After the successful launch in 2016 of a new program format for Melbourne and Brisbane, this year it will take its place in Sydney.

Be captivated with a day of content from acclaimed thought leaders on the big picture trends, then customise your learning on a second day with sessions from a range of content streams.

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Monday 23 October

8.00am - 8.30am
Registration and arrival refreshments
8.30am - 8.40am
Official opening and welcome
8.40am - 10.10am
Trends and business impacts
Creating the future – the economic game-changers and megatrends impacti…
With major global events impacting our economy and increasingly advanced technologies being developed, businesses need to get ahead of the curve. Bringing together an economist and futurist, we explore what the future might look like. Gain insight into the macroeconomic issues influencing the local and national economies and stretch your thinking away from your everyday business issues, so you are can take advantage of megatrends that will shape how we live our lives.
  • Paul Bloxham
    Chief Economist (Australia, New Zealand and Global Commodities), HSBC Bank Australia
    • Former economist with the Reserve Bank of Australia for 12 years
    • Regularly contributes commentary and opinion editorials to the media
    • Adjunct Professor at Curtin University
    • Member of Australian National University’s Shadow Reserve Bank board
    • Master of Public Financial Policy, London School of Economics
  • Steve Sammartino
    Digital revolution and disruptive technology expert
    • Steve Sammartino is an author and futurist. 
    • He is the co-host of weekly show #Techtopia on the ABC. 
    • His best-selling book on the technology revolution, "The Great Fragmentation", was launched, has been translated into multiple languages and is a marketing manifesto for the digital age. 
    • Steve has worked in some of the world's largest companies and has founded, built and sold his own startup companies.
10.10am - 10.35am
Morning tea
10.35am - 12.30pm
Operational transformation
Technologies driving the future of finance
The business world is rapidly changing. Technology has taken the centre stage and is revolutionising how businesses operate and achieve value. We are hearing more about blockchain, Big Data, robotics, artificial intelligence and machine learning. So, what does this mean for the finance function? And how will this impact your team and your role?

Hear from experts in the digital game who will provide a comprehensive update on the latest trends in technology and how organisations are shifting to embrace digital transformation.

Then, question leading Australian CFO's who will candidly discuss the direct impact of these technologies on the finance function and what they are doing to change the mindset of the finance team.
  • Rob Hanson
    Senior Research Consultant, DATA61 CSIRO
    • A professional futurist who supports decision makers in dealing with uncertainty
    • Uses governance, risk, foresight and strategy to reveal blind‐spots then delivers actionable decision support products and services
    • Holds 18 years of government experience including the Defence, Criminal Intelligence, and Emergency Management sectors
    • Currently volunteers his time at the Association of Professional Futurists and various other organisations
  • Shara Evans
    Technology Futurist and Chief Executive Officer, Market Clarity
    • Shara is the Founder and CEO of Market Clarity, an award-winning technology analyst firm that provides insight, intelligence and advice on all aspects of the emerging technologies markets. 
    • Shara is a regular media commentator on technology issues — appearing on shows such as Sky News, The Drum, Lateline, 7:30 - and is regularly quoted in publications such as the Financial Review, The Age, Sydney Morning Herald, The Australian and many others. 
    • Shara helps her clients understand new product and service opportunities working with executive, strategy and product teams, getting organisations to think outside the box of what's available today to imagine the world in 10 - 20 years.
  • Wade Tubman
    Group Executive - Analytics and Insights, Quantium
    • Joined Quantium from PwC in 2010 
    • Wade leads the Analytics and Insights business 
    • His team use unique data assets and applied analytics to deliver business outcomes across a wide range of industries including retail, property, financial services and loyalty programs.
  • John Buhman
    Chief Financial Officer, IBM Australia and New Zealand
    • John joined IBM A/NZ as Chief Financial Officer and a member of the Australian Board in March 2017.
    • Prior to this, John was based in USA and held senior global finance roles in IBM, most recently Director, IBM Global Funding, Investment and Foreign Exchange.
    • John led a global team, and was responsible for IBM's global funding, worldwide investments, and execution of share repurchase plans and hedging programs related to foreign currencies and interest rates.
    • John has also led IBM Corporate Forecasting and was IBM South Africa CFO.
    • Previously, John has also worked at Honeywell and Intel in financial and business analyst roles.
    • John graduated from Brigham Young University and completed an MBA from University of Arizona.
  • Jo Hands
    Chief Financial Officer, Sensis
    • Jo is responsible for company strategy and planning, financial integrity, risk management, pricing and analytics and data strategy.
    • She joined Sensis in 2010, and became CFO in March 2016.
    • Jo began her career at Ernst & Young. As a Senior Manager in the Audit group she looked after a portfolio including Exxon Mobil, BHPB, Carter Holt Harvey, BP, Australia Post and BlueScope Steel Limited.
  • Richard McLean
    Regional Chief Financial Officer, SAP Asia Pacific
    • Richard joined SAP in 2008 as the Chief Financial Officer for Australia and New Zealand, and in January 2015 was appointed as Regional Chief Financial Officer, Asia Pacific Japan (APJ). He is also a member of the Senior Executive Team.
    • In his current position, Richard oversees all key field and regional HQ finance & administration functions, with responsibility for all countries in APJ, supporting annual revenue of over €2.5 billion with more than 16,000 employees.
    • Richard has over twenty years of experience in senior finance roles with leading global companies across a range of industries including Financial Services, Investment Banking, Automotive and IT.
    • He spent the first 12 years of his career in the UK, before relocating to Sydney, Australia in 2003, where he transitioned to the ANZ IT sector, initially with PeopleSoft, and then Microsoft, before joining SAP in 2008.
    • At Microsoft, he led the local transition of transactional finance processes to 3rd party off-shore BPO operations in India and China.
12.30pm - 1.40pm
Exhibition lunch
1.40pm - 2.40pm
Strategy and leadership
Storytelling for business
Storytelling is the #1 business skill necessary to connect, motivate, and lead people in today’s world. Stories compel us to engage in experiences, learn lessons and define our values and ourselves within our organisation. Matthew Luhn, a 20-year Pixar story veteran, brings his experience creating and developing ten blockbuster films at Pixar, and provides practical strategies that teach and inspire people and teams to connect more effectively with audiences. Matthew uses the power of storytelling to bridge the gap between business and heart, driving your story toward one unforgettable selling point.
  • Matthew Luhn
    Original Storyteller, Pixar Animation Studios (USA)
    • Accomplished storyteller, instructor, keynote speaker and story consultant
    • Over 20 years’ experience creating stories and characters at Pixar Animation Studios
    • Matthew’s story credits include Toy Story 1,2,3, Monsters Inc., Monsters University, Finding Nemo, UP, Cars, Ratatouille and other films currently in development.
    • His most recent clients include Adidas, Facebook, BBC, Microsoft, Sony, Warner Brothers, Apple, Disney, Google, and many more.
    • Matthew has been training CEOs, Directors, and other professionals in how to craft and tell stories for Fortune 500 companies, Academy Award winning movies, and corporate brands grossing billions of dollars worldwide.
2.45pm - 3.55pm
Personal development
Dare to be different!
Dare to be different is an exciting new format delivering short, impactful presentations from our most daring speakers.

