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With a judging panel including academics, business executives, entrepreneurs and innovators, the Women in Finance Awards is a peer-reviewed recognition of your capabilities in finance and passion for driving the industry forward.

Alisdair Barr
Alisdair Barr
CEO and Founder,

Alisdair Barr is the Founder of Striver ( and has 20 years working in the Wealth Management Industry in both small and large firms and senior leadership roles.

Striver is HR-Tech platform who’s mission is to support fulfilling careers and to help professional services firms more effectively attract and recruit the best graduates for their businesses. Striver is the evolution of nearly 10 years of learning helping match graduates with financial planning, accounting and broader wealth management firms resulting in over 1,000 successful placements.

Drew Browne
Drew Browne
CEO and Senior Financial Adviser,
Sapience Financial

Drew is an award-winning Writer, Speaker, Financial Advisor, Writer, Speaker & Family Small Business Advocate. He specialises in helping modern small business owners and their families, better protect themselves - from their own businesses.

His company’s speciality brand, Unusual Risks Insured, is the first Trauma Informed Organisation (TIO) working in Australian Financial Services. In his free time Drew writes for small business leadership, volunteers as a Mentor, and repeatedly burns things on the BBQ to the dismay of his long-suffering friends and family.

He’s been recognised and awarded by non-industry bodies for his use of technology to connect people and markets and his call for greater diversity and inclusion across the Australian Financial Services community.

Fariborz Moshirian
Fariborz Moshirian
Director, Institute of Global Finance ,
UNSW Business School
Genevieve Collins
Genevieve Collins
Chief Executive Partner,
Lander & Rogers

Genevieve Collins is the Chief Executive Partner of leading Australian law firm Lander & Rogers and a personal injuries litigation specialist with over 35 years' experience.
Genevieve enhanced the gender diversity of Lander & Rogers with policies promoting equal opportunity and setting a new standard for the legal profession. Lander & Rogers now has the greatest number of female partners of any national law firm of size at 49%, a female Chair and four of eight practice groups led by women.

As Chief Executive Partner, Genevieve established Australia's first dedicated LawTech Hubs for startups and scaleups, supporting and promoting tech innovations which are now widely used within the legal industry. With a focus on wellness, Lander & Rogers is the first law firm in Australia to receive WELL accreditation (at the highest platinum level) and the highest 'Gold'Mental Health First Aid workplace accreditation.

Under Genevieve's leadership, Lander & Rogers has been assessed each year as an employer of choice in Australasian Lawyers' and Lawyers Weekly. The firm was also the esteemed recipient of the Financial Times' Most innovative Asia-Pacific law firms in 2022 and Australasian Law Awards for Corporate Citizen Firm of the Year.

In 2022, Genevieve was named Australian Managing Partner of the Year by Lawyers Weekly and Most Influential Lawyer in the category 'Changemakers' by Australasian Lawyers.

Genevieve is a graduate of AICD, Harvard Business School and has an Executive Certificate in Positive Psychology. She is currently Deputy Chair of SANE Australia and an advisory member of the Centre for Legal Innovation (Aust, NZ & Asia).

Helen Spiropoulos
Helen Spiropoulos
Assistant Associate Dean (Learning Innovation),
University of Technology Sydney

Helen Spiropoulos is an Associate Professor in Accounting and Associate Editor of Australian Journal of Management and Managerial Auditing Journal. Helen is a Chartered Accountant and researches and teaches in the areas of sustainability and financial reporting, corporate governance and gender-diversity. Helen has published in a number of leading academic journals and her research has featured in the Australian Financial Review, BOSS magazine, ABC Radio and many others.

Jeremy Danon
Jeremy Danon
Ariel & Associates

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.
Kassandra Humphreys
Kassandra Humphreys
Head of Marketing ,
IG Australia

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Kim Payne
Kim Payne
Managing Director,

Kim works with professional advisers to unlock the hidden value in their business. Because most know how valuable they are, but struggle when it comes to communicating it.

Kim helps them to clarify, explain and demonstrate the value of their advice so they can get more clients, get paid what they’re worth and build a business that makes them proud.

Having spent 20 years in the corporate world, been a financial adviser and running two of her own businesses, she gets a kick out helping others through keynote presentations, commenting in the media, delivering group workshops and coaching her clients.

Liz Stamford
Liz Stamford
General Manager, Australian Regions, Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand

As a professional executive and Chartered Accountant, Liz has an extensive range of experiences over 30 years in professional, business and strategic roles. She has lived and worked in three continents and throughout her career has worked in, and with, businesses, firms, regulators and standard setters in numerous countries. Liz has been a mentor for many individuals internally and externally and has advanced diversity and sustainability initiatives in her roles.

Michael Drage
Michael Drage
Reimagined Habitat

After 25 years in the financial services sector, Michael now runs a group of companies operating in the energy efficient home sector. With National Awards across Design, Sustainable Housing and Documentation the group is a leading voice in the move to building energy efficient, healthy homes. He also uses his financial background to lead Research and Development programs in the sector.

Nicole Hatherly
Nicole Hatherly
Founder and Director,
Brand True North

With 30 years an award-winning Global Brand Strategist, International Keynote, Thought Leadership Expert, Executive Management in Financial Services and a National and Global Awards Judge, Nicole has designed strategies for CommBank, CommSec, TikTok, Foxtel, Woolworths, Subaru, Electrolux, Yahoo, Mirvac and Telstra and shared the stage with Brené Brown, Seth Godin and Arianna Huffington.

