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ICAEW Members in New South Wales

The ICAEW Members in New South Wales member group supports members in Australia and works to increase awareness of the ACA brand in Australia.


About us

The aims of the group are to:

  • represent the view of Australian members to ICAEW, other stakeholders and relevant bodies;
  • represent ICAEW and the ACA members in the local business and wider community of New South Wales;
  • reflect and support the aims, objectives and strategy of ICAEW; and 
  • organise and promote activities to achieve these objectives.

Contact us: Sydney.Citygroup@icaew.com

Global Accounting Alliance in Australia

GAA passport  

As a member of the Global Accounting Alliance (GAA), ICAEW members are entitled to a range of reciprocal benefits through Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand. 

Details of the benefits available, and information on how to register, can be found on the GAA area of the Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand website.

Joining Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand

As an ICAEW member, you can join Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand under the recognised overseas accounting body route. If you would like to discuss routes to membership, costs and process, please call: 1300 137 322, or email the service department.

Requirements for operating a practice  

Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand have information for the requirements of operating a practice in Australia on their website, under the practice management section.

Social subcommittee

The social subcommittee arranges social events and activities that allow members and their guests to meet in an informal atmosphere.

Events include new member initiatives, alumni events and social and networking activities.

If you have suggestions for future social events please email Sydney.Citygroup@icaew.com.

  • Tom Johns Tom Johns Chair and CABA Ambassador

    Tom Johns has held the position of Chief Financial Officer with BGIS Asia Pacific since October 2019. He has 29 years’ experience as a leading financial professional in global technology and services businesses. Most recently he was the Finance Director-Origination with Downer, an integrated services company, where his role focussed on a significant pipeline of major infrastructure bids in ANZ, with targeted expansion into overseas markets. Most of his career has been with Unisys, a worldwide information technology company, culminating in the role Regional CFO, Unisys Asia Pacific & Japan. He provided overall financial leadership and direction for the Asia Pacific region (US$400m, 10 countries, 3000+ employees).

  • Sara Lam Secretary

    Sara has been responsible for providing finance services to large, complex engineering and ICT projects with multi-national corporations and government agencies in Australia, New Zealand and Asia Pacific. She specializes in implementing substantial business initiatives and operational improvements

  • Simon Keeling Simon Keeling Treasurer

    Simon moved to Sydney in November 2018 after working for Crowe in London for 8 years. He currently leads the Emerging Companies team at PwC where he works with high growth early stage businesses. Simon also sits on the ICAEW Tech Faculty board. Outside of work, Simon enjoys spending time around Sydney’s coastline and exploring local breweries.

  • Clare Bewsher Clare Bewsher Committee Member and Council Member for Australia (NSW & ACT)

    Clare trained with Smith & Williamson before joining PwC's International Corporate Tax team. She is self-employed, enjoying a mix of contracting and tax consultancy. In June 2013, Clare was elected as ICAEW's first Council Member for Oceania.

  • Richard Stokes Richard Stokes Committee Member and Contact Member for NSW

    Richard set up his own consultancy firm in 1989, Stokes Partners International. He is an external compliance committee member for various investments schemes, a compliance advisor to fund managers, and acts as a compliance officer to boutique fund managers. He presents training courses on unit trust operations for Kaplan Professional in Australia and in Asia.

  • Marie d'Cruz Marie d'Cruz Committee Member

    Marie is Payroll/HR Manager at Glencore Australia. She is an FCA experienced financial controller who has worked in blue chip commercial, not for profit and professional environments.

  • Diane Potter Committee Member

    Diane qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 1992. Soon after qualifying she moved to industry, having a number of finance roles in the UK before moving to Sydney in 2004. Diane is an experienced commercial finance professional with over 15 years working in the fast moving Global Telecoms sector. Her current role is as a Customer Business Controller, leading the financial & commercial support for a large customer focused sales, delivery & operational team.

  • Adam Sealey Adam Sealey Committee Member

    Adam qualified with a mid-tier firm in Somerset, assisting small and medium sized farming businesses with their tax and business affairs. He emigrated to Sydney in 2018 and has a keen interest in assisting ICAEW members to settle in to life in Australia, holding social events for Younger Members on a regular basis. He currently works within the Business Advisory team at RSM.