Date posted: 12/12/2023

Message from the Tasmanian Council Chair, Bo Xu CA – December 2023

A busy year for CA ANZ in Tasmania, with celebrations, engagement, and the revival of young professional network

In brief

  • Young Professionals back up and running
  • Women in business recognition
  • Celebration of CA ANZ members in Launceston and Hobart

Dear Tasmanian CAs,

It has been a busy and exciting year for CA ANZ in Tasmania, with the organisation coming up to full steam in the post COVID period, with the revitalisation of the Young Professionals Network, membership celebrations and increasing the recognition of women in business. 

The year started in earnest with Kirby Taylor, Natalia Svetlova, David Kewley and myself representing the organisation at a Tascoss luncheon with the Premier in February, before Natalia, Robyn Ketchell, Ben Damiano and myself met with Martin Andrews of the Department of State Growth to discuss migration issues. 

Then in March, Kirby Taylor again flew the flag of CA ANZ , this time speaking at the Inspiring Women in Leadership event, which was hosted by the Launceston Chamber of Commerce, with some senior female figures being noted not only speaking but also attending. 

Member Celebration dinners were well attended in Hobart and Launceston, with Danny McCarthy receiving the Meritorious Service Award, Dave Kewley named the Tasmanian Young CA of 2022, Cherie Atchison, Adrian Bott and Gareth Atkins becoming new Fellows, 25 new members joining our CA ANZ family, and 14 well respected members celebrating their 25, 40 and 50 year membership milestones. 

In April, Natalia, Dave, Robyn and I attended a CEDA event which looked at Future Proofing Tasmania’s Economy with Ministers Roger Jaensch and Felix Ellis, before the Tax and Financial Services Roadshow hit the state in May, with CA ANZ’s Susan Franks and Tony Negline providing the latest update to members on government bodies such as the ATO, ASIC and APRA. 

In July, thanks to the great work of Robyn Ketchell we saw the revitalisation of the Young Professionals Network in the south with an end of Financial Year Networking event, while in November there was a successful event in the North with some 95 Young Professional attendees. 

The latter part of the year also saw a number of high school engagement events in the South, North and North West, with Robyn again flying the flag ably supported by David Kewley as well as Stuart Edwards, while there were numerous interactions with UTAS students with guest speaking sessions and panel appearances. 

We also received the news that Andrew Quinlan was moving on, but happily he has not been lost to CA ANZ, instead being promoted to General Manger of the Australian Regions Position. 

His replacement, Anthony Takyi, commenced as Regional Manager for Tasmanian and Victoria in October and has quickly shown the capacity to assist in steering the organisation in the right direction. 

So, with the year drawing to an end, I would like to take the time to thank all the councillors for their hard work to the organisation, as well as special mention to Andrew Quinlan for his many years of dedication to CA ANZ Tasmania and Robyn Ketchell for her hard work. 

Bo Xu 
Chair – CA ANZ Tasmania Council 

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