Pathways — Podcast series

A journey through the corridors of success with ‘Pathways’, a series that delves deep into the career trajectories of executives, leaders and high performers within the accounting and financial services industry. 

Hosted by Atlas Partners, each episode invites you to explore the stories behind the triumphs and challenges faced by our guests on the journey to where they are now.

From navigating the complexities of business to leading teams through turbulent times, each guest offer invaluable insights gleaned from years of experience at the forefront of their field. Through candid conversations, they share pivotal moments, lessons learned and the strategies that propelled them forward.

Whether you’re an aspiring accounting and financial professional seeking guidance or an executive looking for fresh perspectives, ‘Pathways’ provides insight into the fast-paced business landscape, one conversation at a time.

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Episode — Melissa Azzopardi, Australian Football League (AFL)

Melissa Azzopardi has been kicking career goals since her early days at Carlton & United Breweries (CUB) to now overseeing finance at the most prominent sporting association in Australia, the Australian Football League AFL.

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Episode — Mark Lawrence, Western Health

Mark gives his raw and honest account of his transition into public health, his experience coming from the commercial sector and how he sees the immediate future playing out across public health. A direct account of his reflection and prediction.

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Episode — Travis Wild, Bunzl Australia & New Zealand

From PwC to joining the automotive industry, Travis has experienced senior roles within a number of challenging – product led manufacturing environments. Follow the journey of someone who reinvents himself in new industries.

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Episode  — Lance Willie, Oreana Property Group

The ‘legacy’ of working in a competitive industry – Lance runs through what it means to not only navigate the competitive journey to CFO within Property, but how he develops his role and his team around him.

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Episode — Rob Halliday, Netball Australia

Rob Halliday has built a fascinating career portfolio across the sport, finance and technology sector — from consulting at a Big4, to Co-Founding powerhouse medical scale-up, Seer — so it’s no surprise that Netball Australia came knocking post-COVID. The Head of Finance sat down with Atlas Director, Liam Killen to discuss career sliding door moments, personal strengths and how a love sport conquers all.

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Episode — Oliver Kysela, Endota

From moving from professional services into his first commercial role as Financial Controller, Oliver has walked a path full of challenges which have shaped his CFO capabilities. Craig Gorton, Director of Atlas Partners, sits down with Oliver Kysela, CFO of Endota, and walks through his professional career to date, challenges, mentors and key learnings.

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Episode — Beau Turner, Callaway Golf

Be yourself. Stay connected and network. Remain curious and persistent — this is the ethos Beau Turner, Finance Director of Callaway Golf, has built his impressive career on — and the advice he passes on to any aspiring leader. Beau Turner has been instrumental in leading Callaway Golf  through the transformative COVID years, witnessing the rebirth of a beloved sport and industry — he sat down with Atlas Partners Director Liam Killen to talk career, CPA and great-shots.

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Episode — Robert Galbraith, Hatched Media

Cutting his teeth at a Big-4, diving into a stint in London, and developing a killer skillset across a variety of roles, is what Robert Galbraith credits his career success to. 

It’s this diverse and rugged career terrain that has led him to the creative world of the media industry, taking on the role as Chief Financial Officer at owner-led Hatched Media. Rob joined Atlas Director, Liam Killen for our Pathways podcast series to chat finance challenges in the media industry, life at an AFR’s Best Places to Work company and the importance of networks.

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Episode — Helena Polas, UniSuper

With a resume that spans KPMG, NAB and now UniSuper, Helena Polas has learnt a thing or two about career success along the journey. The Group Financial Controller of UniSuper, one Australia’s largest superannuation funds, joined Atlas Director, Liam Killen for our Pathways podcast series to chat about navigating the challenges in big business, life in superannuation, the importance of mentor relationships and what it takes to reach the top in finance.

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Episode — Mitchell Wu, Annecto

Starting from a non-traditional point in his finance career, Mitch has shown that taking a broad view of finance leadership can provide the ultimate value to an organisation, telling the story in a way which brings everyone on the journey. Atlas Partners Director, Craig Gorton sat down with Mitchell Wu, CFO of Annecto, an aged care and disability provider within the not-for-profit sector. Mitch will discuss his career to date and the transition as CFO from the commercial sector to the not-for-profit sector, along with his three non-negotiables of leadership.

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Episode — Tim Bensley, Carpet Call

When Tim Bensley started his career, he wasn’t really convinced that he loved accounting. However rising through the ranks to Group Chief Financial Officer for Carpet Call, has confirmed that Tim not only knows a thing or two about numbers, but that he also has an incredible business brain — playing a key role in cementing the companies position as Australia’s top flooring retailer. Atlas Partners Director, Liam Killen, sat down with Tim to understand what the journey from early days accounting to CFO has been like, and particularly the transition and core differences from Commercial Manager to now Group Chief Financial Officer.

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