1. Dare to innovate like a start-up
Do start-ups innovate better than corporates? Yes - they do! Why do so few corporates have a strategy for external innovation to harness disruption? What brands are doing this well around the world? What's the solution and how can we create a process so that both sides achieve amazing commercial outcomes?  Karen dares to show you how.

2. Dare to be a disciplined non-conformist
In every generation there are people who wield an ability to hold a mirror up to society and call out when something is not right. A person who stands up and says "No" in a room of 'Yes-men'. It's easy to non conform - be a brat, break systems, shout down and dismiss. But to champion a new idea, to inspire, to persist in the face of adversity, this takes discipline. In a world that seems to value short-termism and popularity over character, do you Dare to be a disciplined non-conformist?

3. Dare to dance - like nobody's watching
Dancing is about so much more than moving in time to music. It’s about connections, communication, focus and confidence. The confidence to make mistakes and learn from them being a valuable life lesson and in Jarryd’s own words “falling and failing is where you learn the most”. What could dance teach you? Should you dare to dance?
  • Karen Lawson
    Chief Executive Officer, Slingshot Accelerator
    • Karen Lawson is an award winning business executive and leader in the digital industry. 
    • Prior to her role at Slingshot, Karen served as CEO of CareerOne, a joint venture between News Limited and Monster Worldwide. With a remit to forge a new digital strategy, Karen reinvented the traditional job board into a leading targeting and digital business offering media, employer branding, SaaS and sourcing solutions. CareerOne went on to be awarded a spot in the coveted BRW ‘Top 50 most innovative companies’ list for 2014. 
    • She also served as General Manager – Business at Yahoo!7 where she held full commercial and operational responsibility for data, advertising, publishing, technology, search, mobile and strategic partnerships, including the Microsoft Bing alliance. 
  • Benson Saulo
    Head of Community Strategy, Australian Unity, and Former Australian Youth Representative to the United Nations
    • Benson leads with insight and impact from experience developed across corporate, not-for-profit and government sectors. 
    • In 2011, Benson was Australian Youth Representative to the United Nations. 
    • Benson represented Australian youth at the 66th Session of the United Nations General Assembly. 
    • He became the founding director of the National Indigenous Youth Leadership Academy (NIYLA), which engages young Indigenous Australians to develop and drive youth-led social action campaigns. 
    • Benson was named NAIDOC Youth of the Year, and was a finalist for Young Australian of the Year and the Human Rights Medal.
  • Jarryd Byrne
    Professional dancer and choreographer, Fit2move
    • Growing up in Wagga Wagga, Jarryd started dancing at the age of eight and at eighteen moved to Sydney to follow his dancing dream.
    • Success in competitions both nationally and internationally led Jarryd to his first big show ‘Burn the floor’, quickly followed by Dancing with the Stars and the biggest role of his career, playing Nathan Starkey in Baz Luhrmann’s Strictly Ballroom the Musical, which toured Australia for two years.
    • Jarryd is now focused on his dance company, Fit2Move which focuses on health and fitness through dance.
3.55pm - 4.25pm
Afternoon tea
4.25pm - 5.30pm
Finance fundamentals
The Influential CFO
  • Ken Goldman
    Chief Financial Officer, Yahoo!, Inc. (USA)
    • Ken Goldman is regarded as one of the most influential figures on technology companies in Silicon Valley.
    • He is currently the Chief Financial Officer of Yahoo!, Inc., a position he has held since October 2012.
    • Prior to Yahoo!, over a remarkable career spanning more than 40 years, he has led the finance functions of numerous tech companies in Silicon Valley, including Fortinet, Dexterra, Inc. and Siebel Systems, Inc.
    • Ken also continues to influence innovation outside of Yahoo!, serving on the board of directors of NXP Semiconductor, Yahoo! Japan, Trinet, GoPro, Inc. and other non-profit boards such as Lucile Packard Children's Hospital Foundation Board.
    • He was a member of the board of trustees of Cornell University from 2005 to 2013, and was subsequently designated as Emeritus Trustee.
    • He holds a Bachelor of Science, Electrical and Electronic Engineering from Cornell University, as well as an MBA from the Harvard Business School.


Tuesday 24 October

7.45am - 8.15am
Registration and arrival refreshments
8.15am - 9.15am
Trends and business impacts
Ignite your thinking
Ignite your thinking is an exciting session where you will hear the latest thought leadership ideas from a dynamic line up of speakers. These short impactful presentations on trending subject areas are designed to inspire.

