Chartered accountant recognised with prestigious fellowship

Wednesday 7 April 2021 | Written by Losirene Lacanivalu | Published in Local, National

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Chartered accountant recognised with prestigious fellowship
Louise Wittwer. PHOTO: JONATHAN MILNE 20071209

A local finance professional is honoured and privileged to call herself a Fellow Chartered Accountant.

Louise Wittwer , the former Commissioner of Cook Islands Financial Supervisory Commission and a director of the Small Countries Financial Management Centre (SCFMC), has been awarded a Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand (CA ANZ) Fellowship.

Wittwer said: “It is an absolute honour to have been recognised by the Institute, and my peers, with the bestowing of Chartered Accountancy Fellowship status upon me.”

“I am extremely grateful for the recognition of my contribution to the Accountancy profession, over my 30-year career, but in particular the last 19 years here in Rarotonga assisting Cook Islanders on their journey to becoming Chartered Accountants and ensuring those that are already qualified are able to meet their ongoing mandatory Continuing Professional Development requirements in-country.”

Wittwer is one of the 222 Chartered Accountants from around the world to receive the honour in 2020.

“To be honest it is overwhelming, it is like I have reached the pinnacle of my career, I really could not want for more. It is an absolute privilege to now be able to call myself a Fellow Chartered Accountant.”

She said when the Institute first approached her about her willingness to accept the nomination, she was lost for words

“... and anyone that knows me, knows I am never lost for words,” she added.

Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand’s group executive for New Zealand and the Pacific, Peter Vial said CA ANZ Fellowships recognises outstanding achievement and contribution in the accounting profession.

“This year’s Fellows demonstrate the continued difference Chartered Accountants make in both their professional roles as well as in their local communities.”

Meanwhile, Wittwer a Chartered Accountant with 30 years of experience in the accounting industry, specialises in audit, forensic accounting and financial regulation. She was appointed Commissioner of the Cook Islands Financial Supervisory Commission in 2015.

Acting on her passion for giving back to the Cook Islands, she joined the board of the SCFMC in October last year. The SCFMC is an educational charity seeking to contribute to the growth and prosperity of small countries.

She helped establish the Cook Islands Accountants Special Interest Group in 2005 to provide a networking forum for accountants in the country.

The group remains central to providing in-country professional development opportunities to Cook Islands accountancy graduates and CA ANZ members residing in Rarotonga. 

Wittwer was awarded her Fellowship at the end of last year.

She is also the former audit advisor at Cook Islands Audit Office from 2005-09, former general manager at Cook Islands Trust Corporation, former associate at McCallum Petterson, former financial controller at Lee + Allen and former audit supervisor at New Zealand Audit Office.