Andrew Conway
Chief Executive Officer

A former Australian Government Treasury Ministry Chief of Staff, Andrew holds the record of being the youngest CEO of a public entity, appointed at just 28 years of age in 2009. Andrew has represented Australia at a range of international events including APEC, G20 and World Trade Organisation summits. Andrew's academic background and qualifications are in commerce, education and commercial law.

In 2001 Andrew was awarded the Centenary of Federation Medal through the Order of Australia. Andrew was also awarded the 2011 Young Professional of the Year award and was appointed a Professor of Accounting (honoris causa) at Shanghai University of Finance and Economics and is an Adjunct Professor at Deakin University and Lanzhou University in China. Andrew has held statutory positions including as a Board Director of a large government agency (Eastern Health in Victoria).

In November 2014, Andrew was announced as one of the AFR Boss Magazine's Young Executives of the Year and in 2015 was announced as the Young Alumni of the Year of Deakin University and is a current Vice Chancellors' Distinguished Fellow.

Andrew leads the transformation of the IPA and pioneered the policy development of the landmark Australian Small Business White Paper and has consolidated the IPA's position in the global profession through leading the successful acquisition of the Institute of Financial Accountants in the UK to create the IPA Group.

These, achievements, awards and academic appointments cements Andrew's position as one of Australia's leading and most promising CEOs.


Brett Maloney
Chief Operating Officer

Brett, a Fellow of the IPA, holds a Bachelor of Business in Accounting (RMIT University) and has held senior finance roles both in Australia and in the UK. Prior to joining the IPA, Brett has previously worked for ASX listed and private companies with commercial experience across the Manufacturing, Distribution, and Services sectors.

Brett leads the IPA teams responsible for Finance & Treasury, Corporate Shared Services, Corporate Policy, Quality Assurance, ICT (including both infrastructure and application development). This includes responsibility for the delivery of the Institute’s member website and the development and deployment of efficient internal management systems. These are deliberately focused on maximizing value to members and contain many unique design benefits not often seen in the Not For Profit sector.


Arthur Burt
Group Executive Member Engagement

The management, performance and strategic direction of the Member Growth/Business Development function across Australia fall under Arthur's remit as Group Executive Member Growth. This incorporates new member admissions, current member retention and overall engagement with stakeholders in the profession in a number of practice settings.

Since starting with the IPA in February 2010 – bar an 8-month sabbatical in Pharmacy - Arthur has overseen significant membership growth both in terms of new members and retaining current members.

Arthur brings a wealth of management, business development, marketing and communications knowledge gained over almost 30 years in Australia and in the UK. He has worked with some of the most recognised global brands in financial services. In that time, Arthur has been involved in all aspects of marketing communications, management, planning and research. His aim is to ensure the continued growth of the Institute of Public Accountants with the accompanying recognition of our members.

Arthur holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Marketing and Spanish from the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow.


Catherine Atkinson
Group Executive Member Growth, Marketing, and Events

A strategic marketing leader with more than 25 years’ experience across the financial services sector. Catherine’s experience extends to all parts of the marketing and communications mix encompassing product marketing, communications, brand strategy, digital marketing, internal communications, loyalty programs and events. Catherine has worked for a range of businesses from not for profit through to multi-national corporations.

Catherine heads up the Member Growth, Marketing, and Events teams at the IPA and thoroughly enjoys leading teams of highly engaged and creative professionals. With the aim of driving membership growth and brand awareness, Catherine sets up her teams for success by providing an environment in which they can flourish.

Catherine has postgraduate qualifications in Direct Marketing and Communications, in addition to a Bachelor of Tourism and Hospitality Management.


Vicki Stylianou
Group Executive Advocacy and Policy

Vicki came to the IPA in June 2007 from Federal Treasury, where she worked in tax policy, financial literacy, prudential regulation and in the Office of Best Practice Regulation on secondment. Prior to this, Vicki worked as a lawyer in private practice specialising in commercial litigation both in Australia and overseas. Vicki holds a Bachelor of Jurisprudence, Bachelor of Laws, Bachelor of Arts and Masters of Business Administration (International Business).

