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 worked 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.
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.