12 December 2014

Appointments to the Board of Taxation

The Government is pleased to announce four new appointments to the Board of Taxation. Mr Michael Andrew has been appointed as Chair with Mrs Peggy Lau Flux, Mr Mark Pizzacalla and Mr Craig Yaxley appointed as members of the Board.

The Board of Taxation consists of up to 10 members and is a non-statutory advisory body charged with contributing a business and broader community perspective in improving the design of taxation laws and their operation.

Mr Michael Andrew brings a deep understanding of the business community and tax law from his time as Chairman and CEO of KPMG International from May 2011 to July 2014 and Chairman of KPMG Australia from 2007 to 2011.  He is currently the Co-Chair of the Australian B20 Working group on Anti-Corruption and Transparency. 

Mrs Peggy Lau Flux has experience working in corporate banking for Citibank and Standard Chartered Bank in Hong Kong, where she led initiatives such as the installation of the first electronic banking system in China. She has served on a number of boards, including the Royal Adelaide Hospital, the Council for International Trade and Commerce of South Australia and the Australia China Council.   

Mr Mark Pizzacalla has experience in small business tax issues, with over 30 years in practice.  He is currently a Partner in BDO’s tax practice. He has also recently completed his PhD on the taxation of Small and Medium Enterprises in Australia. He is the former Chair of The Tax Institute’s National SME Sub-Committee.

Mr Craig Yaxley has business taxation experience, with over 30 years corporate tax experience in the mining and resources industry.  He was appointed KPMG Western Australia Lead Tax Partner on 1 July 2013. He is an Executive Councillor of the Association of Mining and Exploration Companies and Chair of the AMEC Tax Committee. 

All appointments are for three years. These appointments follow the expiration of the terms of a number of current Board members.

On behalf of the Government I would like to recognise the significant contributions made by Mrs Teresa Dyson as Chair, Mr Keith James as Deputy Chair and members Ms Elizabeth Jameson and Mr Curt Rendall.