Judges

With a judging panel including respected professionals and business leaders, academics, business executives, entrepreneurs and innovators, the Australian Accounting Awards are peer-reviewed recognition of your or your business’ capabilities for supporting the accounting sector and passion for driving the industry forward.

Our 2022

Judges

Tanya Sale
Tanya Sale
CEO , Outsource Financial

Tanya Sale brings over 25 years experience in the banking and finance industry to her role as Founder/Chief Executive Officer of outsource financial pty ltd. Feeling inhibited by the restraints of working for other people and with a desire to change the lending landscape in Australia, armed with a set of business models she had created over 12 years earlier, in 2010 Tanya launched outsource financial. The company is now one of largest independently owned Aggregators in Australia.

Initially Tanya held Senior Executive positions in Third Party Banking prior to moving from the Banks to the private sector where she accepted a role with National Aggregator group Lawfund where she eventually held the position of Chief Executive Officer. The group won many awards under her reign of five years.

Tanya moved on to accept a challenge from one of the largest independent Wealth Dealer groups (at that time) to build a National Aggregation Group from the ground up. With Tanya as General Manager within 3 years of its launch Finconnect won Wholesale Aggregator/Originator of the Year in 2009 in the MFAA Awards.

Prior to and since outsources inception many of the existing aggregators were bought either wholly or partially by the big banks.

It is a credit to Tanya that the company has grown organically and not via acquisition or mergers which makes her success even more outstanding.

Under Tanya’s leadership outsource financial won the Australian Broking Awards Boutique Aggregator of the Year in 2012, was finalist in the Boutique Aggregator of the year in 2013, 2014, 2016, Best Training & Education in 2013, 2014, won Highly Commended in the Australian Mortgage Awards Aggregator of the Year < 500 Brokers 2016, was finalist for Best Mortgage Aggregator in the Australian Lending Awards 2017 & won Aggregator of the Year < 500 brokers in the Australian Mortgage Awards 2017.

It should also be noted that Tanya operates in an arena that is dominated by males and today she is the only female CEO and Founder /Owner of a National Aggregator. Not only that, she is very much respected in the finance industry and her comments on industry intel are constantly in the media.

For many years Tanya has been and was named in the mortgage industry "hotshot list" as one of Australia's top movers and shakers within the banking and finance industry.

During her career Tanya has also sat on various boards in the Technology, Financial Planning and Compliance industries.

It is to Tanya’s credit that still today she makes a point of meeting every new outsource member. This is rare for a CEO.

The company has never advertised or marketed as their reputation and credibility within the professional services sector drives their recruitment which is evidenced by the number of professionals within the company’s database.

Tanya has changed the way lending is driven in Australia.

Dr Rahat Munir
Dr Rahat Munir
Head 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.Partner of the Year Awards is back for 2022 and is once again bringing you an unparalleled awards program that identifies the legal partners, or partners equivalent, across individual practice areas within the Australian legal profession.
The awards are regarded as one of the legal profession’s most prestigious accolades and pinpoint professional development and innovation, showcasing the individuals who are leading the way in the industry.

Sascha Moore
Sascha Moore
Director , Create Design & Marketing

Sascha Moore is a marketing specialist, who focuses on providing highly strategic, creative solutions – predominantly to the financial services and legal industries. Sascha has extensive experience in Australia and the United States with developing effective integrated marketing programs, and directing their implementation. She is now the Director of Create Design & Marketing, a boutique marketing communications agency that fuses solid strategy and powerful designs that directly resonates with a clients’ end markets. This approach creates a true connection: and connection drives results, deepens brand equity and furthers relationships. In addition to her professional obligations, Sascha is actively committed to educating brokers on how to enhance their business through incorporating smart marketing practices.

Guy Pearson
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.

Lielette Calleja
Lielette Calleja
Director , All That Counts

Lielette Calleja is the director of All That Counts, a leading and multi-award-winning firm with over 25 years of financial management, accounting, payroll and bookkeeping experience. In 2021 Lielette was named one of the Top 50 Small Business Leaders with Inside Small Business and was also recognised for being a Top 100 Global ProAdvisor. Before starting up her own business in 2004, Lielette held senior finance positions in the commercial private sector, primarily in the entertainment and music industry. In 2021 Lielette joined The Institute of Public Accountants (IPA Group) as their Chief Accounting Technician, where her focus is around advocacy and technical professional development for accounting technicians. She currently sits on the ATO Single Touch Payroll Phase 2 Advisory Group and is also a member of the ATO BAS Agent Advisory Group.

