Congratulations to the 2021 Office Bearers.

  • President – Matthew Needham FCPA (Aust.)
  • Deputy President – Paul Shallard CPA (Aust.)
  • Deputy President – Liz Plowman CPA (Aust.)

The Divisional Councils key role is member engagement and local support for CPA Australia and maintaining the integrity of the designation. Divisional Councils are an important conduit between the members and CPA Australia’s Board and the organisation more broadly. Depending on the size and complexity of the Division, regional committee branches, speciality interest and sector committees or networks may support the work of Divisional Councils in member engagement and advocacy activities. Divisional Councillors are elected by the membership in the Division, usually to a three-year term.

Contact your Divisional Council President

You can contact your Divisional President via e-mail:

Rick Jones
Country Head New Zealand
[email protected]


Matthew Needham

Matthew Needham FCPA (Aust.) – President

Deputy Chief Executive, Finance, Kāinga Ora

Sector: Government

Matthew is the Deputy Chief Executive, Finance at Kāinga Ora – Homes and Communities. Prior to this he was the CFO at the Department of Internal Affairs and has held a number of senior finance positions in the UK in organisations like DHL, BT Openreach, Experian and Rolls-Royce. In addition, he’s consulted to several British universities, and is a keynote speaker and specialist in cost reduction and transforming the finance function.

Paul Shallard

Paul Shallard CPA (Aust.) – Deputy President

Partner, Deloitte

Sector: Consulting

Paul has more than 18 years of experience with Deloitte New Zealand and has worked internationally for a wide range of private and public sector clients. He leads the strategic cost transformation offering for Deloitte NZ and advises on operating model design, outsourcing, and sourcing and procurement. Paul is committed to serving the business community and looks forward to doing that through the council.

Liz Plowman

Liz Plowman CPA (Aust.) – Deputy President

Financial Controller, Industrial & International, Beca

Sector: Engineering

Liz has 15 years’ experience in commercial activities, including business partnering, financial operations and project management. Liz worked across the Asia-Pacific region while holding different finance leadership roles, has qualifications in engineering and commerce, and is passionate about the career development of people.

GIna Brighouse CPA

Gina Brighouse CPA (Aust.) – Councillor

Relationship Manager, Tax Management New Zealand

Sector: Accounting

Gina is a public practitioner with tax training and extensive business advisory expertise. She serves on CPA Australia’s Public Practice Committee and career guidance activity at Auckland university. As a volunteer to various community groups, Gina undertakes adult night community classes on accounting software and mentors women with businesses at the start-up stage.

Gillian Craig

Gillian Craig FCPA (Aust.) – Councillor

Lecturer, AUT University

Sector: Education

Gillian is a lecturer in accounting at AUT University, mainly focused on first year students and mentoring students in work experience placements. Prior to her move to academia and teaching, she worked as an auditor for KPMG in Auckland and London, was a Financial Accountant for the Commonwealth Games in Auckland.

John Gill

John Gill FCPA (Aust.) – Councillor

Former CFO, Datacom New Zealand (retired)

Sectors: Public sector, corporate, not-for-profit

John worked in the New Zealand public sector for 30 years, including senior roles in the Ministry of Education, Department of Maori Affairs, Ministry of Energy and Ministry of Transport. He has significant experience in accounting for schools, management accounting and payroll, business process outsourcing and IT. John’s interests are in encouraging and mentoring accounting students into CPA Australia membership and Maori education.

Brad Golchin

Brad Golchin FCPA (Aust.), MTax – Councillor

Director, Wise Advice Limited (New Zealand), XO Accounting Pty Ltd (Australia)

Sector: Accounting

Brad has been at the forefront of the accounting industry in Auckland with his commitment to the introduction of technology to run his practices. With 15 years’ experience in accounting practice as Director of Wise Advice Ltd and more recently XO Accounting Pty Ltd, he also brings expertise as a facilitator of a wide range of industry seminars and workshops. Brad is committed to mentoring and development for small-to-medium-sized enterprise business owners.

Darby Healey

Darby Healey CPA (Aust.) – Councillor

Partner, KPMG

Sector: Accounting

Darby leads the Audit Quality division of KPMG. She has more than 20 years of experience, both in New Zealand and in the US. Her career includes client-facing auditing, managing the technical department at KPMG and a number of client secondments. She was a New Zealand IFRS specialist as part of a team dealing with IFRS conversion and has produced thought leadership on the new style audit reports – which include key audit matters – for the New Zealand market. Darby is focused on ensuring and enabling auditors to deliver quality, every time.

Angus Ogilvie FCPA

Angus Ogilvie FCPA (Aust.) – Councillor

Director, Generate Accounting Group Limited

Sector: Public practice

Angus is a public practitioner with extensive experience on advisory boards and mentoring clients, as well as working as a virtual CFO. His firm won the 2019 Xero Award for Small Accounting Partners, and he seeks to share his firm’s journey to help others in practice and commerce. Angus has recently completed a thesis in the future of public practice accountancy.

Mark Saunders CPA

Mark Saunders CPA (Aust.) – Councillor

People and Homes Business Partner, Kāinga Ora

Sector: Government

Mark has extensive experience in business strategy and financial consulting services, lean finance change, planning and forecasting and KPI frameworks. His service to the accounting profession has included the development of the Finance Graduate Program within the NZ Government. Mark is an active member of the CPA Australia Wellington Committee and is focused on connecting the community of members to support professional development outcomes.

Ray Smith CPA

Ray Smith CPA (Aust.) – Councillor

Product Portfolio Manager, Fonterra Co-Operative Group Limited

Sector: Accounting

Ray practices in the commercial and corporate areas of accounting. Ray is actively involved in a number of CPA Australia member engagement groups including the Young Professionals and Corporate committees. As an experienced practitioner he would like to help build a community among members to assist in the development of young professionals and recent graduate members.

Julia Wu

Julia Wu CPA (Aust.) – Councillor

Lecturer, University of Canterbury

Sector: Education

Julia is an educator teaching financial accounting to BCom and MPA students, and is undertaking research focusing on the lived experience of accounting practitioners, students and educators. She has previous experience with PwC in Beijing, and her interests are in academic pathways to membership, supporting students, and supporting CPA Australia’s engagement with the university and vocational education sectors in NZ.