Andrew Donovan FAICDChairman
Andrew Donovan FAICD is at the forefront of contemporary thinking on directorship. He is a company director and board adviser who helps boards add value across finance, insurance, transport and health industries.
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 semitrailers.
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.
Andrew is a senior facilitator for the Australian Institute of Company Directors in Australia and Asia and a facilitator for the advanced level program Mastering the Boardroom. He has authored several Institute educational programs and publications.
Christian GergisHead of Policy, Advocacy
Christian is responsible for providing strategic leadership of the AICD public policy agenda and policy team, engaging with members, government, industry and other stakeholders across a wide range of issues. Prior to joining the AICD, Christian held senior roles at financial services industry bodies including most recently as the Head of Policy & Research at the Australian Private Equity & Venture Capital Association (AVCAL).
Christian commenced his career at Herbert Smith Freehills where he practiced in the Corporate and Litigation areas, working on matters including the Cole Royal Commission into alleged abuses of the UN Oil-For-Food Program and actions against the former directors and auditors of collapsed gold mining firm, Sons of Gwalia. After leaving HSF, Christian provided strategic policy and legal advice at the Department of Foreign Affairs & Trade in Canberra, before serving for three years in the Middle East as an Australian diplomat reporting on political, strategic and economic issues. Christian holds a combined Bachelor of Economics (Social Sciences)/Law (First Class Honours) degree from the University of Sydney, and a Master of Laws from the Australian National University.
David Evans FAICD
Dr Melinda Muth FAICDManaging Director
Melinda is an educator and consultant who specialises in individual and group behaviour, principally with senior executives and leadership teams. She is currently managing director of the Institute of Food and Grocery Management, a leading provider of management development programs in the FMCG and agribusiness sector.
Melinda is a member of the adjunct faculty at UNSW and was a full-time member of the Organisation Behaviour group at AGSM where she earned her PhD with a thesis on the impact of boards on company performance.
Melinda’s board experience includes Director and Chair of the Audit and Risk Management Committee at ICV, Director of Harvard Club Australia Philanthropy, CuriousWorks, HeartKids NSW, Chair of the Quest for Life Foundation, and Director of the Union Club.
Melinda is a member of the Advisory Council of the ACU Business School, the Academy of Management and the Australian Human Resource Institute
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 Jameson 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 five 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.
Elizabeth maintains an active portfolio of directorships. She currently chairs the boards of Brisbane Girls Grammar School and Queensland Theatre Company, and is a director of RACQ and the Queensland Police Service. She has formerly held directorships with over 20 for-profit and not-for-profit organisations, including chair of a private company in the UK and of a leading Australian professional services firm.
Graham Bradley AM FAICD
Graham Bradley is a professional company director and is currently Non-Executive Chairman of GrainCorp, HSBC Bank Australia and EnergyAustralia Holdings. He is a director of Hongkong and Shanghai Banking Corporation Limited, GI Dynamics and Chairman of Infrastructure NSW. He is a director of Tennis Australia and chairs Virgin Australia International Holdings.
Graham’s former board roles included Stockland Corporation (Chairman 2005–2016), Anglo American Australian Advisory Board (Chairman 2004–2016), Queensland Investment Corporation (Director 2004–2010), Singapore Telecommunications (Director 2004–2011), Boart Longyear (Chairman 2006–2010) and MBF (Bupa) (Director 2004–2010).
Graham was Managing Director of Perpetual Limited from 1995–2003. Under his leadership, Perpetual grew to become one of Australia's leading listed funds management and financial services groups.
Prior to joining Perpetual, Graham was National Managing Partner of national law firm, Blake Dawson (now Ashurst). Before this, Graham was a partner of McKinsey & Company, a leading international firm of management consultants.
Graham was President of the Business Council of Australia from 2009–2011 and Deputy President of the Takeovers Panel. He is a member of the Advisory Council of the Australian School of Business at UNSW. Graham also devotes time to a range of non-profit organisations, including the State Library of NSW Foundation.
Graham was made a member of the Order of Australia in 2009 in recognition of his contribution to business, medical research and the arts. He was Australian Institute of Company Directors Distinguished Fellow for 2012.
