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CPA Australia appoints president, shakes up board


Veteran academic and board director Dale Pinto succeeds Merran Kelsall.

By Christine Chen 12 minute read

CPA Australia has revamped its leadership by electing Dale Pinto, a taxation law professor at Curtin University in Western Australia, as president and chair and appointing two deputy presidents and three directors to its 10-person board.

The body said Mr Pinto would succeed outgoing president Merran Kelsall, who stepped down at the end of this month after three years in the role and six years as a director. Rosemary Sinclair and Helen Lorigan are also set to retire as directors.

As president of the nation’s largest accounting body with close to 170,000 members across 100 countries, Mr Pinto would oversee its strategic direction using his extensive board director experience.


Mr Pinto served as president of CPA Australia’s WA branch before being appointed to the board in October 2018. He has served as deputy president since October 2020.

He had also sat on the TPB for three years and chaired the Tax Institute’s national education equality assurance board for 10 years.  

After three decades in academia, Mr Pinto was recognised as a John Curtin distinguished professor and headed the taxation department at Curtin University, one of five that offered a combined postgraduate and CPA program degree.

He earned a master’s degree in taxation from the University of Sydney and a Ph.D. in law from the University of Melbourne.

In addition to Mr Pinto’s appointment, CPA Australia had also elected Louise Cox and re-elected Warren McRae as deputy presidents.

Louise Cox, a tax lawyer and accountant, has served as a non-executive director since 2019.

Warren McRae brings over 30 years of financial services experience and has held board positions in Europe, Asia and Australia. He has served as a non-executive director and deputy president since 2021.

Finally, Kaushika Jayalath and Anna Quinn have been appointed as member directors while Sarah Adam-Gedge has been appointed as non-member director.

Mr Pinto said: “I am deeply honoured to be elected as president and chair of CPA Australia and I extend my congratulations to Warren McRae and Louise Cox on being elected as our deputy presidents.”

“I also congratulate Anthony Wright on his reappointment as well as Sarah Adam-Gedge, Kaushika Jayalath and Anna Quinn on their respective appointments and warmly welcome all of them to the board. They bring enthusiasm and expertise and share our dedication and united commitment to deliver value to CPA Australia’s members.”

“CPA Australia sincerely thanks Merran Kelsall, Rosemary Sinclair and Helen Lorigan for the significant contribution they have each made as directors and for their unwavering dedication to CPA Australia’s members and promoting the value of the CPA Australia designation.”

“In particular I’d like to pay a special tribute to our Immediate past president Merran Kelsall, who has dedicated six years as a director and office bearer, leaving an indelible mark on the organisation and its members.”

Christine Chen

Christine Chen


Christine Chen is a graduate journalist at Accountants Daily and Accounting Times, the leading sources of news, insight, and educational content for professionals in the accounting sector.

Previously, Christine has written for City Hub, the South Sydney Herald and Honi Soit. She has also produced online content for LegalVision and completed internships at EY and Deloitte.

Christine has a commerce degree from the University of Western Australia and is studying a Juris Doctor degree at the University of Sydney. 

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