Do you need your finance team to be more commercially focused?

What is a commercially focused finance team?

  1. They understand the business.
  2. They focused on growth.

Do your stakeholders think your finance team is commercially focused?

Does your team know their role is to improve decision making?

Finance needs to provide 3 things:

  1. What: What’s happened & why
  2. So What: What’s the impact
  3. Now What: What's the potential solution

The Challenge?

The finance team on a journey to be commercially focused, needs additional skills to those required by people doing the ‘core’ finance tasks.

  1. What skills do they need?
  2. What does a roadmap to solutions look like?
  3. Where is your team focused now?

To help answer these questions download my insights paper: 

So, who are you, Alan?

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Why Alan does what he does.

How did I become a corporate educator?

As part of a Transformation project at a major Melbourne corporate, Alan ran the professional development program which had the aim of making the finance staff better business partners. It was here that Alan gained real insights into where accountants struggle to make the leap from ‘adding up to adding value’.

Originally from Ireland

Alan trained as an accountant within Ireland’s largest company, CRH. Since moving to Australia in 2009 Alan has spent most of his time in process improvement and Finance Transformation.

Who I help

Along side improving finance professionals, he also he helps non-finance audiences to understand what the figures really mean. With his natural Irish story-telling ability Alan makes a dull topic engaging and entertaining! He now shares his insights as a keynote speaker and trainer across Australia, New Zealand and virtually. In 2021, he become a board member of Professional Speakers Australia.

What People Are Saying

“Rated 4.9 /5 by conference attendee”

Practical, informative, entertaining and engaging – just a few of the words our delegates used to describe Alan’s keynote session, one of the top-rated speakers at our Congress in Darwin this year.

With his own unique comedy style, Alan gave our audience food for thought and valuable tips to change their approach to reporting and data visualisation. Who knew Motown was so relevant to the accounting profession!"

Rachel Bakker 
- Conference & Events, CPA Australia

“Alan is intellectual, funny and a great presenter. His session was fun and informative at the same time.”  

Milii Sharma
- CPD Co-ordinator, Institute of Managers and Leaders

“Plenty of clear takeaways"

“From our initial communication to the event on the day; Alan was friendly, professional and a pleasure to host. Throughout his presentation, Alan engaged our members with his animated and expressive humour; and provided plenty of clear takeaways in his content. 

We received nothing but positive feedback from the attendees, as they really enjoyed Alan’s interactive approach. I would highly recommend Alan, and look forward to working with him again.”

Sarah Dension
- Events and Relationship Executive New Zealand, CPA Australia