The FTA operates throughout Australia and ensures regional representation through the operation of Technical and State Committees. The Committees provide a vehicle for members to advise management on the operation of the association and discuss technical industry issues.
State Committees usually meet monthly and are responsible for four key area’s:
- Being an ambassador in the State for FTA.
- Being the link where needed between local membership and Management/Board – where members either don’t know or are uncomfortable approaching the Board or Management, State Committee is the vehicle to advise what members would like to see.
- Help to facilitate meaningful events, predominantly the quarterly face-to-face function in each state. Through their local networks, assist in sourcing high-quality speakers and also advise on topics of interest.
- Play a part in member growth and engagement by welcoming new members, addressing gaps in our offering to younger members and other groups of relevance both nationally and locally.
Jennifer is a Treasury transformation specialist with over 15 years’ experience in finance and treasury roles in a range of organisations and industries. She is both a qualified accountant (CPA, ACMA, CGMA) and treasury professional (AMCT) and regularly presents on Treasury topics at conferences and events, including Sibos and the FTA Annual Conference.
Leanne is a Treasury Manager at the Coles Group, responsible for the back office and accounting functions for Treasury. Leanne has just returned to Coles following the demerger from Wesfarmers in November 2018, after almost 9 years in a similar role for toll road operator Transurban. Prior to that, she spent 14 years in the Coles Group Treasury function in various roles prior to the Wesfarmers acquisition of Coles.
Terry is the Assistant Treasurer of Orica Limited. He joined Orica in 2015 after holding a number of senior treasury positions with Dow Chemical, including Senior Risk Manager Asia Pacific, Treasury Planning Process Leader Asia Pacific and Finance Director Australia/New Zealand. He has worked in Germany, the USA, and Singapore. Terry is a member of the FTA, the ACT (CertRM) and a fellow of CPA Austalia.
An experienced treasury and risk professional with 10 years of broad treasury risk management experience gained with Australia iconic corporates and prominent multinational financial institutions with various risk exposures and 4 years of consulting experience gained with EY. Knowledge of Treasury better practices and solid practical experience of setting up regional banking structure and hedging various financial risks including but not limited to liquidity risk, foreign exchange risk, interest rate risk, and commodity risk.
Tim is a finance professional with experience across multiple Treasury and Risk Management functions in a global environment. Tim is currently the Business Improvement Lead for Treasury at Transurban where a Treasury Transformation programme is being undertaken to address Treasury’s technology and operational requirements to support the rapid growth of the business. Prior to this, Tim spent nearly 10 years in the UK arriving just before the GFC and subsequently working in various Treasury Risk Management roles dealing with new regulatory requirements, Asset and Liability initiatives, policy and documentation enhancements and funds transfer pricing to name a few.
David is a risk manager, wine drinker, and FTA advocate. David studied at Monash University receiving a Masters of Business majoring in Banking and Finance, with a research focus into Treasury and Liquidity. After retiring from Academia due to clinical boredom, David joined Fintech as a Treasury Consultant with SunGard’s Asia Pacific & Japan team. During this time, he became nearly fluent in several programming languages and a native speaker of consulting jargon. From there, David managed Front Office operations at base metal miner MMG, becoming nearly fluent in rocks and digging, before moving to risk management at Viva Energy Australia for their IPO.
My name is Piero Cabrera and I was born in Peru and moved to Australia in 2009 after granted permanent residence visa. His career started as Treasury Analyst in the Peruvian subsidiary of Shell Dutch Company between 2000 and 2002. Since then he has worked in the US and Peru in different finance roles within the resources industry. He has worked as Senior Treasury Advisor for an Oil and Gas entity in Western Australia since July 2015.
Matthew Egan joined Wesfarmers Limited in 2005, and as Finance Manager is responsible for assisting in managing the debt funding through bank facilities and debt capital markets, project financing and evaluation, bank and credit rating agency relationships, foreign exchange and interest risk, capital (inclusive of dividends, employee share plans, returns) and debt investor relations. Matthew began his career with Ernst & Young in their Corporate Taxation Advisory department after which Matthew worked for the National Westminster Bank in London in their Group Finance team. Matthew is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia and New Zealand.
Lee Trewartha joined Fortescue Metals Group as Treasury Manager in 2013, where he manages a team principally responsible for Treasury operations and financial risk management. Prior to joining Fortescue, Lee was employed in finance and corporate treasury roles at BHP, QBE Insurance, Genworth Financial, CITIC Pacific and Ausdrill Mining. As part of Lee’s responsibilities in these roles, Lee has evaluated, implemented and operated various systems to maximise the efficiency and effectiveness of his teams. Lee is a Fellow of CPA Australia, an Associate Member of the ACT and has been a member of the Finance and Treasury Association since 2011.
Karolina was born at the nerve centre of Europe, Bulgaria. Karolina has been working with Dundee Precious Metals (Canadian-based mining company) where she provided her Canadian colleagues with free lessons in Bulgarian history and correct accounting practices. After six years and after Karolina was sure that her colleagues had a good understanding of Bulgarian customs, Karolina moved to Australia in 2009. In Australia, Karolina found a great need for teachings of Bulgaria. Settling in Western Australia and currently working at Austal Limited, Karolina has assumed the Bulgarian Foreign Office and Treasury role. Karolina has joined the Finance and Treasury Association in 2014.
