EY 2013 Best Public Sector CFO of the Year Award

The EY 2013 Best Public Sector CFO of the Year Award is designed to recognise effective demonstration of financial management leadership, and added value in the public sector.

Paul Helm CA winner of the EY 2013 Best Public Sector CFO of the Year Award

Paul Helm CAPaul Helm CA has a passion for financial management and has been Chief Financial Officer (CFO) at four entities. He has held his current role – CFO at the New Zealand Transport Agency – for more than four years.

During this time he has led the development of, and implemented, the long-term financial management information strategy for the Agency. This required working with the Board, senior leadership team and other managers in the organisation. He has developed the role of the finance team to an extent that they are now seen as business partners who add value through advice on a range of business matters, not solely financial. This required some restructuring and the appointment of new finance managers.

Paul’s role also involved leading the SAP finance systems implementation across the Agency, leading the management of a borrowing facility for the Agency and operating across the business to help bring two former organisations together when Transit New Zealand was merged with Land Transport New Zealand.

Helm has also worked on key projects including the financial evaluation of the Transmission Gully PPP options and managed an Inland Revenue tax review across the Agency. Prior to this role, Helm was Director of Finance at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade. He has also had roles with Parliamentary Services, the Parliamentary Counsel Office and the Office of the Clerk, the Ministry of Health, and been Audit Manager then Audit Director at Audit New Zealand.

Helm has been a CA with NZICA since 1993 and is an FCA with the Institute of Chartered Accountants of England and Wales. Outside of work and family commitments Helm enjoys running – up to 60km off road at a time. He also coaches swimming at a local club.


Ross Chirnside CA – GM Finance and Strategy, healthAlliance
Tina Cornelius CA – CFO, Ministry of Education
Paul Helm – CFO, NZ Transport Agency

About the award

Entering the award will give the applicant the opportunity to differentiate themselves as the best in the profession, receive valuable profiling of themselves and their organisation with NZICA’s membership, build their reputation within the accounting profession and the wider business community and be recognised as an achiever by employers and peers.


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