Centre Directors

A/Prof Bradley Potter

Brad Potter

Associate Professor

  • Research Interests:
    • Financial reporting and disclosure
    • Accounting for public sector entities
    • Water accounting
    • Contracting research

Brad has broad research and consulting experience across several aspects of financial accounting and disclosure in both public and private sectors. A current focus of Brad's work is the development and application of accounting and reporting techniques in the accounting for water resources. Brad was part of a small team that developed the National Water Accounting Conceptual Framework which guides the development of water reporting in Australia.

One of his current projects in this field is being undertaken in partnership with CPA Australia and the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia, with financial support from the Australia Research Council.

Other projects in which Brad is currently involved focus on the preservation of diverse accounting and business archives in ways that inform research and practice. This project, funded by the Australia Research Council, is undertaken in partnership CPA Australia, and the National Archives of Australia.

Brad's current projects also include work in partnership with the Australian Accounting Standards Board on the topic of differential reporting. His previous research and scholarship has involved a range of additional industry partners including the Bureau of Meteorology, the National Institute of Accountants, the National Water Commission and Petronas (Malaysia).

Brad is also currently on the Board of Directors of the Accounting and Finance Association of Australia and New Zealand, and also for Multicultural Arts Victoria.

Prof Stewart Leech

Stewart Leech

Professorial Fellow

  • Research Expertise:
    • Business Information Systems
    • Audit and Corporate Recovery/Insolvency
    • Intelligent Systems

Stewart's consulting and research expertise spans the areas of business information systems, audit and corporate recovery/insolvency. His research agenda in corporate recovery/insolvency include four large Commonwealth Government grants from the Australian Research Council (the current project attracted $432,000), all of which involve major accounting firms in Australia and overseas. Other recent projects include work on audit support systems with audit firms; an international study for CIMA UK on the effect of ERP Systems on Management Accounting; and the alignment between Business Strategy and IT Strategy in the Motor Industry.

Stewart has a substantial international reputation with work for the American Accounting Association and the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia (ICAA); and extensive academic experience as the inaugural Professor of Accounting and Business Information Systems at the University of Melbourne and Head of Department; and Professor and Head of the School of Accounting at the University of Tasmania for many years. As well as a Fellow of ICAA and CPA Australia. He has won several international awards for his research and scholarship; and recently was presented with the Meritorious Service Award by ICAA for his outstanding service to the profession and in particular to the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia.

Kevin Stevenson

Kevin Stevenson AM

Professorial Fellow

  • Research Interests:
    • Financial Reporting
    • Accounting Standards

Stewart's consulting and research expertise spans the areas of business information systems, audit and corporate recovery/insolvency. His research agenda in corporate recovery/insolvency include four large Commonwealth Government grants from the Australian Research Council (the current project attracted $432,000), all of which involve major accounting firms in Australia and overseas. Other recent projects include work on audit support systems with audit firms; an international study for CIMA UK on the effect of ERP Systems on Management Accounting; and the alignment between Business Strategy and IT Strategy in the Motor Industry.

Kevin has extensive experience in the setting of accounting standards and their application, globally, domestically and in both the private and public sector. He has a fractional appointment within the Department of Accounting, alongside his continuing involvement in public practice.

Kevin’s current research interests include a major project concerned with the discipline of accounting standard-setting and involving standard-setting agencies in nearly 30 jurisdictions.

In public practice, Kevin provides advice on complex financial reporting issues and serves as an expert witness in litigation support.

Kevin is a former national technical partner of a large accounting firm, a former director of technical activities/Chairman of IFRIC at the IASB and a former Chairman of the Australian Accounting Standards Board.