ARITA SA/NT Divisional Committee Nominees

Here are the profiles of the nominees for the 2021/2022 SA/NT Division Committee. The Committee resolved to have a maximum of 7 members.

Please note: In accordance with the ARITA Constitution, only Professional, Fellow and Life Members are voting members. Members may only vote or lodge proxies at the AGM of the Division in which they reside.

Samuel Black

Statement of claim
I am a current member and Chair of the ARITA SA/NT Division Committee. I believe that ARITA serves an important role in the insolvency profession (for both IPs and lawyers) and I am eager to continue to contribute to our professional body and help it to serve its members.

I believe that ARITA is relevant now more than ever for its members due to the ongoing challenges that the profession is facing and the uncertainties posed by the recent law reforms.

Samuel is a Partner in O'Loughlins Lawyers Insolvency & Reconstruction and Dispute Resolution Teams, practicing primarily in the area of insolvency and litigation/dispute resolution. Samuel acts for a range of clients including insolvency practitioners (corporate and personal insolvency), financial institutions, directors, bankrupts and SMEs. He was admitted to Practice in South Australia in March 2007. Samuel is also admitted to Practice in the High Court of Australia.

Samuel has been a Professional Member of ARITA since 2010 having completed the IEP in 2009. He served as a committee member on the Law Council of Australia Insolvency and Reconstruction Law Committee (South Australia). Samuel is also a member of winSA.

Nick Cooper

Statement of claim
I am a current member of the SA/NT Division. I would like to continue to provide assistance to the Committee, through my experience as an insolvency practitioner.

Nick is the managing partner of Oracle Insolvency Services, a Registered Liquidator (since May 2002) and a Registered Trustee in Bankruptcy (since March 2009). He is a Fellow of CA ANZ and is admitted as a barrister and solicitor of the Supreme Court of South Australia.

Nick volunteered as a workshop leader for ARITA's Insolvency Education Program (from 2005 to 2016). He regularly presents on various insolvency-related topics at the Law Society of South Australia, CPA Australia, the Institute of Public Accountants and the Australian Institute of Credit Management.

Craig Hannam

Statement of claim
I would like to join the ARITA SA/NT Division Committee as I believe I can offer extensive insolvency experience and knowledge for the betterment of ARITA. My work history has given me a very good understanding of both large and smaller firms and in running my own partnership practice. I also understand good board governance having served on various committees over the last 20+ years, and I have also developed good working relationships with regulatory and statutory agencies relevant to insolvency practice and regulation.

I believe that my technical skills, knowledge and experience in both corporate and personal insolvency practice will enable me to make a positive contribution to the Committee. I work well with my peers and am willing to contribute my time and share my knowledge and experience with others for the benefit of the ARITA membership and insolvency professional generally.

Craig has worked in insolvency and restructuring practice for 27 years, including almost 12 years as a Registered Liquidator, and almost 20 years as an ARITA member. His work history includes working in small, medium and large accounting practices and he now runs his own insolvency and restructuring practice in partnership.

Craig's insolvency, restructuring and forensic experience spans a wide range of industries and he has worked in insolvency practices based mainly in SA, but also from offices in all of the mainland states, in some cases for extensive periods of time. Craig is also heavily involved in community sport and has recently become a Board member of Equestrian SA.

Mike Hayes

Statement of claim
I have served on the SA/NT Division Committee for 9 years. I seek to continue serving the local ARITA members during the next term of the committee if members support my nomination. If re-nominated to the SA/NT Division Committee, I shall seek the committee's support and renomination as its representative on the ARITA Board where I shall be able to promote the interests of the local ARITA members on the ARITA Board.

