Dear Member, 

Well it’s early December and we are on the count-down to Christmas.

This will be our last newsletter for 2017 so on behalf of the board, I’d like to wish you all a safe and happy festive season.


What a conference it was this year!  Our 30th with a great line up of speakers, some terrific networking opportunities and plenty of sunshine.

Thank you to everyone who completed our conference evaluation form. We’ve had a great response so far.  You input is valuable and will be used to inform planning for next year’s event.

To view the Conference highlights hype reel and photos taken across the two and half days, please CLICK HERE.

And speaking of planning for next year, if you would like to be part of the 2018 Conference organising committee, please email your interest to  We’d love to have you involved.


At this years AGM, we thanked Rob Dougall, an FTA director for the past 3 years and a long-standing member of many FTA committees including the technical and conference committee, for his many years of service to the FTA as he steps down from the board. Even though Rob is relinquishing his formal duties, he is keen to stay connected to the FTA community.

At the same time, we welcomed the election of Sarah Scopel, Assistant Treasurer at Caltex, to the board. Sarah’s involvement with Bond University and her passion for promoting all things finance and treasury will be a welcome addition to the FTA board.

In my Presidents update at this years AGM, I reiterated the challenges and opportunities that face professional associations. Namely the influence technology is having on work practices and the implications for professional workers. More than ever, associations must be highly relevant and offer a compelling value proposition to not only their members, but others that benefit from the training, advocacy, networking and other products and services that associations can offer.

Our new CEO, Ben Leaver

For those that missed my announcement last week, Ben Leaver will be commencing on Monday the 11th of December as CEO of the FTA.

Ben has an impressive background having spent the last 5 years at Engineers Australia in senior executive roles. Engineers Australia is Australia’s principal engineering association representing around 100,000 professionals.

I look forward to Ben commencing shortly and introducing him to as many members as possible over the next few months.

FTA Networking Drinks

FTA networking drinks are coming to a capital city near you (Brisbane, Melbourne, Sydney, Adelaide and Perth). Don’t miss your final opportunity of the year to meet with your peers and discuss issues in a casual, laid back environment. Check the FTA website for more details and book your spot now if you haven’t already done so.


Mike Christensen FFTP
FTA President