Member snapshot: Troy Williams
Who is he?
Troy Williams is a corporate accountant and corporate governance and management consultant, based in Perth. He is also a director of Aboriginal Family Law Services and a micro-board member of the IPA, assisting the Hotham River Nyoongar Aboriginal Corporation.
What is his background?
Born in Sydney, Williams moved to Adelaide to complete his school and university studies in business and commerce and subsequently spent the next 30 years working across Australia. He later completed postgraduate qualifications in corporate governance and risk and has been working in this area with a wide range of companies as a consultant. “I spent many years working in senior store management, group buying and buyer roles within the retail industry across Australia,” says Williams. “In 1999, I set up my management consulting and corporate accounting business in Perth, which continues to this day.”
What does he do?
“As a multi-skilled independent consultant to business, my role is to provide impartial and transparent advice to boards and management. My skill set enables me to work in day-to-day operational grassroots accounting functions through to management accounting functions, as well as working with audit committees and external auditors to prepare corporate accounts and statutory reporting. I also provide governance and risk advice that assists and complements the board’s strategic objectives.”
How does he keep his professional knowledge current?
“I am actively involved with the IPA, the Governance Institute of Australia, the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners and the University of South Australia. As well as participating in training events, I am also a presenter and make a special effort to maintain my knowledge of recent developments in the areas in which I work.”
What advice would he give to new practitioners?
“It is all about the relationships we create and the people we work with throughout our careers. Whatever you choose to do, try to do something you enjoy and can give a practical commitment to, in terms of your time and resources. Never fear failure; persevere and keep moving forward.”