Paul Mather is a Professor of Accounting and Corporate Governance, La Trobe University, Melbourne, Australia. Previously, he was Head of La Trobe Business School (2012-17), Head of Accounting (2011-12), Associate Dean (Research Degrees), Faculty of Business and Economics, Monash University, Melbourne and held visiting appointments at the London School of Economics and the University of Liverpool Management School. Prior to becoming an academic, he was a senior manager and partner with the Melbourne, Monrovia and London offices of PricewaterhouseCoopers and he has considerable experience in financial investigations, auditing as well as corporate finance advisory services including valuations and due diligence reviews for the purpose of mergers and acquisitions.
Paul's research interests are in the role of corporate governance in mitigating agency problems, debt contracting processes, in particular the role of covenants in debt contracts and behavioural research in financial accounting. He currently supervises a number of PhD students researching in these areas.
He has authored or co-authored papers in refereed journals such as ABACUS, Accounting and Business Research, Accounting, Auditing and Accountability Journal, Accounting and Finance, Australian Accounting Review, Australian Journal of Management, Corporate Governance: An International Review, Journal of Corporate Finance, Pacific Basin Finance Journal, The British Journal of Management and The International Journal of Accounting and he has several best paper awards and an award for teaching excellence from Monash University.
Paul is currently a member of CPA Australia's Environmental, Sustainability and Governance Centre of Excellence and was previously a member of CPA Australia's Divisional Council and has been a member of many other professional working parties. He is a Graduate Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, a Non-Executive Director, Melbourne Innovation Centre and member of an expert panel advising the Institute of Certified Management Accountants in Sri Lanka. Paul provides regular media commentary on corporate governance matters.