Ignite one: You’ve already been hacked, you just don’t know it yet
An inevitability of modern day life is that sooner or later, you’re going to be hacked. It may be your online accounts with services like LinkedIn or Dropbox, or perhaps your PC being infected with ransomware. It may even be the connected teddy bear you put in your child’s bedroom or the connected car you recently bought. All of these and many more have had serious security incidents, often by exploiting trivial flaws and often without the knowledge of those impacted by them. In this talk you’ll see just how trivial it is for hackers to compromise online systems and some of the simple tricks they use to target their victims. You’ll also see some fundamental security defences, that is, techniques which take mere minutes to implement yet may save you from losing a lifetime of work, or even worse. It’s a scary, humorous and essential talk to see.

Ignite two: Giving customers what they want tomorrow, today
In a global market undergoing rapid transformation fuelled by exponential technology, falling trade barriers, and low cost data applications, traditional businesses come under even greater pressure to innovate to withstand the threat of disruption from new startup players, products and services. So just how do you get creative, think like an entrepreneur and bring the tools of innovation to your everyday workplace to stay ahead of the game? The answer is human-centered design. Learn what the customer wants, find desirable solutions, and employ Design Thinking and lean start-up methodology to transform the way you deliver and invest in new ideas, products and services. 

Ignite three: Relax. Nothing is under control!
Everybody will agree that putting a ladder over a banana-peel is not the most efficient solution to avoid slipping on the peel. But most organisations have a lot of ladders - inefficient rules, systems, procedures, assumptions - some due to uncertainty, lack of trust and fear of change. But in times of disruptive change, organisations need professionals who can turn problems into opportunities and change their thinking patterns.
  • Troy Hunt
    Author, Microsoft Regional Director and MVP - Developer Security
    • Troy is a Microsoft Regional Director and MVP, Pluralsight author and world-renowned internet security specialist. 
    • He spends his time teaching developers how to break into their own systems before helping to piece them back together to be secure against today’s online threats. 
    • He’s also the creator of “Have I been owned?”, the free online service for breach monitoring and notifications.
  • Madeleine Grummet
    Entrepreneur, Innovator, Design Thinker
    • Madeleine is passionate about democratising creativity, storytelling and innovation teaching others to embed this in their everyday process using best practice methods such as Design Thinking, lean startup and agile methodologies. 
    • Madeleine is the co-founder of girledworld, an edtech startup building the next innovation generation of female leaders, entrepreneurs and STEM champions
    • She holds a Monash University Arts Degree, certifications in IDEO Design Thinking and Inventium Innovation Facilitation, a Master of Entrepreneurship from the University of Melbourne and Master of Strategic Philanthropy and Grantmaking from Swinburne University.
    • Madeleine currently serves on the Advisory Board of Newco Melbourne, Human Rights Arts & Film Festival, Cool Australia Education, University of Melbourne Wade Institute of Entrepreneurship Alumni Council and Space2b.
  • Cyriel Kortleven
    Futurist (Belgium)
    • Cyriel Kortleven is on a mission in life: to deliver an inspiring boost to the creative and entrepreneurial mindset of professionals in change.
    • Cyriel stimulates people to break their fixed-thinking patterns and inspires you to unleash your full potential.
    • He has over 15 years’ experience in creativity and innovation and is the author of four books.
Concurrent sessions
9.25am - 10.15am
Sector in focus
Achieving best practice financial management in the Public Sector
In this hands-on Q&A session, Neil Vincent from CIPFA in the UK will explore contemporary public sector challenges in best practice financial management. Joining Neil in conversation will be Public Sector CFOs who have recently sponsored a review of their organisation’s Financial Management capability using the CIPFA FM Best Practice Model.

They will share:
• their rationale behind undertaking a Best Practice assessment
• outcomes and development areas highlighted from the review
• challenges they have faced in transforming Finance and how they overcome them
• tangible benefits realised from driving a Finance development agenda.

