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Household names in the running for tax awards

Publication date: 18 Feb 16 | Source: THE TAX INSTITUTE

18 February 2016: The Tax Institute has named the finalists in the running for the 2016 Tax Adviser of the Year Awards, and the list this year includes some surprising household names.

For the first time ever, a representative from a large corporate is in the running for the Chartered Tax Adviser of the Year. Mark Bradford, CTA from QANTAS will be up against Tony Frost, CTA from Greenwoods & Herbert Smith Freehills and Mark Molesworth, CTA from BDO, in an exclusive group of finalists. 

Andrew Cornish CTA, from BHP Billiton, the biggest taxpayer in Australia, is one of three to be named as a finalist for the Corporate Tax Adviser of the Year Award along with co-finalists, Robert Kenn, CTA, NBN, and Peter Collins, FTI from PwC.

The leading SME Tax Advisers were recognised as Andrew Noolan, CTA from Brown Weight Stein Lawyers; Bill Keays, CTA from Keays and Associates and Paul Banister, CTA from Grant Thornton.

There are also those Emerging Tax Stars to watch, Alison Chen from KPMG, Tim Poli, ATI, from Norton & Smailes and Adib (Eddy) Nehme from DW Fox Tucker, breaking away from the rest of the graduate pack. 

The Tax Institute’s CEO Noel Rowland says that “making more than just a difference in the profession, these individuals’ actions create a ripple effect which can been seen both across the profession as well as in the lives of their clients and Australian population at large“.

This year Perpetual is proud to support SME Tax Adviser of the Year award. Dermot Lindsay, Perpetual, says that “working closely with accountants every day we see the value add to their clients, above and beyond the role of service provider and these Awards highlight those who are the most trusted advisor to their SME clients.”

The winners will be announced at the prestigious annual dinner on the night of 3 March at The Tax Institute’s 31st National Convention. Take the time to really appreciate those individuals who are making a significant contribution to the tax profession.

2015 Chartered Tax Adviser of the Year, Andrew Mills, CTA-Life, Second Commissioner of Taxation, ATO, says “I think it is great to recognise those people who have done a little extra to help out the profession. I think that is one of the good things about all of the finalists, they are the people that are known in the profession for having achieved such great things.”


For more information contact:

Noel Rowland, CEO, The Tax Institute: 0414 278 279

Stephanie Conway, The Tax Institute: 02 8223 0011

The Tax Institute is the country’s leading professional association and educator in tax. Its 12,000 members include tax agents, accountants and lawyers as well as tax practitioners in corporations, government and academia.  The Tax Institute supports the tax profession through education and professional development and works to continually improve tax law and its administration.