IAG Conference 2016


Simon .Reeve
Conference MC

Simon commenced his career at Seven in Perth in 1979, as a sports producer and reporter. He moved to London in 1982 working with television news agency Visnews.

He joined the prestigious Beyond 2000 team in Sydney in 1987. Simon was a key part of the Beyond team for six years, travelling the world covering science and technology. He went on to report for the sports feature series Seasons, then onto Wild Life with Olivia Newton John and Good Medicine for the Nine network for 4 years.

A passion for Africa inspired him, along with his family to spend two years living in Botswana, where he co produced Mad Mike and Mark for Animal Planet. Returning to Australia, Simon re-joined the Seven Network, working for Sunrise.

He was a commentator for Seven's equestrian coverage at the Athens games and the gymnastics at both the Athens and Beijing Olympics.

Simon presented the popular children's television series It’s Academic for 9 years and more recently Million Dollar Minute. He has hosted The Force on Seven for the past 10 years and has sport on Weekend Sunrise since 2005.

Simon is an ambassador for the Be Centre in Sydney and has been an ambassador for the Australian charity, Heartkids for over 14 years - since his son Sam underwent life-saving heart surgery as a three month old baby.
Leassa Armstrong

Leassa Armstrong is a director in the Australian Taxation Office. She’s responsible for the Taxable payments reporting system introduced in the building and construction industry in 2012 and the introduction of the government grants and payments reporting measure beginning in 2017.

Her distinguished career in the ATO includes senior positions in Pay as you go withholding and Employer obligations.


Nick Aronson
Managing Director Transaction Banking Solutions
Commonwealth Bank

Nick Aronson is the Commonwealth Bank’s Managing Director and Global Head of Transaction Banking, responsible for delivering CommBank’s leading-edge cash management, payables and receivables, merchant and banking platform solutions to many of Australia’s largest corporations, multinationals and government departments.  Nick is also responsible for thought leadership, marketing and innovation programs ensuring CBA’s working capital management solutions are recognised by the market as best-in-breed. It was from this team that the Bank’s best-in-class Innovation Lab was conceived and born.

Nick joined the Bank at the beginning of 2012, before which he was COO of one of Australia’s largest independent asset finance companies.  Prior to this Nick was Director of Global Marketing and Alliances at Oracle Corporation in the US, where he held a variety of roles in alliances, marketing, business development and operations.  Nick has also held various roles at IBM and The Marketing Store Worldwide.

Nick is a Senior Associate of the Financial Services Institute of Australia and a Member of Australia Institute of Company Directors.
Daniele Bird
Assistant Auditor General
Performance Audit, QAO


Daniele is currently the Assistant Auditor-General for Performance Audit at the Queensland Audit Office where she leads a program to examine public sector efficiency and effectiveness, and identify opportunities for performance improvement.

Daniele is a chartered accountant with over 20 years’ experience focusing on improving financial and business processes for public and private sector organisations.

Prior to joining the QAO Daniele was a Partner with Ernst & Young Brisbane, leading the Financial Performance Improvement team for five years. Before that she was with PricewaterhouseCoopers for 15 years, working across multiple service lines including assurance, risk management and advisory.

Her experience includes strategy development, organisational design, financial and business process improvement and program evaluation. Daniele’s global experience includes serving clients in Australia, United Kingdom, Canada and the United States of America.

Donna Bliss
Business Director
Hays Recruiting

Donna is a chartered accountant, with over 18 years recruitment experience.  After qualifying with KPMG in 2008, Donna joined Hays Accountancy & Finance in Brisbane.  Since 2008, Donna has held various roles both here in Australia and in Ireland. 

Her current role combines managing the Brisbane Southside office of Hays as well as being responsible for a number of key accounts across South East Queensland.


