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Finance is committed to supporting UNSW’s strategic priorities of academic excellence in research and education, social engagement and achieving global impact.  

The Finance team supports administrative staff, managers, educators and researchers in monitoring, controlling and managing the University’s financial resources efficiently.

Our aim is to be focused, responsive, helpful and customer-focused while providing support through streamlined finance systems and processes.  

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Welcome to One Finance

Monday 24 July 2017 marks the start of the transition of financial services to Finance for the:

  • Faculty of Art and Design
  • Faculty of Built Environment
  • Business School
  • Faculty of Medicine

In the coming weeks, the transition across the University will occur in stages to minimise the risk of disruption to financial services.

Services we offer

Finance Operations

The Director of Finance Operations is Michelle O’Connor 

Finance Operations – Includes the Finance Services Teams

The team:

  • Manages accounts payable and receivable
  • Purchases goods & services
  • Processes customer billing
  • Processes credit card expenses
  • Processes expense reimbursements
  • Manages travel administration

Research Finance

The Director of Research Finance is Jo-Anne Tee 

The team:

  • Opens new grant projects in the finance system
  • Provides advice on grant balances and treatment of any surplus or deficit
  • Provides advice on allowable expenditure
  • Monitors compliance with grant rules - including advice on purchasing and credit card expenditure
  • Prepares calculations to advise on total payroll costs for staff salaries charged to research projects
  • Ensures timely billing of grant bodies
  • Ensures timely allocation of interest to projects where applicable
  • Prepares progress and finance reports for submission 

Management Reporting and Analysis

The Director of Management Reporting & Analysis is Lynette Petrie

The team:

  • Prepare budgets
  • Prepare forecasts
  • Perform non-research general accounting
  • Provide management reports & analysis
  • Provide business advice & support

Business Partner

Deputy CFO is Matt Cressman

The team: 

  • Develops UNSW’s finance strategy
  • Provides commercial support
  • Undertakes student load and workforce planning
  • Provides business advice & support.

Treasury, Investments and Insurance

The Director of Treasury, Investments and Insurance is Andrew Fellowes

The team:

  • Manages UNSW’s investments
  • Manages treasury and insurance 

Group Financial Control

The Director of Group Financial Control is Catherine Yeung

The team:

  • Manages tax and compliance
  • Performs external financial reporting
  • Completes period end close

 

Building the One Finance Team

The first phase of the Workplace Change in Finance involved the recruitment of over 140 positions  to fill the new One Finance organisation structure.

Staff who were affected by the change and have now been appointed to roles, are included in this list.

We are currently concluding the second phase with a small number of vacancies advertised through the UNSW web-site. Both UNSW staff and external candidates have been appointed through an open merit based selection process.

How our Finance Services are changing

Why are UNSW financial services changing?

The change is part of the Operational Excellence stream of the UNSW 2025 Strategy. When the change is complete the new model for delivering financial services will:

  • provide a shared service model for financial service at UNSW
  • strengthen finance processes across the university
  • increase the specialist skills base of university finance staff
  • improve financial expertise available to faculties and divisions across the university

Implementation will be achieved in two phases, starting with transition and stabilisation, and then moving to an improvement phase.

How will the change to the new financial service model be implemented?

The transition to a new service model will take place in two phases:

  • Phase 1 – Service consolidation
  • Phase 2 – Process and system optimisation

Existing initiatives aimed at improving systems and processes will continue concurrently with both phases.


PHASE 1: Service consolidation – completed by September 2017

Responsibility for management of financial services will move from faculties and divisions during Phase 1.  This transitional phase and will be completed across the university by the end of September. The focus of this phase is to transfer tasks to Finance and minimise disruption of service.

This phase will deliver:

  • Shared Service Model

    • Bringing together finance skills and expertise into a single finance team for the university
    • Shifting the focus of skills from finance generalists to finance specialists.
    • Single point of contact for most transactional activities e.g. purchasing, credit card reconciliation.
       
  • Faculty Level Consolidation

A single approach to financial service delivery in each faculty and division

  • Business Partnering Capability

Dedicated Business Partners will provide faculty and division management with strategic financial guidance and advice.

To ensure a smooth transition, finance is taking a staged approach to the physical relocation of staff from faculties and divisions to the central finance team. For example, most members of the Management and Reporting and Analysis Team are expected to remain in faculties and divisions until the conclusion of this year’s budget processes in October.

Service consolidation will be delivered to faculties and divisions across the university in three separate groups:

  • Group 1 (June)

    • Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
       

  • Group 2 (24 July)

    • Faculties: Medicine, Built Environment, Art and Design, and Business
    • Divisions: IT, FM, External Relations, Philanthropy, DVC Enterprise
       
  • Group 3 (4 September)

    • Faculties: Law, Engineering and Science
    • Divisions: BACS, VP & COS, SDVC, DVCR, DVC Education

PHASE 2: Process & System Optimisation – from October 2017

Phase 2 will be dedicated to optimising and standardising service delivery across the university. We will work closely with all divisions and faculties to identify priorities and at the same time leverage technology to improve our services.

 

 

The contact details for the following central functions remain the same:

  • Group Financial Control
  • Treasury and Investments
  • Strategy and Technology
  • Strategic Procurement

New Finance Contacts

Faculties

 

Finance Services Team

Management Reporting

Research Finance

Finance Business Partner

 

Director
Michelle O'Connor

Director
Lynette Petrie

Director
Jo-Anne Tee

Deputy CFO
Matt Cressman

 

For common financial transactions eg. Accounts Payable and Credit Card reconciliation

Provides financial management reporting, budget, preparation and forecasts.

