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Ken Goldam

Ken Goldman

Former CFO, Yahoo Inc; Lead Director, GoPro (USA)

How Technology is Enabling the CFO to Build and Transform Companies

As CFO for Yahoo, Ken is responsible for Yahoo's global finance functions including financial planning…

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Finance Transformation Interactive Locknote Session

This session will kick start with questions around the presentations you heard and the interactive…

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Marina Trusa

Marina Trusa

General Manager Finance, OFX (OzForex Group)

Building a Brilliant Collaboration Culture in Finance

This session explores the imperative of finance collaboration in driving business value. What are the…

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Designing the Transformed CFO

In the era of digital transformation, no function is safe from change. For finance, digital…

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Paula Kensington

Paula Kensington

CFO, Bulletproof Networks

The Future and Work – Take the Step into 2035 and Beyond

Gone are the days of annual plans and performance appraisals. Continuous conversations, how to help…

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Jens Madrian

Jens Madrian

CFO & CCO, Reactive Technologies (UK)

Making Finance the Driving Force of Change

Finance isn’t an island on its own. It is instead a function of what the…

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Digitalisation: Going Beyond the Transactional Mindset

Digitalisation does exactly what it says on the tin – it provides a digital route…

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Adam Campbell

Adam Campbell

CFO, Flight Centre Travel Group

The Incredible Journey of Finance Transformation at the Flight Centre Group

The Flight Centre Travel Group is on the path to incredible changes in the finance…

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Anna Harper

Anna Harper

CFO, Society One

Fishbowl Session: Transforming Finance Into a Strategic Business Partner in Your Organisation

To drive success and add value, business unit leaders need true strategic partners to help…

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Jamie Lyon

Jamie Lyon

Head of Corporate Sector, ACCA (UK)

Building a Brilliant Collaboration Culture in Finance

This session explores the imperative of finance collaboration in driving business value. What are the…

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Constructing the Perfect CFO for the Digital Landscape

This session explores the most prized capabilities needed by finance leaders in the future. It…

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Sigal Pilli

CFO, Envato

Building a Brilliant Collaboration Culture in Finance

This session explores the imperative of finance collaboration in driving business value. What are the…

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Real Lessons from Creating the Finance Function in a Fast Paced, Ever Changing Environment

Tech companies are fast moving and keep changing. All of them begin as start-ups but…

Read more >

Finance Transformation Interactive Locknote Session

This session will kick start with questions around the presentations you heard and the interactive…

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Michael Bradburn

Michael Bradburn

CFO, Ausgrid

Interview with the CFO of Ausgrid

In this interview with Michael Bradburn, Chief Financial Officer of Ausgrid, Brendan and Michael will…

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Michael McQueen

Michael McQueen

Trend Forecaster and Business Strategist

What if Your Finance Role Was Becoming Obsolete and You Didn’t Even Know? Proven Strategies to Stay Ahead of the Game!

We are living in an age of unprecedented disruption. Once-lucrative revenue models are under siege.…

Read more >

David Roberts

David Roberts

VP, Enterprise Transformation, Under Armour (USA)

The Road to Strategic Finance: Characteristics of a Highly Effective Finance Function

A recent Oxford Economics Study, commissioned by SAP, surveyed 1700+ CFOs & Finance leaders across…

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Financial Excellence Powered by Community

In 2007, our team established centralised service functions for Accounting and Finance, providing a way…

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Finance Transformation at the Largest, Digitally Connected Community on the Planet

“Data is the new Oil!” A phrase often stated by Under Armour’s CEO to describe…

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Finance Transformation Interactive Locknote Session

This session will kick start with questions around the presentations you heard and the interactive…

Read more >

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Sue Lindsay

Senior Treasury Executive & Financial Controller, Goodman Fielder (NZ)

Fishbowl Session: Transforming Finance Into a Strategic Business Partner in Your Organisation

To drive success and add value, business unit leaders need true strategic partners to help…

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Our Transformation – Becoming High Performing Finance Business Partners at Goodman Fielder

Outsourcing of transactional accounting created the impetus to improve Goodman Fielder's business partnering effectiveness. It…

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Kwesi Nicholas

Kwesi Nicholas

COO, Financial Management Group, Macquarie Group

Robotic Process Automation – Early Mythbusters from the Client Side

In the last 12 months we have gone from absolute RPA novices to near completion…

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Brendan Sheehan

Brendan Sheehan

Founder of CFO 2020

Interview with the CFO of Ausgrid

In this interview with Michael Bradburn, Chief Financial Officer of Ausgrid, Brendan and Michael will…

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Secrets of High Performing Finance Teams: The CFOs Perspective