Michael Blythe
Chief Economist and Managing Director of Economics
Commonwealth Bank

Michael is the Chief Economist and Managing Director of Economics at the Commonwealth Bank.  His extensive experience as an economist reflects more than thirty years working in economic policy and financial-market-related areas. Michael’s role encompasses monitoring, analysing and forecasting trends in the Australian economy and financial markets.  In addition, he prepares a wide range of research material on matters of current interest.  In his capacity as the CBA’s Chief Economist, he is a regular conference presenter and media commentator on major economic developments and themes.  Michael and his team have consistently ranked in the top three for macroeconomic analysis advice in various industry polls.

Michael works in the Institutional Banking & Markets division of the Commonwealth Bank.  This division is responsible for managing the Group’s relationships with major corporate, institutional and government clients and providing a full range of capital raising, transactional and risk management products and services.

After graduating in economics from the University of Sydney in 1982, he spent a total of 13 years in various roles within the Economic Group of the Reserve Bank of Australia.  This included a stint at the International Monetary Fund in 1988.  He was the RBA's Senior Economist from 1991-95.  Key features of these roles involved the provision of economic analysis and policy advice. Michael joined the Commonwealth Bank in late 1995.

P Brahman
A/Deputy Auditor-General


Brahman is currently the Acting Deputy Auditor-General for the Queensland Audit Office where he leads audit operations, specialist services and corporate support for over 500 public sector clients, and a performance audit program to improve public sector performance.

Brahman has over 25 years’ experience in public sector auditing, including the position of Assistant Auditor-General at for the Queensland Audit Office where he led the delivery of the annual program of financial audits and other related services.

Justine Callaghan
Director Finance
Public Trustee

Justine Callaghan has been the Director Finance at the Public Trustee since October 2015.  This position provides the strategic lead in respect of all finance-related activities including financial management, budget coordination, financial and management reporting for the Public Trustee of Queensland, the executive leadership team and other stakeholders.

Justine has extensive experience in senior finance leadership roles predominantly in the mining industry, in particular with Glencore (formally Xstrata and Mount Isa Mines Limited). Recently, she has transitioned from mining to the public sector with management roles at West Morton Hospital and Health Service and the Public Trustee.

Justine has a Bachelor of Commerce (majoring in accounting) from the University of Southern Queensland and is a certified practicing accountant. She is a recent graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, Company Directors course  and passed with  Order of Merit.
Gary Carroll
G8 Education Limited

Gary joined G8 Education Limited as Chief Financial Officer in July 2016. Prior to joining G8, Gary had spent 12 years in senior leadership roles at Super Retail Group and Flight Centre, heading up finance, development and supply chain functions during his tenure with these companies. Gary holds honors degrees in Commerce and Law from University of Queensland and is a CPA.


Dugald Christie-Johnston
Seventh Wave

Dugald, also known as The Barefoot Coach™, is Founder and Director of Seventh Wave, a boutique business that specializes in providing bespoke programs designed to maximize the performance of individuals, teams and organizations by unleashing the potential within. Dugald is known for innovative approaches that deliver extraordinary results.

He is passionate and enthusiastic about helping to unlock the potential in individuals, teams and organisations. He brings enthusiasm, energy, a fresh perspective and a warm sense of humour to his work and loves to inject inspiration to those he connects with. Dugald utilises a solution-focused approach, drawing on N.L.P. techniques and the fundamental principles of Positive Psychology to create an energetic and uplifting experience for clients.

Lee Clayton
Team Leader, Fiscal Coordination and Monitoring team
Queensland Treasury

Lee Clayton has over 18 years' experience with the Queensland public sector.  She is currently Team Leader of the Fiscal Coordination and Monitoring team in Queensland Treasury.  The team is responsible for coordinating State Budget and forward estimates processes and assisting the government with monitoring the State's financial performance.  The team also prepares and maintains a range of policy and guidance documents to assist agencies with their financial management and governance processes.  Lee led the comprehensive review and rewrite of Queensland's public sector financial management legislation, that came into effect from 1 July 2009.
Prior to joining Treasury, Lee was an auditor with the Queensland Audit Office for 6 years.

