Governance Institute of Australia 34th National Conference

Governance in a world of disruption

4-5 December 2017

Grand Hyatt Melbourne

Speakers

Hear from international and Australian experts in governance, risk management and leadership.

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International speakers

Mats Isaksson

Mats Isaksson, Head of the Corporate Affairs division, Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)

Mr. Mats Isaksson is Head of the Corporate Affairs division at the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). His responsibilities include corporate governance, state-owned enterprises, equity markets, company law, corporate finance, privatisation and other policy areas of importance to well-functioning capital markets and a dynamic business environment.

Mats Isaksson initiated the development of the OECD Principles of Corporate Governance and was in charge of the 2015 review of the Principles, which in September 2015 resulted in the endorsement of the G20/OECD Principles of Corporate Governance. He also led the work to developthe OECD Guidelines for Corporate Governance of State Owned Enterprises and initiated the OECD's work on The State in the Market Place.

Mr. Isaksson has extensive experience from working with both OECD and Partner countries and most recently served as international advisor to the government of Japan. He regularly participates in the works of other international organisations, notably the Financial Stability Board. In recent years he has written extensively on the relationship between corporate governance, value creation and growth addressing issues such the functioning of modern equity, the role of institutional investors, the use of corporate bonds and the conditions for growth companies to access market based finance.

Mats Isaksson serves on the Advisory Board of the Centre for Global Markets and Corporate Ownership at Columbia University and is Senior Visiting Fellow at the Stockholm Centre for Commercial Law. He is a founding Director of the Swedish Corporate Governance Forum and a member of the European Corporate Governance Institute. Writings and related material can be found at http://www.oecd.org/corporate/ca/.


Professor Sir Julian Le Grand

Professor Sir Julian Le Grand, Marshall Institute for Philanthropy and Social Entrepreneurship, London School of Economics

Julian Le Grand has been Professor of Social Policy at the London School of Economics since 1993, currently based at the LSE's Marshall Institute for Philanthropy and Social Entrepreneurship.

From 2003 to 2005 he was seconded to No 10 Downing St to serve as Senior Policy Adviser the Prime Minister Tony Blair. He has also advised the President of the European Commission, the World Bank, the World Health Organisation, the OECD, HM Treasury, and the BBC.  He has chaired several UK government commissions, most recently the Cabinet Office Mutuals TaskForce. He was awarded a knighthood in 2015 for services to social sciences and public service.

He is the author, co-author or editor of twenty books and more than one hundred articles on public policy, economics and philosophy.


Professor Mervyn E. King

Professor Mervyn E. King SC, Chairman, International Integrated Reporting Council, South Africa

Mervyn King is a Senior Counsel and former Judge of the Supreme Court of South Africa.  He is Professor Extraordinaire at the University of South Africa on Corporate Citizenship, Honorary Professor at the Universities of Pretoria and Cape Town and a Visiting Professor at Rhodes. He has an honorary Doctorate of Laws from the Universities of the Witwatersrand and Leeds, is Chairman of the King Committee on Corporate Governance in South Africa, which produced King I, II, III and IV, and Chairman of the Good Law Foundation.

He is Chairman of the International Integrated Reporting Council (IIRC), Chairman Emeritus of the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) and a member of the Private Sector Advisory Group to the World Bank on Corporate Governance. He chaired the United Nations Committee on Governance and Oversight and was President of the Advertising Standards Authority for 15 years.

He has been a chairman, director and chief executive of several companies listed on the London, Luxembourg and Johannesburg Stock Exchanges. He has consulted, advised and spoken on legal, business, advertising, sustainability and corporate governance issues in over 60 countries and has received many awards from international bodies around the world.  He is the author of four books on governance, sustainability and reporting, the latest being “The Chief Value Office”. He sits as an arbitrator and mediator internationally. He recently received the ICGN Award for promoting quality corporate governance globally.

He received honorary fellowship of ICSA at the ICSA Global Council in Johannesburg. 


Dr Stefan Peij

Dr Stefan Peij, Managing Director, Governance University (The Netherlands)

Dr. Stefan Peij is founder of Governance University, a Netherlands based training institution for directors and company secretaries. He has published books and numerous articles on board effectiveness. He is a corporate governance expert with approximately twenty years of international experience as researcher and teacher. He has advised over a hundred boards and has led tens of board evaluations. In addition, Dr. Peij has had supervisory board member and chair positions. In the past years, he was member of several corporate governance committees of leading Dutch institutions for pension funds, public broadcasting, the Ministry of Internal and Kingdom Affairs, child care sector and social housing.


Dottie  Schindlinger

Dottie Schindlinger, VP/Governance Technology Evangelist, Diligent Corporation

Dottie Schindlinger is Diligent Corporation’s Governance Technology Evangelist and promotes the intersection of board governance and technology as a recognized expert in the field. Diligent is the leading provider of secure board communication and collaboration tools designed to promote improved performance for boards and leadership teams. In her role, Dottie provides thought leadership on related topics through digital and print publications, webinars, conferences, and in boardroom presentations to directors and executives globally

Dottie was a founding team member of BoardEffect, a board management software platform launched in 2007 and the leading provider focused on serving the governance needs of healthcare, higher education, associations and nonprofit organizations.  Prior to BoardEffect, Dottie spent 15 years working in governance-related roles, including as a board liaison, board member, senior executive, consultant and trainer of private, public, and nonprofit boards.  Dottie’s efforts helped BoardEffect expand from a four-person tech start-up to become an industry leader in the board portal space -- serving over 1,700 organizations and more than 120,000 board members and senior executives.  In late 2016, BoardEffect was acquired by Diligent Corporation, becoming part of the largest player and industry leader in the secure board information management software space.

Dottie’s career has included roles as various as program development with the Pennsylvania Humanities Council, director of training and education for the Nonprofit Center at La Salle University, and associate faculty of La Salle’s Communication Department, teaching Public Speaking to incoming first-year students.  Dottie currently serves as Vice Chair of the Board of the Alice Paul Institute, in Mt. Laurel, NJ, and she volunteers her time with several local nonprofits in the Philadelphia, PA region.  She received her BA from the University of Pennsylvania, and holds certificates in Management and Board Leadership from The Nonprofit Center at La Salle University.

Australian speakers

Mark Anderson

Mark Anderson, Chief Executive Officer, Swimming Australia

Mark commenced as Chief Executive Officer of Swimming Australia in May 2013 with an objective to ensure that the Australian Swim Team attains sustained success in the pool and our swimmers are widely recognised as great ambassadors for our sport and Nation. Mark is focussed on the development of swimming at all levels throughout Australia by further strengthening the important swimming community links that exist and communicating and building a relationship with Australia's vast swimming family.

Mark was the Chief Executive at Hockey Australia between 2008 and 2013. In this role, he was responsible for ensuring the future success of two of Australia's most successful national teams, the Kookaburras and Hockeyroos and leveraging this success to enhance the profile of the sport and grow participation levels. Under his leadership the world first, 'International Super Series, Hockey 9's' tournament was created, attracting sponsorship from India and Australia and broadcast rights within both Australian and international markets. Under his leadership participation within junior development programs grew, both national teams attained their first major sponsorships for many years and Australia successfully hosted three international Champions Trophy tournaments. Prior to joining Hockey Australia in November 2008, Mark was the Chief Commercial Officer at one of the Australian Football League's (AFL) largest and most successful clubs, Essendon Football Club. During this time record sponsorship, membership and merchandise levels were achieved, and marquee events such as the Dreamtime at the 'G were established.


Murray Baird

Murray Baird, Assistant Commissioner & General Counsel, Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission

Murray Baird is Assistant Commissioner General Counsel Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission. The ACNC is the independent national regulator of charities. It works to maintain, protect and enhance public trust and confidence in the charitable sector, reduce unnecessary red tape and to support a sustainable, robust and innovative not-for-profit sector. Murray is responsible for the areas of Legal & Policy, Registrations, and Reporting & Red Tape Reduction at the ACNC.

Murray joined the ACNC in June 2012 following a career in private legal practice in not for profit and charity law and governance. As well as advising, writing and presenting on not-for-profit legal issues, Murray has acted in several leading cases in the field of charity law. Murray also has practical experience of not-for-profit issues through several governance roles in the sector including serving of the boards of foundations, schools, church, community and commercial organisations.


Dr Richard Barber

Dr Richard Barber, Managing Director, RiskIQ Global (Australia)

Dr Richard Barber spent almost 30 years in Defence logistics and major projects before completing his PhD into risk management in complex projects.  He is now regarded as a leading practitioner of applied systems thinking methods for ensuring high performance in complex organisations.

Richard is the Managing Director of RiskIQ Global (Australia), where he integrates practical applied systems thinking tools for risk management, whole-systems design and leadership into a single approach to governance.  Richard is also a Fellow of the Australian Risk Policy Institute and lectures on decision making and risk at the Queensland University of Technology and with the International Centre for Complex Project Management in Canberra.


Susan Bennett

Susan Bennett, Principal, Sibenco Legal & Advisory, Co-founder and Director, Information Governance ANZ

Susan Bennett is the Principal of Sibenco Legal & Advisory, Co-founder and Director of Information Governance ANZ, and one of Australia's foremost leaders in information governance. She co-founded IGANZ to break down 'information silos' and to drive more holistic solutions, particularly for data privacy and cybersecurity challenges. 

