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More information about the 2017 National Conference Speakers will be announced soon.

Adrian Lovney

Position:  CEO, NPP Australia

Adrian commenced as the inaugural CEO of NPP Australia in September 2016.

Prior to joining NPP Australia, Adrian was General Manager, Product & Service at Cuscal, where he was responsible for all product management and operational functions, marketing, sales, and client service. Cuscal was a founding participant of the Real Time Payments Committee and Adrian was one of several senior staff deeply involved in the design, development and governance of Australia’s NPP.

Adrian has an Honours degree in Law from Queensland University of Technology and an MBA from Melbourne Business School.

Benny Kesuma

Position:  Head of Credit Solutions, APAC, Bureau Van Dijk

Benny is the Head of Credit Solutions for APAC. He is responsible for strategy, human capital development and overall revenue in the credit space across corporates and financial institutions in Asia Pacific.

In the last 15 years with Bureau van Dijk, a Moody’s Analytics company, he has covered both market data and custom software solutions, predominantly in the credit risk space through APAC and North America. 

Chris DoubÉ 

Position: CEO, Euler Hermes Australian & New Zealand

Chris Doubé is the CEO of Euler Hermes Australia and New Zealand. He has worked in the credit insurance industry for over 16-years, having held various positions with both single-line and multi-line insurers. He has experience in managing an APRA regulated insurance company with directorship level responsibility in managing credit insurance, surety, credit information, debt collection and debtor financing companies.


Graham Crozier

Position:  CEO, Coface Australia

Graham Crozier, CEO of Coface Australia, has over 30 years’ experience across all aspects of the Trade Credit Insurance industry.

Graham has held a variety of senior management positions in Trade Credit Broking and Underwriting with a number of leading local and international businesses in both the London and Australian markets. Through his Trade Credit expertise, he has successfully helped many businesses identify, understand and mitigate risk to capitalise on their growth ambitions and bridge that gap between risk and opportunity. 

Gregory Mowle MICM CCE

Position:  Faculty of Business, Government & Law, University of Canberra

Gregory Mowle initially worked in the finance sector across the lending, insurance and credit management fields. In 1999 he was the Dux of the Australian Institute of Credit Management’s Certified Credit Executive program.

In 1999 he took his extensive experience of consumer credit to work for Lifeline Brisbane as a financial counsellor. In 2004 he developed financial literacy programs for The Smith Family, creating partnerships with major lenders and governments for effective early intervention programs


James Neate MICM CCE

Position: Partner - Lynch Meyer Lawyers

“Smart credit is both science and art”, says James, something he has learned over many years. James is a senior Lawyer who has been active in the AICM for 25 years in a series of roles as educator/presenter, State Councillor, Division President, Director of Legal Affairs and now as National President.

James acts for creditors, collection agents and all types of insolvency practitioners and so understands the whole credit cycle from every perspective.


John winter

Position:  CEO & Company Secretary, ARITA

John took on the role of CEO of the Australian Restructuring Insolvency and Turnaround Association in February 2014.

Since taking on the role of CEO, John has led the restructuring of ARITA to become a financially sustainable and commercially run organisation. He has led a complete overhaul of the suite of education offerings, ensuring that courses offered by ARITA are market-relevant, accessible to small practices and comprehensively cover restructuring and turnaround.  John has also taken the lead on ARITA's advocacy and thought-leadership work, fronting many parliamentary inquiries on behalf of the profession and working collaboratively with stakeholders, such as Treasury, Attorney-General's, Productivity Commission, ASIC and AFSA on policy development.


Karl Hill MICM

Position:  Managing Director - Results Legal

Karl is the managing director of Results Legal, a national legal firm which specialises in protecting and promoting the rights of creditors.

Karl’s team is preferred legal provider to some of the largest trade credit businesses in Australia, as well as a range of banks, finance companies and insurers


Kate Carnell AO

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). 


Kathy Kostyrko, MAICD

Position:  Director, Hays Specialist Recruitment

Kathy has had a career in the recruitment industry in Australia and New Zealand spanning over many years, the last 23 years of which have been with Hays. Her roles within Hays have been at a senior executive level, either locally based, nationally or internationally. Currently Kathy has a national role managing Hays’ Federal Government business in Australia.  She is also the key presenter of our white papers on employment-related issues, presenting to clients and industry groups at Hays’ events, seminars and conferences across Australasia. 


Kim Powell MICM

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.


