Julia Irvine 18 May 2017 09:45am

New chief at Chartered Accountants ANZ

The Institute of Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand (CA ANZ) has a new chief executive

He’s Rick Ellis, currently CEO of the National Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongawera in Wellington, and a non-accountant.

He will be based in Sydney, Australia, and will take on his new role at the helm of CA ANZ at the end of July.

Former chief executive Lee White announced in mid-April that he was standing down for personal and professional reasons.

White joined the institute in 2009, becoming CEO in 2011, and was instrumental in organising the merger with its sister body, the New Zealand Institute of Chartered Accountants, in 2014. He was also key in orchestrating the recently announced alliance with the Association of Certified Chartered Accountants.

Ellis brings to the institute 30 years of experience in the IT and media sectors, both locally and internationally, as well as his leadership role at New Zealand’s most popular tourist destination and iconic cultural institution.

CA ANZ’s chairman Murray Jack said that the institute was excited to have attracted someone to the post with Ellis’s reputation and calibre.

“The profession is in a time of significant change,” he said. “We’ve invested in our people and our digital assets and are now looking to continue to transform what we do and how we do it so that we remain relevant as a profession and as a member organisation.

“Rick brings many skills based on years of international experience to the task.”

According to CA ANZ, White will return for the month of July to give Ellis a full handover. In between times, head of members Simon Grant has been appointed interim chief executive.

CA ANZ has 117,000 members around the world.