She is a member of the U.S think tank Sedona Conference® and a member of the International Association of Privacy Professionals. She holds a Master of Business Administration, a Master of Laws and is tackling a PhD at the University of Sydney on 'The role of governance in privacy and data protection in the information age'

Robynne Berg

Robynne Berg MBus (Mktg), MAICD, FAMI, CPM, Founder, thinkplayact

Robynne Berg is an internationally qualified innovation consultant and an authority on customer-centric innovation. She is the principle at innovation consultancy thinkplayact a company driven by the belief that innovation and growth are ignited by bringing people, customers and ideas together in the spirit of co-creation.

Robynne works with Boards and Executive teams to help them meet the challenges of societal and digital change and set the strategic agenda for innovation and future growth.

Robynne is a qualified Blue Ocean Strategy® practitioner and a part of an international network of consultants, academics and government officers.


Kellie Benda

Kellie Benda, General Manager, Sales and Go-to-Market, AGL Energy Limited

Kellie has a career spanning 20+ years as an investment banker, senior corporate executive and non-executive director.  She is a strategic and engaging values-based leader; recognised for taking on challenging and diverse roles; and portfolios across a variety of industries. Some of recent responsibilities have focused on strategy, broad commercial and corporate functions, transactions, and risk.

Throughout her career, the common theme has been an ability to deliver significant growth and transformation across teams, functions and businesses, creating positive cultural and commercial outcomes.

She has worked for large public companies, entrepreneurial start-ups and mutuals, addressing challenges such as disruption and including automation and digitalisation. 

Her role as a Chief Risk Officer of an ASX20 saw her addressing "strategy and risk" in the context of the current disruption to the global energy industry.


Chris Bratchford

Chris Bratchford, Executive & Director, Mission Australia Housing

Chris is responsible for the strategic leadership, operational performance and sustainable growth of Mission Australia Housing, one of the largest national community housing providers in Australia. Prior to joining Mission Australia Housing, Chris worked in leadership roles across the not-for-profit and commercial sectors both nationally and internationally and has been a Non-Executive Director of the NSW Federation of Housing Associations and also Professional Insurance Australia Pty Ltd. Chris is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and holds a Master of Business Administration and a Degree in Law.


Chris Braithwaite

Chris Braithwaite, Partner – Risk Assurance, PwC

Chris has over 20 years' experience in providing corporate governance, assurance, risk and financial services across a range of industries.  He works with Boards and Executives at across the economy to support them deliver on their strategic and project objectives.

Examples of Chris' recent experience across these areas includes:

Internal audit – Chris has delivered the internal audit functions for several listed companies and large public sector entities

Corporate governance – support to Board and management in implementing effective and sustainable governance frameworks

Financial management – Chris has provided a broad range of financial management services and advice to organisations to improve their financial performance and sustainability.  .

Project assurance – Chris has provided independent assurance over a range of initiatives and programs across multiple industries.

Technology – he has worked with several organisations develop and implement their IT strategies including the implementation of large IT projects

Risk management – He has worked with a variety of organisations in establishing their enterprise risk management frameworks.

Prior to joining PwC, Chris worked with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade and the NSW Treasury. Chris is also a Fellow of Certified Practicing Accountants Australia, Member of Risk Management Institute of Australia and Graduate of Australian Institute of Company Directors.


Heather Brown

Heather Brown FGIA, Executive Director, KordaMentha Corporate

Heather's warm and personal style combined with her technical and commercial background leads to successful outcomes when working on sensitive and complex organisational issues.

Her collaborative approach and leadership experience allow her to cut through complex issues quickly by identifying the connections between frameworks, processes and people. This helps organisations make the cultural shifts needed for positive and sustainable change.

Heather has worked at the most senior level in corporate and consulting roles across risk, compliance and audit to major change programs, divestments and cultural work. She brings the benefit of investigations, program design and hands-on implementation support. When combined with her experience living and working in Hong Kong, Tokyo and Paris, her depth of diverse capability helps clients to change, grow and reduce risk.


Dr Tim Boyle

Dr Tim Boyle, Group Managing Partner, Blackhall & Pearl

Tim is the co-founder of Blackhall & Pearl and has had a diverse international career through senior executive and board roles with large and complex organisations including; University of Melbourne, Bankers Trust, Austock,

Fidelity and COLT. He commenced his senior career as an Executive Director with University of Melbourne before joining Bankers Trust New York as Global Chief of Staff for Risk Management.

Tim then moved to Fidelity as the Global Chief Risk Officer, before taking on the role of Executive Director for Fidelity Continental Europe. He has also completed a Doctorate on Board Performance.


Steven Brownman

Steven Bowman, Managing Director, ConsciousGovernance

Steven is a seasoned Board adviser, with a great depth of experience and skill facilitating Board reviews and strategic planning process. He has held numerous senior executive, CEO and Board positions with some of the USA and Australia's most prestigious organizations, as well as authoring and co-authoring over 14 books on  governance, strategy, risk and executive leadership.

Acknowledged as a pioneer in the field of strategic awareness, Steven has built a reputation around the world as an adviser who empowers his clients by offering multiple perspectives on any given challenge.


Benjamin Carr

Benjamin Carr, Director - Risk Management, Telstra

Ben Carr is Telstra's Director of Risk Management.

With responsibility for supporting Telstra to identify and manage risks across all of its activities, Ben plays a critical role in protecting the company's reputation, safeguarding employees and securing its financial success. Previously Ben was Director Risk and Compliance, International and New Business. Based in Hong Kong during the period, Ben worked on supporting Telstra's international operations with their risk and compliance obligations as well as various mergers and acquisitions. 

Ben has also held the role of Chief Privacy Officer at Telstra. He oversaw company's compliance with its legal and regulatory obligations and worked to revise its approach to privacy in response to the growing maturity of consumer attitudes, especially in the digital space. Since joining Telstra in 2011, Ben has worked in a variety of finance, risk and compliance roles across the private and public sectors both in Australia and internationally. This has included NBN Readiness, Anti-Bribery & Corruption, Enterprise Risk Management and changes to the Telecommunications Consumer Protection code. 

As a Chartered Accountant and Ben has worked with a number of high-profile organisations including pwc, various Victoria Government Departments, the UK House of Commons and Her Majesty's Court Service (UK).       


Steven Brownman

Kate Carnell AO, FAICD, FAIM, AFACHSM, Ombudsman, Australian Small Business & Family Enterprise Ombudsman

Kate Carnell commenced as Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman in March 2016. The role of the ASBFEO is to advocate for small businesses and family enterprises, to provide access to alternate dispute resolution services to assist in avoiding expensive legal proceedings and to ensure that government policies and regulations take into account the needs of small businesses and family enterprises.

Kate is well known and respected in the not-for-profit and business communities having served two years as CEO of beyondblue and previously four years as CEO of the Australian Food and Grocery Council. Kate began her professional life as a Pharmacist. She owned and managed pharmacies for some 20 years, was the inaugural chair of the ACT Branch of the Australian Pharmacy Guild and went on to become the first woman to be National Vice-President of the Pharmacy Guild of Australia.

Ms Carnell served as Chief Minister of the ACT from 1995 to 2000. Ms Carnell was appointed an Officer of the Order of Australia in 2006 for her services to community through contributions to economic development and support for the business sector, knowledge industries, the medical sector and medical technology advances


Louise Davidson

Louise Davidson, Chief Executive Officer, Australian Council of Superannuation Investors (ACSI)

Louise is the Chief Executive Officer of the Australian Council of Superannuation Investors (ACSI). ACSI is a collaboration of Australian and international superannuation funds that collectively manage more than $1 trillion in assets. ACSI works with its members on research and policy formation; company and financial system engagement; and advocacy and voting advice, in relation to environmental, social and corporate governance (ESG) investment risk and opportunity.

Appointed CEO in April 2015, Louise has more than 20 years senior expertise in the financial services and superannuation industry.  She joined ACSI from Cbus, where, as Investment Manager, ESG, she was responsible for the integration of ESG issues within Cbus' investment processes.

In 2015 Louise was named Victoria's Local Hero in the Australian of the Year Awards for her work as the co-founder and National Chair of the Mother's Day Classic Walk/Run for Breast Cancer Research.  Established in 1998, this ongoing national event has raised in excess of $30m for breast cancer research.

Louise is a Director of the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre and a Director of the Board of the International Integrated Reporting initiative.


Andrew Donovan

Andrew Donovan FAICD, Principal, Thoughtpost Governance

Andrew is a senior facilitator for the Australian Institute of Company Directors in Australia and Asia and a facilitator for the advanced level programs, Mastery in the Boardroom and Board Ready. He has authored several Institute education programs and publications.

Andrew is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and and a graduate of the Company Directors Course (Order of Merit). He holds a Bachelor of Commerce from the Australian National University.

Andrew's sector experience includes not for profit organisations, government statutory entities, joint venture companies, private and family companies and industry associations. Industry experience includes insurance, financial services, superannuation, manufacturing, healthcare, social services, water, sustainability and research and development.

Andrew Donovan FAICD is a company director and board advisor specialising in organisations experiencing high levels of growth, change or complexity.

An accomplished board chair and non-executive company director Andrew is a leader in innovative and effective board outcomes. He is Chairman of Barker Trailers, manufacturers of world class semi-trailers. Andrew is a member of the Independent Nominations Committees of the Victoria Teachers Mutual Bank and Mildura Airport and the Independent Chair of the Murray Goulburn (Board) Candidate Assessment Panel. He is the former Chair of Dairy Innovation Australia Limited and Environment Victoria.


