30 - 31 October, 2018 |
Bayview Eden, Melbourne, VIC

Conference Day One: Tuesday, 30 October 2018


9:00 am - 9:10 am Opening Remarks from Conference Chairperson

9:10 am - 9:50 am CASE STUDY: Getting the People and Process Fit Right for a Successful Finance Transformation Project

Michael Crevola - Chief Financial Officer, Western Power
The finance transformation at Western Power centred around reducing the finance workload to meet available resources. In 2017 a centre of excellence was established to take care of transactional processes and a system of business partnership was implemented. To date the Finance Transformation Project has reduced finance function costs by between 30-40% and enabled the business to leverage the opportunity to enhance the digital capabilities of the finance team. In this session Michael will share:

  • How pain points were identified and reduced, through lean and automation
  • Facilitating the cultural change which underpinned a successful finance transformation project
  • The significance of business partnership in transforming the role of finance within the business

Michael Crevola

Chief Financial Officer
Western Power

9:50 am - 10:30 am CASE STUDY: Transforming Management Reporting Systems to Enhance Business Agility and Facilitate Long Term Business Success

Trevor Nichols - Divisional CFO, Corporate Operations Group, Macquarie
The Finance function at Macquarie is embarking on an ambitious journey to replace their legacy management reporting systems with interactive self-service platforms to broaden their focus to more value add analysis impacting the bottom line. The divisional CFO supporting their Corporate Operations Group, Trevor Nichols, is leading this charge by utilizing his extensive experience in Finance and HR system transformations, and in this session he will run through:

  • The investment in systems and people which has facilitated Macquarie’s journey so far
  • The process of seamless transition from legacy systems
  • How they have modified their operating model to maximize the benefits of the new platforms

Trevor Nichols

Divisional CFO, Corporate Operations Group

10:30 am - 11:00 am SPEED NETWORKING

An effectively structured interactive session designed to help you expand your network through one-on-one focused conversations. Bring your business cards!

11:00 am - 11:30 am MORNING TEA & NETWORKING BREAK

11:30 am - 12:00 pm Session Reserved for Our Sponsor Trintech

12:00 pm - 12:40 pm Optimising the Finance Function for Maximum Organisational Success

Richard Cairns - Executive General Manager – Finance, nbn co
In our modern economy, globalization and digital disruption are affecting all businesses, needing to be savvy and innovative across all aspects of operations in order to maximize the ROI of each input and remain competitive and viable. In this session, Executive GM of Finance with nbn co Richard Cairns will share his perspective on strategies the finance function can employ to enable the business to become as efficient as possible:

  • Developing a modern finance strategy which leverages analytics and business insights
  • Integrating technologies to streamline processes such as automation and RPA
  • How to Incorporate the finance strategy into wider business operations
  • Effective leadership of the finance team to empower, engage and add value to the business

Richard Cairns

Executive General Manager – Finance
nbn co

Automation is making a sizeable contribution to propelling the finance function into the age of digitisation. In this session Rebecca & Andrew will explain how automation can be leveraged in the modern world;

  • Delivering business value through automation and enhancing insights and analytics
  • Exploring roadblocks and providing tools to unlock the potential of data
  • Preparing data and organisation for the implementation of automation
  • Using technology and the right tools

Rebecca Kennedy

Automation Design Lead, Finance Transformation Revenue Centre of Excellence


Andrew Henshaw

Head of Revenue Centre of Excellence

1:20 pm - 2:20 pm LUNCH

2:20 pm - 3:00 pm Continuous Improvement of Finance Function Using Shared Services and Automation in a Large and Complex Higher Education Organisation

Bala Siva - Finance Manager, Monash University
Monash University is working towards continuous improvement of the finance function. In 2011 a shared services model was implemented for the centralised finance function, whilst continued with the decentralised budgeting and planning function for the academic units. Following this period of transition, trial and error, Monash will review their finance function and ensure they’re heading in the right direction. In this session Bala will share the good the bad and the ugly of their recent finance function journey:

  • Conducting, and results of a SWOT Analysis on the Monash finance Function
  • Identifying the way forward and how to achieve continuous improvement

Bala Siva

Finance Manager
Monash University

3:00 pm - 3:40 pm CASE STUDY: Applying Change Management to Maximise Uptake and Value of SAP Platform

Ferhaz Fallil - GM Financial Management & Treasury, iCare
iCare was formed 3 years ago from a consolidation of multiple public insurance organizations, the consolidation has gone hand in hand with a restructuring of the finance component. The initial ambition of the finance team was to enhance the efficiency of processes; this involved implementing SAP HANA and re- engineering their processes around this. SAP was rolled out in 6 months, just over two years on iCare is taking the time to refocus, reflect on which components could be improved and ensure they’re set up for the future. In this session Ferhaz will share:

  • The importance of change management in successful implementation of SAP; identifying ‘key influencers’ within the team and delegating responsibility for the uptake of new technology
  • Lessons learnt through implementing a relatively new ‘off the shelf’ solution
  • Current work with remediation to ensure continuous process improvement

Ferhaz Fallil

GM Financial Management & Treasury


4:10 pm - 4:40 pm PANEL DISCUSSION: Leading a Successful Cultural Change to Facilitate Continuous Business Improvement

Darrin Day - Director, Finance and Infrastructure, Federation Training
Niluka Perera - Financial Controller & Project Manager Business Support Transformation, Scope Austraila
Ideally the finance function of the future will have the capacity to continuously improve and work closely with the business. This shift in operations will not be successful without a parallel shift in culture. In this session panelists will discuss:

  • What is an ideal culture for making and sustaining change?
  • New ways of recruiting staff for a changing finance team
  • Strategies to keep motivation and interest in new ways of working up
  • How will the operational model support and enhance cultural change


Darrin Day

Director, Finance and Infrastructure
Federation Training


Niluka Perera

Financial Controller & Project Manager Business Support Transformation
Scope Austraila

Champagne Roundtable Discussion

In this interactive roundtable format delegates will break up into four tables and discuss the following questions, at the end of 20 minutes one delegate will report back to the room with the key take away messages from the discussion. There will then be the opportunity to move tables and partake in a second discussion of a different topic.

Topic One

4:40 pm - 5:20 pm Leadership: how to Develop High Performing and Engaged Finance Teams

Topic Two

4:40 pm - 5:10 pm The Global Rise of Alternative Business in Sourcing, Payments, Loans and Investments

Topic Three

4:40 pm - 5:10 pm The Future of Banking- Opportunities of Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning and Challenges of Cyber Threats

Topic Four

4:40 pm - 5:10 pm Globalisation, Regulations and Technological Advancements: Rethinking the Transaction Banking Business Model

5:00 pm - 5:10 pm Closing remarks from Conference Chairperson

5:10 pm - 5:10 pm NETWORKING DRINKS