Board of Directors

The APESB constitution allows for the appointment of seven directors to the Board, six of whom are drawn from the three professional accounting bodies. The seventh director is the chairman. The chairman is required to be an independent person who is not a member of one of the professional accounting bodies.

Ms Nancy Milne OAM

Ms Nancy Milne OAM brings over 30-years' experience as a lawyer working on large commercial cases involving risk and compliance, to her role as Chairman at APESB. As a partner at Clayton Utz, her accounting and indemnity work established her strength in stakeholder management, dispute resolution and governance. She has also developed an in-depth knowledge of the regulatory environment within the financial services sector. Nancy holds a Bachelor of Law from the University of Sydney. She is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. Nancy was a recipient of an Order of Australia Medal in 2008 for services to the legal sector and the community.
Since 2003, Nancy has taken up a variety of governance roles, focussing on improving business performance. She is Chair at the Securities Exchanges Guarantee Corporation, Deputy Chair at the State Insurance Regulatory Authority, a non-Executive Director at FBR Limited, a Director at Pacific Opera and a Director at the Benevolent Society. She is a Council Member for the Asbestos Safety and Eradication Agency Council and a Member of the Audit and Risk Committee, NSW Department of Customer Service.

Date of appointment: January 1, 2019

Mr Craig Farrow

Mr Craig Farrow is the Managing Director of Innovatio Advisory Pty Ltd and Group COO of Raven/Cavity Sliders Group. Craig is a past President of the Institute of Chartered Accountants Australia (ICAA). Craig played a pivotal role in ICAA's historic merger with the New Zealand Institute of Chartered Accountants as the Executive Chair of the merger project that led to the creation of Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand. Craig is a Fellow of both the Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand and the Australian Institute of Company Directors and a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Management (AIM). He is also a certified practicing manager and holds a Diploma of Financial Services.
Craig is the Chairman of Centre State Exports Group, Pinion Advisory Pty Ltd, SRL Marketing Group, Resolution Minerals Ltd, Real Time Data Pty Ltd and Mantina Quarries and Concrete. He is also a non-Executive Director of Australian Technology Innovators Pty Ltd, Carlisle Health Pty Ltd and Country and Outback Health SA. He is a former Partner and now a consultant for Brentnalls SA Chartered Accountants.

Date of appointment: February 10, 2015

Ms Claire Mackay

Ms Claire Mackay is a Principal and Head of Advice at Quantum Financial, a leading independent financial planning firm. Previously, Claire worked in structured tax at PwC and Macquarie Bank and she was an industry nominated Panel Adjudicator for the Financial Ombudsman Service. Claire is admitted to the NSW Supreme Court; she holds a Bachelor of Commerce and a Bachelor of Law from Macquarie University and a Masters of Law from Sydney University. Claire is a Fellow of Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand.
Claire is a qualified Chartered Accountant (SMSF and Financial Planning Specialist), a Certified Financial Planner, a Chartered Tax Advisor and a Graduate Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. Claire is a Director of the Australian Financial Complaints Authority, a member of the Finance Audit and Compliance Committee of Surf Life Saving NSW; the Professional Standards and Conduct Committee at the Financial Planning Association, and a member of RMIT's Program Advisory Committee for the School of Accounting.

Date of appointment: July 1, 2016

Mr Brian Morris

Mr Brian Morris is the Principal of Morris Forensic, a specialist forensic accounting practice. Over the years, Brian has served on a variety of Board and Committee positions. From 1983 to 2014, he was a partner at Edward Marshall, specialising in audit, forensic accounting, valuations and management consulting services. He was also the firm's managing partner and chairman of partners at various times.
Brian is a Fellow of both Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand and CPA Australia and a Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. Brian is the Chair of the Audit & Risk Committee of the Courts Administrative Authority, a member of the Stratco Group Advisory Board, Audit Committee of the Art Gallery of South Australia, and the editorial committee of the Australian Accounting Review.

Date of appointment: January 1, 2019

Ms Rachel Grimes AM

Ms Rachel Grimes AM is the Chief Financial Officer of Challenger Limited. Rachel is the past President of the International Federation of Accountants (IFAC) (2016-2018). Previously, Rachel spent over two decades with Westpac in senior finance roles and she was co-lead of the merger between Westpac and St George. She is a strong advocate for Diversity and Inclusion in the workplace and was a finalist in Westpac's internal Women of Influence Awards Inclusion & Diversity category from 2013 – 2015. Rachel is a Fellow of the Institute of Public Accountants, Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand and CPA Australia. Rachel became a member of the Order of Australia in 2022 for her services to business in the field of accountancy, and to professional associations.
Rachel is the Chair of the Finance and Risk Committee of Surfing Australia, Deputy Chair of Digital Finance CRC and a Director of Loreto Ministries Limited. Rachel is a Director of Challenger Direct Pty Ltd, Challenger Financial Services Pty Limited, Challenger Funds Management Holdings Pty Limited, Challenger Group Holdings Limited, Challenger Group Pty Limited, Challenger Group Services Pty. Ltd., Challenger Holdco2 Holdings Pty Ltd, Challenger Home Loan Corporation Pty Ltd, Challenger Japan Holdings Pty Limited, Challenger Life Company Holdings Pty Ltd, Challenger Managed Investments (International) Pty Limited, Challenger Margin Lending Pty Ltd, Challenger Mortgage Management Pty Ltd, Challenger Non-conforming Finance Pty Ltd, Challenger Securitisation Management Pty Ltd, Challenger Special Servicing Pty Ltd, Challenger Treasury Limited, Challenger Wholesale Finance Holdings Pty Limited, Fidante Partners Limited, Fidante Partners Services Pty. Ltd and Howard Commercial Lending Pty Ltd.

Date of appointment: February 1, 2019

Mr Colin Murphy PSM

Mr Colin Murphy PSM is the former Auditor General for Western Australia, where he served the Parliament of Western Australia for more than 11 years. Colin is also a past AUASB Board member.
Colin holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Western Australia. Colin is a Fellow, former Board member and Past State President of CPA Australia and a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia and New Zealand. He is also a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and a past President of the Institute of Public Administration Western Australia. Colin received CPA Australia's President's Award and a Meritorious Service Award and was also awarded the Public Service Medal (PSM) in the 2010 Australia Day Honours.
Colin is a Commissioner of the Gaming and Wagering Commission WA. He is a Director of the Winston Churchill Memorial Trust Australia, Wajarri Enterprises Ltd, and an independent Director of Winja Wajarri Barna Ltd. He is a Board member of ChemCentre Western Australia and South Metropolitan Health Services Board WA. Colin is the Chair of the WA Audit and Risk Committees for the Department of Education, the Department of Justice, the Department of Water and Environmental Regulation and the Department of Training and Workforce Development Western Australia.

Date of appointment: May 1, 2020

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The Accounting Professional & Ethical Standards Board (APESB) is an independent, national body that sets the code of ethics and professional standards with which accounting professionals who are members of CPA Australia, CA ANZ or IPA must comply. The APESB is equally funded by CPA Australia, CA ANZ and the IPA.

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