Neil will also detail the hundreds of organisations around the world who have benefited from undertaking the CIPFA review process.
  • Neil Vincent
    Head of Training and Advisory, CIPFA (UK)
    • Neil is an experienced commercial leader having previously spent seven years driving Kaplan’s client relationship team, who were solely responsible for delivering tailored learning interventions for clients in both the private and public sector.
    • He joined The Chartered Institute of Public Finance & Accountancy (CIPFA) in 2012 as Head of Training and Advisory, responsible for securing and delivering the collaboration with HM Treasury to mandate a Financial Management Review across all of the seventeen major Central Government departments in the UK.
    • Neil has since led on the development of the 4th iteration of the CIPFA FM Model, overseeing vast improvements in functionality to facilitate self-assessments, as well as the use of the tool around the world in such places as the Middle East, North America, and New Zealand.
9.25am - 10.15am
Trends and business impacts
The challenge of the new economy
The challenge of the new economy is that everything is being transformed. Australia is unique in the western world, with nine of our top ten companies established in the ‘old economy’ between 1835 and 1911, including banks, supermarkets, miners and a former telecommunications monopoly founded in the Victorian era. Creative destruction is about to begin here as the digitalisation of the global economy sweeps away companies that, until now, have barely had to compete. As a result, policy-makers are under increasing pressure to rethink how data is collected and accessed and how digital identity is authenticated. Our world is becoming increasingly complex and in today's day and age, information is power and those that are slow to realise this will end up losing out in the new economy race.
  • Jost Stollmann
    Non-Executive Director, Tyro Payments
    • Jost is one of Australia’s key fintech pioneers and a passionate entrepreneur.
    • He has played a pivotal role in disrupting the payments industry, introducing nextgen banking in Australia by delivering integrated, mobile, cloud-based EFTPOS banking solutions to SMEs under the fintech, Tyro Payments.
    • Previously, Jost founded CompuNet in 1984, the largest German network integrator, and turned it into a US$1B company.
    • He then led the expansion of GE Capital IT Solutions across Europe. 
    • Gerhard Schröder appointed him as Federal Shadow Minister of Economy and Technology, where he ran a successful campaign, with Schröder being elected Chancellor of Germany in a landslide victory. 
9.25am - 10.15am
Strategy and leadership
Managing global finance teams – are you culturally sensitive?
Wayne Stokes manages a global finance team and will draw on his experience dealing with cultural challenges, differential ethics and business practices, invisible networks and fraud and corruption. Wayne will also provide an overview on:
• How to build relationships within a global organisation across time and cultural divide
• Fit for purpose management structures - is the Executive team truly global in their thinking?
• Centralisation or decentralised hubs - how do you ensure efficiency and timely decisions?
  • Wayne Stokes FCPA
    Chief Financial Officer, SVP Costa Pacific Asia Operations, Carnival Cruises (China)
    • Wayne Stokes was appointed to the role of Chief Financial Officer and SVP of Costa Pacific Asia Operations since the beginning of 2017 and is responsible for Finance, IT and Legal functions.
    • Wayne is a key member of the executive team focused on continuing to strategically leverage the exceptional growth that the cruise industry is experiencing in China.
    • Wayne joined Carnival in 2011 and has been the CFO of Carnival Australia for 5 years.
    • Prior to joining Carnival Australia, Wayne was the European CFO for Toga Group (Medina Apartments, Vibe Hotel and Travelodge) based in London.
    • Wayne has worked within the accounting arena for 20+ years and has held senior finance positions at blue chip companies including National Mutual, Morgan Stanley (UK) and Lend Lease Group (Australia and USA).
9.25am - 10.15am
Finance fundamentals
Using Big Data to drive big decisions
Data continues to be the driving factor for decision making. This session will discuss how the finance function can help companies make the best possible decisions and implement practical solutions using facts and data. It will also showcase how you can present the facts and data to influence, tell a story and be at the forefront of making business decisions.
  • Fahim Khondaker
    Principal Adviser, Data Analytics and Insights, BDO
    • Fahim is a Principal Adviser at BDO and leads BDO’s Data Analytics and Insights service offering in Brisbane. 
    • He also has extensive experience in providing a range of corporate advisory services including corporate finance and management consulting. 
    • Fahim studied commerce and economics at the University of Queensland and is a Chartered Accountant. 
    • Outside of work, Fahim is a guest lecturer for the University of Queensland’s MBA Program, the co-founder of an app development startup and is involved with a number of charities and community organisations which promote social cohesion and understanding.
  • Tom Hogbin
    Senior Manager, Financial Management Consulting, BDO
    • Tom is a Senior Manager within the Financial Management Consulting team at BDO.
    • Tom is responsible for the development and delivery of improvements to organisations’ finance functions through the enhancement of the people, processes and technology used.
    • Tom studied Economics at the University of New South Wales.
    • In addition to his work at BDO, Tom is an avid sports person and is involved in the community through his Surf Life Saving commitments.
9.25am - 10.15am
Operational transformation
Shift your mindset – a survival kit for professionals in change
In this session Cyriel unpacks how we can challenge ‘stuck thinking’ to make room for new ideas, new products and services, more revenue and less red tape.

This survival kit will equip you to:
• get the right mindset for change
• dare to go for your ‘GiGa’ dream and suspend your judgement
• learn a simple method to triple the number of ideas you have.
  • Cyriel Kortleven
    Futurist (Belgium)
    • Cyriel Kortleven is on a mission in life: to deliver an inspiring boost to the creative and entrepreneurial mindset of professionals in change.
    • Cyriel stimulates people to break their fixed-thinking patterns and inspires you to unleash your full potential.
    • He has over 15 years’ experience in creativity and innovation and is the author of four books.
10.15am - 10.40am
Morning tea
Concurrent sessions
10.40am - 11.30am
Finance fundamentals
Latest developments in standard-setting
In this session the representative from the Australian Accounting Standards Board will cover:
• AASB strategic directions
• financial reporting framework
• reduced disclosure requirements
• disclosure initiative projects
• public sector licences
• insurance contracts
• service concession arrangements – grantors.
  • Clark Anstis
    Technical Principal, Australian Accounting Standards Board
    • Clark has worked in accounting standard-setting roles in Australia, the USA and the UK since 1987.
    • As Technical Principal for the AASB, Clark’s current responsibilities cover many of the Accounting Standard-related projects, and related regulatory matters.
    • He has been involved with many areas at the AASB including four years (and again currently) as Technical Advisor to the Australian member of the International Public Sector Accounting Standards Board, and seven years addressing implementation issues through the former Urgent Issues Group.
    • Prior to becoming a standard setter, Clark worked in auditing, technical and education roles based in Melbourne, but also with experience in Singapore and Indonesia.
10.40am - 11.30am
Operational transformation
Financial challenge of digital transformation
Organisations that are equipped to efficiently generate and respond to insights are at a distinct advantage to their peers in this rapidly changing business environment. As a finance leader, how do you create an insight-driven, forward-looking culture that permeates the organisation? Join Andre Koot for insights into finance transformation, including a focus on current and emerging trends and the keys to success.
  • Andre Koot FCPA
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10.40am - 11.30am
Sector in focus
Moving beyond the theory – making risk management real for the public s…
  • Anne Fleischer FCPA
    Chief Financial Officer and Executive Manager, People and Finance Branch, Australian Communications and Media Authority
    • Chief Finance Officer and Executive Manager, People and Finance Branch, Australian Communications and Media Authority
    • More than 25 years’ experience in corporate finance, audit and risk management across large, complex public and private sector organisations
    • Former CFO at the Department of Communications
    • Former senior roles with the Department of Immigration and Citizenship, Attorney General’s Department, Child Support Agency, Singtel Optus, Shell UK, National Audit Office London and EY Canberra
10.40am - 11.30am
Strategy and leadership
Creating a culture of finance excellence
Engaged, empowered, dedicated, driven… do you wish these words described your finance team? Stop wishing and make it happen. Take a view from the top and learn what you need to do to build a world-class finance team that performs at its peak all day, every day. This is not a fluffy session – it will give you real-world, practical tips on building positive relationships, empowering others and leading with inspiration. In short, finance fired up!
  • Cheryl Noorbergen FCPA
    Head of Centre of Finance Excellence, Qantas Airways
    • Cheryl began her career as a Management Accountant at Unilever, then following a passion for the travel and aviation industry moved to Qantas Airways and has been there for 25+ years.
    • At Qantas the finance function has morphed numerous times and Cheryl has often been at the forefront of those changes.
    • In 2013, Cheryl played a lead role in a major transformation of the Qantas Finance function leading to a 30 per cent cost saving and a more efficient operation. Today she is Head of the Centre of Finance Excellence at Qantas Airways, the central function created out of that transformation.
10.40am - 11.30am
Personal development
Effective communication of data and digits to influence stakeholders
This session will demonstrate how to gain traction with your financial analysis and communications to deliver compelling commercial proposals and positive business outcomes.

