State Committees

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 providing advice on the membership training and professional development offering at state level.  Committees host the Professional Roundtable events and provide advice on issues to the CEO.

Any member is welcome to attend a Committee meeting to contribute views and ideas on the activities of the FTA in their region. State Chairs are always keen to hear the views of members.  Please contact us if you would like to be involved.

N.S.W

blathnaid-byrneBláthnaid Byrne CFTP
Group Treasurer, AGL Energy
Bláthnaid Byrne 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. Bláthnaid holds a Degree in International Business with Languages (Hons.) from Dublin City University, the AMCT Diploma qualification from the ACT and an Advanced Diploma from the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (UK).

anthony-issaAnthony Issa CFTP
Treasury, Mizuho Bank Ltd
Anthony joined Mizuho Bank in 2015 working on its asset and liability requirements, including short and long term funding, regulatory affairs and investor relations amongst other treasury tasks. Prior to this, he was the Deputy Treasurer for ICBC Bank in Sydney acting as its Australian based responsible manager. Over the last two decades, Anthony has has held various banking roles, garnering a diverse range of experience across retail, commercial and syndicated lending as well as middle and front office roles. Anthony holds degrees in arts and commerce from the University of Sydney and ACI dealing and AFMA accreditations.

j-martinJeremy Martin CFTP
Senior Treasury Manager, Scentre Group Treasury
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 a MBA from the AGSM. Jeremy is a mentor with the UNSW Business School. When Jeremy is not focusing on Treasury and financial market issues, he is running after his 3 children, chasing a tennis ball and trying to play golf.

t-nolanTerry Nolan CFTP
Senior Business Analyst, Macquarie Group
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.

rooney_geoffGeoff Rooney CFTP
Senior Manager, Ernst & Young
As a highly-motivated and results orientated treasury professional I am keen to make a difference in shaping the next generation of treasury professionals. My vision is to continue to progress through the industry and to be seen as a future leader and role young 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.

Q.L.D

iain_ascoughIain Ascough CFTP
Group Treasury and Insurance Manager,
Aveo Group Ltd
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. Iain is a qualified CPA, with a Bachelor of Business (double majoring in Accounting and Banking & Finance) from Queensland University of Technology (QUT) and a Graduate Certificate in Applied Finance and Investments from Financial Services Institute of Australasia (FINSIA).

melinda-g-scMelinda Gibson CFTP
Senior Treasury Analyst, Jemena
(Mel)inda Gibson shares the same name as a Lethal weapon, once lived in a street called Gallipoli, and has eaten at Mad Mex. She has visited over 40 countries and lived in Australia, the United Kingdom and the United Arab Emirates. In her spare time, she can be found discovering new cuisines, being active and spending time with her dog. Melinda has 20 years' experience in treasury, portfolio management, advisory, credit and banking and finance. She has had various treasury positions both domestically and internationally with large multinational FTSE 100 companies. These experiences have introduced her to new ideas and international treasury best practice.

michaelwilliamsMichael Williams
Group Finance & Taxation Manager, ALS Limited
Michael Williams 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.

c-wojnarChris Wojnar CFTP
Manager Treasury Finance,
Queensland Urban Utilities
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 I spent 11 years in various Commercial Finance roles with NAB, Suncorp and Bank West managing customer segments raging from medium size enterprises to large institutional customers.

S.A

fainaFaina McGlade PMFTA
Treasury Analyst, ARTC
Faina is a Treasury Analyst at the Australian Rail Track Corporation and is responsible for assisting the Treasurer with execution and further development of financial risk management strategies across funding, liquidity, interest rate, exchange rate and capital structure. She particularly enjoys cash flow forecasting and scenario analysis.
Prior to joining Corporate Treasury, Faina held various Accounting and Finance roles in the UK, including at KPMG Transaction Services, The Royal Bank of Scotland, Molson Coors Brewing Company and finally at Woolworths Financial Control Centre in Adelaide. Before coming to Australia Faina lived in Russia, France, Scotland, England and Northern Ireland so hopefully you can understand her accent! Faina joined the FTA in 2014 as the first Pathway Member and is delighted to now be part of the South Australian Committee!

Jeremy Nilo CFTP
Senior Treasury Analyst,
People’s Choice Credit Union
Jeremy is the Senior Treasury Analyst: Liquidity and Balance Sheet Management for People’s Choice Credit Union and is primarily responsible for the management of cash flow, liquidity and investment of surplus funds for the bank. After graduating from the University of Adelaide with a Bachelor of Economics, Jeremy’s Treasury career began in a role in Treasury back office at Viterra Ltd (Formerly ABB Grain Ltd), which shortly after saw him move into a Treasury front office role as a Dealer. His experience had him manage the Treasury Operations function at ElectraNet, work as a Treasury Analyst at the University of South Australia and now work as the Senior Treasury Analyst at People’s Choice Credit Union. Jeremy has grown up in Adelaide, South Australia where his family decided to migrate from the Philippines. He enjoys trying new food places in Adelaide and is known by his colleagues as the go-to-guy for lunch suggestions on a Friday. Jeremy joined the FTA in 2014 as a CFTP and his passion for South Australia and its community led to him recently joining as a member of the South Australian FTA Committee.

