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Dr Derek Shorter

Dr Derek Shorter DBA CPA is a veteran CFO and Programme Manager, qualified as a Certified Public Accountant and Cost and Management Accountant and receiving his DBA in Financial Accounting and Information Systems who provides strong strategic analysis, commercial case and financial modelling, reporting and financial analysis capabilities.

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As an MSP and PMP Derek has a strong background in PMO and M3P3 delivery. His experience spans 30 years throughout NZ, USA, Australia and Fiji.  He is a chief financial officer and strategic partner who teams with organisations requiring business and/or finance function transformation, strategic planning and execution to achieve the next stage of growth.

With significant industry sector experience including primary industries, hospitality, real estate development, transportation and logistics, technology, infrastructure, health, export manufacturing and corporate recovery Derek offers a wealth of expertise.  He is a certified programme director and MBA with the ability to  translate commercial strategy into competitive blueprints for success, that are delivered on time and budget.  Derek background is across private, public and government entities from $50m - $1.3b revenue.

Exceptionally energetic and results driven Derek offers coaching and/or mentoring that leads high performing agile finance and business technology teams. He is a resilient business partner and a safe pair of hands trusted to deliver on complex assignments including;

  • Leading transformation, change and learning opportunities for value add and benefits realisation.

  • Identification of strategies for achieving value growth through performance improvement.

  • Contract reviews and negotiations for enhanced revenues, cost management, KPI achievement,     governance.

  • Cross - border taxation and treasury management for realised bottom- line results.

  • Managing diverse stakeholder interests for win- win outcomes.

  • Leadership in M&A due diligence, integration of acquisitions, new business start- ups and development.

  • Programme management / SRO accountable for delivery of capital, technology and property construction projects.

  • Working with the Benefits lead Implemented a benefits realisation strategy and supporting analysis and financial reporting. Liaised with DHB executives to re-align the programme for a subsequent positive Gateway review.

  • Completed an inaugural Waikato DHB Long Term Investment Plan financial model and key strategies summary.

  • Delivery of BBC projects documents to MOH, introduction of assurance and PMO functions. Benefits Realisation

    and ILM workshops.

  • Commercial oversight over vendor contracts, stakeholder management and DHB (programme) funding model.


Derek holds a Bachelor Commerce (Accounting), Master Business Administration, Master Taxation (Hons.),
Master Commercial Law (Hons.) and a Doctorate in Business Administration (Accounting and Information Systems) (Accredited WSCUC University). He is a qualified CPA, CGMA, ACIS, CFP, PMP, APMG Intl. - Managing Successful Programmes (MSP) and Benefits Realisation Practitioner with professional members ships with; American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA 4183983), Chartered Global Management Accountant, Global Accounting Alliance ( reciprocal membership CA ANZ 3016219), American Accounting Association, Financial Executives International (New York), Project Management Institute (USA/NZ).

A fuller picture of Derek's professional experience can be found in his CV.

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