Kirk Cheesman

Position:  Managing Director, National Credit Insurance (Brokers) Pty Ltd

Kirk Cheesman is the Managing Director of National Credit Insurance Brokers and started with NCI started in 1990. Throughout Kirk’s time at NCI the company has grown to over 160 employees and 3000 clients throughout Australia, New Zealand and Singapore.

Kirk shows strength in identifying and finding appropriate solutions to mitigate credit risks. This has been applied not only to small, local businesses but to large multi-national companies.


Linda Murray

Position:   Successful Businesswoman, Executive Coach, Mentor, Speaker and Trainer Company:  Athena Coaching

Linda is a successful Businesswoman, Executive Coach, Mentor, Speaker and Trainer. Her unique talent is teaching business owners and executives how to enjoy accelerated commercial and individual success.

Linda understands the formula of peak performance and supports her clients to leverage their skills and talents with ease. She understands how to create simplicity from complexity; structure from overwhelm; confidence from chaos. Linda also designs and facilitates a number of Gender Equality initiatives, last year resulting in one of her clients being awarded “Employer of the Year, Money Management

Women in Financial Services” and a WGEA citation


Luke Cieslak

Position:  National Credit Manager, EFM Logistics Services Group

Luke is National Credit Manager for EFM Logistics Services Group – Australia’s largest independent supply chain integrator (4PL). Luke has enjoyed working in the Logistics industry for 15 years and 12 months ago accepted the challenge of delivering significant change in the Credit management space at EFM LSG.

Luke has 10 years Credit management experience and was a previous AICM member between 2004-2010.

Luke is a proud family man with 2 young children, enjoys property investing and loves AFL footy.     

Mark Logue

Position:  Joint Managing Director, AMPAC

Mark has 30 years experience in debt recovery and credit reporting, covering all segments of industry and commerce throughout Australia and the Pacific Region. Having been involved as director and shareholder in the formation of 3 successful debt recovery businesses, Mark is experienced in business improvement and performance management methodologies as they relate to debt recovery and commercial credit risk management.

In Mark’s current role at AMPAC, his client base includes some of Australia's highest profile private and public sector organisations where credit risk management and the recovery of overdue debt is a high priority.

Neil Shilbury micm

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.


Nick Pilavidis

Position: CEO, AICM

Nick is an experienced credit professional with over 20 years’ experience.

He has held roles in technology, property management and debt collection both in Australia and the UK.  Prior to taking on the full time CEO role at the AICM he was National Credit Manager at Ricoh Australia.

Nick was the 2005 Australian Young Credit Professional of the Year and served as a volunteer on the NSW Council and National Board. He holds a CCE and is a CPA.

Outside of credit he enjoys spending time with his family and occasionally finds time to watch a game of Rugby Union. 


Paul Burgess

Position:  National Credit Manager - Steelforce Australia Pty Ltd

Paul started with Steelforce Australia Pty Ltd over 3 years ago, his first taste of the steel industry, after many years as a regional/national credit manager in industries such as mining, telecommunications, utilities and petroleum. From his early days as a business owner, to evolving into credit management, Paul has lived a holistic view of business and how credit fits into this view.

Paul is a CPA and has a Bachelor of Commerce degree from Monash University. He is a MICM and also holds the distinction of Fellow with the Institute of Managers and Leaders Australia/New Zealand. 

Robbi Mack - MC

Robbi will be the heart of conference as the Master of Ceremonies.

As MC Robbi will set an interactive and engaging tone to the conference keeping things bright and energetic and providing much needed state change during the conference program yet still reinforcing conference themes and content to be remembered. 


Robyn Erskine

 Position: Partner, Brooke Bird

Robyn Erskine is a Partner of Brooke Bird a Melbourne based Insolvency and Restructuring practice and has been actively involved in the insolvency industry over the last 30 years where she has undertaken a wide range of formal and informal assignments in diverse industry segments.  She is a Registered Trustee in Bankruptcy and a Registered Liquidator.  

Robyn is a director of ARITA where she was President from 2011-2013. 


Vaios Kortikis

Position:  National Credit & AR Manager, Arrium 

Vaios is the National Credit and AR Manager at Arrium, a position he has held since April 2010. Prior to his current role, he worked with large organisations such as Morgan & Banks, Skilled Group and Qantas and has over 20 years’ experience in the credit industry.

He describes his last few years with Arrium as challenging, but a great learning experience.

Vaios has been a member of the AICM for over 15 years and became a Certified Credit Executive (CCE) in 2016.

In his past time, Vaios is a referee for a local soccer camp and is actively involved in following his sons AFL career around the region on weekends.

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