28 September 2017

A new board for CPA Australia was announced today.

Nine new Directors have been elected by the member-appointed Representative Council.

They are:

Peter Wilson has been elected as the new President and Chairman of the Board of CPA Australia, while Merran Kelsall and Chin Aik Wong have been elected as Deputy Presidents.

Their terms commence 1 October 2017.

Four of the six current directors will complete their terms or retire at the end of September.

To assist with business continuity, current directors Jim Dickson and Sharon Portelli will stay on the refreshed board with the nine new directors until 31 December this year.

New Director biographies

Peter Wilson AM BCom (Hons) MA (Melb) FCPA FCPHR FAICD FCIPD (UK)
President and Chairman of the Board

Peter Wilson is Chairman of the Australian Human Resources Institute Limited; and has two honorary chair roles with the Australian Network on Disability Limited; and the World Federation of People Management Associations (WFPMA), as its World President until June 2018. The WFPMA is the peak world body for the human resources profession across 700,000 professionals in 95 countries, and is based in Washington DC.

He is currently a non-executive director of the Victoria Teachers Mutual Bank, and also Vision Super, where he chairs its Audit Risk & Compliance Committee.

Peter is an Adjunct Professor in Management at the Monash Business School, Monash University, Melbourne. He is also Chairman of the Advisory Council of the Victorian Institute of Strategic Economic Studies at Victoria University, and an accredited PhD Supervisor at the Latrobe Business School, Latrobe University.

Peter held senior executive roles in the Commonwealth and Victorian Treasuries, and group executive roles at ANZ Bank, Amcor Limited, and as CEO of Energy 21. He has held non-executive director appointments on Boards of Dalgety Farmers, Kimberly Clark, and the Commonwealth Safety Rehabilitation and Compensation Commission as Chairman.

Peter Wilson was made a Member of the Order of Australia in 2005 for services to workplace relations and safety, and community service, and was awarded a Centenary Medal in 2004.

Merran H Kelsall BCom (Hons) FCPA FCA MBA FAICD
Deputy President

Merran has a portfolio of independent directorships. She has considerable directorship and corporate governance experience, having served on numerous boards and committees in the private and public sectors.

Merran has considerable expertise in audit, risk and compliance and particular interests in corporate governance and aligning performance management with corporate strategy.

She operated in public practice for 20 years, including 10 years as a partner at BDO. Her industry experience includes financial and professional services; insurance; health; retail, education; contract management and major infrastructure projects.

Her current appointments include Director RACV Ltd, Deputy Chair of Melbourne Water Corporation, Chair Australian Health Service Alliance Ltd and Director of Vic Super and TarraWarra Museum of Art. Her former appointments include Chairman, Australian Auditing and Assurance Standards Board, Member International Auditing & Assurance Standards Board and Director of Superpartners Pty.

Chin Aik Wong BEc (Monash) MBA (Hull) FCPA CA (M) FCTIM
Deputy President

Chin Aik Wong is a senior finance and commercial leader with extensive experience gained through progressively senior positions in assurance an advisory, banking, oil and gas, shared services, manufacturing and sales and marketing. He previously worked for Deloitte, United Overseas Bank and BP. He was with BP for over 20 years where he held senior leadership positions in commercial and industrial sales, human resources, finance and accounting and global business services. He is currently the Executive Director of PHHP Group of Companies which he co-founded in 1995.

Chin Aik was a councillor of the Malaysian Division of CPA Australia from 2010 to 2016. He was the Malaysian Divisional President for 2015 and 2016.

Ric De Santi BBus FCPA GAICD

Ric has extensive public sector experience, mainly in audit, and also brings expertise in financial reporting, governance, and executive management in both the not-for-profit and public sectors of the profession, both nationally and internationally.

Ric is presently the Deputy Auditor General and Chief Operating Officer with the Tasmanian Audit Office. He is also currently a member of the Australasian Council of Auditors-General (ACAG) technical group, the Financial Reporting and Accounting Committee, Chair of ACAG’s Heads of Financial Audit Group and a member of CPA Australia’s External Reporting Centre of Excellence. 

Ric has served on CPA Australia's Tasmanian Divisional Council from 2005 to 2014 and again in 2017, was President of that division in 2009, a member of Representative council from 2013 and 2014 and a member of CPA’s Public Sector Network since 2012.

