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LBS alumni Kate Davenport at La Trobe University: “No working day is the same.”

LBS alumna Kate Davenport

La Trobe Business School alumni Kate Davenport recently started working as a Consultant in Leadership and Capability (Organisational Development) at La Trobe University’s Human Resources department in Bundoora.

After having graduated in 2015 with a Bachelor in Accounting for La Trobe Business School at La Trobe University’s Albury Wodonga campus, Kate went on to take part in La Trobe University’s Graduate Development Program. Through the program, graduates have the opportunity to work in three different departments of the university over twelve months, allowing them to develop a deep understanding of the operations of several teams and how these teams intersect working on different projects as well as developing transferable skills they can use throughout their careers.

Kate completed three rotations of four months, each time working in a different department of the university: one the marketing department, one in the College of Science, Health and Engineering, as well as one in the Tertiary Enabling Program, all based in Albury-Wodonga.

“Out of all rotations, I think I enjoyed the one in the Tertiary Enabling Program the most,” she says. “Through this program, I assisted students with their studies and the transition to University– either via email or face-to-face, assisted lecturers with their classes and provided input into the curriculum. I consider myself extremely fortunate to have been able to watch the students grow and develop while participating in the program. I also learnt to communicate better, and understand the different kinds of communication that stakeholders require.”

Kate also mentions how she refined a lot of transferable skills throughout the graduation program: “During the program, I really developed a strong knowledge of the different areas and departments within the university. I also worked on a regional campus before coming to Bundoora. I believe that this was a big advantage, since it allows me to really bring a regional perspective to the table, and make sure the needs of staff in regional areas are taken into account. The program also gave me the opportunity to participate in development sessions and paired me with a mentor to further enable my professional development.”

Throughout her degree, Kate worked at an accounting firm at Albury-Wodonga, working in self-managed superannuation funds: “I really enjoyed the work, but it would sometimes start to feel monotonous,” she comments. “At La Trobe, I enjoy the variety of my current position. I work on a range of different projects and not a single day is the same, which is something I thoroughly enjoy.”

LBS’s Dr Tarek Rana delivers interactive workshop to local businesses in Moreland City Council

Recently, La Trobe Business School’s Dr Tarek Rana delivered an interactive workshop to local businesses as part of an industry engagement initiative between Moreland City Council and La Trobe Business School.

The budgeting and cash flow workshop aimed to help local business owners and managers with:

  • Setting and managing financial budget
  • Improving cash flow and profits of their businesses
  • Identify key business and financial tools

Dr Tarek Rana’s workshop showed how a business can improve its financial outcomes by linking budget with the business strategies. The workshop was focused on refining the way owners manage budget and cash flow by identifying organisational objectives and developing short-term goals and long-term strategies. Dr Rana has discussed many steps a business owner or manager can do at minimal cost to improve, measure and assess performance, re-evaluate objectives, goals, strategies through budgeting and cash flow management.

These workshops are also an important way in which LBS is strengthening its relationships with local industry and the business community.

Dr Tarek Rana

Dr Tarek Rana is La Trobe Business School Academic Coordinator for Albury-Wodonga Campus and a Lecturer in Management Accounting with La Trobe Business School. Prior to becoming an academic, Tarek was a Principal and senior manager of professional accounting firms in Sydney and Canberra. He has considerable practice experience in the areas of business services, taxation, auditing, and financial planning as well as consulting services including performance measurement and risk management.

Tarek has strong links with professional accounting bodies both in Australia and overseas. He is La Trobe University Albury-Wodonga liaison for CA ANZ, CPA Australia, and CIMA UK. He has served as an executive committee member of the CIMA Australia ACT Branch (July 2013 – June 2016), and now serving as a council member of CPA Australia Albury-Wodonga Branch (February 2017 – Present) and a branch committee member of the Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand Albury-Wodonga Group (August 2016 – Present).

LBS’s Dr Tarek Rana recently appointed as a member of Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand (CAANZ) executive committee!

Dr Tarek Rana

Dr Tarek Rana was recently appointed as an executive committee member of the Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand (CAANZ), Albury-Wodonga branch.  CAANZ was created though the amalgamation of the Institute of Chartered Accountants Australia (ICAA) and the New Zealand Institute of Chartered Accountants, and has a membership of 115,000 professionals.

For an accountant, being named a member means receiving the Chartered Accountant title. This title is an internationally recognised professional designation that reflects the highest standards of ethical, professional and technical expertise. To qualify as a Chartered Accountant of CAANZ, members have to gain and maintain one of the toughest professional accountancy and finance qualifications in the world.