Helaine Leggat MAICDPrincipal Lawyer
MAICD and director of the Australian Information Security Association (AISA), is head of cyberlaw at Sladen Legal in Melbourne. She is one of a few lawyers in the world to hold the CISSP, CISM, CIPP and CIPP/IT credentials. Put simply, that means in addition to her law credentials, Helaine has earned some of the world’s most esteemed certifications in cybersecurity, privacy and information security.
Throughout her almost 20-year career, Helaine has advised governments and scores of blue-chip corporates on the intersection of information technology, global business and cyberspace. Her areas of expertise include cyberlaw, information technology (TMT) law, cybersecurity, surveillance, information governance, information security, privacy and data protection.
Helaine’s professional affiliations and memberships are numerous and include her appointment as a Member of the Expert Network for the Australian Department of Industry and Science, inclusion in the Ducere Global Leaders Faculty, and participation in an industry working group for the Prime Minister's Advisory Council on Cybersecurity.
Helaine’s understanding of the relationships between people, global business, information technology and cyberspace distinguish her as an expert. She is passionate about contributing to the safety and security of Australia and its people, including through her involvement with AISA.
Jason WilkManaging Director
As a founding director of management advisory firm Blue Zoo, Jason has been leading and delivering consulting engagements across the four pillars of governance, risk, strategy and resilience for over a decade. A broadly skilled and experienced advisor with 20 years? experience providing services to a wide range of organisation types ranging from large, listed corporate entities through to whole of government engagements. He has also worked as the Manager of Risk and IT Risk and Compliance at BankWest, subsequently Halifax Bank of Scotland.
Jason is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (FACID) and is a facilitator for the Foundations of Governance course, in-Boardroom sessions and has just finished developing the Cyber for Directors course - delivering this across Australia. Jason also co-authored the Western Australian Public Sector Commission?s ?Good Governance Guide?, a reference framework for WA agencies? governance and compliance obligations, and regularly speaks at conferences across the ASEAN region on governance topics.
Julie HemingtonSenior Education Product Manager
Julie Letts has a 37-year career in the public service with a clinical, policy and ethics background. She worked as an Intensive Care specialist nurse and educator for 18 years, then in senior policy roles including as Manager, Clinical Ethics and Policy, NSW Ministry of Health. In this role, she advised the Minister, senior Ministry of Health Executive and Local Health Districts on a spectrum of ethically complex issues in clinical care, for example organ donation and transplantation, and she has been a recognised national expert in end of life decisions policy.
She now provides policy services with particular expertise in clinical, public health and organisational ethics issues. She has worked with public sector boards and senior executives on a range of projects and policies to build healthy ethical workplace cultures and respond to ethically complex governance concerns. This has included ethical decision-making in the detection of elder financial abuse by a banking institution; effective means of translating organisational values into daily strategic and planning decisions in a health service; and considerations for an NGO board in adopting an advocacy position on emerging important, yet contentious, social issues.
She has a Masters’ degree in Bioethics, is a former peer reviewer for the Journal of Bioethical Inquiry and is a current Advisory Board member for the Centre for Agency, Values and Ethics at Macquarie University.
Kerry Hicks GAICDSenior Policy Adviser
Lucas Ryan GAICDAICD Senior Policy Advisor
Mark CarrickManaging Director
Global Business Resilience
Mark Carrick is one of Australia’s most experienced counter terrorism practitioners. He offers more than 20 years of law enforcement experience that includes crisis management and response, general policing, witness protection, close personal protection, crime management, change management, and ultimately counter terrorism intelligence.
As Commander of New South Wales Police Terrorism Intelligence, Mark was regarded as an expert in threat identification and management; he was tasked with determining the nature and levels of threat and risk in an operational and strategic context. He oversaw two of the NSW Police Force/Australia and New Zealand Counter Terrorism Committee’s largest, most significant information management projects. This resulted in the creation of a recommended user requirements for the building and delivery of a National Information and Intelligence management system for Australia and New Zealand.
Mark was appointed (2017-2013) National Capability Advisor on Counterterrorism Intelligence to the Australian Government’s National Counterterrorism Committee. In this role, Mark took on the responsibility of building counter terrorism capabilities on a national level. Through this position Mark drove the entire intelligence skills enhancement programs for every federal and state agency involved in the counter terrorism arrangements and ultimately has led to a connected and unified effort for Australia against the threat of terrorism.
