Who we are

We are the unifying alliance of Professional Associations that represents more than 930,000 Australian professionals including engineers, healthcare and computer professionals, veterinarians and accountants. A not‐for‐profit organisation, we are acknowledged by the community, industry and government as the Thought Leaders advocating for the Professions, Professionals and Professionalism since 1971.

Our Members are professional associations and supporting organisations that share the mission of building and maintaining community confidence in all professionals and their evidence-based advice in difficult times.

Vision, Mission and Strategic Plan

Our Purpose and the resulting Vision, Mission and Strategic Plan is set by our Member Organisations at our Strategic Review and Planning Days.

Strategic Plan Overview 2019-20

Leadership

Board of Directors

A/Prof Klaus D Veil FACHI FHL7 MAICD
President

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Julie Strous BVS GAICD
Vice-President

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Ron Watts CompIEAust FAHRI GAICD
Treasurer

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Jane MacMaster BE MA FIEAust CPEng EngExec  
Director

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Dr Simon Eassom
Director

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Rupert Grayston MEngMgt BE
Director

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Simon Hann BCom LLB
Director

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Steve Turner BBus CAHRI MIMC CMC
Director

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Our Board comprises seven elected Directors and up to two appointed Directors which serve for staggered two-year terms. The Board votes to appoint the President, Vice-President and Treasurer. No office bearer can hold any one office for more than three terms.


Office of the Chief Professionalist

Professor Deen Sanders OAM
Inaugural Chief Professionalist

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Tanya Stephens  BVSc MSc (IAWEL) MANZCVS FRCVS
Expert

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Philip Argy BCom LLB FACS FRI MAICD
Expert

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Dr Ruth Ferraro PhD Fellow ARPI GAICD
Head – Professionalism and Ethics Portfolio

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Strategic Advisory Council

Dr Nicholas Tate FRAS PACS FBCS CEng CITP CP
Chair – Strategic Advisory Council

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Office of the CEO

Dr Ash Jones MA PhD GAICD
Head – Education and Accreditation Portfolio

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Dr Ruth Ferraro PhD Fellow ARPI GAICD
Head – Professionalism and Ethics Portfolio

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Mark Lowy B.Sc MPM MBA
Head – …….

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Angelina Pillai BA (International Politics)   Grad Cert Innovation & Entrepreneurship (Harvard)
Head – Diversity, Culture and Inclusion Portfolio

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Lynette Harris M.Ed GAICD
Co-opted board meeting participant

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Policy Area Portfolios

In conjunction with our Strategic Plan we focus on three main areas that our Member Organisations are deeply interested in:
Education, Accreditation and Employability
Professionalism and Ethics
Diversity and Inclusion


Stucture and Constitution

The Australian Council of Professions Ltd is a Company Limited by Guarantee ACN 059 999 914 ABN 20 059 999 914. Originally incorporated in 1971, our current Constitution was approved at the Annual General Meeting on 30 July 2020.

Past Presidents

1971 – 1972: The Hon. Dr Derek Freeman AM MLC
1975 – 1977: W. B. McKensey
1977 – 1979: Micheal O’Sullivan QC
1979 – 1981: Dr J Allen
1981 – 1983: Dr J Croker
1983 – 1985: Peter Davidson AM
1985 – 1987: Prof. Peter Johnson AC
1987 – 1989: G A Murphy AM
1989 – 1991: Dr H Lindsay Thompson AM
1991 – 1993: Warwick J. Wilkinson
1993 – 1995: Walter Stamm
1995 – 1997: Dr John Southwick
1997 – 1999: Joycelyn Morton BEc FCA FCPA FIPA FCIS FAICD
20xx – 2009: Frank Payne
2009 – 2011: Don S. Larkin B.Ec(ANU) MBA
2014 – 2016: Robert Boyd-Boland
2015 – 2017: Michael Catchpole MBA
2017 – 2018: Brenda Aynsley OAM

Past PATRONs

The Hon. Bill Hayden AC – Governor General
The Hon. Sir William Deane AC KBE – Governor General


“Strive not to be a Success, but rather to be of Value”
Albert Einstein

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