Australian National Audit Office
Michael White is the Executive Director of the Assurance Projects Branch within the Australian National Audit Office (ANAO). With over 15 years experience at the ANAO, over the past four years Michael has specialised in Assurance Reviews for the Major Projects Report within the Defence Materiel Organisation and reviews of Government Advertising. He is responsible for the development and delivery of the ANAO’s program of work in response to recent legislative changes enabling the Auditor-General to undertake audits of key performance indicators as presented in agencies Portfolio Budget Statements and subsequently reported on in the agencies annual reports.
Australian Federal Police
Robyn Attewell is an accredited statistician with a background in research and consulting across diverse fields including occupational and environmental medicine, drug development, public health and road safety. She joined the AFP in 2007 and coordinates performance reporting within the Internal Audit and Business Analysis branch. She is an advocate of greater use of statistical principles in the collection, analysis and presentation of data within policing and the wider public sector.
Office of the Auditor General, NZ
Ann has been employed with the Office of the Auditor-General as the Assistant Auditor-General, Research and
Development since 2004. In this role she is responsible for:
- leading the Office’s response to changes in relation to public sector governance and accountability; and
- facilitating and co-ordinating the Office’s research and development and product development.
The R&D Team works as a catalyst within the OAG to enhance existing products and develop new products in areas such as:
- Performance improvement related to our annual audit interaction with public sector performance and financial management and reporting;
- Increasing awareness and raising the profile of good governance practices for example public entities’ use of audit committees and detection and prevention of fraud; and
- Analysis and integration of audit knowledge about public sector emerging and good practices.
Ann joined the OAG in 1999 as a sector manager in the Local Government Team. Her experience prior to joining the Office is mainly in corporate planning, research, and public policy. Before joining the Office, Ann had worked in both central and local government and policy, research, and corporate planning roles.
Ann has a Bachelor of Arts; a Diploma of Social Science Research and a Masters of Public Policy from Victoria University of Wellington.
Department of Treasury and Finance, VIC
Sarah Nesbitt is an Assistant Director in the Budget and Financial Management Division of the Victorian Department of Treasury and Finance. Sarah leads a team which undertakes strategic review and reform of the key financial and resource management frameworks underpinning financial management in the Victorian Public Sector. In addition to chairing an interdepartmental working group on performance management, in 2010 Sarah was Victoria’s representative on the Independent Reference Group established to oversee the review of the Report on Government Services indicator framework.
Australian Taxation Office
Michael joined the ATO in 2007 in a corporate governance role and was responsible for developing the ATO’s current governance framework and monitoring corporate performance at the strategic level. He has broad experience and knowledge of government finance, governance and compliance requirements. His dedication to an open, transparent and accountable administration sees him currently working in Internal Audit in a strategic performance audit capacity.
A taxation accountant by trade, Michael has held positions in Centrelink and the Department of Broadband, Communications and Digital Economy as their taxation and financial compliance managers.
Michael is a member of CPA Australia, The Institute of Internal Auditors Australia and is a representative of the Victorian Public Sector Committee for CPA Australia.
Finance & Infrastructure
Noel Florian is currently the Chief Financial Officer of the National Film & Sound Archive of Australia (NFSA). The NFSA has over 200 employees and a national audiovisual collection containing more that 1.9 million items. In this role Noel not only manages the financial operations of the NFSA, but has carriage for Governance, Risk Management, Internal Audit, Facilities and Security. Previously to working with the NFSA Noel worked with Ernst & Young for over eight years in a mixture of internal audit, external audit, and specialist consulting work. Noel had also previously been responsible for the financial management of the Kuwait Embassy in Canberra.
Fair Work Australia
Long history of financial and administrative management in the Australian Public Service. Currently the Director Corporate Services branch of Fair Work Australia and also the chief financial officer. Was a member of the task force project team to establish the new Fair Work agencies in 2009.. Prior to this was the CFO of the Australian Industrial Registry from 1999. Also independent audit committee member for several other commonwealth agencies..
Previously he held senior finance roles at The Productivity Commission, Social Security Appeals Tribunal and earlier within the then Department of Social Security.
Tasmanian Audit Office
Mike Blake was appointed Tasmanian Auditor-General on 10 May 2004. Prior to accepting the position, he was Auditor-General for the Northern Territory. His career has involved working in both the private and public sectors, firstly with Deloitte Ross Tohmatsu for 16 years starting in Zimbabwe and ending in Western Australia, where he joined the Audit Office of Western Australia rising to the position of Deputy Auditor-General.
Mike has been active in standard setting in Australia being a member of the Consultative Committee to the former Public Sector Accounting Standards Board from 1994 to 1998 and he was a Board member in 1999, a member of the Urgent Issues Group representing Auditors-General from 2003 to 2005 and a member of the Auditing and Assurance Standards Board from 2006 to 2011.