Anthony Close


Anthony Close is the Auditor-General for Queensland (acting) where he leads the Queensland Audit Office in providing independent scrutiny of the state’s public sector entities and promoting accountability and transparency of government services.

From 2013 Anthony was the Deputy Auditor-General for Queensland where he led financial auditing for over 500 public sector clients and a performance audit program that identifies opportunities for the public sector to improve their performance. He also managed the Queensland Audit Office’s specialist and corporate services support provided for its clients and other stakeholders.

Anthony has driven the adoption of systemised data collection and analytics across the Queensland public sector to achieve greater efficiencies and more valuable insights for clients. He has been leading change and using best practice in business operations to help the Queensland Audit Office to achieve its vision of better public services.

Marty Conneely

Marty started his career at EY and worked as a Chartered Accountant across risk and performance services. Now at Aginic Marty is able to combine analytics with this background and bring real insight to organisations through data driven techniques. More recently, as part of Aginic, Marty has worked to help organisations quantify risk and improve the controls within their business through data.

Robyn Cooper
Lead Partner - Risk Consulting
Crowe Howarth

Robyn leads the Risk Consulting and Internal Audit practice across Australia and New Zealand and is based in Brisbane. She joined Crowe Horwath in 2013 after 10 years with a Big Four professional services firm.

Robyn offers clients comprehensive and in-depth assurance advice based on over 20 years of experience in both the public and private sectors.  Her areas of expertise include risk management, co-sourced and outsourced internal audits, peer reviews, probity, investigative services and Sarbanes–Oxley procedures.
Christine Crain

Christine has worked at senior levels within Queensland Treasury over several years – interrupted by a period of 5 years working on major projects in other public sector organisations, she returned to Treasury in 2013.
Christine has extensive experience in leading both operational and large complex programs - including the establishment of the Program Management and Investment Unit within Queensland Health for its $7Bn capital program.

Christine’s core expertise lies in program and project management combined with particular skills in business strategy and change management and in mid-2015 was appointed to her current role leading the Queensland Government, Social Benefit Bonds Pilot Program.

Christine has been recognised for professional excellence throughout her career as a recipient of two Australia Day Awards and both State and National Annual Awards for Professional Excellence in the banking sector.

Julie Cross
Motivational Speaker

Julie Cross is not just a speaker. She's an inspirational entertainer, a trainer and an experienced master of ceremonies. Her commitment is to empower, energise and entertain her audiences, and she has solid reputation built on delivery. Julie has spoken to audiences large and small, across a range of industries, including some of the world's biggest brands.

Julie Cross, by her own admission, is not your "run-of-the-mill-professional-speaker." In fact, Julie jokes that she prefers the title "passionate speaker", and that's what makes her so memorable and her presentations so powerful and life-changing. An experienced speaker with 17 years under her belt empowering, educating, energising and entertaining, Julie has an innate ability to connect with her audience.

Mary-Anne Curtis
Deputy Under Treasurer
Agency Performance

Mary-Anne is the Deputy Under Treasurer for the Agency Performance Group and in this role is responsible for providing advice and analysis on public policy, fiscal and economic issues, particularly in relation to the health, education, communities, justice and housing portfolios.  

Previously Mary-Anne was the Deputy Under Treasurer for the Economics Group where she was oversaw the economics functions of the department including macroeconomic forecasting, microeconomic policy and Government Owned Corporations oversight.  Prior to that Mary-Anne spent more than a decade working on infrastructure projects and commercial transactions.
Mary-Anne commenced her career as a graduate with Queensland Treasury.  She is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and holds a Bachelor of Laws from Queensland University of Technology and a Bachelor of Commerce (with Distinction) from the University of Southern Queensland.  Mary-Anne was also awarded a University Medal from the University of Southern Queensland.

Sharon Dickman
Executive Director
Queensland Shared Services

Sharon Dickman is the Executive Director, Queensland Shared Services within the Department of Science, Information Technology and Innovation. Her role leads the delivery of finance, payroll, recruitment and mail services to government customers.

