Chief Executive Officer
Robert Corben has been in public accounting practice for some 30 years. The practice has a diverse client base spread over many industries, cooperatives and the not-for-profit sector. As well as the more traditional accounting services, the Practice provides ongoing business advisory services and in a number of cases is involved in close, ongoing financial management of client organisations.
In past years Robert has been appointed by the NSW Attorney General as Director of the Sydney Catchment Authority and the Legal Aid Commission of NSW. Here he was instrumental in restructuring the trading and financial reporting of these organisations to allow for non accountant board members to fully grasp and understand the financial workings of the organisations and thus assist in the future good financial management of these entities. Robert also chaired the audit committee of the Legal Aid Commission.
He has acted as Government Appointed Administrator of some 12 cooperatives, usually at a time when the particular cooperative is experiencing financial difficulties. His work as Administrator included the hands on management of cooperatives including taxis, fishing and community care. This involved both trading the cooperatives out of their financial difficulties and reconstructing their base of operations to achieve positive results and handing back to Boards of Directors.
Following incorporation of Aboriginal Land Councils in NSW Robert was commissioned to create an accounting system for operation by non accountants and this system was implemented in all 120 Land Councils throughout the state.
Other briefs included amalgamating a number of public housing associations in NSW into larger cooperatives. Additionally his association with fishing cooperatives on the NSW South Coast resulted in his being appointed to manage the construction and tenanting of large, commercial buildings on the wharves at Wollongong and Bermagui on behalf of the respective fishing cooperatives. This work involved negotiations with the NSW Government as landlord, appointment of architects and builders, all financing arrangements, and all negotiations with prospective tenants for the successful completion and operation of such facilities.
The present commercial base of the practice continues to focus on financial advisory services and close liaison with clients to assist them in achieving their hopes and aspirations.