National Mental Health Commission
Meticulous CPA Accountant and Financial Data Analyst who undertakes or has being assigned with various intricate and convoluted tasks. Max has been working in 9 Australian Commonwealth Agencies and 3 Private Companies through his career path since graduated from master of accountancy in ANU. He accumulated relative accounting, finance and auditing experience from different roles both in public service and private commercial sector. He achieved successful outcome for different tasks by applying the FMIS experiences (includes SAP, CBMS, Technology One, TM1, Grants Management System, Auditing TeamMate and MYOB, etc). Also applying advanced Excel and VBA programing skills to simplify the data analysing process, improve the data accuracy and refine the reporting template.
Australian Taxation Office
Kelvin Zhu joined the Australian Taxation Office in 2017 as the Assistant Commissioner for financial statements and policies. Currently Kelvin is the Assistant Commissioner responsible for financial services and business partnership with key areas. Kelvin has extensive experience in the federal government sector, having held a broad range of senior roles in the finance field including budget, strategic sourcing and property management. Throughout his career, Kelvin has had significant involvement in managing key projects and organisational changes such as shared services transitions in the public sector. Kelvin is a CPA and also has a Master of Business Administration (MBA).
Jim Shanahan is the CFO of Infrastructure Australia. Infrastructure Australia is an independent statutory body that provides independent research and high quality advice to all levels of government, as well as investors and owners of infrastructure, on Australia's requirements for nationally significant infrastructure.
Jim leads the Corporate Services team in the delivery of Infrastructure Australia’s core service functions (finance, governance and risk, ICT, facilities, procurement, administration, and Human Resources) to enable the organisation to deliver on its strategic priorities.
Jim has over 25 years’ experience working in Finance roles in Government, Not-for-Profit and Financial Services firms in Australia, the United Kingdom and Ireland.
Department of Defence
Steven Groves is the Chief Finance Officer (CFO) for the Department of Defence.
Before being appointed as the CFO, Steven was the Acting Chief Operating Officer, Deputy Secretary Corporate and Enabling Group at the Department of Home Affairs.
Prior to this, Steven was the CFO of the Department of Home Affairs including in its various pre-merger entities including the Department of Immigration and Border Protection, the Australian Customs and Border Protection Service and the Australian Customs Service. While at ACBPS Steven also led a taskforce on Revenue and Trade Crime. Steven joined Customs in 2008. Steven was first appointed a CFO of a Commonwealth Department in 2007 at the Department of Veterans Affairs.
Prior to Veterans Affairs, Steven spent 8 years in corporate accounting roles at the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) leading at various times the Management Accounting and Financial Operations Branches. During this time, he worked directly to the ATO CFO in a deputy role.
Steven has extensive experience in executive and leadership positions within the Commonwealth Public Service with over 20 years working predominantly in senior corporate finance roles.
Department of Environment & Energy
Erin Cockram was the Deputy Chief Financial Officer for the Department of the Environment and Energy prior to commencing maternity leave in September 2019.
Having commenced her career in private accounting firms, Erin moved into the public service in 2013. She worked in the Australian Electoral Commission for a number of years, including two years as the Chief Finance Officer.
CA qualified and with extensive experience in providing financial and management accounting services to organisations, Erin believes that financial management practices should assist an organisation in meeting its objectives but should not itself drive strategy. Central finance areas should be seen as a center of excellence and provide high quality customer services to the organisation.
Australian Sports Commission
After starting his accounting career as financial management trainee in a major hotel chain, Peter worked his way up to be the Assistant area Financial Controller across a region of hotels. He then went on to spend over a decade in various federal government departments and agencies including time in both the Prime Minister’s Department, The Department of Finance and looking after the accounts for some large Commonwealth superannuation funds. During this time, Peter undertook two separate masters’ degrees, completed the CPA
program and completed the company director’s course which, together with the on-the-job experience helped him gain a wealth of expertise in the areas of financial management, strategic planning and governance.
In 2014 Peter joined Sport Australia where he is currently the CFO. In his day to day role Peter not only leads standard financial and treasury functions but also oversees all the commercial operations for the business including tours, lodging facilities, hosting events and sports camps, catering operations, gyms and fitness centers and even a swim school.
Royal Commission into Violence, Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation of People with Disability
Lawrence Hosking is the Director, Financial and Governance at the Royal Commission into Violence, Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation of People with Disability.
Lawrence has a keen interest in implementing innovative solutions and is not afraid to take a risk. His mantra is if you have an idea about changing a business process or implementing something new we need to ensure it can be automated. Automation gains efficiencies.
He has successfully implemented a number of innovative solutions which lead to efficiencies in the way things are done. He knows how important it is to get it right so that cultural change is embedded and business processes stand the test of time.