In addition, this session will:
• provide ways to transform your financial presentations and communications to make them more accessible and impactful to all your stakeholders
• help you to create financial savvy and impactful visual aids
• help you do less, but influence more, by making your business communications come alive
• show you how to create strong business proposals and communications that influence your stakeholders to say "YES!"
  • Brendan Hargreaves CPA
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Concurrent sessions
11.40am - 12.30pm
Operational transformation
Future financial performance management – how to prepare for the unexpe…
As Head of Group Financial Performance at Westpac, Cameron Howell was simultaneously tasked with leading the investigation into the impact of the surprise Major Bank Levy announced in this years’ Federal Budget, and overseeing the final preparation of the Board Strategy Review papers – a complex three-year performance projection. To manage these two major tasks, Cameron drew on his experience and vast internal network to create a virtual team capable of producing insightful advice swiftly. This experience led Cameron to reflect the changing nature of the skills required for future financial performance managers, and the increased value of finance professionals in helping companies to chart their future.
  • Cameron Howell
    Head of Group Finance Performance, Westpac
    • Cameron has spent over twenty years with the Westpac Group and has worked in almost all aspects of Westpac’s retail and institutional banking operations, from front office to Finance, and Self Service to Strategy.
    • Cameron was also Chairman of Westpac Bank of Samoa in 2012 and prior to that was a Trustee of the Westpac NZ Staff Superannuation Fund and shareholder representative for Paymark Ltd, New Zealand's leading payment network.
    • He is currently Westpac’s appointed director and Chairman of Vipro Pty Ltd, an industry cheque processing organisation.
    • His key strength lies in effective general management – the ability to span strategic and operational considerations and the ability to lead and motivate people with diverse roles, backgrounds, cultures, dreams and objectives.
11.40am - 12.30pm
Finance fundamentals
Managing the finances of the Invictus Games Sydney 2018
The Invictus Games Sydney 2018 will bring together around 500 competitors from 17 nations. The Games embraces those wounded, injured and ill, current and former servicemen and women. Charlotte Hayes is charged with managing the finances of the organising committee of this event, and will share with you her experiences thus far, including:
• delivering on the vision to stage a great Games, celebrating achievement, determination and the healing power of sport
• development of the lasting legacy of the Games, in areas of health and well-being, employment and adaptive sport
• managing the program budget for the Games
• balancing corporate structure and capability in a project-based environment.
  • Charlotte Hayes CPA
    Chief Financial Officer, Invictus Games
    • Charlotte Hayes joined the Invictus Games Sydney 2018 local organising committee as Chief Financial Officer in April 2017.
    • Prior to this in 2009, Charlotte joined the Australian Grand Prix Corporation, spending seven years as part of the executive team driving the financial, IT and administrative elements for two of the country’s biggest major events - the Formula 1 Australian Grand Prix and the Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix. 
    • Charlotte has also held controllership roles across a range of industries in London and Singapore.
11.40am - 12.30pm
Sector in focus
Innovative and alternative funding options for not-for-profits

This session will provide an overview on innovative and alternative funding options and will discuss impact investment – what it is, why it’s on the rise, and how it fits in.

  • David Knowles
    Partner, Head of Philanthropy and Social Capital, Koda Capital
    • David’s primary responsibility is providing strategic advice to charitable, non-profit, and philanthropic investors. 
    • In a 27-year private wealth management career David worked for Coutts and Merrill Lynch in the UK and held senior leadership positions at Perpetual and JBWere, where he was Managing Director and Head of Philanthropic Services. 
    • David is a member of the Centre for Social Impact’s advisory council, Impact Investing Australia's market building working group, Raise Foundation’s advisory council and a Director of the charity BoardConnect. 
    • David also sits on the editorial advisory board of Generosity magazine. 
    • In 2012 David established a public ancillary fund account to encourage philanthropy within his own family. 
    • In 2013 David completed the Governing for Nonprofit Excellence executive education course at Harvard Business School and recently he completed the AICD Governance Foundations for Non-Profit Directors course.
11.40am - 12.30pm
Strategy and leadership
The future of finance leadership – innovative, creative, agile

As CFO of PepsiCo Australia and New Zealand, Andrew Townend CPA was tasked with leading an entire company transformation. The broad scope included driving programmatic change through customer, brand, business model, productivity and culture initiatives. As part of this multi-year change effort he also transformed the finance function. Andrew implemented a leaner organisational structure with a focus on proactive thought leadership and agile business partnering. Now, Andrew speaks to you about the future of finance, and the required mindsets and skills to adapt and build enduring value.

