Date posted: 10/06/2020 2 min read

Recognition in 2020 Queen’s Birthday Honours

A number of Australian Chartered Accountants and CA ANZ's very own Board Director have made it onto the Queen’s Birthday Honours List this year.

In brief

  • 933 Australians have been awarded the Queen's Birthday Honours this year
  • The list recognises a group of outstanding Australians who have made a contribution to their community
  • A range of Chartered Accountants across Australia have been recognised for their achievement and contribution

A number of Australian Chartered Accountants including CA ANZ Board Director Ming Long FCA are among the 933 Australians who have been awarded the Queen's Birthday Honours this year.

"This list recognises a group of outstanding Australians who have made a contribution to their community, to Australia globally or domestically. Their efforts have been noted by their peers; they've been nominated and assessed independently as worthy of recognition," said Governor-General David Hurley.

Ross Ledger FCA for significant service to the accounting profession, to wildlife conservation, and to the community

In the General Division of the Order of Australia, Ross Ledger FCA of Western Australia has been named as a Member of the Order (AM) for "significant service to the accounting profession, to wildlife conservation, and to the community".

Mr Ledger has been a member of Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand since 1960 and was appointed as a life member in 2019. He is currently the managing director of R E Ledger Pty Ltd, Chartered Accountants, a position he has held for three decades.

Mr Ledger's dedication to the profession and greater community is evident in his service as WA State Registrar State, WA State Chair, WA State Council Member and WA Representative on National Council to the previous Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia. To the greater community, Mr Ledger has served as both trustee and board member to several institutions and was inducted as a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (FAICD).

"My father said if you work for a chartered accountant, you'll see lots of different businesses and you might find one you like. The one I found I liked was being a professional chartered accountant."
Ross Ledger FCA

Read our Acuity interview with Ross Ledger FCA

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Ming Long FCA for significant service to the financial and real estate sectors, and to diversity and inclusion

Ming Long FCA has been appointed a Member in the General Division of the Order of Australia (AM) for her services to the financial and real estate sectors as well as to diversity and inclusion.

Ms Long has more than a decade of experience in real estate, managing complex transactions and finance, spending 11 years at Investa Property Group where she held several roles including Managing Director and Chief Financial Officer, latterly as the Group Executive, IOF Fund Manager.

She became a Chartered Accountant in 1997 and a Fellow in 2014. Ms Long has also been a Non-Executive Board Director on the Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand Board since 2017.

Ms Long is Chair of AMP Capital Funds Management Limited, Deputy Chair of Diversity Council of Australia, a non-executive director of the Australia Pacific Board for QBE Insurance and Director of YBF Fintech Hub Advisory Board. She is also a member of Chief Executive Women and a National Group Convenor at Male Champions of Change.

Andrew MacNeill CA for service to tennis, and to the accountancy profession

Andrew MacNeill CA has been recognised with a Medal of the Order (OAM) for "service to tennis, and to the accountancy profession".

A Chartered Accountant since 2012, Mr MacNeill is a partner at the Melbourne office of SellersMuldoonBenton. Joining the firm in 2006, he has had over 14 years' experience in all forms of personal and corporate insolvency.

Prior to this Mr MacNeil spent 10 years operating his own small business in the building industry. He is a registered liquidator, a member of the Australian Restructuring Insolvency and Turnaround Association and sits on ASIC's panel of insolvency practitioners.

Andrew Pierce FCA for service to the community, and to accountancy

Andrew Pierce FCA from New South Wales has also been recognised with a Medal of the Order (OAM) for "service to the community, and to accountancy". Mr Pierce became a Chartered Accountant in 1972 and was appointed a Fellow in 1975.

He was a director at the Centre for Eye Health between 2008 and 2015, and was the president of Guide Dogs NSW/ACT from 2010 to 2012, while holding various roles including director, secretary and treasurer between 1992 and 2010. Mr Pierce also served as Treasurer and Director of Variety The Children's Charity for many years culminating in 1997.

Annette Kimmitt FCA for significant service to business, and to gender equality and inclusion.

Annette Kimmitt FCA was appointed as a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) for her "significant service to business, and to gender equality and inclusion".

Ms Kimmitt is the Chief Executive Officer and Managing Partner of law and consulting firm Minter Ellison. Prior to this, she was a partner at EY (formerly Ernst & Young) for over 13 years, joining in 2005 after a three-year stint at the International Accounting Standards Board in London. She has held a range of senior executive roles at EY in Asia Pacific and globally.

Ms Kimmitt has made a significant impact on a range of organisations through non-executive roles including as Director and Audit and Risk Committee Chair of Airservices Australia, Director on the Committee for Melbourne and currently as Director and Audit and Risk Committee Chair of Melbourne Business School.

Ms Kimmitt became a member of Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand in 2001 and was appointed a Fellow in 2008. Her dedication to the profession is shown in her service as Victorian Regional Council Chair in 2009. She is also the author of many Australian and international exposure drafts, accounting standards, and articles on financial reporting.

In 2012, Ms Kimmitt co-founded Scale Investors, Australia's first seed capital organisation focused on equipping women with education and deal flow opportunities to invest in early-stage, female-led businesses, and an ambassador for the Workplace Gender Equality Agency Pay Equity (WGEA).

Belinda Hutchinson FCA for eminent service to business, to tertiary education and scientific research, and through philanthropic endeavours to address social disadvantage.

Belinda Hutchinson FCA was appointed Companion of the Order of Australia, the highest level of the Australian Queen's Birthday Honours system, for "eminent service to business, to tertiary education and scientific research, and through philanthropic endeavours to address social disadvantage".

She has been the Chancellor of the University of Sydney since 2013 and sits on a number of not-for-profit boards, including Australian Philanthropic Services, St Vincent's Health Australia NSW Advisory Council and Chair of Future Generation Global Investment Company. Ms Hutchinson became a CA in 1981 and a Fellow in 1999.

She is Chair of Thales Australia Limited and a non-executive Director of Qantas. She was previously Chair of QBE Insurance Group, Director of Telstra, Coles Myer, Energy Australia, TAB, Crane Group, Sydney Water and AGL Energy, and President of the NSW State Library Council and Chief Executive Women. She is also a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Read our Acuity interview with Belinda Hutchinson FCA

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Eddie Kutner FCA for significant service to the property development and financial sectors, and to science

Eddie Kutner FCA has been appointed Member of the Order of the General Division for "significant service to the property development and financial sectors, and to science."

With over 40 years' experience in property investment and finance, Mr Kutner is founding director of Central Equity and Executive Chair of the Central Equity Group. He has been a director of public companies in the resource area operating within Australia and internationally and also participated in various roles in government round table discussions and forums.

Mr Kutner became a CA in 1973 and was awarded a Fellowship in 1983. He is Founder and Chair of Wonderment Walk Victoria Limited, a not for profit established for the purpose of promoting art, science and knowledge, and set up The Q Australia Foundation which supports Questacon in Canberra.

Christopher Jones FCA for service to the community of Hobart

Christopher Jones FCA was awarded the Medal (OAM) of the Order in the General Division for "service to the community of Hobart".

Mr Jones was a Senior Adviser at Findex, a leading provider of integrated financial advisory and accounting services. He was Southern Cross Care Tasmania's Director and Board Member for 14 years and served as company Treasurer for seven years.

Mr Jones became a member of Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand in 1973 and was appointed a Fellow in 1981.

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