Date posted: 11/12/2019 4 min read

NZ Movers and shakers – FCA named CFO of the Year

In this issue of Movers and Shakers, Grant Ellis FCA, CFO of Restaurant Brands, is named CFO of the Year at the Deloitte Top 200 Awards plus more top CA appointments.

Grant Ellis FCA named CFO of the Year

Grant Ellis, CFO for fast food company Restaurant Brands, took out the CFO of the Year award at the Deloitte Top 200 Awards this month. The awards recognise and applaud outstanding individual and management team performances among New Zealand’s largest companies and trading organisations.  Phillippa Harford CA, CFO of Infratil, was a finalist in the CFO category. Award judges include Dame Alison Paterson FCA and Neil Paviour-Smith FCA.

Anjum Rahman FCA shortlisted for NZer of Year award

Anjum Rahman has been named as a semi-finalist for the 2020 Kiwibank New Zealander of the Year award. The awards celebrate Kiwis who are passionate and committed to making New Zealand a better place to live for everyone. Anjum is a political and human rights activist working for the rights of Muslim women, especially speaking against discrimination of Muslims. Earlier this year the Hamilton-based FCA also received a MNZM for services to ethnic communities and women.

Cassandra Crowley FCA to chair the Taranaki DHB

Former CA ANZ President Cassandra Crowley FCA has been appointed Chair of the Taranaki District Health Board by the Ministry of Health. Health Minister Dr David Clark says "District Health Boards play a vital role delivering health care to New Zealanders. It’s critical that they are well led, and well governed". Cassandra has directorships on several boards including the NZ Transport Agency Board.

University of Otago honorary doctorate awarded to John Judge FCA

John Judge FCA was one of four alumni of the University of Otago to be conferred with honorary doctorates at graduation ceremonies in December. Vice-Chancellor Professor Harlene Hayne, in announcing the doctorates, says “We cannot help but be proud to have such accomplished and highly-regarded graduates, who have each individually made a lasting impact in their area of expertise, both within New Zealand and across the globe”. John’s roles have included former chief executive of EY, chairing ANZ Bank New Zealand and the Accident Compensation Corporation and director of Fletcher Building.

Bella Takiari-Brame CA appointed to The Lines Company (TLC) Board

Bella Takiari-Brame CA has joined The Lines Company (TLC) Board as a director. Bella has worked in oil, gas and utilities and comes to TLC with a wealth of global market understanding and governance expertise. She is currently a member of Te Wānanga o Aotearoa Council, an independent member of the Group Audit and Risk Committee of Waikato Tainui, a trustee of the Māniapoto Māori Trust Board, Māngai Māori representative for the finance committee of the Hamilton City Council.

Whakatane CA awarded rural leadership scholarship 

Shannon Harnet CA, owner of Whakatane firm Rural Accountants, has been awarded a Nuffield Scholarship, a prestigious rural leadership program with a global focus, designed to fast-track the development of emerging leaders in New Zealand’s agri-food sector. It is an intensive 12-month program, including 16 weeks of overseas travel, to expose scholars to new insights and ideas in agricultural practices world-wide. Each year up to five scholarships are awarded.

Award to lift number of CAs practicing in provinces

Massey University Primary Industry Accounting Research Trust Fund is providing $10,000 to a CA Program candidate for the Ted Delahunty Leadership Award. This year’s winner is Rachel Ingram who works at Hawke’s Bay firm Brown Webb Richardson. The aim of the award, honouring a Massey University lecturer, is to increase the number of CAs practicing in provincial New Zealand by financially supporting Provisional Members who are committed to residing and working in the provinces.

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