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
Kieran Sloan
Assistant General Manager & Deputy Chief Financial Officer
IP Australia
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
KEYNOTE: Transforming the Defence Finance Function: Supporting the warfighter to defend Australia & its national interests
  • Shaping a finance function to support Australia’s future national security environment
  • Driving an agenda of Defence finance reform across systems, policies, processes and people
  • Fostering a client-centric culture to support a complex financial and budget ecosystem
  • Bringing your team on a journey of reform from transactional support to becoming trusted business partners
Steven Groves
Chief Financial Officer
Department of Defence
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

11:00
Morning tea & networking
11:30
The Road to Public Sector CFO – less finance & 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
12:00
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 Finance Service Delivery
Australian Taxation Office
12:40
Networking lunch
1:40
ROUNDTABLE DISCUSSIONS
  • Strategic Communication: regardless of your financial knowledge and technical skills, strong communication skills will maximise your effectiveness – Facilitated by Simon Teschendorf, PwC Australia
  • Improving finance efficiency by using Robotic Process Automation (RPA) – Facilitated by Erin Cockram, Department of Environment & Energy
  • Harnessing data analytics to make more informed and strategic decisions – Facilitated by Max Lin, National Mental Health Commission
Simon Teschendorf
Director - Economics and Policy
PwC Australia
Max Lin
Financial Controller
National Mental Health Commission
Erin Cockram
Former Deputy Chief Financial Officer
Department of Environment & Energy
2:40
Afternoon tea & networking
3:10
Reporting beyond the numbers: a better approach to producing budget books and government reporting
  • Preserving a single version of truth with controlled collaboration
  • Leveraging the power of Microsoft Office
  • Linking source data directly to narrative report outputs

Wayne Goss
Regional Sales Director (Asia Pacific)
Certent
Building finance function capability & capacity
3:45
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
Ashley Jackson
Chief Financial Officer
National Blood Authority
Peter Dunlop
Chief Financial Officer
Australian Sports Commission
Jim Shanahan
Chief Financial Officer
Infrastructure Australia
4:25
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
5:05
Closing remarks from the Chair & close of Day One
5:15
NETWORKING DRINKS

Day 2 - Wednesday 19th February, 2020

8:30
Welcome, coffee & networking
9:00
Welcome remarks from the Chair
Kieran Sloan
Assistant General Manager & Deputy Chief Financial Officer
IP Australia
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
Graham Weber
Assistant Secretary Finance – Air Force
Department of Defence
Ken Wedgwood
Chief Financial Officer, Corporate Services Group
Australian Trade and Investment Commission
Lawrence Hosking
Director
Royal Commission into Violence, Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation of People with Disability
9:50
Examining skills and competencies required to be a Finance Professional of The Future
  • Exploring finding from IFAC and CA ANZ research from four areas:
    • Growth areas: Current areas that are becoming increasingly important
    • New areas: An emerging key part of the finance leader role in the future
    • Conservation: Areas that will remain stable and are the cornerstone of the finance leader
    • Destruction: Areas of decreasing importance
  • Identifying a mismatch in skills
Geraldine Magarey
Leader, Research and Thought Leadership
Chartered Accountants Australia & New Zealand
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
Royal Commission into Violence, Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation of People with Disability
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
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
2:00
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 Manager
NSW Health
2:40
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
Former Deputy Chief Financial Officer
Department of Environment & Energy
3:20
Closing remarks from the Chair & close of Conference, followed by Afternoon tea
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Key Speakers

Kelvin Zhu
Assistant Commissioner Finance Service Delivery
Australian Taxation Office
Jim Shanahan
Chief Financial Officer
Infrastructure Australia
Steven Groves
Chief Financial Officer
Department of Defence
Erin Cockram
Former Deputy Chief Financial Officer
Department of Environment & Energy