Position: Senior Associate, Lynch Meyer Lawyers
Alice is a key member of the Lynch Meyer debt recovery and credit management team and works Australia wide with a range of small to medium enterprises and large corporations. Her focus is to understand her client’s business and their objectives to deliver commercial advice and outcomes. Alice represents creditors resolving unfair preference claims, has acted in respect of bankruptcies and provides strategic advice about the Personal Properties Security Act. Alice regularly appears in all Court jurisdictions for debt collection, personal and corporate insolvency.
Alice was recognised as the South Australia 2017 Young Credit Professional of the Year and is a Councillor with the SA Division and a Certified Credit Executive. She is also a committee member of Women’s Insolvency Network South Australia and a member of ARITA.
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.
He has combined his professional working life with his involvement with the AICM given the ever increasing complexities of specialist credit/ recovery/ PPSA/ insolvency law. James acts nationally to protect creditors. He brings to bear his broader experience in acting for creditors or insolvency practitioners. There is not a commercial/ recovery/ insolvency dispute that James has not seen from the inside from every angle for all the stakeholder players.
His final words to all credit managers, “Credit wisdom accumulates across the whole of your credit career. Learn it, get it right and then do it right – that will give you the edge in any credit fight!”
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.
Karl personally has over 15 years’ experience in commercial litigation, insolvency and debt recovery. During this time Karl and his team have represented the interests of hundreds of trade creditors in utilising the legal process to recover debts and resolve disputes ranging from $2,000 up to $56m.
Karl is an accomplished presenter, regularly speaking at AICM conferences and as part of other national speaking engagements, on a range of topics including statutory demands, PPSA, preference defences and privacy law reform.
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: Interim Group Managing Director, Asia Pacific, Equifax
Mike joined Veda in March 2015 with an extensive career in financial services, spanning more than 25 years, both in Australia and abroad. Mike’s roles have included time at National Australia Bank, CRO at ANZ (Australia), CEO at GE Money Australia & New Zealand and CEO of OAMPS Insurance Broking. Mike has knowledge of Comprehensive Credit Reporting from international markets and has been one of the original champions of CCR in the Australian market.
Mike has held numerous directorships and chairmanships with WesFarmers, ANZ and GE. He is a senior fellow of Finsia, has been Director of the Women’s Cancer Foundation since 2006 and served as a director of the Australian Finance Conference until 2009 and National Insurance Brokers Association until 2014.
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: 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.
Position: Chief Economist, HSBC
Paul Bloxham is HSBC’s Chief Economist for Australia, New Zealand and Global Commodities. He is chief spokesperson for HSBC on forecasts and trends for the Australian and New Zealand economies and their interaction with global financial markets and international economies. Paul is also a key spokesperson on HSBC’s unique view on global commodity markets and works closely with HSBC’s global equities team in this regard. Paul is a critical member of the HSBC Global Research team, working with 350 analysts, economists and strategists in 24 countries.
Paul has published a number of papers, including on housing and household finances, asset prices and monetary policy and global commodity market trends. Paul is a regular commentator on local and international business television and a frequent contributor of opinion editorials to the Australian newspapers. Paul is also a member of the Australian National University's Shadow Reserve Bank Board and is an Adjunct Professor at Curtin University. Prior to joining HSBC in 2010, Paul Bloxham spent 12 years as an economist within the Reserve Bank of Australia's Economic Analysis Department where he headed up the overseas economies and financial conditions sections, as well as working on domestic forecasting and prices. He holds a Master's degree in public financial policy from the London School of Economics.
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.
Robyn is also a member of the AICM Vic/Tas Divisional Council and a member of CPA Australia’s Victorian Divisional Council. In January 2015, Robyn was appointed to the International Federation of Accountants (IFAC) SMP committee where she represents CPA Australia and CAANZ.
Position: CEO, Dun & Bradstreet
Simon is the Chief Executive Officer of Dun & Bradstreet. Simon is passionate about data and has significant experience in using data to uncover insights and value for businesses, being recognised by the CDO Club in March 2017 as the first-ever Australia and NZ Chief Data Officer of the Year.
Prior to joining Dun & Bradstreet in early 2016, his 20 year career spanned a wide range of financial and commercial roles globally.
Simon was at Veda from 2010 to 2015 as Chief Financial Officer and then as Chief Data Officer. In this role he was responsible for Veda's fastest growing divisions and the sourcing, management and commercialisation of Veda's data.
Simon has also held executive positions in Australia as Chief Financial Officer of Sydney Airport and AAPT. Before moving to Australia Simon spent 10 years working for AT&T in Europe, latterly in Paris as the European Chief Financial Officer responsible for more than 300 staff in 13 countries.
Simon qualified as a Chartered Accountant with Coopers & Lybrand and holds a degree from the University of Oxford in English Literature.
Position: Partner, Accounting Clerical | Sharp & Carter
Having commenced his career in a large international firm, Chris now has over 9 years' recruitment experience across the Accounting Support space, specialising in Accounts Payable/Receivable, Credit and Payroll positions. He is a Partner and oversees Sharp & Carter's Accounting Support team.
He has degrees in Arts and Commerce (majoring in Banking and Finance) from Deakin University.
Chris is a passionate sports follower, particularly when it comes to NBA and AFL.
Position: Manager, Accounting Clerical | Sharp & Carter
Daniel has 8 years of Accounting Support recruitment experience across the Melbourne market. After graduating from Australian Catholic University, Daniel commenced his recruitment career with a large international firm and now Manages Sharp & Carter's Accounting Support Team.
Daniel has specifically focused on recruiting Accounts Payable, Accounts Receivable and Payroll positions from the junior though to the senior level and has formed excellent relationships with a large number of large corporate firms as well as SME's.
Enjoys keeping fit and loves following all sports, in particular the Western Bulldogs and Arsenal.