Council & Committees

National council

Arthur Athanasiou CTA

President
Arthur Athanasiou CTA

Arthur's main area of practice is taxation advisory, with an emphasis on dispute resolution, particularly in the SME sector, with both the ATO and the SRO. Arthur has many years' experience in complex tax litigation and tax audit negotiations and settlements. He also has broad experience in the taxation of trusts and SME entities, with an emphasis on Division 7A and high wealth individuals and family groups. Arthur has extensive experience in all areas of direct and indirect taxation and has qualified as a Chartered Accountant. He has also held senior taxation and management positions in the transport and motor vehicle industries with specialist experience in logistics, supply chain, chain of responsibility, and contract warehousing. Arthur is the President of the Tax Institute as well as a State Councillor, and also chairs the Law Institute's Tax Law Advisory Committee. Arthur is an Accredited Tax Law Specialist and a widely published writer on taxation issues. He regularly appears in the mainstream media, and presents at tax seminars and discussion groups. Arthur has been recognised in Doyle's Guide 2015 as a recommended tax lawyer in Victoria.
 
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Profile current at 10 Feb 2016

Matthew Pawson CTA

Vice President

Matthew is the CEO of Levis Stace & Cooper, Lawyers in Devonport and formerly the Managing Director of Rae & Partners and Managing Partner of Peter Worrall Lawyers. He has been practising as a commercial lawyer for 15 years. Matthew specialises in complex commercial and property transactions, business structuring, corporations law, succession planning, estate planning and tax advice, and has advised many businesses and community organisations about corporate governance issues. After being appointed to the State Council, Matthew was State Chair for The Tax Institute (Tas Division) in 2012-13 and National Councillor since 2010. Matthew is currently the National Treasurer, Chair of the Information Products Working Group and member of the Investment and Audit Committees of The Tax Institute. Matthew is a regular presenter for the Law Society of Tasmania on GST and other commercial law and practice management topics and a guest lecturer for the University of Tasmania Postgraduate Legal Practice Training program.
 
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Profile current at 14 May 2015

Graeme Cooper CTA

Graeme Cooper CTA

Graeme is Professor of Taxation Law at the University of Sydney and a consultant to Greenwoods & Herbert Smith Freehills. He is a former New South Wales State Council Chairman of The Tax Institute and currently a member of the National Council. He has worked as a consultant to the ATO, Treasury, Board of Taxation, United Nations, OECD, World Bank and International Monetary Fund. He was admitted to legal practice in New South Wales (1980) and Victoria (1999), and practised commercial law and tax in Sydney before entering teaching. He has taught tax in law schools in Australia, Europe and the United States, and holds degrees from the University of Sydney, University of Illinois and Columbia University, New York.
 
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Profile current at 11 Jan 2016

Stuart Glasgow CTA

Stuart Glasgow CTA

Stuart is a Client Service Director of Mutual Trust in Melbourne. He has over 20 years of experience in Chartered Accounting. As a taxations specialist for privately owned businesses, he has provided consulting services in all areas of taxation including capital gains tax, structuring of businesses for asset protection and succession planning, business restructures, trusts and corporate tax issues. He also provides tax and commercial transaction support services. Stuart is a Victorian State Councillor and is a member of the Victorian Education Committee, Victorian Technical Committee, National Convention Organising Committee and Information Products Working Group.
 
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Profile current at 9 Feb 2015

Peter Godber CTA

Peter Godber CTA

Peter Godber, CTA, is a consultant to Grant Thornton. He has over 30 years experience in giving professional taxation advice and dealing with change to Australian tax laws. Peter provides advice in many areas of taxation including business taxation, business and investment structuring, international tax planning, prudential tax audits and tax risk management. Peter is immediate past State Chair of The Tax Institute's Queensland Division and is now a member of the Institute's National Council. He is a member of the Board of Taxation's Advisory Panel.
 
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Profile current at 24 Nov 2014

Stephen Heath CTA

Stephen Heath CTA

Steve is a Partner in the Taxation & Revenue section of Wallmans Lawyers with his principal practice areas being superannuation and tax. He also works on general commercial matters with a focus on tax planning, business structuring and insurance. Steve is a member of The Tax Institute’s State Council and National Council.
 