We are at a critical point in the evolution of the role of CFO and…

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Jason Pearce

Jason Pearce

General Manager Technology, Snowden

Driving Innovation and Industry Excellence – Transforming from a “Mining Industry Consultancy” to a “Technology Led Consulting Firm”

With mining companies changing, Snowden identified trends, specifically in the mining market, that could translate…

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Colm Giblin

Colm Giblin

Project Director - Finance Systems, Group Finance, ANZ Banking Group

Beyond a “Faster Horse”: How to be Brave on Your Path to Finance Transformation

When asked if he checked with customers before starting to mass produce cars, Henry Ford…

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Michael Bencsik

Michael Bencsik

Deputy CFO, BOQ

Secrets of High Performing Finance Teams: The CFOs Perspective

We are at a critical point in the evolution of the role of CFO and…

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Seb Moore

Sebastian Moore

CEO, Plaut

The Road to Strategic Finance: Characteristics of a Highly Effective Finance Function

A recent Oxford Economics Study, commissioned by SAP, surveyed 1700+ CFOs & Finance leaders across…

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Matt Galanos

Matt Galanos

Chief Financial and Operations Officer, Australian Turf Club

On Track with Our Planning, Budgeting, Forecasting and Reporting Processes

Australian Turf Club operates four Sydney metropolitan racecourses and hosts some of the country’s biggest…

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Silvio Giorgio

Silvio Giorgio

GM Data Science & Strategy - Finance & Commercial Services, Australia Post

Disrupting Finance from Within: Changing Our Role with Digital Innovation, Data Science and Artificial Intelligence

In support of Australia Post’s transformative journey to delivering leading eCommerce experiences to Australians, finance…

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Building a Brilliant Collaboration Culture in Finance

This session explores the imperative of finance collaboration in driving business value. What are the…

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Mark Davey

Mark Davey

Senior Director - Children’s Health, Queensland Hospital and Health Service

Financial Sustainability or Bust – Why Finance Needs to Become a Strategic Partner

According to the World Economic Forum, “unless health system financing is redesigned, public deficits of…

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Brad Howarth

Brad Howarth

Writer, Speaker, Consultant

The Road to Strategic Finance: Characteristics of a Highly Effective Finance Function

A recent Oxford Economics Study, commissioned by SAP, surveyed 1700+ CFOs & Finance leaders across…

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Finance Transformation Interactive Locknote Session

This session will kick start with questions around the presentations you heard and the interactive…

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Joe Kelly

Joe Kelly

CFO, Sydney Roosters (ex CFO of the Rabbitohs and Manly Sea Eagles)

Secrets of High Performing Finance Teams: The CFOs Perspective

We are at a critical point in the evolution of the role of CFO and…

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Christine Van Toorn

Christine Van Toorn

Lecturer, Director of BIT and ISM Co-op Scholarship Programs, UNSW Business School

Constructing the Perfect CFO for the Digital Landscape

This session explores the most prized capabilities needed by finance leaders in the future. It…

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Hugh Murmane

Hugh Murnane

CFO, Omnicom Media Group

Constructing the Perfect CFO for the Digital Landscape

This session explores the most prized capabilities needed by finance leaders in the future. It…

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Ken Gallacher

Ken Gallacher

GM Technology, ABC Broadcasting

Constructing the Perfect CFO for the Digital Landscape

This session explores the most prized capabilities needed by finance leaders in the future. It…

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How Technology is Enabling the CFO to Build and Transform Companies

As CFO for Yahoo, Ken is responsible for Yahoo's global finance functions including financial planning and analysis, controllership, tax, treasury, and investor relations. Few people have had as much influence over Silicon Valley’s technology companies as Ken Goldman. He has worked in finance functions in the Valley for more than 30 years.

You will hear about the accomplishments and disappointments in creating shareholder value for Yahoo, and how, over the past 5 years, the CFO function has been transformed by technology and innovation.


  • The evolution of the CFO role at Yahoo

  • The Yahoo transformation and creating shareholder value

  • 40 years of lessons that can be applied to today

  • Advice and counsel from a Silicon Valley CFO veteran


Prior to his CFO role at Yahoo, Ken has taken 3 companies public as CFO and helped another 10 companies go public from a board seat. He is a Lead Director at GoPro, an Independent Director of Zuora and serves as a Trustee Emeritus of Cornell University.

Finance Transformation Interactive Locknote Session

This session will kick start with questions around the presentations you heard and the interactive sessions you took part in during the past two days. Make sure you submit any final questions you may have at the registration desk by lunchtime on conference day two to ensure that you get this last chance to get answers from our 2017 panel of experts.

Facilitated by Brad Howarth - Writer, Speaker, Consultant.

Building a Brilliant Collaboration Culture in Finance

This session explores the imperative of finance collaboration in driving business value. What are the factors necessitating a need for more effective collaboration on the right things in today’s business environment, where are the collaboration opportunities, what are the implications of how digital may change the collaboration agenda, and most critically how can CFOs look to build a collaboration culture in the finance team?

