FEI's mentoring program – some comments from our mentees

Tell us a little about your career pathRichard Jamieson1

I started my career at KPMG and had five years there which I loved and as I look back it was a tremendous grounding. From there I moved to Europe and worked for Credit Suisse Group for five years. I then moved to Commonwealth Bank and was there for eight years. I held a variety of roles – running monthly reporting, capital analysis, the planning team, group investment team and built an internal consulting team. I took on the role of CFO for Colonial First State Global Asset Management (part of CBA) and was fortunate to also do a couple of years as an investment manager within the Colonial Infrastructure business.  Just prior to the GFC I took a role as CFO for Westpac New Zealand which was a great learning experience and then transferred back to Australia with Westpac to take on the CFO role for BT Financial Group. I did that role for about four years which also included a year running the Superannuation business.  That brings me to today where I have been the CFO for Vicinity Centres for the last three years.

Did you always want to be a CFO?

I genuinely had no idea what I wanted to do when I left university and, as you can see from my experience, I have gone in and out of finance roles. The thing I love about CFO roles is you get involved in everything in the business and the interaction with the investor and investment markets.  I do love the P&L responsibility of running business roles as well.

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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