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To bring Shared Services Professionals
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ASSA is run by member volunteers who sit on its Board.

It is governed by a constitution and financial, operational and performance reports are presented and discussed at Board meetings held monthly.

Each year at the annual ASSA AGM all Board positions become vacant. We encourage shared services professionals who wish to help promote shared services to contact the president.
  • Neil Padley ASSA
  • President
    Neil Padley
    BA (Accounting) CPA MBA MAHRI GAICD
    Director, Business Services Capgemini Australia

Neil has been involved in the Shared Services industry for over 25 years, having been part of the design, development and management of centres at Australia Post, BHP Billiton, Air New Zealand, Transport for NSW, Echo Entertainment, Brisbane City Council. Neil is currently contracting with Capgemini Australia.

In 1996, Neil (whilst at Australia Post) was part of the original group of companies that met to start Shared Services Benchmarking in Melbourne, the for-runner to the Australian Shared Services Benchmarking Association. Neil has been associated with the ASSA Board for many years and has been President since 2010.

Neil has a degree in accounting, is a CPA, and completed his MBA at the University of Southern Queensland, majoring in HR Strategy and Change Management. He has also completed both the NZ and Australian company directors’ course and is a member of the Institute of Directors (NZ and Australia), ASCPA and AHRI.

Neil was in 2012, named the SSON People’s Choice Award winner for his personal contribution to the Shared Services Industry.

  • Michelle O'Connor ASSA
  • Treasurer
    Michelle O’Connor
    B.Bus DipEd MBA
    Director Finance Operations
    University of NSW

Michelle has worked extensively in the Shared Services Industry since 1999, holding senior roles with Jones Lang LaSalle, OneSteel, Boral, BHP, MMG and University of New South Wales.

Michelle has extensive experience in the design, development, deployment and management of global shared service centres in both the HR/Payroll and Finance disciplines as well as integration of acquired businesses into the shared services model.

Michelle has been an active ASSA member since 2004 and a Board member since 2007. She has been the ASSA Treasurer since 2010 and prior to this was the ASSA Company Secretary.

  • Company Secretary
    Arthur Skipitaris
    B.Bus CPA
    General Manager, Corporate Services, Wellington Shire Council

Arthur has been an integral part of the shared services industry for over 20 years. He has recently joined Local Government to lead and improve IT, Finance and Business Services across key Shared Services initiatives. Prior to this role he was a Senior Manager with GE Shared Services A&NZ and was also with Australia Post as Executive General Manager, Finance Operations and General Manager, Shared Services. Arthur has also held Senior Corporate Services and Commercial Lending roles with Westpac, Bank of Melbourne and the Commonwealth Bank.

During his career, Arthur has been instrumental in establishing, leading, managing and transforming multi-functional Corporate and Shared Service operations in private and public sector organisations.

He has as a degree in Accounting, Applied Economics and is a Certified Practicing Accountant.
Arthur is also a founding ASSA Board Member and has held the roles of President, Vice President and Secretary.

  • Vice President
    Maree McMahon
    Shared Services Manager, Uniting Care Qld

Maree has been leading change across shared services teams since 1998 in large listed organisations such as the Suncorp Group and Holcim Australia. With a passion for the entire life cycle and transformation of shared services functions, she has recently joined Uniting Care Queensland, a large mission based health and community services organization with over 15000 staff and 9000 volunteers operating in Queensland and the Northern Territory. She has direct responsibility for a large shared services team of approximately 100 staff spanning Payroll Services, Accounts Payable and Accounts Receivable.

Maree has held senior leadership roles over a period of 25 years, leading finance and corporate services teams through transformational change to achieve best practice service standards. These roles have been in companies spanning industries such as mining, financial services (banking, insurance and wealth management), manufacturing and construction, and more recently, the health and community services sectors.

Right throughout her career, Maree has also been an active Fellow member of CPA Australia, where she recently served on the Queensland Divisional Council and Executive Committee as the Queensland Divisional President for 2016.

  • Board Member
    Lesley Abrahall
    Ex-Director Corporate & Finance Services, KPMG 

Lesley joined KPMG in 2004, having previously held senior leadership roles at Mayne Group, Australia Post and ANZ. With a team of 130 people, she is responsible for the national delivery of property and hospitality services, travel, procurement and finance services including business systems support, Payroll, Accounts Payable, Receivables and Expenses Management.

Lesley has extensive experience in concept development through implementation and eventual operational running of corporate and finance shared service based units in complex, multi-business organisations.

Lesley is a Certified Practicing Accountant, holds a Masters degree in Business Administration and is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

  • Board Member
    Sharon West
    Shared Services Manager, Opal Aged Care

Sharon has been involved with Shared Services for over 16 years and is a versatile, self-motivated management professional with extensive experience in a variety of process streams within start up and existing shared service environments. Her major focus has been on process efficiencies, process improvements, team building and change management. The functional streams included; Payroll, Accounts Receivable, Accounts Payable, General Accounting, Fleet, Service Desk, Building Administration, Expense management, Procurement and Finance Transformation Projects.

Sharon has worked with shared service operations in public, private and not for profit organisations which has given her insight into varied maturity levels of Shared Services. She has maintained her membership and connections with ASSA throughout her career and actively participated in Benchmarking and other day events whilst working at Boral, Salmat, UnitingCare NSW.ACT and now Opal aged care.

Sharon has a Masters in Management and has completed her MBA at Macquarie Graduate School of Management and has completed Executive Development Programs at Boral and UnitingCare NSW.ACT.

  • Board Member
    Aleksander Strasek
    Senior Director, The Hackett Group

Aleksander is a Senior Director at the Hackett Group, based in Sydney. Over the last 10 years he has consulted private and public sector organisation in Shared Services in Australia, Europe and SE Asia.

He led large scale measurement and transformation projects across the main back office functions, with a focus in Finance. Prior to joining the Hackett Group, Aleksander was with General Electric, in the Controlling CoE out of Brussels, Belgium He is a Graduate of the Munich Business School, and has a banking background.

  • Board Member
    Geoff Gruebner
    Shared Services Manager, BP Elite

Geoff joined BP in 1996 as the Human Resources and Health and Safety Manager of Bitumix, a 100% owned subsidiary of BP. He worked with Bitumix for a number of years in Safety and HR, where he gained experience in the safe production of modified bitumen products and in leading safety within the civil construction industry.

In 2000, Geoff left BP and moved from New Zealand to Australia to join Reliance Petroleum, a BP distributor, as the Human Resources and Safety Manager. Geoff worked with Reliance for 12 years, during which, Reliance grew through acquisition from a $100m turnover organization to an organization turning over$3.5b, employing in excess of 2000 people, operating 80 regional fuel depots and a company owned fleet in excess of 350 fuel trucks.

Geoff is an authentic leader who grows the commercial value of the businesses he leads through values-based leadership. He is passionate about creating a diverse and inclusive working environment where everyone can bring their whole selves to work and be at their best. Geoff role models agile working, and supports his wife to achieve her career goals as well while together they raise two young children. He is also an enthusiastic cyclist and snow boarder.

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