New South Wales & ACT
Paula Kensington (Chair)
I am an agile and determined business leader who isn’t afraid to take initiative and show courage. I strive for 360-degree vision: balancing technical skill with strategic thinking, and encouraging innovation whilst managing risk.
I hold considerable financial, operational and strategic management experience in Australia and in the UK. As the Australian and NZ CFO and COO of Regus, the world’s largest provider of flexible workplaces. I am responsible for both operational and financial performance across the market and have a passion to develop the growth strategy of Regus. The future of flexible working practices will demand partners to work collaboratively. Regus is well placed to be able to respond to this demand.
Prior to taking on this role, I was CFO and Company Secretary of ASX listed Rubik Financial Ltd, where I steered significant growth, including a revenue increase of 157%, company share price increase of 300%, more than $100 million market capitalisation growth, and the acquisition and transition of three businesses.
In 2013, I was named CFO of the Year in the Thomson Reuters Tax & Accounting Excellence Awards, recognising my efforts in the 12 months prior at Rubik, including financial achievement; heightened quality of service; enterprise and added value; dedication; innovation and initiative; leadership qualities; and team development and management skills.
I am a proud member of the ACCA – the global body for professional accountants. I hold the vice chair position on the Australia/NZ Members Panel, representing members and aiding the direction of work required to support members’ needs. I am particularly passionate about assisting ACCA members who have recently migrated to Australia and I am also actively involved in the local ACCA Women In Business group.
I believe in conscious leadership, with a focus on collaboration, care and courage. My aim is to drive, inspire and empower others to think differently and add value
Call (61) 0404 678 483
Colin Savory (Vice Chair)
Membership number: 1110566
Born in London, Colin spent his early career in manufacturing, financial services and investment banking in the UK before moving to Europe. Over the next seven years he worked mainly in France but also Switzerland, Italy and Austria and loved the challenges of new languages, cultures and people. ACCA as an education and a brand helped facilitate these moves between both industries and countries.
Working back in London, he met his wife and they decided to move to Australia, his ACCA qualification fulfilled the visa requirements and they now live in the wonderful city of Perth.
Having benefitted from membership of ACCA over the years, Colin is keen to enhance the recognition of ACCA in Australia, ultimately raising the profile with both employers and recruiters. Rather than study for a similar local accounting qualification, he has complemented ACCA with membership of The Tax Institute (ATI) and is a qualified Chartered Secretary (ACIS).
Having migrated to Australia he is fully aware of the challenges faced by new arrivals and is keen to promote the brand and improve services provided to members wherever possible. He is currently working for a Federal Government regulator in Perth as a Financial Accountant.
Call (61) 0404 655 945
New South Wales & ACT
Membership number: 0831395
Joanne is an Associate at Hall Chadwick Chartered Accountants and Business Advisors. Hall Chadwick has clients in every major capital city and many regional centres in Australia. Joanne joined Hall Chadwick’s Corporate Insolvency Division in 2008 having migrated from the UK. With fourteen years of experience in both the UK and Australian insolvency markets, Joanne deals with all types of corporate insolvency appointments both formal and informal. Joanne work has involved a broad range of industries, including information technology, property and retail as well as publicly listed companies.
Joanne has calm and methodical approach to insolvency allows her to deal with each engagement in a professional and courteous manner and enables her to achieve the best result for all stakeholders. Joanne become an ACCA ANZ Network Panel Member for NSW in 2014 and has been an active member of the panel in her first year. Joanne attends most the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants events and regularly engages with ACCA members on a one on one basis in order to provide feedback to ACCA ANZ office.
Joanne holds a Bachelor of Science (Mathematics) from the University of Plymouth UK and is a Fellow of The Association of Chartered Certified Accountants. Joanne is also an Associate Member of the Australian Restructuring Insolvency & Turnaround Association.
