The Conference program is created by a select group of Corporate Practitioner FTA Members. Collectively they will create an educational program that will provide structured networking opportunities for delegates to connect, engage and exchange while addressing the challenges, trends and innovations in the Finance and Treasury profession.
Clare Burton CFTP, Executive Director, Client Risk Solutions Team, CBA
Clare Burton is an Executive Director in the Client Risk Solutions team at CBA. In this role Clare manages a team of highly skilled interest rate and foreign exchange salespeople responsible for delivering risk management expertise to corporate Australia.
Clare has spent her entire career in Financial markets and worked in Singapore, London and Sydney covering a diverse range of clients and industries. This includes FX and Rates hedging for M&A and event driven transactions, working with CBA’s client base to develop our Asian Markets business as well as pricing & executing the derivatives for some of the largest renewable energy transactions in Europe.
Clare holds a B. Commerce from Sydney University and a Masters in Finance from London Business School.
Steven Cunico FFTP, Partner, Deloitte
Steven is a Partner at Deloitte Australia, and leads their Treasury and Capital Markets division. Steven has over 17 years professional services experience focused on auditing and advising financial institutions and corporate treasuries across Australia and the UK. Steven is an FFTP and has been a member of the FTA since 2009. He Chaired the Technical Committee of the FTA from 2011 to 2017.
Vic Jansen CFTP, Associate Director, KPMG Treasury Services, Risk, Strategy & Technology, KPMG Melbourne
Vic has more than 30 years’ experience in financial markets working for banks in both Perth and Melbourne specialising in financial market risk instruments and hedging across interest rate, foreign exchange and commodity markets.
Transitioning into KPMG in 2013, from Oakvale Treasury where he held the position of Divisional Director of the foreign exchange and commodity market advisory division, Vic now provides specialist Treasury advisory and support services to corporations managing treasury risks on an ongoing basis.
Vic’s primary role is to provide outsourced Treasury advice and services to clients, specifically on hedging solutions covering market risks in interest rate, foreign exchange and commodity price risk including bulk, base and precious metals. Across the energy sector, Vic also advises on market risk associated with Brent Oil & Diesel fuel risk management activities.
The KPMG Treasury services team supports a broad range of Treasury services from Policy preparation/review, Treasury strategy assessment/implementation to full treasury transformation projects. A number of organisations also utilise the KPMG Treasury services team to support financial market instrument valuations along with the associated hedge accounting and hedge effectiveness testing.
Paul Nailand CFTP (Snr), Managing Director, APAC
Paul co-founded Visual Risk in 2001 and is now Managing Director, APAC, post the merger with GTreasury. GTreasury is a leading global provider of end to end treasury solutions, with particular strengths in cash management, payments, hedge accounting and risk management.
Paul has over 25 years’ experience in financial markets. Previously he worked in investment banking where he gained a unique blend of systems and market knowledge from positions in derivatives trading, corporate treasury outsourcing and equities research. Paul holds a Masters of Science from the University of the Witwatersrand.
Corey Patterson MFTA, Associate Director Transaction Banking, CBA
Having worked in customer relationship roles in banking for over 10 years, it has allowed me to build an extensive knowledge of bank capability but more importantly through the significant volumes of customer conversations, allowed me to overlay this with understanding what’s important to finance and treasury teams, and how banks can be best placed to assist with finance and treasury teams strategic objectives with not only bank solutions but also through sharing of industry insight. My biggest passion is connecting customers with customers, to help build the knowledge base of our local market through sharing of experiences, agenda’s and challenges. Stripping away what a company produces/offers, I find the finance and treasury teams are all faced with similar challenges/pressures/head winds, and some are well informed and others don’t know what they don’t know, and I enjoy helping to bridge those gaps through constructive interactions.
Andy Palacios CFTP, Executive Director, Client Risk Solutions team, CBA
Andy Palacios is an Executive Director in the Client Risk Solutions team that sits within CBA’s Global Markets business. His team’s role involves providing valued market and economic insights combined with relevant risk management solutions to large Australian corporates.
With ~20 years’ banking experience both in Australia and Europe, Andy has developed strong expertise in derivatives related to event driven transactions such as M&A and capital market trades. He values building long term relationships and enjoys the fact that no day is the same in financial markets.
Prior to joining Commonwealth Bank, Andy worked for Macquarie Bank in their funds management division.
Andy holds a B. Econ from Macquarie University, a Grad Dip in Applied Finance & Investment from FINSIA and is a CFA Charter holder.
Denise Richards CFTP, Senior Treasury Analyst, InComm
I manage the APAC treasury operations for InComm, a tech-driven highly innovative global payments company headquartered in Atlanta in the US, with about 2,500 employees. Until last year I was based in Vancouver, Canada and now I am based in Melbourne. Previous experience includes working at the Vancouver Stock Exchange. Since coming back to Australia, after 25 years, I feel like I have exchanged snow and ice for bushfires, but I am pleased to be home anyway. Finance and tech are a rapidly-evolving field and I am looking forward to hearing everyone’s experiences.
Jennifer Smith CFTP (Snr), Global Treasurer, Billabong, Boardriders
Jennifer Smith is a Chartered Accountant who began her career auditing with PwC. Jennifer has a particular interest in risk management and spent 11 years managing the global Treasury function at Billabong.
Jennifer has played an integral role in several re-financings and has managed an array of finance facilities for countries across the world.
Following the takeover of Billabong by Boardriders last year, Jennifer has been appointed Treasurer of APAC and is focussed on integrating the Treasury functions of two global businesses.
Craig Millar, Treasury Services, Solutions and Sales, Australia and New Zealand
Craig is a commercial leader with a background across the corporate and banking sectors – more recently assisting firms expand between Asia, United States and Australia. Leading J.P. Morgan’s Treasury Services focus on Australian and New Zealand firms since 2018, he brings a quick understanding of the strategic direction and challenges of an organisation, adopting approaches and technologies to improve performance and create value.
With expertise in corporate treasury and commercial banking and risk management, he advises on cash management, trade finance, supply chain finance and securities services transformations.
During the 14 years prior to joining J.P. Morgan, while based in Hong Kong and Australia, Craig led transaction banking businesses at Standard Chartered. Working extensively across Asia, he advised leading multinational corporations, including major China SOEs, and financial institutions on optimising working capital and liquidity management including how to integrate multi-currency activities into their global banking operations.
He has worked with Foster’s Brewing Group and Pacific Dunlop in Melbourne, and Bankers Trust and Salomons in London. He is a former director of one of Australia’s foundation community banks.
Craig’s current focus areas include increasing engagement between Australia and Asia, RMB internationalisation, liquidity management, payments evolution, blockchain and digitising trade, securities services governance.