Sharon has extensive experience, working more than 15 years in government corporate and shared services. Sharon is motivated by a passion for service innovation, change and improvement, stakeholder involvement and achieving positive business outcomes. Her special interests include innovating to improve customer experience, change management, shared services governance and business models. Sharon holds an MBA and Bachelor of Social Work.
Deb Donnelly
Government Liaison Officer
Queensland Treasury

Deb first joined Queensland Treasury from Education Queensland in 1998 to work in the Queensland Government's Banking and Investment Services team.  Since joining Treasury, Deb also has performed various corporate finance, purchasing and travel roles. Her corporate knowledge and qualifications in project management are utilised in departmental and interdepartmental interest groups and projects.
In her current role, she is machinery of Government liaison officer and responsible for corporate governance frameworks, necessary to establish and maintain appropriate systems of internal control and risk management for Treasury.

Peter FitzSimmons
Columnist/ Journalist

Peter FitzSimons is a well-respected columnist and journalist of international renown, and has interviewed dignitaries from George Bush to Mother Theresa. In 2011 he was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia "for service to literature as a biographer, sports journalist and commentator, and to the community through contributions to conservation, disability care, social welfare and sporting organisations".

A former rugby star, he broke into the Wallabies under the coaching of Alan Jones. He then had a long career at Channel Nine. He has written 12 best-selling books and is the biographer of World Cup winning Wallaby captain, Nick Farr-Jones, Kim Beazley, John Eales and the “White Mouse “of Europe, Nancy Wake. As one of the bestselling non-fiction authors in the country, he has sold over 1.2 million books including over 600,000 copies of his war stories. He is on the Council of the War Memorial, on the Anzac Centenary Advisory Board and is currently writing another story on Gallipoli. He shares hilarious anecdotes of the high and mighty, as well as fascinating tales of his travels. He also passes on some of the recipes for success he has gleaned from the many extremely successful people he has interviewed e.g. James Packer, Mother Theresa, Ben Johnson, Kieren Perkins, Carl Lewis, Sebastian Coe, George Foreman, and Greg Norman. Peter is Patron of the Jane Goodall Institute Australia.

Shane Griffin
Queensland Treasury

Shane  commenced with Queensland Treasury in 2012 and subsequently joined the newly formed Horizon Program in late 2015 as a Project Manager / Business Analyst.

In this role, Shane has overseen the design, development and launch of the BP3Map, a digitisation of Budget Paper 3, which details the Queensland Government’s capital works program).

As part of the larger Horizon Program, Shane and the team continue to explore innovative, cost effective solutions to technical issues facing the organisation now and into the future.

Daniel Hains
Director of Forensic Technology
Vincents Chartered Accountants

Daniel is the Director of Forensic Technology at Vincents Chartered Accountants, Brisbane.
His role at Vincents Forensic Technology is to provide expert computer forensic services to clients.

Maxine Horne
Vita Group

Maxine Horne is CEO and founder of the publicly-listed Vita Group, Australia’s largest independent technology business, with over 1,700 employees, a national footprint, and an annual revenue in excess of $645 million in FY16.

Maxine has significant global experience in telecommunications and technology and has been at the forefront of the digital revolution for the past 20 years, creating strategic alliances with industry leaders such as Telstra.

In 1995 Maxine established Fone Zone, one of Australia's first mobile retailers, and rapidly grew the business from a single Gold Coast shop to a national publicly-listed company. After its 2005 ASX listing, Vita Group became one of the fastest-growing companies in Australia and was ranked in BRW's Fast 100 over four consecutive years.

Maxine’s focus is on achieving results through people and culture. Her philosophy is ‘people first’ – putting both customers and employees at the centre of Vita. 

In 2016, Maxine was the subject of a book written by journalist and author, Madonna King, titled Think Smart Run Hard.

Maxine was named QBR Business Woman of the Year, Retail in 2006 and received the 2014 EY Entrepreneur of the Year award for the Industry category in the Northern region. Maxine is a proud supporter and Corporate Ambassador of Act for Kids, who work tirelessly in our community to prevent and treat child abuse and neglect.

