Experienced Director: Accounting and Financial; Governance and Risk background
My professional experience is as an accountant in public practice providing financial, accounting and asset structuring advice to SME entrepreneurs; which I combined with extra- curricular activity in governance and risk management in various professional, educational and community organisations. I am a decision-maker, a collaborator and mentor - and I always prepare diligently for any meeting or activity undertaken in the execution of my roles and responsibilities. My attitude to those I work with (in any capacity) is to be tolerant, inclusive and respectful. I readily admit to any knowledge shortcomings and am committed to continuous learning (particularly where this can address any such identified shortcomings).
Aboriginal Accountant & Business Development Expert
I am an Aboriginal accountant, with fifteen years experience in Aboriginal affairs, mining, project management, financial reporting and taxation, and business development. I am a member of the AICD, and currently run my own small accounting firm with my partner, an Aboriginal solicitor, and ours is the only Aboriginal accounting firm in WA. I specialise in small business development and am also an ORIC administrator. My profile is also on linked-in.
Principal Lawyer with Indigenous governance, native title and Government experience
- Current Director of National NFP - Board experience, including as Chair - 11 years experience as an in-house lawyer for Government - significant expertise in Indigenous affairs, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander corporations and native title
Qualified Professional Director
A qualified professional director and graduate member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. Associate Fellow of the Australian Institute of Management. Certified Finance and Treasury Professional with FTA. Member of the Governance Institute of Australia. Senior Associate of FINSIA. 10 years plus experience as a company director including ASX Member organisations, not for profit sector and private companies. Previous university lecturer in finance and economics. Currently employed as a Chief Executive Officer. Highly skilled in financial management. Exposure to Aboriginal Corporations registered under ORIC.
Passionate about justice and reducing Aboriginal Disadvantage through enterprise
Retired General Manager Telstra with 38 years ITC and Corporate Governance experience, Specialises in Mentoring Aboriginal people and corporations to build self confidance and self dependence in diverse areas. I do not do things for ppl but if they want to learn to do it for themselves I will have a darned good go at mentoring and become a life long mentor and friend. Successfully ran bid, applied and won Remote Jobs Program in one remote WA Region. Established successful building bi=usiness in one community, Director of one Remote Community Corporation and mentor to two others plus personal mentor to several family groups and individuals. Teach IT and computers and networking , Experience in Native Title, Heritage and managing Pastoral stations and businesses. Particular passion to reduce Disadvantage through self enterprises, Reduce Aboriginal youth and Adult Suicide and advance the connecting of all parts of Australian society with Aboriginal people values and beliefs as best I can. Considerable (8 year) experience in Aboriginal business recovery, ORIC administration and forensic analysis and remediation of poorly performing Aboriginal Corporations, businesses and Pastoral leases.....That is what I enjoy.....Helping Aboriginal People achieve their own definition of success and healthy outcomes amid difficult times. Geographical location is never an issue.
Victorian Bushfoods & Survival Plants Trainer & Consultant
I can help your organisation develop small businesses which compliment traditional lifestyles. As a non Indigenous man of Irish decent I see the World is interested in your traditional lifestyles. The elements are ongoing, I personally like to pick things up like they where only put there yesterday even if what we pick up has been wrongly hidden for years. I fully respect Traditional and Community Lore. I believe we all need each other to be stronger, healthier and happier. We can rebuild every positive aspect of your traditional lifestyle and work on appropriate commercial opportunities to help build the community and increase realistic culturally appropriate greater well being.
Experienced commercial and NFP director
- Executive Chair, ANSON Management Consulting Pty Ltd - Executive Director, Tune in Digital Pty Ltd - Chair, Phoenix Support & Advocacy Service - Chair, WA Chapter of Social Impact Measurement Network Australia (SIMNA WA) - Non-executive Director, Learning & Attentional Disorders Society (LADS) - Graduated top of class in Master of Business Administration (Distinction) from Curtin University (Dux, Distinction) - Graduated top of class in Graduate Certificate in Management from RMIT (Dux) - Bachelor of Arts in English and Fine Art with Honours from UWA
Experienced Director on Indigenous Boards and advisor
Chartered Accountant, past significant & successful business owner, director on Indigenous boards and board advisor for over 20 years on successful ORIC corporations and Indigenous economic boards. Strong governance experience and focussed on outcomes for all stakeholders. Strong turn around experience with positive long term sustainable achievements. Vast experience in Capital cities, regional & remote areas and available Australia wide.
