Accounting and Finance

 

Kevin Craddock

Former Partner and Retired Chartered Accountant

Areas of specialisation:

  • Small to Medium Business Advising
  • Accounting, Auditing, Tax
  • Leadership and Staff Development

Professional Memberships:

  • CA Australia & New Zealand
  • CPA Australia
  • The Taxation Institute of Australia

Kevin is a former partner of a chartered accounting firm and provided accounting, taxation, audit, and general business services to small to medium business. Currently he is semi-retired but he continues to provide a small amount of consulting services to former a former client. He previously conducted for many years the Ethics course for CPA members wanting to obtain a practicing certificate.

Kevin has trained and mentored former staff members of his firm for many years and has been a mentor in the UNISA Business Career Mentor Program for the last six years. He has mentored graduates enrolled in the CPA and CA professional programs.

With a passion in mentoring and in- depth knowledge and experience in Accounting, Kevin is perfectly placed to assist students transition into the Accounting profession.

Stephen Faulkner

Non-Executive Director: Career Partners Plus

Areas of specialisation:

  • Finance
  • Strategic planning
  • Transformational change
  • Financial sustainability
  • Customer service
  • Management
  • Marketing 
  • Communications

Stephen is a highly experienced executive at both state and national levels having successfully led multi-disciplinary teams to deliver serviced focused, cost effective and efficient services to support the organisation and its customers. He has boosted and sustained organisational performance with a service-driven and continuous improvement focus, achieving strategic business objectives through the delivery of commercial, people and customer satisfaction imperatives.

Working closely with CEOs, Stephen's accountabilities have included all aspects of strategy, legal, risk and governance, finance, information technology, customer services, marking and communication, cultural change and human resources. Stephen has also reported to boards and has been responsible for multiple board committees, providing improved reporting capabilities and information flow.

His ability in improving financial sustainability through strategic improvement of business functions and marketing methodologies resulting in a sustained net increase in customer base and customer activity is his strength.

An MBA graduate and member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, Stephen has strong people, leadership and coaching skills coupled with a passion for delivery of superior customer and stakeholder value.

 Rebecca Foster

Experienced Chartered Accountant, Strategic Leader and Non-Executive Director

Areas of specialisation:

  • Financial Reporting
  • Change Management
  • Business Strategy

Professional Memberships:

  • Australian Institute of Company Directors
  • Institute of Chartered Accountants

Rebecca is an experienced mentor who has held leadership positions, including Chief Financial Officer and Finance Manager, across a range of industries and different types of companies, both private and not for profit, allowing her to be well positioned to add significant value and contribution to any organisation.

Rebecca thrives on hard work and the satisfaction of helping organisations change and progress through challenging times. Rebecca is interested in people, change and improving organisational effectiveness, and streamlining systems and processes to align with strategy is one of her greatest strengths. Her strong understanding of business needs enables her to ensure delivery of quality services, best practice management systems and sound governance.

Former State Manager (CRA): Commonwealth Bank Australia

Areas of specialisation:

  • International finance and banking
  • Business development strategy

David's professional life was predominantly in the banking sector, encompassing stints in start-up roles for C.B.A. in Los Angeles and Chicago, and culminating in State wide managerial responsibility. David also held CEO positions with such diverse entities as The Memorial Hospital and Aunger Automotive, and was also a Director with the Australian Taxation Office, responsible in part for the implementation of the GST introduction.

David currently contributes a good deal of his time to various charities in both Australia and abroad, and to workshop exercises assisting disadvantaged and displaced individuals requiring hands-on guidance and mentoring.

David's diverse and senior business and banking knowledge, coupled with his current experiences in problem solving and mentoring individuals will be of great benefit to our students seeking career guidance.

Alison Kimber

Founder and Principal: ak advisory

Areas of specialisation:

  • Strategy
  • Finance
  • SME owner/developer
  • Governance
  • Risk management
  • Policy development 
  • Housing regulation

Alison Kimber is an independent board member and an experienced executive. Alison has a strong business acumen with a background in international banking and capital markets, and over 25 years’ experience in finance, government and the not-for-profit sector at senior and executive levels. A qualified actuary, Alison has led major reform projects and successful cultural change across diverse organisations.

After a background in insurance, Alison joined the State Bank of South Australia where she led their international borrowing program and established the corporate treasury function for the bank’s New York branch. Later, Alison lectured in statistics and the mathematics of finance for the University of Adelaide.

Alison then held a variety of senior and executive roles in the Department of Treasury and Finance, the Office for Government Enterprises, Cabinet Office, Aboriginal Affairs and Reconciliation, Housing SA and Renewal SA.

Through her business, ak advisory, Alison assists organisations to deliver quality outcomes by providing expert advice on strategy and planning, finance, governance and risk management.