Mark delivers a business resilience capability across organisations, leading multi-disciplinary teams to deliver integrated crisis management, contingency planning and business continuity. A key advisory role impacting the operational viability of organisations and ensures the delivery of key pre-planning and testing for all hazards crisis management.
Mark Carrick has a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from the University of Sydney and is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Matt McGirrPolicy Adviser
Matt McGirr is also a lawyer and policy adviser at the Australian Institute of Company Directors. Matt has a background in litigation and regulatory investigations, and has experiencing advising directors and company on liability and risk.
Matthew CroxfordSenior Consultant
Human Synergistics International
Matthew is a senior Consultant at Human Synergistics Australia and has worked in Europe, Asia and across Australia. Matthew works in leadership, culture and performance development and has conducted assignments across multiple sectors from Mining, to Technology, Banking & Finance, Government, Defence, Research and Retail.
More specifically Matthew specialises in the development of the senior executive teams within organisations and has over 20 years’ experience in this area. Typically, assignments focus on the development of company strategy and direction by the executive team.
Over the last 15 years the rise of organisational culture has been dramatic and Matthew is highly sought after as an adviser to Boards and Executive committees in the measurement, management and development of culture. Matthew has trained over 1,000 organisational development professionals in the measurement and management of culture across the region and is currently retained to provide guidance to boards and executives in this area.
Bennett & Philp Lawyers
Nicole is an electrical engineer and a director, and Information Security and Intellectual Property Practice Group Manager, with Bennett & Philp Lawyers. She is also a director of the Australian Information Security Association (AISA).
Nicole has over 10 years' experience in legal and corporate governance experience and 10 years' practical experience in the IT industry, including in encryption and military projects. She is also a fellow of the Governance Institute of Australia.
Nicole advises some of the world's largest software, mining, food production and technology companies to protect and enforce their intellectual property rights. She advises clients on data breaches, un-authorised data disclosures, regulatory compliance and mandatory data breach notification laws and breach responses. Her IT industry experience spans the encryption, telecommunications, military, printing, web development and digital communications sectors.
In addition, Nicole acts in complex litigation matters, conducts Anton Piller searches to protect and seize confidential information, performs intellectual property due diligences, negotiates licensing agreements to commercialise intellectual property and acts in patent, trade mark, copyright and design infringement matters.
Phil Butler GAICDSector Leader, NFP AICD
Phil Butler is Sector Leader, NFP with the AICD and in this role engages closely with boards, CEO’s and directors of NFP and public organisations across Australia to assist in the ongoing development of their governance. He is a Graduate of the Company Directors Course and a member of CPA Australia, and has been on a range of NFP and Government boards and currently is a director of Alzheimer’s Australia ACT.
Ros Jackson MAICDFaculty member - writer
Rosina Hislop FAICDBoard Director
Rosina is the Deputy Chair of ECH, an enterprise which owns and operates retirement villages, home care services and promotes self-determination to enable people to have the best possible life as they age. She is also the Chair of the Health Advisory Council for Southern Adelaide Local Health Network which provides health care to older people.
Prior to her career as a board director, Rosina was a Partner at Ernst & Young leading teams in Australia and the UK, where she worked with leading global companies on their corporate strategy, business-model innovation and finance systems. She was also a lead commercial advisor on mergers and acquisitions.
Rosina’s other directorships outside the aged care sector include Chair of the Seymour College Board, Board Director of GPEx and Board director of Principals Australia Institute.
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Sam Mostyn MAICDNon-executive Director and Sustainability Advisor
Sam Mostyn has enjoyed a diverse career across business, politics, science and the arts, international development, not-for-profit sector, indigenous reconciliation and sport. She is recognised as a sustainability leader and continues to work across a number of industries and sectors. ?
Her current board roles include Mirvac, Citibank, CoverMore, Transurban and Virgin Australia. She is President of the Australian Council for International Development and sits on the UN Global Compact Australia?s Sustainable Development Leadership Group. She is Deputy Chair of the Diversity Council of Australia and in 2012 was appointed to the inaugural National Sustainability Council.