Rahat Munir
Rahat Munir
Head Accounting and Corporate Governance ,
Macquarie University

Dr Rahat Munir is a Professor and Head of Department of Accounting and Corporate Governance, Macquarie University. He is FCA, FCPA and PhD. For over 30 years Professor Munir has been at the forefront of initiatives that have positioned organisations to support significant development and change. He is internationally renowned for curriculum development, pioneering innovative learning and teaching (L&T) practices, Micro Credentials and academic standards (including TEQSA and Australian Qualification Framework), Accreditation (AACSB, AMBA, EQUIS, Professional Accounting Bodies), student experience and research. He has played a pivotal role in creation of research and teaching collaborations with professional accounting bodies, Universities in China, Southeast Asia, South Asia and Europe. He has served on the panel for Faculty/Course Reviews of various Universities in Australia and New Zealand.

His research is across management accounting and controls and related subjects. He supervises Master of Research and Ph.D. students. His research interests include from management accounting systems, performance measurement systems, CSR, corporate governance, and management control systems. He has published in leading international journals as well as presented at international conferences in many parts of the world. He is affiliated with several professional bodies including the Accounting and Finance Association of Australia and New Zealand, Professional Risk Managers International Association, USA, American Accounting Association and European Accounting Association.

Professor Munir serves on various high-level Committees and Advisory Boards. Professor Munir has also served on the TAFE NSW Higher Education Academic Board. He has served as guest editor and referee/scientific program committee of various international journals, and organised conferences & workshops. He has been invited for Keynote lectures and Policy presentations in international conferences and public sector institutions. With his strong engagement with industry, he leads CFO Forum, Industry Academic Series, Thought Leadership and Business Leaders Roundtables.

Professor Munir’s sustained excellence in teaching and research has been recognised through international and national awards, including:

2 x Macquarie University Vice Chancellor’s awards for developing programs and outstanding contributions to student learning,

Dean’s teaching excellence award,

2 x CPA Australia’s award for achievement in academia, and

Business/Higher Education Roundtable Award for excellence in accounting teaching collaborations.

Professor Munir's contribution has also been acknowledged for his projects in 2015 and 2021 for the Wharton-QS Stars Reimagine Education Awards at the University of Pennsylvania in the Nurturing Employability Award category for the most innovative pedagogical approach to learning and teaching. He has served on the judging panel of the Momentum Media and Accountants Daily’s Australian Accounting and Australian Digital Technology and 30 Under 30 Awards. Professor Munir's case study - The Ethics of Profit in the Australian Retail Industry was amongst the top 4 teaching cases globally by the Decision Sciences Institute, Washington DC for the ‘Best Teaching Case Studies Award' competition.

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.

Steve Prendeville
Steve Prendeville
Forte Asset Solutions

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.

Tanya Sale
Tanya Sale
outsource Financial

Tanya Sale is the Founder, CEO and Managing Director of multi award-winning, national Aggregator group, outsource Financial. Tanya is the only female CEO / Managing Director of a mortgage Aggregator in Australia. Having extensive banking and finance experience, Tanya pioneered the third-party mortgage sector, by creating diverse models to change the way lending was conducted in Australia.

In 2019 Tanya appeared on the expert's panel, for the Channel 9 television show, Secrets of the Money Masters, she won 'CEO of the Year' at the Women in Finance Awards and was named as one of MPA’s Global 100. In 2020 Tanya was inducted as a Fellow of the FBAA by their Board of Directors and in 2021 was named again, in the MPA Global 100. Most recently, Tanya was named as one of the MPA’s inaugural ‘Elite Women’ 2022.

Tony Dormer
Tony Dormer
Tricor Services (Australia) Pty Ltd

Tony Dormer is a senior adviser of a multi-discipline professional services firm that he established over 40 years ago and that merged in September 2017 to form Tricor Services (Australia) Pty Ltd The firm provides in-bound and out-bound business advisory, management consulting, tax and compliance, outsourced payroll and CFO services, bookkeeping, corporate secretarial services and financial investment services.

Tony’s personal specialist skills and extensive experience are around taxation services, mergers and acquisitions, business valuations, corporate restructuring, as well as business planning and business development issues generally. His entrepreneurial style and ability to 'think outside the square', has enabled Tricor to provide clients with a level and style of service that is unique among business advisory and accountancy practices.

From 2007 to 2019 he was a Board Member and/or Councilor with the NSW Business Chamber. He was elected President in February 2014 and held the position of Deputy President as well as Chairman of the Audit and Compliance Committee, Chair of the Business Environment and Economics Committee within the NSW Business Chamber. He now serves as a Past President.

He was also the former Chairman of Kreston Australia and New Zealand and was previously one of eight Directors on the international board of Kreston International, a position he held for seven years. Kreston is one of the largest networks of independent accounting business advisory firms in the world.

He also serves as a non-executive director on Profit and Not for Profit Boards.

Tony is a Fellow with Chartered Accountants (FCA), Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (MAICD) and Chartered Tax Adviser (CTA) with the Taxation Institute of Australia.

Prior to developing his practice, he had extensive experience at General Manager level with several leading private organizations. This commercial experience is a major ingredient in his philosophy and the range of services offered by him.

He also co-authored a book on leadership titled “Born to Lead?” with Charisse Grey

Tony is available for selective Director appointments.