Date posted: 7/03/2019 3 min read

View from the Chair: Update from Dawna Wright

Chartered Accountants ANZ Forensic Accounting Committee Chair provides her final quarterly update

In Brief

  • As forensic accountants, the work we do contributes to a safer and more reliable world.
  • This is my final quarterly update, as I step aside as Chair of the Forensic Accounting Committee.
  • I wish the new Chair, Mathew Ashby CA all the best for the future.

2019 is already shaping up to be a fascinating – and busy – one for forensic accountants. The incidence and awareness of financial fraud seems to be accelerating at a remarkable pace, with a new story emerging almost every day about a data breach, money laundering or a sophisticated financial scam. But it is good to see the pendulum swinging back towards increased awareness of the importance of good governance and independent assessment.

While human nature remains the same, the advance of new technology and a connected world means that businesses and individuals are increasingly vulnerable to fraud. As such, it’s important to remember that the work we do – in our many and varied roles – has the potential to contribute to a safer and more reliable world.

Now that we have our Forensic Accounting Specialisation program up and running, I feel that it’s the right time to pass on the baton. So 2019 spells the end of my time as Chair of the CA ANZ Forensic Accounting Committee, as I step aside to let another take my place. Matthew Ashby CA has been appointed to the role – one which I am sure he will fulfil with enthusiasm and commitment.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank all the Committee members for their hard work and significant contributions
Dawna Wright CA Chartered Accountants ANZ Forensic Accounting Committee Chair

So as this is my last newsletter, I would like to take this opportunity to thank all the Committee members for their hard work and significant contributions. It has been a tremendous pleasure and opportunity to work with such a great group of professionals. I would also like to thank the broader forensic accounting community for your support during my time as Chair.

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