Sam?s sustainability work encompasses a wide range of interests including climate change, gender and diversity, reconciliation, sustainable economic development and business engagement with the Sustainable Development Goals. Sam has worked on the development of a corporate, social and environmental sustainability plan for Insurance Australia Group and oversaw the company's participation in the Australian Business in the Community Network, the launch of the Australian Business Roundtable on Climate Change, and the creation of Business for Millennium Development.
Sam?s involvement in climate change science and advocacy extends across the boards of ClimateWorks Australia, the Climate Council and the NSW Climate Change Council. She previously chaired the Stakeholder Advisory Council of the CSIRO Climate Adaptation Flagship, and has an advisory role with the 1 Million Women Climate Campaign.
Sam has long worked to build strong and trusting relationships across disparate sectors of the Australian community, particularly focused on equality of opportunity for women, the need for diversity in leadership.
Sarah Barker MAICDSpecial Counsel
Sarah is Special Counsel in the Competition & Regulatory Group at Minter Ellison, where her clients include listed and large private corporations in the financial services, logistics, professional services, construction materials, retail, insurance, manufacturing and automotive industries.
She is currently a non-executive director of the Emergency Services & State Superannuation Fund and the Natural Resources Conservation League of Victoria Limited. Sarah has extensive experience in corporate governance law, with particular expertise in fiduciary duties, competition (antitrust) and consumer protection.
Sarah is a sustainability advocate, having chaired the audit and risk committee for the Commissioner for Sustainability Victoria, and is a visiting fellow at the Smith School of Enterprise and the Environment at Oxford University. She is a sought-after speaker and commentator, with a significant proportion of her practice devoted to the development and delivery of corporate compliance programs and the provision of strategic compliance training to the boards and senior management of public and private companies.
Sarah’s work on fiduciary duties and climate change has won numerous awards
Sarah Cobb GAICDManaging Director
Sarah has had extensive experience in business management and strategic growth and development in the private, franchise, not-for-profit and government sectors.
Currently Sarah is:
- Managing Director of Cariblue, a management and franchise consultancy company delivering services nationally;
- Director of BforB– Australia, Australian franchisor of an international referral marketing company;
- A member of the Franchise Council of Australia’s Queensland Committee; and is an experienced board member.
Prior to establishing Cariblue, Sarah was a board member of Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary and CEO of Australia’s largest bookkeeping franchise, First Class Accounts. Here she led the repositioning, re-branding and introduction of professional management into this national franchise.
Sarah's other former directorships include Director of Lantern Ghost Tours – Gold Coast franchise.
Sarah has an MBA, a Bachelor of Arts in Accountancy and Finance, and is a Certified Developer of Enterprise.
Sarah-Jane Walsh FAICD
Sarah-Jane Walsh is an experienced lawyer and professional director. . She advises on legal and governance issues for boards across all sectors.
Sarah-Jane’s was a senior fellow at Monash University, lecturing on directors’ duties and corporate governance, and an ombudsman with the Financial Ombudsman Service. She is an accredited facilitator with the AICD for the Company Directors Course and a variety of short courses. Sarah-Jane is also a principal in Thoughtpost Governance, a provider of board reviews and governance services for organisations.
Sarah-Jane is currently a director of a statutory water corporation. Her past director roles include non-executive director of an ASX listed company, a major independent school, a non-government volunteer agency and an independent director for a private family business.
Sarah-Jane holds a Bachelor of Economics and Bachelor of Law from Monash University and a Master of Law and Master of Business Administration from The University of Melbourne.
Sonya Beyers GAICDFaculty member - Writer
Stephen MarsdenLecturer, QUT Business School
Stephen Marsden is a full-time lecturer employed at the QUT Business School in Brisbane.
He is responsible for lecturing and tutoring a range of accounting and law units at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels. He has published in academic journals and has written several books on financial literacy. He is also the author of the finance modules for the Company Directors Course, International Company Directors Course as well as AICD’s Boardroom Financial Acumen course.
Stephen has presented numerous professional development seminars and workshops over the past twenty four years for various professional bodies, accounting firms, listed companies, not-for-profit organisations and government departments.
Stephen also runs his own chartered accountancy practice, where he provides clients with a range of accounting and taxation services.
Stephen’s board positions over the years have included Ronald McDonald House, The Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital Foundation and Uni Credit Ltd.
