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WA Young Members Meeting - In person - Leading through uncertainties - Taking charge of your career

Leading through uncertainties - Taking charge of your career development

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Together in collaboration with the Financial Services Institute of Australasia (FINSIA) and the IIA-Australia Youth Leadership Committee, the Young Members of Institute of Internal Auditors - Australia are delighted to kick off the first event of the year and would like to cordially invite you to our upcoming event on Tuesday 13th April 2021.

It has been a year of challenge and growth and we are very excited to bring you a powerhouse panel, comprising of senior management/leaders across various industries, who will share with us their unique and inspiring career journeys on the topic of “Leading through uncertainties: Taking charge of your career development”. Tune in or be here in person, to hear their thoughts and experiences including any highlights and setbacks (i.e. Covid-19 impacts) along with any tips and advice pertaining to the skills they have learnt and are still learning throughout their professional journey.

We hope that this event will inspire you to reflect on your own journey and how you can set yourself up for what’s coming next.


Melanie de Beer - Group Assurance Manager, BGC
Melanie was born and raised in South Africa where she completed her internal audit degree in 2002. She obtained her CIA in 2005 and this became her Global passport, giving her opportunities to live and work in England, New Zealand and now here in Perth. Most of Melanie’s career has been in assurance and risk but she has also held roles in health & safety and project management. Melanie has diversified her skills and knowledge by choosing a range of employers and industries and recently joined BGC Australia to set up their Group Assurance function.Melanie has two boys aged 13 and 10 who keep her busy when she’s not at work. She loves to go to the beach (but not swim), bake, watch movies and read.


Patrick Fisher - Manager Operational Audit and Advisory, BHP
Patrick’s current role is audit manager within BHP’s Operational Audit Team. He is the head of internal audit for BHP Perth and sits on the WA External Affairs Lead Team which comprises of Corporate Affairs, Compliance, Communication, Legal, Sustainability and Public Policy. He has a mix of experience in Professional Services, Operational Mining roles and Internal Audit. Over the course of his career to date he has worked in 19 different countries (Australia, Japan, India, China, Singapore, Philippines, Malaysia, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Ghana, Mali, USA, Chile, Russia, Spain, Hong Kong, Canada, UK, Hungary) and in non-work time enjoys playing cricket and spending time with his growing family – 2 daughters (5 and 2) and a son on the way.


Pauline Gazzard - WA General Manager for Business Development, Westpac
Pauline’s role as Regional General Manager Business Development involves leading a team of Business Development Mangers, active in the acquisition market for businesses in the Commercial and SME segments. Pauline has enjoyed a long and varied career in Finance, Business and Leadership. Pauline’s first 16 years of her career were at Northern Bank, a subsidiary of NAB in Ireland where she started as a Teller, before moving into Business Bank, and also spent time as a Regional Credit Manager. After coming to Australia in late 2013 for a holiday, she never looked back. Pauline is very much a people person and loves social interactions. Whilst her family are still all in Ireland, she is kept company by her cavoodle, Flossy! In her downtime, she loves exploring the coastline of WA, soaking up the sunshine, and is currently building her dream home.


Stuart Blakemore - Group Manager Internal Audit, Perenti
Stuart is the Group Manager, Internal Audit at Perenti, a mining services company, a role he has held for approx. 8 months. Prior to joining Perenti, Stuart worked at Clough as the Group Manager Risk & Assurance. Born in England, Stuart has spent most of his career to date at PwC in both the UK and Australia, specialising in Internal Audit and Risk Management. Stuart left PwC as a Risk Assurance Director, which provided a sound platform for his roles at Clough and Perenti. Stuart moved to Perth in 2007 with his wife Sarah and two sons, Will and Dan.Stuart is an avid Liverpool FC supporter, a passionate West Coast Eagles supporter and a terrible golfer!




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Venue and date:

Date: Tuesday, 13 April 2021 - 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM

Location: Perth


Deloitte Perth

Tower 2

Brookfield Place

123 St Georges Terrace

Perth, WA 6000


Status: Available

Duration and CPE: 1.00 hours

For more information please contact Catherine Searson

+61 02 9267 9155