Bachelor of Commerce in Accounting, 1997
With an acute financial brain and a talent for being able to lead all aspects of a financial portfolio, Karl Cope is the Chief Financial Officer & Company Secretary of hipages Group – the site where thousands of people go to hire tradies online. If you rewind back some years, you’ll see that he graduated with a degree in Commerce majoring in Accounting at Canberra University in 1997.
Following a move to Sydney after finishing up his studies, he made a splash working across a number of industries, including retail motor, finance, football and law enforcement. Quite early in his career, Karl was the CFO and Company Secretary and National Finance Manager for Auto Group Limited, while he was also the Senior Manager with Grant Thornton – a leading international accounting firm.
By 2006, Scott joined an ASX Listed company in the transport and logistics sector as the CFO & Company Secretary for Scott Corporation Limited. It was there that he came into his own and oversaw a period of significant growth and performance improvement over the course of nine years.
Not only was Karl responsible for all finance functions, including ASX and internal reporting, but he also put his multi-tasking skills to good use and led the Commercial and Information Technology teams. His impressive portfolio saw him responsible for all merger and acquisitions and commercial negotiations.
With an MBA added to his list of accomplishments, Karl is also a fellow member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia and a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.