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IPA appoints new president

The Institute of Public Accountants (IPA) has appointed Wendy Leegel as its new president and chairman of the board.

The appointment was made at an IPA board meeting on Thursday last week, held in conjunction with the accounting body’s 2014 National Congress in the Hunter Valley.

Leegel takes over from former president Jason Parker, whose two-year term has come to an end. Parker will, however, remain on the IPA board and executive.

In accepting the role, Leegel paid tribute to Parker’s work during his time as president of the accounting body.

“Jason’s contribution has been instrumental in leading the IPA strategic positioning. These achievements included boosting the IPA’s financial position, exploring and executing strategic partnerships, strengthening the IPA media and digital presence, amongst many others,” she said.

Leegel brings to her new position a solid bank of experience, having been a professional director and worked in a variety of senior roles specialising in risk and organisational change.

It is thought Leegel’s working history is well suited to the IPA’s goals in the coming years, including building on its Fit for the Future program and enhancing member opportunities and services.

“It is an honour to be part of such a progressive organisation that has continued to develop under the excellent stewardship of CEO Andrew Conway and I look forward to working with the board and Andrew in this next phase of the organisation’s growth and development over the years ahead,” she said.

Commenting on the appointment, Conway said the professional body would continue its rise with Leegel as its new president.

“The IPA has grown significantly due to the exceptional work of the IPA board and the team and I am sure all members will warmly welcome the appointment of Wendy as their president to continue that good work,” he said.

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