Judith Downes

Judith Downes, Chair, Bank Australia

Judith is a non-executive director with extensive experience in finance, banking and accounting.  She has over 20 years' experience as a company director. Judith has worked in senior executive and non-executive roles in banking, funds management, life insurance, mining and property.  She held senior roles in ANZ for 12 years, including Chief Financial Officer and Chief Operating Officer Institutional Division and Group General Manager Finance.  Prior to working as an accountant, Judith taught secondary mathematics.

Judith has been a member of both international and Australian bodies that are involved with the development of accounting standards.  Other past positions include Director, ING Australia and Director, Australia Mathematical Science Institute. She is presently Chair of Bank Australia, a member of the Financial Reporting Council of Australia, a non-executive director of ImpediMed Ltd, and an Honorary Fellow of the Department of Accounting, Faculty of Business and Economics, University of Melbourne.


Travis Erridge

Travis Erridge, Director and Founder, TM Insight

Travis Erridge established TM Insight in 2010 with Milan Andjelkovic.

Travis is passionate and committed to disrupt an industry that has not changed in the last 20 years. At TM Insights, he oversees the Project Services division. He continues to champion the delivery of world class projects for TM Insight clients which enables tangible savings at all levels of a business.

With two decades of experience, Travis is an industry leader in the design and development of supply chain facilities. He has about worked with large-scale organisations and projects to develop and implement highly operational supply chain networks.

Prior to TM Insight, Travis held senior roles at Carson Group, Goodman Group and Robert Luxmoore Project Management.

TM Insight is a consultancy firm specialising in supply chain optimisation, property advisory and project services. Its services include supply chain network review and design, the implementation of lean practices, land acquisition and purchase, property and lease management and project management.

TM Insights' game changing integrated approach has awarded TM Insight the 2016 AFR Fast 100 Company, 2017 KMART 'Customer Come First' and 2017 Telstra Business Finalist honour.

Clients include Woolworths, Kmart, Fisher and Paykel, Simplot and Bunnings.


Belinda Farrant

Belinda Farrant, Head of Risk, Orica

Belinda is a senior risk management professional who has over 20 years' experience as the leader of Group Risk functions for Orica and Telstra, and in a risk advisory capacity with global accounting firms.  She enjoys findings ways to improve decision making through risk management, and harnessing people's diverse backgrounds to solve problems and identify business opportunities.  Her experience includes developing risk management strategies, facilitating enterprise risk assessments, conducting maturity assessments, and managing risk reporting to Board and executive. 


Brian Ferreira

Brian Ferreira GIA(Cert), Vice President – Executive Programs ANZ, Gartner

Brian began his career in retail in 1989 where he developed the first retail 'store-in-store' concept for the EdconGroup in South Africa. Having experienced the growth impact of using retail data and customer data mining, Brian was drawn to the world of Business Intelligence and commenced a business orientated IT career.

His career is dominated by a theme of business transformation through applying technology to improve business. He has served in various executive management and Board committee roles across the globe giving him broad exposure across industries and technologies.

During his career Brian completed various graduate business and technology qualifications. Being focused on building an extended Board advisory profile he has recently achieved his GIA (Cert) in NFP qualification and completing the Company Secretaries qualification (AGIA).

Having formerly held Executive IT and senior IT leadership positions with Anglo American PLC, Standard Charter Bank, IBM, ASG and AusGroup, Brian is currently serving as Vice President at Gartner supporting Boards, business and IT executives as an advisor on the impact of technology on business. His current client list constitutes large enterprise Commercial, Government and Regulatory clients across ANZ.

As a fundamental business principle Brian believes that the sum total of progress in business can be exceptional when IT and the business partner in delivery.


Darren Fittler

Darren Fittler, Partner, Gilbert + Tobin

Darren Fittler joined Gilbert + Tobin in June 2004 and is now the lead partner in the firm's Third Sector Advisory Group, specialising in the provision of legal assistance to charities, not-for-profits, philanthropists and corporate foundations.

Darren's expertise in laws specific to charities and not-for-profit organisations and his generalist corporate and commercial law experience enables him to provide strategic and targeted legal advice and practical guidance to all his clients no matter how big or small.

Darren was named in the 2015 Australasian Lawyer Hot List as a "Pillar of the Community" and was the recipient of the 2014 Human Rights Commission Law Award in recognition of his long term commitment to assisting not-for-profit and charitable organisations.

He is a volunteer director on a number of charities and was fortunate enough to attend meetings at the United Nations in New York, helping in the development of an international convention on the rights of persons with disability.


Margaret Foley

Margaret Foley, Director of Sales and Customer Success, IntelligenceBank

As Director of Sales and Customer Success for IntelligenceBank, Margaret works across Government and Private Sectors, assisting organisations to transition from manual and paper based processes to cloud hosted, seamless digital worfklows. Margaret is passionate about helping organisations identify how to use technology to streamline board meetings and business processes, drive organizational compliance and reduce risk. Margaret's professional experience enables her to consult empathetically from all perspectives, from End User to Board Member. This gives her valuable insight into how to not only create a great solution, but also launch it successfully to drive cultural change and improve visibility at a Leadership level.

Margaret has been instrumental in introducing digital workflow solutions to the Attorney General's Department SA and Office of Public Prosecutions Victoria, as well as working with a diverse range of private sector organization across financial services, FMCG, healthcare, manufacturing, not for profit and many other industries. Margaret believes that great technology helps teams collaborate, reduce cost and manage risk, and enjoys consulting with organizations as they embark on the process of digitizing and streamlining their Board and GRC processes.


Judith Fox

Judith Fox FGIA, CEO, Australian Shareholders' Association

Judith Fox is CEO of the Australian Shareholders' Association (ASA), which is an independent representative body promoting the interests of retail shareholders. The ASA educates investors and stands up for shareholder rights. Dedicated to improving the standard of corporate governance and directorship in Australia, the ASA monitors the ASX200 and votes more than $5 billion worth of proxies each year. Judith has been a member of the ASX Corporate Governance Council since 2005.


Anna Georgalis

Anna Georgalis, Principal, Organisational Strategy Group

Anna is the Principal of the Organisational Strategy Group that delivers a range of performance assurance services.  These services include helping organisations establish early warning systems to monitor trends and risks, make more sense of available data to improve decision making and developing monitoring processes for measuring internal and external performance to support stronger governance.  Her interests include applying systems thinking and human-centered design to delivering better regulatory systems.   

Prior to establishing her advisory practice, Anna was the Deputy Inspector General for Emergency Management (Monitoring and Assurance) in Victoria, where she led complex reviews and investigations and as well as developing assurance frameworks and strategies for the emergency management sector.  She has also held senior roles in strategy design, performance reporting and evaluation in portfolios including health and human services, education, economic development, justice and natural resources and environment. She has delivered successful business transformation projects that have led to multi-million dollar savings for Victorians. 

Anna holds a Bachelor of Science with Honours and a Diploma in Immunology both from Monash University, and an Advanced Diploma in Group Facilitation.


Dr Carl Gibson

Dr Carl Gibson, Director, Executive Impact

Dr Carl Gibson is an Executive Director with the consulting firm Executive Impact, working with Government, not-for-profit and private sectors. He specialises in the fields of risk, resilience, security, emergency and crisis management. He also provides advisory services to a number of the other major accounting and professional services firms. He has previously held senior positions in Government and the international aviation sector, and has served with the British Army and the Special Operations Directorate at New Scotland Yard. In these various roles, he has provided leadership during a number of major emergencies and significant disruptions.

Carl chairs the national Working Groups for 'Disruption-related Risk' and for 'Security-related Risk" in which capacities he is leading the development of new Australian Standards. He is also a member of national and international committees for governance, risk, security, resilience, and emergency management.

He has led research programs into the causes of organisational failure, high performing organisations, and more recently into cyber penetration and mitigation. He is the author of over 80 publications including as lead or contributing author of Australian and international Standards in risk, security, emergency management, disruption, business continuity, fraud and corruption control. This year he has co-authored books in emergency exercise design, disaster health, critical incident management, security-related risk, and the neuropsychology of adult learning.

Originally trained as a neuropathologist, Dr Gibson is now enjoying a return to the brain with his advisory and training work on the neuroscience of decision making for high performing teams, particularly under conditions of high volatility, complexity, uncertainty and ambiguity.


Marian Gruber

Marian Gruber, Director, ZOOiD

Marian Gruber is the Director of award winning consultancy ZOOiD, one of Australia's longest standing sustainability focused small businesses, established now for 14 years.  ZOOiD is also the longest serving Certified Training Partner of the Global Reporting Initiative in Australia. Marian is one of Australia's most experienced GRI report strategists, writers and trainers.

ZOOiD has worked with a diverse range of organisations on sustainability strategy and reporting, including Australian Ethical Investment, National Storage, ING DIRECT, Tassal Group, Aluminium Bahrain, Australian Paper, Griffith University, Curtin University and others.

Marian holds a Graduate Diploma in Marketing (RMIT) and a Bachelor of Science (Australian Environment Science (Griffith University), and a Certificate IV in Training and Assessment. 

In addition to her work with ZOOiD, Marian writes coursework and lectures in sustainability, management, communications and marketing in the VET (Vocational Education and Training) sector, setting up a future generation of quality and ethically minded professionals. 


