18 July 2017

The Independent Review panel that has been tasked with undertaking the review of CPA Australia met in Canberra on 17 July.

Panel Chair, Ian McPhee said the panel had considered a range of issues during its second meeting. 

“We had a detailed discussion and note the core areas of governance, remuneration and marketing strategy and expenditure that are set out in the Terms of Reference.”

“The Terms of Reference also allow for consideration of other matters that the review panel considers appropriate.”

“To that end the panel proposes to specifically consider strategy and performance in relation to member services and engagement.”

“Other matters are also under consideration and will be subject to consultation with members and stakeholders during the review process.”

The panel has also moved closer to appointing an external firm to provide secretariat services for the review.

“Establishing suitable channels for stakeholders to engage with the Independent Review panel is a top priority.”

“Given how important independence is to the review process, it is appropriate that an external firm provides secretariat services.”

“We expect to be in a position to advise further details of how CPA Australia members and other interested stakeholders can engage directly with the Independent Review process in the next week.”

“The panel is looking forward to engaging with members and other stakeholders to gain their insights. A consultative group comprising Divisional Presidents or their representatives is being formed and will meet with the panel on 31 July. The panel is also scheduling some other stakeholder consultations. More details will be provided as available.”



Ian McPhee AO PSM (Chair)
Ian McPhee is a company director, audit committee member, honorary professor at the Australian National University, and has also undertaken governance reviews in the public and private sectors. He was the Auditor-General for Australia during the period 2005-15, and prior to that role was a Deputy Secretary in the Department of Finance.

Su McCluskey (Member)
Su McCluskey is a Director of Australian Unity and the Foundation for Young Australians, Chairman of Energy Renaissance and a member of the Ministerial Advisory Council on Skilled Migration. Su is a member of the independent review of the NSW Regulatory Policy Framework and was a member of the Harper Review of Competition Policy and the Regional Telecommunications Independent Review Committee. She was previously the CEO of the Regional Australia Institute, Executive Director of the Australian Government Office of Best Practice Regulation, and has held senior roles with the Business Council of Australia, the National Farmers’ Federation and the Australian Taxation Office. She is a Fellow of CPA Australia.

Maryjane Crabtree (Member)
Maryjane Crabtree a director of the Law Institute of Victoria and chair of its Corporate Governance Committee. She has extensive experience on boards and Ethics Committees in the government and not for profit sectors. Maryjane is Deputy President of Epworth Healthcare.

Professor Bob Baxt AO (Expert Advisor)
Bob Baxt is chairman of the Law Committee of the AICD, a member of the Executive of the Business Law Section of the Law Council of Australia, a professorial Fellow of the University of Melbourne, and a former Chairman of the Trade Practices Commission. A consultant (and former partner) at Herbert Smith Freehills lawyers, he is an expert practitioner and academic in trade practices, corporate law and taxation law.