Empowering finance leaders to transition from a transactional to a strategic role
Conference Date
18th & 19th February 2020
Location
Canberra Rex Hotel
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Day 1 - Tuesday 18th February, 2020

8:30
Registration, coffee & networking
9:00
Welcome remarks from the Chair
Leading successful transformational change
9:10
Developing a roadmap for strategic transformation
  • Positioning yourself as a change champion to drive transformation
  • Resourcing for strategic transformation
  • Equipping finance professionals with diverse leadership skills
  • Managing and sustaining change
Jim Shanahan
Chief Financial Officer
Infrastructure Australia
9:50
PANEL DISCUSSION: Where can CFOs have the greatest organisational impact & add the most value?
  • How has the finance function changed over the past ten years and what should CFOs focus on to update their processes?
  • How will a younger finance professional’s career grow to a CFO level in the future compared to how your career developed?
  • Linking culture and leadership to enhance organisational performance
Max Lin
Financial Controller
National Mental Health Commission
Peter Dunlop
Chief Financial Officer
Australian Sports Commission
Jim Shanahan
Chief Financial Officer
Infrastructure Australia
10:30
SPEED NETWORKING

In this fun, interactive session, you will have the opportunity to meet fellow attendees and speakers in two minute bursts, to exchange business cards and set up conversations for the rest of the event

10:50
Morning tea & networking
11:20
The Road to Public Sector CFO – less finance and more strategy?
  • Hear what senior public service leaders have to say about their expectations of the CFO position
  • Deep dive into the capabilities the public sector needs of its future CFO’s

Linda Nitschke
Director
PwC Australia
11:50
Developing non- financial skills in financial services
  • Doing the basics brilliantly
  • Developing the crucial financial storytelling skill
  • Building constructive relationships to influence decision-making
Kelvin Zhu
Assistant Commissioner Financial Service Delivery
Australian Taxation Office
12:30
Networking lunch
1:30
ROUNDTABLE DISCUSSIONS
  • Strategic Communication: regardless of your financial knowledge and technical skills, strong communication skills will maximise your effectiveness – Facilitated by Simon Teschendorf, Director – Economics and Policy, PwC Australia
  • Harnessing data analytics to make more informed and strategic decisions
  • Improving finance efficiency by using Robotic Process Automation (RPA)
2:30
Driving cultural change from the finance department to support & influence organisational growth
  • Analysing the power of cultural change and how it is evolving
  • What is your role as a CFO in leading culture change?
  • Breaking down the implementation process to make changes one step at a time
Ashley Jackson
Chief Financial Officer
National Blood Authority
3:10
Afternoon tea & networking
Building finance function capability & capacity
3:40
Enabling a forward thinking finance team
  • Capitalising on your team strengths
  • Driving a focus on forecasting
  • Overcoming barriers to influence strategic direction and planning for success
Erin Cockram
Deputy Chief Financial Officer
Department of Environment & Energy
4:20
Unpacking capability required for the changing role of finance professionals
  • Analysing the impact of automation on day-to-day finance operations
  • Building skills and capability for the changing finance role
  • What is the CFO’s role in leading the transformation
Peter Dunlop
Chief Financial Officer
Australian Sports Commission
5:00
Closing remarks from the Chair & close of Day One

Day 2 - Wednesday 19th February, 2020

8:30
Welcome, coffee & networking
9:00
Welcome remarks from the Chair
Enabling finance professionals to become strategic
9:10
PANEL DISCUSSION: How do you align yourself as a strategic business partner?
  • How to effectively manage relationships with internal and external stakeholders
  • What are the biggest barriers to gaining buy-in for innovation and implementing automation?
  • How to leverage automation and technology for improved productivity
Lawrence Hosking
Director, Finance and Governance
Attorney-General’s Department
9:50
Shifting from a transactional to a transformational role
  • Upskilling and building the finance function’s profile to effectively influence stakeholders
  • Building partnerships between finance and other business functions
  • Looking beyond the financials to become a strategic business partner
10:30
Morning tea & networking
11:00
Enabling efficiency & business capabilities through automation
  • Effectively identifying processes that are suitable for automation
  • Exploring challenges in implementation
  • Lessons learned from the early stages of implementation
Lawrence Hosking
Director, Finance and Governance
Attorney-General’s Department
11:40
SPOTLIGHT SESSION