  • Andrew Townend CPA
    Chief Financial Officer, PepsiCo Australia and New Zealand
    • Andrew Townend is Chief Financial Officer of PepsiCo Australia & New Zealand encompassing The Smith's Snackfood Company, The Quaker Oats Company, PepsiCo Beverages, and Bluebird Foods New Zealand.  
    • Andrew joined PepsiCo in 2011, and previously led Strategy & Business Development teams at Frito-Lay North America, a U.S. based $14B convenient snack foods leader, and PepsiCo Europe, a $14B portfolio of snack foods, beverages, and nutrition businesses spanning more than 50 countries across Europe and Sub-Saharan Africa.
    • Prior to joining PepsiCo, Andrew was a Principal at The Boston Consulting Group (BCG). 
    • Andrew started his career at J.P. Morgan Chase & Co. working in the firm’s Global Mergers & Acquisitions group. 
    • Andrew earned his MBA with Honors from The University of Chicago with concentrations in Economics and Finance.  
11.40am - 12.30pm
Personal development
Building your personal brand
Explore the new rules and tools for personal branding success.

In this session, we’ll discover:
• how passion, purpose and authenticity are the keys to unlocking your personal brand, and how to use them
• the essential question you must be able to answer to fuel your branding success
• where your brand gaps are and how to fill them
• why your brand narrative and social proof are critical, and how to build them.
  • Megan Dalla-Camina
    Strategist, coach, speaker and author
    • Megan is a strategist, coach, speaker and author passionate about creating positive change.
    • She has worked for GE, PwC and IBM in the areas of business strategy, marketing, gender diversity, leadership, culture and change management.
    • Her work has been featured in Forbes, Fortune, BRW and she writes for Huffington Post, Psychology Today, and other media on business, leadership and unlocking success.
12.30pm - 2.10pm
Business lunch: The unseen force that creates a world class team
Proudly sponsored by:

Under the bright lights of the sporting arena, many people perceive leadership in sport to involve alpha-male yelling and inspirational speeches. Reality is, game day is only a very small display of the mechanics of a professional team. The best leaders aren’t always the loudest, but those who exhibit passion for their team and its pursuits.

Steve will aim to unpack this notion though the lens of a 12-year career in international rugby, and share some of his key learnings and failures along the way. Real passion provides inspiration that is far deeper than cheerleading or a temporary emotional high.

  • Stephen Moore
    Retired Captain, Wallabies, Australian Rugby Union

Concurrent sessions
2.10pm - 3.00pm
Finance fundamentals
Tips and tools to better forecast in a rapidly changing world
Of course, we cannot predict the future accurately, so how does a business budget and plan in such a rapidly changing world?

This session will cover:
• techniques on how to prepare better forecasts
• how to use information such as market knowledge, financial data and other factors to improve forecasting accuracy
• an understanding of how to convert information into more accurate financial modelling to generate more effective budgets including profit and loss, balance sheets and cash flows.
  • Joss Milner
    Co-Founder and Director, Cash Flow Story Joss Milner has over 25 years’ experience in the area of cash flow, analysis and strategy, working closely with banks and businesses around the world. An experienced public speaker, Joss has delivered many seminars around the world for organisations such as NAB and CPA Australia. Joss is co-founder and CEO of Cash Flow Story, a leading cloud based financial story telling software. /~/media/corporate/allimages/speakers/emerging-leaders/joss_milner.jpg?h=180&w=180
2.10pm - 3.00pm
Operational transformation
The expanding role of finance: Using technology to drive value for the …
The business world is rapidly changing. New technologies have led to increased expectations of the finance team. Key areas in which finance is now expected to contribute include:

1. Delivering insights from Big Data
2. Transforming processes enterprise-wide
3. Realising ROI from technology investment

This session will take an in-depth look at each of these new areas of the finance professional’s role to assist you to deliver increased value and become a true business partner.
  • Janelle Hopkins
    Group Chief Financial Officer and EGM Finance and Commercial Services, Australia Post
    • Passionate about leadership and business transformation
    • Significant experience developing and leading high-performing teams and devising innovative finance operating models to optimise service efficiency, process excellence and strategic business partnering 
    • Former senior finance roles at National Australia Bank and MLC 
    • Passionate supporter of social enterprise as a tool to empower and assist people to overcome disadvantage
    • Masters of Business Administration, Australian Graduate School of Management 
    • Bachelor of Commerce, the University of Melbourne 
    • Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors 
    • Alumni Leader of the University of New South Wales
2.10pm - 3.00pm
Sector in focus
Taking the pain out of public sector financial statement preparation an…
Learn key tips and techniques for managing the preparation of financial statements, preparing for audit, facilitating the audit and the finalisation process ... all without the usual pain. Topics to be covered include:
• detailed accounting preparation
• audit risk
• outstanding audit findings
• technical accounting papers
• committee papers
• how to smoothly progress financial statements through an audit committee.
  • Paulette Robinson
    Partner, Synergy Group
    • Reformed auditor with more than 25 years’ experience in financial statement auditing and the preparation, project management and quality assurance of financial statements in Commonwealth agencies
    • Remediated significant audit findings associated with financial statement preparation in both large and small organisations
  • Selina Stanford
    Partner, Synergy Group Selina has more than 20 years’ experience in external audit and has been working on audits on behalf of the Australian National Audit Office (ANAO) for the last 17 years. She is very familiar with their audit methodology, expectations and approach, and can provide answers to all of your burning “why do the auditors” questions. /~/media/corporate/allimages/congress/speaker-images/selina-stanford.jpg?h=180&w=180
2.10pm - 3.00pm
Trends and business impacts
The future of work – apocalypse or nirvana?
As we venture deeper into the 21st Century, the future of our working environment becomes increasingly uncertain. With technology accelerating at a tremendous rate, we are already seeing huge differences in our everyday working lives. But just how much will that continue to change, and what are the steps that governments, organisations, employers and individuals need to take to prepare themselves?

Join Jon Williams, Partner at PwC, as he shares insights into:
• predictions surrounding jobs, whether they might be replaced or augmented
• what the future work robot might look like and how it differs from what we have now
• the lessons learned from the past and how they can help us today
• what the future holds for the next generation... those in school or university.