Designing the Transformed CFO

In the era of digital transformation, no function is safe from change. For finance, digital transformation means not just comprehending the transformation of the organisation, but also grappling with how technology is transforming finance itself.


  • Tech innovation in systems supporting financial planning and forecasting, dynamic budgeting, multiple-scenario planning and self-service management reporting continue to disrupt the skill set and operating models of finance teams

  • It’s not good enough to just understand the business itself and how it makes money. The focus is shifting towards having the right tools in place to assess key levers in an agile manner in business cases and investment development to drive timely business outcomes

  • Finance teams these days require much more commercial acumen and strategic thinking to be able to understand historical behaviours of customers, their drivers, and to assign value to customers through predictive analytics

  • The success of CFO becomes increasingly correlated to a fundamental appreciation of technology, understanding of tech strategy and how it impacts financial and business outcomes

  • Having an active interest in organisation’s IT infrastructure is a must, including how data is captured, linked and extracted

  • Accounting or finance degrees remain vital, BUT commercial acumen, lateral thinking, advisory mindset and problem solving are rising in importance as well as the ability to collaborate in more effective way across the business


Marina is also passionate about educating the next generation of finance leaders and believes that this is not being completely taught at University. Hence, she and two collaborators are developing a tech unit for the Business School of University of Sydney’s Master of Management on how technology is transforming the business overall and finance function itself – how ideas are prototyped, as well as concepts around data and analytics, cybersecurity, blockchain and machine learning.

The Future and Work – Take the Step into 2035 and Beyond

Gone are the days of annual plans and performance appraisals. Continuous conversations, how to help your employees grow and flourish and how they deliver value to the organisation is ever critical in this Agile Age. How you react will be vital in terms of future proofing your business, your team and yourself. You cannot afford to miss this transformation.

Bulletproof was the first company in Australia to launch a public cloud service in 2006 and launch a managed Amazon Web Services (AWS) in 2012. In this fascinating presentation Paula will share her experience and views on Humanisation (& Work), the marriage of Man & Machine, how we will work (days/hours) in the future, where we will work, and how we will be remunerated.


  • The Future of Work – how to be “engaged and excited” about the future for yourself and your team (and how to future proof your team and organisation)

  • Artificial Intelligence – leveraging different thinking to deliver extra value to your organisation (e.g. chip employees to enable workforce flexibility)

  • The Humanisation of work – getting the best return for your investment in the future

Making Finance the Driving Force of Change

Finance isn’t an island on its own. It is instead a function of what the business and its institutions need from it. As these are largely driven by socio-economic and other mega trends like digitalisation, globalisation and big data, so Finance too, will have to adapt.  What’s next for Finance then, and for the CFO?

In the past, Finance hasn’t been the driving force behind change. Today we must accept that change is necessary and requires a new mindset. We must explore new finance models where robotics, automation and outsourced services are core features and understand what this new future means for the role of CFO.


  • Examine the traditional role of Finance and of the CFO

  • Explore the changing societal requirements on businesses

  • Understand what these all mean for Finance and for the CFO

  • Provide an example of how to deeply embed change in organisational behaviour

  • Put forward a new role for CFOs


Three key take-aways include

  1. The new requirements on businesses and how these impact the role of Finance and CFOs

  2. How to meaningfully embed transformational change in your company’s culture

  3. What part new finance models play in transforming the Finance function and shaping the new role of CFO

Digitalisation: Going Beyond the Transactional Mindset

Digitalisation does exactly what it says on the tin – it provides a digital route to customers and delivers lower cost. But as I thought about it, I realised that it has the potential to do so much more than play a transactional role. The impact of digitalisation can be transformational if it is embedded throughout a business, fundamentally changing its culture and ways of working, as opposed to being implemented as a standalone digital customer channel. Embracing digitalisation means access to real-time data and process & reporting automation, giving CFOs greater insight into their businesses than ever before and freeing up valuable Finance time.

However, often in digital business cases, there is a total focus on the transactional element of digital. This partly stems from the commonly held belief that to successfully obtain a business case, it is necessary to make a focused cost argument. Finance will not support a wider-reaching case where benefits are less straightforward to quantify. This is the stumbling block with digitalisation. The digital theme is a new one with no history we can point to, to prove how it can benefit businesses in the long run.

In this real-life digitalisation business case Jens, who has been a CFO for some of the largest organisations in Europe, will examine the shortcomings of the digitalisation business case, highlight the transactional and transformational benefits of digitalisation.

Hear the tactics employed to change mindsets looking at the business case for digital from a solely transactional perspective to considering it holistically to unlock its full potential. Implementing digitalisation in a meaningful way by providing a real case study from his own career.

