FEI's mentoring program – some comments from our mentees

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 mentorees 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 mentorees 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.  

The quality and motivation of the mentees are critical to the success of the program:

  • FEI and the mentors expect the mentees to be financial executives with high potential and ambition (i.e. potential future CFOs / senior finance executives).  
  • Mentors emphasise the importance of the mentees being motivated to join the program and expecting to gain from it. The average of nominees is around 38.
  • We take into account the experience and seniority of both the mentor and the mentee in allocating mentees to mentors.
  • The mentees can be in Sydney, Melbourne or Brisbane. CFOs may nominate a mentee in another city and may nominate two mentees, subject to availability of suitable mentors. 

Cost 

  • FEI is a non-profit association of individual (not corporate) members. The membership and mentoring fee addressed to the nominating CFO is a payment on behalf of the company’s FEI individual members for their annual FEI membership fees and on behalf of the nominated mentee for his or her participation in the FEI mentoring program.
  • In 2017/18 FEI’s membership and mentoring fee is $5,500 plus GST (invoiced in May). It covers the costs of one mentee for a year and up to six annual individual membership fees (including that of the mentoree). An extra mentee is $4,400 plus GST; any memberships over six are an additional $125 plus GST each. FEI’s normal individual membership fee is $175 plus GST ($90 plus GST in Queensland). FEI membership enables members to attend and bring guests to FEI’s speaker lunches.
  • The membership and mentoring fee includes the costs of certain FEI functions organised specifically for the mentees or for the mentors and CFOs who nominate a mentee. It also covers their attendances at the FEI lunch which launches the program each year in April / May.
  • FOs may support the program by paying the membership and mentoring program fee, even though they do not nominate a mentee in that particular year.

To become a mentor or to nominate a mentoree

Please contact FEI's Chief Executive Officer, Kate Mills, by phone on 0405 766 434 or by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  The 201/18 annual program starts in April 2017, with nominations to be received in February/March 2017.

CFOs and their senior finance executives in mid-tier sized companies

FEI has a separate Growth Series program for the CFOs and their senior finance staff in mid-tier companies (indicatively $50-500m turnover).  Click here for details.

 

 

CFOs in the Mentoring Program

CFO mentors in the FEI Mentoring Program for 2016/7 are listed below. Companies that also nominated a finance executive into the program in 2016/7 are denoted by an asterix (*).

Company  Mentor
ABB Australia Pty Limited * Slavko Planinic
AGL Energy Limited * Brett Redman
Alliance Electric  
AP Eagers Limited Sophie Moore
ASX Limited Ramy Aziz
Aurizon Holdings Limited * Keith Neate
Australia and New Zealand Banking Group Limited  
Australia Post * Janelle Hopkins
Australian College of Training and Employment * Craig White
Barangaroo Delivery Authority  
Bluescope Limited Charlie Elias
Boral  
BP Australia * Brooke Miller
Brambles Limited Zlatko Todorcevski
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 * Michael Ford
Commonwealth Bank of Australia * Andrew Doyle
Computershare  
ConnectEast  
Crown Resorts Limited * Ken Barton
CSL Limited * David Lamont
Dexion Group Rene Allenbach
Dexus Property Group * Alison Harrop
Domino's Pizza Enterprises Ltd * Richard Coney
DuluxGroup Limited * Stuart Boxer
Frasers Property Australia * Matthew Knox
George Weston Foods Limited * Lorna Raine
Geotech Group Dieter Adamsas
GrainCorp Limited * Alistair Bell
Group of 100 Peter Meehan
Huawei Technologies (Australia) Pty Limited Luke Austin
Ixom * Bryce Wolfe
KPMG  
Lend Lease  
Lion Dairy and Drink  
Marsh  
Metcash Trading Limited Brad Soller
Minter Ellison Janet Young
Mirvac Group * Shane Gannon
Monash University  
Myer Holdings Limited * Grant Devonport
National Australia Bank Limited  
Nufarm Limited Paul Binfield
Orora Limited * Stuart Hutton
Perpetual Limited * Gillian Larkins
Powercor  
Primary Health Care Limited * Malcolm Ashcroft
PwC  
Qantas Tino La Spina
SCA Property Group Mark Fleming
Seven West Media Limited * Warwick Lynch
Sigma Pharmaceuticals Limited  Jeffrey Sells
Stockland * Tiernan O'Rourke
Tabcorp Holdings Limited * Damien Johnston
Tatts Group Limited * Neale O'Connell
The George Institute for Global Health Tim Regan
The Star Entertainment Group Limited Chad Barton
Transurban * Adam Watson
UBS AG * Nick Hughes
UGL Limited * Ray Church
University of Melbourne * Allan Tait
Vicinity Centres Richard Jamieson
Village Roadshow Limited * Julie Raffe
Viva Energy Australia Pty Limited * Michael Bradburn
WaterNSW Daniel Lucas
Westpac Banking Corporation * David Lees
Westpac Banking Corporation * Mark Jones
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 of Thiess Limited Sue Palmer
Former CFO of Treasury Wine Estates Limited Tony Reeves
Former CFO of Nine Entertainment Limited Simon Kelly
Former CFO of Coca Cola Amatil Nessa O'Sullivan
Executive and NED of various companies Sara Watts

 

 

 

FEI's mentoring program – some comments from our mentorees

"I gained more confidence in my ability, a clearer direction of where I am heading and the benefit of having an inspirational mentor who was willing to share knowledge and wisdom with me."

"The mentor was very insightful and offered good suggestions for my development."

"I gained from discussion on areas that I had little experience with – which helped to demystify them. I also benefited from the insight into the character of a successful CFO and from some clear guidance on what I needed to work on in terms of my career exposure."

"It confirmed my view that the CFO role is very broad and you cannot be an expert at everything but need to surround yourself with good staff."

"I gained from discussing the experience of someone in the CFO role in areas such as the interface with the board, team development and strategic finance activities such as mergers and acquisitions."

"An invaluable sounding board regarding development and career progression."

"A forced break from the day of a busy life gave me time and made me consider the role of the CFO and contemplate what is required to get there. Some of the key things highlighted were the people to contact and how the abilities to lead, influence and network are vital in the role."

"It gave me an insight into the issues facing senior management and their experiences, and objective advice from someone external to my current company in confidence."

"I was able to bounce my thoughts off someone who has 'been there, done that'."

"General insights, advice and counselling were the biggest gains and the reason for recommending this great program"

"Many of the solutions that my mentor's company have adopted are directly applicable to my company and to talk them through with the mentor was very valuable indeed. A concrete example is that we have adopted several measures and added momentum to our reporting program."

"A great experience"

...and a few comment from our mentors

"Stepping outside my day job and focussing on someone else helps put some of the day job issues in perspective for the mentor as well."

"It gave me insights into how the mentoree was evaluating different opportunities and into a considerably different business culture."

"I had a better understanding of the challenges and risks facing generation Y."

"Mentoring people helps you focus on what is and what is not important."

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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