Speakers Profile - Barrie Adams

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Barrie Adams PSM FCPA completed his accounting studies in 1970 and was admitted as a CPA in 1971 with the Australian Society of Accountants. He advanced to FCPA status in 1993.

Barrie has been Queensland Regional Commissioner of the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (formerly the Australian Securities Commission) since its establishment in 1991 and until 31 March 2000.

In this position, he was responsible within Queensland for corporate and securities regulation and promoting market integrity and consumer protection in relation to the financial system and financial services, including superannuation, life insurance, general insurance, retirement savings accounts and deposit taking.

Prior to joining the Commission, he held a variety of senior positions in the Queensland Corporate Affairs Commission including his appointment in 1989 as Director of Corporate Development and Operations. He was also responsible for developing the first on-line database of corporate information in Australia. He also worked for the Shell group of companies in Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne, culminating in his appointment as Manager of Internal Audit for Shell's South Pacific Region.

As a Fellow of the Australian Society of Certified Practising Accountants (now CPA Australia) I have had an active role in CPA over a number of years. During 1997/98 he was Queensland Divisional President of CPA Australia. He has also held the positions of Deputy President, Treasurer and Vice President Professional Development.

He was a member of the Company Law Committee of the Queensland Law Society while in the position of Regional Commissioner.

In January 2000 he was awarded the Public Service Medal for outstanding public service as Regional Commissioner of the Queensland Office of the Australian Securities and Investments Commission.

After leaving the Australian Securities & Investments Commission on March 31, 2000, he worked on a consultancy with the Australian Stock Exchange on an AUSAID funded program, to consider the needs of the Indonesian Securities Regulator (BAPAPAM) as it moved into the 21st century.

Barrie has delivered a number of presentations both in Australia and overseas as well as facilitated various workshops on Corporate Governance, Risk Management, Effective Corporate Regulation, Ethics, Corporations Law and Directors' Duti