How can you prepare yourself for the future of finance in government?
The Transforming the Finance Function in Government conference will equip you with strategies to redesign the finance function in your organisation and enable you to respond effectively to automation with the high level skills needed for this changing role.
Attend & learn how to:
- Driving transformational change in the finance function
- Unpack the implications of shared services for the future of finance
- Identify processes suited to automation to drive efficiency
- Prepare for changing expectations of the finance role
Chief Financial Officers, Financial Controllers, General Managers and Directors with responsibilities for:
- Business Analysis
- Shared Services
Attend to learn:
- Lead transformational change in finance within the complex government context
- Prepare for changing expectations of the finance role
- Enabling financial transformation through technology and automation
- Make data and risk informed finance decisions
Department of Immigration & Border Protection
Steven Groves is the Chief Finance Officer (CFO) for the Department of Immigration and Border Protection. Before being appointed as the CFO, Steven was leading an ACBPS Taskforce on Revenue and Trade Crime. Prior to that role he was the CFO at the Australian Customs and Border Protection Service since 2008.
Prior to Customs, Steven was CFO at the Department of Veterans Affairs from 2007 – 2008.
Prior to Veterans Affairs, Steven spent 8 years in corporate accounting roles at the Australian Taxation Office leading at various times the Management Accounting and Financial Operations Branches. During this time, he worked directly to the CFO in a deputy CFO role.
Steven has extensive experience in executive and leadership positions within the Commonwealth Public Service with over 16 years working in predominantly in senior corporate finance roles.
Steven graduated in 1994 from the James Cook University, in Townsville with a Bachelor of Commerce. Steven is a fellow of CPA Australia and has completed a number of post graduate courses.
After a short stint in the private sector, Steven joined the public service through the Graduate Administrative Assistant (GAA Program) with the then Spectrum Management Agency (SMA) in Canberra. Steven worked at the SMA, which later became the Australian Communications Authority, for 5 years before joining the ATO.
Steven grew up in Townsville, North Queensland and is married with 2 kids – Jack and Sophie.
Department of Industry NSW
Chris is currently Chief Financial Officer of the NSW Department of Industry. He is a CPA with both Business and Law degrees, and has also spent time working as a CIO. His career has involved responsibility for various combinations of Finance, ICT, Knowledge Management and Business Support services in Government and Not-for-profit Sectors.
Chris has led the development of the Department’s approaches to programme budgeting and financial reporting and was an integral member of the team that implemented one of the first Software as a Service Enterprise Resource Platforms in NSW Government.
He has also been an active participant in key whole of sector reforms including the development of the Finance Specific Capability Set (via the Public Service Commission) and NSW Treasury’s Financial Management Transformation programme.
Australian Taxation Office
Frances Cawthra is the Chief Finance Officer, and her portfolio includes the ATO’s management and financial accounting functions, procurement and contract management as well as property and facilities management services.
Frances plays a key advisory role to the Commissioner and ATO Executive ensuring that organisational strategy is informed by a financial perspective. At an operational level the finance function ensures the ATO is provided with robust reporting and insightful business intelligence, understands their obligations and are supported in complying with Commonwealth requirements.
Frances joined the ATO in August 2005 and has been a key change agent, introducing to the organisation dialler technology, use of external collection agencies, expanding the client service window and established the ATO’s community programs.
Frances held a number of senior roles in the private sector in a range of industries including retail, energy and financial services prior to joining the ATO.
ANZ has been operating for over 180 years, tracing our origin to the Bank of Australasia, which opened its first office in Sydney in 1835. We have a strong franchise in Retail, Commercial and Institutional Banking in our home markets of Australia and New Zealand and we have been operating in Asia Pacific for over 30 years.
ANZ is headquartered in Melbourne, with over 700 branches throughout Australia and offices in Sydney, Brisbane, Adelaide and Perth. We are committed to building lasting partnerships with our customers, shareholders and communities in 34 countries in Australia, New Zealand, throughout Asia and the Pacific, and in the Middle East, Europe and America.
We provide a range of banking and financial products and services to over 8 million customers and employ over 46,000 people worldwide, and our network of delivery hubs in Australia, China, Fiji, India, New Zealand and Philippines work closely with country operations to form an integrated regional delivery network and improve service quality and productivity.
ANZ is the largest Institutional bank in Australia, the largest banking group in New Zealand and the Pacific, and is among the top 25 banks in the world by market capitalisation. ANZ is also amongst the highest rated banks globally having retained an AA band credit rating with all three major ratings agencies.
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