Institute of Certified Bookkeepers

New Director/s to be Added

The current Board of Directors of ICB: Matthew Addison (Chair), Amanda Linton (CEO), John Birse, Melissa Foote, Roslyn Van Welie, Rob Marshall and Leanne Berry, call for expressions of interest, enquiries and nominations to the Board of Directors to be considered by members in the lead up to the April 2020 Annual General Meeting.

Nominations for ICB Directors for 2020

The Board of ICB requires the election of two Directors from March 2020; Mr. John Birse’s 1 year term will expire at the 2020 AGM and John has indicated he will not nominate for re-election. Rob Marshall is standing for re-election.

Consider your own and your colleagues’ eligibility, willingness and inclination to help govern the ICB into the next era of growth and development.

The process will be:

  • Interested or nominated person to consider their eligibility and suitability to achieve the purposes of an ICB director
  • Enquiries and further information and discussions as required
  • Nominations submitted by 13th January 2020  email to
  • Eligibility of all Nominations to be considered by Board of Directors
  • Nominations for consideration will be made known to the Members by 31st January
  • Webinars for nominees to meet with members on 6th February
  • Members online voting between 6th and 17th February
  • Results announced approximately 18th February 2020

What is not Changing?

  • Directors are subject to 3 year terms voted by members on a rotation basis. 2019 commenced the rotation, therefore 2 Directors were appointed for each of 1, 2 and 3 years.
  • Matthew Addison, Leanne Berry, Roslyn Van Welie and Melissa Foote will continue their terms.
  • Amanda Linton, as CEO, will be a Director under the constitution.
  • Matthew Addison is an employed member of the ICB team.  Leanne Berry is a part time member of the ICB Team

What is Changing?

  • John Birse, existing Director, has indicated he will not seek re-election.
  • Rob Marshall, elected for a 1 year term, has indicated his eligibility and willingness to be re-elected, which the Board has endorsed. Rob is also an employed member of the ICB team.

Member Voting

Members will have two decisions to make in relation to all nominations:

  1. Is the person suitable to be a Director? Yes or No and each nomination must receive 50% positive confirmation
  2. From the list of nominations with a “Yes” to question 1 to indicate which of those eligible candidates, the member allocates their individual votes.

Note the constitution states “the nominees (who did receive the 50% confidence) with the higher number of votes will be appointed.”

The elected directors will then have the ability to appoint a further two directors to the Board if required.

What is required of you now?

  • Consider things you want to know about the Directors and their intentions. Let us know what those things are.
  • Consider yourself or others for appointment to the Board of ICB. Discuss with us as appropriate.
  • Submit nominations by 13th January, 2020

Suitable Directors

The member approved constitution provides that Directors will (among other duties) commit to the members of ICB to provide oversight to the following:

  • Governance
  • Manage the vision, purpose, policy & philosophy
  • Recommend any changes to the vision, purpose, policy & philosophy for member approval

Full expectations outlined in the documents on the website.

ASIC and others provide significant guidance around the role of a Director including strict application of rules and obligations:

  • Conflicts of Interest (can you act and advise ICB without conflict of interest)
  • Fit and Proper person tests (including being without any unlawful activity)
  • Tax compliance (you must have all your tax affairs in compliance with requirements)

The Vision, purpose, policy & philosophy that has been previously approved by the Members provides guidance and protection to the ethos and purpose of ICB. The full document is available. An extract follows:

ICB is…

Bookkeepers helping Bookkeepers helping Business

Local Focus – National Accreditation – Global recognition

Concept Statements

ICB promotes and maintains the standards of bookkeeping as a profession, through the establishment of expectations, relevant qualifications and the award of grades of membership that recognise academic attainment, working experience and competence.

ICB Global Objectives

ICB Global states The Institutes objectives are:
To promote bookkeeping as a profession

  • To enable bookkeeping to gain recognition as an integral part of the financial profession
  • To promote training in the principles of bookkeeping
  • To enable the achievement of a qualification
  • To improve the career prospects of its members


In Australia, the ICB provides bookkeepers with the co-operative forum to be the best they can be. It is about bookkeepers: Bookkeepers helping bookkeepers helping business.

  • The vision of the ICB is
    • To provide bookkeepers
    • With the co-operative forum
    • To be the best they can be
  • It's about bookkeepers
    • Recognition
    • Education

In Australia, ‘Bookkeepers’ includes BAS Agents who are registered with the Tax Practitioners Board for the purposes of the Tax Agent Services Act 2009.

The ICB aims to bring certainty to the bookkeeping profession and all involved and affected by it. It answers the questions: What does a bookkeeper do? How skilled is this bookkeeper? How do I prove my bookkeeping skills? How do I improve my bookkeeping skills? How do I do bookkeeping better? What are the benefits of being part of a professional organisation for bookkeepers?

ICB will accredit, assist and inform bookkeepers and the community thereby increasing the structure and definition of the profession.

ICB will promote Certified Bookkeepers and develop the Professionalism of Certified Bookkeepers

ICB is a member based, not for profit, professional association: bookkeepers helping bookkeepers.

Directors do not have to be members of ICB, however we believe to achieve the purposes of understanding and developing the Bookkeeping Profession that an intricate knowledge of and passion for the Bookkeeping Profession is required.

Expectations of Directors

It is envisaged that the Directors:

  1. will meet in a face-to-face meeting for two days at least 3 times per year.
  2. will meet in webinar environment for 2 to 3 hours, 8 times per year.
  3. deliver their role as a director as outlined above.
  4. at all times promote and be a positive advocate and representative of ICB and the bookkeeping profession.

Eligibility of Nominations

The nominations will be reviewed and discussed with the persons, together with other parties as required.

It is the intention for your existing Board of Directors to provide their reflection to members on the nominations based on consideration of the history, purpose, personnel and vision of ICB including consideration of each candidates' skills and background, as assessed and will assist ICB into the next era of growth and development


Clarifications or explanations welcome
Matthew Addison – Executive Chair Institute of Certified Bookkeepers

Celina McAlister - ICB Governance Officer


  1. Nomination Form
  2. The Process: nominations through to online elections
  3. Requirements & Expectations of Directors
  4. ICB Approved Policy & Philosophy
  5. How ICB corporate Governance works
  • 8 November 2019