Association of Certified Fraud Examiners Perth   

ACFE Perth Chapter Incorporated, Western Australia

Current Board Members

President - Eve Switka

Eve was elected President of the Perth Chapter in 2018.

Eve is a Certified Fraud Examiner and a Chartered Certified Accountant and has over 10 years accounting experience including roles in management accounting, restructuring and insolvency and forensic accounting. Eve has worked in Australia and offshore United Kingdom. Her expertise is in forensic accounting, investigations, insolvency and restructuring, management accounts reviews, internal reporting and budgets. She has been involved in independent business reviews, corporate restructuring, fraud and corruption investigations and complex commercial disputes across a broad range of sectors including mining and resource companies, manufacturing and retail, public sector, financial services, construction, and local government.

She is currently employed as a manager at Avior Consulting, having previously spent 5 years at Grant Thornton in Perth and Channel Islands in restructuring and forensic accounting. Prior to that Eve was a management accountant for a large retail and manufacturing group Sandpiper CI and a construction company Style Group in the Channel Islands.

Professional qualifications include: Certified Fraud Examiner; Chartered Certified Accountant; Certified Accounting Technician; International Association of Bookkeepers; and Degree in Management and Marketing

Professional memberships include: Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE); Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA); and Australian Restructuring Insolvency & Turnaround Association (ARITA).

Eve's areas of expertise includes: internal accounts reviews; internal processes reviews and streamlining; restructuring and insolvency; contract compliance reviews and quantification for litigation; fraud investigations; loss quantification; fraud & corruption control planning; and fraud and corruption risk assessments

Sector experience includes: retail, wholesale and distribution; financial services; construction; mining and resources; ports & transport; property and real estate; government & Public Sector Agencies

  • Local Governments

Eve can be contacted on:
08 6145 0700

Vice President - Ben Arnold

Ben is an experienced risk and governance professional with international experience in the Resources Industry. Ben’s key areas of capability include control design and review, corporate governance, risk management, capital project/ EPCM internal audit & advisory services, anti corruption, fraud investigation and process improvement. 

Ben is currently a Director at A&P Advisory, following his role as Principal Risk for BHP Billiton Iron Ore.  A key area of focus for Ben has been within the Resources Sector, particularly Mining and Energy and Chemicals, where he has performed and led operational and financial improvement reviews on various capital projects such as Gorgon LNG, Tangguh LNG and Shell’s GTL facility.

Ben has provided technical support to management in analysing processes and providing solutions, facilitating training and client workshops, project management and reporting. In addition, he has strong management, leadership and analytical, delivery and technical skills. During his career, Ben has demonstrated a proven ability to:

  • Establish, develop and maintain effective working relationships with both operational and senior stakeholders
  • Analyse, evaluate and resolve complex process and control problems
  • Recommend and implement more efficient methods, systems and reporting formats.
  • Plan, execute, manage and report on a diverse portfolio of projects.

Ben is a qualified Fellow of the Governance Institute (FGIA), Certified Internal Auditor (CIA), Chartered Accountant (CA), Certifed Risk Management Assurance (CRMA) and Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE). This followed the completion of Bachelor of Commerce (BComm).

Ben is currently the Vice President of the ACFE Chapter (Western Australia), West Australia Council Member for the Institute of Internal Auditors Australia and a Non Executive - Audit and Risk Committee Member for Amnesty International (Australia). Ben previously served as Secretary on the Management Committee for the Consumer Credit Legal Society and Treasurer of Museums Australia (WA).

Specialties: Internal Audit, External Audit, Financial Analysis, Internal Controls, EPCM Operations, Capital Projects, Governance,FCPA, Risk Management

Secretary and Treasurer - Hollie Ponton

Hollie is Head of Forensic Accounting, a Chartered Accountant and ACFE member, at Avior Consulting Perth with over 12 years of experience in forensic accounting, corporate restructuring and as a commercial accountant. Prior to her role at Avior Consulting, she was a forensic accountant at Ferrier Hodgson and the Australia Securities and Investments Commission in Melbourne and Perth.

Her forensic accounting portfolio includes insider trading analysis, extensive data analytics of both financial data and investigative data (such as telephone call interrogation), fraud investigation, Ponzi scheme investigations, and production of witness statements and affidavits producing expert reports.

Hollie has recently worked on the following key assignments:
  • Federal government assignment on a fraud detection matter and production of an expert witness statements.
  • Family law matters including valuations and asset tracing
  • Solvency review of large WA mining entity.
  • Conducted internal fraud detection for large Pty Ltd entity.
  • Independent Business Reviews and Investigative Accountants Reports.
  • Data analytics using various different software suites, such as i2 Analyst Notebook, IDEA, Microsoft Access, and high level excel work.

