Date posted: 12/12/2023

Remembering Past-President Ron Eglinton FCA

Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand is extending its sincerest sympathy and condolences to the family and friends of Past-President Ron Eglinton FCA, who passed away in November.

Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand is extending its sincerest sympathy and condolences to the family and friends of Past-President Ron Eglinton FCA, who passed away in November.

Ron was a valued member of CA ANZ and its predecessor organisations for 64 years, having become a member in June 1959. He went on to become a fellow in 1982 and served as President in 1988.

His presidency was the culmination of decades of service to the then New Zealand Society of Accountants.

A resident of Palmerston North, in the Manawatu, Ron was elected to the Society Council in 1979, and was a member of the Public Practice, Education, Farm and Taxation committees through until the mid-80s, when he was also a member of the Fidelity Fund Board of Trustees. In 1986, he became Treasurer, then Vice-President the following year, culminating in his Presidency in 1988.

In his President’s Report for the year, Ron touches on many successes and challenges that remain to this day, namely helping to inform government legislation, working to strengthen the reputation and perception of the profession, and ensuring the membership organisation delivers the services and value that members deserve.

The report is coloured by the difficult economic conditions in New Zealand following the stock market crash in 1987, when he notes, “It is not appropriate that our clients and our employers see us as being interested only in the mighty dollar. They should see us as concerned people, living with them in a difficult economic climate.”

Ron played an important role in advancing the system of practice reviews for firms, saying in his President’s Report that, ‘There is a need for us to demonstrate to the legislators and the general public that as a professional body we are capable of operating our own system of quality control… There is a worldwide trend towards quality control, and we must be in the vanguard of that trend.”

A June 1990 article from the Australian Financial Review cites Ron as continuing to head up a practice-review board, and the basic details of the regime at that time.

Practice reviews are now an integral part of our profession, and Ron left a strong legacy of improvement and leadership in this area.

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