Zack Gurdon.

Zack Gurdon, Executive Manager, Group Risk - Strategy, Transformation, Regulatory and Technology, nbn

Zack Gurdon has spent much of his career cultivating experience in risk management. This has included senior leadership roles in strategic and operational risk, security, ethical behaviour and business resilience across the communications sector. Zack is passionate about getting the right people together to have a transparent conversation on 'risks', and developing risk practices that inform sounds operational and strategic business decisions. Zack's recent roles have involved building company wide risk management programs at Telstra and currently nbn, with a particular focus on strategic risk management and risk resilience.


Donna Hardman

Donna Hardman, Non-Executive Director, Villa World Ltd and Australian Military Bank, Change Leader & Consultant, Future Boards

Donna Hardman is Non-executive Director and Chairman of the Remuneration and Nominations Committee for ASX-listed property company; Villa World Limited and Non-executive Director at the Australian Military Bank. Donna also consultants to Board's and CEOs about change leadership and what great Boards of the future might look like.

Donna's 30 year Executive career focused primarily on the banking sector where she designed, built, managed and transformed banking operations in Australia, New Zealand, Singapore and the United Kingdom. Key roles included; Australasian Head of Bank Operations, Bank Executive Strategist and Head of SMSF Strategy and Implementation at AMP.  Donna spent 10 years as Founder and Managing Director of a start-up consultancy.  She specialised in business and technology transformation consulting to the financial services sector and key strategic partners.  

Donna is committed to lifelong learning and knowledge sharing.  She has an MBA from Macquarie Graduate School of Management, a BCom from the University of NSW, is a Fellow of the Australasian Mutuals Institute and a Graduate of Australian Institute of Company Directors.  This year she participated in the Women Leaders Mission to Israel to better understand best practice innovation ecosystems and cyber security

Donna describes herself as a 'Changemaker' who is passionate about customer-centric, technology-enabled, people-powered innovation.


Karin Halliday

Karin Halliday, Senior Manager – Corporate Governance, AMP Capital Investors

Prior to being appointed AMP Capital's Manager of Corporate Governance in 2000, Karin spent 14 years in a variety of portfolio management roles at AMP.  Karin's current role combines her investment experience with her passion for ensuring the companies AMP Capital invests in on behalf of clients, are not only well-governed but also behave responsibly. To this end Karin monitors and frequently engages with directors and management of investee companies on the range of environmental, social and governance (ESG) risks and opportunities they face. 

Where Karin's governance work initially focussed on traditional issues around board composition, remuneration, and shareholder rights, she has more recently become involved in broader ESG issues including gender diversity, leadership succession planning, cyber security, and company culture. 

Karin, who has over 30 years of experience in the investment industry, currently enjoys collaborating by bringing a shareholder perspective to organisations such as the Australian Institute of Company Directors, Australasian Investor Relations Association, International Corporate Governance Network, Principles of Responsible Investment and the 30% Club.  She holds a Bachelor of Business, a Graduate Diploma of Applied Finance and is a recent graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors' Company Director Course. 


David Hitchcock

David Hitchcock, Director, Deloitte

David is a senior risk management professional specializing in leading transformation of organizational culture, capabilities and processes to identify and more effectively manage risk with global experience in the energy, utilities, project management and transportation sectors. 

By demonstrating the alignment of risk management to business strategy, operations and decision-making, David has successfully created networks of risk management champions. Thereby successfully embedding risk management into the culture of complex organisations.

Most recently, David was the lead advisor to the Qantas executive and Board during the Qantas Transformation Program, one of Australia's most successful corporate turnarounds. 

David displays strong commercial acumen, and a deep understanding of risk management from operations and people safety to the boardroom. His unique combination of strategic, technical and communication skills with enterprise risk management, assurance, health and safety allows him to bring an informed approach to balancing the competing interests of growth and managed risk-taking in complex, capital constrained environments. 

His specialties include Risk Assessment Facilitation, Risk Communication, Operational and People Health and Safety, Development, Training and Coaching, Critical Control Effectiveness Assessment, Stakeholder Engagement, Risk Based Audit Planning


Darren Hopkins

Darren Hopkins, Partner, McGrathNicol

Darren is a Partner of McGrathNicol Forensic who focuses on Technology Advisory and Cyber. Darren specialises in the proactive and reactive use of technology in business in the areas of cyber-security, privacy and governance, digital forensics and technology-led investigations.

A qualified investigator and forensic technology practitioner with over 22 years specialist forensic experience and over five years as a foundation member of the Forensic Computer Examination Unit with the Queensland Police, Darren has undertaken complex computer forensic examinations for both criminal and civil litigation in Australia and overseas.

Darren works regularly with Boards, Executives and senior business leaders in large and small enterprise, to consider and set technology strategies for cyber, privacy, data protection and information risk management.

Darren is also called upon regularly to apply his digital forensic and investigative expertise, and help resolve often time critical and highly sensitive issues as they arise. These matters range from large scale data breaches or theft, through to employee misconduct or intellectual property matters.


Dominic Horsley

Dominic Horsley, Group Company Secretary & Chief Legal Counsel - Asia Pacific, Computershare

Dominic is responsible for legal and compliance services to Computershare's operations in the Asia Pacific region and is also the Company secretary for Computershare Limited.

Before joining Computershare in June 2006, Dominic practised law at one of Asia Pacific's leading law firms and was a Legal Counsel at a major listed Australian software and services supplier. He holds a Bachelor of Arts (Hons) in Economics from Cambridge University and completed his legal studies at the College of Law in London.


Justin Huber

Justin Huber, Chief Executive Officer, Baseball Victoria and Former Major League Baseball Player

Justin Huber, a product of Emerald, Victoria, was signed by the New York Mets in 2000 at age 18. Great things were expected and his career started well. He was selected for a World All-Star team and progressed through the ranks. On the eve of the 2004 Olympics – an Australian team for which he had been selected  – he was traded from the Mets to the Kansas City Royals and learned he required knee surgery. Despite this double disruption, Justin persevered and in 2005 he became the 20th Australian to ever play Major League Baseball. He appeared in 72 Major League games for three clubs over five years and also spent a season with the Hiroshima Carp in Japan Professional Baseball. In retirement from playing, he became a leading figure in the effort to get baseball and softball back into the Olympics, became General Manager of the Melbourne Aces of the Australian Baseball League and has recently been appointed CEO of Baseball Victoria.


Elizabeth Jameson

Elizabeth Jameson BA/LLB (Hons), FAICD, Managing Director, Board Matters

In 2002, after almost 15 years as a corporate/commercial lawyer, including as a partner of national law firm Deacons (now Norton Rose) and 10 years as a practising director, Elizabeth founded Board Matters and its associated governance legal practice, Board Matters Legal. Today, a decade later, she is its Managing Director and Principal Consultant, heading up a team of 5 specialist governance, legal and strategy consultants.

Drawing together the strands of her career, Elizabeth has provided corporate legal and governance assistance and advice, with a real-life 'practising director' perspective, to a large range of companies, organisations, and industries for well over 20 years. This has included listed, private, public sector and not-for-profit boards.

She also maintains an active portfolio of directorships, presently with RACQ and Queensland Police Service and Chairs the Boards of Brisbane Girls' Grammar School and Queensland Theatre Company. Her past directorships have also included the boards of over 20 organisations, for-profit and not-for-profit, including as chair of a private company board in the UK and chair of a leading Australian professional services firm.


Tal Karp

Tal Karp, Olympian & Former Matilda

An Olympian, lawyer and sports administrator, Tal has held a variety of senior legal practice, policy strategy and advocacy roles across the course of her career, including recently, in the seconded role of Senior Advisor to the Victorian Minister for Women and Prevention of Family Violence.

In her previous role as Civil Advocate in Victoria Legal Aid Chambers, Tal appeared in complex civil and criminal matters in jurisdictions including the Victorian Supreme Court, County Court and the Administrative Appeals Tribunal.

In earlier years, Tal balanced her legal career with elite sport, representing Australia as a member of the Matildas while completing her law degree at the Australian National University with first class honours and the University's Blackburn Medal; and completing an Associateship with a High Court Justice, while captaining Melbourne Victory in the W-League. After representing Australia in the 2003 World Cup and 2004 Olympic Games, Tal retired from international football to focus on her career in the law. 

Tal is a graduate member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, and previously served on the Board of Football Federation Victoria as an elected Director.


Stephen King

Stephen King, Commissioner, Productivity Commission

Dr Stephen P King joined the Productivity Commission as a Commissioner from 1 July 2016. He was recently a Professor of Economics at Monash University in Melbourne where he also held the position of Dean of the Faculty of Business and Economics from 2009-2011.

Prior to joining Monash, Stephen was a Member of the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC), where he chaired the Mergers Review Committee. Previous roles include, Professor of Economics at the University of Melbourne and a Professor of Management (Economics) at the Melbourne Business School. Stephen's main areas of expertise are in microeconomic theory, competition economics, regulation and industrial organization. His research has been published widely, including articles in major international economics journals.

Stephen is an adjunct professor at Monash University, a member of the Academy of Social Sciences in Australia and a Lay Member of the High Court of New Zealand. He has a PhD in economics from Harvard University. He was also a member of the Review panel considering pharmacy remuneration and regulation. Dr King is currently working on the Human Services Inquiry and the inquiry into Competition in the Australian Financial System.


