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Justin Williams - Managing Director

B.Sc, M.Sc, MBA, MACID, FIML, FIGA

Justin is the Managing Director of the AASB and the AUASB, and has previously served as the CEO for NFP Organisations in both Australia and the UK,. He has a wealth of experience within the professional services and government sector, having previously worked for Deloitte Private as a Consulting Director, and also brings with him considerable Board experience.  Justin has led complex Programme Transformation projects for Government, managing complex stakeholder engagements, development and implementation of technology strategies, developing start-up businesses, and assisting client organisations with management issues.
He has proven strategic ability, having delivered numerous strategies for business ranging in scale from small start-ups to multi-billion dollar growth strategies. Justin’s broad industry management experience, as well as international exposure across Australia, New Zealand and the UK benefits the AASB and AUASB in terms of developing its people and delivery to stakeholders.

 

Matthew Zappulla – Technical Director

As Technical Director, Matthew leads the team responsible for the development and delivery of Australian Auditing & Assurance Standards. With the AUASB Chairman, Matthew is actively involved in managing and developing relationships with significant Australian and International stakeholders from the accounting, business, investment, regulatory and standard-setting communities.

Before joining the AUASB Matthew held the position of Assistant Auditor-General, Standards and Quality at the Victorian Auditor-General’s Office (VAGO), responsible for maintaining professional standards, implementing and monitoring quality frameworks and systems and contributing to VAGO's strategic and business unit planning. Prior to this, Matthew was a Director at PricewaterhouseCoopers responsible for overseeing the implementation of assurance methodologies and technologies, including addressing the impact of changes to guidance and standards, designing and delivering technical and professional training and overseeing inspection and review activities.

Matthew is a Fellow of the Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand and is a member of numerous state and commonwealth public sector audit committees.

Rene Herman – Deputy Technical Director

As a Deputy Technical Director at the AUASB, Rene is responsible for the planning, research, development and delivery of auditing and assurance standards and related guidance forming part of the AUASB strategy and corporate plan. Rene’s primary areas of focus at the AUASB has been on Australian Auditing Standards and related guidance in relation to historical financial information, with her current area of focus being on international standard setting to achieve public interest outcomes and also serve as the most effective base possible for Australian auditing and assurance standards. Rene has been the Technical Advisor to the Australian Board member on the International Auditing and Assurance Standards Board (IAASB) from September 2019. 

Before joining the AUASB Rene held the position of Executive Director at Ernst and Young where she was the executive responsible for the risk management, execution and delivery of external audit engagements. Rene’s audit experience is across a diverse range of industries in the private, public and government sectors from SMEs to the largest corporations in Australia.

Rene is a member of the Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand.

Anne Waters – Deputy Technical Director

As a Deputy Technical Director at the AUASB, Anne is responsible for the planning, research, development and delivery of Australian Auditing Standards forming part of the AUASB’s strategy and corporate plan. Anne’s primary areas of focus has been on Australian Auditing Standards and related guidance applicable to audits and reviews of historical financial information, with her current area of focus being audit quality, auditor reporting and going concern. Anne also works closely with the Financial Reporting Council to identify and implement initiatives designed to enhance Audit Quality in Australia.

Before joining the AUASB Anne was a senior manager at KPMG where she began her career as an auditor before moving to the Department of Professional Practice. There, Anne was a member of the Audit Quality team responsible for overseeing the implementation of assurance methodologies and technologies, designing and delivering technical and professional training and providing technical advice to engagement teams.

Anne is a fellow of the Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand.

Marina Michaelides – Senior Project Manager

As a Senior Project Manager at the AUASB, Marina is responsible for the planning, research, development and delivery of auditing and assurance standards and related guidance forming part of the AUASB strategy and corporate plan.  Marina’s primary areas of focus at the AUASB has been on Australian Auditing Standards and related guidance in relation to other non-historical assurance engagements, with her current area of focus being on emerging external reporting.

Before joining the AUASB Marina held the position of Group Financial Controller for a listed entity and prior to that was a Senior Manager at Ernst and Young where she was responsible for client liaison, risk management, execution and delivery of external audit engagements. Marina’s commercial and audit experience is across a diverse range of industries in the private, public and government sectors from SMEs to listed corporations in Australia.

Marina is a member of the Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand.

Johanna Foyster - Senior Project Manager

As Senior Project Manager at the AUASB, Johanna is responsible for the planning, research, development and delivery of auditing and assurance standards and related guidance forming part of the AUASB strategy and corporate plan.  Johanna’s primary area of focus is guidance to assist auditors and assurance practitioners in their understanding and application of AUASB Standards, including industry specific guidance for auditors reporting pursuant to ASIC and APRA reporting requirements.

Before joining the AUASB, Johanna worked in various roles in the audit and assurance industry, including as financial auditor, Technical Manager at the Victorian Auditor General’s Office and as Senior Project Manager at the AUASB from 2007-2009.  Johanna also spent time in higher education as Senior Lecturer and Senior eLearning Advisor teaching auditing and accounting subjects and, more recently, as Senior Assessment Manager in the area of compliance and quality assurance at the Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency (TEQSA), Australia’s independent national regulatory agency for higher education.

Johanna is a member of the Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand.

 

See Wen Ewe - Project Manager

As a Project Manager at the AUASB, See Wen is responsible for the planning, research, development and delivery of auditing and assurance standards and related guidance forming part of the AUASB strategy and corporate plan. See Wen’s primary area of focus is to develop and maintain the AUASB Guidance Statements.
  
Before joining the AUASB See Wen was an assistant manager at EY in the assurance division. Prior to EY, she has been with Deloitte & Touche Tohmatsu and BDO where she gained her experience in general assurance specialising in telecommunication, media and software audits. 
 
See Wen is a member of the Certified Public Accountant of Australia.

Tim Austin – Assistant Senior Manager

Tim joined the AUASB after spending a year with the AASB where he worked on a number of projects including the Australian charity reporting framework project and improvements to reduced disclosure requirements for Tier 2 entities.

Prior to joining the AASB, Tim worked at Pitcher Partners in the business advisory and assurance division, gaining experience in a wide range of industries in audit and non-audit engagements.

Tim is a member of the Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand.

James Wake - Graduate Intern

Role at AUASB:
Graduate Intern (started Feb 2020)
 
Prior to joining AUASB:
• Completed Bachelor of Business in 2018 (majoring in Accounting and Marketing) at Monash University
• Completed Bachelor of Commerce (Honours) in Accounting in 2019 at Monash University (with a research focus on the capital market implications of annual report readability)
• Worked as a research assistant at Monash University from 2019-2020

Corporate Services Team

  • Lisa Geier Finance and Compliance Manager
  • Kathleen John  Business Services Manager
  • Anthony Karakai  Communications Manager
  • Kathryn Saunders – Finance Assistant

  • Technical and general enquiries contact – enquiries@auasb.gov.au