In this interactive session, you will have the opportunity for reflective discussion with other delegates and discuss key takeaways from the conference so far

12:20
Networking lunch
1:20
Analysing the current position of shared services in government
  • Assessing Machinery of Government (MoG) changes
  • An update on the private sector
  • Aligning shared services with the internal finance function
  • Exploring the future of shared services and the upcoming changes (AI, SAP enhance, Blockchain) – Will they work fully and meet expectations?
Richard Shakespeare
Former Executive Director Finance, Finance Shared Services & Chief Financial Officer
Department of Planning & Industry
2:00
Optimising your operating model to adapt to rising customer expectations
  • Analysing the change in customer expectations
  • Identifying and removing unnecessary procedures from your current operating systems
  • Matching customer requirements with your service outcomes
Pranay Lodhiya
Chief Financial Officer
Bureau of Meteorology
2:40
Afternoon tea & networking
3:10
Creating a collaborative partnership to support strategic & operational decision making
  • Developing skills to interpret, explain and drive finance performance within the business
  • Analysing the financial impact of emerging priorities, key risks and opportunities for programs
  • Providing financial advice and support for corporate initiatives across departments
Rooppreet Goraya
Finance Business Partner
NSW Department of Customer Service
3:50
Looking beyond financials to support decisions that drive organisational outcomes
  • Encouraging the team to translate numbers into practical insights
  • Strategically communicating financials to get buy-in from senior management
  • Using financial insights to improve business performance
William Yan
Finance Director Sydney Metro
Transport for NSW
4:30
Closing remarks from the Chair & close of Conference
Workshop A: Designing optimal data & analytics strategies to support decision making
Thursday 20th February 2020, 9:00am – 12:00pm

Big data and analytics have climbed to the top of the government agenda. With access to the right data and new insights, finance professionals will be able to form an optimal strategy that drives value and enhances organisational outcomes.

This interactive workshop provides you with knowledge and practical skills to translate data into insights that drive decision making.

You will learn how to:

  • Advise on the design and commissioning of large data repositories and warehouses
  • Develop the necessary data analytics platform and solutions
  • Understand key organisational strategies and advise how the analytics strategy can inform and guide these objectives
  • Undertake stakeholder needs assessment
  • Review and stocktake available data sets (both internal and external to the organisation)
  • Leverage and complement existing business insights and capabilities
  • Identify short and longer term analytics goals and realisation of insights
  • Interpret data privacy and security considerations and requirements

*Refreshments & drinks provided

Price: $499 + GST

Steven Luu
Manager – Office of the Auditor General – Data Analytics
Victorian Auditor-General's Office
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Workshop B: Leveraging decision grade information to drive business strategies
Thursday 20th February 2020, 1:00pm – 4:00pm

There is no disputing the transformative power of artificial intelligence (AI) and big data for business. However, the public sector remains far behind the private sector in deploying and integrating AI. This interactive workshop will unpack how AI can help public sector financial professionals to augment financial planning while enhancing organisational strategy.

Gain tangible insights on

  • The mega trends and the external environment disruptors to consider
  • Leveraging big data and AI for decision making
  • Assessing the change in C-level jobs and the emergence of the new finance executive
  • The focus and expectations of business partnering and acting as a trusted advisor
  • Outcomes and solutions of strategic finance
  • Owning the dollar number as well as the business
  • Driving and playing into executive decision making and the art of inclusive performance management
  • The transition from data to information to analytical information to decision grade
  • Weaponising business finance and a seat at the table
  • Integrated sustainable reporting

*Refreshments & drinks provided

Price: $499 + GST

Richard Shakespeare
Former Executive Director Finance, Finance Shared Services & Chief Financial Officer
Department of Planning & Industry
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Key Speakers

Kelvin Zhu
Assistant Commissioner Financial Service Delivery
Australian Taxation Office
Jim Shanahan
Chief Financial Officer
Infrastructure Australia
Richard Shakespeare
Former Executive Director Finance, Finance Shared Services & Chief Financial Officer
Department of Planning & Industry
Erin Cockram
Deputy Chief Financial Officer
Department of Environment & Energy