Date posted: 24/10/2019 5 min read

Latest young CA award winners show profession is in “great hands”

The quality of young CAs from Australia, New Zealand and Hong Kong picked as the latest Young Regional Advocates shines through.

In Brief

  • Young Chartered Accountants from Australia, New Zealand and Hong Kong selected as Young Regional Advocates
  • The awards recognise their contributions to the profession and their communities
  • The advocates are eligible for the 2019 President’s Prize which will be announced in November

Twelve young Chartered Accountants from Australia, New Zealand and Hong Kong have been recognised for their contributions to the profession and their communities. They have been selected as Young Regional Advocates by Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand (CA ANZ) Regional and Overseas Councils to recognise young accountants in their local regions.

The members, all under the age of 35, are also eligible for the 2019 President's Prize which will be announced next month. [Nov] The prize was relaunched last year to help highlight the next generation of accounting profession leaders.

CA ANZ President Stephen Walker said member growth over the past year, driven in large part by new young members, was one of the most pleasing aspects of 2019.

"It's not only a matter of quantity," he said.

"What makes the story even better is the quality and diversity of these younger members."
Stephen Walker, CA ANZ President.

"This has come through strongly when you look at the CVs of the Young Regional Advocates, particularly their contributions to the profession and their communities."

"The future of the profession is in great hands."

The 2019 Young Regional Advocates

Nafiz Azman CA (ACT) – Senior consultant at Callida Consulting, a Canberra-based, public sector consulting firm. Nafiz is a former vice-chair of the ACT Young Chartered Accountants (YCA) Committee and is currently the YCA ACT Regional Council Representative. He has also been involved in various community initiatives including volunteering for Menslink Youth Mentoring, supporting young men in Canberra, Treasurer of Boxing ACT and Vice President of a Canberra cricket club.

Jamie Cattell CA (Wellington) – Charities Services Senior Accountant at the Department of Internal Affairs. Jamie has extensive involvement in the not-for-profit sector, including membership of the CA ANZ Trans-Tasman NFP Advisory Committee, the NFP Special Interest Group and being the Judging Supervisor for the CA ANZ Charity Reporting Awards. He is a former treasurer of the Male Survivors of Sexual Abuse Trust.

Katya Danilova CA (Hong Kong) – Operations Performance and Analytics Lead at insurance group AIA. Katya serves on the CA ANZ Hong Kong committee and led and coordinated a YCA event in 2019. She has presented as a guest at university lectures to undergrad students, highlighting the profession. Outside of the profession she has worked in mentoring programmes including high school students and supported prisoners studying business courses.

Sophie Hill CA (TAS) – Sophie is currently at the Department of Communities Tasmania. She has worked for Deloitte in Hobart and for the Department of Treasury and Finance. She is a Tasmanian CA ANZ Regional Councillor. Her contributions to the community include sitting on the Department of Treasury and Finance White Ribbon Reference Group and the Young Professionals Network of Tasmania Committee.

Luke Kemeys CA (Auckland) – Director and co-founder of nextAdvisory. Luke also helped set up Schoolrebates.co.nz to cut the cost of education for Kiwi families by providing a web-based solution to allow parents to easily claim back one third of their school donation. He also leads Boys Get Paid, an award-winning Facebook community with a focus on horse racing and giving the younger generation an insight into the industry.

Alice Norton CA (Waikato) – Senior Financial Accountant at LIC. Alice sits on CA ANZ's Waikato Leadership team and has been Chair since 2018. She is a former convenor of the Waikato Young Accountants Group and took part in Waikato school visits to promote CA as a career. She is a trustee of the Waikato Regional Economic Development Trust (Te Waka).

Nathan Reichstein CA (NT) – Director of Business Advisory at Moore Stephens. At the age of 26, he was given the responsibility for managing the Moore Stephens (formally Hayes Knight) Northern Territory Office. Nathan was the NT representative on the SA/NT Regional Council from 2014 to 2018 and a committee member and Chairperson on the NT Chartered Accountants Group (2014 to 2019). He is Chair of Board of the Essington International School in Darwin and a former treasurer of the Waratah Cricket Club.

Joshua Robb CA (NSW) – Associate Director at SV Partners, a registered liquidator and registered bankruptcy trustee. Joshua has been a member of the Newcastle/Hunter Valley Region Members' Committee since 2008 and became committee chair in 2017. He is also chair of the Bean Counters Ball committee. The ball is an annual charity event which has raised more than $180,000 for education and youth in the Hunter region.

Sam Sargood CA (VIC) – Sam has worked at PwC Australia for 12 years and is a R&D tax specialist based in Melbourne. He is a member of the Victorian Young CA Panel and Chair since 2017. He has mentored an undergraduate student who received a CA ANZ Accountants Benevolent Foundation scholarship. When not in the office, Sam will be found on the golf course and currently sits on the Finance Committee and Younger Members Committee of the Royal Melbourne Golf Club.

Benjamin Schierhuber CA (QLD) – Senior Manager with BDO in Cairns in the Advisory team. Benjamin has tutored and lectured at James Cook University in Cairns. He serves on the CA ANZ Queensland Public Practice Panel and the Cairns Young Professional Network. He is the former Treasurer of the Sharks Netball Club and Trinity Beach Bulldogs Netball Club and is a former Secretary of the Centrals Trinity Beach Australian Rules & Sporting Club.

Shaye Thyer CA (SA) – Director of BDODrive at BDO Australia. Shaye was a committee member on CA ANZ's South Australia Corporate Sector Advisory Panel and volunteers her time with various cloud-based providers including speaking at client-network workshops. She has volunteered taking on the role of pseudo advisory board member for several start-ups and app developers.

Vivian (Qi) Wang CA (WA) – Co-director at RE Ledger in Perth. Vivian was a member of the Young CAs Panel for Western Australia and is currently a member of the Public Practice Advisory Committee. In partnership with CA ANZ WA office, Vivian is a co-founder of a not-for-profit organisation called Financial Toolbox, which aims to empower women by teaching financial knowledge and skills that give them independence throughout their lives.

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