Angus Armour FAICDChief Executive Officer and Managing Director AICD
Angus started at the AICD in October 2017.
Previous roles included Principal Advisor on innovation and research at the Business Council of Australia; Deputy Secretary in the NSW State Government responsible for trade, innovation and industry and the arts; and CEO at Export Finance & Insurance Corporation from 2003 to 2013.
He served in the past as Chairman of Board of the Berne Union, an association of over 50 public and private sector companies from 40 countries supporting $1.5 trillion of global trade and investment annually, as Chair of the Berne Union’s Risk and Compliance Committee, and as Chair and a member of the Asia Regional Cooperation Council. He has also served as Chair of the Asian Eximbank Association, as a member on the Board of the Committee for the Economic Development of Australia, and as a member on the board of the Historic Houses Trust of NSW.
In addition to the AICD Board, Angus serves on the boards of the European Australian Business Council and the Mohammed Bin Rashid Innovation Fund of the UAE.
Carmen is the principal of Australian Financial Reporting Solutions, an independent financial reporting consulting business. She provides training and consulting services to a range of small to medium accounting firms and entities in the for-profit and not-for-profit sectors.
Carmen was previously Associate Director, National Audit Support — Grant Thornton and National Technical Principal — William Buck, Melbourne. Ms Ridley is a member of CPA Australia’s External Reporting Centre of Excellence.
Carmen has excellent knowledge of the Australian and International Accounting Standards and applies commercial considerations to her interpretations when evaluating issues raised by her clients. She has also prepared disclosure checklists for general purpose financial statements and uses this knowledge to review financial statements for entities prior to final submission to the auditors and ASIC to ensure compliance with Accounting Standards and other requirements.
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.
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Dianne Azoor HughesStrategic Minds
Dianne has more than 30 years of business experience and currently operates as an independent consultant for governance, risk and audit. Dianne promotes corporate governance practices that are ‘fit for purpose’. Growing businesses need to adapt their governance and risk processes as they transform from small closely held entities into larger businesses with a wider stakeholder group. Dianne has a balanced, considered perspective and is a strong supporter of informed decision-making.
Dianne is an independent audit committee member for the Victorian Legal Services Board and the Victorian Building Authority and a board member for a not-for-profit organisation. She is chair of Monash University Department of Accounting Advisory Committee.
Previously, Dianne was a board member of the Australian Auditing and Assurance Standards Board and Technical Standards Partner at Pitcher Partners.
Dianne’s expertise includes:
Corporate governance and risk; financial management; financial reporting; audit; professional ethics; development of policies and procedures
Dianne is a Fellow of ICAANZ and holds a Master of Business Law and a Post-Graduate Diploma in Advanced Accounting. She is a member of AICD and was been a member of the AICD Reporting Committee for the past ten years, retiring in September 2018.
Dianne is author of the AICD Publication: “Financial Fundamentals for Directors”
Elizabeth Proust AO FAICDChairman
Elizabeth is Chairman of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, Nestle Australia, the Bank of Melbourne and a non-executive director for Lendlease. She is also Chair of the Monash Commission and serves on the ASIC Directors’ Advisory Panel, the Victoria Police Corporate Advisory Group and the Stone & Chalk Melbourne Advisory Board.
In 2010 Elizabeth was made an Officer of the Order of Australia for distinguished service to public administration and to business.
Previously Elizabeth worked in senior roles at ANZ Banking Group and BP Australia and BP International. She has held senior positions in State and Local Government.
Gabrielle SchroderHead of Board Advisory
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.
Jacqueline GillespieSenior Client Partner
Jacqueline Gillespie is a Senior Client Partner and leader at Korn Ferry Advisory based in the firm’s Sydney office. She works closely with clients on building talent, particularly the progression from executive to leader.
Prior to joining Korn Ferry, Ms. Gillespie led the leadership consulting practice for Hewitt Associates in Australia between 2004 to 2008. Prior to consulting, she spent more than fifteen years working in senior HR roles in corporate Australia and Asia.
Ms Gillespie focuses on the impact of leadership on engagement and business performance, top team effectiveness, leadership capability development, and talent management strategies.
She has worked across a range of industries including retail, transport, banking, and FMCG.
Her experience includes strategic human resource roles as well as managing human resource teams within the business. She has also held positions in organisational development, human resource policy, diversity, training, and management development.
Ms. Gillespie holds a bachelor of arts degree, master’s degree in management and a diploma in education from the Graduate School of Management, Macquarie University, where she won the AHRI Prize for studies in human resource management.
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.
Jennifer Robertson FAICDSenior Consultant
After more than ten years in private legal practice, Jennifer made the strategic career move to become a corporate governance consultant at Board Matters. Throughout her private practice, Jennifer had sat on boards of many organisations, so she undertook business studies at QUT and decided to make the leap into the world of corporate governance consulting.
Today, Jennifer is still a practising lawyer, governance consultant and company director. Over the past 15 years, she has sat on or chaired a number of boards. Her board appointments include statutory bodies, public authorities, an APRA regulated superannuation fund, an ASIC regulated financial planning entity and several not-for-profit organisations.