As the Corporate Finance Manager at Western Power, Kurt has changed the Treasury, Insurance and Corporate Finance businesses from transactional cost centres to centres of strategic value-add. He develops and implements financial risk management, capital management and financeability strategies to support the Board’s corporate strategy, improve financial performance and increase long-term enterprise value. Prior to Western Power, Kurt held executive positions in financial markets for approximately 20 years. He was the Head of Derivative Trading at the Bank of Western Australia, a Director in two international FinTech start-ups developing and commercialising option pricing and risk management technology, and the Investment Strategist at GESB fund management.
Luke is Treasury Manager at Stockland and has experience in the energy, mining and real estate sectors.
Andrew has extensive experience in the fund’s management industry, currently working as Assistant Manager of Portfolio Accounting at Platinum Asset Management. In this role, Andrew has responsibility for a broad array of investment operations, fund accounting, middle office trade support, and treasury management functions. Andrew holds a Bachelor of Business degree from the University of Technology Sydney and a Graduate Diploma of Applied Finance from FINSIA.
Bláthnaid is the Group Treasurer at AGL Energy where she is responsible for managing the Treasury function, including debt, banking relationships, investments and risk management. In her role, Bláthnaid arranges funding through a mixture of bank and capital markets transactions, including AGL’s inaugural Australian dollar deal of October 2014, the largest ever BBB corporate transaction in the A$ market. Prior to joining AGL, Bláthnaid headed up the Asia Pacific treasury functions for Orbitz Worldwide and Hudson Global Resources in Sydney. She began her career with the European treasury team at Baxter Healthcare in Dublin.
As a highly-motivated and results orientated treasury professional, Geoff is keen to make a difference in shaping the next generation of treasury professionals. His vision is to continue to progress through the industry and to be seen as a future leader and role model to up and coming professionals who want to expand the profile, respect and influence of the treasury role. He is a member of the FTA, and Association of Corporate Treasures in the UK (“ACT”) with AMCT designation, a degree qualified RG146 compliant financial planner and a Chartered Accountant.
Jeremy was appointed Senior Treasury Manager of Scentre Group in June 2014. Prior to the establishment of Scentre Group, he joined Westfield Group in 2004 where he worked on major corporate restructurings including the establishment of the Westfield Group, the establishment of Westfield Retail Trust and the creation of Scentre Group and Westfield Corporation. Jeremy previously worked in financial markets and Group Treasury at Commonwealth Bank Australia. Jeremy holds a Bachelor of Economics (Honours) from Sydney University and an MBA from the AGSM.
Treasury specialist with over 15 year’s experience working in and around bank treasury departments. What began as a spur of the moment decision to undertake a graduate diploma in Corporate Treasury in Dublin City University along with membership of the Irish Association of Corporate Treasurers snowballed into a treasury career working across the globe before finally settling in the lucky country. Currently working within a large financial institution on all things liquidity related (which more often than not is regulatory related) I am keen to share my experiences & hopefully learn a lot more about the risks and issues facing FTA members.
Iain joined Aveo Group as Treasury Manager in March 2009 and in June 2012 was promoted to Group Treasury and Insurance Manager, with responsibility for managing the Group’s debt funding, hedging and cash flow management activities, as well as all insurance related matters. Prior to joining Aveo, Iain worked for National Australia Bank (NAB) for nearly 7 years, where he was an Associate Director in the Institutional Banking Division, having worked in their London and Brisbane offices. Iain commenced his career working as an Accountant for 6 years in both commercial and public practice roles.
Michael joined ALS Limited (formerly Campbell Brothers Limited) in 2003, and as Group Finance and Taxation Manager he manages a team principally responsible for Group Financial Reporting, Strategic Projects, Taxation and Treasury operations. Prior to joining ALS, Michael specialised in Entrepreneurial Services (both tax and financial) at Ernst & Young. Michael has 17 years experience in Corporate Finance, Treasury and Taxation and is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia and New Zealand, and has been a member of the Finance and Treasury Association since 2013.
Chris joined Virgin Australia in his current role to optimise and enhance the Treasury function for the Group. With prior experience as a regional Treasury Consultant for SunGard/FIS and in KPMG’s CFO Advisory division, Chris is a well-rounded Treasury leader. He is a proud CFTP member, with a Bachelor of Mathematics and Finance and has an interest in encouraging Treasury to be a value-add partner to organisations.
Chris has 9 years’ experience in the corporate finance space; 5 years as the Treasury Manager at Queensland Urban Utilities and 4 years as the Treasury Analyst at ENERGX (energy distributor). Prior to moving into the corporate treasury space, he spent 11 years in various Commercial Finance roles with NAB, Suncorp and Bank West managing customer segments ranging from medium-sized enterprises to large institutional customers.
Melinda is the founder of Tactical Treasury; a business which supports treasury teams by providing assistance with treasury projects and short-term relief coverage. Prior to Tactical Treasury, Melinda spent over 20 years working in treasuries both domestically and internationally with large multinational FTSE 100 companies.
Don moved into the energy sector, as General Manager of Pacific Energy, from corporate treasury roles. He became Energy Trading Manager with Energex in 1999, and from 2001 to 2012 he was Renewables Energy Manager with Ergon Energy, focussing on negotiating renewable energy power purchase agreements, as well as ensuring Ergon Energy met its legislated environmental liability obligations.