Michael Klug

Michael Klug AM, Consultant, Clayton Utz

Michael Klug is one of Australia's pioneering lawyers in Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR). He is one of the original founders of LEADR (Lawyers Engaged in Alternative Dispute Resolution) and was an original Director of the Australasian Disputes Centre. He has served on numerous ADR committees and organisations nationwide. Michael has practised law for over 40 years and is a former managing partner of Clayton Utz' Queensland office. Consistently voted by peers as one of Australia's Best ADR Lawyers, Michael has advised large corporate and government clients in significant public disputes and matters.

Michael is also recognised as one of Australia's best-known teachers in negotiation skills, conflict management and ADR. The Golden Rules of Negotiation, which have been written, observed and extracted by Michael, form the basis of his training program which he presents throughout Australia and overseas.

He's also an Adjunct Professor of the Queensland University of Technology Law School where he has taught generations of students, and has lectured at other universities. Michael is also on the academic faculty of Lex Mundi, the world's leading association of independent law firms. Throughout his career Michael has held a range of public and corporate positions. He is a highly experienced company director and is the Immediate Past President of the Brisbane Club, former Chairman of Queensland Rail and former Chairman of Autism Queensland.


Karen Lawson

Karen Lawson, Chief Executive Officer, Slingshot

Karen Lawson is an award winning business executive and leader in the digital industry. As the CEO of Slingshot, Australia's leading corporate accelerator program, Karen is using her proven experience in driving reinvention and transformation to help the world's biggest brands to stay ahead of disruption.

Prior to her role at Slingshot, Karen served as CEO of CareerOne, a joint venture between News Limited and Monster Worldwide. With a remit to forge a new digital strategy, Karen reinvented the  traditional job board into a leading targeting and digital business offering media, employer branding, SaaS and sourcing solutions. CareerOne went on to be awarded a spot in the coveted BRW 'Top 50 most innovative companies' list for 2014. She also served as General Manager – Business at Yahoo!7

Her commitment to not only driving innovation and disruption but also to promoting female leadership resulted in Karen being selected as UN ambassador for Womens Entrepeneurship Day, a Nominee for Telstra Woman of the year, selected Pledge 1%'s Women Who Lead, and the Australian Growth Company Awards 2015.

Whit Lee

Whit Lee, Executive Director - Strategy & Legal Software Solutions, LexisNexis Asia Pacific

Whit is responsible for two areas of the LexisNexis APAC business. He leads the Legal Software Solutions (LSS) team, which delivers cloud-based and on-premise tools that drive improved outcomes for clients, helping them to make better decisions by combining world-class LexisNexis content with practice management workflow solutions. Whit is also responsible for strategy and business development for the LexisNexis Asia Pacific business. As strategy lead, Whit is focused on how the organization is executing today as well as planning for tomorrow – ensuring we have the right resources allocated to deliver on both short and long term goals and that our investments in new products and solutions deliver value to customers.

Whit has also held various senior roles where he directed product management, presented business cases, led market expansion analysis, and had global responsibility for strategy and business development of content and software products at LexisNexis. Prior to joining LexisNexis, Whit led strategy and growth initiatives in brand/product management and various sales roles at Procter & Gamble. Whit holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Tennessee and an MBA from Harvard Business School.


Michael Licenblat

Michael Licenblat, Resilience Expert

Michael Licenblat is a resilience expert who teaches people how to perform better under pressure by bouncing back from pressures, setbacks, and rejections. Drawing on his background in Psychology, Shiatsu therapy, and over 25 years of Martial Arts experience, Michael has helped countless companies become 'pressure proof' and learn how to bounce back from the setbacks and rejections so they can out-achieve their competition.

Born into a family of entrepreneurial parents, Michael grew up working inside the numerous family businesses and quickly learnt that success often came to those who can ride the bumps, get up, and keep going.  Michael is an author of 'Pressure Proof – how to thrive in time of disruption, change, and pressure', and he has worked with Toyota, Chemmart, REIV, Coles Myer Ltd., Pitcher Partners, St George, Smartline, SEEK, Hocking Stuart, Maurice Blackburn Lawyers, and the Victorian Parliament.


Kyle  Loades

Kyle Loades, President and Chairman, NRMA

Kyle Loades is a non-executive director and strategist who has a depth of governance experience in the business and community sectors. Kyle is the President and Chairman of the NRMA. He was appointed as a Director to the NRMA in 2005 and became President and Chairman in 2014. During his tenure as President and Chairman Kyle has overseen a period of significant transformation and growth. In 2016 a new CEO was appointed and the NRMA embarked on an aggressive new strategy to place itself at the front of its Members’ needs in the coming years. The organisation is adopting new innovative measures to serve its 2.4 million Members across NSW and the ACT and has extended its product and services offering to help people with mobility and travel.

Kyle has also overseen from Board and Committee level the successful NRMA Jumpstart innovation accelerator program of which it invested in the new businesses Camplify and Careseekers.  These businesses joined the other NRMA digital investments in Tushare, Airtasker and Sendle.  Kyle successfully established, grew and ran an independent car broking business that disrupted the motor vehicle retail industry.  The business introduced a new and easier way for people to purchase new and used cars. After almost 15 years of successful growth, the business was purchased by a listed company and integrated into their larger operations.

Kyle is the Deputy President of the Australian Automobile Association. In the community, he has special interest in the delivery of emergency services and community infrastructure. Currently he is the Chairman Hunter Medical Research Institute and past Chairman of its Foundation. He was a Director of the Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service for 16 years. Kyle is a Past President of Hunter Business Chamber and is a Life Member and former President of Nobbys Surf Life Saving Club. He is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (FAICD) and has a Master of Business Administration (MBA).


Dr Simon Longstaff

Dr Simon Longstaff AO FCPA, Executive Director, Ethics Centre

Simon's distinguished career includes being named as one of AFR Boss' True Leaders for the 21st century, with Carol Schwartz noting; "I don't know one CEO or chairman in corporate Australia who has not worked with Simon Longstaff". Simon Longstaff began his working life on Groote Eylandt (Anindilyakwa) in the Northern Territory where he worked in the Safety Department of the then BHP subsidiary, GEMCO. He is proud of his kinship ties with members of the island's Indigenous community.

Following a period studying law in Sydney and a brief career teaching in Tasmania, Simon undertook postgraduate studies in philosophy as a Member of Magdalene College, Cambridge. Simon commenced his work as the first Executive Director of The Ethics Centre in 1991. Simon is a Fellow of CPA Australia and in June 2016, was appointed an Honorary Professor at the Australian National University – based at the National Centre for Indigenous Studies. Formerly serving as the inaugural President of The Australian Association for Professional & Applied Ethics, Simon serves on a number of boards and committees across a broad spectrum of activities. He was formerly a Fellow of the World Economic Forum.


James Mabbott

James Mabbott, Partner & Head, KPMG Innovate

James is partner in charge for KPMG Innovate.  KPMG Innovate works with clients to develop strategy, business models and capabilities to drive innovation and respond to and take advantage of disruption.  James and the Innovate team have worked across a range of public and private clients in the Energy and Natural Resources, Financial Services, Telecommunications, Technology, Transport, Industrial, Manufacturing, Retail and Government sectors. 

James frequently works at the CEO and Board level on strategy, culture and governance to drive profitable business growth through the lens of innovation and disruption with the aim of creating sustainable value for key stakeholders.  This is primarily achieved through bringing together a network of entrepreneurs, start-ups, universities, venture capitalists and other advisers to innovate with our clients through collaborative processes.


Charles Macek

Charles Macek FAICD, FCA, FCPA & SfFinsia, Chairman, Vivid Technology Ltd & Earthwatch Institute of Australia

Charles Macek is currently Chairman of Vivid Technology Ltd. and Earthwatch Institute in Australia. He is also Director of Windlab Ltd., Sinefa Pty.Ltd., and Vicinity Ltd., where he Chairs the Remuneration and HR Committee. He is a consultant to the Investment Committee of Unisuper (since 2003) and a Senior Corporate Advisor to the MMC group in Australia (including  Marsh, Mercers and Oliver Wyman).

He is a member of the Corporate Governance Committee of AICD, a member of ASIC's Director Advisory Panel, and a member of the Shareholder's Responsibility Committee of the International Corporate Governance Network.

Previous roles include being a Director of Telstra (2001-09) and of Wesfarmers (2001-14); Chairman of Sustainable Investment Research Institute (2002-15); Chairman of the Financial Reporting Council (2003-7) having been an inaugural member appointed in October 1999 and Deputy Chairman in 2002.


Julie Mathers

Julie Mathers, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Flora and Fauna

Julie Mathers is the CEO and Founder of Flora & Fauna, Australia's largest vegan beauty and lifestyle store. Julie is a Remodista Woman 2 Watch Innovation Award Winner for 2017 and was recently recognised as one of the "Top 50 People in Australian eCommerce".

F&F is shortlisted as a finalist for Responsible Retailer of the Year at the World Retail Awards 2017 and is a finalist for the NSW Export Awards 2017 Environmental Solutions Award.

Prior to founding Flora & Fauna Julie has worked in the UK, Europe, Asia and now Australia. She has worked in consulting, private equity and with many retailers, including leadership roles in Woolworths, Coles and APG & Co.


