Our facilitators

Our workshop and course  facilitators are experts in finance, economics, and commerce and have a broad range of expertise and experience across both industry and academia.

Dr Scott McCarthy

Lead Academic

Scott has over 20 years experience as a finance academic. During this time he has taught across many different courses in numerous modes including face-to-face, distance, and on-line in undergraduate and postgraduate programs, in and outside of Australia. He also has extensive experience in executive education facilitating programs for government organisations and private sector companies in the area of financial management. Currently, Scott is seconded to UQBS executive education where he is the Academic Lead for the joint public sector finance program with the Queensland Treasury Corporation.

Scott also actively publishes in leading academic journals and writes teaching case studies through Harvard Business Publishing.

Scott holds a Graduate Certificate in Higher Education (UQ) as well as a PhD and Bachelor of Commerce (Hons) from Griffith University.

Alfred Schmidley

Alfred Schmidley is a lecturer and project management consultant with more than 25 years experience practitioning and training in private, public, and non-profit sectors.

He currently lectures in areas of Project Management, Entrepreneurship, and Innovation at UQ. Alfred has extensive experience with international projects. He previously served as Chief Representative-China for Briggs & Stratton Corporation before being appointed Director Business Development-Asia. After leaving the private sector, Mr Schmidley has served extensively in NGO and public research sectors in international development across Asia and the Pacific region.

Special interests include development of improved technologies for smallholder farmers and rural enterprises in agriculture and food processing value chains, innovative research-to-commercialisation delivery, and SME and micro-enterprise start-ups.

Alfred graduated from UQ Business School, MBA (Executive), in 2002, holds a Master’s degree in East Asian Languages and Literature (UW-Madison), and a bachelor’s degree in International Studies (Bradley University), and enjoys training in competency-based and participatory learning approaches.

Annissa Hansen

Annissa Hansen is a Casual Academic with UQ Business School and Director of People and Organisation at PwC. With over 19 years of professional experience, Annissa helps organisations transform their business by realising their people’s full potential and managing change successfully. She has deep technical expertise in strategy execution, cultural alignment, employee engagement, leadership and capability development, organisational design and systems and process improvement.

At the Business School Annissa teaches into the Master of Business program’s Career Transition course.

Dr David Hunter

David is a senior lecturer at The University of Queensland.

Prior to joining UQ, David served as an Assistant Professor at the University of Hawaii. He has worked as an Investment Portfolio Manager at Deseret Mutual Benefit Administrators and as an Investment Performance Analyst for the Chase Manhattan Private Bank.

David’s areas of research are empirical asset pricing with concentration on investments, mutual funds, and performance measurement. His research has been presented at national academic meetings, such as the 2010 Annual Meetings of the American Finance Association, the 2008 Western Finance Association Annual Meetings, and the 2011 Annual Meetings of the Asian Finance Association, where his paper was awarded the CFA Institute Best Paper Award. His work has been published in the Journal of Financial Economics, and the Financial Services Review.

He holds a Bachelor of Mathematics from Brigham Young University, a Masters of Science in mathematics, statistics, and operations research from New York University, and a PhD in finance from the University of Maryland.

Dr Graham du Plessis

Graham du Plessis has a background in organisational psychology, management, and finance. He has worked extensively in boutique consultancy where he specialises in High Performance Psychology, Leadership, Negotiation, Strategic Behavioral Interventions and Decision Process Design. His consultancy and practice are complemented with various academic roles over the past decade, most recently as a lecturer of finance in the University of Queensland (UQ) Business School where, among other courses, he lectures on the MBA program.

Graham is increasingly involved in work with Local Government in Queensland running leadership seminars and working with the QTC facilitating training on Project Decision Frameworks (PDF) and Business Cases (BC) in Practice.

Associate Professor Jacquelyn Humphrey

Jacquelyn is an Associate Professor in Finance at The University of Queensland. Her main research interest is in how environmental, social and governance factors impact on investment decision-making for both investors and corporations. She also has a research interest in funds management.

Jacquelyn is published in well-regarded international journals, including Journal of Corporate Finance, Journal of Banking and Finance, Journal of Business Ethics and Pacific Basin Finance Journal. She has been the recipient of three AFAANZ research grants and numerous internal grants.

