Work History

Work History

Manager, Risk and Controls Solutions - PricewaterhouseCoopers

August 2010 - Present (1 year 1 month)

  • Led a business transformation project that resulted in the Commonwealth establishing a WoG Office of Language Services 
  • Led a project assurance program for DOFD's Commonwealth Financial Accountability Reform project
  • Reviewed the Australian Government’s risks management practices related to the National Broadband Network rollout
  • Provided advice to DOFD with respect to the Commonwealth’s budget estimate update process
  • Managed project management health checks for SEWPAC
  • Assessed DIAC's and DOFD’s contract management practices
  • Assisted the Australian Institute of Criminology refine its knowledge management practices
  • Performed cost modelling for a TEC at ACS

Manager, Risk & Regulatory Advisory Services - PricewaterhouseCoopers

July 2008 - July 2010 (2 years 1 month)

  • Managed the Sarbanes Oxley compliance programs for two ‘top 20’ paper & pulp companies in North America
  • Provided advice to the BC Lottery Corporation with respect to their enterprise-wide compliance management program
  • Reviewed the Canadian Tourism Commission’s Performance Management & Accountability Framework for the 2010 Winter Olympics

Manager, Internal Audit - PricewaterhouseCoopers

June 2007 - July 2008 (1 year 2 months)

  • Provided governance and risk management advice on large scale procurements, capital investments and equity injections as acting Probity Manager for the DOF
  • A member of PwC’s federal budget quality assurance team; analysing financial statements prior to consolidation
  • Analysed the Australian Tax Office’s accrued revenue models and methodology
  • Managed legislative compliance reviews at various agencies managing compliance risk
  • Developed a five year capital budget and an annual operating budget for the High Court of Australia

Senior Accountant, PriceWaterhouseCoopers

January 2004 - March 2007 (3 years 3 months)

  • Assisted DOFD with the T3 divestment process, (Australia’s largest IPO) – assessing subcontractor performance, the ‘Chinese walls’ of merchant banks; and the retail, broker and institutional share allocation processes
  •  Assessed the procurement practices of various agencies to Commonwealth Procurement Guidelines
  • Assisted various agencies prepare financial statements and external audit support documentation
  • Performed financial accounting ‘health checks’ at numerous government agencies

Financial Controller - Transborder Express

January 1997 - December 2003 (7 years)

  • Managed treasury, accounts payable, accounts receivable and sales processing staff
  • Prepared internal financial statements and cash-flow managements reports
  • Implemented an enterprise wide Activity Based Costing system
  • Assisted with the pre-acquisition due diligence over Lever Coachlines
  • Assisted management with supplier analysis, selection and contract negotiations

Education & experience timelines

Skills

Skills

Project Assurance

Pre & Post implementation reviews, project health checks, stakeholder management assessment, benefit realisation review, performance management

Governance, Risk & Compliance Advisory Services

Evaluate Board, Audit Committee and Internal Audit function effectiveness, conduct governance, risk and compliance maturity assessments, develop or assess supporting frameworks and strategies, test control environments, fraud management services

Internal Audit

Completed over 50 financial, operational and regulatory reviews with a diverse rnage of process effeciency and compliance related objectives. Managing large SOX programs for public coys, Developing annual audit plans and strategies

Financial Analysis

Financial statement preparation, analysis & quality assurance, data analytics, cost modelling, capital budgeting preparations, activitity based costing models, cash-flow analysis, revenue assurance

Specialties

Ben specialises in assessing the people, process and technology aspects of governance, risk and compliance functions.

He is an experienced Internal Auditor, Chartered Accountant, Financial Analyst and Change Management Practitioner.

Awards and Accolades

  • Award for Academic Excellence - Golden Keys International Honour Society
  • Silver Medallist -Duke of Edinburough Awards
  • 3rd Place, Giant Slalom -2011 Australian Corporate Winter Games

Summary

Ben is an experienced manager with strong financial analysis skills and a keen eye for business

process improvements. He has recently returned to Australia after a two year secondment with PwC -

Canada, where he managed the SOX financial compliance programs for two ‘top 20’ paper & pulp

companies in North America and assisted the Canadian Tourism Commission with its performance

management framework for the Winter Olympics.

In Australia, Ben supports a large portfolio of federal government clients including the Department of

Finance and Deregulation (DOFD), the Australian Tax Office (ATO), the Department of Immigration

and Citizenship (DIAC), the Department of Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and

Communities (SEWPAC) and Australian Customs Service (ACS).

As a trusted business advisor, Ben has undertaken a number of financial management assignments

with Commonwealth agencies and provided a wide variety of consulting services including strategic

assessments, performance management reviews and project assurance services. In a past life Ben

was the Financial Controller of a private company.

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Education

Education

Internal Auditor, Chartered Accountant and Financial Analyst.
  • Chartered Accountant, Accounting & Business, 2004 – 2008 Institute of Chartered Accountants, Australia
  • Bachelor of Commerce and Accounting, Accounting & Finance, 2000 – 2003 University of Canberra
  • Graduate Diploma in Transport Management, Management, 1997 – 1998 University of Sydney
  • High School Certificate, 1986 – 1991, Canberra Grammar School
  • Currently studies - Chartered Financial Analyst Level 1