Hollie can be contacted on:
08 6145 0700

Board Member - Troy Williams FGIA, FCIS

Troy is a Corporate Governance professional consulting to boards and senior management in Asia, Canada and Australia. His role gives focus to the proactive ethical conduct of business, governance, risk management and compliance oversight.

Additionally, he provides: Management Consulting / Chief Financial Officer / Corporate Accounting / Investigative Accounting support to further assist boards and senior management with strategic decision making. In that regard he has a proven track record in delivering financial results and value adding utilizing critical interpersonal skills he has developed over 30 years through dealings with stakeholders across many industries.

He concurrently serves as:

  • Chair, Western Australia State Council at Governance Institute of Australia
  • Board Member, Western Australia Chapter at Association of Certified Fraud Examiners
  • Member, National Communications Committee at Governance Institute of Australia
  • Mentor, UniSA Business Career Mentor Program at University of South Australia

Troy welcomes all consulting / training / facilitator enquiries from private, public and NFP sectors globally; and provides fly in - fly out services originating from Perth, Western Australia.

Troy can be contacted on:
✉: [email protected]
✆: +61 (0) 417 911 516

Board Member - Wayne Stone

Wayne is currently the Head of Business Integrity at HBF Health Ltd.  He is an experienced executive manager with over 18 years experience in leadership of public/ private, profit and NFP organisations and a reputation for strategy development, driving growth and managing change.  He has a strong governance background with over 25 years healthcare fraud risk management experience across the public & private sector, including Director Operations -NHS Counter Fraud & Security Management Service.

He was a former manager of the contractual arrangements of HBF Health's $1.7 billion benefit spend, an experienced contract negotiator having led negotiations with Ramsay Health Care, St. John of God and state and federal government. In his current role, as the Head of the HBF Business Integrity team, he is responsible for oversight of HBF's $1.6 billion spend as well as internal fraud risk management.  Wayne is an excellent people leader, skilled in fostering and improving stakeholder engagement, as well as a strategic thinker able to bring about and effect change. 

Wayne’s qualifications and prior experience include:

  • Certified Counter Fraud Specialist,
  • Member Association of Certified Fraud Examiners,
  • AIM;
  • AICD; and
  • experienced Board member and member of several Private Healthcare Australia (PHA) Committees, and Curtin University School of Pharmacy Advisory Committee.

Board Member – Richard Boddington

Richard is currently Director of Digital Forensics Institute and Principal of Forensics Australia.  He has a background in police and intelligence investigations and holds a BSc (Hons 1st Class) in Communications and Information Technology from Edith Cowan University. From his research and consultancy endeavours he has developed knowledge in digital forensics that enable him to recover, preserve, analyse and validate digital evidence found on a variety of computer devices.

Richard has more recently undertaken forensic examinations in support of large fraud investigations of Australian businesses victims of false email invoicing and is putting together preventative measures to assist businesses minimise this odious threat they face through security contingency planning and forensic readiness incentives.  

In 2005, Richard commenced lecturing at the School of Information Technology, Murdoch University where he taught and researched information security and digital forensics.  He designed and coordinated under-graduate and postgraduate units that allowed students to complete virtual analyses of simulated computer crimes. This practical training and theoretical education better prepared students to become IT security professionals in government and corporations. It also readied them to deal more effectively with computer-related crime incidents and preserve fragile evidence for legal proceedings. Richard also taught post-graduate Digital Forensics at the University of Western Australia in 2014.

Richard continues to provide Digital Forensics and eDiscovery services for a broad range of clients, and is currently presently designing and providing accredited forensic training units in these areas as well as eDiscovery and specialist Multi-Media Forensics.

Richard can be contacted on:

[email protected]

+61 (0)417 920 881

Board Member - Helen Lo Presti CPA

Working at Aspen Corporate (CPA) – Public Accountants.  Membership with CPA and ACFE

Studied Bachelor of Commerce at Curtin University and Diploma of Forensic Accounting at Monash University

Mainly working with small to medium size businesses in Financial Accounting and Tax Returns, which may include;

  • attending to business review for cash flow and future planning
  • advice regarding general business matters, i.e. superannuation and PAYG obligations, employment issues
  • dealing with ATO and other government bodies on behalf of client

Board Member - Elissa Mansell

Elissa is a Certified Fraud Examiner and a Chartered Accountant with over 8 years forensic accounting experience. Her expertise in forensic accounting includes fraud and misconduct investigations, contract compliance reviews and corruption/ bribery management.  She has a background in policing and commercial crime investigations and is a Senior Manager at McGrathNicol in Perth.

Elissa’s qualifications include:

  • Certified Fraud Examiner;
  • Chartered Accountant; and
  • Post Graduate Certificate of Commercial Crime.

Elissa can be contacted at [email protected]