Board Executive Committee

Mrs Cheryl Mallett FIPA, CTA, SSA, GAICD.


Division: Northern Territory

Cheryl has been an IPA member since 1996 and a Board member since November 2018. As a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, Cheryl has over 30 years’ experience as an income tax specialist/advisor. She is also an Accredited Specialist SMSF Advisor and SMSF Auditor. Winner of the 2016 IPA Northern Territory and National Practice of the Year and 2019 AMP Women in Finance – Regional Professional of the Year. Cheryl is a Deputy President, Chair of the Board Audit and Risk Committee, a member of the Board Executive and the Association of Accounting Technicians (AAT) Steering Committees. She has recently been appointed as a Director of AAT.

Ms Julie Williams FIPA FFA


Division: Queensland

Julie is the current Chair of the Board and was appointed to this position in November 2020. Julie has been an IPA member since 2003, having served as Queensland Divisional Councillor since 2008. She was the Chair of the National Divisional Council from 2010 until her election to the Board in 2017. Julie is also a member of the Board Executive and Board Remuneration committees. Julie was a partner in PPB before moving to public practice as a Registered Liquidator in 2006. She is a Fellow of the IPA, a Fellow of the CPA, holds an MBA and an MPA. She is a member of the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners, the Australian Institute of Company Directors, Australian Restructuring Insolvency and Turnaround Association, and the Association of Independent Insolvency Practitioners.

Annette Tasker FIPA FFA


Division: New South Wales

As a proud recipient of a “NSW IPA Member of the Year” award and passionate FIPA, Annette is an inspirational women’s leader, drawing on an eclectic mix of experience from practice and life. Having previously worked in a diverse range of roles throughout her career, including running a successful family manufacturing business all while raising a family. She was able to upskill and transfer some of her experience into growing a bookkeeping practice which later evolved into a thriving accounting business, which has recently been sold - part of a full circle of experiences. She knows firsthand the importance of building businesses that are sustainable whilst juggling work/life pressures. Annette has been a Director since November 2021 and has serviced on the Board Membership Committee. Annette currently sits on the Board Audit and Risk Committee.

Richard Allen FIPA FFA


Division: South Australia

Richard has been a member of the IPA since 2005 and has been in public practice since 1986. He has served as the South Australian/Northern Territory Divisional President and as President of the Council of Divisional Presidents. Richard has degrees in Arts/ Economics and Accounting and has been a Registered Tax Agent since 1995. He served on the Board of the Sturt Football Club for 11 years (including six as President) and continued serving football in SA as a Commissioner for the SANFL for a further 10 years. Richard started his own accounting firm 28 years ago. His firm had a joint venture with Johnston Grocke for three years where he was a Director of their Business Advisory & Accounting team. He is now practicing solely as Allen & Co Accountants. Richard has been a Director since November 2021 and currently sits on the Board Audit & Risk Committee.

Prof. Andrew Conway FIPA FFA

  • Appointed as Chief Executive Officer of the Institute of Public Accountants (IPA) in May 2009, leading the reformation and repositioning of the organisation
  • Co-author of the Australian Small Business White Paper and Chair of the IPA Deakin University SME Research Partnership
  • Awarded the Centenary of Federation Medal through the Order of Australia in 2001
  • Awarded Australian Young Professional of the Year in 2011
  • Appointed as a Director of Eastern Health by the Governor of Victoria in 2011
  • Led the IPA to be recognised as the most innovative accounting body in Australia in 2012 by BRW
  • Awarded the Australian Financial Review, Boss Magazine Young Executive of the Year in 2014
  • Awarded the Deakin University Young Alumni Award in 2015
  • Andrew was presented with a Distinguished Fellow award by the Vice-Chancellor of Deakin University in 2016

Andrew’s professional appointments include:

  • Deakin University – Adjunct Professor
  • Shanghai University of Finance & Economics - Professor of Accounting (honoris causa)
  • Lanzhou University – Adjunct Professor

Andrew is recognised as a leading small business policy expert in Australia which has included the co-authorship of the landmark Australian Small Business White Paper and is a regular media commentator for major media outlets.