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.
Anthony Avitabile CFTP (Snr), Treasurer Asia Pacific, Amcor Limited
Anthony has been with Amcor for over 9 years, during this period Amcor has transformed itself into one of the world’s largest listed packaging companies operating in the food, beverage, healthcare and tobacco sectors. Anthony has been involved in numerous bank refinancings and Debt Capital Market transactions including Euro Bonds, US Private Placement’s and most recently Amcor’s debut 144a issue. Amcor has grown significantly in Asia over this period with operations in ten countries with a combined number of 45 sites. Amcor has successfully executed over 20 acquisitions since its transformational acquisition of the Alcan Packaging from Rio Tinto in 2010. Prior to Amcor Anthony spent 4 years with Coles Myer as their Treasury Manager.
Robert Kelly, CFTP, Assistant Treasurer, Pacific National
Robert is the Assistant Treasurer of Pacific National, formerly Asciano Limited. Robert joined Asciano treasury in 2007 and has worked on a number of the company’s significant transactions including Asciano’s entry into the 144a and EMTN debt capital markets, M&A activity and the acquisition of the company and simultaneous sale of the Patrick ports businesses in 2016. His responsibilities include working capital management, interest rate and currency hedging, management of the treasury operations function and working with the Group Treasurer on bank and debt capital markets transactions.
Prior to joining Asciano, Robert worked in treasury roles at Stockland and Publicis Groupe.
Stephanie Lowe CFTP, Trading Risk and Compliance Manager, GrainCorp
Stephanie is the Trading Risk and Compliance Manager within the Group Treasury of GrainCorp. Stephanie is responsible for managing the position reporting for GrainCorp’s trading activities, development of trading policy and supporting regulatory reporting. She works closely with the Funding and Liquidity and FX execution teams to facilitate cashflow management and currency hedging. Prior to joining GrainCorp, Stephanie worked for Macquarie Group focused on the agribusiness sector and undertaking counterparty credit analysis. Her role in Credit included managing the credit exposure to Brazilian, Argentinean and European soy, sugar, coffee producers and processors. She began her career at Rabobank delivering industry research to Rabobank’s Corporate and Grower customers. Stephanie has held a long term interest in the agricultural and commodities space and has enjoyed the ability to combine her interest in markets and agriculture following the completion of an Agricultural Economics degree.
Alistair McLean FFTP, Group Treasurer, Metcash Limited
Alistair McLean is the Group Treasurer of Metcash Limited and a non-executive director of The Mac (Macarthur Credit Union). He has held a number of treasury roles over the past 15 years in Australia and the UK at Lion Nathan, Commonwealth Bank of Australia, KPMG and HSBC. Alistair is a Fellow of the FTA, a Fellow of the Association of Corporate Treasurers and a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Karolina Plange CFTP, Treasury Supervisor, Austal Limited
Karolina Plange is the Treasury Supervisor of Austal Limited, based in Perth, Western Australia. She is mainly responsible for overall risk and cash management, group treasury management, receivable and payable function. Previously Karolina worked in the construction and exploration sector for more than 15 years, with a wide range of experience in corporate finance and accounting, forecast and budgeting.
Karolina is focused on the importance of teamwork, a healthy work/life balance and the need to have passion for her role. She is inspired by continuously driving change in the treasury function, and seeing the department become an increasingly strategic player in the organisation.
Karolina Plange is a WA State Committee member and FTA member since 2014.
Clive Richards FFTP, Senior Consultant, ITAS
Clive Richards is an experienced senior finance and treasury executive with over 30 year’s treasury risk management experience from both a banking and corporate perspective.
Clive is currently a director of Taurus Risk Solutions and a senior consultant at ITAS.
Both roles are with independent treasury and finance risk advisory firms which provide advice to a number of corporate clients in the QLD market.
Clive was previously employed at ANZ as an Associate Director, Global Markets for over 8 years. Clive advised a large number of Institutional and Corporate clients across a diverse range of industries including Natural Resources, Agriculture, Utilities, Infrastructure, Consumer Services and Government. This role covered foreign exchange, interest rate and commodity risk management solutions. He also provided detailed “cash flow at risk” analysis for clients as part of developing a comprehensive financial risk management policy.
Clive also worked for Citigroup in Sydney and London for 12 years in various financial market roles. Previous to banking, Clive worked 10 years at MIM Holdings (now part of Xstrata/Glencore).At MIM, he held various treasury roles including money market, foreign exchange & interest rate risk management, financial analysis, corporate finance, business acquisitions, systems development, and accounting.
Kurt Smith CFTP, Treasury and Insurance Manager, Western Power
Kurt is the Treasury and Insurance Manager at Western Power. He develops and implements financial risk management strategy, capital management strategy and financeability strategy, to improve Western Power’s financial performance and to increase long-term enterprise value. He leads and manages a team of five Treasury and six Insurance professionals.
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.
Kurt is also the Chair of the WA FTA Committee.
David Rowe CFTP, Group Treasurer, AMP Limited
In his role as Group Treasurer, David is responsible for the AMP Group’s treasury function (which includes AMP Bank), Group capital management, Group ALM and the investment of Shareholder capital. He is Chairman of the AMP Investment Committee, a voting member of AMP Group ALCO, AMP Bank ALCO, the AMP Bank Pricing Committee and the Financial Risk & Credit Committee for AMP Capital. He also holds a number of Directorships within the AMP Group.
Prior to joining AMP, David was Group Treasurer for AXA Asia Pacific, where he worked for ten years. During his years with AXA, he was responsible for a number of key strategic initiatives, including the merger of AXA and AMP. David has also held finance and accounting roles for Pacific Dunlop Limited, AWB Limited and Westpac.
He is a member of the School of Accounting, Economics and Finance Advisory Board with Deakin University, a previous Chairman of the FTA Victorian Technical Committee and has a Bachelor of Commerce (Economics and Finance) and Graduat