Catherine Maxwell

Catherine Maxwell FGIA, Director – Policy & Advocacy, Governance Institute of Australia

Catherine has recently joined the Governance Institute of Australia as Director, Policy and Advocacy. She was previously Company Secretary at The Cancer Council NSW, NPP Australia Limited and Father Chris Riley's Youth off the Streets Limited.

She has a strong background in governance and policy gained as a Senior Manager at the Australian Prudential Regulation Authority (APRA) in the Policy Development area and the APRA Secretariat and as Secretariat to the ASX Corporate Governance Council for the revision of the Corporate Governance Principles and Best Practice Recommendations, released in August 2007. She has also held Policy and Governance roles at the Australian Institute of Company Directors and the Financial Services Council.

Catherine holds degrees in Arts and Law from the University of Sydney and is admitted as a solicitor in New South Wales, England and Wales and Hong Kong and worked as a lawyer in Sydney and Hong Kong for 10 years. Catherine has also been the Course Director for Corporate Governance for Governance Institute's Graduate Diploma in Applied Corporate Governance since 2009.


Gillian McFee

Gillian McFee, Chair - Public Service Mutuals Taskforce, Business Council of Co-operatives and Mutuals

Gillian McFee is an adviser to the Business Council of Co-operatives and Mutuals (BCCM). She specialises in Community Service Mutuals and works with the BCCM to grow awareness about the role of co-operatives and mutuals in human services such as the NDIS, disability employment, community care and housing.

In 2014 – 2016 Gillian chaired the BCCM's Public Service Mutuals Taskforce which produced a White Paper on how co-operatives and mutuals provide an alternative to existing organisation forms and to the privatisation of public services.

Gillian McFee brings deep experience to public policy from having held senior and chief executive and advisory roles in human services including with governments, not-for-profit social enterprises, for profits and mutuals.

From 2006-2011, Gillian led UnitingCare Ageing (now Uniting) through a major internal governance and organisational review. Prior to that, Gillian held senior executive strategic and operational roles in the Department of Community Services, Housing NSW, Premier's Department and Ageing Disability and Home Care.


Fiona Mead

Fiona Mead, Company Secretary, Tabcorp

Fiona was appointed to the Tabcorp Senior Executive Leadership Team in July 2016, and was formally appointed to the role of Company Secretary in March 2017.

Prior to joining Tabcorp, she was Company Secretary of Asciano Limited and previously Assistant Company Secretary of Telstra Corporation.

Fiona holds a Bachelor of Laws (Honours) and a Bachelor of Commerce. She is a Fellow of the Governance Institute of Australia and a member of their Legislative Review Committee, and a Graduate Member of AICD.

Fiona is also the Chairman of St Michael's Grammar School, one of Melbourne's leading independent schools.


Justin Mitchell

Justin Mitchell, Chief Risk Officer, Tyro Payments

Justin has worked in a variety of roles within banking and financial services before joining Tyro Payments in 2007. Joining Tyro when they were still in a limited pilot of less than 50 merchants, (and 30 staff), Justin has seen the growth of the business to more than 19,000 merchants and 400 staff. During that journey Justin and Tyro have negotiated bespoke outcomes with regulators, undertaken 9 capital raisings (most recently $100M in November 2015), moved the organisation from a restricted banking authority to a full bank licence and seen the launch of a deposit and unsecured lending product. This unique experience has not been without challenges and growing pains. From the process, Justin has led the development of a unique risk culture founded on agile methodologies as a risk management strategy.


Trisha Mok

Trisha Mok FGIA, Executive Director, Legal and Compliance & Company Secretary, Scentia

Trisha is a non-executive director, senior legal counsel and chartered secretary. She has significant experience in commercial and corporate law, compliance, governance, intellectual property and mergers and acquisitions. She is passionate about education, digital media, natural medicine and good corporate governance.

Trisha is a Past President and Non-Executive Director of Governance Institute of Australia and Chair of the Chant Legacy and Scholarship Award Committee. She is also a member of a number of board committees including the Executive, Communications, Remuneration and Information Technology Committees.

In addition, Trisha is currently Executive Director, Legal and Compliance together with Company Secretary at Scentia. She is also an Adjunct Fellow at the School of Law, Western Sydney University and a Non-Executive Director and Secretary at Sydney Improvised Music Association. Trisha is a Fellow of Governance Institute of Australia and the Institute of Company Secretaries and Administrators and a Member of the Association of Corporate Counsel – Australia, Australian Institute of Company Directors, Law Society of New South Wales and Women on Boards.


Kylie Molinaro

Kylie Molinaro, Portfolio Manager ESG, Cbus Super

Kylie Molinaro works for Cbus Super, the AUD$40B industry superannuation fund for the building and construction industry as Portfolio Manager, ESG. In this role, she is responsible for the Active Ownership strategy development and implementation and ESG integration in direct investments and through fund managers. Kylie has extensive professional experience extending across both asset owner and fund manager ESG integration and active ownership. This included over 12 years' experience as an equities Portfolio Manager of both public and private companies at Acorn Capital where she was responsible for the development of the fund's ESG integration strategy, as well as developing ESG assessment and engagement reporting tools for conducting company assessments. Her role as a portfolio manager also afforded her the opportunity to obtain significant experience in conducting direct company engagement with a variety of companies in Australia and Asia, as well as proxy voting. Kylie has a Bachelor of Commerce in Finance, Honours Degree of Bachelor of Commerce and a Bachelor of Pharmacy. She is also a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD).


Ali Moore

Ali Moore – Conference MC
Journalist and Broadcaster

Ali Moore has more than 25 years’ experience as a journalist and broadcaster, working for the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, Australia's Nine Network, and BBC News, the BBC's global news network based in Singapore. She has covered major news and current affairs events across the region and interviewed key decision makers from a range of companies, industries and political theatres in her more than two decades as a broadcaster. Ali has worked as the ABC's China Correspondent, hosted Australia's premier late night TV current affairs program (Lateline), and anchored some of the country's key business news programs (Business Sunday, Lateline Business). Allie is currently a freelance journalist based in Melbourne.


Melina Morrison

Melina Morrison, Chief Executive Officer, Business Council of Co-operatives and Mutuals

Melina Morrison is the inaugural CEO of Australia's first peak body for co-operatives and mutuals, the Business Council of Co-operatives and Mutuals. She is an advocate for all forms of mutually owned enterprise, regularly contributing commentary and appearing as a spokesperson for the sector. Melina has commissioned, edited and co-written the sector's first national mapping reports.

Melina's former roles in the co-operative sector include five years as editor of the flagship publication for the global peak body, the International Co-operative Alliance (ICA). Melina wrote the message platform for the ICA's global strategy, Blueprint for a Co-operative Decade.

Her advocacy work for the sector resulted in Australia minting a coin commemorating the International Year of Co-operatives in 2012. Melina was also successful in lobbying for a Senate inquiry into the co-operative and mutual business sector, which handed down its report on the 17 March 2016. In August, Melina was named on an eight person advisory group to ensure the implementation of a $14.9 million Federal government programme to provide farmers with knowledge and materials on co-operatives.


Mukund Narayanamurti

Mukund Narayanamurti, Chief Executive Officer, Asialink Business

As the CEO of Asialink Business, Mukund is leading the organisation's mandate from the Australian Federal Government (Department of Industry, Innovation & Science), the Myer Foundation and the University of Melbourne to create an Asia capable workforce in Australia, through the delivery of best in class capability development programs, research and information, and forums and events. Mukund works with Australia's top business and public sector leaders and decision makers to assist organisations in all sectors harness new opportunities with Asia, enhance performance and respond positively to change.

With practical expertise in corporate governance and risk management, Mukund built his experience at KPMG facilitating engagement between Australia and Asia in sectors including energy and resources, banking, agribusiness, education and information technology.

Mukund received his MBA from the Sloan School of Management at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He is a qualified Chartered Accountant and has also received a Master of International Tax from the University of Melbourne and a Bachelor of Commerce (Honours) from Deakin University. He was awarded Deakin University's inaugural "Alumnus of the Year" award in 2011 and an Australian Leadership Award from the Australian Davos Connection in 2012.


George Nelson

George Nelson, Chief Executive Officer, Opportunity Logistics and Associate Advisor Global Partnerships

George Nelson is an experienced Chief Executive Officer and Board Member with a demonstrated history of working in the marketing and advertising, education, design, public service and consulting industries. Skilled in Governance, Innovation, Disruption, Strategy, Emergent Enterprise, Agile/Digital Transformation, Negotiation / Diplomacy, Coaching, Government, Ideation, Strategic Design and Design Thinking. Strong business development professional with strong history working with Non-Executive Board members, Government Ministers, CEO's and senior executives. A qualified Coach with over fifteen years of coaching experience.


Judy O'Connell

Judy O'Connell, Commissioner, Victorian Small Business Commission

In December 2016, Judy O'Connell commenced as the Victorian Small Business Commissioner, where she advocates to make sure Victorian small businesses have a fair and competitive environment whilst running their business.

Judy also manages the quick, low cost dispute resolution service for small business.

Judy has extensive experience in tax administration with a public service career of over 30 years. Prior to being appointed Commissioner, Judy was the ATO's Assistant Commissioner for Small Business.

At the ATO, Judy also helped to educate small businesses about paying their tax.

Judy lists, as a highlight of her career, being posted to the OECD in Paris where she led the International Tax Dialogue

"I am passionate about helping small business because I've lived and breathed it most of my life."


