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Council & Committees

National council

Arthur Athanasiou CTA

Arthur Athanasiou CTA


Arthur, a partner at Thomson Geer Lawyers, has many years experience in complex tax litigation and tax audit negotiations and settlements. 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. He also has broad experience in the taxation of trusts and SME entities, with an emphasis on Div 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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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 in excess of 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 Tasmanian State Council of The Tax Institute, Matthew served as State Chair in 2012-13 and has contributed to the organisation and running of numerous CPD events offered by The Tax Institute in Tasmania. During the period 2010-1015, Matthew completed six years' service as a National Councillor where he variously held the positions of National Treasurer, Chair of the Information Products Working Group and member of the Investment and Audit Committees of The Tax Institute. Matthew was recently elected as The Tax Institute National Vice President for 2016. Matthew is also 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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Tracey Rens

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.

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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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Arthur Athanasiou CTA

Stuart Glasgow CTA

Stuart CTA, 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 National Councillor, 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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Peter Godber CTA

Peter Godber CTA

Peter 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 a past State Chair of The Tax Institute’s Queensland Division and is currently a member of the Institute’s National Council.

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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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Leonard Hertzman CTA

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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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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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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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

Chairperson Matthew Popham CTA
Daniel Fry CTA
Walter Gianotti CTA
Loreena Gillon CTA
Nick Heggart CTA
Len Hertzman CTA
Rick Hopkins CTA
Bill Keays CTA
Jonathon Leek CTA
Jim O'Donnell CTA
Tanya Ross Jones

Past Presidents

1943-45: R.A. Irish

1945-48: A.W. Butterell

1948-50: G.S. Gilder

1950-52: C.M. Orr

1952-54: G.J. Dingle

1954-56: L.A. Langsworth

1956-58: L.C. Aynsley

1958-60: A.B. Cleland

1960-62: B.G. Cupit

1962-64: J.F. Bowne

1964-66: P.L. Crostwaithe

1966-68: F.W. Millar

1968-70: R.F. Hughes

1970-72: M.F. O’Loughlin

1972-74: I.R.L. Harper

1974-76: G.G. Blackwood

1976-78: B.H. Pascoe

1978-80: R.L. Bowra

1980-81: M.L. Robertson

1981-82: B.P. McCafferty

1982-84: W.H. Bratby

1984-85: D.G. Hill Q.C.

1985-86: I.V. Gzell Q.C.

1986-87: B.E. Blackall

1987-88: P.L. Williams

1988-89: K.J. Burges

1989-90: R.H. Buchanan

1990-91: J.G. Mann

1991-92: I. Langford-Brown

1992-93: D.J. Tucker

1993-95: D.G. Russell Q.C.

1995-96: P.J. Cowdroy

1996-97: J.R. Ilbery

1997-98: R.A. Gelski

1998-99: K.J. Spence

1999-00: G.S. Cooper

2000-01: R.L. Conwell

2001-02: A. McCleary

2002-03: B.J. Low

2003-04: G.J. Levy

2004-05: N. Earle

2005-06: J.W. de Wijn Q.C.

2006-07: A.V. Mills

2007: P. Moltoni

2008: S.K. Williamson

2009: J.D. Roberts

2010: D. Williams

2011: P.M. Murray

2012: K.D. Schurgott

2013: S.J. Westaway

2014: M.T. Flynn S.C.

2015: S.J. Healey