National Mental Health Commission
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).
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
Bureau of Meteorology
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.
Transport for NSW
Royal Commission into Violence, Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation of People with Disability
NSW Department of Customer Service
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.
Victorian Auditor-General's Office
Steven Luu is a Manager in the Data Analytics team at the Victorian Auditor-General’s Office (VAGO). He began as a Financial Auditor for the Queensland Audit Office (QAO) before joining VAGO’s data analytics team in 2017. Steven possesses a Bachelor of Commerce as well as a Bachelor in Architectural Studies.
The VAGO Data Analytics team is currently setting up processes to streamline the collection and reconciliation of datasets across approximately 30 of our largest audit clients. These datasets will be transformed and mapped into dashboards for use by auditors on their audits of financial reports.
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.
Department of Defence
Angela Diamond has a wide range of finance experience across the Australian Public Service. Angela is a senior executive officer in Defence, leading and managing Defence’s budget, finance performance and management functions. Angela has a Bachelor of Commerce from the Australian National University and is a Certified Practising Accountant.