At Women In Tax National Congress, you know that you’ll always be hearing the latest thinking from the brightest women in tax.
Kirsten Fish is Chief Tax Counsel at the ATO, having joined the ATO in 2014. Kirsten is one of the highest legal authorities within the ATO, leading the Tax Counsel Network and providing technical leadership in relation to significant tax issues, cases and rulings. Kirsten is a member of the panel session on ‘Aligned Values’, offering her experience and views on balancing your personal values with the values of your workplace. Prior to joining the ATO, Kirsten was a tax Partner at Clayton Utz with a focus on the financial services industry and providing finance and investment transaction advice.
Catherine Fox is one of Australia’s leading commentators on women and the workforce. An award-winning journalist, an author and presenter, she is regularly invited to address audiences around Australia and often appears in the media. During a long career with the Financial Review, she edited several sections of the newspaper, and wrote the weekly Corporate Woman column; and she has published four books, including her latest "Stop Fixing Women” (NewSouth). In 2012 Catherine helped establish the annual Westpac/Financial Review 100 Women of Influence Awards; and she is a member of the Australian Defence Force Gender Equality Advisory Board. She was awarded the 2017 Walkley Award for Women’s Leadership in Media.
Maureen Frank is an entrepreneur, speaker, bestselling author, and proud founder of emberin 12 years ago. She's a highly successful business woman: former Head of Mergers and Acquisitions for Aon in the UK and Australia, Telstra Business Woman of the Year, and BRW Rising Star. As a global leading international diversity and inclusion expert, she has mentored over 30,000 individuals. Maureen, with her ROI obsession has established over a dozen diversity councils in major organisations (most of which were the executive team), personally coached CEO’s on their journey and supported her client to achieve results, including supporting a number of organisations increase the number of women in senior leadership in record time: a telco (from 6% to 31% in 2 years), a mining company (from 8% to 23% in 2 years), a bank (from 11% to 33% in 3 years), a waste management business (from 8% to 19% in 1 year) and many more examples.
Reyna Matthes is passionate about helping people reach their full potential. An energising and engaging executive leadership coach, facilitator and keynote speaker, Reyna inspires people to actualize their full potential. Accessing 25 years senior executive experience, she works with Australian and Asia-Pacific clients across a range of industries such as financial and professional services, banking, property, and government. Reyna’s work is about getting results for organisational clients through their most valuable resource - people. Reyna provides individual and group coaching programs to help people realize their unique strengths and find their voice as a leader/ influencer. She is passionate about diversity and inclusion, taking a strengths-based approach to leadership development. Reyna’s work spans boundaries of leadership, team building, individual coaching, and change management. Focus topics include power and influencing, networking and connecting, strengths-based leadership, personal branding, and women & leadership. As a Director of Executive Central, Reyna initiated the Women Leading Program. This experiential and action-focused program supports senior and high potential women to take opportunities and claim their seat at the leadership table.
CTA, CA, is a Principal and co-founder of the newly established firm Bellevue Advisors, situated in Tasmania. Luci has been working in SME business advisory and compliance for over 18 years. Luci is a member of the panel session on ‘Aligned Values’, offering her experience and views on balancing your personal values with the corporate values of your workplace. After 8 years as a partner at one of the larger locally owned practices in Tasmania, Luci decided it was time for a change and time to do things a little differently. After 18 months of negotiations Luci and her team left the practice and launched Bellevue Advisors during July 2017. Luci is often sought out as a speaker on tax related matters and has been a presenter previously for The Tax institute. Luci was also the Tasmanian Telstra Business Women of the Year in 2012 and is a current member and former President of the Taxation Institute State Council in Tasmania. When not working Luci is busy looking after 3 little girls with her husband.
Nick Panos is an experienced specialist solicitor with over 28 years in practice and is also the principal of N. Panos & Associates a highly respected and progressive boutique law firm. Nick is one of Australia’s leading male champions of change, and will share his views on how diversity and equality pave the way for improved business outcomes. He specialises in all areas of tax law, superannuation (with particular emphasis on SMSFs), business and company law, estate planning, business succession planning, asset protection planning, trusts and general commercial matters. Nicholas has been accredited by the Law Society as a Business and Personal Taxation Law specialist, is a member of the Law Society, a member of the Law Society Specialist Accreditation Business and Personal Taxation Law Advisory Committee, a Chartered Tax Advisor of The Tax Institute and a member of The Tax Institute Professional Development Committee.
Karen Payne, CTA, was appointed as the inaugural Chief Executive Officer of the Board of Taxation, effective 31 March 2016. She is also a Member of the Board of Taxation, appointed in May 2015. Karen is a member of the panel session on ‘Aligned Values’, offering her experience and views on balancing your personal values with the corporate values of your workplace. She chaired the Board’s working group that advised on the implementation of the OECD hybrid mismatch rules – both generally and specifically in relation to regulatory capital. Karen was a member of the Board of Taxation advisory panel and assisted with the reviews of tax arrangements for managed investment trusts, venture capital limited partnerships, collective investment vehicles, the investment manager regime and the arm’s-length debt test. Karen was previously a Partner at Minter Ellison focusing on international and corporate taxes for the financial services industry, and mining, energy and utilities sectors. Karen has assisted domestic and international corporates and funds (equity, infrastructure, property, private equity and venture capital) with advice on structure, M&A and taxation due diligence.