Membership number: 0873418
To paraphrase Nietzsche, “What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger”, and Thiva is a living, breathing example of strength acquired from adversity. He spent his childhood and early youth in war-torn Sri Lanka, overcoming personal learning difficulties only to be stricken with cancer at the age of 24. He emerged from this trauma with only one eye, but as an undaunted survivor determined to test what the wider world had to offer. His career as a senior financial specialist has seen him leading transformational projects in Africa, Canada, New Zealand, and now in Australia. Showing businesses the path to growth is and always will be his primary objective.
Thiva was quick to realise that integrated cloud-based business systems were the way of the future, a key driver to facilitate progress and development. With this mind he founded LALI Business Consulting, providing leadership for organizations who want to transform their systems and process management.
On a more personal level, helping others to not only survive hardship, but also to grow from it, was Thiva’s motive in becoming an ambassador for the New South Wales Cancer Council. In addition to giving practical assistance with fundraising he is also a regular speaker at Cancer Council events.
Thiva enjoys spending time with his twin nieces, loves his Yoga mat, dance shoes and move his body to Latin music, reading books and learning new skills. So yes, Thiva has an unwavering focus on helping others to grow and transform both their business and personal lives. You could even call him one-eyed.
Call (61) 0415 664 154
Victoria & Tasmania
Membership number: 0702709
I am an experienced management consultant in Ernst & Young’s Advisory Services specialising in Finance and Performance Management. I am based in Melbourne, Australia following my move from the UK over five years ago.
My career over the last 8 years has been focused on helping the world’s leading organisations and governments find solutions to their most complex problems. My breadth of work experience across different countries, industries and my wide exposure and interaction with senior executives puts me in a unique position to add real value to the ACCA Australia & New Zealand Network Panel for 2015/17.
I worked as an Area Financial Controller, Assistant Group Accountant and Management Accountant for 6 years prior to joining his ‘Global Big 4’ Accountancy firm employer. I am passionate about the ACCA and if given the honour of serving you in the ACCA Australia & New Zealand Network Panel for 2015/17, my focus will be on driving initiatives to raise the profile of our No. 1 Global Accountancy brand world-wide; working to ensure our syllabus prepares our pipeline of future members for the changing role of accountants; and adequate CPD opportunities to help members harness emerging opportunities.
I have represented ACCA at numerous student engagements forums and events in Victoria and I have a good understanding of the issues new migrants with ACCA qualifications. I am passionate and able to mentor junior and new ACCA members and students.
Call (61) 0457 933 095
Membership number: 0970719
Florence Mauwa started her working career over 15 year ago at Deloitte and since then has worked in various countries in Africa and the Middle East before settling in Australia. She has worked for various large global and regional companies in the financial services and technology sectors and her current role is in a ASX20 company in Remuneration and Benefits. Florence has a passion for the work that ACCA does ensuring members get the full benefit of a truly global qualification.
Call (61) 03 9240 9578
10 years Accounting experience within various industries. 4 years as Financial Controller.
6 years with Hays Recruitment in Sydney specialising in Financial Executive recruitment as Manager of the Accountancy & Finance team.
2012 Founding Director of Sapphire Recruitment – Specialist and well regarding in the Accountancy & Finance recruitment industry across Brisbane and South East QLD.
Successful recruitment of multiple retained, exclusive assignments with the development of major key commercial accounts across various business divisions.
Consultative and consistent approach, Michael demonstrates attention to detail and prides himself on repeat business through established professional relationships, aiming a detailed understanding of clients, their business and recruitment needs whilst providing the highest levels of service.
He provides expert recruitment advice and consultancy on search and selection strategies, organisation structures, staff and management retention and salary reviews.
Call (61) 0414 718 715
I’m FCCA, CPA Australia and Chartered Accountant in Singapore. I’m currently working as Senior Accountant in Accolade Wines, responsible for global capital and asset management and branch taxation and statutory account. Prior joining Accolade, I worked with Silicon Lab in Singapore where I was in charge of global finance shared services, including accounting and reporting, treasury and regional taxation.