The Incredible Journey of Finance Transformation at the Flight Centre Group

The Flight Centre Travel Group is on the path to incredible changes in the finance function and beyond. The key to this whole journey has been the creation of a "north star" vision for the organisation, aimed at binding the finance and operational communities together on the journey.

Hear how they have established "Project Zero", implementing structural and process changes across the 800-person finance function in advance of significant system transformation. Transforming the risk and audit function from a traditional compliance based function to a smaller, centralised risk-based team that uses data and trend analysis to identify potential areas of investigation.

Learn too of the technology journey - moving from being a company that has multiple sources of data globally and systems that don't integrate or talk to each other. This includes retiring multiple systems and replacing them with single risk, mid-office and back-office systems globally. It also includes the establishment of a data strategy - what makes sense for our businesses, including global, regional and business-specific needs. And finally learn how to use transformational successes within the finance function to drive similar transformation throughout the rest of the organisation.


  • The global transformation journey of the Flight Centre Group

  • Driving engagement through the communication of a clear strategy

  • Obtaining significant engagement through the power of story-telling

  • Managing systems integration for reducing risks and enhancing data analysis

  • The finance function as a key change enabler for the overall organisation

Fishbowl Session: Transforming Finance Into a Strategic Business Partner in Your Organisation

To drive success and add value, business unit leaders need true strategic partners to help guide key decisions and deliver results. This panel will share each of their journeys as they have transformed their Finance functions into true business partners in order for their organisations to thrive in an increasingly challenging environment. They’ll explore the tools, processes and capabilities needed and explain how to shift company-wide focus to profitability and business analytics.

Building a Brilliant Collaboration Culture in Finance

This session explores the imperative of finance collaboration in driving business value. What are the factors necessitating a need for more effective collaboration on the right things in today’s business environment, where are the collaboration opportunities, what are the implications of how digital may change the collaboration agenda, and most critically how can CFOs look to build a collaboration culture in the finance team?

Constructing the Perfect CFO for the Digital Landscape

This session explores the most prized capabilities needed by finance leaders in the future. It considers how the changing business environment and particularly the emerging digital landscape is shaping the role of the finance organisation and the qualities needed of its leaders. It will draw on valuable case studies, and good practices. What are the implications of the digital era for the finance organisation, and how can it future proof the leadership talent pipeline in finance for tomorrow?

Building a Brilliant Collaboration Culture in Finance

This session explores the imperative of finance collaboration in driving business value. What are the factors necessitating a need for more effective collaboration on the right things in today’s business environment, where are the collaboration opportunities, what are the implications of how digital may change the collaboration agenda, and most critically how can CFOs look to build a collaboration culture in the finance team?

Real Lessons from Creating the Finance Function in a Fast Paced, Ever Changing Environment

Tech companies are fast moving and keep changing. All of them begin as start-ups but only some are lucky (or smart) enough to grow in a sustainable way. To add value, finance departments of such companies need to evolve.

Sigal will review the last 5 years at Envato and share learnings from creating their finance function. Transforming a finance department from one that serves a US$12M net turnover company to one serving close to a US$100M business.


  • How to set priorities when building a finance function

  • How to grow finance in line with company needs

  • The scope and breadth of a finance function at different stages

  • Tips on building a highly efficient, happy and stable finance team

Finance Transformation Interactive Locknote Session

This session will kick start with questions around the presentations you heard and the interactive sessions you took part in during the past two days. Make sure you submit any final questions you may have at the registration desk by lunchtime on conference day two to ensure that you get this last chance to get answers from our 2017 panel of experts.

Facilitated by Brad Howarth - Writer, Speaker, Consultant.

Interview with the CFO of Ausgrid

In this interview with Michael Bradburn, Chief Financial Officer of Ausgrid, Brendan and Michael will discuss the secrets behind a career of outstanding achievements.  Hear about the big challenges facing Brisbane Airport when he joined and how he helped solve them. Hear the story behind the largest REIT flotation in Australia’s history.  Find out what it takes to run 100km (apparently, it’s the first step) and what the corporate world can learn from peak sports performers. Throughout this session Brendan and Michael share the stories about three CFO 2020 events hosted by Michael and the lessons in leadership you can take back to your teams to help drive higher performance from finance.

What if Your Finance Role Was Becoming Obsolete and You Didn’t Even Know? Proven Strategies to Stay Ahead of the Game!

We are living in an age of unprecedented disruption. Once-lucrative revenue models are under siege. Market structures and distribution channels that have been stable for decades are crumbling before our eyes. The demise of brands such as Kodak, Borders and Blockbuster leaves us with little doubt – shift is happening and no business is immune.

