CPA Australia is seeking a suitably qualified candidate from within its membership for appointment as a director to the Accounting Professional & Ethical Standards Board (APESB) for a three-year term commencing 1 January 2019.

The APESB comprises two directors each from CPA Australia, Chartered Accountants Australia New Zealand and the Institute of Public Accountants, plus an independent chair.

The Board is seeking a member with experience in but not limited to audit, accounting, finance, governance, public practice and stakeholder management. The successful candidate will be able to demonstrate experience working across one or more of the following areas: 

  • large accounting firms
  • small to medium accounting practices
  • government and regulatory bodies
  • listed or proprietary companies.

Download the application form (PDF)

The completed application form must be signed, dated and lodged with Russell Reynolds Associates by one of the methods noted, by 11.59pm (AEDT), Sunday 14 October.

Mail or in person

Level 51, Rialto Towers
525 Collins Street
Melbourne VIC 3000

Email

cpaaustralia@russellreynolds.com

Selection criteria

For further information, contact Russell Reynolds Associates on +61 2 9258 3100 or cpaaustralia@russellreynolds.com

Information regarding the governance of the APESB can be found on its website

REQUIRED

Qualifications

  • A relevant undergraduate degree in accounting, finance, business or law 
  • Membership of CPA Australia (CPA or FCPA status)

Experience

  • Senior leadership experience in an accounting, finance or business role (CFO, Partner) 
  • Senior leadership role with a regulator such as ASIC, ATO, or APRA 
  • Sound knowledge of issues in the accounting profession which may impact the public interest

Technical skills

  • Uses technical ability to negotiate highly complex and contentious situations 
  • Develops critical concepts logically and constructs arguments referenced by evidence before taking a position 
  • Strong working knowledge of the Corporations Act, corporate governance principles and practices 
  • Strong knowledge of the accounting regulatory environment including the professional standards 
  • Demonstrated experience in implementing standards at a firm or organisational level 
  • Recognition that the setting of professional and ethical standards involves working for the overall public good, ahead of sectional or vested interest 
  • Sound knowledge of issues in the accounting profession which may impact the public interest

Leadership skills

  • Utilises influencing and leadership techniques to affect change
  • Identifies partnerships and strategic alliances and leverages these relationships for mutual success
  • Lobbies effectively and is persuasive in achieving outcomes
  • Demonstrates self-awareness and a commitment to self-development
  • Advocates and negotiates for the organisation and its members
  • Considers external forces when undertaking strategic decision making
  • Uses innovative approaches to managing complex situations
  • Demonstrates a collegiate style that accepts the importance of a collective contribution to the standard setting process
  • A willingness to accept the existence of differing viewpoints and to work to a consensus viewpoint that may involve compromise while maintaining the highest standard of professional and ethical standards
  • Recognition that the setting of professional and ethical standards involves working for the overall public good, ahead of sectional or vested interest
  • Has the capacity to commit time to study agenda papers in preparation for Board meetings
DESIRABLE

Qualifications

  • Demonstrated commitment to ongoing professional development via postgraduate study
  • Graduate Diploma (AICD)

Experience

  • Previous board experience on listed or large proprietary companies preferred
  • Senior position on staff or on a board of an accounting/audit standard setter in the Australian or New Zealand context preferred