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
BCom (Hons) MA (Melb) FCPHR FAICD FCIPD (UK)
Peter Wilson is Chairman of CPA Australia and Australian Retail Credit Association. He was Chair of the Australian HR Institute from 2006-20, and now chairs its National Certification Council. .
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 Ltd, Kimberly-Clark Australia, 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
BCom (Hons) FCA MBA FAICD FFin
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 is also a Professor of Practice in the School of Accounting at the UNSW Business School. Her former appointments include Chairman, Australian Auditing and Assurance Standards Board, Member International Auditing & Assurance Standards Board and Director of Superpartners.
Chin Aik Wong FCPA
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 and 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.
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. In October 2018, Chin Aik was appointed to the Asean Federation of Accountants (AFA) Council where he represents CPA Australia.
Louise Cox FCPA
BBus(Mgt), BBus(Accy), LLB(Hons), GradDipLegalPrac, LLM, MTax
Louise Cox is a well-respected accountant and lawyer with more than 30 years’ experience as a Chief Executive Officer, General Manager and Non-Executive Director across the legal, accounting, architecture, education and mental health sectors. Louise is currently Chief Executive Officer of the leading architectural practice, Thomson Adsett.
As an experienced Board member, Louise has served in a range of roles including Chair, Deputy Chair, Chair of Finance and Risk, and Chair of Governance in various commercial, public sector and not-for-profit boards.
Currently, Louise is Chair of Open Minds Australia and the Griffith University Department of Accounting, Finance and Economics Advisory Committee. She is also a member of the Executive Committee of the Caxton Legal Centre and a member of the QUT School of Accountancy Advisory Board.
Having previously served as a Director of TAFE Queensland, Thomson Adsett and as a member and Chair of the Metropolitan South Institute of TAFE Council, Louise brings strong corporate governance experience to the Board. She has been active with CPA Australia as a member of the Public Practice Advisory Committee and served for five years as a member of the Queensland Divisional Council, including as its President in 2012.
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
BBus CA RITF
Robyn is a partner in Brooke Bird, a specialist restructuring insolvency and turnaround firm and has been actively involved in the public practice sector for over 30 years.
Robyn was Deputy President of CPA Australia’s Victorian Divisional Council in 2017, and in 2019 will finish her six-year term on the Council. Robyn has previously served on the Victorian Public Practice Committee and the Insurance Committee. In 2014 Robyn was awarded the Henry Fox Award for outstanding service to Public Practice in Victoria.
In January 2015, Robyn was appointed to the International Federation of Accountants (IFAC) Small and Medium Practices Committee on the nomination of CPA Australia and Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand. She is currently the Deputy Chair of this committee and the Chair of its Ethics Task Force.
In 2011 Robyn became the first female to be appointed as the National President of the Insolvency Practitioners Association of Australia, now known as the Australian Restructuring Insolvency and Turnaround Association (ARITA), and served as a director of ARITA until May 2019. In 2017 Robyn was awarded Life Membership to ARITA for long, dedicated and distinguished service to ARITA and the Profession.
Robyn is a current councilor of the Australian Institute of Credit Management’s Victorian Tasmanian Division.
BCom GAICD SF Fin
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 three fintech company Advisory Boards: HashChing, Investfit and Moroku. 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 has previously held 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 leadership roles in wealth management and banking with the 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. In 2019, Helen was also appointed as a Director of the Financial Services Institute of Australasia.
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 and member of the University Council 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 (FCPA) and served as a member and President of the WA Divisional Council before being elected to the Board on 1 October 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 high level Advisory Panel and the ATO’s Public Advice and Guidance Panel as well as the Chamber of Commerce and Industry’s Economic Development Forum in Western Australia.
Dale is a member of the Tertiary Education and Quality Standards Agency (TEQSA) Register of Experts.
Rosemary Sinclair AM FCPA
BA LLB BBus MCom FAICD
Rosemary Sinclair has extensive experience at CEO and Senior Executive level in the communications, media, publishing, higher education and energy sectors. Her roles have included significant stakeholder engagement responsibilities including CEO of the Australian Telecommunications Users Group, Director of External Relations for the Australian Business School UNSW and CEO of Energy Consumers Australia, an organisation created in 2015 by the Council of Australian Governments Energy Council of Ministers. Rosemary became CEO of auDA, the .au domain administration company in March 2020.
Rosemary's Board level experience spans across private sector, 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 was a member (part-time) of the Australian Communications and Media Authority until August 2019 and 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 her significant service to the business, particularly through leadership and administrative roles in the telecommunications industry.
BA MBA MAICD FSID
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.
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