Keddie Waller, CPA Australia Head of Public Practice and SME | August 2021
This article was current at the time of publication.
Murray Wyatt FCPA, Director and Chairman of the Morrows Group, passed away unexpectedly on Friday 23 July 2021.
Murray was a strong advocate for CPA Australia members and more broadly, the accounting profession.
He was recognised by peers as an expert in family governance, intergenerational wealth transfer and a specialist in providing advice in complex cases and blended families.
Half a century of giving back
Across his nearly 50 years as a CPA Australia member, he proactively looked for opportunities to give back to the profession, including:
- member of the Victorian Public Practice Committee 2000–2003 and 2014–2019
- member and Chair of the Superannuation Centre of Excellence 1994–2003
- Financial Advisory Services Centre of Excellence Superannuation Working Group 2007–2010
- Retirement Savings Centre of Excellence – member and Deputy Chair 2010–2020
- Victorian Divisional Council 2021.
Sharing superannuation expertise
In his role as Chair of the Superannuation Centre of Excellence, Murray was also CPA Australia media spokesperson on superannuation.
He represented CPA Australia and the profession at many parliamentary inquiries, government committees and consultations on retirement savings and financial service reforms.
Murray was generous with his time, as well as providing access to his staff and the resources of Morrows to contribute to policy discussions, debriefs and where needed, hosting committee meetings.
For many decades Murray presented at conferences on technical issues, most recently as part of an expert panel at the 2021 Victorian Public Practice Conference on the topic The ATO towards 2024 and beyond.
He had a reputation for staying ahead of the pack, often travelling overseas on study tours to learn about technology trends and impacts and was always willing to share his new knowledge with peers and the wider profession.
For his years of service and passion for the accounting sector, in 2001 Murray received the Henry Fox Award, which is given in appreciation of a public practitioner’s outstanding service to public practice in Victoria.
In 2004, Murray was also presented with the National President’s Award.
He was always a well-considered thought leader and very supportive of CPA Australia’s policy and advocacy efforts. He both stimulated and led discussions on countless policy positions and consultations.
Murray was a consummate professional who made the most of life and made sure it was always fun. CPA Australia will deeply miss his professional contribution and many of us will dearly miss him as a friend.
CPA Australia’s thoughts are with his wife Margaret, his sons Malcolm and Jason and their families, as well as his colleagues at Morrows.