A farewell and a welcome

Stepping into the role of national president is both exciting and daunting at the same time.

Over the Christmas break, I reflected on the last 12 months and what the next 12 months would hold.

I thought about the standards set in leadership and depth of tax knowledge set by our outgoing president, Ken Schurgott, and thought: “Can I fill his shoes and hold his passion for all things Tax Institute?”

I continued on this path, the presentations Ken delivered, the meetings and conferences he attended, and his always smiling face. I realised at this point that this journey of self-examination and comparison was wasted time. I cannot fill Ken’s shoes but, as the incoming president, I can acknowledge the outstanding contribution Ken made during his time as president.

I’m sure all members join me in thanking Ken for the immense amount of time and effort he contributed as president during 2012.


Stephen Westaway is President of the National Council at The Tax Institute.

The Tax Institute is Australia's leading professional association in tax. Its 13,000 members include tax agents, accountants and lawyers as well as tax practitioners in corporations, government and academia.


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