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Damian Paull – National Director

Damian has recently been appointed as the National Director of the Office of both the AASB and AUASB, where he is tasked with implementing the ‘One team, two identities, no surprises’ strategic direction for both organisations.

Damian has a tremendously diverse background, including teaching, law enforcement, working as a regulator, working in small and large businesses in risk, compliance and operations, and building capability within the not-for-profit sector to lead and bring about positive change.

Damian is also the Chair of the Go Girls Foundation which aims to connect, honour and celebrate women. There, his focus is on personal leadership and coaching to facilitate personal and professional growth.

Matthew Zappulla – Technical Director

As Technical Director, Matthew leads the team responsible for the development and delivery of Australian Auditing & Assurance Standards. With the AUASB Chairman, Matthew is actively involved in managing and developing relationships with significant Australian and International stakeholders from the accounting, business, investment, regulatory and standard-setting communities.

Before joining the AUASB Matthew held the position of Assistant Auditor-General, Standards and Quality at the Victorian Auditor-General’s Office (VAGO), responsible for maintaining professional standards, implementing and monitoring quality frameworks and systems and contributing to VAGO's strategic and business unit planning. Prior to this, Matthew was a Director at PricewaterhouseCoopers responsible for overseeing the implementation of assurance methodologies and technologies, including addressing the impact of changes to guidance and standards, designing and delivering technical and professional training and overseeing inspection and review activities.

Matthew is a Fellow of the Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand.

Rene Herman – Senior Project Manager

As a Senior Project Manager at the AUASB, Rene is responsible for the planning, research, development and delivery of auditing and assurance standards and related guidance forming part of the AUASB strategy and corporate plan.  Rene’s primary areas of focus at the AUASB has been on Australian Auditing Standards and related guidance in relation to historical financial information, with her current area of focus being on coordinating and cooperating effectively with regulators.

Before joining the AUASB Rene held the position of Executive Director at Ernst and Young where she was the executive responsible for the risk management, execution and delivery of external audit engagements.  Rene’s audit experience is across a diverse range of industries in the private, public and government sectors from SMEs to the largest corporations in Australia.

Rene is a member of the Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand.

Marina Michaelides – Senior Project Manager

As a Senior Project Manager at the AUASB, Marina is responsible for the planning, research, development and delivery of auditing and assurance standards and related guidance forming part of the AUASB strategy and corporate plan.  Marina’s primary areas of focus at the AUASB has been on Australian Auditing Standards and related guidance in relation to other non-historical assurance engagements, with her current area of focus being on emerging external reporting.

Before joining the AUASB Marina held the position of Group Financial Controller for a listed entity and prior to that was a Senior Manager at Ernst and Young where she was responsible for client liaison, risk management, execution and delivery of external audit engagements. Marina’s commercial and audit experience is across a diverse range of industries in the private, public and government sectors from SMEs to listed corporations in Australia.

Marina is a member of the Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand.

Anne Waters – Senior Project Manager

As a Senior Project Manager at the AUASB, Anne is responsible for the planning, research, development and delivery of auditing and assurance standards and related guidance forming part of the AUASB strategy and corporate plan. Anne’s primary areas of focus are the guidance in relation to historical financial information, and the new enhanced auditor reporting standards.  

Before joining the AUASB Anne was a senior manager at KPMG where she began her career as an auditor before moving to the Department of Professional Practice. There, Anne was a member of the Audit Quality team responsible for overseeing the implementation of assurance methodologies and technologies, designing and delivering technical and professional training and providing technical advice to engagement teams.

Anne is a member of the Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand.

Tim Austin – Assistant Project Manager

Tim joined the AUASB after spending a year with the AASB where he worked on a number of projects including the Australian charity reporting framework project and improvements to reduced disclosure requirements for Tier 2 entities.

Prior to joining the AASB, Tim worked at Pitcher Partners in the business advisory and assurance division, gaining experience in a wide range of industries in audit and non-audit engagements.

Tim is a member of the Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand.

Anna Wu – Graduate Intern

Anna is currently completing her Master of Management (Accounting and Finance) degree at the University of Melbourne. She holds a Bachelor of Economics (Finance) which she completed at San Yat-sen University in China.

Anna established a marketing and consulting business in China before relocating to Australia where she has since gained experience in teaching, business communication and client service areas. 

Anna is currently coordinating the AUASB glossary project and assisting in a number of projects including Auditor Reporting.

Business Services Team

  • Lisa Geier Finance and Compliance Manager
  • Susie Brown  Communications Manager
  • Kathleen John  Business Manager
  • Shelly Taylor  Executive Assistant
  • Amanda Boudaher  Admin Assistant

  • Technical and general enquiries contact – enquiries@auasb.gov.au