On a mild Halloween evening on Sydney Harbour, CFO Practice Head Phil McCann and his team hosted over 100 of Australia’s leading CFO’s and Audit Chairs for an inaugural Odgers Berndtson Finance Dinner.

ANZ Bank Chief Executive Shayne Elliott proved a captivating guest speaker, providing his insights into the transition from CFO to CEO. Odgers Berndtson Board Practice Leader, Julie Steiner, opened proceedings with an overview of recent board appointments and diversity initiatives followed by Phil’s CFO overview and insights.

Andrew Cornell, a former journalist with the Australian Financial Review and now with ANZ, interviewed Shayne with what was a relaxed and disarming format. Shayne shared his unique and refreshingly frank observations of leadership, organisation culture, risk and governance, as well as building constructive relationships with boards and audit committees. The evening concluded with Shayne hosting an open forum, fielding insightful questions from an informed audience.

Feedback on the night was universally positive with many commenting that the unique format of the event, combined with such an engaging speaker, positioned the annual dinner as an unmissable event on the financial calendar.

“A fantastic event and Shayne was very open for a banker in his position"

John Skippen, Audit Chair FlexiGroup

“Insightful comments from Shayne on leadership; great networking opportunity”

Robyn Denholm, COO Telstra and Global Audit Chair Tesla Motors.

“An enjoyable event”

Gordon Lefevre, Group CFO AMP

“I took away some great nuggets of advice, especially around-decision making”

Alison Harrop, CFO Dexus

“Such a fabulous night and thoroughly enjoyable”

Kylie Archer, CFO Winning Group

“I think you guys put on a superb event”

Jon Brett, Audit Chair Vocus Group

“The cruise was very special, company terrific and it was truly heartening to hear Shayne Elliott speak”

Melanie Willis, Audit Chair Mantra Group

“It was well organised and the speaker was great”

Peter Adams, CFO Integrated Research

“Insightful and inspirational ! I very much enjoyed the evening”

Elizabeth Hallett, Audit Chair SunSuper

“It was very enjoyable and good to catch up with so many familiar faces”

Peter Lewis, Audit Chair Australian Broadcasting Corporation

“A fantastic networking opportunity for Australian CFOs. It was a rare to have so many CFO’s in the one venue. Shayne is so insightful and straight-forward”

Frank Micallef, Group CFO Incitec Pivot

Preparations are already underway for the 2018 Dinner.

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