He has also played an active role as a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia having served for two years as Regional Chair and now as a member of the Institute’s national board.
Department of Premier and Cabinet, QLD
Judy Dudurovic is currently the Senior Director for Performance in the Performance and Delivery Office in the Department of the Premier and Cabinet. In this role, Judy is responsible for overseeing the development and implementation of the Performance Management Framework, providing advice to agencies on performance management and monitoring and reporting on Government commitments, including election commitments, Cabinet Decisions, government responses to recommendations made by the CMC and the Coroner.
Judy has been working in the Queensland Government since 1992, spending the first 12 years of her career in Treasury. She has also worked in HM Treasury in the UK on the development of their equivalent of the Performance Management Framework. Since 2004, Judy has led a number of whole of government projects and in late 2008, Judy joined DPC to undertake her current role. Judy is a Chartered Accountant and also has a Masters in Environmental Management from Griffith
Gaith has been in HR for over a decade and held roles from HR Generalist Business Partner roles through to specialist roles. Recent roles at Australia Post have included Manager Performance, Head of Remuneration & Benefits and currently Head of HR Operations. HR Operations covers Remuneration & Benefits, Performance, Recruitment & Transitions.
Gaith managed the Performance journey for Australia Post over the last 3 years and in the last 12mths have overseen the introduction of a complete new Performance Management strategy and framework in support of the enterprise wide rebuild program. The specific aims of this program have been to increase accountability across the organisation for the execution of strategy, appropriately differentiate and manage performance and to align remuneration frameworks with performance outcomes.
For the last six years Mark has worked as a management consultant. He has more than 15 years executive management experience with large organisations (public and private sector). Specialising in strategy development and execution Mark is a successful ‘customer-centric’ practitioner. He has developed and also delivers courses for the MBA program at the QUT Graduate School of Business.
Mark focusses on the following three areas to assist organisations in the public and private sector: Strategic and Business Planning; Customer-Centric Business; Performance Management and Measurement.
Balanced Scorecard Australia
Michael is Managing Director of Balanced Scorecard Australia with 20+ years of CEO level experience in public and private sector positions. He is a Balanced Scorecard Institute Senior Associate and Certified Balanced Scorecard Master Professional. His principal consulting interests are in the strategic management of organisations and the development and implementation of balanced scorecard systems. He also guest teaches Strategic Management for the International Graduate School of Business (Uni SA) and has lectured in MBA programs in Australia, Hong Kong and Singapore for many years.
Michael’s early career was in economics and accounting with one of KPMG’s Australian predecessors and then the Reserve Bank of Australia. He subsequently completed an MBA at the University of Washington and the Advanced Management Program at the Australian Staff College. He occupied senior executive positions in accounting and finance in the South Australian public sector, culminating as Finance Director and then Secretary of the SA Health Commission. After completing a Ph.D in strategic management, including research periods at the University of Washington and the London School of Economics, he became the inaugural CEO of a private hospitals and health services group and was later appointed by the Government as CEO of a new Statutory Authority. He retired after 7 years of growth to establish his own management consultancy practice.
Michael’s current consulting activities include the development of a large scale BSC program for the public sector in Mongolia (including detailed programs in 3 publicly owned companies), a Savings and Loans Society in Papua New Guinea, the Australian Submarine Corporation, and a leading transactions management IT company. Dr Court delivers BSC Training programs in Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide, Singapore and Kuala Lumpur. His recent balanced scorecard consultancies have included companies in all Australian capital cities.
Department of Resources, Energy and Tourism
Sam Hatherly is the Chief Internal Auditor for the Department of Resources, Energy and Tourism (RET).
Sam was previously a Director of a consulting firm and has extensive experience and expertise in financial management, audit and risk management across a range of APS agencies. These include involvement in the establishment of grant programs at the Department of Veterans’ Affairs, Department of Health and Ageing, Department of Immigration and Citizenship and the Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs.
Sam holds a Bachelor degree in Economics (Accounting) (Flinders University of South Australia), is a Certified Practicing Accountant, and is a member of the Institute of Internal Auditors.
Sam is also Chair of Marymead, a not-for-profit organisation with a 43 year history of supporting vulnerable and disadvantaged children and families of Canberra.
Department of Industry, Innovation, Science, Research and Tertiary Education
Department of Premier and Cabinet, NSW
Department of Justice, VIC
Gail is a public sector capital funding and infrastructure expert with 9 years’ experience in the Victorian State Government. Prior to this she spent 10+ years in finance roles in the UK and Australia. Areas of expertise are people management (negotiations, relationship management), budget formulation and submission of capital budgets, program budgeting and evaluation, project management and much more.
In 2009 accepted into the RMIT in the School of design Construction & Project management. She remains interested in science and technology and in order to retain a current connection with engineering, has been a regular judge for the Victorian Engineering Excellence awards for Engineering Australia (Vic).