Vicki Stylianou
Vicki Stylianou
Executive General Manager, Advocacy & Technical , Institute of Public Accountants

Vicki is currently employed by the Institute of Public Accountants (IPA), which is one of the professional accounting bodies in Australia, with over 35,000 members in 65 countries worldwide. The IPA has offices across Australia, in London, Beijing, Guangzhou, Hong Kong and Kuala Lumpur. Two-thirds of the IPA’s members work in or with small business or SMEs. Further information can be found at, www.publicaccountants.org.au.

Vicki came to the IPA in 2007 from the Australian Federal Treasury, where she worked in business tax policy, prudential regulation of the banking sector, financial literacy and in the Office of Best Practice Regulation. Prior to this, Vicki was a practicing lawyer specialising in commercial litigation, working in Australia and overseas. Vicki holds a BJuris, LLB, BA, MBA (international business) and DFP.

Maria Balatbat
Maria Balatbat
Senior Lecturer , School of Accounting UNSW Sydney

Maria is a Senior Lecturer at the Business School UNSW Sydney and Fellow of CPA Australia. Maria’s research interests include integration of environmental, social and governance (ESG) dimensions in investment decision making including, disclosure of climate change information. She is a recipient of several Australian Research Council (ARC) grants with projects that examine the capital market implications of Integrated Reporting and use of environmental and social indicators to develop a valuation methodology for investment decisions. Maria also led a team to develop a built environment impact assessment framework that aims to unlock the value creation capabilities of sustainability reporting in the built environment sector. Maria teaches courses on climate change and sustainability to business students at UNSW. Maria is also a Director at the Australasian Reporting Awards and a member of the Chartered Accountants in Australia and New Zealand (CA ANZ). Maria has a PhD in Economics at the University of Sydney.

Kerry Humprheys
Kerry Humprheys
Associate Professor , UNSW Sydney

Kerry Humphreys (PhD, CA) is an Associate Professor and Deputy Head of School (Accounting) at UNSW Sydney. She researches and teaches in behavioural management accounting, and supervises research students in the Honours and PhD programs. Kerry’s 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 international award recognition and grant funding. Her teaching and curricula development have been recognised with university, disciplinary and national teaching awards, including the Pearson Education Accounting/Finance Lecturer of the Year award.

Jeremy Danon
Jeremy Danon
Director , Ariel & Associates Pty Ltd

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.

Michael Drage
Michael Drage
Founder , Re-Imagined Habitat

With over 25 years in the financial planning and investment industry, Michael now blends this with two of his other passions- Building Design and Sustainability.
He established reimagined Habitat to provide design and construction advice to clients wishing to create sustainable, energy efficient houses. Using his financial planning background, the service not only takes into account the design and needs of clients, but also investigates the investment return on both the asset and the running costs through sustainable design, building techniques and technology and also looks at flexibility of usage over time. reimagined Habitat helps advisers’ work with clients to make more informed investment decisions related to the family home or their investment properties.

Helen Spiropoulos
Helen Spiropoulos
Senior Lecturer , UTS

Helen Spiropoulos is a Senior Lecturer in the Accounting Discipline of the UTS Business School and specialises in financial reporting and analysis. Helen is on the Editorial Board of Corporate Governance: an International Review and is Program Director for the Masters of Professional Accounting at UTS. She has a Bachelor of Science in Information Technology and a Bachelor of Business with First Class Honours at UTS, for which she received the University Medal. Helen completed her PhD in Financial Accounting and Corporate Governance, for which she received The Chancellor's List Award at UTS and the Best Paper Award at the JCAE Conference 2016. Helen also co-runs and mentors in the IBES World 3P Innovation Competition at UTS and has published in a number of academic journals.

