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Government appoints insolvency committee members


The federal government has announced six part-time appointments to its insolvency and disciplinary committees.

By John Buckley 11 minute read

 The federal government on Thursday announced six new appointments to its insolvency practitioner registration and disciplinary committees, each for a three-year period. 

Both committees are regularly convened by ASIC on matters related to liquidator registration applications and disciplinary matters. 

Among the six appointed is Julie-Anne Berry, following a five-year tenure on the Tax Practitioners Board. Ms Berry will be joined by Natalie Bhardwaj, who has a wide range of experience spanning professional services, investment banking and healthcare. Ms Bhardwaj was the former Asia-Pacific regional finance manager at Janssen Pharmaceuticals.


Bringing close to two decades of experience at the Reserve Bank of Australia to the committees, Virginia Christie is currently a board member at GESB Superannuation and has spent four years with the Australian Commonwealth Treasury.

Sergio Freire will join the committees from The Victorian Bar, where he practises in commercial law, spanning corporations, insolvency, equity and trusts, banking and finance. Before that, he spent 12 years as a commercial litigation solicitor at Ashurst Australia in Melbourne. 

Rounding out the appointments are Damian Mitsch and Stephen Parbery, the latter of whom founded PPB Advisory, and is now a senior adviser at Duff & Phelps Kroll. Mr Parbery has worked on everything from the Ansett collapse to HIH Insurance and ABC Learning childcare centres. 

In a statement, Assistant Treasurer Michael Sukkar welcomed the new additions, praising the breadth and skill diversity each of them brings to the committees. 

“The six new members bring a range of knowledge and experience across the fields of business and law, including corporate insolvency and restructuring,” Mr Sukkar said. 

“The Morrison government congratulates each appointee who will continue to support high levels of competence, expertise and professionalism within this industry.”

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John Buckley is a journalist at Accountants Daily. 

Before joining the team in 2021, John worked at The Sydney Morning Herald. His reporting has featured in a range of outlets including The Washington Post, The Age, and The Saturday Paper.

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