Jennifer is currently Chair of the Defence Reserves Support Council Queensland and Deputy Chair of the Queensland Building and Construction Commission. She is also the first non-pilot director on the board of Brisbane Marine Pilots in its 28-year history and she chairs the Audit and Compliance Committee for Queensland Independent Schools Block Grant Authority.
Jennifer also consults with many corporate clients. She is a Fellow of The Australian Institute of Company Directors and facilitates their Company Director Course
Julie HemingtonSenior Education Product Manager
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.
Maria BestawrosGovernance Consultant
Mukund built his experience at KPMG facilitating engagement between Australia and Asia in sectors including energy and resources, banking, agribusiness, education and information technology.
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, applied research and market insights focused on Australia's engagement with Asia.
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.
Nicki Hutley is a highly experienced economist, with broad-based expertise gained over nearly three decades of practice. She has worked for both public and private sectors, and in financial markets, investment management, and economic consulting.
In addition to macroeconomic modelling and forecasting, Nicki is particularly skilled in the application of economic modelling and analysis in addressing policy issues relating to urban renewal, social and economic infrastructure investment, affordable housing, climate mitigation and adaptation, and social impact investing. Nicki takes a true triple bottom line approach, to ensure social and environmental considerations are captured alongside economic and financial returns.
Nicki has led strategic policy research and government reviews on issues as diverse as positive credit reporting, emissions trading schemes, the NSW Waste Levy, Social Housing renewal, youth justice initiatives and palliative care.
Nicki’s ability to articulate complex issues to a diverse range of audiences means she is a sought after keynote speaker and she appears regularly on Sky Business and ABC’s The Drum, as well as other media.
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.
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.
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 in the areas of strategy, governance, risk management, and assurance. He continues to specialise in serving clients in the superannuation and funds management industries working very closely with boards, senior executives and other practitioners serving these industries.
Richard’s experience has enabled him to develop a deep understanding of the superannuation and funds management industries, including the many challenges facing boards and the industry from governments and regulators. Additionally his experience in working with many superannuation boards has given him valuable insights into industry better practices in the area of board governance and risk management.
Complimenting this expertise are various governance and committee roles including director and audit committee chair of various retail superannuation boards operating within National Australia Bank (August 2012 to May 2014), and numerous superannuation committees and working groups at Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand, Association of Superannuation Funds of Australia. He served as Chairman of the Deloitte Superannuation Fund for many years. He is also a current member of the Audit and Risk Committee at the Australian Broadcasting Corporation.
Richard is a Graduate of Australian Institute of Company Directors, a fellow with CAANZ and has a Certificate of Superannuation Management (ASFA).
Robin LowDirector & Treasurer
Robin has been a Member of the Audit and Compliance Committee since 20 March 2017 and is a non-executive director of the Australian Reinsurance Pool Corporation. Robin is the Deputy Chair of the Auditing and Assurance Standards Board and is on the board of four listed companies: Appen Limited, AUB Group Limited, CSG Limited and IPH Limited.
Robin also sits on the boards of several not-for-profit organisations, including the Sydney Medical School Foundation, Primary Ethics and the Public Education Foundation. She is a chartered accountant, with over 25 years’ experience with PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC), including more than 17 years as an assurance partner specialising in financial services, particularly insurance.
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.
Sally LinwoodSenior Policy Adviser
Sally is a senior policy adviser at the AICD and is responsible for developing, researching and advocating public policy positions related to corporate governance regulation and practice.
Prior to joining the AICD, Sally was a senior associate in the corporate advisory team at Herbert Smith Freehills where she provided advice to the corporate head offices and General Counsel of ASX-listed companies on a range of corporate governance, Corporations Act and ASX Listing Rule issues.
Sally holds Bachelor of Laws (First Class Honours) and Bachelor of Arts degrees from the University of Sydney.
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.
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 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.
Trent BartlettProfessional Independent Director
Trent has over 20 years of extensive experience in multiple industries as a board chair, independent director, executive director, and CEO in diverse listed, large private, and ‘for benefit’ focused commercial enterprises from start-ups through to companies with over AUD $4 billion in turnover (domestic and overseas).
Prior to becoming a full time professional company director in 2011, Trent was the CEO of Capricorn Society for 10 years—one of Australia’s great co-operative success stories with an annual turnover of AUD$1billion+ from over 14,000 members across three countries.
Trent was also the founding Executive Director of Capricorn Mutual—Australia’s first ever discretionary mutual under the new 2003 AFSL regime, formed to offer a commercially feasible alternative to insurance.
With a passion for his speciality in CMEs and other member-owned/ member-governed businesses, Trent sits on six commercial boards in three states, chairing three of them, including Australia’s largest co-operative, Co-operative Bulk Handling (CBH), Margaret River Busselton Tourism Association, Traveller’s Choice, Beyond Bank, Australian Packaging Covenant Board, and Good Samaritan Industries.
Trent was a contributing editor to the Business Council of Co-operatives and Mutuals (BCCM)—the first official governance principles for co-operatives and mutuals released in Australia in 2018.
Trent has Post Graduate Degrees in Business and E-Commerce and is also a Fellow and faculty member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, along with being a professional mentor/ coach to board chairs, directors and CEOs.
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.