In 2003 six of Australia’s most prominent Chief Financial Officers agreed to mentor each others’ talented finance executives. From this the FEI Mentoring Program has expanded to have 70 CFOs from Australia’s largest organisations as mentors.
Our Mentors all have experience at CFO level (often as Group CFOs for major companies), and many have moved up to CEO, COO, or company director. As a mentor with FEI you get access to our extensive network of finance leaders and invites to our CFO-only Series.
Who was your most influential mentor?
One of my first bosses in the banking sector – even 30 years ago he clearly demonstrated how important it was for the finance function to engage with the business as a supportive partner rather than just a scorekeeper and policeman.
What was the best advice you ever received?
“If you’ve never failed, you haven’t taken sufficient risks”.
If you could go back and give yourself a piece of advice – what would that be?
“Don’t be afraid to choose a career you can be passionate about. The safe option is unlikely to be the best one when you are young and finding your way.”
Can you share a personal productivity tip?
A quick phone call to resolve an issue is ALWAYS preferable to getting involved in a long chain of emails involving multiple recipients.Read More