In this fast-paced and compelling keynote presentation, you will discover:


  • Why most businesses and traditional functions like Finance don’t realise they are becoming obsolete TIL' IT’S ALMOST TOO LATE

  • The 4 MAJOR SHIFTS that are causing brands and industries to become irrelevant

  • PROVEN and PRACTICAL strategies for staying ahead of the curve and competition


You will leave this presentation with a game plan for successfully navigating change and emerge stronger and more relevant than ever. Michael is the special guest keynote for Finance Innovation and Technology Festival. He is an award-winning strategist and author of 5 bestselling books.

The Road to Strategic Finance: Characteristics of a Highly Effective Finance Function

A recent Oxford Economics Study, commissioned by SAP, surveyed 1700+ CFOs & Finance leaders across the world, with over 300 in Australia & New Zealand. The results revealed some interesting and debatable insights on where the Finance Function in Australia & New Zealand benchmarks against globally recognised Finance Leaders.

Are Finance Functions in ANZ falling behind the pack?

Join this panel session to hear from leaders on key themes which emerged from the study for Finance in Australia & New Zealand which include:


  • Supporting the drive for strategic growth

  • Leading the collaboration into Line of Business

  • Staying on top of Technology & Innovations

  • Closing the gap between Finance & Risk to enable Growth

Financial Excellence Powered by Community

In 2007, our team established centralised service functions for Accounting and Finance, providing a way to scale an operation that was experiencing dramatic growth (50% topline), and massive expansion - from three countries to 44 - but at the same time creating functional silos.

As our business processes have become more sophisticated, the organisation is now in a position to leverage functional efficiencies gained from embedding Accounting and Finance advocates into the business front line. Hear how a new technology has enabled a new, fully integrated platform, aiding in the breakdown of functional barriers and eradication of silos.

Follow us on our journey as we show how the fully integrated, real-time platform has; enabled tighter alignment with the market and business units, exposed opportunities for greater operational efficiency and offered the most advanced and transparent insights into all aspects of the corporate performance.

Finance Transformation at the Largest, Digitally Connected Community on the Planet

“Data is the new Oil!” A phrase often stated by Under Armour’s CEO to describe the justification for acquiring four data platforms (MapMyFitness, MyFitnessPal, Endomondo and Gritness) to create the largest, digitally connected community on the planet. The challenge is that data, like raw crude oil, requires constant refinement.

A little more than two years ago, Under Armour was asked to communicate its digital strategy. In typical UA fashion, the response was that the brand did not have a digital strategy, but instead a solid business strategy that enables game changing innovations in the digital world. Over the course of two years, Under Armour has acquired and created a digital community of over 200 million fitness consumers.

Dave will walk you through the transformation of Under Armour’s Finance function, and how they leverage:


  • Machine Learning to recognise latent patterns and drive operational efficiency

  • Cloud Computing to create omnipresence while dramatically reducing operating cost

  • Powerful pairing of predictive and artificial intelligence


…to deliver world class team collaboration, unparalleled, personalised consumer engagement and real-time interactions with hundreds of millions of consumers through chat bots and The Athlete Coaching Engine.

Finance Transformation Interactive Locknote Session

This session will kick start with questions around the presentations you heard and the interactive sessions you took part in during the past two days. Make sure you submit any final questions you may have at the registration desk by lunchtime on conference day two to ensure that you get this last chance to get answers from our 2017 panel of experts.

Facilitated by Brad Howarth - Writer, Speaker, Consultant.

Fishbowl Session: Transforming Finance Into a Strategic Business Partner in Your Organisation

To drive success and add value, business unit leaders need true strategic partners to help guide key decisions and deliver results. This panel will share each of their journeys as they have transformed their Finance functions into true business partners in order for their organisations to thrive in an increasingly challenging environment. They’ll explore the tools, processes and capabilities needed and explain how to shift company-wide focus to profitability and business analytics.

Our Transformation – Becoming High Performing Finance Business Partners at Goodman Fielder

Outsourcing of transactional accounting created the impetus to improve Goodman Fielder's business partnering effectiveness. It was a change management process with these key objectives: how to define and become ‘high performance business partners’ via leadership and technical competencies; acting upon 360-degree feedback from their key stakeholders to help them improve current performance; and how to implement changes through professional development (teams and individuals) to lift performance.


  • Identify and understand the need for change

  • Necessary steps to better business partnering

  • Identify the competencies of effective business partnering

  • Assess current effectiveness

  • Creating your own high performance culture

  • Maintaining the motivation and engagement

Robotic Process Automation – Early Mythbusters from the Client Side

In the last 12 months we have gone from absolute RPA novices to near completion of two pilots. Over that period we have learnt a lot on the upside – particularly the fact that the software works! We have also bust a few myths in regards to the ‘typical’ RPA implementation which you may find useful as you embark on your own RPA journey.


