Accounting and Finance Advisory Board

The central role of the Accounting and Finance Advisory Board is to provide communication between the Accounting and Finance Discipline area of the University of Newcastle and external stakeholders. Stakeholders in the context of the Board being employers, professional bodies and the business community. These stakeholders provide advice to the Accounting and Finance Discipline across all areas of its activities – teaching, research and external engagement.

Consultant at PKF Wealth (Sydney and Newcastle) 2003 to present.

Student at The University of Newcastle from 1975 to 1998.

Clayton has over 20 years professional experience, and practice in assurance and risk management with a specialisation in complex audit and accounting matters. Clayton has provided expert witness support in matters heard in the Supreme Courts of New South Wales and Victoria, and the NSW Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC). Clayton is also the Global Chair of the PKF International Professional Standards Committee (IPSC).

Clayton is a lifelong student and previously acted in the role of lecturer and tutor at Macquarie University and the University of Newcastle.

Currently, a Non Executive Director and mentor of PKF Sydney and Newcastle Accountants and Business Advisors.

Kylee plays a key role in PKF’s Thrive and Lead Program which provides aspiring leaders within the firm with the tools and frameworks to achieve their career goals. The inaugural program saw a group of eight female leaders graduate from the program with three of the eight, being appointed to the partnership within 12-months of the program’s commencement.

Kylee was a Director and Equity Partner of Lawler Partners Pty Limited until 2012 when her career came to an abrupt end due to an unexpected injury.

Kylee practised between 1989 and 2012 and led a team of experienced professionals in the Business Advisory Team who provided accounting and strategic advice to clients and specialising in areas including business planning, human resource strategy, management consulting, succession and estate planning, business development, strategy and taxation.

Brian Kennaugh has been a Senior Advisor and CEO of Hunter Financial Planning since July 2009 and was been appointed as a Professor of Practice for the Faculty of Business and Law in 2019.

He began his career in financial planning, and soon expanded his experience with a number of senior management roles in various industries, before returning to financial planning. He has extensive experience in telecommunications, IT, and business and management consulting.

He is a Top of the Table Member for the Million Dollar Round Table in the life insurance industry, placing him in the top one per cent of advisors worldwide. He is also a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

His business experience is diverse and impressive, Brian is also passionate about mentoring and leadership development.

Brian graduated from the University of Newcastle with a Bachelor of Business in 1992.  The relationship with the University of Newcastle continued after graduation when he was President of Alumni from 2007 until 2013 and President of the Alumni Advisory Committee for 2009-2013 .   He is a former member of the University Council (2011-2015) including serving as Pro Chancellor (2012-2013). He continues to be an active member of the UON Alumni and works on special projects as required.

Amanda is currently pursuing a career as Audit and Assurance Manager for Sydney Metro. Sydney Metro is a NSW Government Statutory Authority which is leading Australia’s biggest public transport infrastructure program, developing and delivering a new world-class metro railway system for Sydney.

From 2018 to 2020 Amanda worked in Financial Services as a Senior Internal Auditor (Projects) at the Newcastle Permanent Building Society. This role involved concurrent execution of initiatives within the internal audit Maturity Action Plan including Risk Culture, Enhance and Mature Reporting, Interaction with the Second Line, Enhance Voice of IA and Automated Workpapers.

Prior to this Amanda had a career in public practice, at PKF, for ten years and held the position of Audit and Assurance Manager.

Amanda has been a career Chartered Accountant for over 25 years, was a successful accounting practice founder and owner for 18 years and now coaches and mentors small and solo accounting practices nationally and internationally.

She is considered a thought leader in the accounting industry, regularly publishing content and opinion pieces and presenting at industry events.

Giving back to the industry is something Amanda is passionate about and she has been working with the ATO since 2016 on their Single Touch Payroll (STP) Readiness Working Group and now their STP Engagement Group. She is also a member of Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand (CA ANZ) Trans Tasman Public Practice Advisory Committee (PPAC) and over the years has sat on many community boards.

Amanda has in recent years been conferred a fellowship with CA ANZ for her outstanding career achievements and contribution to the profession.