“Being on the AW regional committee of CAANZ provides La Trobe Business School with an opportunity to engage more with one of the largest accounting professional bodies in the world and within the regional business community,” Dr Tarek Rana said. “I am keen to build on this relationship, not only to foster growth within La Trobe Business School, but also to increase students’ employability.”

Dr Tarek Rana is La Trobe Business School’s Campus Coordinator for the Albury-Wodonga campus and a Lecturer in Accounting. Prior to becoming an academic, Tarek was a Principal and senior manager of professional accounting firms in Sydney and Canberra. He has over ten years public practice experience in business services, taxation, auditing, and financial planning as well as consulting services including financial management, cash flow management, and performance management.

When it comes to engaging with diverse stakeholders including academic colleagues, students, staff, business organisations, and the public service, Dr Tarek Rana demonstrates a consistently proactive approach. With CAANZ, Tarek maintains the same positive and proactive approach: “This relationship can be very meaningful to the broader Albury-Wodonga region in the sense that it can make important contributions to businesses and the professional community in this area.”

As an example of these contributions, in collaboration with the CAANZ Albury-Wodonga committee, Tarek is planning to develop projects with regional significance, including costing public services associated with an ageing population and regional community development.

Sport in Regional Australia Conference

La Trobe Business School Lauren Jackson Sport in Regional Australia Bendigo

On 9 and 10 November 2015, La Trobe Business School will be hosting the second Sport in Regional Australia Conference on the university’s Bendigo Campus.


In 2015 the conference will focus on a 360° view on sport within regional settings, including;

  • What makes sport and sporting events a success outside the metro area?
  • What do host towns want?
  • What do sports and event owners need?
  • What keeps participants happy?
  • What do regional clubs need to thrive?

Speakers include Australian professional basketball player Lauren Jackson and former CEO of the Australian Football League, Andrew Demetriou.

Plus, a one stop opportunity to sell your event to host cities with our exclusive ‘Host City Speed Networking’ session.

Find the complete conference program, here.

Who should attend?

The Sport in Regional Australia conference is the only sports conference targeted to the development of sport in regional and rural communities.

Everyone involved in the sport industry and interested in growing sport throughout Australia should attend, including:

  • State and local government
  • Government authorities
  • Regional sports assemblies
  • National and state sporting organisations
  • Local and regional sporting clubs and associations
  • Event owners
  • Sports business operators in sponsorship, event management and marketing
  • Sports management, marketing or business students


Date: 9 and 10 November 2015

Venue: The Capital Theatre, 50 View Street, Bendigo VIC 3550

Register: register via the event booking page.

Further information: Please contact Associate Professor Matthew Nicholson via, or (03) 5444 7905


Revising the IAP2 Spectrum – Why is ‘Inform’ on the spectrum at all?

On 8 September 2015, La Trobe University’s William Bill Keeton and Margaret Harvie will be hosting a talk about what constitutes true and meaningful community engagement in today’s leadership, on the La Trobe University Albury-Wodonga Campus.


Are we really engaging when presenting public policies or projects where the community has had no initial input?
Margaret Harvie, accredited IAP2 trainer from Sydney and Bill Keeton of LaTrobe University met through a LinkedIn discussion around this topic. Margaret is coming to Albury to conduct Community Engagement training for the NSW Office of Environment and Heritage, and both Margaret Harvie and William Keeton saw this as the perfect opportunity to bring this discussion out of cyberspace and into real life.


La Trobe Community Engagement IAP2 Albury-Wodonga  Margaret Harvie who has been a trainer for the IAP2 International training program for eight years.  She is a Director for PlanCom Consulting Pty Ltd.  Her clients include numerous local governments, Sydney Water and Transport for NSW.  She recently assisted the Singapore Government develop a community engagement framework that is used to guide all Singapore Civil Servants. Margaret is an Associate of the Singapore Civil Service College and the University of Technology Sydney.

La Trobe Community Engagement IAP2 Albury-WodongaWilliam (Bill) Keeton is currently conducting research for a PhD in the area of community engagement through La Trobe University at the Albury-Wodonga campus. The focus and title of his thesis is: Managing Community Engagement: A Cross-Case Analysis of Water Management Organisations in Victoria, Australia. In his earlier career, Bill retired from the US Army as a Lieutenant Colonel specialising in military logistics and community engagement liaison missions. He did extensive community engagement work in his last military assignment in Iraq in 2005.

This is an informal gathering of engagement practitioners (not formally part of the regular series of events for the NE Border Community Local Network for Engagement Practitioners).

Date: 9 September 2015

Time: 10.30am – 12.00pm

Venue: Room 4211, Second Floor Building 4, LaTrobe University, Albury-Wodonga Campus, 133 McKoy St, West Wondonga.

RSVP: Please respond by 8 September to

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