Vanessa Jolly
Director HR
Department of Education and Training

Vanessa is an accomplished senior HR leader with over 12 years’ experience across government, not-for-profit and private sectors. Having worked with global organisations in both remote and metropolitan regions, she has a proven track record in understanding and positively impacting not just HR, but also the broader business.

Vanessa’s expertise includes recruitment, performance management frameworks, performance review processes, reward and recognition, organisational design and restructures, workforce planning, workplace design, stakeholder consultation, project management, staff retention and engagement, diversity, and HR policy.

She is passionate about building relationships and getting the best out of people. By working in partnership with colleagues and leaders, Vanessa has led and successfully delivered many complex HR projects.

Vanessa currently leads the Queensland Department of Education & Training’s HR Project Management Office and is setting the five-year HR direction for a team of over 650 HR professionals across the state in a department that employs over 65,000 staff.

Vanessa holds a Bachelor of Business majoring in Human Resource Management and Management from Queensland University of Technology, and is an accredited National Mediator. She has also completed Scotwork’s Advancing Negotiation Skills.

Gerard Kerr
Kingston Human Captial

With 20 years of experience, an enviable network, and an intimate understanding of market trends, Gerard Kerr has delivered many of Queensland’s high-level leadership recruitment projects. Gerard has expertise in leading and managing complex and challenging search assignments across all sectors. He has a keen focus on aligning executive talent with business strategy and culture in order to enhance an organisational performance. Having assisted many Queensland brands to build their boards and executive leadership teams, Gerard has also contributed to the development of some of the most effective long-range talent acquisition strategies employed by organisations today.

Gerard applies behavioural economic principles and performance-based hiring methodologies to deliver long-term successful outcomes for his clients. He is responsible for developing Kingston Human Capital’s patented needs analysis tools and talent mapping technology. Gerard is the Executive Director of Strategic Search at Kingston Human Capital and is a founding partner. A passionate advocate of the Queensland Public Sector, he believes Queensland Government deserves access to the best and brightest talent the market has to offer. His core mission is to help great leaders build great teams.
Rosemary King
Senior Policy Advisor
Chartered Accounts Australia and New Zealand

Rosemary is a Senior Policy Adviser - Reporting and Assurance in the Thought Leadership and Policy area of Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand (CA ANZ). Rosemary’s role includes advocating on behalf of the members, writing technical publications, answering technical queries and working on our future[inc] thought leadership series.

Rosemary regularly presents to members, provisional members and university students on technical matters and key business issues. She has worked for 3 of the Big 4 accounting firms both in Australia and the UK. She has taught financial reporting, audit and business ethics since 1998.


Kerry Latzias
IT Audit and Risk Advisory Associate Director

Kerry Latzias provides strategic, client-facing, pragmatic and quality delivery focussed IT Audit and Risk Advisory Associate Director.  He has over 15 year’s experience, both locally and abroad. 

Kerry's clients include Morgan Stanley, Deutsche Bank, ABN Amro, QPS & Education QLD with his major focus in the IT Audit, Information Security and Risk Advisory space.

Kerry aims to combine his knowledge and experience in these areas to deliver solutions creating value and enabling the business to move forward in a rapidly changing regulatory and technology landscape.

Matthew McDonnell
Partner - Audit and Assurance

Matthew has worked with KPMG for over 22 years and as partner since 2007. He is primarily involved in the provision of audit, accounting and advisory services to public and private companies, government departments and statutory authorities.

Matthew also leads our CFO and accounting advisory practice in Brisbane which provides technical accounting advice to clients. 

Matthew has extensive experience across a variety of sectors including manufacturing, financial services, industrial markets, transport, health and energy. 

In his role leading the CFO and accounting advisory practice, Matthew has provided accounting advice to a wide variety of companies and industries on a variety of topics including impairment, PPE related matters, capitalisation, business combinations, hedge accounting, revenue recognition, and lease accounting.

