Andrew Donovan FAICDChairman
Andrew Donovan FAICD is at the forefront of contemporary thinking on directorship. A chairman, company director and board adviser for over 15 years, he is an experienced joint venture chairman, having helped found and chair Dairy Innovation Australia Limited, a joint venture of Australia’s dairy manufacturers. He was chairman of Environment Victoria from 2000 to 2003 and has sat on a number of private and not-for-profit boards.
Andrew advises a number of boards across finance, insurance, transport and health industries.
Elizabeth Jameson FAICDPrincipal Consultant
Board Matters Pty Ltd
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 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 the Board of Taxation, and Chairs the Boards of BDO and Brisbane Girls’ Grammar School. Her past directorships have included the boards of over 20 organisations, for-profit and not-for-profit, including experience on a private company board in the UK.
Peter Emery FAICDPASE Enterprises
Peter Emery spent the first five years of his career in private legal practice and then joined international bank NatWest as Corporate Counsel. Over a period spanning some fifteen years, Peter held a variety of senior and general management positions in both Sydney and Melbourne.
Since 1998 Peter has carried on his own consulting and contracting business including various board and committee roles and was formerly Adjunct Lecturer in Law at Macquarie Graduate School of Management where he taught in the MBA program and other courses. Peter’s former directorships include NatWest Markets Australia Limited and group companies, RiverCity Motorway Management Limited and Health and Medical Gold Coast Inc.
For over seven years, Peter was CEO and Company Secretary of Medigard Ltd, a listed medical devices company based on the Gold Coast. More recently, he was Interim CEO of RSL Care Limited, one of Australia’s largest aged and community care providers.
Peter is a director of two not-for-profit organisations and two private companies and is a consultant to Hynes Lawyers in Brisbane in their Not for Profit practice. He is also Chairman of three Managed Investment Compliance Committees.
Richard Rassi GAICDManaging Director
Richard is a chartered accountant working as a company director and business consultant. He is managing director of Riclin Consulting which provides a range of business advisory services. He has recently been appointed as a director on the superannuation trustee boards operating within National Australia Bank and is the chair of the boards’ Finance and Audit Committee.
Richard is an experienced auditor having retired as a partner in Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu in 2011 after a 34 year career with the firm. He continues to be retained by the firm as a consultant to the practice.
His career has been focussed on providing assurance and advisory services to a broad range of clients across many industries with a specialisation in serving clients in the financial services industry.
Richard has worked with many boards in his role as the external auditor which has enabled him to observe a broad range of governance frameworks, policies and practices. He is now leveraging off this knowledge and experience to provide business advisory services through his consulting company on a broad range of business issues including the mentoring of young business leaders.