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Board Members

Tax Practitioners Board members

Debra Anderson

Debra is a registered tax practitioner with extensive experience as a BAS agent and tax agent. She is a Fellow of the Institute of Public Accountants, and a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors 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

Julie Berry is a registered tax (financial) adviser and a Certified Financial Planner professional who has practised as a financial planner for more than 30 years. Julie is a Director of Xplore Wealth Limited (ASX:XPL) and Deputy Chair of the Future2 Foundation. Julie has previously served as both Chair and a board member of the Financial Planning Association of Australia (FPA) and Chair of the Institute of Financial Advisers in New Zealand. She is a life member of the FPA and recipient of the Money Management Lifetime Achievement Award. She is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Julie was appointed to the Board in December 2015 and reappointed in July 2017.


Peter de Cure

Peter is a professional non-executive director. His experience in tax 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, Deputy Chairman and Treasurer Royal Flying Doctor Service, Central Operations, Chairman of Gifford Hill Joint Venture and Gifford Hill Pty Ltd, Director of Accord Property Holdings Pty Ltd and the Accord Property Development Fund, Variety, the children’s charity, and an advisory board member of Tim Adams Wines and Peter Cochrane Transport. Peter holds a Bachelor of Economics from the University of Adelaide.

Peter was appointed to the Board in July 2017.


Jim Hawson

Jim is a registered tax agent and Fellow of Certified Practising Accountants (CPA) Australia. He works with small and medium-sized enterprises as a consultant and as a board member. Jim began his career at the Australian Taxation Office, 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 in February 2019.

Julianne Jaques

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 holds a Bachelor of Economics and Bachelor of Laws from Monash University, and a Doctorate of Juridical Science from the University of Melbourne. She is also a member of the Independent Parliamentary Expenses Authority and the Board of Taxation.

Julianne was appointed to the Board in December 2015 and reappointed in February 2019.

Greg Lewis

Greg is a tax adviser. 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 tax at the law firm Minter Ellison. He has been a company director and chairman of various organisations, both public and private. He was Managing Director of specialist industrial fittings manufacturer Bayside Benders Pty Ltd, supplying the civil, electrical and telecommunications industries. He is a Committee Member of the Bellarine Bayside Committee of Management, and Executive Committee member of Blairgowrie Yacht Squadron. 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 in February 2019. Greg served as Acting Chair of the Board for periods in 2016, 2017 and 2019.


Ria Sotiropoulos

Ria is an experienced tax barrister at the Victorian Bar who has practised in tax law for 20 years, including as a barrister for the past 11 years. As a solicitor at large law firms (Clayton Utz and Arnold Bloch Leibler) and a senior tax consultant at large accounting firms (Ernst & Young and Deloitte), she gained broad and extensive tax experience advising clients ranging from large multinationals to high-net individuals on complex tax issues. Ria is a chartered tax adviser, a member of the UN Subcommittee on Dispute Avoidance and Resolution, 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, a Bachelor of Laws and a Master of Laws (Hons).

Ria was appointed to the Board in July 2017.

Last modified: 11 February 2020