  • Jon Williams
    ASEANZ Leader, People and Organisation, PwC
    • Jon has a background in consulting on change management, leadership, organisational culture, human capital management, employee engagement and the alignment of organisation mission and values to achieve business objectives.
    • Jon has nearly 30 years' consulting experience across Europe, Asia and Australia.
    • For the last three years, Jon has focused on the issues around the future of work, particularly as it relates to the collision of accelerating technology with our understanding of the drivers of human behaviour.
    • Jon is a regular conference presenter both in Australia and overseas, and has been featured on Four Corners, Stateline and multiple news programs.
    • Prior to PwC, Jon was Managing Principal for the Gallup Organisation in Australia and New Zealand and prior to this was Managing Director, Australia and New Zealand for Hewitt Associates. 
2.10pm - 3.00pm
Personal development
Sanity hacks – how to stay calmer and productive in the midst of chaos
We all love a simple life hack that makes us more efficient or gives us a new workaround on recurring dilemmas. Toni’s session will give you some sweet hacks to improve your level of happiness while reducing stress and anxiety. You’ll also discover more about yourself, how your brain works and the surprising reason as to why people are reluctant to apologise. This is a fun session with memorable take-aways that will change your life.
  • Toni Powell
    Storyteller, author and inspirational speaker
    • Toni is passionate about what makes people tick, why good relationships work and how to maintain happiness.
    • Toni has also been the subject of a feel-good episode of ABC’s Australian Story called ‘Let There Be Light’.
    • In 2015, she released possibly the shortest self-help book ever: "The Yellow Car – How I Stopped Driving Myself Crazy".
    • ‘Unconventional’, ‘funny’ and ‘profound’ are all words regularly used to describe Toni Powell’s very personal storytelling style of communication.
    • Her varied background includes designing and managing large events, award winning filmmaking and volunteer work with youth.
Concurrent sessions
3.10pm - 4.00pm
Finance fundamentals
How to craft and create insightful reports and papers

Today's finance professionals need to be able to relay information in a way that is understandable, relatable and targeted to a specific audience. But how can this be achieved?

Join Emma as she shares her extensive experience on how to:

• present information with impact
• ensure the information we provide is what our users require
• write in a clear and concise manner
• minimise rework by effectively setting expectations and reviewing with your team.

  • Emma Burke CPA
    General Manager, Business Finance, Stockland
    • Emma is responsible for providing commercial finance insights to the three Stockland business units – Residential, Commercial Property and Retirement Living.
    • Emma has over 15 years’ experience as an executive finance professional with leading global FMCG businesses, including Coca Cola Amatil and BAT.
    • Emma spent two years at Coca Cola Amatil in the roles of General Manager, Commercial Sales, and prior to that, Head of Commercial Finance for Planning, Marketing and Partners.
    • While at BAT, Emma held numerous roles in manufacturing and finance before moving to Hong Kong as the Regional Head of Operations Finance, Asia Pacific. She was Head of Finance and IT for the Vietnam Cluster, before returning to Australia.
    • Emma holds a Master of Business in Accounting and Finance and a Bachelor of Manufacturing Manager from the University of Technology Sydney. She is a Certified Practising Accountant (CPA) and a Graduate of the AICD.
3.10pm - 4.00pm
Sector in focus
Implementing design thinking methodologies in public sector organisatio…

Drawing from interviewing more than 200 people in the public service, this session outlines what tools and processes can be used to help make change within government. You will dive deep into the application of design-thinking methodologies and lean start-up methodologies in public sector or government organisations. Sharing case studies and examples of great practice, the presenters explore the challenges involved and successes achieved with these methodologies, so you can think more deeply about implementing this approach into your organisation, enabling you to launch new ideas and services quickly that reflect your customer’s needs.

  • Simon Goodrich
    Owner and Managing Director, Portable
    • Co-founder of Portable, a digital and design innovation company that helps forward-thinking organisations transform the way they work. 
    • Serves as the Australian Ambassador for the New York-based Webby Awards, the Oscars for online, and sits on the board of HISA, the digital health peak body, leading their innovation portfolio. 
    • An active mentor in the Melbourne University Accelerator Program, supporting innovative start-ups 
    • Adjunct Fellow at the Sir Zelman Cowan Centre at Victoria University, supporting innovation in the justice space. 
    • Past National President of AIMIA, at the time the peak digital body in Australia.
  • Andrew Apostola
    Chief Executive Officer, Portable
    • Co-founder of Portable, a digital and design innovation company that helps forward-thinking organisations transform the way they work. 
    • Moved to New York in 2010 after co-founding Portable Shops, an e-commerce In 2010 platform for fashion designers and retailers. The company quickly gained traction with fashion brands, before being acquired by Big Commerce in 2013.
    • Also co-founded Svbscription (, a luxury shopping service connecting customers to personal shoppers across fashion, lifestyle products and accessories. 
    • Awarded a British Council Award (2008), recognising him as one of Australia’s most prominent digital creatives.
3.10pm - 4.00pm
Strategy and leadership
How to become a true business partner for your organisation

Business success is reliant on the finance team being a trusted business partner and adviser. The panel will discuss how finance teams working in complex commercial environments can meet key expectations of senior executives and cross functional teams. This is a great session for those looking to expand their strategic experience.

