Areas of expertise
Governance and Compliance
Lecturer, Avondale Business School
Avondale College of Higher Education (since 2013)
Having spent the past 25 years working as a secretary–treasurer for the Seventh-Day Adventist Church, Warrick Long feels the most important thing he brings to Avondale is his experience—“the war stories.”
As a lecturer in the rebranded Avondale Business School, this is Warrick’s first formal teaching role in a tertiary education institution, but he feels he’s settling in nicely. “I’ve enjoyed ‘seeing the lights go on’ for my students,” he says.
Most of Warrick’s research focuses on the area of not-for-profits, governance and compliance. He’s also passionate about systems with business and seeing the vision become a part of an organisation. In his teaching, Warrick emphasises the importance of professionalism and trains his students that acting professionally is key.
And it’s working. Avondale Business School’s reputation is growing and there has been an increase in opportunities and requests for students regarding placements and full-time positions. “It’s exciting to see our students being sought,” says Warrick.
Warrick’s expertise comes, in part, from his experience working in finance in developing countries. After graduating from university, Warrick spent two years working in Sydney before accepting a position as associate treasurer in the Pacific, overseeing departments in a number of countries including the Cook Islands, Papua New Guinea and Fiji. While his friends back home were stocktaking toilet paper shipments, Warrick was managing a mission plane and being part of the senior administrative decision making process on a regular basis.
“I was doing things in the Pacific my peers in Australia were years away from doing,” Warrick says. “When you’re there, you have to make decisions and you have to learn from them. There was a lot of hard stuff and even security issues but it all added to the experience.”
How did your overseas working experiences shape the way you relate to business in a developed country such as Australia?
The cultural appreciation I learnt in the Pacific has been invaluable here. In western societies, we come with a schedule and a list of things to accomplish in 10 minutes. But it’s not always about that. It’s about establishing common ground and relationships built on trust.
What are your thoughts on the links between business and the church?
I’m a big supporter. We need to be in the space of spirituality in business and encouraging people to work in business using an ethics-based system. Reputation in business is everything, and the principles and values in our church give us the opportunity to have that great reputation. If the church is a body, the treasury is the bowels. We deal with stuff nobody wants to talk about, but if we don’t do it, the system falls apart.
MA (Leadership and Management)
Graduate Diploma in Applied Corporate Governance
Graduate Company Directors Course (AICD)
Governance Institute Australia (Fellow)
Australian Institute of Management (Associate Fellow)
Australian Institute of Company Directors (Graduate Member)
Seventh-day Adventist Church in Western Australia, Secretary–Treasurer (2005-2008)
Seventh-day Adventist Church in the New Zealand Pacific, Secretary–Treasurer (2001-2004)
Seventh-day Adventist Church in South New Zealand, Secretary–Treasurer (2001-2004)
Seventh-day Adventist Church in North New Zealand, Secretary–Treasurer (1996-2004)
Business rebrands at Avondale
, May 1, 2013
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