Colin Savory (Chair)
Born in London, Colin spent his early career in manufacturing, financial services and investment banking in the UK before moving to Europe. Over the next seven years he worked mainly in France but also Switzerland, Italy and Austria and loved the challenges of new languages, cultures and people. ACCA as an education and a brand helped facilitate these moves between both industries and countries.
Working back in London, he met his wife and they decided to move to Australia, his ACCA qualification fulfilled the visa requirements and they now live in the wonderful city of Perth.
Having benefitted from membership of ACCA over the years, Colin is keen to enhance the recognition of ACCA in Australia, ultimately raising the profile with both employers and recruiters. Rather than study for a similar local accounting qualification, he has complemented ACCA with membership of The Tax Institute (ATI) and is a qualified Chartered Secretary (ACIS).
Having migrated to Australia he is fully aware of the challenges faced by new arrivals and is keen to promote the brand and improve services provided to members wherever possible. He is currently working for a Federal Government regulator in Perth as a Financial Accountant.
Call (61) 0404 655 945
New South Wales & ACT
Results-orientated ACCA member with over 10 years’ experience in results driven environments within the Not-for- Profit and Financial Services sectors both in Australia and Ireland. Highly motivated and organised individual with a passion for delivering excellent client services in a timely manner. Excellent communication skills and strong stakeholder relationships.
• ACCA member • 2015 staff excellence award • Successful credit card reconciliation template design and process implementations to enhance efficiency and consistency in UNSW Sydney and Steadfast. • Coached new team members in multiple roles establishing clear procedures and training notes. • Embrace support and deliver in a period of change and restructure at UNSW Sydney.
July 2015 – Present UNSW Sydney
UNSW Sydney is one of Australia’s leading research and teaching universities. UNSW Sydney takes pride in a broad range and high quality of their teaching programs. UNSW Sydney has strong regional and global engagement.
Position: Financial Control Accountant
• Preparing financial statements and relevant working papers for audit and responding to auditor’s queries. • Preparation of monthly reports and other relevant reporting. • Maintain substantial technical accounting knowledge and skills ensuring systems and processes align to best practice and statutory requirements. • Recommending more effective and efficient processes embracing a culture of continuous improvement. • Liaising with stakeholders external to finance providing relevant advice and support. Position: Finance Officer
• Process and post journals for all divisional expenditure. • Record fundraising income and timely issue of receipts. • Management of general ledger for division.
Held multiple other finance roles in Australia and Ireland from 2005-2015.
• Completed Oxfam 100KM and Cancer Council event to raise funds for the respective charities. • Organised a UNSW Sydney team for the JP Morgan Corporate Challenge. • Was an activate member on the Social Committee for the Division of Philanthropy at UNSW Sydney. • Keen interest in current affairs and global economic environment.
Call (61) 406 953 367
Lynn is an assurance partner in Sydney’s core assurance practice. She is the first assurance partner with mainland China background in big 4 accounting firms in Australia and leads EY Oceania’s China Assurance Practice. She specialises in auditing and providing financial advices to clients across a range of industries, including energy and renewable energy, industrial market (gas, building and construction, civil engineering), telecommunication and technologies. Her aspiration at EY is to build a strong China Assurance practice that will provide exceptional services to clients and a great platform for Asian background professionals to succeed.
Lynn’s first hand commercial experience in China and deep knowledge about Australia commercial market makes her highly respected by her Chinese and Australian clients. Lynn’s work experience in assurance and financial advisory has allowed her to provide advices with commercial insights and with deep understanding on the needs of Chinese investment in Australia and the opportunities and challenges Chinese companies may face in the Australian market. Lynn is an effective leader who relates well to cross-culture team members and clients; intelligent and highly self-motivated with a strong outcome orientation; Known and respected as a trusted professional advisor of independent audit, assurance and advisory services by clients and the market place.
Additionally Lynn was a guest lecturer at Macquarie University and University of Technology Sydney. Lynn was selected as delegate for Australia-China Youth Dialogue in 2012. Lynn is married to Ian Morrison. They have two girls, Chloe Xi-Ting 5 and Isla Xi-Yan 2.5.
Victoria & Tasmania
I am an experienced management consultant in Ernst & Young’s Advisory Services specialising in Finance and Performance Management. I am based in Melbourne, Australia following my move from the UK over five years ago.
My career over the last 8 years has been focused on helping the world’s leading organisations and governments find solutions to their most complex problems. My breadth of work experience across different countries, industries and my wide exposure and interaction with senior executives puts me in a unique position to add real value to the ACCA Australia & New Zealand Network Panel for 2015/17.
I worked as an Area Financial Controller, Assistant Group Accountant and Management Accountant for 6 years prior to joining his ‘Global Big 4’ Accountancy firm employer. I am passionate about the ACCA and if given the honour of serving you in the ACCA Australia & New Zealand Network Panel for 2015/17, my focus will be on driving initiatives to raise the profile of our No. 1 Global Accountancy brand world-wide; working to ensure our syllabus prepares our pipeline of future members for the changing role of accountants; and adequate CPD opportunities to help members harness emerging opportunities.
I have represented ACCA at numerous student engagements forums and events in Victoria and I have a good understanding of the issues new migrants with ACCA qualifications. I am passionate and able to mentor junior and new ACCA members and students.