  • Neil Batenburg
    Chief Financial Officer, American Express
    • Chief Financial Officer for the Consumer Card business in Australia and New Zealand.
    • Responsibilities include decision support, investment optimisation, and financial planning and analysis. 
    • More than 25 years' experience with AXP.
    • Originally from the UK but has had a variety of roles within the finance organisations across the UK, Hong Kong, Singapore and Australia. 
    • In his current role for seven years, most recently as Head of Regional Planning and Analysis for JAPA Consumer based in Singapore, and CFO for Hong Kong and China.
  • Sonia Bhojwani
    Chief Financial Officer, Nextt Group
    • Sonia Bhojwani is a finance and risk professional with over 20 years’ board advisory and executive experience encompassing local, Asia Pacific, US and European markets. 
    • As a highly effective and innovative leader, Sonia drives business performance and demanding change agendas through empowered cross-border or centralised teams. 
    • Sonia has a reputation for delivering pragmatic and highly effective finance solutions in complex environments. 
    • In Australia, Sonia has served as a finance executive at Cochlear, Viacom International Media Networks, Special Broadcasting Services Southern Cross Austereo, Brookfield and Nextt Group 
    • As Sonia travelled across to Australia from England via Japan with KPMG, she developed a deep personal interest in cultural intelligence and the “power of telling a consistent story” to support organisational effectiveness and business growth.
  • Tiffany Quinlan (Facilitator)
    Principal – Human Capital, Taplow Group /~/media/corporate/allimages/speakers/congress-2017/tiffany-quinlan.jpg?h=180&w=180
  • Ayten Saridas FCPA
    Interim Head of Corporate Finance, Ausgrid /~/media/corporate/allimages/congress/speaker-images/ayten-saridas.jpg?h=180&w=180
  • Allison Yeoland FCPA
    Chief Financial Officer, Secure Parking
    • Allison’s motto is “you can rest when you’re dead” and she has truly lived out this vision.
    • Transitioned from professional athlete as a Hockeyroo, to world traveller, to well respected leader and CFO. 
    • Since 20013 Allison has led the evolution and growth of Secure Parking from a small, entrepreneurial, family-run business to a global enterprise covering 550 carparks in three countries. 
    • Her most notable achievement is leading the company through rigorous due diligence and sale in January 2017 to a Japanese publicly listed company, realising 10 times its 2004 value.
3.10pm - 4.00pm
Trends and business impacts
Changemakers – housing as part of your wealth creation strategy

A discussion on the variables an investor must consider when looking at property as part of their wealth creation strategy. Experts will consider factors affecting property investment and how they relate to the current housing affordability crisis in Australia. 

Delegates can expect insights and strategies for both those entering the property market, and those advancing their investment strategies through property.

  • Greg Dickason
    Executive Director, CoreLogic
    • Greg Dickason is an innovation and thought leader who currently heads up CoreLogic International Innovation and Technology.
    • He helps organisations to understand future movements around global innovation and cutting-edge strategies, and the effectiveness of out-of-the-box business models. 
    • He is a regular contributor to the Australian Financial review and industry news sites.
    • Greg holds an MBA from the University of Southern Queensland and a Master of Engineering from the University of Cape Town.
  • Peter Munckton
    Chief Economist, Bank of Queensland
    • Peter has an economics (honours) degree from the University of Western Australia. 
    • He has worked at the Federal Treasury in Canberra for five years, Bankers Trust in Sydney for five years in a variety of senior roles in financial market research. He then moved to CBA, first as the Head of Financial Market Research and then moving to a senior role in corporate strategy. 
    • After leaving CBA, Peter co-authored two papers that received substantial media attention on the Australian and Chinese financial systems. 
    • Peter has been at the Bank of Queensland since June 2014, where his main responsibility is to provide economic and financial market advice to clients

  • Daniel Noble
    • Daniel is the Chief Executive Officer at, a property investment platform that helps everyday Australians get into property without the need for debt. 
    • Daniel started his career in the Australian venture capital space in the late 90’s, focusing on investments in the technology and telecommunications sector. 
    • In 1999, he was involved in range of corporate M&A transactions which resulted in him moving to Asia to head up a team focused on identifying business for acquisitions.
3.10pm - 4.00pm
Personal development
The creative leader
Discover the untapped talent and skill you need to truly thrive as a leader today.

In this session, you will:
• learn why the World Economic Form research calls out creativity as the #3 most critical skill for leaders
• learn why creativity matters for you as a leader, regardless of your role
• discover the traits of a creative leader, what you can do differently and how it will impact productivity and people
• learn the steps and gain the tools to create immediate change for yourself, and for your teams.
  • Megan Dalla-Camina
    Strategist, coach, speaker and author
    • Megan is a strategist, coach, speaker and author passionate about creating positive change.
    • She has worked for GE, PwC and IBM in the areas of business strategy, marketing, gender diversity, leadership, culture and change management.
    • Her work has been featured in Forbes, Fortune, BRW and she writes for Huffington Post, Psychology Today, and other media on business, leadership and unlocking success.
4.00pm - 5.00pm
Reflections and connections
5.45pm - 7.00pm
Bill Birkett memorial lecture: Accountants as agents for transformation…
Accounting has established itself as the language for business reporting. Our approaches and tools have potential application way beyond the realms of finance. In this lecture, Professor Sidhu will explore how accounting - and within it accountants - can contribute to society on a more comprehensive and systematic basis; with respect to indigenous advancement, climate change and intergenerational equity.
  • Professor Baljit Sidhu FCPA
    AGSM Scholar, Professor, School of Accounting, University of New South Wales /~/media/corporate/allimages/speakers/congress-2017/baljit-sidhu.jpg?h=180&w=180


  • Finance fundamentals

    Enhance your core accounting and finance skills in the areas of tax, audit and assurance, compliance, financial planning, analysis and reporting.

  • Operational transformation

    Find out how to transform your business using improved processes and management skills, the latest technologies and shared services.

  • Personal development

    Refine your skills and become a highly productive, effective and well-rounded individual.

  • Sector in focus

    Hear the latest trends and opportunities specific to your sector, including corporate, SME, not for profit and public sector.

  • Strategy and leadership

    Become an outstanding finance leader by enhancing the power of innovation, successfully managing change and driving a high-performance culture.

  • Trends and business impacts

    Understand shifts in the domestic and global economy, the regulatory environment, the latest fraudulent activities, and consumer and competitive markets to build risk mitigation strategies.

Disclaimer of liability
CPA Australia reserves the right to alter any part of this program at any time without notice.