JUDGES

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Kerry Humphreys

Associate Professor
UNSW Sydney

Kerry Humphreys (PhD, CA) is an Associate Professor at UNSW Sydney. She teaches and researches in behavioural management accounting, and supervises research students in the Honours and PhD programs. Kerry is an inaugural Scientia Fellow at UNSW Sydney, where her research investigates when managers make effective decisions incorporating strategic and performance information, and how new managers can learn to make better decisions using this information. She has published in leading academic journals, and received local and international research funding. Kerry has received university, disciplinary and national teaching awards in recognition of her curricula development and teaching, including the Pearson Education Accounting/Finance Lecturer of the Year award.

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Christine Bau

HR Specialist
People Focused

Christine Bau is the founder of People Focused, a HR consulting firm that specialises in providing holistic HR services to accounting and financial planning practices.

A seasoned HR practitioner and qualified coach, Christine is known for partnering with firms to help create a great place to work and ensure that they meet their HR compliance obligations.

Christine is particularly passionate about ensuring clients have a solid HR foundation in place, and secure the right talent for their business.

Prior to establishing People Focused Christine worked as a senior HR leader with various mid-tier accounting firms and boutique financial planning practices.

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Drew Browne

Founder & Senior Adviser
Sapience Financial & Unusual Risks Insured

Drew is an award-winning writer, speaker, financial adviser, and scholar mentor for The Pinnacle Foundation.

Working with small business owners, entrepreneurs and their families to help them better manage their risks, he’s known as the straight-talking financial adviser who believes life is not about money.

His purpose aligned company, Sapience Financial & Investment is committed to using business solutions to address broader social problems in the community, certified as a B Corp in 2015 and in 2017 received the Westpac Businesses of Tomorrow Award for using technology to better serve the community.

He's a regular writer for successful small business owners and entrepreneurs.

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Jeremy Danon

Director
Ariel & Associates

Jeremy Danon has undertaken compliance work in a variety of businesses and industries – futures and securities broking, market regulatory, market making, foreign exchange, accounting, banking, insurance, managed investment schemes, Registered Schemes and remittance dealing. Jeremy Danon has gained an extensive insight in providing compliance expertise to a wide cross section of clients in the financial services industry, by virtue of his experience with boards, committees and management.
With formal qualifications in business, accounting and corporate governance, Jeremy Danon has maintained his competencies with memberships of the following industry bodies:

  • Fellow of the Governance Institute of Australia.
  • Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators.
  • Member of Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand.
  • Master Member of the Stockbrokers and Financial Advisers Association.
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Steve Prendeville

Director
Forte Asset Solutions

Is the Founder and Managing Director of Forte Asset Solutions, Forte Licensing Solutions and Forte Consulting Solutions (Forte). Forte’s Asset Solutions core activity is selling financial services businesses. Forte Licensing Solutions assist practices to find the right Dealer group or become self- licenced. Forte Consulting Solutions assists business to grow.

Steve has enjoyed a successful 30 plus year career in financial services. He began his career in New Zealand, then England working first in banking and then in stock broking. In 1987, he became Australia’s youngest certified investment planner (ACIP).

He established the Dealer Group National Mutual Financial Planning in Victoria in 1991.

Steve joined First State Funds management in 1993 and presided over Victoria’s growth from $40 million pa inward flow of funds to more than $1 billion pa.

Steve then accepted a global partnership in Deloitte, where he held the position of Director and CEO of Deloitte Financial Services (DFS), a national High Net Worth dealer group. After re-engineering the business, he completed the successful sale of DFS in 2001, managing the transition until late 2002.

After a 12- month sabbatical he came back to the industry and created Australia’s first specialist financial services M & A group Kenyon Prendeville. Kenyon Prendeville was the first M&A business specialising in financial services and it went on to be the predominant broker until 2011. Steve split the partnership in May 2011 to create Forte Asset Solutions Pty Ltd.

He is an active media commentator and public speaker on all issues affecting financial services businesses. There are 2,500 active subscribers to the Forte newsletter. His website records approximately 1,700 individual visits per month.

Steve is a member of the International Association of Consultants, Valuators and Analysts.

He is recognized by the Financial Services Industry and courts as an expert.

