The ACCA Australia and New Zealand Network Panel is an elected group of volunteer member advocates and advisors. The current Chair of the Network Panel is Gillian Mulligan, Finance Manager, ICT & Digital at NSW Department of Customer Service and the Vice Chair is Russell Colbourne, CFO at CFO Centre Australia. The ACCA Australia and New Zealand Network Panel plays an important role in providing members’ feedback and working jointly with ACCA to create greater value and relevance for the ACCA membership.

The key role of the ACCA Australia and New Zealand Network Panel is to advise the ACCA Office on matters relating to:

  • Strategic development; 
  • Current and future issues affecting Network Members; 
  • Raising ACCA’s profile and enhancing its reputation across Australia and New Zealand; 
  • New ideas and topics which may be addressed through courses, publications and other services; and
  • Technical issues and consultative documents


Gillian Mulligan


NSW /ACT Panel Representative

Gillian is a specialist Finance Manager in the Public Sector with extensive previous experience within the Tertiary Education sector. Connect with Gillian on LinkedIn.

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Russell Colbourne

Vice Chair
South Australian Panel Representative

Russell is an experience CFO and Entrepreneur specialising in helping organisation plan, build and grow. Connect with Russell on LinkedIn.

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Vanessa Ramsamy

NSW/ACT Panel Representative

Vanessa has spent over 17 years in the big four providing professional services to the private and public sector. Connect with  Vanessa on LinkedIn.

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Shelly Slone-Zhen

NSW/ACT Panel Representative

Shelly is a commercially mined senior finance leader with over 20 years of experience in blue-chip IT, SaaS, FMCG, retails and financial service companies. Connect with Shelly on LinkedIn.

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Dr Belete Jember (BJ) Bobe

VIC/TAS Panel Representative

BJ is a well experienced university educator, researcher and academic at one of the top 1% business schools in the world. Connect with BJ on LinkedIn

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Dr Quan Nguyen

VIC/TAS Panel Representative

Quan is an experienced lecturer with a demonstrated history working in the education management industry. Connect with Quan on LinkedIn.

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Eddie Ko

WA Panel Representative

Eddie is a distinguished strategic advisor, CFO, tech entrepreneur, business match maker and board member. Connect with Eddie on LinkedIn.

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John Cooper

QLD/NT Panel Representative

John is a highly accomplished accountant with over 20 years’ experience, John is passionate about the not-for-profit space in Australia. Connect with John on LinkedIn.

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Rimma Gayfullina

New Zealand – Auckland Panel Representative

Rimma combines solid audit background gained on working in KPMG Russia, New Zealand and the Netherlands and financial accounting expertise in the commercial sector. Connect with  Rimma on LinkedIn.

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Cynthia Muoti-Mutua Makau

New Zealand – Wellington Panel Representative

Cynthia has diversified professional experience in audit and advisory most recently working in the Public Sector in New Zealand. Connect with Cynthia on LinkedIn

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