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Profile current at 9 Jun 2015

Leonard Hertzman CTA

Len recently joined the ATO as an Assistant Commissioner with the Tax Counsel Network and is based in Perth. He was previously a tax partner at Ashurst and has worked as a tax lawyer for over 25 years in Australia and Canada. He is a member of the WA State Council of The Tax Institute.
 
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Profile current at 29 May 2015

Margaret Marshall CTA

Margaret Marshall CTA

Marg is a Partner of WLF Accounting & Advisory in Hobart. She has over 25 years' experience in tax advisory at a technical level. Marg advises clients of all types from individuals to large, listed entities, specialising particularly in transaction and structuring advice, capital gains tax, not-for-profit tax concessions, and deceased estates. She has been a member of the Tasmanian State Council since 2011 and is immediate past State Chair. She is also a member of the Program Committee for National Convention. Marg has a strong interest in the not-for-profit sector and is Treasurer of Board of Colony 47. She is also a member and past Tasmanian regional councillor of the Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand. She regularly participates in tax law consultations and has presented for TTI and CAANZ in the past.
 
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Profile current at 22 Jan 2016

Tim Neilson CTA

Tim Neilson CTA

Tim is a Special Counsel of Greenwoods & Freehills Pty Limited in Melbourne. Tim is a legal practitioner who practices primarily in the area of income tax and capital gains tax, generally for "large business and international" type clients, mainly in financing, major projects and M&A. He is a former State Chairman and current National Councillor of The Tax Institute, and a member of the Advisory Board for the Monash University Journal of Australian Taxation. He has published frequently in professional journals and spoken at professional organisation conferences and seminars and guest lectures in the University of Melbourne's Masters of Laws program.
 
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Profile current at 15 Aug 2013

Tracey Rens CTA

Tracey Rens CTA

Tracey is a Corporate & International Tax Partner at Deloitte. She has 18 years of cross-border M&A, international structuring and advisory experience. Tracey provides advice on all major areas of Australian tax including capital gains tax issues relating to acquisitions, divestments and restructures, loss management and integrity issues, repatriation matters, tax consolidation and IFRS. Tracey is also a member of the Advisory Panel to the Board of Taxation.
 
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Profile current at 9 Nov 2012

 

State councils

NSW State Council

Chairperson Scott McGill CTA
Deputy Chairperson Eddy Moussa CTA
Louise Boyce CTA
Prof Graeme Cooper CTA
Glen Hutchings FTI
Marcus Leonard CTA
Rae Ni Corraidh CTA
Tracey Rens CTA
Jerome Tse CTA
Todd Want CTA
David Williams CTA-Life

QLD State Council

Chairperson Paul Banister CTA
Sarah Blakelock CTA
Ash Chotai CTA
Ian Conrad CTA
Peter Godber CTA
Elizabeth Goli
Stephen Healey CTA
John Ioannou CTA
Steve Lutz CTA
Peter Nearhos CTA
Steve Vesperman

SA State Council

Chairperson Tim Sandow CTA
Deputy Chairperson Ben Wilson CTA
Michael Butler CTA
Stephen Heath CTA
Alistair Hutson CTA
Brian Nimmo CTA
Kerri Reynolds CTA
Peter Slegers CTA
Ian Snook CTA
Sean Van Der Linden CTA
Nick Wilkins CTA

TAS State Council

Chairperson Marg Marshall CTA
Paul Conde CTA
Kenneth Davey CTA
Ian Heywood CTA
Luci Mills CTA
Matthew Pawson CTA
Luke Richardson ATI
Darren Sheen CTA
Tania Triffitt CTA
Tracy Williams CTA

VIC State Council

Chairperson Michael Jones CTA
Arthur Athanasiou CTA
Jeffrey Chang CTA
Michael Charles ATI
Leanne Connor CTA
Craig Cooper CTA
Ian Dinnison CTA
Stuart Glasgow CTA
Tim Neilson CTA
Meagan O'Connor ATI
Michael Selth CTA
Rob Warnock CTA

WA State Council

Walter Gianotti CTA
Loreena Gillon CTA
Nick Heggart CTA
Len Hertzman CTA
Rick Hopkins CTA
Bill Keays CTA
Jim O'Donnell CTA