Speakers announced for June Franchise Forum


If you’re involved in the business and financial aspects of franchising, the Franchise Accountants Forum is for you.  This unique event will focus on the financial aspects of Australian franchising.

Co-Founder Kate Groom says, “The Franchise Accountants Forum came about as a result of the work Peter Knight and I do in the franchise sector. We hear so often that financial matters are at the heart of franchising – and people with financial responsibility play a key role in the success of franchises. We agree!

So, in 2014 we established the Franchise Accountants Network (FAN). FAN is a group of independent accounting firms who share a common interest in franchising.

But although there are many franchise events, so far, there hasn’t been one that’s focused on the financial aspects, with attendees who a common interest in that area. We’ve fixed that!

In February this year, some franchisors came along to one of FAN training sessions. They said they would like more like it – specifically for them.

That’s why we have created the Franchise Accountants Forum. It’s for people with an interest in the financial aspects of franchising. We’d love you to join us, and hear these great speakers.”


At the Franchise Accountants Forum, there are 4 key speakers, whose sessions will enhance your knowledge and understanding of the business and finance side of franchising.

Dr Michael Schaper, Deputy Chair ACCC – “Cracking the new Franchising Code: What accountants need to know”

Michael will share his perspective on the crucial role accountants play under the new Code. This is your chance to hear directly from the franchising regulator.

Mark Bilton, former Group MD of Gloria Jean’s Coffees – “Get real boss! Unlocking potential through Authentic Leadership”

Mark has a unique leadership style developed through leading businesses through turbulent times. His insights will be invaluable for anyone seeking to improve their leadership skills.

“Benchmarking Tips and Traps” – Doug Hutchinson (GM, Barry Plant Real Estate) has applied his skills in accounting and technology to develop complex benchmarking processes. He will share lessons learned, including best ways to communicate and engage stakeholders.

The role of the modern CFO” – Sean Mura, CFO of Anytime Fitness Australia, will draw on his background in accounting and marketing to explain the shift that’s occurring for CFO’s and the key role they play in franchise businesses.

Book now to receive a special discount

To attend this event, book online and use Discount Code BIZFRAN2015 to receive a 15% discount on your ticket.