ICB is pleased to provide details of the ICB Board of Directors.
The Board comprises a diverse and experienced group of talented individuals who are committed to the bookkeeping community. They are longstanding members to whom we are immensely grateful.
- Colin Walker – Chairman
Colin was invited to join the Board as an independent director in early 2020. Following a year adding value to the Board’s work through bringing his extensive experience to its deliberations, Colin was reappointed in 2021 for a further term, and subsequently appointed Chairman. Colin spent over 45 years working in the Tax Profession before retiring in 2020 in many roles, including 8 years in 17 countries providing in-country tax administration and policy advice whilst with the International Monetary Fund. From 2002 as an Assistant Commissioner in the ATO, he was responsible at various stages for legislation interpretation, design, implementation of new legislation and in his last 6 years supporting tax and BAS agents and their professional associations in building strong relationships and working together to ensure respectful and supportive relationships between the profession and the ATO. These latter years also saw him leading the digital services for tax and BAS agents. Colin has expensive experience in public administration, running large projects and has been the public face of the ATO in the agent world. Colin has a strong interest in the future of the bookkeeping profession.
- Matthew Addison – Deputy Chair
I will continue my role with the ICB bookkeeping community making a difference in what we do.
I have been involved as the founding director of ICB Australia and been engaged by the ICB community increasingly since 2005. I was very pleased when the planets aligned; the Institute of Certified Bookkeepers (ICB Global), senior bookkeepers (including me) and involving several software companies took the steps to enhance the ability for professional bookkeepers to be accredited and recognised by a world wide but nationally centred professional association, focused on Bookkeepers. A vision quickly encouraged by government.
My previous background in a leading 2nd tier accounting firm (7 years), then my own business consulting practice (15 years) specialising in business accounting software; working with software company partner programs, training bookkeepers and others including implementing GST into business and training practitioners, all provided great perspective to the role I hold with ICB.
- Amanda Linton – CEO
Amanda was appointed CEO of ICB in November 2017, having previously served as an ICB Director. With extensive experience as a bookkeeper, sole trader and running a multi-person bookkeeping practice, Amanda is also a registered BAS Agent, was a finalist in the Telstra Business Woman of the Year Awards in 2008 and awarded MYOB Partner of the Year in 2012. Amanda continues to represent the Bookkeeping community at various consultative forums, and works alongside ICB's Executive Chairman for the continuing operational growth and development of ICB.
- Robert Marshall
Working exclusively in and around the Bookkeeping Industry for over 20 years now, gives me experience, insight and understanding of much of what the ICB stands for and has goals to achieve. I believe I can bring a fresh set of eyes to the Board table, that could lead ICB further along its journey and value add, to what is already, a great Institution.
- Margaret Whitfield
I am passionate about ensuring the future of our industry and bookkeepers, all my staff are members of ICB as I value the resources and commitment provided by ICB to its members to ensure that we have a solid foundation for our support to the business community. It is so rewarding to see people (staff, colleagues, clients) flourish and grow with the support I provide to them so this seems a natural progression in my journey to help others.
- Melissa Foote
I have been on the Board now for two years and have enjoyed working with fellow Board members to implement, and work on strategies, to achieve ICB’s vision for the future.
I remain a passionate and engaged advocate for Industry, having worked in this industry for almost 20 years. This is shown in my dedication to industry, education of Industry participants, and in my voluntary roles with ICB.
Being in practice, I can empathise with ICB’s members and the challenges we face in our roles as business advisors, tax practitioners, employers, HR/IR advisor and the separate roles we often take up as business owners.
My true passion is to inspire, educate, mentor and to help others achieve confidence and happiness in all that they do. I like to keep things simple in order to facilitate the fastest change and therefore believe in a no-nonsense approach to business and life.
Most of all, I love to have fun, and this includes in business. Who says work can’t be enjoyable and this is what I would like to promote to members to ensure a healthy work/life balance.
- Pamela Taylor
Having been a bookkeeper of nearly 20 years, I feel my knowledge and experience will provide valuable insights and understanding of what it means to be a Professional Bookkeeper for today and into the future. The diversity of my career from employee bookkeeper to sole practitioner, to manager of a large bookkeeping team gives me the understanding of the struggles many of my fellow ICB members may experience. My understanding of this and my passion to help others succeed aligns beautifully with that of ICB philosophy being Bookkeepers helping Bookkeepers helping Businesses. I wish to bring my energy and enthusiasm to the board if elected to continue the fantastic work ICB has done in promoting the value of Professional Bookkeepers not only to business owners but to other professionals in our industry.