Robyn Erskine BBus FCPA CA RITF

Robyn is a partner in Brooke Bird. She has been actively involved in the public practice sector for over 30 years as a specialist restructuring insolvency and turnaround practitioner.

As a highly regarded practitioner, she is a current director and life member of ARITA where she was President from June 2011 to May 2013.

Robyn has actively served the accounting profession by serving on a number of committees. She is currently Deputy President of CPA Australia’s Victorian Divisional Council and has served on the Victorian Public Practice Committee. In January 2015, Robyn was appointed to the International Federation of Accountants (IFAC) small and medium practices committee where she represents CPA Australia and Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand and Chairs the Ethics Task Force.

Helen Lorigan BCom GAICD SF Fin

Helen Lorigan was appointed as a Venture Partner of Sapien Ventures, a venture capital company with partners based in Sydney, Silicon Valley, Melbourne and Shanghai, in April 2017. Helen originally commenced as an Executive-in-Residence at Sapien Ventures in February 2016 which led to her subsequent appointment to two fintech company Advisory Boards: HashChing and Investfit. Helen is leading a number of key initiatives across superannuation, self-directed advice and funds management which involve the identification, sourcing and curating of high quality fintech and online marketplace start-ups for potential investment.

Helen was appointed to the position of CEO of Elders Financial Planning, formed as a Joint Venture between ANZ and Elders, an Australian global agricultural corporation, in 2009 after initially commencing with Elders as General Manager, Wealth Management in 2006. Helen has also held senior executive positions with ANZ Group, CBA and MLC.

Helen holds a Bachelor of Commerce from UNSW, is a Graduate of the AICD, a Senior Fellow of FINSIA and has served as a Director, Responsible Manager and Advisory Board member on numerous financial services Boards and Australian Financial Services Licences.

Jon Scriven MA (Cantab) FCA FAHRI

Jon Scriven holds the position of Group Executive HR & Office of the CEO with Qantas Airways having joined Qantas in April 2009. He will be retiring from Qantas in December 2017. Jon is responsible for all aspects of HR for the Qantas Group. He also manages the Office of the CEO which comprises the key governance functions of Safety, Security, Risk, Internal Audit, Legal and Company Secretary for the Group.

Jon previously held the position of Group Human Resources Director with Coca-Cola Amatil (2002-2009) and was a partner in Human Capital Services with Andersen (1999-2002) specialising in Board and Executive Remuneration advice. Jon started his career in audit with Price Waterhouse in London and is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Australia. 

Jon is also a Fellow of the Australian Human Resources Institute where he has been a Board Director since 2013.

Jon holds a masters degree in mathematics from Cambridge University in the UK.

Rosemary Sinclair BA LLB BBus MCom CPA FAICD

Rosemary Sinclair has extensive experience at CEO and Senior Executive level in the communications, media, publishing, higher education and energy sectors. Roles have included significant stakeholder engagement responsibilities as CEO of the Australian Telecommunications Users Group, Director of External Relations for the Australian Business School UNSW and currently CEO Energy Consumers Australia.

Rosemary's Board level experience spans private sector companies, public sector and not-for-profit organisations and includes roles as member or Chair of Audit and Risk Committees for over 15 years. Rosemary has international experience in telecommunications and internet policy development committees.

Rosemary is a member of the Australian Communications and Media Authority.

Caroline Spencer BBus FCPA CA GAICD AGIA

Caroline is a public practitioner based in Canberra specialising in governance and assurance. Having commenced practice in business services and Big 4 firms in Sydney, she has worked with organisations in various sectors and undertaken engagements across Australia and in Singapore and the Pacific. She has a passion for promoting accountability and continuous improvement in public institutions as a means of enhancing trust and performance for the communities they serve.

Caroline has a strong interest in non-financial assurance and over-the-horizon issues affecting our profession and has advocated for members and contributed her skills to CPA Australia through divisional council, the Centre of Excellence in Reporting and Assurance and other forums.

She is currently appointed as an independent member to a number of public sector audit committee and board roles.

About CPA Australia 

CPA Australia is one of the world's largest accounting bodies, with more than 160,000 members working in 118 countries and supported by 22 offices globally.

Our core services to members include education, training, technical support and advocacy. Employees and members work together with local and international bodies to represent the views and concerns of the profession to governments, regulators, industries, academia and the community.


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