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Professional independent company director, originally qualified as a chartered accountant

Key strengths include strategic thinking, financial management and reporting, and understanding operational drivers, risk management and corporate governance issues

Merran has considerable experience in the work of audit, risk and compliance committees

She has a particular interest in aligning performance management with corporate strategy and enjoys executive coaching

Industry experience includes financial and professional services, insurance, health, education, contract management and utilities
 
 
     

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MERRAN H KELSALL
B. Com. (Hons.), FCA, MBA, FCPA
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Career Summary
Professional independent company director, originally qualified as a chartered accountant.  Key strengths include strategic thinking, financial management and reporting, and understanding operational drivers, risk management and corporate governance issues.  Merran has considerable experience in the work of audit, risk and compliance committees.  She has a particular interest in aligning performance management with corporate strategy and enjoys executive coaching. She has significant expertise in organisations with a strong focus on stakeholder engagement, particularly large mutuals. Merran also gained experience in resolving customer complaints and alternative dispute resolution as the inaugural chairman of Public Transport Industry Ombudsman (Victoria). Industry experience includes financial and professional services; insurance; health; education; contract management and utilities.

Employment History
1997                    Self employed Company Director and Consultant
1989 – 1996      Partner in Charge Business Services Division of BDO Melbourne 
1987                    Appointed Partner, BDO
1976 - 1987        Various positions with BDO (formerly Parkhill Lithgow & Gibson)

Qualifications and Awards
Melbourne University M.B.A., 2000
Member Institute of Chartered Accountants 1979, Fellow 1991
Melbourne University B Com. (Hons.) 1975
Australian Institute of Company Directors – FAICD, Residential Programme 2004
Meritorious Service Award, Institute of Chartered Accountants, 2007
Fellow CPA, 2012

Current Professional Appointments

Director of VicSuper, since March 2016

Director of TarraWarra Museum of Art, since January 2016

Chairman, Auditing and Assurance Standards Board, (AUASB) - since 2004.

Member, International Auditing and Assurance Standards Board - since 2011.

Member, Financial Reporting Council and previously attendee since 2004, as a result of AUASB appointment.

Director, RACV Ltd and subsidiaries, since 2008, Chairman Audit and Risk Management Committee.

Chairman, Australian Health Service Alliance Ltd - since 2011.

Commissioner at the Taxi Services Commission - since 2013.

 

Past Appointments and Community Activities

Director Superpartners Pty Ltd (2011 – 2014);

Chairman Audit and Risk Management Committee.

Public Transport Ombudsman Limited, Chairman: 2004 - 2012.

Chairman of Syndicate at CEO Institute: 2006 - 2011.

Cuscal Limited, Director (2001 - 2010), Chairman, Board Audit Committee, which also oversees operational risk.

Council of Trustees of National Gallery of Victoria,  Member (2001 - 2010), Chairman Audit Risk and Compliance Committee.

Melbourne Water Corporation, Director, Member Audit and Risk Management Committee (previously Chairman), Remuneration, Health and Safety Committee: 2001 - 2010.

Colonial Limited, Director 1998 – 2000, until takeover by Commonwealth Bank, Member Audit and Compliance Committee.

Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC) - Chairman, Audit Committee 1998 - 2005.

Companies and Markets Advisory Committee, (CAMAC), Member, 1999 - 2004.

Avant Mutual Group, Director 2007 – 2008; Member, Audit and Risk Committee and Remuneration and Performance Committee, Medical Defence Association of Victoria, Chairman subsidiary, Professional Indemnity Insurance Company of Australia Pty. Limited  2004 – 2007; Chairman, Audit Committee 2001 – 2004; Member, Joint Remuneration Committee.

Stockford Limited, Director 2000 - 2002, including membership of due diligence committee reviewing preparation of prospectus for IPO.

North Western Health Care Network, Chairman January - June, 2000;  Director and Deputy Chairman, 1997 – 2000 (previously Deputy Chairman North Eastern Health Care Network from 1995) and Chairman, Audit and Risk Management Committee.

CityWide Service Solutions Pty Ltd, commercial subsidiary, City of Melbourne, Director, 1995 – 2001, Chairman, Audit Committee.

Transmission Pipelines of Australia Pty. Ltd. Group, Director 1999, appointment preparing for trade sale by government.

IOOF Australia Group, Director 1995-1998, Member Compliance Committee, Chairman Community Villages Friendly Society and Chairman, Audit Committee. I resigned to take up the Colonial position.

Aluvic Ltd, Director elect for public float of Aluminium Smelters of Victoria Pty Ltd.  Involved in preparation of public offer document in 1998, however, trade sale achieved.

Transport Accident Commission of Victoria, Director 1987-1997, Chairman, Audit Committee 1992-1996, Chairman, Marketing & Accident Prevention Committee 1996.

Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, Member University Council 1989-1996; Honorary Treasurer 1990-1992, 1995-1996; Deputy Chancellor1993-1995.

Chairman, Technisearch Limited, a Commercial subsidiary of RMIT, 1992-1995, Chairman, Audit Committee 1992-1995.

AusIndustry, Director 1994 - 1996.

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