Meet our Committee
Peter Shields CA - Chair
Peter joined Saward Dawson in 1999 after working for a large firm in Melbourne and Los Angeles. He was responsible for the audit and assurance division, training and staff development as well as other leadership roles.
Peter has experience with a diverse range of audit clients operating in many sectors, including not-for-profits, manufacturing, services, health, exploration and mining, education, religious organisations and aged care.
In addition to the trans-Tasman Audit Advisory Committee, Peter is a member of the not-for-profit discussion group. He also enjoys the opportunity to regularly engage with the Australian Accounting Standards Board and the Australian Auditing and Assurance Standards Board, particularly in relation to matters that affect the not-for-profit sector. Peter is also involved with a number of finance committees and is a member of the local school council.
Ben Willington CA
Ben is a Registered Company Auditor, previously working in a Big 4 firm, a mid-tier firm and then his own practice. In 2007 he merged his audit practice with Accru Harris Orchard’s audit division. Ben has strong insight into the variety of different challenges faced by RCAs throughout Australia through his work on audits for a Big 4 firm as well as small firms. He is passionate about servicing the variety of auditors, and seeks to promote education and training which services large practices auditing multi-national entities right through to the sole practitioner auditing a small not-for-profit entity.
Brendan Worrall CA
Brendan started with Crowe Horwath in 2007 as a Principal with the Audit and Assurance group. He has a strong knowledge of external and internal audit, risk management and governance in both the public and private sectors, and offers clients perceptive and in-depth assurance advice.
Brendan provides assurance services to listed and unlisted public companies; large proprieties and cooperatives; industry superannuation funds and public sector entities, including government-owned corporations, universities, statutory bodies and not-for-profit organisations. His clients come from the education, primary production, mining exploration and local governmental sectors, as well as the shipping and aviation industries. From November 2013, Brendan has joined the Crowe Horwath International Accounting and Audit Committee as the representative from the Australia and New Zealand firm.
Carla Jago CA
Carla is responsible for the management of financial statements audits, including the signing of the auditor’s report on financial statements. Carla manages a portfolio of clients, including the Australian Government’s Consolidated Financial Statements, and a group of audit staff. In addition to her audit-related roles, Carla co-ordinates the resourcing and staff allocations for the whole of the Assurance Audit Services Group, and is responsible for graduate recruitment for assurance audit.
Geetesh Raniga CA
Geetesh is a Licensed Auditor in New Zealand and a Registered Company Auditor in Australia. He also serves on Chartered Accountants ANZ’s Practice Review Advisory Group which provides technical input to the review of member firms in NZ.
He has extensive knowledge and experience in providing audit and assurance services to a number of public companies and large private businesses.
Geetesh’s clients include those within the finance, technology, manufacturing, property development, transport, insurance, retail, wholesale/distribution, health and aged care industries.
Glennda Scully FCA
Dr Scully is a member of Chartered Accountants ANZ’s Western Australia Regional Council. Glennda supports the Chartered Accountants Program as a facilitator, trainer and mentor.
Graeme Pinfold FCA
Graeme is an assurance partner with PwC in Auckland. He has over 25 years’ experience as a partner responsible for audits of large listed companies and entities in the Financial Services sector.
Graeme was a member of the NZICA Professional Standards Board and then chaired that Board for two years following the transition of the responsibility for Auditing Standards to the External Reporting Board.
Joanne Lonergan CA
Joanne is a partner at EY (formerly Ernst & Young) with a particular focus on assisting global companies across many different industries with the challenges of international operations and expansion. Her strong global network means she can quickly mobilise international teams to provide seamless service for her clients.
Lucio Di Giallonardo FCA
With close to 35 years’ experience in the accounting profession, Lucio specialises in audit services, management and advisory services, prospectus preparation, investigating accountants' reports for IPOs, expert reports and due diligence reviews.
Lucio is a proper authority holder of HLB Mann Judd Corporate (WA) Pty Ltd, the firm’s AFS licensed investment advisory arm which prepares independent expert reports for mergers, takeovers and capital raisings. He is currently the Perth firm’s Managing Partner.
Peter Catterson FCA
Peter is a Registered Company Auditor with over 30 years’ experience providing specialist services to public and private sector entities, not-for-profit organisations, the indigenous sector in Queensland, as well as listed corporates and privately owned companies in Victoria and the United Kingdom.
Peter was Queensland State Chairman in 2009 and is also currently a member of Chartered Accountants ANZ’s Regional and Rural Advisory Committee.
Sarah Merridew FCA
Sarah is an experienced company director with an extensive background in providing audit, risk management and business advisory services to the public and private sectors.
She is currently a non-executive director of Mystate Limited, Tasmanian Railway, and the Tasmanian Water and Sewerage Corporations, and Honorary Treasurer for the Royal Flying Doctor Service Tasmania.
Sarah is a former partner of Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu and director of the Tasmanian Public Finance Corporation and Tasmanian Perpetual Trustees Limited.