Focus on Finance - Summer 2017
Members Profile – Andrew Ngo, City of Mitcham
Andrew has been the Manager of Finance and Rates at the City of Mitcham since 2014. This has been his first posting in Local Government although he has been the auditor-in-charge of Tea Tree Gully, Adelaide, Paramount (California) and Las Vegas (Nevada) during his time with KPMG.
He is enjoying the challenges of spending more time in influential word document reports instead of excel as well as preparing for, developing and implementing significant process change to assist with the upcoming adoption of Technology One.
For the better part of the previous decade Andrew was the Financial Controller for the Saab Technologies Australia Group. During his time with Saab, Andrew provided vital financial support regarding the negotiations and delivery of the ANZAC Frigate support contract for Defence. He also led the design and implementation of a new ERP system that successfully addressed Long-term Project Accounting and Management requirements.
Prior to Saab, Andrew spent 9 years with KPMG’s Assurance and Advisory division where he attained his Chartered Accountant qualifications, spent 2 years in Los Angeles and managed the Adelaide division’s Training program.
Andrew soon became a member of FMG after joining City of Mitcham and has enjoyed the free-flowing, thought provoking meetings as well as the unreserved sharing amongst the members, a notable difference from most other industries.
When not playing with debits and credits, you may find Andrew training for the next (or healing from the last) Triathlon or Cross-Fit event, though he has also been spotted in film credits, on dance floors and trying to pry cooking secrets from Adelaide’s best restaurants.
When asked what had attracted him to the City of Mitcham and Local Government, Andrew replied, “The energy I felt from Matt (CEO) and Wade (Director of Corporate Services and Innovation) resounded with my own ethos of integrity, dedication and enthusiasm. And I’m glad to see that it runs throughout Local Government.” He has been known to wistfully reminisce about grappling with Corporate Tax issues but enjoys holding over other Managers’ heads the fact that he manages the cash and the majority of the Council’s revenue with Rates, so they better be nice if they are seeking budget expenditure increases!!
Andrew humbly admits that his passionate life balance is due in large to the loving support of his partner, Sarah and his 7 year old son, Edward (despite the fact that they support the wrong football team).