At the IPA, Vicki leads the team responsible for policy and advocacy work, as well as the innovation part of the business unit, which focuses on matters of interest to small business and small to medium practices.

Vicki's role also covers member technical resources, being a media spokesperson and editorial content of IPA's publications.


John Edwards
Group International Executive

Prior to taking on the role of CEO of the Institute of Financial Accountants (IFA) in April 2015, John has held a number of senior roles throughout his career working both in the private and not-for-profit sectors in companies of all shapes and sizes, gaining a wealth of experience. His considerable knowledge of the accounting profession was achieved when he worked for the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW) for many years. He is also a Fellow member of the IFA and of the Institute of Public Accountants of Australia.

Before joining the IFA, John worked for a range of SME/SMPs as a business consultant helping them to strategically develop and grow their businesses. He was also the chief operating officer of a venture capitalist business investing and developing companies across many sectors including: construction; information technology; motor sport; events and marketing; charities; cruise liners and airlines.


Naomi Knight
Group Executive People and Strategy

Naomi heads up the People and Wellbeing team and is leading them in the development and implementation of the IPA Group People Strategy. In her role, Naomi also provides strategic and operational human resource management for the Group, and advice to IPA managers and staff to deliver support in all aspects of the employee lifecycle. Naomi and the People and Wellbeing team play a key role in enhancing the focus of wellbeing and aim to create an environment where our people are supported and can thrive in their roles.
Since joining the IPA in 2002, Naomi has held a number of senior roles across the business. With experience working in finance, member retention, corporate services and IT support, Naomi has had the opportunity to gain valuable insight into all areas of the IPA business, giving her a unique advantage in her current position, supporting and leading our people.
Naomi is a member of the IPA and of AHRI and holds a Graduate Certificate in HR leadership.

Rong Chen

Ms. Rong Chen holds MA, Teaching Certificate for High Education and Associate Professor. She has been responsible for IPA China business since 2007. Ms. Rong Chen was appointed International Education Manager in 2013 and responsible for continuing professional education programs in some overseas market and she was appointed as General Manager International Education in 2016 and Director International Strategy - IPA Group in 2020. Ms. Rong Chen has rich work experience in teaching and research in China and Australia universities, Foreign Affairs, Language Training Centre and high education management area. Ms. Rong Chen puts endeavor into promoting mutual communication between accounting professional across the borders, exchange of technical contents and talents and free continuing professional education for members. Innovation and improvement are the key for her work, and she believes only growing and improving organizations are outstanding organizations which can lead members to embrace changes across the field and the era.

安德鲁于2001年荣获伊丽莎白二世女王陛下赐予的联邦百年勋章之澳大利亚勋章;2011年获“澳大利亚专业人士”奖项中的“2011年度青年专业人士”荣誉称号,同年被聘任为上海财经大学会计学荣誉教授,是迪肯大学和兰州大学访问学者。2014年11月,安德鲁被评选为AFR Boss杂志“年度杰出青年执行官”,并于2015年当选迪肯大学年度青年校友,目前是副校长特聘研究员。除此而外,安德鲁还在大型政府机构任公职。
安德鲁领导IPA转型,率先推出具有政策里程碑意义的《澳大利亚小企业白皮书》。在他的带领下,IPA成功合并财务会计师公会(IFA)成立公共会计师协会集团(IPA Group),巩固了IPA在全球的行业地位。




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陈荣女士持有文学硕士学位及高等教育教师资格,副教授,自2007年起负责公共会计师协会集团在中国的各项业务。陈荣自2013年兼任国际教育经理负责部分地区海外继续教育项目拓展工作,2016年任国际教育总经理,2020 年11月起任协会集团中国事务总监,全面负责中国业务以及战略发展。陈荣先后在高等院校、外事办公室、英语语言培训中心、澳大利亚高等院校工作,曾长期从事高等教育教学与研究,具有丰富的教育管理经验。陈荣致力于公共会计师协会品牌推广和中澳两国人才交流。她自从任职公共会计师协会以来为推动中澳会计财务领域专业技术交流、人才交流、继续教育培训与专业人才培养做了大量创新工作。她坚信专业会计师组织的价值在于引领和共同成长,只有不断进步和引领会员拥抱跨领域与时代变革的组织才是优秀的组织。

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