Rooppreet Goraya is the Finance Manager for NSW Health ( North Sydney Health District) and possess more than 15 years of finance business partnering experience within NSW public sector.
She has worked with agencies like Water NSW, NSW Department of Justice, NSW Department of Industry & NSW department of Customer service playing a pivotal role in the Finance business partnering function.
Rooppreet holds Bachelors of commerce degree along with Masters in international Business and Masters degree in Professional accounting from Western Sydney University. She has been a member of Certified Practising Accountants(CPA) since 2010.
Apart from this she has also participated in the Immersion Program with United Nations, at Geneva, Switzerland.
National Blood Authority
Mr Ashley Jackson is the Chief Finance Officer of the National Blood Authority and has more than 35 years’ experience in industry, commerce and the public sector.
He has worked in diverse range of industries including retail, film and television production, viticulture and commercial television networks.
Ashley holds a Bachelor of Business and a Master of Business in Accounting and Finance from University of Technology Sydney and a MBA from Deakin University.
He is a former President of the ACT Divisional Council for CPA Australian, and the inaugural CFO of the Future Fund.
Australian Trade and Investment Commission
Ken is a professional with a conscience. As a fellow of CPA Australia, he has had an extensive career in public sector financial management. His career has involved working as both a public and private sector employee in Australia and overseas. He has held a number of senior positions including as Chief Internal Auditor for an Australian Government Department and is currently the CFO for the Australian Trade and Investment Commission (AUSTRADE). He has been a leader with the Scouting Movement for over fifteen years, and currently volunteers as company secretary for Directions ACT.
Department of Defence
Graham Weber is a Fellow of CPA Australia having worked in a number of Commonwealth agencies and private sector accounting advisory services. During Graham’s time in Defence he has undertaken senior executive roles which have involved whole of Defence financial statements, policy and system responsibilities as well as corporate budgeting and performance management at the enterprise level.
Graham was also a senior finance executive in the Defence Materiel Organisation for over 6 years as a branch head responsible for financial performance and statutory reporting, treasury and cash management as well as budget control and management.
Graham’s current role is the Assistant Secretary Finance Air Force which has provided for a unique blend of finance meeting the business and has provided a number of wonderful opportunities to see how Defence operates.
Chartered Accountants Australia & New Zealand
Geraldine leads the research and insights program at Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand and provides policy and technical guidance around business issues, including the digital economy, technology and its impact on the accounting profession, diversity and cyber security to Chartered Accountants, government, regulators and business.
Geraldine is a chartered accountant with over 25 years of experience in the finance and auditing profession including time in practice with Big 4 accounting firms in London, Sydney and Adelaide and in-house roles with a major Australian bank and a global media and entertainment company. Prior to joining Chartered Accountants ANZ, she was a senior manager at the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC), where she was involved in the strategic direction and management of the accountants and auditors team.
Linda is a Finance consulting Director with PricewaterhouseCoopers Australia in Canberra. Linda has over 15 years of experience working across all financial disciplines within the Federal Government and the commercial sector including working as the Chief Financial Officer of the Department of the Environment and Energy, and Deputy Chief Financial Officer at the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet.
Linda has a comprehensive understanding of the Government Financial framework. She is a senior executive with a successful record of transforming financial services teams through setting strategy and delivering cultural change whilst gaining commitment through a collaborative and engaging approach. Linda is a Fellow Certified Practicing Accountant (FCPA).
Simon has over 20 years’ experience in both the public and private sectors developing and delivering funding strategies to support transformation and transactional outcomes both domestically and internationally. Simon has also been a Senior Budget Adviser to the Federal Finance Minister.
Simon specialises in overseeing and developing strategic budget and whole of government advice to support the development of agency funding and operating model options. This includes ensuring Budget Process Operating Rules are taken into account and applied in order to develop a range of agency program and operating model options, including implementation.
Kieran Sloan is the Deputy Chief Financial Officer and an Assistant General Manager at IP Australia. IP Australia is the Commonwealth Government entity responsible for administering Australia’s intellectual property (IP) rights system, specifically trademarks, patents, designs and plant breeder’s rights. It operates as a non-corporate Commonwealth entity within the Industry, Innovation & Science Portfolio, and recovers more than 99 per cent of its costs by charging fees for its IP rights services.
Kieran has 16 years of Commonwealth Government experience and has held senior roles in the fields of financial forecasting, management accounting and activity-based costing. He currently oversees the Financial Management Office which is responsible for IP Australia’s financial environment including budgeting, revenue forecasting, financial reporting, performance analysis, and all operational accounting services.
Kieran is well known as an authority on the Australian Government Charging Framework, and his management of IP Australia’s charging activities and fee reviews have culminated in an advisory role to other Australian and international government entities on cost recovery.