Board Secretariat

The Board of Directors is the governing body of CPA Australia. The Board independently and objectively assesses the organisation's decisions, and oversees the performance and activities of management.

The Board is responsible for a number of decisions including:

  • setting and approving the organisation's strategy, direction and financial objectives
  • appointing the president and deputy-presidents
  • approving financial statements
  • evaluating of the CEO's performance
  • making and amending By-Laws and other regulations.

Board of Directors

Peter Wilson AM FCPA
President and Chairman of the Board

Peter Wilson is Chairman of the Australian HR Institute Limited.

He is a non-executive director of Vision Super.

Peter is an Adjunct Professor in Management at the Monash Business School, Monash University, Melbourne, and is an accredited PhD Supervisor at the Latrobe Business School, Latrobe University.

He has honorary roles as the Chairman of the Australian Network on Disability, and the Advisory Council of the Victorian Institute of Strategic Economic Studies at Victoria University.

Peter held senior executive roles in the Commonwealth and Victorian Treasuries, and group executive roles at ANZ Bank, Amcor Limited, and as CEO of Energy 21. He has held non-executive director appointments on Boards of Dalgety Farmers, Kimberly Clark, and the Commonwealth Safety Rehabilitation and Compensation Commission as Chairman.

Peter Wilson was made a Member of the Order of Australia in 2005 for services to workplace relations and safety, and community service, and was awarded a Centenary Medal in 2004.

Merran H Kelsall FCPA
Deputy President

Merran has a portfolio of independent directorships. She has considerable directorship and corporate governance experience, having served on numerous boards and committees in the private and public sectors.

Merran has considerable expertise in finance, audit, risk and compliance. She is particularly interested in aligning performance management with strategy, and in financial and non-financial external reporting to include strategy and risk management. She has experience with organisations that have a strong focus on outcomes, including member, stakeholder and public interest.

She operated in public practice for 20 years, including 10 years as a partner at BDO. Her industry experience includes financial and professional services, insurance, health, retail, education, contract management and major infrastructure projects.

Her current appointments include Director RACV Ltd, Deputy Chair of Melbourne Water Corporation, Director of Vic Super and TarraWarra Museum of Art. Merran was also appointed a Professor of Practice at UNSW School of Accounting in December 2018. Her former appointments include Chairman, Australian Auditing and Assurance Standards Board, Member International Auditing & Assurance Standards Board and Director of Superpartners Pty.

Chin Aik Wong FCPA
Deputy President
BEc (Monash) MBA (Hull) CA (M) FCTIM

Chin Aik Wong is a senior finance and commercial leader with extensive experience gained through progressively senior positions in assurance an advisory, banking, oil and gas, shared services, manufacturing and sales and marketing. He previously worked for Deloitte, United Overseas Bank and BP. He was with BP for over 20 years where he held senior leadership positions in commercial and industrial sales, human resources, finance and accounting and global business services. He is currently the Executive Director of PHHP Group of Companies which he co-founded in 1995. In October 2018, Chin Aik was appointed to the Asean Federation of Accountants (AFA) Council where he represents CPA Australia.

Chin Aik was a councillor of the Malaysian Division of CPA Australia from 2010 to 2016. He was the Malaysian Divisional President for 2015 and 2016.

Ric De Santi FCPA 

Ric has extensive public sector experience, mainly in audit, and also brings expertise in financial reporting, governance and executive management in the not-for-profit and public sectors of the profession, both nationally and internationally.

Ric is presently the Deputy Auditor General and Chief Operating Officer with the Tasmanian Audit Office. He is also a member of the Australasian Council of Auditors-General (ACAG) technical group, the Financial Reporting and Accounting Committee and Chair of ACAG’s Heads of Financial Audit Group. He was previously a member of CPA Australia’s External Reporting Centre of Excellence and has been a registered company auditor since 1982.

Ric has served on CPA Australia's Tasmanian Divisional Council from 2005 to 2014, was President of that Division in 2009, and returned to Council in 2017. He was a member of CPA Australia’s Representative Council from 2013 to 2014 and continues as a member of CPA Australia’s Public Sector Network, which he joined in 2012.

Robyn Erskine FCPA

Robyn is a partner in Brooke Bird. She has been actively involved in the public practice sector for over 30 years as a specialist restructuring insolvency and turnaround practitioner.

As a highly regarded practitioner, she is a current director and life member of ARITA where she was President from June 2011 to May 2013.

Robyn has actively served the accounting profession by serving on a number of committees. She is currently Deputy President of CPA Australia’s Victorian Divisional Council and has served on the Victorian Public Practice Committee. In January 2015, Robyn was appointed to the International Federation of Accountants (IFAC) small and medium practices committee where she represents CPA Australia and Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand and Chairs the Ethics Task Force.

Helen Lorigan 

Helen Lorigan was appointed as a Venture Partner of Sapien Ventures, a venture capital company with partners based in Sydney, Silicon Valley, Melbourne and Shanghai, in April 2017. Helen originally commenced as an Executive-in-Residence at Sapien Ventures in February 2016 which led to her subsequent appointment to two fintech company Advisory Boards: HashChing and Investfit. Helen is leading a number of key initiatives across superannuation, self-directed advice and funds management which involve the identification, sourcing and curating of high quality fintech and online marketplace start-ups for potential investment.