Jenny Pearse
Jenny Pearse
Managing Director , Jenesis - Business and Marketing Consultancy

Jenny Pearse is an award-winning Marketing Consultant as well as a speaker and presenter who has worked in the marketing and advertising industry over the last 20 years.
She is Managing Director of Jenesis – a business and marketing consultancy she founded in 2006. For the past 14 years, Jenny has been helping financial services organisations, financial advisers, business owners and their teams to succeed and flourish in a rapidly changing landscape.
With a keen focus on digital media and using technology as a platform to engage, Jenny has helped transform businesses all over Australia as they adapt and thrive in today’s digital world.
Jenny is a marketing strategist at heart and her goal is to help you find your voice and amplify it through your marketing and communications

Melissa Meagher
Melissa Meagher
, 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!

Steve Prendeville
Steve Prendeville
Director , Forte Asset Soluitions

Is the founder and Managing Director of Forte Asset Solutions, Forte Licensing Solutions and Forte Consulting Solutions. 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.

Steve was a Partner in Deloitte and CEO of DFS Financial Services a HNW Advisory Group. After selling DFS Steve created Australia’s first specialist financial services M&A group.

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

Maryam Safari
Maryam Safari
Lecturer of Accounting , School of Accounting - RMIT University

Dr Maryam Safari is a lecturer in Accounting in the School of Accounting at RMIT University, Melbourne, Australia. Maryam's PhD research focused on the Australian corporate governance, and financial reporting quality. Maryam’s current research focuses on corporate social responsibility, diversity and inclusion, and social and human capital. She has a particular interest in these issues in corporate governance contexts. Maryam's teaching experience spans a range of subjects in financial accounting at undergraduate and postgraduate levels.

Kim Payne
Kim Payne
Managing Director , 9Rok

Kim is a maths, stats, and numbers nerd who loves making complex stuff easy to understand. After nearly 30 years in financial services, she knows complicated does not have to be confusing.

She believes that being a technical genius is not enough for sustained success. It’s about mastering how to catch and keep valuable clients and become an indispensable player in their lives.

Whether she’s delivering inspiring keynotes, running group workshops, or coaching ambitious advisers, her focus is on helping professionals communicate the value of advice.

Nail this and they can earn more money, make a bigger impact, and grow a business that makes them proud.

Kim spent the first part of her career (almost 20 years) in the corporate world across stockbroking, relationship management, financial advising, training and consulting.

In 2010 she jumped ship and became a business owner, running multiple financial services businesses.

Her formal credentials include a Bachelor of Economics, a Graduate Diploma in Applied Finance and Investment, and an Advanced Diploma in Financial Planning.

Drew Bowne
Drew Bowne
Founder and Financial Adviser , Sapience Financial & Investment Services

Drew's an award-winning provocative writer, speaker, financial advisor and diversity and inclusion
ambassador. He specialises in working with entrepreneurs, small business owners and their families
helping them better manage known key risks.
A straight-talking financial advisor who believes life is not about money, he runs a purpose aligned
company, Sapience Financial & Investment, along with separate specialty brands using business
solutions to solve key social problems.
He’s a founding writer for successful small business owners and entrepreneurs at Smallville.com.au a
Mentor with The Pinnacle Foundation and in 2017 he received the Westpac Businesses of Tomorrow
Award.

Peter Lynch
Peter Lynch
Client Relationship Manager , Aon

Peter Lynch is a leader in Professional Indemnity Insurance in the real estate, valuation and management right industry sectors.

He boasts over 30 years’ experience with Aon Risk Solutions and as the Client Manager is responsible for developing new business within the real estate sector including the identification of business opportunities with franchise groups and other stakeholders.

He took a significant role in providing advice and support to introduce a Real Estate specific indemnity insurance scheme and is responsible for the highly successful REIQ/REINT schemes which he coordinated with the assistance of industry, lawyers, underwriters and claims staff.

Peter has a strong interest in promoting safe and quality business practices in real estate and has been a regular contributor to course materials, presentations and editorial submissions. He has been called upon to be a guest speaker at training forums for the REIQ, REIA, REINT, REIWA and various franchise groups.

Peter also provides individual Risk Management training to a number of his Franchise Group clients.

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