The Hon Kelly O'Dwyer

The Hon Kelly O'Dwyer MP – Video address, Minister for Revenue and Financial Services

In December 2009 Kelly was elected to represent the people of Higgins following the retirement of former Federal Treasurer the Hon Peter Costello AC. Kelly was appointed as the Minister for Revenue and Financial Services in the Turnbull Government in July 2016. She is a member of Cabinet and also serves on Cabinet's Expenditure Review Committee (ERC). She served as the Minister for Small Business and Assistant Treasurer from September 2015 to July 2016, and was the Parliamentary Secretary to the Treasurer from December 2014 until being appointed to Cabinet in 2015.

During her time as Minister for Small Business, Minister O'Dwyer and the Turnbull Government introduced unfair contract protections for small business, established the Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman, abolished the Road Safety Remuneration Tribunal, and announced the amendment of section 46 of the competition law to level the playing field for small businesses. As a member of the Expenditure Review Committee, she also ensured small businesses benefited from the 2016-17 Budget's tax cuts and expanded small business tax concessions.

She was Chairman of the House of Representatives Standing Committee on Economics from 2013 to 2015. Kelly has been Chairman of the Australia-United States Parliamentary Friendship Group and Convenor of the Australia-Americas Network, encompassing North, Central and South America. Kelly is the founder and Chairman of the Parliamentary Friends of Women in Science, Maths and Engineering. In addition, Kelly serves as an Ovarian Cancer Ambassador, Patron of the Stonnington City Brass and Patron of the East Malvern Junior Girls Football Team.


Jan Owen

Jan Owen AM, Chief Executive Officer, Foundation for Young Australians

Jan is a highly regarded social entrepreneur, innovator, influencer and author who has spent the past 25 years growing Australia's youth, social enterprise and innovation sectors.

In 2012 she was named Australia's inaugural Australian Financial Review and Westpac Woman of Influence; in 2014 she received the Doctor of Letters (honoris causa) from the University of Sydney; and was awarded membership to the Order of Australia in 2000. She is the author of Every Childhood Lasts a Lifetime (1996) and The Future Chasers (2014).

Jan is the CEO of the Foundation for Young Australians and YLab, the global youth futures lab. Her lifelong mission is to unleash the potential of young people to lead positive change in the world.


Stephanie Owen

Stephanie Owen, Principal Consultant & Managing Director, Strategy2Life

Stephanie Owen has over 20 years' experience in strategy implementation, transformation, and risk management. She has headed up project and new venture risk functions in three ASX20 organisations, and has worked in or advised over 40 initiatives in their startup stage, including the launch of AMP Direct and two fintech startups. She has worked with the board and CEO to manage three major initiatives at the Cure Brain Cancer Foundation, which contributed to the Foundation being ranked as Australia's most innovative NFP by the GiveEasy Innovation Index 2016.

Prior to co-founding Strategy2Life in 2003, Stephanie's early career was spent at AMP, Deloitte Consulting and IBM. She has served over 30 organisations in consulting and interim executive roles, including as Chief Information Officer at NSW Ambulance. A fledgling professional director, Stephanie is a non-executive director for Suzuki, a not-for-profit association that administers the renowned Suzuki method of children's music education.

Stephanie's qualifications include the GAICD, MBA from Macquarie Graduate School of Management, and a Bachelor of Economics majoring in Computer Science from the University of Sydney. In 2016 she received a CPA Divisional President's Award in recognition of her long-term contribution to the Risk Discussion Group, which is jointly hosted by the GIA and CPA NSW.


Alex Oppes

Alex Oppes, Director – Impact Investing, Social Ventures Australia

Alex joined SVA's Impact Investing team in 2013 and is responsible for leading SVA's $15M Diversified Impact Fund and $9m Social Impact Fund, as well as establishing the $30m HESTA/SVA Social Impact Investment Trust. Alex also helped establish and is a founding director of Purpose Enterprises Ltd (trading as Vanguard Laundry Services) – a leading Australian social enterprise.

Prior to SVA, Alex worked as a strategy consultant at McKinsey & Co. across Australia, Asia and Europe, specialising in due diligence for major mergers and acquisitions. Alex holds a dual BA/LLB (Hons) from the University of Melbourne and is a CFA charter holder.


Kate Palmer

Kate Palmer, Chief Executive Officer, Australian Sports Commission

Kate Palmer started as the Chief Executive Officer of the Australian Sports Commission in January 2017. Prior to this, she spent ten years as Chief Executive Officer of Netball Australia. During this time, netball has grown to be among the largest participation sports in Australia, the Diamonds have remained on top of their sport worldwide, Netball Australia's revenue has more than tripled in seven years and the national netball competition has been re-imagined twice and now has a major free-to-air media partner.

As well as being CEO of Netball Australia, Kate has been Chair of the Victorian Institute of Sport, CEO of Netball Victoria, a coach, a regional coordinator, a volunteer and a participant. Kate has an Honours degree in Sport Science and a Masters in Sport Management.

In her leadership positions in Australian sport, Kate has created high performing organisations which have excelled in high performance and growing community participation, with good governance and people management. She has a successful track record of leading transformative organisational change.


Lynda Petrovski

Lynda Petrovski, Managing Director, Global Partnerships Executive Solutions

Lynda Petrovski is the Founder and Organisational Psychologist of Global Partnerships. She brings approximately 30 years expertise as Executive Search Practitioner. Throughout her career, Lynda has identified great leaders placing Board Members, Managing Directors through to Divisional Heads and Senior Executives with hybrid skills within financial services, funds management, banking & finance, professional services and related companies.

Additionally, Lynda is a Psychologist & Coach. She employs a relationship style approach, building trust and accountability, as her clients and Coachees' enjoy the various modalities she employs to develop aspiring senior executives into high potential leaders. Lynda has coached Managing Directors to Emerging leaders. Her passion is to engage and support her clients' to do the work becoming more rounded leaders, such as, being agile in their leadership style, or learning the art of influencing across the wider business. This may require the ability to become "active listeners" to exercise empathy for "two-way dialogue" when communicating with the team or staff. Psychological assessments are used to obtain greater insights for the Coach and Coachee or for succession planning for the business.

Lynda has a Bachelor of Behavioural Science, majoring in Psychology & Sociology. She is a Registered Psychologist and a member of the Australian Psychological Society and the Australian Human Resources Institute. She participates in discussions with the Australian Institute of Company Directors.


Simon Pordage

Simon Pordage FGIA, FCIS, Company Secretary, Australia and New Zealand Banking Group Limited (ANZ)

Simon joined ANZ as Company Secretary in May 2016. He is a Chartered Secretary with extensive company secretarial and corporate governance experience. From 2009 to 2016, he was Company Secretary for Australian Foundation Investment Company Limited and a number of other listed investment companies. Other former roles include being Deputy Company Secretary for ANZ and Head of Board Support for Barclays PLC in the United Kingdom.

Simon is committed to the promotion of good corporate governance. He is a former National President and Chairman of Governance Institute of Australia and is a member and former Chairman of its National Legislation Review Committee. He regularly presents on governance issues and is the author of a number of governance related publications.


John Price

John Price, ASIC Commissioner

John Price commenced as an ASIC Commissioner on 21 March 2012. In March 2015, John was reappointed for a further 3 years to 20 March 2018.

He has over 15 years regulatory experience in a variety of regulatory roles at ASIC relating to policy making, fundraising, mergers and acquisitions, financial services and products, licensing, insolvency and financial reporting and audit.

John was previously a member of CAMAC, an advisory body to Government on corporate and markets issues and also the Financial Reporting Council, a body providing broad oversight of various accounting and audit-related issues in Australia.

John is a current member of the Council of Financial Regulators, the coordinating body for Australia's main financial regulatory agencies. John is also the sponsor of ASIC's innovation hub, an initiative to help innovative fintech startups offering financial products or financial services in Australia.

Prior to joining ASIC, John worked in the Gold Coast and Brisbane offices of Corrs Chambers Westgarth, a national law firm.


eter Promnitz

Peter Promnitz AIAA, FAICD, Chairman, Australian Unity Limited

Peter Promnitz is Chair of Australian Unity Limited and its operating subsidiaries, a non-executive director of Warakirri Asset Management Pty Ltd and was previously Chair of ASX-listed SFG Australia Limited. His career highlights include the Asia Pacific CEO role for Mercer and Chairman for Australia at Marsh & McLennan Inc. His business experience spans over 40 years and includes senior executive roles in Asia Pacific and a diverse career in financial services in Australia and New Zealand. Mr Promnitz is a qualified actuary.


Chris Riddell

Chris Riddell, Global Futurist, Digital Evangelist

Chris Riddell is an award winning global futurist and industry recognized inspirational keynote speaker on emerging trends in our hyper connected world. He is a global pattern hunter, discovering and identifying how humans are changing and adapting to high speed change, unlocking insights for businesses and leaders in today's highly disrupted digital world.

He was the first ever Chief Digital Officer for MARS Incorporated but his expertise as a trend spotter extend beyond the walls of the corporate world. He is frequently called on as a futurist, speaker and expert commentator, appearing on Sky News Business, The Project on Ten, The Daily Edition, and ABC 774 Radio, among others.