VIC

l-evansLeanne Evans CFTP
Manager Treasury Finance, Transurban
I am a passionate Treasury professional having spent almost all of my working career in Treasury Finance roles. I am currently the Manager Treasury Finance at Transurban and responsible for their accounting and back office operations. Previously I spent 14 years with the Coles Group in similar roles. Work aside, like most Melburnians I am an avid AFL supporter. I'm a one eyed Carlton fan and would name Juddy and Fev as 2 of my most favourite players ever. My favourite past time is travelling to new locations, and I like to get away at least twice a year. My favourite holiday destinations would be the Greek Islands, Italy, Hong Kong and relaxing beach holidays in Thailand. I also like to get up to my old home town of Bendigo as often as possible and enjoy 'glamping

d-faganDavid Fagan PMFTA
Liquidity Dealer, MMG
David is an analyst, wine drinker, hangover receiver, and FTA advocate. He is originally from Melbourne where he was dux of Year 4 and helped start his kindergarten’s first nanotech company. 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, 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. David is now in Mining at MMG Limited where he manages Front Office operations as a Senior Treasury Analyst and Liquidity Dealer. As such he is nearly fluent in talking rocks and digging. Outside of work, David will be taking a gap year from supporting his AFL team, is actively involved with various charity organisations, proud supporter of the food industry and attempts varying fad fitness challenges like running and golf.

cmcintosh-headshotClayton McIntosh CFTP
Finance & Treasury Professional
Clayton was a Senior Treasury Analyst at Australia Post, and responsible for executing financial risk management as well as operational fx and liquidity. Clayton is a Treasury and Finance professional with over 8 years’ treasury experience, in Melbourne and London, covering automotive, finance, insolvency and postal services. He is a member of the FTA and the Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand, and holds a bachelor of Commerce majoring in Accounting and Economics. Clayton grew up in south-west Victoria and is a passionate motorsport fan and motoring enthusiast. He is particularly interested in working with the Victorian State Committee to expand the FTA’s reach in regional areas as well as other initiatives.

weijers_mashaMasha Weijers CFTP
Group Treasurer, Futuris Group
I have been the corporate treasurer at Futuris Group for the past two years, prior to that I held a number of commercial finance roles. I have a great team and a very supportive boss. I am a Chartered Accountant and CFTP. Futuris treasury function is centralised with local treasury team members located in 5 countries and I work closely with finance teams across the globe. This year my team and I implemented a treasury management system which transformed our treasury processes and completed group debt refinancing project. Outside of work I am a busy mum of a very active toddler, I love running and listening to audio books.

W.A

englebertEngelbert Bets CFTP
Commerical Manager, Downer Mining
Engelbert has 10+ years global experience across mining, oil and gas, construction, engineering, FMCG, retail, supply and public practise. In his current role he provides financial and commercial leadership for the Otraco Group (a subsidiary of Downer EDI Ltd) globally. Prior to his current role he was the Group Treasurer for Ausdrill Ltd and Macmahon Ltd where I had full responsibility for debt and equity capital raisings, M&A and Investor relations. He is a Chartered Management Accountant and Certified Practicing Accountant and have been a member of the FTA since 2012.

cabrera_pieroPiero Cabrera CFTP
Senior Treasury Advisor, Quadrant Energy Aus Ltd
My name is Piero Cabrera and I was born in PERU. I moved to Australia in 2009 after granted my permanent residence visa. My experience in Treasury started as Treasury Analyst in the Peruvian subsidiary of Shell Dutch Company between 2000 and 2002. Since then I was able to work in USA and PERU in different finance roles in the resources industry. I have worked as Senior Treasury Advisor for an Oil and Gas entity in Western Australia since July 2015.
In my spare time, I play soccer and I go trekking. In addition, I like dancing Salsa, Bachata and Merengue when there is a Latin event in Perth. I also enjoy cooking Peruvian meals as another hobby. I applied for the WA State Committee because I want to support FTA membership growth and developed a strong FTA brand.

k-plangeKarolina Plange-Korndorfer CFTP
Treasury Accountant, Austal Ltd
Karolina Plange was born at the nerve centre of Europe, Bulgaria. Here are three amazing facts you should know about Karolina and Bulgarians: They shake their heads to mean yes and nod to say no; the rest of the world has got this all wrong. Like Karolina, Bulgaria has never lost a flag in battle. Lastly, just like Karolina, the ancient Bulgarian calendar is the most accurate in the world. Bulgaria is a Balkan nation with diverse terrain encompassing the Black Sea coastline, a mountainous interior and rivers including the Danube. 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 have a good understanding of Bulgarian customs, Karolina moves 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 where she is able to promote Bulgarian ways of life to a wide audience.

kurtKurt Smith CFTP
Treasury Manager, Western Power
I am the Treasury Manager at Western Power, focusing primarily on strategic debt portfolio risk management. In addition to interest rate and refinancing risks, I also take a keen interest in managing regulatory risk, not only at a portfolio level, but also in influencing policy at both National and State levels through active membership of industry committees. I manage a team of seven. Prior to Western Power, I held executive positions in financial markets for approximately 20 years. I 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. I have also published research on exotic options in an international financial engineering journal, been granted and commercialised an international patent, and presented research at banking conferences in the USA and Europe.