Brett is Vice President External Reporting and Governance in the Group Reporting function at BHP Billiton
Brett is currently responsible for four main activities within BHP Billiton:
- The preparation of the Group's consolidated financial reports
- Accounting policy, which includes policy development and implementation, interpretation of accounting standards, examination of significant transactions for application of accounting policies and the provision of internal advice on policy matters
- Financial governance involving operation of the Group wide SOX certification process
- Financial consolidations, involving maintenance and operation of the Group wide SAP consolidation platform responsible for reporting financial results at the Business and Group level
Brett joined BHP Billiton 10 years ago to implement the Group's Sarbanes Oxley internal control evaluation program and to transition the group from UK, US and Australian GAAP over to IFRS.
Prior to joining BHP Billiton, Brett had a 22 year career with Arthur Andersen and Ernst & Young, providing a wide range of audit and consulting services to many public and private companies. Brett has been actively involved in the development of accounting standards, spending time on the Australian Urgent Issue Group, and continuing to be a member of the Australian Accounting Standards Board.
Brett is married to Brigita (31 years and counting), they have four marvelous children and one enchanting grandchild.
Seminar 1: The Evolution of a leading global resources company: BHP Billiton since 2001
In his first seminar Brett reflected on various structural changes occurring in the company since the merged entity was formed in 2001. This includes consideration of various transactions, issues and initiatives facing the business, the solutions that were developed and the implications for the capabilities of those within the finance group.
Seminar 2: Changes in accounting regulation: Implications and consequences
Brett spoke about recent changes in accounting regulations that have had significant implications, not only for BHP Billiton, but also for various stakeholder groups, including analysts.