Leigh Cunningham is a lawyer with a career as a senior executive for a number of public companies in Australia and global companies headquartered in Singapore where she lived for 12 years.
Prior to returning to Australia to take up her current position as CEO for IPWEAQ, Leigh was the Executive Director and General Counsel for the Association of Independent Authors and previously, Director Finance & Operations, Asia for Worldtrade Management Services (a business unit of PricewaterhouseCoopers).
Leigh has 24 years’ experience in membership organisations including as the CEO for the Institute of Arbitrators & Mediators, Australia and concurrently as the Secretary-General for the Australian Centre for International Commercial Arbitration, and as the Executive Director of the Australian Institute of Project Management.
Leigh has three master’s degrees in law, commerce and an MBA where she graduated ‘Top Student’. She is also the author of four multi award-winning books.
We continue to build on the strength and capabilities of our team at IPWEAQ with two new Management Accountants joining us in April to job share the role (two days each per week).
Celine Gildfind and Carla Caro are both CPAs with different yet complimentary skillsets and experiences to allow us to develop the role in two directions simultaneously. This move is to position IPWEAQ for a longer term sustainable future focussing on continued reductions in expenditure where possible while we pursue new opportunities for revenue sources. This also offers us an opportunity to automate more transactional processes which will free our Management Accountants’ time so they can focus on more strategic accounting.
Membership renewal subscription notices will be sent to members first week of June and we look forward to your ongoing participation and contribution to our community. Although we believe the value proposition for membership of IPWEAQ is very convincing, from an economical perspective, it is a simple one - the cost of membership at $280 per annum is returned when you register for a single course or conference with our non-member registration fees being $300 more than the member rate. If you aim to achieve 50 CPD hours each year, savings for you and your employer will be significant.
Another major project for us this year, in addition to the Street Planning & Design Manual is the development of the native title portal, a need which arises from the critical consequences of the landmark Timber Creek case in the Northern Territory. In summary, on appeal, the Full Court of the Federal Court, confirmed the lower court’s award of compensation to the Claim Group of $3.3 million. The Northern Territory government was held liable to pay compensation for extinguishing the Claim Group’s rights over the land and waters around the township of Timber Creek.
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