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The Accountancy Profession Must Provide Trust and Accountability

Andrew Conway  | 

Trust. Trust and accountability. Andrew Conway, Chief Executive of the Institute of Public Accountants in Australia, addresses the critical nature of trust in the profession, and that stakeholders need to understand the importance of this trust as a critical foundation of the profession. Businesses depend upon the accountancy profession to provide high-quality advice and services and this trust ultimately translates into economic value for society.

Andrew Conway

Prof. Andrew Conway, FIPA, FFA, joined the IFAC PAO Development & Advisory Group in January 2019 after being nominated by the Institute of Public Accountants (IPA).

Prof. Conway has been the Chief Executive Officer of IPA since May 2009, which at the time made him the youngest CEO of a public entity at the age of 28. He has been recognized for IPA’s transformation from its former name, National Institute of Accountants, into a leading and legally recognized professional accountancy body in Australia and the region. His leadership of IPA led to the organization’s recognition as the most innovative accounting body in Australia in 2012 by BRW.

Prior to working with IPA, Prof. Conway was an Australian Government Treasury Ministry Chief of Staff and Senior Advisor. In 2001, he was awarded the Centenary of Federation Medal through the Order of Australia and in 2011, he was awarded Australian Young Professional of the Year and appointed a Professor of Accounting at the Shanghai University of Finance and Economics (honoris causa). That same year he was appointed by the Governor of Victoria as a Director of Eastern Health.

Prof. Conway was awarded the Australian Financial Review, Boss Magazine Young Executive of the Year in 2014. And in 2015, he was awarded the Deakin University Young Alumni Award for his outstanding and significant contribution to the profession and to the community. The following year, he was presented with a Distinguished Fellow award by the Vice-Chancellor of Deakin University and appointed as an Adjunct Professor at the University where he lectures for Deakin's MBA program.

A long-standing advocate for small business, Prof. Conway has been championing the cause of small business policy and is regarded as one of the key activists of the future of small- and medium-sized entity policy in Australia.