FEI's mentoring program – some comments from our mentees

Tell us a little about your career path

After the first few years working as an accountant I made the decision to build a broad commercial and strategic skill set and capability rather than defining what I thought my Sophie Moore Rperfect job or ultimate career goal would be.  I also never set any timeframes but took the opportunity to do many roles (even within the same organisation).

I started my career at Coopers & Lybrand in the undergraduate program whilst completing my accounting degree spending 10 years at PwC. After advising Flight Centre on the acquisition of a corporate travel business in the UK I joined the company and went onto spend 12 years at Flight Centre in Global Finance. I joined A.P Eagers Limited in July 2015 as the CFO and was appointed to the Board of Directors in March 2017.

What keeps you awake at night?

I am always thinking about what I need to execute over the next week, month or beyond in my role.  It doesn’t keep me awake at night because it’s a continuous journey that will always have twists and speed bumps along the way. 

Any career lows?

Probably not taking time off to enjoy the long service leave I built up in my last two roles.

How has the CFO role changed over the last decade?

The role of the modern CFO is continuously broadening from the traditional role of getting the numbers right, compliance and reporting.  That is essential but a given.  It has shifted to contributing to the development and execution of strategy.  Our role is to deliver our insights, discipline, and deep knowledge of both the business and the industry sector to our organisation.  Furthermore the digital revolution is forcing us to deliver innovative finance solutions to our business with real time reporting and analytics.

Do you believe technology will further disrupt the CFO role?

Digital disruption is at the forefront of discussions in many industries including automotive retailing.  As CFOs we will need to continue to deepen and broaden our roles to navigate these opportunities and deliver commercial solutions to our operational partners.  It is exciting times as the finance function becomes embedded in the operational success of our companies. We need to be agile, flexible and adaptable to continuous change.  It becomes an everyday mindset rather than a planning process with set timeframes

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 Limited *

 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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