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Executive team

National council

Noel Rowland

Noel Rowland

CEO

Noel Rowland was appointed Chief Executive Officer of the Tax Institute in July 1998. He is also a Director of the Australian Tax Research Foundation, an independent Foundation that conducts and publishes tax policy research. Noel was Secretary General (i.e. CEO) of the Asia Oceania Tax Consultants’ Association (an international association of 21 tax institutes from the region) between 2009 and 2014. Noel has on two occasions served as Chairman of the ITDF, an international forum of Tax Institute CEO’s. He represents the Institute on various industry forums and groups, and is one of the Institute’s media spokespersons. Noel is a former member of the Law Society of NSW’s Professional Conduct Committee.


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Marilyn Partridge

Executive Assistant to the CEO

Sandra Falzon

Sandra Falzon

General Manager Marketing & Membership

Sandra is responsible for leading and developing our marketing, sales and membership functions to actively generate greater brand recognition as the leading professional association and educator in tax. Sandra is a digital savvy, strategic marketer with 19 years’ experience supporting organisations across financial services, telecommunications and membership. Sandra was instrumental in launching Westpac’s first online eCommerce solutions package to Australian small to medium business customers, consulted to over 35 business clients whilst managing her own Marketing Consultancy and contributed to the successful growth of Optus SingTel’s construction industry online trading exchange (INCITE). She holds a Bachelor of Communications (UWS), Graduate Certificate in Ebusiness (MGSM) and a Diploma of Management (AIM); and is a CPM of the Australian Marketing Institute. Sandra is a spirited leader passionate about brand, customer experience, and achieving both professional and personal goals.

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Alexandra Wilson

Alexandra Wilson

General Manager Education & Professional Standards

Bio coming soon...

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Alexandra Munroe

Alexandra Munroe

General Manager Information Products

Alex Munroe is the General Manager of Information Products and is responsible for the development and maintenance of the Institute's publications and digital media. These include books, journals, subscriptions, websites and newsletters as well as the TaxLine Library Research Service. Alex manages a team of professionals comprising publishers, online product managers, editors, production management, designers, online developers and librarians who service our Members as well as the Institute's internal functions. She holds a BA (Hons) from the Australian National University, and an MA from Sydney University. Alex has in excess of 20 years' experience in publishing, media and business strategy. Alex's previous roles have been in commercial publishing and product management for both Random House and Pan Macmillan Publishers. She has consulted to various small organisations on custom publishing initiatives and strategy development and implementation.

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Kerryn Divall

Kerryn Divall

General Manager Finance and Administration

Kerryn joined the Institute in 2013 and manages the essential support functions of finance, IT and membership services. She holds a Bachelor of Commerce (UNSW) and is a CPA. Kerryn is an experienced executive with extensive experience across a number of sectors including Financial Markets, IT, Recruitment and now, Not for Profit. Previously, she was the CFO at Kelly Services ANZ (a global fortune 500 company), and prior to that General Manager, Finance at the Clarius Group (an ASX listed international company).

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Sharon Kells

Sharon Kells

General Manager State Operations

A people focused, passionate and commercially astute leader, Sharon has extensive experience in driving the strategic direction and operational management of national training businesses. Sharon has previously run her own change management business and prior to that was the General Manager, Training & Development at the Institute of Chartered Accountants.

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Bob Deutsch

Professor Bob Deutsch

Senior Tax Counsel

In addition to his role as Senior Tax Counsel at The Tax Institute Professor Deutsch is currently a Deputy President of the Administrative Appeals Tribunal (AAT), and for over 20 years he was a Professor in Taxation Law with the University of New South Wales.

He specialises in taxation matters, with a special emphasis on international tax, and his time with the AAT has required extensive involvement in corporate law, social security and immigration matters. Professor Deutsch also has experience as a solicitor with a major national law firm, as an independent barrister, and as a director with a major accounting firm. He has written widely in his fields of specialisation as well as in the area of financial statements, and is an ongoing contributor to the highly successful Thomson Reuters Australian Tax Handbook. He is also a regular conference presenter for a number of organisations, including The Tax Institute and the University of New South Wales.

Professor Deutsch has deep expertise in both tax practice and tax education, developed over many years at the highest levels. This gives him a unique perspective that enables him to represent The Tax Institute with authority and integrity.

State Managers

Philippa Cardigan

Philippa Cardigan

State Manager - New South Wales / Australian Capital Territory

Philippa joined the Tax Institute in 2012, and has over 10 years’ experience in relationship management, event production and delivery, marketing and business development. Prior to becoming the State Manager in NSW & ACT she was the National Professional Development Manager. She holds a Bachelor of Business, a Masters of Production and a Diploma of Management.

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Ruth White

Ruth White

State Manager – Victoria

Ruth White joined the Tax Institute in 2007 as State Manager for Victoria and Tasmania. Prior to this, Ruth spent several years in Education recruitment in the U.K in sales, marketing and general management roles, and has a background in education as a certified secondary school teacher in NZ.

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Paula Quirk-Russo

Paula Quirk-Russo

State Manager – Queensland

Paula Quirk Russo joined the Tax Institute of Australia as State Manager for Queensland in 2009. Based in Brisbane Paula and the Queensland team are responsible for the State wide delivery of the Institute's core programs including education products and services, membership, tax technical and business development. Paula brings to the Institute a long and successful career in senior management roles with both industry associations and commercial enterprises.

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Brian Martin

Brian Martin

State Manager – Western Australia
Acting State Manager - South Australia

Brian joined The Tax Institute as State Manager WA in 2015. He brings over 19 years of relationship management, business development and marketing experience in European, US and Australian markets, in a variety of sectors including association management accounting, financial services, tourism and agribusiness. Prior to joining The Tax Institute, Brian most recently worked in senior business development roles with Perpetual Private and the Institute of Chartered Accountants Australia. Originally from Ireland, he is a graduate of University College Dublin's Graduate Business School where he gained a Master of Business Studies and a Postgraduate Higher Diploma in Business Studies. He also has a Master of Arts and Bachelor of Arts degrees.

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