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Issued: 5 April 2022

Last modified: 5 April 2022

The Tax Practitioners Board (TPB) has welcomed the appointment of two new Board members. Professor Andrew Conway and Mr Steven Dobson have been appointed to the Board by the Assistant Treasurer, the Hon Michael Sukkar MP, from 30 March 2022 for a period of three years. 

Andrew Conway is Chief Executive Officer and a Fellow of the Institute of Public Accountants (IPA) and has held senior executive positions within the accounting profession for more than 15 years. Prior to working with the IPA, Andrew was an Australian Government Treasury Ministry Chief of Staff and Senior Advisor. He also serves as Adjunct Professor at Deakin University Business School and co-founded the SME (Small-Medium Size Enterprises) Research Centre at Deakin University. Additionally, he serves on the Department of Foreign Affairs Ministerial Advisory Council on Free Trade Agreement Negotiations amongst other representative groups.

Steven Dobson has spent nearly ten years with the Small Business Development Corporation (WA) serving as Chair with the organisation since December 2018. Prior to this Mr Dobson served as a police officer with the Western Australian Police Force. Steven also holds other positions in the public, private, and not-for-profit communities, including as a Board Member of the Gaming and Wagering Commission of WA and Director of Dobson Financial Planning.

The Chair of the TPB, Mr Ian Klug AM, welcomed and congratulated the two new members, ‘The TPB is looking forward to their contribution, together with the benefit of their combined experience. These appointments will ensure that the TPB continues to play an increasingly important role in the protection of consumers of tax practitioner services.

‘I would also like to acknowledge and thank departing members Mr Greg Lewis and Dr Julianne Jaques QC,’ he said.

‘Their contribution has been significant and was invaluable in assisting to guide the Board in undertaking its regulatory functions.’

Mr Lewis ends his appointment having been a member of the Board since 2015 during which he served as Acting Chair of the Board three times and most recently as chair of the Board Conduct Committee.  He was also tireless in educating tax practitioners on their responsibilities through numerous webinars and external speaking events.

Dr Jaques is retiring from the Board after six-years’ service, having provided valuable input through the provision of governance advice to the staff as chair of the TPB’s Audit and Risk Committee, ensuring the integrity of tax practitioners through significant contributions to the Board Conduct Committee, and via examination of many of the administrative aspects of the Board.

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