Kylie McGovern
Senior HR Consultant
Department of Education and Training

Kylie McGovern works as a Senior HR Consultant within the Business Partnering team in Department of Education and Training Human Resources. Starting out as a HR generalist, she made the move to being a full time facilitator, where courses on performance management were her speciality.

After working in a project role in the Public Service Commissions ‘Conduct and Performance Excellence’ team, she made the foray into the operational world of performance management working for the Department of Education and Training, where she leads the integrated employee performance management framework project, and is also a key contact for performance improvement cases within the DET central office.

Her passion for HR started early in her career, and she worked full time while studying part time, first a Bachelor of Business majoring in HR, and next a Masters of Human Resource Management. People are the most important resource of any business, and Kylie believes performance management process are an essential process in engaging and retaining talented people.

Tim Moran
Head of Workplace Engagement

Tim Moran is the Head of Workplace Engagement for beyondblue, an independent not-for-profit organisation that provides information and support to help everyone in Australia achieve their best possible mental health.

Leading beyondblue’s national workplace engagement team, Tim drives engagement activities with Australian workplaces, industry groups, workplace leaders, business owners and key stakeholders. 

He is an advocate for promoting good mental health and the associated benefits to business, and connecting people to beyondblue’s workplace programs, in particular Heads Up. Heads Up provides workplaces and individuals with the resources, tools and knowledge to create mentally healthy workplaces.

Prior to beyondblue, Tim’s professional experience has been gained across a range of settings including small business, elite sport, corporate and NGO sectors within a number of operational and management roles.

Lindy Newton
Executive Director Client Analytics
Commonwealth Bank

Lindy Newton heads up Commonwealth Bank’s Client Analytics team, with a mandate to surface insights from Commonwealth Bank’s vast and unique data assets to support the success of institutional banking clients. Lindy has held this role for 4 years and prior to that worked at UBS as an equities analyst covering Australian consumer companies (for 5 years based in Sydney) and Pan European Service companies (for 5 years based in London). Lindy started her professional career at Ernst & Young with a 6 year accounting traineeship.

Lindy is a CFA, has a Bachelor of Business Degree from UTS and has completed a Diploma of Applied Finance with FINSIA.

Greg O'Brien

Greg leads paceLEARNING an innovative and results-driven consulting company which is driven to help people maximise their personal and professional effectiveness.

Greg is passionate about helping people enhance their skills and knowledge when working with, and managing and leading others. He also believes that the “soft skills” are sometimes the “hard skills”! It takes time, patience and perseverance – the same practices he applies when trying to make sense of balance sheets, budgets or P and L’s! It’s easier for some than others!

Greg is known for workshops that are engaging, interactive and practical, and which ultimately help people turn knowledge into action. He is also known for being “The Best Dad Ever” – at least according to his 6 year-old twins!

Emma Pratt
Director - CFO Advisory

Emma is a Director in KPMG’s CFO Advisory Group, providing specialist expertise and practical advice on complex areas of Australian Accounting Standards to both the private and public sector. Emma has over 16 years audit and advisory experience, with 8 of those years spent in KPMG’s technical financial reporting group.

Emma has prepared and presented a national annual reporting accounting update focussing on public sector accounting issues for the last five years that has considered the accounting for not-for-profits and for-profit public sector entities and is well versed in public sector accounting issue.

Mark Scales
Associate Partner - Risk Consulting
Crowe Howarth

Mark is an Associate Partner in Crowe Horwath’s Risk Consulting and Internal Audit practice, and it based in Brisbane. Mark has over 10 years experience as a Risk Consulting professional.

Mark offers particular expertise in analysing business processes and providing strategies to improve efficiencies and minimise risk.

Mark specialises in internal audits, special investigations, risk management, probity services, contract compliance, project governance and major project commercial advisory.
Darryl Schmidt
Senior Relationship Manager

Darryl Schmidt is a Senior Relationship Manger with QSuper working with employers and stakeholders groups.  He has been with the QSuper group for over 14 years, and the first 10 were with QInvest, the financial planning arm of QSuper. 

