Andrew Hunter
Chief Executive Officer 

Andrew was appointed to the role of Chief Executive Officer (CEO) in April 2018 and has domestic and international experience in senior executive roles.

Prior to joining CPA Australia, he was Managing Director and CEO of the Export Finance and Insurance Corporation (Efic), Australia’s export credit agency, for four years, where he developed and implemented a new strategy that refocused the organisation on its core purpose and dramatically improved relationships with all stakeholders.

Andrew has previously held senior positions with Macquarie Group during 22 years of service, including Head of Macquarie Capital’s Advisory business Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA).

He has a Bachelor of Economics from Monash University and completed the Securities Institute of Australia course in 1991.

Andrew is also an Associate member of CPA Australia.

Karen Hellwig
Executive General Manager Member Experience

Karen Hellwig has more than 20 years’ experience in stakeholder management and strategic communications, including ten years in executive positions at member based organisations.

In her role as Executive General Manager Member Experience, Karen is focused on building exceptional member experiences, through high quality services and initiatives that deliver value to our members.

She has worked in complex stakeholder environments across multiple industries including agribusiness, education and professional services.

Prior to joining CPA Australia, Karen was General Manager Communication and Stakeholder Engagement at Meat and Livestock Australia.

Karen has a Bachelor of Arts (Communications) from RMIT University and is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Nicholas Diss CPA
Chief Financial Officer

Nicholas has more than twenty years’ experience in finance and business, working in both Australia and the United Kingdom.

He is responsible for the finance, administration, planning and risk, procurement and property, and business intelligence functions for CPA Australia.

Nicholas has a background in strategic and operational planning, delivering large complex IT system implementations, integrated reporting and leadership of multinational finance functions.

He holds a Master of Business Administration from Charles Sturt University and a Bachelor of Commerce Economics from Victoria University. Nicholas is also a CPA.

Dr Simon Eassom
Executive General Manager Member Education

Simon has more than 20 years’ experience in the higher education sector.

He is responsible for leading CPA Australia’s member education offerings from initial qualification through to the essential continuing professional development, including setting the strategy that will lead the future of learning at CPA Australia.

Simon has international experience gained from various roles in the UK higher education sector, and most recently as a Strategy and Solutions Leader for IBM’s global education industry, working extensively throughout the Asia-Pacific region.

Simon holds a Bachelor of Education (Honours) from the University of Warwick, a Master of Arts from University of Alberta and a PhD in Philosophical Ethics from De Montfort University.

Kerry Mayne
Executive General Manager Business Development

Kerry is responsible for integrated global business development strategies that create long-term value for CPA Australia from prospective members, markets and relationships.

She has held multiple roles with CPA Australia across two decades, including external affairs, government relations, professional development, marketing and as General Manager Victoria Division.

Kerry has also worked in the education and community sectors.

She holds a Bachelor of Arts (Politics) from the University of Adelaide, post graduate qualifications in Business, Instructional Design and Public Relations.

Kerry holds memberships of various professional organisations, including the Australian Institute of Company Directors and Institute of Public Administration Australia.

Meg Yeates
Executive General Manager Marketing

Meg has more than 25 years’ experience as an international brand, marketing and communications professional, with significant experience in competitive service markets across Australia, Asia, the UK, Europe and the US.

Prior to joining CPA Australia, Meg has held roles for organisations such as Tourism Australia, Tourism New South Wales, the Sydney Convention and Visitor Bureau (Business Events Sydney) and the Victorian Government.

In her role as Executive General Manager Marketing, Meg is accountable for CPA Australia’s global brand and marketing strategies, aligned to our member-centric vision and corporate strategy.

Meg has a Bachelor of Arts (Politics) from the University of Melbourne and has also completed the Senior Management Development Program at the Australian Graduate School of Management, University of New South Wales. She has also completed a course at Harvard Business School in Boston, focused on driving digital strategies.

Deborah Leung FCPA
Executive General Manager International

Deborah has more than 30 years’ experience in finance, management and consulting, and membership organisations within international markets.

In her role as Executive General Manager International, she is accountable for CPA Australia’s international divisional offices across Asia and the UK. This includes developing and executing strategies for local markets to deliver exceptional member services.

Prior to being appointed as EGM International, Deborah was the Country Head, Greater China for CPA Australia.

Before joining CPA Australia, Deborah worked for international management and consulting firm, CCA International Ltd in Hong Kong for several years, where she held various roles across finance and audit, before being appointed as Director for Corporate Accounting. She also has extensive audit experience gained from roles within Ernst & Young and PricewaterhouseCoopers in Hong Kong and Wolridge, Mahon & Co in Vancouver, Canada.

Deborah is a fellow member of CPA Australia, and a member of the Hong Kong Institute of Certified Public Accountants, Chartered Professional Accountants of Canada and the Taxation Institute of Hong Kong.

She holds a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of British Columbia, Canada.

Farid Jarrar
Chief Information and Digital Officer

Farid has more than 25 years’ experience in senior technology roles across a variety of global organisations, including as Global CIO for Stellar BPO.

He has considerable experience in digital transformation, customer-led innovation, change management, large scale systems integrations and program delivery, ecommerce, customer experience and digital transformation. He specialises in transforming organisational capabilities to better engage with digital consumers.

Farid holds a Bachelor of Computer Science and a Master of Technology Management from Swinburne University, and a number of credentials in innovation and digital transformation.

View the organisation structure of CPA Australia.