Date published: 13 August 2012
Randwick City Council's Finance Manager Mitchel Woods has proven local government can mix it with the private sector taking out the prestigious Young Financial Manager of the Year gong at the Finance Review Capital CFO Awards 2012 on Friday 10 August 2012.
The Capital CFO Awards honour and celebrate Australia's top financial minds. Each year the awards recognise the individuals and teams in the finance industry that have made a difference to their organisation or an exceptional contribution to Australian business.
Randwick Mayor Scott Nash said the award win shows local government is in safe hands.
"Local government is full of exceptionally talented and dedicated people. This is a great personal award win for Mitchel but it's also reassuring for the ratepayers of Randwick City to know the finances of Council are being managed by the best of the best.
"Mitchel is responsible for preparing Council's $144M budget and provides accounting services for our record $31M capital works budget. In short Mitchel makes sure we spend ratepayers' dollars responsibly and efficiently and have the funds to invest in quality parks, playgrounds, buildings, roads and footpaths," Mayor Nash said.
Mitchel Woods, 29, said he was honoured by the award. "It's a great privilege to be acknowledged on a national stage. But the most satisfying thing is seeing real improvements and community benefit that flow from the day-to-day budgets I'm involved in. That's what keeps me going," Mitchell said.
Mitchel has worked closely with a number of other NSW council finance departments as well as local government forums. He is currently working with CPA Australia to develop a professional development program for local government CPAs. In April 2012 In The Black magazine named Mitchel one of Australia's top 40 Young Business Leaders.