Darryl has also worked in retail financial services sector and the Queensland public sector.  He is a Certified Financial Planner and has an MBA amongst other things.  Darryl is well placed to raise interest and identify targets for QSuper’s exciting new direction. “QSuper has a lot more resources to help members. I enjoy the fact that we are helping people understand what they have and how they can build toward a better financial future.”

Brett Thebault

Brett is a Director at Aginic, a specialist Business Intelligence consultancy based in Brisbane. Originally from the UK, he has a maths background and worked with a niche analytics company in London for 6 years prior to moving to Brisbane to set-up the Ernst & Young Analytics team in 2011. Brett and Marty then span-off Aginic in 2014 to focus on the rapid moving trends in BI in Queensland and across Australia. Brett specialises in using data to help improve performance and reduce costs for organisations and works across a broad range of industries including Health, Government and Commercial.

Dr John Tickell
Medical Doctor and Buisnessman

Dr John Tickell is an extraordinary Australian business success story. He is a medically qualified Doctor who played AFL football with Hawthorn in the '60s. A General Practitioner for 10 years, he then pioneered health management clinics in Australia and developed a pace – setting system of human risk evaluation.

He was the creator of the extremely successful Hyatt Regency Coolum International Resort and Spa on the Sunshine Coast in Queensland. His two books A Passion For Living and Laughter, Sex, Vegetables and Fish are international best sellers. Most recently seen on Channel Nine renovating bodies on Celebrity Overhaul. Dr Tickell is the first Australian to be invited to speak on the main platform at the American Million Dollar Table Insurance Conference and was recently rated in the Top 10 speakers in the World by America's most influential business group.

Dr John Tickell teaches sure fire plans for channelling stress responses into winning ideas, and he provides a balanced view on up to the minute information on how to live younger, live better, live longer. Today, life balance skills are not optional - they are essential. He breaks down a minefield of medical information into simplistic terms that people can understand and act upon - it is one of the things this man does best. Dr Tickell is like a breath of fresh air at any event, his charismatic personality and well-placed presentation humour entertains and motivates the most discerning of audiences. He is the ultimate tonic for those people who wish to break the stress cycle and lead a healthier, more fulfilling life.

Bruce Whittington
Relationship Manager

Bruce is CPA Australia’s Relationship Manager in Queensland.  He has broad experience in consultative business development and a background in marketing and communications.   Bruce’s key focus at CPA is on optimising relationships between the organisation and it’s Employer Partners – helping finance teams to thrive through ongoing professional development.

Nishanthi Wijeratne
Queensland Treasury

Nishanthi is a Project Manager with Queensland Treasury’s Horizon of business processes and system improvements. In particular, she has assisted in the roll out and implementation of Microsoft Power BI to improve Queensland Treasury’s ability to leverage its data through enhanced visualisation and interactivity. 

Nishanthi is a chartered accountant with over 12 years of experience in project management, audit and risk management across a range of diversified industries including State and Commonwealth Government, financial services and the Big 4 accounting firms.

Nishanthi has a passion for business improvement, best practice governance reform and client centric service delivery.

Malcom Wilson
Chief Finance Officer

Malcolm Wilson joined the Queensland Public Service as the Department of Health’s Chief Finance Officer in November 2013.

Prior to that Malcolm’s experience was all in the private sector and he has held a range of site, business unit and corporate roles in a number of large complex and geographically spread organisations.

Malcolm has participated in major mine and mineral processing facility developments, led significant commercial contract negotiations, been prominent in a number of successful ERP implementations and played a key role in corporate funding arrangements, off-balance sheet financing, acquisitions and divestments.

Malcolm holds two degrees from the University of Tasmania – a Bachelor of Science with First Class Honours in Chemistry and a Bachelor of Commerce. He is a Fellow of CPA Australia and a Graduate Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.