Michael Matthew is extremely qualified in the area of IT and Audit having worked as both a finance (accounting) and IT professional for most of his career including in roles of Chief Information Officer and Finance Director. His area of specialty also includes all areas of risk management – especially IT risk management. Formerly a partner with Arthur Andersen, one of the original ‘Big 4’ accounting firms where he was responsible for their Risk Management practice in Sydney, Michael now is Director of his own business-consulting practice providing outsourced finance department services to a range of companies.
Michael specialises in running facilitation sessions for companies in terms of planning (IS and other) and helping resolve problems, particularly with projects that have ‘run off the rails’. In addition, he conducts a range of management training programs. Current and recent clients include Macquarie University, National Insurance Brokers Association (NIBA), Premier Media Group (Fox Sports), News Limited, IAG (major insurance company), Australian Rugby League Foundation, Fox Studios, Westpac, NAB and KPMG. One of his major clients since leaving Arthur Andersen was the IT Advisory (includes IT Audit and security) practice of KPMG where he operated as a ‘skills coach’ for Australia and New Zealand for over 9 years. He still skills coaches for a number of other professional services firms, internal audit departments and IT departments. His work at KPMG also involved helping on some of KPMG’s external and internal audit engagements as well as on special assignments.
In terms of academic qualifications, Michael is a visiting lecturer in Information Systems for a number of Masters Courses at Macquarie University’s Graduate Accounting and Commerce Centre (GACC) and is one of the University’s highest rated lecturers. He is also the Manager, Online Programs Graduate Studies Office (GSO) in the Faculty of Business and Economics at Macquarie University responsible for GACC’s online offerings. Michael is also a visiting lecturer teaching in Information Systems in Business and IT Audit, Security and Control Finally – just to complete the picture – Michael also lectures in the ‘History of Australian Sport’ in a Masters program at the International College of Management.
Michael is described as an ‘interesting’ and entertaining speaker who has won numerous best paper awards. At Arthur Andersens he was the highest rated instructor (worldwide) in his area of specialty. He ‘lives’ by the creed of his hero: Jesse ‘The Body’ Ventura (ex-WWE wrestler, former Governor of Minnesota and perennial Presidential aspirant): “You’ve gotta tell it like it is”.