Steve has run, managed and sold national dealer groups, financial planning and multi-disciplined businesses in Australia.

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Tony Dormer

Senior Advisor
Tricor Services

Tony Dormer is a senior adviser of a multi-discipline professional services firm that he established over 40 years ago and that merged in September 2017 to form Tricor Services (Australia) Pty Ltd www.tricorglobal.com The firm provides in-bound and out-bound business advisory, management consulting, tax and compliance, outsourced payroll and CFO services, bookkeeping, corporate secretarial services and financial investment services.

Tony’s personal specialist skills and extensive experience are around taxation services, mergers and acquisitions, business valuations, corporate restructuring, as well as business planning and business development issues generally. His entrepreneurial style and ability to 'think outside the square', has enabled Tricor to provide clients with a level and style of service that is unique among business advisory and accountancy practices.

From 2007 to 2019 he was a Board Member and/or Councilor with the NSW Business Chamber. He was elected President in February 2014 and held the position of Deputy President as well as Chairman of the Audit and Compliance Committee, Chair of the Business Environment and Economics Committee within the NSW Business Chamber. He now serves as a Past President.

He was also the former Chairman of Kreston Australia and New Zealand and was previously one of eight Directors on the international board of Kreston International, a position he held for seven years. Kreston is one of the largest networks of independent accounting business advisory firms in the world.

He also serves as a non-executive director on Profit and Not for Profit Boards.

Tony is a Fellow with Chartered Accountants (FCA), Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (MAICD) and Chartered Tax Adviser (CTA) with the Taxation Institute of Australia.

Prior to developing his practice, he had extensive experience at General Manager level with several leading private organizations. This commercial experience is a major ingredient in his philosophy and the range of services offered by him.

He also co-authored a book on leadership titled “Born to Lead?” with Charisse Grey

Tony is available for selective Director appointments.

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Roman Zacynski

Director
Accountancy Insurance

Roman Kaczynski (CPA) started his public practice career in 1984, working in small and mid-sized practices before starting Halifax Business Consulting in 1998. It was during his time at Halifax that he was introduced to Accountancy Insurance, initially as their external accountants in 2004 in the early stages of operation, and later as a user and advisor on their tax audit insurance product, Audit Shield.

Roman’s understanding of tax audit insurance and Audit Shield saw him assist and train claims staff at Vero (one of Australia’s largest insurance companies), and in 2006 he was appointed by Vero to review and recommend all claims over $2,000.

Roman has a combined strength of accounting practice experience and claims expertise. He has provided input into the ongoing development of Accountancy Insurance’s tax audit insurance product, Audit Shield.

Roman was an adviser on the Accountancy Insurance Board until 2009 when he became a Director. He manages the underwriting agency side of Accountancy Insurance.

Roman can be contacted on [email protected] or by calling 1300 650 758.

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Melissa Meagher

Owner
Talking Money

Melissa has over 20 years’ experience in the financial services industry, working previously as a financial planner, stockbroker and seminar delivery specialist. Melissa has worked with a variety of different employers – from large financial institutions such as Sunsuper, Suncorp and Westpac to small boutique financial planning firms.
With a passion for finance and making a difference in people’s lives, Melissa was naturally drawn into financial planning. But while working in the industry she realised there was a strong need to educate and coach people around managing their money.
Melissa consolidated all her knowledge around finances and her love of working with people and created her own Money Mindset and Success Coaching business called Talking Money.
Talking Money is about changing people’s lives; by providing the tools, support and framework to empower them to have clarity, awareness and efficiency around their money.
Melissa creates a safe space to have a real conversation about money and is passionate about uncovering how our relationship with money impacts our motivations and behaviour every…single…day!
Melissa has spoken extensively as a Guest Speaker and has also been a contributor in numerous magazines and newspapers including Marie Claire Australia.
Melissa has been member of the Financial Planning Association since 1997.
Melissa holds a Bachelor of Commerce (Finance), Diploma of Financial Planning, and is a Certified Financial Planner (non-practicing)
Melissa likes to keep fit and healthy and enjoys spending time with her two children Olivia and Lachlan. Good company, food and wine are essential!