Mike is a partner of national law firm, Piper Alderman, and has over 25 years experience in dispute resolution and insolvency, restructuring and turnaround. 
Mike has the following relevant ARITA experience and positions:
  • SA/NT Division Committee member for 9 years (and current member)
  • Past Chair of the SA/NT Division Committee
  • SA/NT Division Committee representative on the ARITA Board
  • Member of the ARITA Membership Committee
  • Member of the ARITA Professional Conduct Committee
  • ARITA Fellow (RIFT)

Anthony Phillips

Statement of claim
Following 2 years on the ARITA Board, I have developed a greater understanding of the challenges facing ARITA and its members and I am interested in supporting the profession further at a local level to meet those challenges head on. I have been voluntarily attending the SA/NT Committee meetings as an official invitee for the past year, and I would like to formalise my position on the Committee to continue to assist in any way I can. 

Anthony is an insolvency and turnaround professional with extensive experience assisting businesses, creditors and advisors in times of financial difficulty. Anthony is a founding partner of Heard Phillips Lieverenz and specialises in insolvency matters that require detailed investigations, and in advisory/receivership appointments for banks. Anthony provides regular support for small to medium businesses facing varied challenges, offering an approachable point of contact during difficult times.

Anthony is a past member of ARITA's SA/NT Division Committee and is a lecturer for ARITA's Essential Skills Education Program. He is also the current Chair of the Small to Medium Practices Committee. Anthony joined the ARITA Board in 2019 and is an ARITA Fellow.

Natasha Riach

Statement of claim
I am a current member of the SA/NT Committee with responsibility for education matters. I have been an ARITA professional member since 2002 and specialised in insolvency law for nearly 20 years. I have presented at ARITA forums and was a workshop leader in the Advanced Insolvency Law course for many years. I have served on the Insolvency Law Committee of the Law Council of Australia for over 10 years. I am also a regular guest lecturer at Flinders University.

Natasha is a Senior Consultant at Mansueto Legal, a boutique law firm specialising in insolvency and restructure. She was a partner of Minter Ellison SA/NT for nearly 10 years and has also worked at Fisher Jeffries (Dentons) and Piper Alderman. Natasha has represented insolvency practitioners in all types of corporate and personal insolvency administrations and contentious recovery actions. Natasha has acted for all major banks and other financiers in the enforcement of securities and for corporate and individual clients affected by insolvency.

Thomas Salleh

Statement of claim
I am currently a member and the immediate past Chair of the ARITA SA/NT Young Professionals Committee and I have promoted the interests of, and represented young insolvency professionals through this role for the past 5 years. I believe I can best serve fellow ARITA professional members who may feel that they are too senior to engage with the ARITA SA/NT Young Professionals Committee, and too junior to engage with the ARITA SA/NT Division Committee (and certainly those who are on the path of applying for registration as a Registered Liquidator) by being a voice and serving on the ARITA SA/NT Division Committee.

I have worked closely with the ARITA SA/NT Division Committee over the past 5 years and I believe that my experiences and relationships developed in that time will be of value for the Committee.

Thomas is a Chartered Accountant and Manager at Clifton Hall, with over 9 years' experience in insolvency and corporate practice. He has been responsible for a number of medium to large court appointed and voluntary liquidations, voluntary administrations, deed of company arrangements and receiverships. Thomas holds a Bachelor of Business (Flinders University), Masters of Commerce (Accounting - University of Adelaide) and a Graduate Diploma in Chartered Accounting (CAANZ).

    Alan Scott

    Statement of claim
    I seek to continue my involvement with the SA/NT Division Committee thereby giving back to the profession.

    Alan has 40 years’ experience in insolvency and corporate recovery and is a registered liquidator and a registered trustee in bankruptcy with extensive experience across a vast number of industries and highly complex matters. Alan has the following relevant ARITA experience and positions:
    • Member of the SA/NT Division Committee since 2007, and Chair in 2019
    • Member of the ARITA Board from 2012 to 2019
    • Roles on the ARITA Board have included the Finance Committee, Professional Conduct Committee, ARITA/ASIC Liaison Committee and ARITA/AFSA Liaison Committee
    • ARITA Fellow.