Tammy BrienGeneral Manager
Tammy has over a decade of experience in the organisational development and resiliency space, having worked for a number of large organisations including Monadelphous, Civmec, Toll and Hudson. As the General Manager at Blue Zoo, she has complemented this experience with deep knowledge across corporate governance, risk and probity, and strategy, delivering engagements to listed multinationals, for-purpose organisations and government. She provides pragmatic advice that empowers organisations to make informed decisions and create lasting, meaningful change.
Tammy is a systems thinker who designs and co-creates contextualised, nuanced and pragmatic solutions for complex business issues, using leading edge and best practice thinking to develop and maintain purpose and value. Tammy brings together people and processes, using risk management to protect and exploit value, achieving consistent, aligned outcomes and bottom line results.
Tim Heberden MAICDPartner
Tim Heberden is a partner of Deloitte where he leads the IP Advantage team that specialises in quantifying, managing and monetising IP asset. He is a member of the Global Business Valuation Board of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors.
Tim is the author of the international Guidance Note on the Valuation of Intellectual Property Rights (RICS), and a chapter on IP royalty determination for ‘International Licensing & Technology Transfer’.
Tim is listed on the IAM Strategy 300 — the World’s Leading IP Strategists and has been recognised as one of the leading licensing experts in Asia. He has valued intangible assets in a wide range of industries for the purposes of corporate strategy, M&A, tax compliance, litigation, financial reporting and securitisation.
Tim holds an MBA and is a Registered Business Valuer, Chartered Accountant, Fellow of the Australian Marketing Institute, Fellow of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors and a member of the AICD.
Tim TrumperChairman NRMA and Advisor to Quantium
Experienced CEO, Advisor and Non-Executive Director in high-performance global and Australian companies spanning: Machine Learning, Big Data, Internet, Digital Transformation, Automotive, E-commerce, Financial Services and Media.
Tim is an Advisor to Quantium, Australia’s leading data and analytics company, Chairman of the NRMA and holds interests in several high growth innovative companies. He has an absolute passion for data driven innovation, strategy and director’s roles in data governance and innovation.
He has worked in and with leading global and Australian organisations including PBL (Publishing & Broadcasting Ltd), Time Warner and Microsoft.
Tim has held Board roles in listed ASX companies including Infochoice and Julia Ross Recruitment/Ross Human Directions.
Along with fellow directors and Chairman Hon. R J Hawke, Tim established The Bestest Foundation which has raised over $4 million for disadvantaged Australian children.
His specialty business areas are technology, shareholder value creation through customer centric innovation, data-driven strategy and leading teams through change.
Todd DaviesFounder, Todd Davies and Associates
Todd Davies works with organisational leaders to get the best out of their risk and assurance efforts. He has worked with many of Australia’s best-known organisations in this area.
He is an experienced non-executive director and risk and audit committee chair of large complex organisations in the government/ social/ for-purpose sectors, currently responsible for governance of more than $20 billion in annual spend.
His involvement in corporate governance regulation includes advising various governments on audit and risk reforms as well as serving as a long-standing member of the ASX Corporate Governance Council.
Vanessa Boully FAICDManaging Consultant
Vanessa Boully has been a director for more than 27 years and is a Fellow and Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
She has been an AICD facilitator in governance, strategy and finance for nine years delivering - Foundations of Directorship and the Company Directors Course; The Not-for-Profit Board; Governance for SMEs; and Sports Governance.
Vanessa was a state councillor of the AICD SA/NT division for nine years and since 2013 has been a writer and contributing reviewer of their national governance programs. She is now also an assessment reviewer for the Company Directors Courses.
Within her board portfolio in the health, social services, arts and finance sectors Vanessa was Chair of Alliance One Credit Union for sixteen years. She is also a past President and Chairman and a Life Member of the Royal Flying Doctor Service (SA/NT).
In 1997, with a background in human resources and training, she started her own consultancy and subsequently worked in a partnership providing career and life skills coaching. Since 2013 besides her work with the AICD her focus has been in delivering suicide intervention training and last year she established a community suicide awareness network on the Yorke Peninsula.
Vanessa has always had a keen interest in the not for profit sector and is a strong advocate for improving social services in regional communities. Her most recent board appointment was Deputy Chair of Uniting Country SA.