The Board appointed a Director in May to assist in the Associations financial leadership leading up to the 2022 AGM. Shannen Graham has previously been on the Board and was a great asset to the Association during her previous tenure. We welcome Shannen back and confirm her appointment from May until after the 2022 AGM. Here is a bit more about Shannen.
Shannen has been working in an Accounting Practice for 9 years and has been CA qualified for 6 years. She current works as the Finance Manager for the Australian side of a global Defence Engineering Company. She has worked her way up to Management level quite early on in her career, having learnt skills such as management of workflow, clients and stakeholder relations, teamwork, communication, and the ability to manage a demanding workflow effectively. It is not just the numbers in accounting that she enjoys, Shannen’s passion lies in analysing the reports and assisting stakeholders in understanding what this means to their business, how to budget, and most importantly how to grow their business and meet their goals.
Shannen competed at a national level in equestrian (horse riding) for 10 years. This sport taught her to understand the real meaning behind discipline and allows her to appreciate the dedication and hard work involved in a high-level sport such as rowing. Unfortunately, she retired from horse riding at the age of 16 to focus on her studies and building a career – Shannen comes from a family that owns and runs their own businesses, and this is where she got the drive to study Commerce. In 2021 Shannen got to combine her love of horses and Finance and sat on the Finance, Investment and Audit Committee for the South Australian Jockey Club which allowed her to contribute to important business decisions and create new working relationships.
Shannen believes she can contribute not just her financial knowledge, but also the other skills she has learnt along to way to the Board of Rowing SA and looks forward to contributing positively to the growth and development of the sport with her knowledge and skills.