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New director for Chartered Accountants ANZ board

Rachel Walsh is also a Chartered Member of the Institute of Directors New Zealand.

Rachel Walsh.

Tue, 09 Jul 2024

Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand welcomes Rachel Walsh FCA to its board of directors effective 1 July 2024.

CA ANZ board chair John Palermo FCA said Walsh brings deep finance and commercial experience with her more than 25-year global career, spanning a range of sectors including finance, technology, healthcare, and infrastructure.

“I’m so pleased Rachel Walsh is joining the CA ANZ board. Her finance and commercial experience, including most recently as the former Group CFO of Datacom Group Ltd and Abano Healthcare Group, will be invaluable,” said Palermo.

“She’s already an accomplished board director and currently sits on the boards of NZX Ltd and IAG New Zealand Ltd. As an FCA, her experience certainly shows where a career in accounting can take you,” he said.

Walsh has experience in private equity acquisitions and divestments, debt raising in the US markets, and financial reporting in the US market and under International Financial Reporting Standards.

She is also a member of the External Reporting Advisory Panel in New Zealand, an independent forum focused on effective stakeholder consultation for the enablement of accounting and auditing standards.

“I am delighted to join the CA ANZ board during an exciting time for both the membership body and the profession it represents,” Walsh said.

“I have enjoyed a career with organisations large and small, across various industries, which really speaks to the power of the CA designation. I am particularly excited about CA ANZ’s strategy to bring to life the benefits of our profession for the next generation of talent, something that I, myself have enjoyed.

Walsh, who’s New Zealand-based, is also a Chartered Member of the Institute of Directors New Zealand.

Retiring CA ANZ board directors

Two CA ANZ board directors – Rob McDonald FCA and Carolyn Colley FCA – have also recently retired from their duties.

McDonald has spent six years on the CA ANZ board and has been a well-respected member of the team. He was more recently the chair of the People and Remuneration Committee.

Carolyn Colley FCA is also retiring from the CA ANZ board after serving three years. She was chair of the Digital and Technology Committee.

“On behalf of the entire CA ANZ board I wish to extend our heartfelt gratitude to both Rob and Carolyn for their extensive contributions and dedication during their time on the board.

“They have both actively contributed to CA ANZ’s transformation, championing its sole purpose to serve our members – whether that be through our digital transformation, member experience, or bold and visible advocacy.

“Both Rob and Carolyn have been strong voices for our profession, and we have benefited from their experience and expertise,” said Palermo.

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