Tim Reed joined the MYOB Group in July 2004, and was appointed CEO in 2008 after spending over four years in management roles including Managing Director of MYOB Australia and MYOB Group Product Executive. Tim joins our session on Male Champions of Change.
Throughout his time with the MYOB Group, Tim has overseen the business’ growth and its expansion into cloud products and Connected Services, including the acquisition of BankLink in 2013. He also led the creation of the Enterprise Division via the acquisitions of Commac and Exonet in 2007 and PayGlobal in 2014.
Prior to joining the MYOB Group, Tim worked in Silicon Valley within a number of companies in global technology and internet markets. Tim is a Member of the Business Council of Australia and the Business Advisory Panel of the Minister for Small Business.
Elissa Romanin is a Partner at Minter Ellison, who specialises in providing tax structuring, tax due diligence, contract drafting and general income tax advice. Elissa is a member of the panel session on ‘Aligned Values’, offering her experience and views on balancing your personal values with the corporate values of your workplace. Many of the matters she works on involves corporate income tax issues related to mergers and acquisitions, divestments and capital reorganisations. In addition to large corporates, Elissa’s clients include high net wealth individuals and privately owned groups in Australia and abroad. Elissa works with these clients to help structure their wealth ownership in a way that tax-effectively achieves their succession planning and asset protection objectives.
Kerrie Sadiq, CTA
Kerrie Sadiq, CTA is a Professor of Taxation in the School of Accountancy at the QUT Business School, Queensland University of Technology. She holds a Bachelor of Commerce (B Com) from The University of Queensland, a Bachelor of Laws (Honours) (LLB Hons) from The University of Queensland, a Master of Laws (LLM) from Queensland University of Technology, and a PhD from Deakin University. Kerrie draws on her vast knowledge and experience to look at the hidden biases in tax, and what women can do about them. A Chartered Tax Adviser member of The Tax Institute and a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, Kerrie primarily researches in international tax, tax expenditures and capital gains tax. She is author of numerous publications in both Australian and International journals and edited books and is a co-author of taxation texts. She is a co-editor of Australian Tax Review, one of Australia’s leading tax journals. Kerrie is often cited in the media in relation to international tax issues and regularly receives invitations to speak on contemporary tax topics. She has written and presented findings for the Committee for Economic Development of Australia (CEDA) and in 2015 appeared before the Senate Inquiry into Corporate Tax Avoidance. Prior to joining Queensland University of Technology, Kerrie spent 20 years at The University of Queensland, as a member of both their Law School and Business School.
Steve Southon has been NAB's Chief Tax Officer since March 2013. He has more than 23 years' experience in taxation across many business sectors ranging from small business to international banking. A leading male champion of change, Steve will share his views on how diversity and equality pave the way for improved business outcomes. Steve is a member of the Advisory Panel of the Board of Taxation.
Prof. Gillian Triggs, former President of the Australian Human Rights Commission
Emeritus Professor Gillian Triggs was the President of the Australian Human Rights Commission from 2012-2017. Gillian was Dean of the Faculty of Law and Challis Professor of International Law at the University of Sydney from 2007-12. Gillian is a former Barrister with Seven Wentworth Chambers and a Governor of the College of Law. She has combined an academic career with international commercial legal practice and worked with governments and international organisations advising on including law including human rights law. She is focused on the implementation in Australian law of the human rights treaties to which Australia is a party, and on working with nations in the Asia Pacific region on practical approaches to human rights. Gillian has been a consultant on International Law to King & Wood Mallesons, the Australian representative on the Council of Jurists for the Asia Pacific Forum for National Human Rights Institutions, Chair of the Board of the Australian International Health Institute, a member of the Attorney General's International Legal Service Advisory Council and Chair of the Council of Australian Law Deans. Gillian also served the Commission as Acting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice Commissioner from 1 August 2016 to 9 February 2017.
Elizabeth Tromans is a trusted governance professional with local and international blue chip company experience supported by credible professional qualifications (tax, applied finance, commercial law & governance) and deep subject matter expertise. Elizabeth joins the panel session on ‘Aligned Values’, offering her experience and views on balancing your personal values with the corporate values of your workplace. A reliable business advocate, a trusted adviser and a leader who is able to solve complex business issues successfully, Liz is currently the Senior Group Governance Officer at Australia Post, having previously practiced in commercial law and tax, held the position as Head of Tax (Australia) for NAB, and senior roles in PriceWaterhouseCoopers and the ATO.