Audit, Finance, Accounting, Risk, Greenhouse and Energy, Fraud and Quality strategist
I have vast experience in the area of audit, risk, finance, accounting, academic and governance both in profit and non profit organisations of various sizes from listed, public, local government and corporations. This covers both national and in the international scenes, particularly Asia Pacific regions. I do have qualifications in corporate governance, Greenhouse and energy, Finance and accounting, fraud, financial planning (SMSF), Audit (Big 4) , Risk, Quality and academia. I have great passion for rural communities particularly of indigenous where my skill set is, in my opinion, most needed. My goal is to be able to demonstrate that Aboriginal communities can emulate other successful societies and business enterprises in the traditional ways with creative influence and innovation. I can be used as an effective tool in this endeavour for the benefit of the common causes and entrenched values.
Extensive board experience, Finance, Health, Services and Aboriginal Corporations
Engineer with finance and IT consulting experience with IBM and later as an independent business improvement consultant. Many years of director level experience in publicly funded bodies, working with federal and state government departments and Ministers. Director and Treasurer for Technical Aid for the Disabled (SA) Inc 1980 to 1983 Treasurer, Board Chairman and President of Wangaratta Base Hospital 1993 to 1998 Management Committee Member, Age Concern Albury-Wodonga 2010 to 2015 Director, Lifeline Albury-Wodonga 2011 to 2015 Director, Treasurer Health Providers Alliance NT from 2016 2017 Independent Director, Regional Anangu Services Aboriginal Corporation from 2016 2017 Member Alice Springs Bushfires Regional Committee from 2016 2017 Member NT Government Mental Health Coordinating Group from 2016 to 2017 Independent Director, Tjillari Justice Aboriginal Corporation from 2017 Employed part time by The Barossa Council as Project Officer, Barossa Community Men's Shed from 2017 Now partly retired in the Barossa Valley of SA.
Environmental Professional Business Owner
I have lived and worked establishing land management and enterprise development businesses in an Indigenous Community. I now own a successful Environmental Consulting Business and I am keen to assist with the Governance and Community and Economic Development of an Indigenous Organisation. I believe I have the right skills, temperament and experience to provide quality advice and assistance to a Board. I am currently a Director of the NT NRM Board.
Experienced Consultant and Mentor to Aboriginal Corporations
I am an experienced Consultant and Mentor to Aboriginal Organisations. I have advised and provided hands on support to turn organisations around, implement corporate governance, identify risks and solutions, coaching and mentoring, designed and implementing reporting, as well as worked closely with the Board and CEOs to create strategies. I hold a degree in Business majoring in Accounting, Degree in Computing majoring in IT Management, Member of Australian Association of Practice Managers, Australian Institute of Company Directors, Australian Computing Society and an Associate Certified Practicing Accountant. I am also a certified trainer.
Aboriginal Manager Expertise & Development
I am an Aboriginal Management Consultant and business operator, involved in ISO Quality Systems, Management Accounting, Consultancy, and Social and Aboriginal Procurement Services business for nearly 20 years. We operate nationally. We have specialised, since 1996, in the provision of business management, corporate governance, business development and sustainability, trust and front of office management services, our business has also management heritage and cultural management services around several States. We have undertaken consultancy projects involving: *Organisational reviews and evaluations, quality reviews, investigations and business startups. We have been involved in administrative services and bookkeeping, implementing new governance structures; Provision of mentoring, business and marketing plans; *Investigations, examinations and fraud and forensic accounting; I undertake assignments across all of Australia including metropolitan, regional and remote areas. This has included the Pilbara, Kimberley, and Goldfields of Western Australia, Torres Strait Islands, Northern Territory and South Australia, North Queensland, Victoria and other places. I hold current board positions in South Australia, QLD, and Western Australia. I currently hold a Directors position in one of the largest Aboriginal owned CDP 700 recipients, MUNS that employs over 100 Anangu people on the APY Lands and am a member of the SA Health Performance Council, SA Aboriginal Advisory Committee.
Experienced and Qualified
I have worked in government and community services for many years. This has included employment and training services, youth services and health services. I have a trade and background in small business including running my own consultancy practice for just over seven years. I also have a strong background in government having worked in ATSIC, CRS Australia and The Department of Health and Ageing. My consultancy is now split between management work and mediation. On the qualifications front I have a trade certificate in telecommunications, and Bachelor of Business degree in accounting, a graduate certificate in public sector management and an MBA. My most recent qualification is a Graduate diploma in family dispute resolution. I also hold national accreditation in mediation (NMAS) and am an accredited family dispute resolution practitioner. In working with boards I am very keen to see wise and sustainable decisions that are based on good advice. I'll bring everything I have to offer and work hard to achieve good outcomes. I have worked for and with boards of community organisations since 1981 and am now looking to offer direct service through membership.
