Board Members

The Board of Taxation currently consists of 11 members, eight of whom have been appointed from the business and community sector in their personal capacities. Also on the Board, as ex-officio members, are the Secretary to the Treasury, the Commissioner of Taxation, and the First Parliamentary Counsel.

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Chair - Michael Andrew

Mr Andrew, was Chairman and CEO, KPMG International from May 2011 to July 2014. He is the first Australian CEO of one of the "big four" accounting firms and the first to be based in the Asia-Pacific region. A partner in KPMG since 1988, Michael practiced in Tax Law and was Partner in Charge of KPMG Tax Practice 1995-2000 and was Partner in Charge of KPMG International Tax Centre in Amsterdam from 1992-1994. Michael was Chairman of KPMG Asia-Pacific and Chairman, KPMG Australia from 2007 until 2011.

Mr Andrew is a former member of the Business Council of Australia and the International Business Council of the World Economic Forum.

Mr Andrew was appointed1 to the Board in January 2015.


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Deputy Chair - John Emerson AM

Mr Emerson is a consultant at Herbert Smith Freehills, lawyers, and is widely recognised as a specialist in the tax and other laws applicable to charities. He heads the firm's charity law practice.

He is the firm's Melbourne Office Pro Bono Partner and a member of a number of legal, academic, and public sector committees active in the charity tax and pro bono areas.

Mr Emerson was appointed to the Board in January 2007 and appointed to the position of Deputy Chair in May 2015.


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Peggy Lau-Flux, MBA

Mrs Lau Flux enjoyed a successful career as a corporate banker before settling in Australia in 1992. Her key areas of expertise are finance and marketing in the international corporate banking sector with Asia Pacific Regional responsibilities, dealing with multinationals, manufacturers and traders. Her corporate governance experience covers the health and education sectors.

Educated in both Hong Kong and Canada, over the course of her career she worked as a Corporate Banker for Citibank and Standard Chartered Bank in Hong Kong, and led noteworthy initiatives such as the installation of the first electronic banking system in China and the determination of risk asset weighting. Since her arrival in Australia she has served on many boards at both State and Federal levels, including the Royal Adelaide Hospital, the Council of International Trade and Commerce of SA, the Australia China Council, National Multicultural Advisory Council and was the President of the Asia Pacific Business Council for Women and the Chairperson of the Joanna Briggs Institute.

Currently Mrs Lau-Flux is a Council Member of Flinders University, a Director of Flinders Partners and a member of the Strategic Resources Committee. She is also the Chairperson of the Finance and Investment Committee.

Mrs Lau Flux was appointed to the Board in January 2015.


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Neville Mitchell

Mr Mitchell is currently the President of the Group of 100; the peak body for Australia’s senior finance executives from large private and public business enterprises.

Mr Mitchell has been Chief Financial Officer and Company Secretary of Cochlear Limited since its listing in 1995.

Mr Mitchell is a director of Osprey Medical Inc., the Hearing CRC and a panel member of the NSW Government Medical Devices Fund.

Mr Mitchell was appointed to the Board in May 2015.


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Karen Payne

Ms Payne is a tax partner with Minter Ellison specialising in corporate, funds and international tax. She has over 20 years experience as a taxation advisor at tier one legal and accounting firms.  She is a Chartered Accountant and Chartered Tax Adviser.  She has extensive experience managing complex tax-related matters for major multinationals, publicly listed companies and Australian IPOs across the financial services, property, mining, energy and utilities sectors.

Ms Payne has been a member of the advisory panel of the Board of Taxation since 2010.

Ms Payne was appointed to the Board in May 2015.


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Mark Pizzacalla, PhD

Mr Pizzacalla is Partner-in-Charge of the Private Clients practice of BDO in Melbourne, and is integrally involved in the firm's Tax and Advisory practice.

Mr Pizzacalla's business experience, including acting as Managing Partner of his predecessor firm, gives him a strong appreciation of both the strategic and operational issues facing his clients, and provides relevance to the technical tax advice he delivers.

Mr Pizzacalla completed his PhD in relation to the taxation of SMEs in Australia and is one of the few tax practitioners whose work has been cited in Australia's Parliament.

Mr Pizzacalla is a member of The Tax Institute's Victorian Technical Committee, and was previously the former Chair of The Tax Institute's National SME Sub-Committee, as well as being a former Victorian State Councillor.

Mr Pizzacalla was appointed to the Board in January 2015.


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Ann-Maree Wolff

Mrs Wolff has over 23 years’ experience as a qualified tax professional with over 13 years’ experience in senior tax roles within the mining industry. She is currently the Asia Pacific Head of Tax for Rio Tinto responsible for all tax matters relevant to Rio Tinto in Australia and the broader Asia Pacific region.

Mrs Wolff is a Chartered Tax Advisor and Fellow of Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand.