  • Introduction – our RPA journey so far


Myths include:

  • It’s all about the robot

  • Pick the right process

  • Good news - you don’t need IT!

  • Everyone will understand

  • In conclusion: What we are doing next and 3 key learnings


In this session hear;

  1. How you must find the right people to make RPA work first and worry about candidate processes second

  2. Why software is important – but not as important as the right process engineers!

  3. How to pick an early winner – but don’t make it too easy!

Interview with the CFO of Ausgrid

In this interview with Michael Bradburn, Chief Financial Officer of Ausgrid, Brendan and Michael will discuss the secrets behind a career of outstanding achievements.  Hear about the big challenges facing Brisbane Airport when he joined and how he helped solve them. Hear the story behind the largest REIT flotation in Australia’s history.  Find out what it takes to run 100km (apparently, it’s the first step) and what the corporate world can learn from peak sports performers. Throughout this session Brendan and Michael share the stories about three CFO 2020 events hosted by Michael and the lessons in leadership you can take back to your teams to help drive higher performance from finance.

Secrets of High Performing Finance Teams: The CFOs Perspective

We are at a critical point in the evolution of the role of CFO and the next few years will see a dramatic shift in how they will be expected to perform. Not only will CFOs hold the purse strings, run a tight ship, have all the answers and never get anything wrong; as technology becomes more pervasive, creativity, emotional intelligence, and the ability to communicate effectively, will become the most important competencies for the CFO to develop. These are skills not traditionally associated with accountants - and some CFOs will struggle to make the transition on their own.

This is your opportunity to learn from other high performers.

Hear some of the key lessons in leadership from a winner of the Sydney to Hobart Yacht race. Learn the importance of taking a holistic view of your staff. Find out how to tap into the resilience and persistence it takes to run 100km. And understand why the mission and values of your organisation are not just words on a corporate brochure.

Learn the techniques that other high performing teams have used to achieve success in their fields and make an immediate impact in your own organisations.


  • Hear how the accounting profession is preparing to face the challenges of the future

  • Hear from unique CFOs who have achieved success not only in their own organisations but outside of the corporate world

  • What are the secrets of high performance that you can bring back to your finance teams to make an immediate impact in your organisation?

  • Transforming to succeed - what does the finance leader of today look like tomorrow?


Facilitated by: Brendan Sheehan - Founder of CFO 2020, Global Council Member of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants & Managing Director of White Squires

Panellists include:

Michael Bencsik - Deputy CFO, BOQ

Joe Kelly – CEO, Sydney Roosters (ex CFO of the Rabbitohs and Manly Sea Eagles)

 

CFO 2020 is a unique network that helps Chief Financial Officers and aspiring CFOs to face the future head on, maximising their potential for personal and career success through networking, thought leadership and collaboration.

Driving Innovation and Industry Excellence – Transforming from a “Mining Industry Consultancy” to a “Technology Led Consulting Firm”

With mining companies changing, Snowden identified trends, specifically in the mining market, that could translate into significant operational inefficiencies. Increasing pressures on operating costs and the highly restricted access to capital funding was significantly changing the way companies implemented their software. Their buying behaviour was impacted. Snowden had to revisit its value proposition.

Jason and his teams focused on;


  • Embracing technology in a consistent and sustainable manner

  • Ensuring innovation was active and not a statement of intent

  • Creating more with less to cope with shrinking Capital Budgets


In this session, the Head of Technology Drive will discuss how his organisation and the finance team benefited from a wave of innovation through successful execution, (not just talk) and subsequent financial growth. Hear how new systems enabled finance teams gained confidence at the executive table, viewing one single source of truth, while being able to benefit from real time visibility, enabling the business to deliver consistent excellent customer experience.

Beyond a “Faster Horse”: How to be Brave on Your Path to Finance Transformation

When asked if he checked with customers before starting to mass produce cars, Henry Ford famously stated, If I had asked people what they wanted, they would have said faster horses.”

For many organisations, the need for change is often masked by “workarounds”, creating a false sense of comfort for management and disguising the underlying challenges. Resistance to change remains a major hurdle, and gaining acceptance for truly transformative advances is problematic for many.

In this session, ANZ Finance will share its strategies for successful large scale transformation, some key steps on its journey to finance automation, and tips for opening your imagination to what’s possible beyond a “faster horse”.


  • Building the case for change – overcoming the largest hurdle

  • Being brave on your path and pushing for real progress

  • Finance automation at ANZ – from two countries to 28, and benefits achieved from SaaS

  • Human Centered Design - extreme users and use of visual cues

  • Three key learnings for any change initiative

Secrets of High Performing Finance Teams: The CFOs Perspective

We are at a critical point in the evolution of the role of CFO and the next few years will see a dramatic shift in how they will be expected to perform. Not only will CFOs hold the purse strings, run a tight ship, have all the answers and never get anything wrong; as technology becomes more pervasive, creativity, emotional intelligence, and the ability to communicate effectively, will become the most important competencies for the CFO to develop. These are skills not traditionally associated with accountants - and some CFOs will struggle to make the transition on their own.