Phil Slade

Philip Slade, Managing Partner, Decida

As an organizational psychologist and behavioural economist, Phil specialises in improving the speed, quality and confidence of decision-making, and developing and implementing strategies to solve complex problems and shift behaviour. This often involves highlighting systemic and irrational 'blind-spots', identifying and maximizing opportunities, and increasing awareness of the cognitive biases that influence judgment and perception.

Phil also has strong experience in organising and leading large teams in the delivery of complex and highly confidential projects, and works as an advisor to politicians, high profile entertainers, senior leaders and managers across a range of areas involving influence, perception, strategic decision-making and critical thinking.

As an author and experienced conference keynote speaker, he has a particular interest in applying insights from research and best-practice management to help Boards, CEOs and leaders future-proof their businesses and balance innovation and risk. Phil is also a guest lecturer in behavioural economics at various universities around Australia.


Phil Slade

Tania Sargent GAICD, AGIA, Director of Corporate Services, Westminster School

After starting her working life as a Chartered Accountant in public practice, for the next 25 + years Tania has held a number of senior finance , governance and general management roles in Disability Services, Education, Health, Retail and Financial Services. Tania is currently employed as the Director of Corporate Services for Westminster School. Her expertise includes corporate strategy development, risk management and governance reviews, and general commercial and financial management.

Tania has a Bachelor of Arts (Accounting), is a Chartered Accountant and holds a Masters in Business Administration, an Australian Institute of Company Director's Diploma and a Diploma in Applied Corporate Governance. Tania has been a Board member for in excess of 15 years, with previous appointments including as a non-executive director of Uniting Communities Inc, (incorporating the Chair of the Finance, Risk Management and Audit sub-committee and member of the Governance sub-committee). Until August 2016 Tania was also an independent member of the Audit and Risk sub-committee of the Rural Business Support Services Inc. Tania is a member of State Council for the Governance Institute, sits on the national Not For Profit committee for the Governance Institute and is an Mentor for the University of South Australia in their Executive Partners Program.


Diane Smith-Gander

Diane Smith-Gander, Non-Executive Director, AGL Energy & Wesfarmers Ltd

Diane Smith-Gander is non-Executive director AGL Energy, Wesfarmers Limited, Chair of Safe Work Australia, Asbestos Safety & Eradication Council, a board member of Keystart Loans, Henry Davis York, CEDA and immediate past President of Chief Executive Women, Australia's pre-eminent women's advocacy group.

Diane has held a wide range of non-executive roles in the past including Chairman of Broadspectrum, Deputy Chairperson of NBNCo, non-executive director of the CBH Group, commissioner of Tourism WA and board member of the Committee for Perth.

Diane's last executive role was Group Executive at Westpac; a member of the leadership team of the corporation, responsible for all Information Technology, back office operations, global vendor management and property. Diane was a General Manager at Westpac for 10 years in the 1990s responsible for back office functions, retail networks and support functions.

Prior to re-joining Westpac Diane was a partner at McKinsey & Company in Washington and New Jersey serving clients in diverse industries globally. Diane became a senior advisor to McKinsey in Australia in 2016.

Diane has been active in sports administration and is a past Chairman of both Basketball Australia Limited, the sport's peak body, and the Australian Sports Drug Agency, the government agency responsible for deterring the use of performance enhancing drugs.


Kate Spargo

Kate Spargo FAICD, Non-Executive Director, Sigma Pharmaceuticals, Sonic Healthcare Ltd, Xenith IP Ltd, CIMIC Group Ltd and Adairs Ltd

Ms Spargo has worked as a non-executive director for over 20 years in a range of company structures. She has broad business experience as both an adviser, having worked in private practice and government, and as a director of listed and unlisted companies. Ms Spargo is currently Non-Executive Director at Sigma Pharmaceuticals, CIMIC Group Limited, Sonic Healthcare Limited, Xenith IP Limited and Adairs Limited. Ms Spargo's current directorships in unlisted companies include Director of Colnvest Limited, and the Geelong Football Club. Ms Spargo is a fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Ms Spargo was Chairman in UGL Limited from October 2014 – January 2017 and held directorships for Transfield Services Infrastructure Fund, Fulton Hogan, SMEC Holdings Limited and Fletcher Building Limited among others.

Ms Spargo holds a Bachelor of Law with Honours and an Arts degree from the University of Adelaide.


Lindsay Tanner

Lindsay Tanner, Special Advisor, Lazard Australia & Chairman, Essendon Football Club

Lindsay Tanner is a professional company director and Special Advisor to Lazard Australia. His board experience includes The Mitchell Institute, Virgin Australia (International), Covata and VICT.

Lindsay was previously a Federal Member of Parliament, serving as the Minister for Finance and Deregulation. He has strong experience and expertise in government and governance. He is a long-standing supporter of the Essendon Football Club and currently serves as club Chairman


Kate Thiele

Kate Thiele, Principal, Klarity and Non-Executive Director, Royal Zoological Society, the Adelaide Festival Centre Trust and the Adelaide Crows Foundation

Kate Thiele is an accomplished CEO, leader and non-executve director, and a Fellow of AICD.  Having  worked with two of Australia's leading not-for-profits, in the private sector, in the retail sector, in manufacturing and with a Top 50 company - Kate has a wealth of experience to draw on to support businesses and people achieve their goals.

In 2015 Kate was recognised for her business leadership expertise as the Telstra SA Business Woman of the Year and also recognised the same year as both the State and National Winner of the Telstra For Purpose and Social Enterprise Award.

Kate was bestowed a Fellowship by the Harvard Club of Australia to undertake the 'Strategic Perspectives in Non Profit Management' program, at Harvard University, in June 2015.

With a desire to pursue her board career and to speak on commercial success, blended with social cohesion Kate has established a national advisory business; 'Klarity'.  Prior to setting up Klarity, Kate was the CEO of Guide Dogs SA/ NT, and is currently a Director of the Royal Zoological Society, the Adelaide Festival Centre Trust and the Adelaide Crows Foundation Board.

She is passionate about leadership, governance, business transformation and positive cultural change.  She loves building linkages between strategic objectives and business outcomes and is committed to effective stakeholder engagement.


Peter Turnbull

Peter Turnbull, Non-Executive Director, Karoon Gas Australia Ltd

Peter Turnbull is an experienced Chairman and independent Non-Executive Director having more than 25 years' experience in the global energy and resources sectors.

Peter's background and experience spans commercial law and corporate governance, strategy development and execution and technology commercialisation in a range of organisations including ASX Top 50 companies, regulatory authorities in Australia and Hong Kong and various global governance bodies.

Peter has a portfolio of directorships which include Non-Executive Director, Karoon Gas Australia Ltd., Chairman, Metallica Minerals Limited, Chairman, Calix Limited, Non-Executive Director and Life Member, Governance Institute of Australia.

Peter is also the Chair or a member of various Remuneration, Audit and Risk Committees and is an Adjunct-Professor at the University of Queensland. Peter is a regular speaker and writer on governance issues in Australia and overseas and works with various groups to help improve governance thought leadership and practice.


Phillip Vernon

Phillip Vernon, Managing Director, Australian Ethical Investments

Phil is the Managing Director of Australian Ethical Investment, Australia's leading ethical superannuation fund and investment manager with over $2.5bn in funds under management. In 2016 it was the fastest growing superannuation fund in Australia.   

Australian Ethical is a strong advocate for greater social and environmental accountability and disclosure by corporate and investment markets particularly with regard climate change. It is an active impact investor with 10% of its profits funding the social enterprise and charitable communities, one of the largest rates of corporate giving in Australia. 

Phil has over 30 years' experience in financial services. He is a Director of the Responsible Investment Association, the Planet Ark Environmental Foundation and is Chairman of Beyond Zero Emissions, a climate change think tank. 


Kenneth Weldin

Kenneth Weldin, Partner Audit & Assurance, PKF Melbourne

Ken is a Partner at PKF Melbourne where he leads the firm's efforts across Australia in internal audit and corporate governance and sits on PKF's Global Risk Advisory Committee.

Ken holds an MBA where he focused on Corporate Governance and Board Performance and Director Induction matters and is a Fellow of the Governance Institute of Australia, where he serves as a member of the Institute's Victorian State Council and as an active contributor to its National Legislation Review Committee.


Kenneth Wiltshire

Emeritus Professor Kenneth Wiltshire AO, The University of Queensland Business School

Emeritus Professor Kenneth Wiltshire AO is the J.D. Story Professor of Public Administration and Leader of the Not for Profit Unit at The University of Queensland Business School. He has conducted courses on Leadership for Not for Profits and Social Enterprises, research and consultancies for the sector, and is currently a Board Member of Not for Profits in the fields of Education, Indigenous Health, and Intellectual Disability. Professor Wiltshire is also the author of 15 books and over 70 scholarly articles in areas of leadership, public policy, public sector management, intergovernmental relations, and government-business relations. He has served as consultant to parliaments, Royal Commissions, Prime Ministers, Premiers, government departments and enterprises, international organisations, and the private sector. He has chaired many government bodies and was Co-Chair of the Review of the Australian national school curriculum. Professor Wiltshire served for six years as Australia's Representative on the Executive Board of UNESCO. He is a National Fellow of the Institute for Public Administration Australia, a Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, and an Honorary Trustee of CEDA. In 1998, he was awarded the Order of Australia for services to public administration, development of public policy, and UNESCO.

He is co-editor of the forthcoming book Transformational Leadership for Not for Profits and Social Enterprises, Routledge, 2017