Mrs Wolff has been extensively involved in tax policy development in her roles on the Tax Committees for the Business Council of Australia and Minerals Council of Australia, the Executive Committee of the Corporate Taxpayers Association, as well as through consultation directly with the Australian Treasury.

Mrs Wolff was appointed to the Board in May 2015.


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Craig Yaxley

Mr Yaxley has over 30 years corporate tax experience including 20 years as a tax partner with KPMG Perth office. He was appointed WA State Lead Tax Partner on 1 July 2013. He provides tax advice to a wide range of international and Australian mining, oil and gas, mining services, property and agriculture clients on structuring inbound and outbound investments, financing, joint ventures and mergers and divestments.

Mr Yaxley is a Chartered Tax Advisor and Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia. Craig has been extensively involved in mining industry tax issues and policy developments in his role as Chairman of the Tax Committee for the Association of Mining and Exploration Companies Inc.

Mr Yaxley is also Treasurer and Director of Black Swan State Theatre Company.

Mr Yaxley was appointed to the Board in January 2015.


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Chris Jordan AO - Commissioner of Taxation

Mr Jordan was previously Chair of KPMG New South Wales and Partner in Charge of the New South Wales Tax and Legal Division of KPMG. He is the former Chair of the New Tax System Advisory Board and was also the State Chair of the New South Wales Division of the Taxation Institute of Australia. He was appointed by the NSW Government to the Games Advisory Committee of the Sydney 2009 World Masters Games.

Until his appointment as Commissioner of Taxation in January 2013, Mr Jordan was a member of the Sydney Children’s Hospital Foundation Board, the Board of the Bell Shakespeare Company, a member of the Audit Risk Committee of the Art Gallery of NSW and Chair of the Committee for Sydney.

Mr Jordan has been a member of the Board since its inception in September 2000. He was Deputy Chair from January 2005, was appointed to the position of Chair in June 2011 and retired from this position in December 2012 following his appointment as Commissioner of Taxation.

Mr Jordan has been an ex officio member of the Board since January 2013.


John Fraser – Secretary to the Treasury

John Fraser was appointed as Secretary to the Treasury in December 2014.

As Secretary, he is a member of the Board of the Reserve Bank of Australia, Chair of the Advisory Board of the Australian Office of Financial Management and a member of the Australia in the Asian Century Strategic Advisory Board, Infrastructure Australia, the Council of Financial Regulators, the Board of Taxation, the Sir Roland Wilson Foundation and the Centre for International Finance and Regulation.

Mr Fraser has been an ex officio member of the Board since December 2014.


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Peter Quiggin PSM - First Parliamentary Counsel

Mr Quiggin is the First Parliamentary Counsel of the Office of Parliamentary Counsel (OPC), which is responsible for drafting all principal legislation, all regulations and a range of legislative instruments for the Australian Government, including taxation legislation. OPC is also responsible for the publication of Commonwealth legislation through ComLaw and the Federal Register of Legislative Instruments (FRLI).

Mr Quiggin's initial 7 year appointment as First Parliamentary Counsel started on 13 May 2004. He has since been reappointed for a further 7 years, commencing on 14 May 2011. He has been a drafter with the Office of Parliamentary Counsel for over 20 years and has drafted legislation covering a wide range of topics including taxation, native title and immigration.

Mr Quiggin is the President of the Commonwealth Association of Legislative Counsel (CALC).

Prior to working at OPC, Mr Quiggin worked for a number of years with the Tax Office and the Administrative Appeals Tribunal.

Mr Quiggin has been an ex officio member of the Board since January 2004.


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Matthew Brine - Secretary to the Board

Matt has had almost 20 years’ experience working on public policy issues, with a focus on business taxation and corporate law.  His recent experience includes leadership roles in projects relating to the taxation of consolidated groups, taxation of financial arrangements, taxation of managed investment trusts, resource taxation, the dividend imputation regime, the taxation of infrastructure projects and implementation options for the new paid parental leave levy.


Conflict of Interest Declaration

The Board of Taxation Board members agreed to the new Board of Taxation Policy Managing Conflicts of Interest document at its 14 December 2012 Board meeting.

All members of the Board are taxpayers in various capacities. Some members of the Board derive income from director's fees, company dividends, trust distributions or as a member of a partnership.

The Board's practice is to require members who have a material personal interest in a matter before the Board to disclose the interest to the Board and to absent themselves from the Board's discussion of the matter, including the making of a decision, unless otherwise determined by the Chairman (or if the Chairman has the interest, the other members of the Board).

The Board does not regard a member as having a material personal interest in a matter of tax policy that is before the Board merely because the member's personal interest may, in common with other taxpayers or members of the public, be affected by that tax policy or by any relevant Board recommendations.

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1 On 12 December 2014, the Government announced four new appointments to the Board. Mr Michael Andrew was appointed as Chair