More information about the 2017 National Conference Speakers will be announced soon.
Position: Co- founder - EDX
Kim has specialised in PPSA consultancy and registration services since similar legislation was introduced in New Zealand in 2001/2002 - he is a co-founder of EDX.PPSA is a natural area of interest for him – he is a former receiver and liquidator and then headed up the recoveries division of a major NZ bank, before “jumping the fence” to the good side, rebuilding the business bank book as NZ emerged from recession in the early 90’s. This means he is expert in enforcing security, taking security and managing security.
He relocated to Melbourne in late 2010 to lead EDX’s entry in to the Australian market. When asked about the biggest challenge, he replied that “It is really hard to get companies to take PPSA seriously. If the NZ experience is anything to go by, companies often come to us when they have suffered an (avoidable) bad debt. There is every indication that a similar trend is emerging in Australia and that outside of the well informed few, most Australian businesses will be under prepared and consequently over exposed to risk of bad debts.”
Outside of work, Kim’s main passion is yachting and even though he thoroughly enjoying living in Melbourne, he pines for the sparkling waters of the Hauraki Gulf.
Position: General Manager, Commercial Risk - Equifax
Neil Shilbury joined Equifax in June 2016, and has over 20 years’ experience in the financial services sector both in Australia and the Asian region. This included an extensive career in the commercial customer sector at ANZ Bank extending from Small Business to Institutional Banking, culminating in leadership of the bank’s Australian Corporate Banking business.
At Equifax Neil is responsible for defining and driving the strategic direction for Equifax’s portfolio of Commercial Solutions across Business Lending, Trade Credit, Trade Insurance and Financial Viability, Procurement and Ratings Analytics. This includes Equifax’s commercial credit bureau which houses credit history of commercial businesses across Australia.
Prior to joining Equifax, Neil was CEO of Kaplan Australia, one of Australia's largest private education providers and subsequently CEO of Careers Training Group, a start-up vocational education training group formed with the support of private equity investment.
Position: Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman (ASBFEO)
Kate Carnell commenced her role as Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman (ASBFEO) in March 2016.
Kate brings extensive experience and knowledge to the role of Ombudsman, having run her own small businesses for 15 years before becoming ACT Chief Minister in 1995 for a five year period.
Prior to her appointment as the inaugural ASBFEO, Kate held the position of CEO of the Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry, which represents more than 300,000 businesses across Australia. She has also served two years as CEO of beyondblue, four years as CEO of the Australian Food and Grocery Council, four years as CEO of the Australian General Practice Network (AGPN) and three years as CEO of the National Association of Forest Industries (NAFI).
Kate is a pharmacist by profession and was the inaugural chair of the ACT Branch of the Pharmacy Guild of Australia and the first female to become the National Vice-President of the Pharmacy Guild of Australia.
Kate was appointed an Officer of the Order of Australia in 2006 for her services to the community through contributions to economic development and support for the business sector, knowledge industries, the medical sector and medical technology advances.