Jacquelyn’s research is extremely topical and is of great interest to the wider financial community, both in Australia and internationally. Her research has been cited by the United Nations Environment Programme Finance Initiative, the Norwegian Government Pension Fund Global, the Cooper review, KPMG, PriceWaterhouseCoopers and ClearBridge Advisors, among others. Jacquelyn has had numerous international invitations to speak on environmental, social and governance research and has also led a number of contract research projects for the finance industry. She has written practitioner articles that have appeared in Ethical Investor and Portfolio Construction, as well as two textbook chapters.

Jacquelyn holds a Graduate Certificate in Higher Education from the Australian National University, and a PhD (Finance) and Bachelor of Commerce (Finance) from The University of Queensland.

Liam Stitt

Liam is a Value Chain and process improvement practitioner.

His principal strengths are in developing strategic concepts, and translating these visions into reality. His ability to competently mix strategic understanding with operational drivers has been built around his formal trade and professional training.

His underlying expertise is in Change Management and Business Improvement, and has been predominantly delivered within project, construction and asset value chains working across numerous industry sectors.

Patrick Vialle

Patrick Vialle is senior business leader delivering expertise in End to End Supply Chain, Project Management and Change Management in highly complex domestic and international environments. He brings knowledge in Procurement and Supply Chain Optimisation, allowing organisations to improve their bottom line and increase internal and external stakeholder satisfaction.

Patrick provides insights and improvements across the business value chain having driven a broad spectrum of initiatives including Procurement Spend Analysis, System Deployment, Warehousing and Distribution Network, Demand & Supply Planning Process Design and Implementation, Budgeting and Leadership.

Sandra Lazzarini

Sandra is an accounting lecturer at The University of Queensland, principally teaching in the discipline of management accounting. She is currently the Program Leader for the Bachelor of Commerce at The University of Queensland and has previous experience lecturing in a range of other financial accounting and finance courses.

Sandra’s academic interests lie in improving organisational performance through understanding costs and their drivers, costing systems, performance evaluation systems and whether these align with the chosen strategy of the organisation.

Prior to her tenure at The University of Queensland, Sandra worked for the Treasury Department in the Queensland State Government as a Finance Officer, evaluating state government assistance packages, reviewing performance on requirements for assistance packages already provided, preparing changes and reviewing proposed changes to legislation, preparing and reviewing cabinet submissions for the minister.

Sandra has consulted externally on costing and efficiencies, and performance evaluation. She has facilitated a number of courses in accounting and finance to external organisations, and courses in accounting and finance through UQ Business School’s Executive Education.

Sandra holds a Masters in Financial Management, Bachelor of Laws (Honours) and Bachelor of Commerce (Honours) from The University of Queensland.

Stacey Beaumont

Dr Stacey Beaumont

Stacey is a lecturer in finance at The University of Queensland Business School. Her main area of research is focused on executive remuneration, achieving accountability through disclosure.

Stacey is an experienced accounting professional who has a vast experience as a financial accountant working with medium to large corporations. She is a Chartered Accountant, and an Associate Member of the Governance Institute of Australia.

Dr Tracy Artiach

Tracy is a senior lecturer in accounting at UQ Business School. She has taught at Australian universities for more than 20 years in undergraduate, postgraduate and MBA courses. Tracy has had a number of industry roles, including in the corporate recovery division of KPMG, as a Bank Officer with the ANZ Banking Group Limited, and as a Financial Manager at the Centacare Cairns.

She has a PhD from the University of Queensland. Her research publications have appeared in well-regarded Australian and international academic journals, including Accounting, Auditing and Accountability Journal, Energy Economics, Australian Journal of Management, Accounting and Finance and Australian Accounting Review.

Tracy teaches financial accounting and her research interests are in the areas of financial reporting and accounting standards, including issues relating to disclosure, measurement, conservatism, leasing and comprehensive income. She is also the co-author of the well-regarded intermediate financial accounting textbook ‘Issues in Financial Accounting’.

Tracy serves as a committee member of the Accounting Standards Special Interest Group of the Accounting and Finance Association of Australia and New Zealand.

Tracey holds a PhD from the University of Queensland, and a Bachelor of Business (Hons) from USQ. She is a registered CPA.