Conference Day Two: Friday, 20 October 2017

9:00 AM - NaN:NaN AM Registration and Welcome Coffee

9:30 AM - 9:40 AM Opening Remarks from the Chairperson

Shari Frew, Head of Finance Transformation, Griffith University


Shari Frew

Head of Finance Transformation
Griffith University


Transformations can take time and the challenge of producing near-term results is frequently the reason they stall. The most successful programs are self-funding: early wins remove costs from the system, and simplify the business, producing savings that then fund medium-term initiatives to innovate, to change the trajectory of the customer experience, and to support some of the boldest actions. Through a self-funding business case, a transformation has the best chance of achieving sustainability.
Hear how finance leaders across industries approach self-funding and their strategies for maintaining momentum:
· Bottom line growth as a measure of success
· Disrupt existing markets—the importance of being outward-focused in your operations and investing in the digital future
· Customer consolidation—how do you manage?


Wylie Collins

Head of Strategic Projects
BHP Billiton WA Iron Ore

Silvio Giorgio

General Manager, Data Science & Strategy
Australia Post

Justin Sebire

Head of Finance
Suncorp Group

Nathan Arundell

General Manager Finance

10:20 AM - NaN:NaN AM New Ways of Working - Transforming Finance through People, Process & Technology

Luke McConnell, Head of Operations & Transformation, Financial Control, ANZ

Luke McConnell

Head of Operations & Transformation, Financial Control

11:00 AM - 11:30 AM Morning Tea Break

11:30 AM - 12:10 PM Expert Open Discussion: Top Tips for Transforming your Finance Function

Theo Theodore, Group Chief Financial Officer, rt Health
*Expert tips in the following areas & rt Health's finance transformation story:
· Technology Implementation
· Managing Finance Teams
· Financial Reporting & Account Management
· Delivering Process Efficiency & Operational Excellence for Finance
· Preparing for Digital Disruption, Automation & AI Revolution


Theo Theodore

Group Chief Financial Officer
rt Health

12:10 PM - 12:50 PM Interactive Session: Quick-fire Group Intelligence Labs

Our facilitated, group lab discussions are designed to ‘crowd source’ best practices from the audience in response to specific challenges in the Transformation process. An immersive experience where you’ll have the opportunity to build upon one other’s expertise.


12:10 PM - 12:50 PM People Power—How Supplier Relations Can Make or Break Your Transformation

Theo Theodore, Group Chief Financial Officer, rt Health
Facilitated by:


Theo Theodore

Group Chief Financial Officer
rt Health


12:10 PM - 12:50 PM Adapting Finance as the Market Evolves Towards a Services-Orientated Model

Sarah Forsterling , Head of Client Strategy & Success , Uber
Facilitated by: Solution Provider

Sarah Forsterling

Head of Client Strategy & Success


12:10 PM - 12:50 PM Metrics That Matter—What Finance Should Pay Attention to Before, During, and After a Transformation

Emma Dobson, Director Westpac & Member , Digital Business Council
Facilitated by: TBC

Emma Dobson

Director Westpac & Member
Digital Business Council

12:50 PM - 1:50 PM Lunch and Networking Break

1:50 PM - 2:30 PM Is the Best Automation Technology Good Enough to Ensure the Success of Process Automation? A Review on Accounts Payable

Luciano Albaytero, Lead Project Manager, Corporate Office, Automotive Holdings Group
Having the right technology is just one of the key components to a successful process transformation in Accounts Payable, but is it the most important one? Automotive Holdings Group has gone through a significant process improvement in the Head Office and automotive dealerships across the country. The preliminary results show that the highest success rates (70-80% correct implementation and usage results and an increase of at least 12-15% process efficiency boost)were achieved when a complete process redesign was performed, including training and up-skilling people and improving internal controls.

Key points to cover:
· End to end process review and redesign
· Cultural heritage against change and how to bring it down
· Why is segregation of duties so important? Are we completely safe from fraud?
· Is the best technology good enough by itself? What are the risks of assuming it is?
· What’s the next step?

Luciano Albaytero

Lead Project Manager, Corporate Office
Automotive Holdings Group

2:30 PM - 3:10 PM Transforming the Finance Delivery Model at Primary Health Care Limited

Amanda Harsas, Head of Finance Transformation, Primary Health Care Limited
In the last half of 2016, Amanda has lead the transformation of 8 initiatives in the effort to transform their finance function. They quickly learned that they had to begin focusing on the Finance Target Operating Model and in particular the Finance Service Delivery Model they were putting forth. They have created a Centre of Excellence for Forecasting, Planning & Analysis and Business Intelligence as well. Join this study to experience the success and challenges Amanda has experienced in their new transformation project.
· Reducing operational costs and duplication efforts
· Efficiently provide access to skilled resources and allow flexibility to support business growth
· Establishing financial operational baselines and evaluated options (go-forward service model)
· Moving to a “fit for purpose” delivery model with a 3 tier structure


Amanda Harsas

Head of Finance Transformation
Primary Health Care Limited

3:10 PM - NaN:NaN AM Afternoon Tea Break

3:40 PM - 4:20 PM Panel Discussion: Developing Partnerships Between Finance and Procurement - Delivering Insights, Improving Performance and Optimising Business Opportunities

Justin Sebire, Head of Finance, Suncorp Group , , Glinder Bayley, Head of Finance, AB World Foods ANZ Bill Mavrantzas, Finance Optimisation Accountant, ElectraNet Greg Paroissien, Group Financial Controller- Australia & New Zealand, Goodyear & Dunlop Tires
In this session we will explore three top company’s vision for Procurement, including how Procurement can become more strategic by partnering up with Finance to effectively manage spend and create further efficiencies and opportunities for the business.
· How can procurement collaborate with finance and the overall business to develop a strategic partnership?
· Moving beyond cost savings: how can procurement add real value to business processes?
· Can procurement ultimately become a profit centre and business innovator?
· What are the emerging technologies and innovative solutions for strategic procurement?
· Centre - led, decentralized or centralized - which model is right for your company?

Justin Sebire

Head of Finance
Suncorp Group

Glinder Bayley

Head of Finance
AB World Foods ANZ

Bill Mavrantzas

Finance Optimisation Accountant

Greg Paroissien

Group Financial Controller- Australia & New Zealand
Goodyear & Dunlop Tires
The Audience will ask Finance Leaders on The Technology Ecosystem (No one tool fits all) We are increasingly seeing technology topple the status quo within finance. Manual, time consuming tasks have been invigorated by this digital disruption and the opportunities are substantial. Silos are being broken down, mundane and repetitive tasks are being automated, FTE’s are being lowered considerably whilst efficiency and accuracy has never been higher. Take a holistic overview of the technology web and raise your understanding of the need to know tools within this growing technology ecosystem.
Our expert panel will be represented by a CFO, Controller & Head of Finance Shared Services and will be open to fielding all your burning finance questions.
Facilitator: Conference Chair


Khalid Ahmed

Financial Controller
New Balance Australia

John Gearing

General Manager Shared Services Finance
Queensland Urban Utilities

Sarah Forsterling

Head of Client Strategy & Success

Shari Frew

Head of Finance Transformation
Griffith University

5:40 PM - 5:40 PM Summary Remarks from the Chairperson & Close of Day Two