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Strategic CFO programme

James Irvine
Group Manager Finance
Mitre 10 New Zealand

“I particularly appreciated the opportunity to build a working relationship with a business mentor for my long-term career success. The programme also encouraged networking with peers across industries and a deepening knowledge across the breadth of finance and the business.”

Mandy Tomkins
CFO, Villa Maria Estate

“Being able to leverage my programme mentor’s knowledge and experience was incredibly beneficial. Another benefit I hadn’t expected was the relationships I built with other participants, creating an informal forum to discuss the issues and challenges we all face.”

Guenther Stenzel
Business Unit Controller, Finance and Control, Nestlé New Zealand

“The blend of relevant and high-calibre industry speakers, current research and practical tools were so valuable. The programme has benefited my own development and the company, and my mentor and my cohort will help to guide me for years to come.”

Strategic CFO Programme

This intensive, practically focused programme prepares mid-career finance professionals to step into a CFO role.

Refreshed programme for 2020 is here!

C-Suite Programme Information Session

Find out about our Strategic CFO programme and our C-Suite programme portfolio (CIO, CFO and Supply Chain). Meet alumni, network with potential students and learn how our portfolio of C-Suite programmes are designed to provide learning and networking opportunities with executives from across the C-Suite portfolio.

About the programme

As the world of work changes rapidly, today’s CFO role is more complex than ever before. The cross-functional nature of the role sees CFOs driving transformation and being more proactive in influencing and leading change across the organisation. They act as catalysts, instilling a financial approach and mindset to not only equip their function with the right tools but collaborate across the business to drive success.

This experiential programme seeks to equip mid-career finance professionals with the skills to contribute at a strategic level, leading across their organisation to drive performance and make value-driven decisions. It is designed to be practical and relevant, and give finance leaders the tools to contribute at C-Suite level, both functionally and across business.


Time commitment

This programme is designed for busy working professionals. It is a 10-day programme set across five modules held over six months.

The expected time commitment outside of the module components involves work on a strategic project, mentoring sessions, peer coaching, reflection on learning and pre and post readings.



Am I eligible?

You should:

  • Currently be in a senior finance role and report to the CFO or CEO, or a newly appointed CFO
  • Have a minimum of five years’ experience in financial management
  • Have been identified as having the potential to progress to a CFO or equivalent role within the next five years

*please note applications outside of the above criteria will be considered on a case-by-case basis.


Programme content

To encourage you to think beyond finance and develop the strategic whole of business mindset, module 1 and module 3 will be delivered with a combined audience of C-Suite participants.  The remaining modules will be delivered in your CFO cohort.

Module 1
21-22 May

Module 2
25-26 June

Module 3
28-30 July

Module 4
10-11 Sept

Module 5
22 Oct

Navigating complexity as CFO
[Combined Audience]
Applying strategy to deliver value Collaborating for change
[Combined Audience]
Leadership: influence and impact Roadmap for the future

Interactive workshops, industry speakers, case studies, participative exercises, project work, mentoring, cross-functional learning, peer group coaching, support material.

Strategic Project

In addition to the modular content and with the support of your mentor and your organisational sponsor, you will identify a project of strategic value to your organisation. This project work aims to build leadership capability across the organisation – in particular thinking strategically, influencing and working successfully across the business.

The action learning project delivers immediate value and ensures your programme learning is embedded by applying it to real issues in your own organisation.


Advisory group

This programme is co-designed and supported by senior University faculty in conjunction with an Advisory Group of experienced business leaders who also feature as mentors and guest speakers.

  • Mary-Jane Daly (Non Executive Director)
  • Anna Davis (CFO Teknique)
  • Angela Dixon (CFO Public Trust)
  • Roger France (Non Executive Director)
  • Nigel Greenwood (CFO Synlait Milk)
  • Rob Hamilton (CFO SkyCity Entertainment Group)
  • Nigel Harrison (Experienced Board Executive)
  • Chris Jewell (CFO Genesis Energy)
  • Stefan Knight (GM Finance Spark)
  • Rob McDonald (Chairman)
  • William Meek (CFO Mercury NZ)
  • Kate Parsons (CFO Rush Digital)
  • Sue Tindal (Non Executive Director)
  • Mandy Tomkins (COO Yellow)


Our facilitators

Daniel Vidal

Dr. Daniel Vidal

Adjunct Associate Professor

Jonathan Mason

Adjunct Professor of Management



Our facilitators


Daniel Vidal

Dr. Daniel Vidal

Adjunct Associate Professor

Daniel Vidal

Professor Elizabeth George


Jonathan Mason

Adjunct Professor of Management


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More information

To talk to us about the Strategic CFO Programme, please contact:

Stephanie Collier

Ph: (09) 923 4862
E: s.collier@auckland.ac.nz


Dave EversDave Evers
Ph: (09) 923 1859
E: dave.evers@auckland.ac.nz



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