 Andrew Mills

Andrew Mills

Head of Strategic Development
Home Start Finance

Areas of specialisation:

  • Strategic planning and performance
  • Leadership and team development
  • Financial analysis & modelling
  • Corporate finance and treasury
  • Market analysis, segmentation, customer centric design
  • Financial product innovation and development
  • Marketing and brand strategy

Andrew is an experienced finance executive with a highly developed analytical, strategic, commercial and creative skill set. He began his early career in financial markets (equities) and then ran his own business consultancy specialising in SME performance, planning, and strategy. Later he worked for HomeStart commencing as Business Analyst and moving into roles focused on treasury and strategy. In his current position as Head of Strategic Development he is responsible for establishing strategies that enable HomeStart to achieve its mission and meet performance objectives, entailing responsibilities across marketing, product, business intelligence, strategy, innovation and continuous improvement.

In recent years he has developed and facilitated delivery of strategic planning and performance systems using the Balanced Scorecard and strategy mapping, led mortgage product innovation such as shared equity, overseen development and delivery of marketing strategies, and designed pathways to grow new and existing market segments. He has a strong interest in developing team members, and a belief in working to strengths. For over a decade Andrew has lectured nationally for the Institute of Public Accountants on topics including financial modelling and business valuation. He also regularly represents HomeStart publically, often sharing experiences with financial product innovation and in 2018 was invited to speak at the World Bank's 8th Global Affordable Housing Finance conference.

Suzi O'Connor

Pacific Credit Manager; Pernod Ricard Winemakers P/L

Areas of specialisation:

  • Credit risk management
  • Cash forecasting
  • Policy development
  • Personal property security
  • Customer relationship management
  • Business process improvement
  • Staff performance management and training

Suzi O’Connor is a qualified credit professional with over 30 years’ experience in a variety of industries including Transport, Information Technology, Publishing, Building and Construction and more recently in the Liquor industry.  The companies Suzi has worked for range from large private businesses to publicly listed companies across Sydney, Melbourne and Adelaide with significant debtor portfolios. Currently the Pacific Credit Manager for Pernod Ricard Winemakers, Suzi and her team manage a turnover of $1b in a fast paced FMCG environment across Australia and New Zealand.

Ongoing education has advanced Suzi’s career with a Master's Degree in Marketing and Graduate Certificate of Business Administration, both attained through Swinburne University of Technology, broadening her business knowledge.

A long-standing member of the Australian Institute of Credit Management (AICM), Suzi was involved in the Melbourne Division Council for a time and more recently was invited to join the South Australian Division Council, responsible for the professional development portfolio. Suzi has facilitated workshops in the areas of credit risk management and cash collection techniques and is frequently asked to participate on industry panels.

Tania Sargent

Director of Corporate Services: Westminster School

Areas of specialisation:

  • Chartered accountant
  • Finance and general management
  • Corporate strategy and development
  • Advisory boards to non executive board director
  • Facilities
  • Property management
  • Building masterplanning

After starting her working life as a Chartered Accountant in public practice, for the next 25 + years Tania has held a number of senior finance and general management roles in Disability Services, Education, Health, Retail and Financial Services. Tania is currently working as a Director and Management Consultant; her services include corporate strategy development, business restructures and implementation of new systems, risk management and governance reviews, and general commercial and financial management support. She has recently facilitated a number of workshops on behalf of the Governance Institute on Governance Essentials, Assessing Board Performance, Financial Management in Not For Profits and Risk Management and Compliance within Not For Profits.

Tania has a Bachelor of Arts (Accounting), is a Chartered Accountant and holds a Masters in Business Administration, an Australian Institute of Company Director’s Diploma and a Diploma in Applied Corporate Governance. Tania is a non-executive director of Uniting Communities, a member of the Finance, Risk Management and Audit sub-committee and Governance sub-committee for Uniting Communities, and is an independent member of the Audit and Risk sub-committee of the Rural Business Support Services. Tania is also a member of State Council for the Governance Institute and sits on the national Not For Profit committee for the Governance Institute.

Bruce Trebilock

Deputy Chair: Uniting Communities

Areas of specialisation:

  • Finance and accounting
  • Mergers and acquisitions
  • Organisational sustainability
  • Ethical business practices
  • Corporate governance

Bruce had a career in diverse senior finance roles across a wide range of industries, including Food manufacturing and Agribusiness, Banking and finance, Defense contracting and consulting.

He has been an executive director and non-executive director of corporates and not-for- profits for over 30 years. Since retiring from full time work, Bruce has served on the Board of CPA Australia and several large organisations in the Aged Care and community support areas. He continues to be actively involved in these areas.

Bruce has been a mentor with BusinessSA for over 10 years and enjoys assisting entrepreneurs find the way to channel their passion.