FEI's mentoring program – some comments from our mentees

Tell us a little about your career path

I started my career working with Deloitte Melbourne in the audit group and after four years headed across to the UK for a two-year secondment to broaden one’s horizons. It Stuart Hutton2Rworked as I ended up as a CFO at a client for 18 months. I then returned to the M&A division at Deloitte – my “real world” experience had encouraged me to be more ambitious than the world of audit. After a couple of years I then left to take on the role of Manager Acquisitions/Commercial Manager with Nylex Limited – which was an exciting, challenging and eventful few years. By all means Google the Austrim Nylex 2000 Christmas party

I then leapt into a private equity opportunity as CFO of WorldMark Holdings where I stayed for four years.  With father time ticking I then re-entered the world of ASX listed companies by joining Orica Limited and over a five year period moved through a number of CFO roles in Chemicals, Mining Services in North America, and Minova (Global platform) as well as a stint in Investor Relations. With opportunities at Orica looking longer dated, I left to joined Amcor as VP Corporate Finance and progressed to playing an instrumental role in steering Orora through the demerger from Amcor in 2013. A result of which I was appointed the inaugural CFO – the position I still hold today. In summary – build a solid foundation and then be prepared to take some risk and make the most of opportunities as they come.

And your education?

Swinburne University - Bachelor of Accounting

What has been a career high?

Completing the demerger of Orora from Amcor and our journey since.

Any lows?

Do the diligence on “who” you will be working for - while you always learn something, with the benefit of hindsight, Austrim Nylex was not the best choice.

FEI started its mentoring program in 2003, with six prominent chief financial officers mentoring aspiring young financial executives from outside their own companies. The program has grown significantly since then. In 2017/18 about 55 companies are involved, with 66 mentees in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane.

Most of the mentors are the Group CFOs of major companies; in some cases they are divisional CFOs in the largest companies or former CFOs who are now CEOs, COOs, company directors or business unit heads. The companies represented include listed entities, the Australian operations of overseas listed companies, private companies and government-owned companies. Many have been FEI mentors for several years.

The mentees are nominated by a senior executive (normally the Group CFO) of a company that supports our membership and mentoring program. These companies are usually major companies in Australia.

CFOs in the Mentoring Program

CFO mentors in the FEI Mentoring Program for 2017/8 are listed below. Companies that nominated a mentee are denoted by an asterix (*). Note that some companies support the program by nominating a mentee or providing a mentor, but not necessarily both.

We are currently in the process of compiling individual profiles on each mentor and please click on highlighted names.

Company   Mentor
AGL Energy Limited *  Brett Redman
AP Eagers Limited  Sophie Moore

APN Outdoors Limited *

 Wayne Castle
ASX Limited *  Ramy Aziz
Aurizon Holdings Limited *  

Ausgrid *

 Michael Bradburn

Ausgrid *

 Joseph Pizzinga

Ausgrid *

 Ayten Saridas

Australia and New Zealand Banking Group Limited *  Michelle Jablko
Australia Post *  Janelle Hopkins
Bank Of Queensland *  Michael Bencsik

Blackmores *

 Aaron Canning

Bluescope Limited *  Charlie Elias
Brisbane Airport Corporation *  David Malek
Challenger Limited  Andrew Tobin
Clayton Utz *  
Cleanaway Waste Management Limited *  Brendan Gill
Coca Cola Amatil Limited *  Martyn Roberts
Commonwealth Bank of Australia *  David Craig
Commonwealth Bank of Australia *  David Durante
Commonwealth Bank of Australia *  Michael Ford
Commonwealth Bank of Australia *

 Andrew Morgan

Crown Resorts Limited *   Ken Barton
CSL Limited *   David Lamont
Dexus Property Group *   Alison Harrop
DuluxGroup Limited *   Stuart Boxer

Equity Trustees *

 Philip Gentry

Flight Centre Limited

 Adam Campbell

Frasers Property Australia *  Matthew Knox
George Weston Foods Limited *  Lorna Raine
Geotech Group  Dieter Adamsas
GrainCorp Limited *  Alistair Bell
Grocon  Kieran Pryke
Group of 100  Peter Meehan
Huawei Technologies (Australia) Pty Limited  Luke Austin
Ixom *  Bryce Wolfe
KPMG *  
Lend Lease *  Tarun Gupta
Marsh Pty Ltd *  
Metcash Trading Limited  Brad Soller
Minter Ellison  Janet Young
Mirvac Group *  Shane Gannon
Monash University *  
Myer Holdings Limited *  Grant Devonport
Nufarm Limited *  Paul Binfield
Orora Limited *  Stuart Hutton
Perpetual Limited *  Gillian Larkins
Primary Health Care Limited *  Malcolm Ashcroft
Qantas  Tino La Spina
SCA Property Group  Mark Fleming
Seek  Geoff Roberts
Seven West Media Limited *  Warwick Lynch
Sonic Healthcare Limited  Chris Wilks
Stockland *  Tiernan O'Rourke
Tabcorp Holdings Limited *  
Tatts Group Limited *  Neale O'Connell
The George Institute for Global Health Tim Regan
The Star Entertainment Group Limited * Chad Barton
Transurban * Adam Watson
Treasury Wine Estates Limited *  
UBS AG  Nick Hughes
University of Melbourne *  Allan Tait
Vicinity Centres *  Richard Jamieson
Village Roadshow Limited * Julie Raffe
Virgin Australia Holdings Limited *  
Viva Energy Australia Pty Limited *  Guy Farrands
WaterNSW Daniel Lucas
Westpac Banking Corporation *  David Lees
WiseTech Global  Andrew Cartledge
Former CFO of Amcor Limited  Peter Day
Former CFO of Australia and New Zealand Banking Group Limited  Peter Marriott
Former CFO Brambles Limited  Zlatko Todorcevski
Former CFO of Treasury Wine Estates Limited Tony Reeves
Executive and NED of various companies Sara Watts

FEI's mentoring program – some comments from our Mentors

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