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CA ANZ Media Release: New Director for Chartered Accountants ANZ Board

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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 Ms 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 Limited and Abano Healthcare Group, will be invaluable,” said Mr Palermo.


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


Ms 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 (XRAP) 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,” Ms 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.


“When you are a Chartered Accountant, you have the rare opportunity to dig into organisations – their strategies, their thinking and their purpose – and align them to opportunities we see evolving in areas such as Generative AI and Sustainability. Being alert to those interrelationships across businesses, technology and industries is incredibly important for our profession,” she said.


Ms 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.


Rob 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 the 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 Mr Palermo.


To find out more about CA ANZ’s Board, visit the CA ANZ website.




About Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand

Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand represents more than 139,000 financial professionals, supporting them to make a difference to the businesses, organisations and communities in which they work and live. Chartered Accountants are known as Difference Makers. The depth and breadth of their expertise helps them to see the big picture and chart the best course of action.


For more information contact:


Daniel Webster, Public Affairs Manager New Zealand

M +64 27 282 6253



Gillian Bowen, Public Affairs Manager Australia

M +61 411 485 421



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