I hold a Master of Business Administration from the University of Newcastle, a Bachelor of Applied Accounting (Honours) from Oxford Brookes University and a Bachelor of Science from Tianjin University.
I was elected to be the Panel Member of South Australia in 2013 and 2014. During the past two years, I held RBT event nearly every month and pro-actively organised and successfully held the End of Year events, which arose the awareness among the local members for the local ACCA activities and increased the member’s involvement. In 2014, we had the first CPD event exclusive to South Australian local members that met many member’s need on career development and a well-attended End of Year Dinner which were a big success. Going forward, more exciting CPD events will be held in Adelaide to benefit local members, get more and more members involved and raise the ACCA profile in local market.
Let’s work together to build a stronger ACCA networking in Adelaide and support our local members.
Call (61) 0449 608979
Christchurch – NZ
Membership number: 0253415
Upon leaving school I took advantage of the ACCA’s open door policy, studying whilst working full-time for firms of chartered accountants, qualifying in 1976. I remained working in public practice in Central London for both large and small firms until establishing my own small practice in 1986, providing a full range of services, including audit and insolvency, to an equally wide range of clients.
In 2005 I immigrated to Christchurch where I secured work in accountancy practice and converted my UK knowledge and experience. I consider myself extremely fortunate that at this time the Christchurch ACCA network was just becoming established and this has enabled me to get to know many of my fellow members in Christchurch, local business people and those at the ACCA regional office.
In 2010 I ceased employment to devote my time to running a small boutique vineyard.
I would like to remain on the Panel to ensure that Christchurch members’ views are passed on ultimately to the ACCA Council. I am particularly keen for the ACCA to be acknowledged by the Financial Markets Authority (FMA) in New Zealand and secure the recognition it deserves.
Call (64) 03 322 6955
Wellington – NZ
Membership number: 0980546
I currently live in Wellington, New Zealand (permanent resident) and I studied in the UK qualifying in 2010. I have held a variety of roles since beginning my career as an accounts administrator in 1998 and I currently
work as a product owner of Xero accounting software business product. It has been a surprise to me coming from the UK as to how little people in the accounting profession and recruitment know about ACCA and I would like to see more recognition of ACCA as an alternative to the more well known professional bodies in Australia and New Zealand.
My particular interests are the challenges and opportunities facing accountants in the area of cloud computing and improving technology. I am an active member of the networking and CPD events lead by James Perrine in Wellington and have had the privilege of meeting many of the Wellington based ACCA members over the last two years.
I would welcome the opportunity to be a point of communication between ACCA and its members in New Zealand.
Call (64) 0221 241 310
Auckland – NZ
Carolyn Ironside – (Ambassador)
Membership number: 1133827
Carolyn started her career in Auckland as an Office Junior. Originally travelling to London for 6 months to explore Europe, Carolyn stayed 12 years after discovering a fascination for history, nature and seeing different cultures.
Carolyn has held a variety of types of jobs between New Zealand, England and Scotland, until deciding management and accounting under ACCA was what she wanted to do. Carolyn achieved her ACCA membership in 2009. Having started at the “bottom” in the office, she has a wealth of experience in administration and organisational skills and a good understanding of different perspectives in a business environment. Additionally Carolyn has worked in a variety of industries from retail to accommodation to infrastructure, with her last role being in London as Finance Manager for EleQtra (InfraCo Africa) a project management company specialising in private infrastructure in Africa where Carolyn was responsible for transitioning and implementing new accounting and management reporting systems. Prior to this Carolyn worked as a management accountant for UPP Residential Services in London where she was responsible for the implementation of new accounting systems and processes and financial reporting.
Carolyn is appreciative of what the ACCA brand has meant for her personally and professionally and would like to continue working with others to increase the recognition of ACCA brand in New Zealand. The ACCA study program is about the practical application of accounting for business and business performance, it is focused and useful and an ACCA member should be proud to have earned membership.
Currently Carolyn is enjoying time at home in Auckland, looking after her two small children and undertaking part time additional studies in accounting.
Call (64) 0210 254 9267