Specialist accounting for research projects

Provides strategic advice and support to the Faculty leadership team 

Faculty of Art & Design

No change to current contact

Staff currently delivering these services will continue to do so until the team has been formally established.

Team Leader:
Christine Sabile
​(transitional contact) 
FINBMR@unsw.edu.au
ext 58588

Available on site, by phone or email.

Team Leader:
Ianina Morgenstern
i.morgenstern@unsw.edu.au
Wed - Fri: Level 3, Rupert Myers


R/Accountant
Thersea Wisniewski
t.wisniewski@unsw.edu.au
Wed: room 4041, Level 4, The Red Centre

Business Partner:
Usha Ramchandani
​u.ramchandani@unsw.edu.au

0466 392 213

Faculty of Built Environment

Team Leader:
Shivani Salvietti
ext: 67500

Team Leader:
Christine Sabile
​(transitional contact) 
FINBMR@unsw.edu.au
ext 58588

Available on site, by phone or email

Team Leader:
Ianina Morgenstern
i.morgenstern@unsw.edu.au
Wed - Fri: level 3, Rupert Myers


R/Accountant
Theresa Wisniewski
t.wisniewski@unsw.edu.au
Wed: room 4041, Level 4, The Red Centre

Business Partner:
Urania Stamios
u.stamios@unsw.edu.au
ext 56189

Faculty of Business

Team Leader:
Michael Khaw

Team Leader:
Christine Sabile
​(transitional contact) 
FINBMR@unsw.edu.au
ext 58588

Available on site, by phone or email

Team Leader:
Ianina Morgenstern
i.morgenstern@unsw.edu.au
Wed - Fri: level 3, Rupert Myers 


R/Accountant
Theresa Wisniewski
t.wisniewski@unsw.edu.au
Wed: room 4041, Level 4, The Red Centre 

Business Partner:
Joanne Herron
joanne.herron@unsw.edu.au
ext 56189

Faculty of Medicine

No change to current contact.

Staff currently delivering these services will continue to do so until this team has been formally established.

 

Team Leader:
Christine Sabile
(transitional contact) 
FINBMR@unsw.edu.au
ext 58588

Available on site, by phone or email

Team Leader: 
Isabella Cheung
i.cheung@unsw.edu.au
ext 58434
Mon-Wed: level 3, Rupert Myers
Thu-Fri: level 2 AGSM


R/Accountants
School of Medical Sciences
Hanny Lie
h.lie@unsw.edu.au
ext: 50827
Mon: level 3, Rupert Myers
Tue - Fri: level 2, Wallace Wurth
 

All Clinical Schools (POW, STG&S, STV, SWS & RCS)
Jackie Due
jackie.du@unsw.edu.au
Mon: level 3, Rupert Myers
Tue - Wed:  - level 1, South Wing, Edmund Blacket Bldg, POWH
Thu - Fri: level 2 AGSM


​PHCM, CPHCE & CBDRH
Sandra Argyris
s.argyris@unsw.edu.au
ext: 53136
Mon: level 3, Rupert Myers
Tue - Wed: level 3, Room 325, Samuels Building
Thurs - Fri: - level 2, AGSM

Business Partner: (transitional contact)
Urania Stamios
u.stamios@unsw.edu.au
ext 56189

 

For any questions about new ways of working contact

Tim Neems
(temporary)
tim.neems@unsw.edu.au

 

Divisions

 

Finance Services Team

Management Reporting

Group Financial Control

Finance Business Partner

 

Director
Michelle O'Connor

Director
Lynette Petrie

Director
Catherine Yeung

Deputy CFO
Matt Cressman

 

For common financial transactions eg. Accounts Payable and Credit Card reconciliation

Provides financial management reporting, budget, preparation and forecasts.

For external financial reporting, tax, compliance and period ends. 

Provides strategic advice and support to the Faculty leadership team 

DVC Enterprise

Team Leader:
​Lillibeth Llarena
l.llarena@unsw.edu.au

Team Leader:
Christine Sabile
​(transitional contact) 
FINBMR@unsw.edu.au
ext 58588

 

Business Partner: (transitional contact)
Urania Stamios
u.stamios@unsw.edu.au
ext 56189

Estate Management

Team Leader:
Lillibeth Llarena
l.llarena@unsw.edu.au

     

External Relations

Team Leader:
​Lillibeth Llarena
l.llarena@unsw.edu.au

 

 

Business Partner: (transitional contact)
Urania Stamios
u.stamios@unsw.edu.au
ext 56189

IT

Team Leader:
​Lillibeth Llarena
l.llarena@unsw.edu.au

Team Leader:
Christine Sabile
​(transitional contact) 
FINBMR@unsw.edu.au
ext 58588

 

Business Partner
Michele Lim
m.w.lim@unsw.edu.au
0439 945 355
 

Philanthropy

Team Leader:
​Lillibeth Llarena
l.llarena@unsw.edu.au

   

Business Partner: (transitional contact)
Urania Stamios
u.stamios@unsw.edu.au
ext 56189

Our Leaders

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Catherine West
Acting Chief Finance Officer

Matt Cressman
Deputy Chief Finance Officer
Stephen Rees
Chief Finance Officer