Call (61) 0457 933 095
Ludovic is an experienced and enthusiastic professional seeking election to ACCA ANZ’s Network Panel representing Victoria. Ludovic believes he can positively contribute to the Panel on the issues and challenges facing ACCA members locally. Ludovic is the Chief Financial Officer of Infranexus Management, an active asset manager of IFM Investors ‐ Australia’s largest fund manager, where he is responsible for the finance function of four social infrastructure assets under separate Public Private Partnership (PPP) arrangements. These are Southern Cross Station in Victoria, District Courts in Western Australia, nine Axiom Schools in New South Wales and Defence Head Quarters Joint Operations Command in Canberra.
Ludovic started his career in 1999 with Deloitte Mauritius. He migrated to Australia in 2005 under the skilled visa route via his ACCA qualification. He continued his journey with Deloitte in Melbourne working as a Senior Client Manager in the Financial Services Assurance and Advisory department until 2010 when we took up his current position at Infranexus Management.
Previously Ludovic has served on the Network Panel of ACCA Mauritius and has held the position of Treasurer and Secretary. Ludovic is a fellow member of ACCA, a member of Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand (CA ANZ) and holds a Bachelor of Science (Hons) in Applied Accounting from Oxford Brookes University and a Diploma in International Financial Reporting (DipIFR).
In his free time Ludovic enjoys spending time with his wife and young son. He is an avid supporter of the English Premier League and is also a golf enthusiast.
Michael O’Connell (Vice-Chair)
10 years Accounting experience within various industries. 4 years as Financial Controller.
6 years with Hays Recruitment in Sydney specialising in Financial Executive recruitment as Manager of the Accountancy & Finance team.
2012 Founding Director of Sapphire Recruitment – Specialist and well regarding in the Accountancy & Finance recruitment industry across Brisbane and South East QLD.
Successful recruitment of multiple retained, exclusive assignments with the development of major key commercial accounts across various business divisions.
Consultative and consistent approach, Michael demonstrates attention to detail and prides himself on repeat business through established professional relationships, aiming a detailed understanding of clients, their business and recruitment needs whilst providing the highest levels of service.
He provides expert recruitment advice and consultancy on search and selection strategies, organisation structures, staff and management retention and salary reviews.
Call (61) 0414 718 715
After a career spanning multiple industry sectors including Government, National Audit, Treasury, Energy and Commercial Parking, Emma immigrated to Adelaide from Dublin. After a short spell with local government, Emma turned her experienced hand to the not-for-profit sector.
Since early 2012, Emma has been delivering growth and sustainability in the disability sector. After 4 years as CFO of Minda, SA’s largest disability support provider, Emma has recently taken on the role of CEO of Community Support Incorporated (CSI). CSI is the largest provider of one-to-one individualised support in South Australia. Emma is leading the business reorientation of CSI towards success in the changed environment of the National Disability Insurance Scheme.
During her career, Emma has delivered significant improvements in financial performance converting deficits to substantial surpluses and achieving exceptional growth in net assets. Emma has a wealth of experience developing and delivering ambitious financial and technology strategies, sustainability, service improvement and business growth.
With an abundance of energy and commitment, Emma is a change agent who can’t resist a good challenge. She delivers strong leadership and motivation and never fails to innovate and challenge the status quo when necessary.
Emma is an experienced board director and a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. She is also a Fellow of ACCA, member of The CEO Institute and winner of multiple academic awards and scholarships both in Australia and internationally.
Call (61) 0432 358 442
Wellington – NZ
Muhammad Rehan Badar
Membership number: 0919357
Rehan started his career in a professional services firm (PwC) in Pakistan before
moving to Middle East. Over the next six years he worked mainly in United Arab
Emirates but also in other countries in the Middle East and loved the challenges of new
language, culture and people.
In 2013, Rehan got an opportunity through the firm’s Global Mobility programme to
migrate to New Zealand and has called the coolest little capital aka Wellington his home
since then. ACCA as an education and a brand helped facilitate these moves between
He was the “Top ACCA affiliate of Pakistan for the year 2004” and was
recognised at various ACCA award events. Rehan also holds full CA membership of
Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand (CAANZ) and the Institute of
Chartered Accountants in England and Wales.
Rehan is currently working for the Office of the Auditor General New Zealand as
Manager, Quality Assurance, Assurance and Accounting Policy.
Call (64) 21 918 794
Auckland – NZ
Carolyn is a born and raised New Zealander who chose to study under ACCA whilst living in London, “because it appealed to me above all other accounting bodies I could have chosen, to assist me personally in achieving my own career aspirations. I sincerely believe that having a global perspective is of the utmost importance, enabling a wide diversity of experiences and demographics to inform and educate our industry. I support the brand and the ideals which ACCA stands for – open access to any individual with the stamina and conviction to challenge themselves to commit to achieving personal success.”
Carolyn has extensive experience in Accounting and Business Administration in London and Auckland. Carolyn achieved her ACCA membership in 2009 whilst working full-time in London.
Carolyn has worked in a variety of Industries from retail to infrastructure. Accounting roles include Finance Manager for EleQtra (InfraCo Africa) a project management company specialising in infrastructure projects in Africa. This role took Carolyn London to Uganda and New York. Prior to this Carolyn worked as a Management Accountant for UPP Residential Services in London in the finance department.
Carolyn is appreciative of what the ACCA brand has meant for her personally and professionally and is an advocate of ACCA brand in New Zealand. “The ACCA study program is about the practical application of accounting for business and business performance, it is focused, useful and relevant in business and an ACCA member should be proud to have earned membership.”
Carolyn lives in Auckland and currently has her own small business book-keeping with a few different clients.
Call (64) 0210 254 9267