HoD Profile: Ian Shinkfield

Introducing Ian Shinkfield, National Chief Financial Officer (CFO).

You have just been appointed as the National Chief Financial Officer (CFO) after being the interim CFO for a few months. What does this mean to you?

I’m incredibly proud and it’s a great thrill to be appointed as the CFO for The Salvation Army in Australia. This is an exciting opportunity to provide stability and direction for the finance team. There’s been a lot of change over the journey, so in the current environment having stable leadership is a key factor to progressing the department design and keeping the momentum going. 

What is your first memory of The Salvation Army?

My first memory of the Salvos is a magical one. As a young child I vividly remember running out of my house in Adelaide to see The Salvation Army band playing Christmas Carols. They would go through the streets, knocking on doors to spread the good cheer and collect donations.

What is your history before coming to The Salvation Army?

I have a Bachelor of Business (Accounting) from Deakin University and I’m a Fellow of Australian Certified Practicing Accountants. I worked at NAB for five years, where I met my lovely wife Catriona.

After NAB, I moved to BP where I worked for 32 years. This included a number of roles in three different locations: Melbourne for 15 years, Fiji for three years and the past 14 years based in Perth, where my last role was as CFO of the Exploration and Production Segment in Australia.

Fiji was a fascinating experience and was a posting that really opened my eyes to new challenges on a business, cultural, religious and personal level.

Can you tell us about your family?

I’ve been married to Catriona for 32 years and I have two children, Claire and Andrew. Claire has lived in Melbourne for the past few years completing her Commerce degree at Melbourne University, and Catriona and Andrew will be returning soon to Melbourne, which I’m very much looking forward to.

I hear you’re a sports fan

I am! I enjoy a host of different sports and have re-joined the Caulfield Cricket Club in the Victorian Sub-district where I’m a life member. I am looking forward to playing and assisting to develop our younger players which I find very rewarding.

I also love barracking for the Adelaide Crows in the AFL.

What do you do to relax?

I enjoy watching sport, fishing, golf, reading, gardening; all things that let you tune out and switch off for a bit. I also enjoy spending time with my family.

How would you describe yourself in three words?

Honest, caring, hard-working.

Is there anything that you would like to say to Salvos at this time?

We are in for a long journey and the amount of change is really unprecedented for us. Resilience will be key and we need to remember the reasons we’re making this change, maintain an aligned vision, build stronger partnerships, increase innovation and provide better stewardship. All this work is being done to make us more efficient and effective to better support mission delivery.

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