This is your opportunity to learn from other high performers.

Hear some of the key lessons in leadership from a winner of the Sydney to Hobart Yacht race. Learn the importance of taking a holistic view of your staff. Find out how to tap into the resilience and persistence it takes to run 100km. And understand why the mission and values of your organisation are not just words on a corporate brochure.

Learn the techniques that other high performing teams have used to achieve success in their fields and make an immediate impact in your own organisations.


  • Hear how the accounting profession is preparing to face the challenges of the future

  • Hear from unique CFOs who have achieved success not only in their own organisations but outside of the corporate world

  • What are the secrets of high performance that you can bring back to your finance teams to make an immediate impact in your organisation?

  • Transforming to succeed - what does the finance leader of today look like tomorrow?


Facilitated by: Brendan Sheehan - Founder of CFO 2020, Global Council Member of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants & Managing Director of White Squires

Panellists include:

Michael Bencsik - Deputy CFO, BOQ

Joe Kelly – CEO, Sydney Roosters (ex CFO of the Rabbitohs and Manly Sea Eagles)

 

CFO 2020 is a unique network that helps Chief Financial Officers and aspiring CFOs to face the future head on, maximising their potential for personal and career success through networking, thought leadership and collaboration.

The Road to Strategic Finance: Characteristics of a Highly Effective Finance Function

A recent Oxford Economics Study, commissioned by SAP, surveyed 1700+ CFOs & Finance leaders across the world, with over 300 in Australia & New Zealand. The results revealed some interesting and debatable insights on where the Finance Function in Australia & New Zealand benchmarks against globally recognised Finance Leaders.

Are Finance Functions in ANZ falling behind the pack?

Join this panel session to hear from leaders on key themes which emerged from the study for Finance in Australia & New Zealand which include:


  • Supporting the drive for strategic growth

  • Leading the collaboration into Line of Business

  • Staying on top of Technology & Innovations

  • Closing the gap between Finance & Risk to enable Growth

On Track with Our Planning, Budgeting, Forecasting and Reporting Processes

Australian Turf Club operates four Sydney metropolitan racecourses and hosts some of the country’s biggest races. In addition to more than 100 race-day events, ATC also hosts many varied non-race day events at its facilities.

In the past, ATC relied on spreadsheets to do all forecasting and budgeting – a practice that had significant shortcomings. The spreadsheet models were very complex and required significant time and effort to prepare prior to each cycle.

In 2015, ATC resolved to revamp its planning, budgeting, forecasting, and reporting processes to better reflect its event-based business model. ATC has now automated these processes in an enterprise performance management solution.


  • Excel is not the right solution for enterprise planning and reporting – hear what worked best

  • High performing organisations use enterprise performance management software

  • The right solution design is key to success

Disrupting Finance from Within: Changing Our Role with Digital Innovation, Data Science and Artificial Intelligence

In support of Australia Post’s transformative journey to delivering leading eCommerce experiences to Australians, finance have taken to digital innovation and leadership to re-imagine how they support a changing business in an industry facing disruption. Brought in by the Group CFO to disrupt Finance from within, Silvio will share their four phase ‘strategy to execution’ success story that is inspiring the art of the possible with its 300+ team members focusing on:


  • Investing in leadership mindsets to think differently, embrace ambiguity and lead our people through change

  • Embracing innovation through digital disruption, change marketing and promoting a culture of experimentation

  • Exploring data science, artificial intelligence and robotics to reimagine our service offering

  • Servicing the business at more sustainable cost levels

  • Whilst significantly lifting the engagement of their people and leaders

Building a Brilliant Collaboration Culture in Finance

This session explores the imperative of finance collaboration in driving business value. What are the factors necessitating a need for more effective collaboration on the right things in today’s business environment, where are the collaboration opportunities, what are the implications of how digital may change the collaboration agenda, and most critically how can CFOs look to build a collaboration culture in the finance team?

Financial Sustainability or Bust – Why Finance Needs to Become a Strategic Partner

According to the World Economic Forum, “unless health system financing is redesigned, public deficits of tens of billions of dollars could amass in some developed countries by 2025”.*

Although health systems have been a great success in the past century, fostering longer, healthier lives and thereby contributing to prosperity and economic growth, these gains have come at a price: We have seen healthcare costs consistently outgrow the economy for decades. Although this trend has long been recognised as a significant challenge, the recent fiscal crisis and demographic shifts have suddenly brought it closer.

