Date posted: 7/09/2020 3 min read

NZ CFO awards winners 2020

Chartered Accountants were to the fore at the 2020 New Zealand CFO awards, including taking out the CFO of the Year Award, the “pre-eminent recognition of financial professionals in New Zealand”.

In Brief

  • Inland Revenue CFO Lara Ariell FCA named CFO of the Year
  • Sir Brian Roche FCA is recognised for his Outstanding Contribution to Finance and Business and Marina Cook CA is named as Emerging Finance Manager of the Year
  • A number of CAs featured in awards such as Finance Team Contribution to ESG Initiatives, the Financial Innovation Project of the Year and the Finance Team Culture and Talent Management Award

Chartered Accountants took out the major honours at the latest New Zealand CFO Awards with Lara Ariell FCA, CFO at Inland Revenue, picking up the "pre-eminent" CFO of the Year Award and Sir Brian Roche FCA taking home the award for Outstanding Contribution to Finance and Business.

Marina Cook CA, who is CFO at Playcentre Aotearoa, was awarded the Emerging Finance Manager of the Year Award.

The annual CFO awards recognise success and outstanding achievements of individuals and finance teams in New Zealand's business and finance community.

The CFO of the Year award is described as the "pre-eminent recognition of financial professionals in New Zealand".

Judges said they were "particularly impressed with Lara's skills as a public sector finance leader with a successful track record, a strategic vision, a proven governance capability and a clear strategic perspective".

Accepting the award, Lara spoke of her role at IR: "It is great to be able to make a difference to the lives of New Zealanders when you get up and go to work every day".

Murray Annabell CA, CFO at Delegat Group and Tim Williams CA, CFO, Mainfreight were finalists in the CFO of the Year Award.

Sir Brian has held a wide variety of leadership roles in New Zealand with a particular focus on transport, treaty settlements and public sector organisation and performance. He was awarded a Fellowship in 2011.

The Emerging Finance Manager of the Year Award celebrates the next generation of financial leaders. The judges said they were impressed by Marina's "energy and resilience and her ability to coach and empower all the volunteers." Playcentre Aotearoa has more 400 volunteer treasurers.

Marina said a key to her work was making it simple for those volunteers. "We don't have access to expensive external contractors to give advice so we turned to our board."

"If you want to see those charities that mean a lot to you survive, go and join those boards," she said.

Chartered Accountants also featured in other awards:

  • The Finance Team Contribution to Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) Initiatives award was won by Synlait Milk.
  • The Financial Innovation Project of the Year award was won by BNZ and the award was accepted on behalf of team by Andrew Clifton CA.
  • The Finance Team Culture and Talent Management award went to Sanford. Its CFO is Katherine Turner CA.

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The 2020 CFO Awards winners

The awards recognise success and the outstanding achievements of talented individuals and finance teams within New Zealand's business and finance community.

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Lara Ariell FCA profile

"As a profession we underrate the importance of influencing skills to get our ideas across in a non-technical, non-jargony way."

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