Date posted: 25/01/2022 3 min read

CA ANZ celebrates new Life Members and Fellows

Chartered Accountants ANZ is celebrating the announcement of three new life members, and 190 new fellows.

In brief

  • CA ANZ has conferred life memberships and fellowships to members across 9 countries
  • Three members were conferred with life membership, joining a total of 27
  • One hundred and ninety members were made fellows

Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand is celebrating the announcement of three new life members and 190 new fellows for 2021.

The accolades are awarded to chartered accountants who deliver outstanding service and contributions to CA ANZ, the profession, and their wider communities. 

CA ANZ 2021 President Dr Nives Botica Redmayne FCA shared her congratulations with the members.

“Congratulations to our new life members and fellows, you are exceptional chartered accountants and people who have made big difference to your communities and our profession.”
Dr Nives Botica Redmayne FCA

“In particular, congratulations to the new life members.  What sets you apart is your exceptional contribution, your perseverance and your leadership in challenging times.  You serve as role models to us all, and your life memberships are well deserved.”


Fellowships recognise exceptional members who have demonstrated their contribution to the accounting profession through services to their community, participation in professional bodies and dedication to research or writing within the accounting field.

The fellowships have been awarded to members across nine different countries, including the United States, Malaysia, Singapore, Fiji, Samoa, Hong Kong, United Kingdom, and of course Australia and New Zealand. 

Fellowship Announcement 2021

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Life members

Life membership is the highest honour bestowed by the Council of Chartered Accountants ANZ. It recognises the exceptional careers and achievements of senior members of the profession, and their services to others.

Life membership is awarded very rarely, being restricted to forty members at any time.  There are twenty-six current life members.  

The three new Life Members, Dianne Hill FCA, Sir Robert McLeod FCA and Sir Brian Roche FCA, are outstanding difference makers. They have had a sustained, positive impact across many areas, including the public, private, educational and charity sectors.

Dianne Hill FCA, 2021, New South Wales

During 30 years as a chartered accountant and 25 as a company director, there’s not much that Dianne Hill FCA hasn’t overseen or achieved. From asset management, to financial accounting, public and private sector project management, to a range of directorships and chair positions, Dianne has built a reputation for attention to detail and hard work.

But it’s the time she’s found to help others, on-top of this work, that has earned her conferment as a Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand Life Member.

Dianne has been a voluntary member on numerous CA ANZ committees since 1984, including chair/member of NSW Council for 9 years, National Board member for 5 years, as well as 10 years on the Chartered Accountants Advisory Group, providing support to NSW members.  Dianne credits her career sucess, in large part to the voluntary contributions she has made to the CA ANZ and highly values the staff and members she has had the opportunity to work with. 

The co-author of two financial education books, Dianne has been pivotal to the Accountants Scholarship Fund that helps disadvantaged Australians with their education costs, and in the development of a scholarship program for indigenous students to undertake the Insearch pathway to the University of Technology Sydney.

Dianne is currently a Councillor at the University of Technology Sydney (UTS) and a member of the Finance committee and Independent Chair of a remmuneration committee.  She has recently completed her terms of office as Chair of the audit and risk committees for Sydney Children’s Hospitals Network, Service NSW,  the Audit Office of NSW, and as member of Land and Housing Corporation and Department of Customer Service, and not for profit CoAct Limited where she was a board member for 10 years. She remains very active in helping others, particularly through mentoring.

Sir Robert McLeod KNZM FCA, 2021, Auckland

Sir Robert has had an extensive professional and governance career both within the accounting profession and in the broader public and business sectors. His outstanding career is built on tax expertise, leadership as chief executive of accounting firm Ernst & Young Australasia, and an almost unparalleled role in finance, governance and Māori and Australian indigenous initiatives.

Born in Gisborne, on New Zealand’s East Coast, and connected to Ngāti Porou, he was made partner at Gilfillan Morris & Co (predecessor to KPMG) at just 27 years old.

His contribution to CA ANZ includes serving as an Institute of Chartered Accountants of New Zealand (ICANZ) councillor, as well as on the ICANZ Tax Advisory Group in its formative years, the ICANZ Towards 2005 Taskforce and the CA ANZ New Zealand Special Interest Group Review Panel.

A champion of Māori interests, small business and entrepreneurship, Sir Robert has held a number of high profile government appointments throughout his career, including Commissioner for the Treaty of Waitangi Fisheries Commission, Chair of the influential Government Tax Review in 2001, and membership of the Ministerial Taskforce on Tertiary Education, Capital Markets Taskforce and National Infrastructure Advisory Board.  He was also Lead Negotiator for Te Haeata (Ngati Porou Treaty Settlement Committee) from 2008-2010 and Chair of the New Zealand Business Roundtable from 2002 to 2010.

Appointed a Knight Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit in 2019, for services to business and Māori, Sir Robert also won that year’s Outstanding Contribution to Finance and Business Award at the annual New Zealand CFO Awards.

Sir Brian Roche KNZM FCA, 2021, Wellington

Alongside Sir Robert, few New Zealanders can say that they have had the impact across as many key policy areas as Sir Brian Roche FCA. In many ways he has been ‘Mr Fix-it’ for successive governments across sectors as diverse as transport, sport and health.

Starting his career as an accountant with Barr Burgess & Stewart, who became Coopers and Lybrand (predecessor to PwC), he rose through the ranks over a 20-year career to become a senior partner.  In 1989 he was seconded into the Prime Minister’s Department as a private sector advisor, serving four prime ministers through to the early 1990s.  

In that decade he gained prominence in the public eye as the Chief Crown Negotiator for Treaty of Waitangi claims and settlements, and for the successful outcome of the 1997 Ngāi Tahu settlement, the first comprehensive settlement which laid the framework for subsequent Treaty negotiations.

In 2004, Sir Brian became the inaugural Chair of the Auckland Regional Transport Authority and, in 2008, he was appointed the inaugural Chair of the New Zealand Transport Agency, a position he held for 2 years, commencing a second three-year term as Chair in 2019. 

In 2008 he was also appointed Deputy Commissioner of the Hawke’s Bay District Health Board after the elected Board was stood down by the then Minister of Health. 

From January 2010 to April 2017, Sir Brian was Chief Executive of New Zealand Post, and during much of the same period he was Chair of the Hurricanes Rugby franchise.  He also led the team that won the 2011 Rugby World Cup hosting rights for New Zealand, and Chair of the company that delivered the tournament.

He was awarded a Knight Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to the State and business in 2016 and was awarded the Outstanding Contribution to Finance and Business at the 2020 New Zealand CFO Awards.

More recently, Sir Brian was appointed to lead a new group to support Ministers in improving COVID-19 response and resilience.  He remains active across a number of directorships, as well as providing thought leadership across New Zealand’s most significant challenges, including its response to COVID-19.

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