Helen was appointed to the position of CEO of Elders Financial Planning, formed as a Joint Venture between ANZ and Elders, an Australian global agricultural corporation, in 2009 after initially commencing with Elders as General Manager, Wealth Management in 2006. Helen has also held senior executive positions with ANZ Group, CBA and MLC.

Helen holds a Bachelor of Commerce from UNSW, is a Graduate of the AICD, a Senior Fellow of FINSIA and has served as a Director, Responsible Manager and Advisory Board member on numerous financial services Boards and Australian Financial Services Licences.

Professor Dale Pinto FCPA

PhD (Law) (Melb) MTax (Hons) (Syd) PGradDipBus (Dist) (Curtin) BBus (Dist) (Curtin) FTMA FAAL CA CTA-Life AFAIM MAICD

Dale is currently Professor of Taxation Law in the Curtin Law School as well as being the Chair of the Academic Board at Curtin University. Dale is the author and co-author of numerous books, refereed articles and national and international conference papers and sits on the editorial board of a number of peer-reviewed journals as well as being the Editor-in-Chief of several refereed journals.

He is a Fellow of CPA Australia and currently serves as a member of the WA Divisional Council. Dale was President of the WA Divisional Council in 2018 but following his appointment to the CPA Australia Board stepped down as the WA Divisional Council President on 30 September 2018 prior to commencing his Director term on 1 October 2018. He continued to serve as a Divisional Councillor until the end of 2018.

Dale is also a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Law as well as being a Chartered Accountant, Chartered Tax Adviser and Honorary Life Member of the Tax Institute. He is also a Life Member of the Australasian Tax Teachers Association and the Australasian Law Teachers Association.

Dale has been a registered tax agent for more than 25 years and was appointed by the Assistant Treasurer as one of the inaugural members of the National Tax Practitioners Board. He is a current member of the Board of Taxation’s Special Advisory Panel and the ATO’s Tax Technical Panel as well as the Chamber of Commerce and Industry’s Economic Development Forum in WA.

Dale is a member of the Tertiary Education and Quality Standards Agency (TEQSA) Expert Panel in Accounting, Taxation and International Education.

Rosemary Sinclair AM CPA

Rosemary Sinclair has extensive experience at CEO and Senior Executive level in the communications, media, publishing, higher education and energy sectors. Roles have included significant stakeholder engagement responsibilities as CEO of the Australian Telecommunications Users Group, Director of External Relations for the Australian Business School UNSW and currently, CEO Energy Consumers Australia, an organisation created in 2015 by the COAG Energy Council of Ministers.

Rosemary's Board level experience spans private sector companies, public sector and not-for-profit organisations and includes roles as member or Chair of Audit and Risk Committees for more than 20 years. Rosemary has international experience in telecommunications and internet policy development committees.

Rosemary holds the role of member (part-time) of the Australian Communications and Media Authority until August 2019 and was a Member of the Board and Chair of the Risk and Audit Committee of the Wests Tigers Rugby League Football Club until December 2017.

Rosemary was made a Member of the Order of Australia in June 2018 for significant service to business, particularly through leadership and administrative roles in the telecommunications industry.

Caroline Spencer FCPA

Caroline is the Auditor General for Western Australia. Prior to this she was a public practitioner based in Canberra specialising in public sector governance and assurance. Having commenced practice in business services and Big 4 firms in Sydney, she has worked with organisations in various sectors and undertaken engagements across Australia and in Singapore and the Pacific. She has a passion for promoting accountability and continuous improvement in public institutions as a means of enhancing trust and performance for the communities they serve.

Caroline has a strong interest in non-financial assurance and over-the-horizon issues affecting our profession and has advocated for members and contributed her skills to CPA Australia through Divisional Council, the Centre of Excellence in Reporting and Assurance and other forums.

Caroline has held a number of predominantly public sector board and audit committee roles.

Su-Yen Wong


Su-Yen currently serves on the boards of several public, private, and not-for-profit organisations, and chairs or is a member of various nominating, remuneration, and audit committees. Recognised as a Board and C-Suite advisor on strategy, human capital, leadership development, and the future of work, she brings a unique blend of experience in technology, business, and organisation development gleaned over 25 years across Asia and North America.

Previously she was CEO of the Human Capital Leadership Institute, and prior to that, Chairman (Singapore) for Marsh & McLennan Companies, and Senior Partner and Managing Director, Southeast Asia at Mercer. Earlier, she was Asia Managing Partner for the Communications, Information & Entertainment Practice at Oliver Wyman.

Su-Yen is a highly-regarded keynote speaker and moderator, and is also a regular guest lecturer and visiting expert at universities such as IESE Business School (Spain), INSEAD (France), IPADE Business School (Mexico), National University of Singapore, Singapore Management University, and Yale University (USA).

She is a Fellow and member of the Governing Council, Singapore Institute of Directors, and an active member of Women Corporate Directors and the Young Presidents’ Organization.

Board of Directors Charter