communities. Matthew was previously the CFO at Department of Internal Affairs, and before then held a number of senior finance positions in the U.K. in organisations such as DHL, BT Openreach, Experian and Rolls-Royce. In addition he has also consulted to several British universities on improving value for money. Matthew is a keynote speaker, specialist in cost reduction and transforming the finance function.

Paul Shallard

Paul Shallard CPA (Aust.) – Deputy President

Partner, Deloitte

Sector: Consulting

Paul has more than 18 years of experience with Deloitte New Zealand and internationally working for a wide range of private and public sector clients. He leads the strategic cost transformation offering for Deloitte NZ and advises on operating model design, outsourcing, and sourcing and procurement. Paul is committed to serving the business community and looks forward to doing that through Council.

Liz Plowman

Liz Plowman CPA (Aust.) – Deputy President

Financial Controller, Industrial & International, Beca

Sector: Engineering

Liz has 15 years’ experience in commercial activities, including business partnering, financial operations and project management. She has worked across the Asia-Pacific region while holding different finance leadership roles. With qualifications in engineering and commerce, she is passionate about the career development of people.

Mat Croad

Mat Croad FCPA (Aust.) – Councillor

Group Financial Controller, Beca

Sector: Engineering

Former President of the New Zealand Divisional Council, Mat has extensive Asia-Pacific commercial, leadership and strategic experience. He is currently the Group Financial Controller at Beca, a CPA Australia Recognised Employer Partner. He supports CPA Australia’s efforts to develop and mentor aspiring professionals and is focused on connecting with members from across the accounting profession.

Tracy Hickman

Tracy Hickman FCPA (Aust.) – Councillor

Director, Baker Tilly Staples Rodway

Sector: Accounting

Tracy has held senior finance roles for more than 25 years in Europe and New Zealand. As a Director at Baker Tilly Staples Rodway, she advises business owners on corporate finance, governance and strategy, together with financial modelling and treasury management. Tracy is a member of the Institute of Directors and holds a Masters in Management.

Gillian Craig

Gillian Craig FCPA (Aust.) – Councillor

Lecturer, AUT University

Sector: Education

Gillian is a lecturer in Accounting at AUT University, mainly focused on first year students and mentoring students in work experience placements. Prior to her move to the academic and teaching world she worked as an auditor for KPMG in Auckland and London, and was a Financial Accountant for the Commonwealth Games in Auckland.

John Gill

John Gill FCPA (Aust.) – Councillor

Retired CFO, Formerly Datacom New Zealand

Sectors: Public sector, corporate, not-for-profit

John worked in the New Zealand public sector for 30 years, including senior roles in the Ministry of Education, Department of Maori Affairs, Ministry of Energy and Ministry of Transport. He has significant experience in accounting for schools, and in management accounting and in the management of payroll, business process outsourcing and IT. John’s interests are in encouraging and mentoring accounting students into CPA Australia membership and Maori education. 

Brad Golchin

Brad Golchin FCPA (Aust.), MTax – Councillor

Director, Wise Advice Limited (New Zealand) XO Accounting Pty Ltd (Australia)

Sector: Accounting

Brad has been at the forefront of the accounting industry in Auckland with his commitment to the introduction of technology to run his practices. With 15 years’ experience in accounting practice as Director of Wise Advice Ltd and more recently XO Accounting Pty Ltd, Brad also brings expertise as a facilitator of a wide range of industry seminars and workshops. He is committed to mentoring and development for small-to-medium-enterprise business owners.

Darby Healey

Darby Healey CPA (Aust.) – Councillor

Partner, KPMG

Sector: Accounting

Darby leads the Audit Quality division of KPMG. She has more than 20 years of experience, both in New Zealand and in the US. Darby’s career includes client facing auditing, managing the technical department at KPMG and a number of client secondments. She was a New Zealand IFRS specialist as part of a team dealing with IFRS conversion, and has produced thought leadership on the new style audit reports – which include key audit matters – for the New Zealand market. Darby and her audit quality team focus on ensuring and enabling auditors to deliver quality, every time.

Emily Hewat

Emily Hewat CPA (Aust.) – Councillor

Finance Manager, Mitre 10 (New Zealand) Limited

Sector: Retail

Emily has gained extensive experience across multiple sectors including education, manufacturing, property and finance. Emily is currently a Manager at KordaMentha and holds a Bachelor of Business Studies (Finance and Accounting) from Massey University.

Angus Ogilvie FCPA

Angus Ogilvie FCPA (Aust.) – Councillor

Director of Generate Accounting Group Limited

Sector: Public practice

Angus is a public practitioner with extensive experience on advisory boards and mentoring clients, and working as a virtual CFO. His firm won the 2019 Xero award for Small Accounting Partners, and he seeks to share some his firm’s journey to help others in practice and commerce. Angus has recently completed a thesis in the future of public practice accountancy.

Julia Wu

Julia Wu CPA (Aust.) – Councillor

Lecturer, University of Canterbury

Sector: Education

Julia is an educator teaching financial accounting to BCom and MPA students, and is undertaking research focusing on the lived experience of accounting practitioners, students and educators. Her previous experience was with PwC in Beijing. Julia’s interests are in academic pathways to membership, supporting students, and supporting CPA Australia’s engagement with the university and vocational education sectors in NZ.