Experienced Chartered Accountant, Consultant and Mentor
I am a Chartered Accountant and Principal of the international accounting firm, RSM Bird Cameron. I operate out of our Riverina (Wagga Wagga) and Murray (Albury) Offices in regional New South Wales. I have specialised, since 1996, in the provision of dispute resolution, financial management, governance, debt advisory and restructuring related services. This has included: *Organisational reviews and developing remedial action plans; *Capacity building including restructuring organisations and implementing new governance models; *Mentoring, business plans and due diligence; *Investigations, examinations and fraud and forensic accounting; *Special Administrations under the CATSI Act; and *Funds Administration and Grant Controller roles. I undertake assignments across all of Australia including metropolitan, regional and remote areas. This has included Cape York, North Queensland, Western Australia, Victoria and throughout the smaller communities within New South Wales. I am known for independent and pragmatic advice and my ability to resolve issues and disputes, deal with sensitive issues and identify (and then mitigate) key risks.
20 years of professional experience including a decade on NGO boards. Currently senior manager with Ernst & Young specialising is risk, governance and strategy advice. AICD Company Director Graduate.
Previous Director of Stores Licencing
Extensive Public and Private sector experience at Director level with a passion for retail, Indigenous health and service delivery to remote Communities. 30 years experience in business planning and Financial reporting. Currently COO Outback Stores.
FCPA with 30 years experience in indigenous organisations
Accomplished Certified Practicing Accountant with extensive experience in senior financial and management roles with regional and remote Indigenous organisations enhanced by over a decade at Senior Executive level in the Commonwealth Public Service.
Accounting & Management Support Specialist
Offering over 20 years experience in the accounting and management support environment with extensive experience in providing remote and outsourced services. Experienced with the development of internal systems, good governance, administration processes and accounting services aimed to maximise existing resources. Having established a well respected set of skills in the not-for-profit and commercial sectors in the areas for community services, community housing, disability support services, remote indigenous organisations and a variety of small to medium business enterprises. Able to communicate effectively with other Directors and contribute to / explain complex compliance issues. Experience with a variety of industries, business management, mining, tourism, governance and day-today operations.
Senior manager with 20 years experience in corporate and community roles
I started my career as a lawyer, moved into technology start ups, and business development roles before taking on a CEO position in the Not For Profit sector. Strong grasp of governance and risk management, business development, technology, training.
Experienced Senior Executive working with Indigenous organisations
I have worked with numerous Indigenous organisations over many years in the areas of employment, community development, native title and land rights. This has included helping organisations to build their governance capacity, identify new business opportunities, improve their efficiency and navigate complex issues that can potentially impact on their standing in the community and with Government. I fully respect and appreciate the special place that Indigenous organisations have within their communities and the special roles that they often play that go well beyond their main business. I have been a Senior Executive within the Australian Government working in the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet and the Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs. I am currently the Senior Project Director with the Multicultural Development Association.
Governance, strategic management and finance specialist
My experience in the indigenous corporate sector particularly with ORIC has provided me with specialist capabilities in governance related areas such as training and mentoring of boards and specialist assistance with compliance, financial and recruiting issues. I have visited and addressed boards on many occasions in relation to a wide range of governance issues. Strategic and business planning has also been a specialist area of my involvement. Setting up new corporations and developing/refining their rulebooks has become another core skill I have. I am currently employed as the Business Manager of the Pitjantjatjara Council Aboriginal Corporation on a part time basis. Immediately prior to this appointment I was the Regional Manager of the Office of the Registrar of Indigenous Corporations in Central/South Australia from March 2011 until December 2015. My employment history consists of a range of positions supporting indigenous communities including Government Business Manager in and around Central Australia from February 2008 until March 2011. Also, senior management positions and consultancies in the indigenous sector were held dating back to the year 2000. I am a fellow of the institute of public accountants.
Wealth of Experinece
As a Chartered Accountant who has worked in the Indigenous environment in the NT since 1986 there is a great deal of experience particularly in assisting funded organisation to produce accurate reports for the Board, funding bodies and keeping ORIC happy. As part of a National organisation there is the ability to connect with subject matter experts in many fields.
Non-executive director with experience in aged care, retirement living, education, property, and procurement.
Karen Schmidt is a respected leader with experience in property, procurement, and governance in the education, aged care, and public sectors. In her most recent executive role at Baptistcare, Karen was responsible for a broad portfolio that included retirement living, affordable housing, goods and services procurement, and strategic asset management of operations throughout Western Australia. She is an Independent Director of Ngarluma Ngurra Ltd, a public company that holds, develops, and manages land on behalf of the Ngarluma People in the Pilbara region of Western Australia, a member of the Murdoch Strategic Precinct Group, and is the Housing and Planning Policy Manager for Aged and Community Services WA. Karen is a graduate member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and an active coach and mentor, including for The Smith Family and the University of Western Australia student mentoring programmes. She holds a Bachelor of Commerce with First Class Honours and a Master of Science from the University of Western Australia.
Aboriginal Advocate & Leader
I have had several roles within support work with aboriginal organisations and for government organisations.I hope to purse a leadership role within an organisation that allows me to make a change within that organisation but also meeting the needs of the Aboriginal community. I am passionate and driven to make a change and help advocate for the needs of my people!