Tell us a little about your career path
A traditional finance path – BEc followed by chartered for seven years, then commercial roles
focused on the ITC industry.
What did you want to be when you grew up?
A lawyer (paternal compliance – my father was a solicitor)
What has been a career high?
Probably right now – working in an interesting, challenging environment with a lot of smart people.
Any lightbulb moments about what it takes to be a successful CFO?
Quite a few actually – such as leadership, accountability and relationships with stakeholders - but I think that focusing on solutions was an important shift for me. Not just solutions to problems, but also initiatives to drive business success.
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.