The Children’s Health Queensland Hospital and Health Service has addressed this looming challenge by developing a plan to ensure the long-term financial sustainability of children’s health services in Queensland.

In this session, Mark Davey will explore how finance can be a strategic partner in wider business transformation. Discover how Children’s Health Queensland Hospital and Health Service are: 


  • Collaborating to deliver services 'closer to home' by developing new models of care

  • Establishing a 24-hour Operations Centre to provide a coordinated system of managing flow, resources and activity demands

  • Developing an evidence base to plan services, monitor impacts and drive system-wide performance improvement across the sector by pooling health information with information from other sectors

  • Utilising a long-term forecasting model to develop and test strategies to increase sustainability


 

*(World Economic Forum, The Financial Sustainability of Health Systems – A Case for Change, 2012)

The Road to Strategic Finance: Characteristics of a Highly Effective Finance Function

A recent Oxford Economics Study, commissioned by SAP, surveyed 1700+ CFOs & Finance leaders across the world, with over 300 in Australia & New Zealand. The results revealed some interesting and debatable insights on where the Finance Function in Australia & New Zealand benchmarks against globally recognised Finance Leaders.

Are Finance Functions in ANZ falling behind the pack?

Join this panel session to hear from leaders on key themes which emerged from the study for Finance in Australia & New Zealand which include:


  • Supporting the drive for strategic growth

  • Leading the collaboration into Line of Business

  • Staying on top of Technology & Innovations

  • Closing the gap between Finance & Risk to enable Growth

Finance Transformation Interactive Locknote Session

This session will kick start with questions around the presentations you heard and the interactive sessions you took part in during the past two days. Make sure you submit any final questions you may have at the registration desk by lunchtime on conference day two to ensure that you get this last chance to get answers from our 2017 panel of experts.

Facilitated by Brad Howarth - Writer, Speaker, Consultant.

Secrets of High Performing Finance Teams: The CFOs Perspective

We are at a critical point in the evolution of the role of CFO and the next few years will see a dramatic shift in how they will be expected to perform. Not only will CFOs hold the purse strings, run a tight ship, have all the answers and never get anything wrong; as technology becomes more pervasive, creativity, emotional intelligence, and the ability to communicate effectively, will become the most important competencies for the CFO to develop. These are skills not traditionally associated with accountants - and some CFOs will struggle to make the transition on their own.

This is your opportunity to learn from other high performers.

Hear some of the key lessons in leadership from a winner of the Sydney to Hobart Yacht race. Learn the importance of taking a holistic view of your staff. Find out how to tap into the resilience and persistence it takes to run 100km. And understand why the mission and values of your organisation are not just words on a corporate brochure.

Learn the techniques that other high performing teams have used to achieve success in their fields and make an immediate impact in your own organisations.


  • Hear how the accounting profession is preparing to face the challenges of the future

  • Hear from unique CFOs who have achieved success not only in their own organisations but outside of the corporate world

  • What are the secrets of high performance that you can bring back to your finance teams to make an immediate impact in your organisation?

  • Transforming to succeed - what does the finance leader of today look like tomorrow?


Facilitated by: Brendan Sheehan - Founder of CFO 2020, Global Council Member of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants & Managing Director of White Squires

Panellists include:

Michael Bencsik - Deputy CFO, BOQ

Joe Kelly – CEO, Sydney Roosters (ex CFO of the Rabbitohs and Manly Sea Eagles)

 

CFO 2020 is a unique network that helps Chief Financial Officers and aspiring CFOs to face the future head on, maximising their potential for personal and career success through networking, thought leadership and collaboration.

Constructing the Perfect CFO for the Digital Landscape

This session explores the most prized capabilities needed by finance leaders in the future. It considers how the changing business environment and particularly the emerging digital landscape is shaping the role of the finance organisation and the qualities needed of its leaders. It will draw on valuable case studies, and good practices. What are the implications of the digital era for the finance organisation, and how can it future proof the leadership talent pipeline in finance for tomorrow?

Constructing the Perfect CFO for the Digital Landscape

This session explores the most prized capabilities needed by finance leaders in the future. It considers how the changing business environment and particularly the emerging digital landscape is shaping the role of the finance organisation and the qualities needed of its leaders. It will draw on valuable case studies, and good practices. What are the implications of the digital era for the finance organisation, and how can it future proof the leadership talent pipeline in finance for tomorrow?

Constructing the Perfect CFO for the Digital Landscape

This session explores the most prized capabilities needed by finance leaders in the future. It considers how the changing business environment and particularly the emerging digital landscape is shaping the role of the finance organisation and the qualities needed of its leaders. It will draw on valuable case studies, and good practices. What are the implications of the digital era for the finance organisation, and how can it future proof the leadership talent pipeline in finance for tomorrow?