- Update from Paul Breen, Tasmania Chair
- Update from Andrew Quinlan, Deputy Regional Manager
April TRC Chair Update
It was a pleasure to have our President Jane Stanton FCA as well as CA ANZ Board member Mike Blake FCA at our meeting earlier this month in Hobart. Their updates on Council and Board activities including the Community Connection Hub, CA X and other key Governance Review outcomes as well as the time they generously gave to attend our Certificate Presentation Ceremony was greatly appreciated.
Discussions around education pathways, privacy, compliance, recognising feedback from current and former students of the CA Program and how we can facilitate closer ties with other Regional Councils were invaluable. The TRC are keen to do all we can to ensure we bring maximum benefit to our Tasmanian members, which now number nearly 1,000!
We are continuing to work to build relationships with key government and business figures to advocate for the interests of small businesses and our membership base. To that end, we were honoured to have Senator Nick McKim attend our meeting along with his adviser Andrew Perry. It was good to have the opportunity to raise important issues with him such as prompt payments legislation, ways to reduce regulatory complexity and compliance burden for small businesses and not-for-profit organisations.
The Council member I’d like to introduce you to this month is Hugh McKenzie FCA. Hugh brings more than 35 years practice and experience to the Council and is based in Launceston. He was formerly a Partner in the KPMG Private Enterprise division for over 20 years and has a particular interest in business and estate successions planning and risk management. Currently an Alderman of the Launceston City Council, a Chair and Director of Primary Health Tasmania, a Director of Australian Pacific Airports (Launceston) Pty Ltd and a member of both the Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand Council and the Tasmanian Regional Council, retirement is suiting Hugh well!
Hugh is a firm believer that Tasmania’s relative isolation and small size should not limit its potential or influence in the national and international accounting space. Currently he is really driving our discussions around how best to improve education pathways to ensure that graduates and participants of the CA Program come out with the best possible skills to set them up for success.
We’ve got some exciting events coming up as the year progresses, with the entire CA ANZ Board meeting in Hobart in May giving you, our members the opportunity to meet with them at a cocktail function on 17 May – we hope you can join us then.
I look forward to continuing to work with you all throughout 2018.
Paul Breen FCA
Chair, Tasmanian Regional Council
Deputy Regional Manager - Andrew Quinlan
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On another note, The Hobart Clinic, which is a local not for profit, public benevolent hospital which provides mental health care to Tasmanians, is seeking expressions of interest for an incoming Treasurer.
More details about the director vacancy are available on The Hobart Clinic website.
Please email Alison Garrett for an information pack and/or contact Amanda Quealy, Chief Executive Officer on 6247 9960.
Recap of last month's events/activity
Over 60 members and guests attended the Certificate Presentation Ceremony and Member Networking event at the Salamanca Inn on Thursday 5 April which featured an address by CA ANZ 2018 President, Jane Stanton FCA and presentation of certificates to new members, members being recognised for 25 years’ service, merit award recipients and new holders of a Certificate of Public Practice.
Our recent Strategies for Success session at The Old Woolstore on Wednesday 11 April was presented by Shaun Sargent and was well attended by Provisional Members building their critical files for upcoming CA Program examinations.
The next couple of months will see the following exciting activities/events for members and guests in Tasmania:
On 17 May we are holding a CA ANZ Board and Member Cocktail function at The Henry Jones Art Hotel in Hobart which will be a great opportunity for Tasmanian members to meet Board Chair, Murray Jack FCA, the CA ANZ Board, CEO - Rick Ellis, President - Jane Stanton FCA and senior management of CA ANZ.
On 28 May our Senior Policy Adviser of Financial Advisory Services, Bronny Speed will deliver a Financial Advisory Sharing Knowledge Session and Financial Advisory Workshop to members in Hobart.
On 6 June, William Pegg, Director of Synthesis Group will deliver a Building Knowledge session titled “From Service Provider to Trusted Advisor” in Hobart.
We look forward to seeing you at one of these events or another throughout 2018.
Deputy Regional Manager – Victoria & Tasmania