Tax Practitioners Board members
Debra is a registered tax practitioner with extensive experience as a BAS and tax agent. She is a Fellow of the Institute of Public Accountants and a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, The Tax Institute, and the National Tax and Accountants’ Association. She specialises in tax and technology for small business, has a Master of Business Administration and has worked extensively with the Australian Taxation Office on matters relating to tax practitioners and small business. Debra was appointed to the Board in February 2019.
Julie Berry is a registered tax (financial) adviser and a certified financial planner having practised for more than 29 years. She is the Chair of 360 Financial Advantage, a member firm of Countplus. Julie is a Director of the Future2 Foundations and is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. Previously she served as both the chair and board member of the Financial Planning Association of Australia (FPA), and as the chair and board member of the Institute of Financial Advisers in New Zealand. She is also a life member of the FPA and a recipient of the Money Management Achievement Award. Julie was appointed to the Board in December 2015 and reappointed in July 2017.
Peter de Cure
Peter is a professional company director and chartered accountant. His experience in taxation matters has developed over a 25-year career as a tax partner with KPMG, and as a registered tax agent for 16 years. Peter is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and a Fellow of Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand. He is chairman of the Australian–American Fulbright Commission and of Gifford Hill Joint Venture and Gifford Hill Pty Ltd; a non‑executive director of Accord Property Development Fund and Variety, the children’s charity; and an advisory board member of several significant private companies. He is a director of the Royal Flying Doctor Service, Central Operations. Peter holds a Bachelor of Economics from the University of Adelaide. Peter was appointed to the Board in July 2017.
Jim is a registered tax agent and Fellow of Certified Practising Accountants (CPA) Australia. He works with small and medium-sized enterprises as both a consultant and a board member. Jim began his career at the ATO, before joining Hobart accountancy firm Garity Hurd and Partners in 1987. Jim joined the national accounting firm Investor Group (now Crowe Horwath) as a principal in 2003 and was a member of the Tasmanian management team until his retirement in 2015. Jim holds a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Tasmania. Jim was appointed to the Board in December 2015 and reappointed for a further three years in February 2019.
Julianne is a barrister specialising in taxation, and has been a tax adviser for more than 25 years. She is a chartered accountant, chartered tax adviser and Tax Bar Association member. Formerly an accountant with Coopers & Lybrand and a solicitor with Freehills, Julianne was also an adviser to the federal government during the GST and business tax reforms of 1999 to 2001. Julianne is a member of the Victorian State Council of The Tax Institute and Co-chair of The Tax Institute’s Victorian Professional Development Committee. She holds a Bachelor of Economics and Bachelor of Laws from Monash University, and a Doctorate of Juridical Science from the University of Melbourne. Julianne was appointed to the Board in December 2015 and reappointed for a further three years in February 2019.
Greg is a chartered accountant, chartered tax adviser and registered tax agent. He began his career as a graduate at KPMG, then moved to Ernst & Young, where he was promoted to the position of principal in the tax division. After returning to KPMG as a partner, Greg went on to become a consultant in taxation at the law firm Minter Ellison. He has been a company director and chairman of various organisations, both public and private. Until recently, he was Managing Director of specialist industrial fittings manufacturer Bayside Benders Pty Ltd, supplying the civil, electrical and telecommunications industries. He is a consultant to private companies on a wide range of technical and strategic matters. Greg holds a Bachelor of Economics and a Masters in Taxation. Greg was appointed to the Board in December 2015 and reappointed for a further three years in February 2019. Greg was Acting Chair of the Board for periods in 2017 and 2019.
Ria is an experienced tax barrister at the Victorian Bar who has practised in tax law for 17 years, including as a barrister for the past nine years. As a solicitor at large law firms (Clayton Utz and Arnold Bloch Leibler) and a senior taxation consultant at large accounting firms (Ernst & Young and Deloitte), she gained broad and extensive tax experience advising clients on complex tax issues. Ria is a chartered tax adviser, a committee member of the Tax Bar Association, and a member of the International Fiscal Association. Ria participates in international tax meetings and forums with global tax leaders, advisers and policy-makers on current and emerging international tax issues. Ria holds a Bachelor of Science (Dist), a Bachelor of Laws and a Master of Laws (Hons). Ria was appointed to the Board in July 2017.
Last modified: 7 August 2019