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Professor Rahat Munir

Head Department of Accounting and Corporate Governance
Macquarie University

Dr Rahat Munir is a Professor, Head of Department of Accounting and Corporate Governance, Macquarie University. With extensive experience in all forms of academic endeavours - research, teaching and engagement, Professor Munir offer an unbeatable track-record of excellence in curriculum development, research leadership, change management, building teams, effective human resource and financial management. He has published in leading international journals as well as presented at international conferences and seminars in many parts of the world. He is affiliated with several professional bodies. Professor Rahat Munir is actively involved in learning &
teaching and research activities and brings a host of administrative and service experience across a wide range of contexts. Professor Munir has earned numerous national and international level research and teaching awards during his career.

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Guy Pearson

CEO/Chairman/Angel Investor
PracticeIgnition/InteractiveAccounting/8+fintechstartups

Guy Pearson is a Chartered Accountant, a Tax agent with 15 years experience in public practice (8 as a Director) and a self confessed geek as a lover of numbers and technology. 

His mantra is “Utilitarianism” - the greatest good for the greatest number, or in short, to get the right information to the right people to make the right decision. His journey from cloud accounting firm founder to tech company CEO follows this path.

A multi award winning entrepreneur, a keynote speaker and accounting industry stalwart (especially in the cloud discussion).  Guy shares knowledge to help step change the industry and wants to help his fellow men and women get better advice to their clients, faster. Lastly, putting the gains where his mouth is, Guy has made numerous investments in startup fintech + business tech platforms around the globe and sits on a 12+ advisory boards. 

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Jamie Davison

Co-Founder
Carbon Group

Prior to launching Carbon Group, Jamie ran a successful bookkeeping firm, Fortuna Bravado. As a Certified Practicing Accountant (CPA), Jamie has an advantage over other bookkeepers and could offer a different service.

Jamie now heads up the Carbon Bookkeeping & CFO services team nationally, a complete change from when he started as one-man band working from a spare room at home.

Jamie spends his time as a board member for multiple tech start-ups, an international F&B business and an emerging pharmaceutical business, and is a board member for Perth Angel Investors.

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Liz Stamford

General Manager, Australian Regions
Chartered Accountants Australia + New Zealand

Liz trained as a Chartered Accountant in the UK which has led to a varied and exciting career spanning three continents and a range of specialisms. From London and roles in audit and corporate recovery, she worked in New York with PwC as Director of Assurance Risk & Quality, and Australia which led in 2018 to the position of General Manager for Australian Regions at Chartered Accountants ANZ. Liz is also an independent non-executive director and Audit Committee Chair.

With over 30 years’ experience in senior management roles, Liz is known for her warm and welcoming personality with a passion for member experience, building team culture and diversity in the workplace.

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Cathy Dimarchos

CEO
Solutions 2 You

Cathy Dimarchos is an International Business Advisor, Speaker and award-winning Mentor who is passionate about helping people leave a lasting imprint and creating paths that enable people to lead the lives that they deserve. As a professional advisor, consultant and motivational voice, Cathy dedicates her time to perfecting a combination of people, business and situational skills, delivering tangible business toolkits and solutions to clients from every imaginable background.
Working across international borders, cultures and different perspectives highlighted the importance of embracing her professional lives holistically. Her values took centre stage and business became honest and expressive. She believes that knowledge exchange leads to effective and sustainable outcomes.
Her calling is to support others realise their unspoken ambitions and step outside the comfort zones that regularly hold them back. Through empathy, strategic positioning and old-fashioned business skills, Cathy empowers people to establish healthy professional boundaries, think limitlessly and challenge norms, while rediscovering a curiosity of knowledge.
Cathy works with large corporates, SMEs, teams, CEOs and individuals to support them through change. Developing people to stretch their boundaries and deliver optimum outcomes is how growth is achieved in business. Her vision is to lift the baseline of where people live their life across the Globe and is committed to lifting the baseline in underprivileged and underdeveloped countries so that they too may live the life that they deserve.
Through her upcoming book "Same People, Different Vision" which will be released in the second half of 2021, Cathy Dimarchos is adding yet another key element to her purpose of lifting the baseline across the world and developing the leaders of tomorrow.