Alex ScandurraCEO of Stone & Chalk
Stone & Chalk
Alex is the founding CEO of Stone & Chalk, Asia’s leading Fintech Innovation Hub located in Sydney and Melbourne. S&C supports 650 full time residents in over 150 high growth ventures to successfully commercialise and scale regionally and globally. Together with 27 large Australian and international corporate partners, Stone & Chalk has helped its start-ups secure over $300m in direct investment and create over 600 direct jobs in the areas of fintech, cyber security, insurance, connected devices, and data science since opening in August 2015.
Since returning to Australia, Alex has also co-founded Spark Festival, which since its inception in 2016 has grown to become Australia’s largest innovation festival, attracting over 9,000 participants in 2017. He is also a member of the Australian Securities & Investment Commissions Digital Advisory Committee and is a member of the New South Wales Governments Advisory Board for its Digital Analytics Centre.
Prior to Stone & Chalk, Alex was the Head of Strategy & Business Development for Barclays in London, and later co-founded and was Head of the Barclays Accelerator program powered by Techstars in London and New York. He also launched two start-up hubs in London and Manchester and led a major Open Innovation program which saw hundreds of start-ups pitch to win commercial projects with large organisations.
As part of his global career, Alex has spent over 7 years living and working extensively in Asia, the Middle East, Africa and Europe. Prior to his time at Barclays Bank in London, Alex had worked for Nokia Networks in Dubai and Australia, where he also worked for Lend Lease in Project Management and as an Officer in the Australian Army.
Allan is a chartered accountant who commenced his working life with a medium sized accounting firm, prior to moving into commerce. Since moving into commerce Allan has worked for large corporates (Caltex/Huhtamaki) to small-medium, family owned businesses. The highlight being two years working for SOCOG on the Sydney Olympic games.
During this time Allan has gained experience in all aspects of financial control, business planning & forecasting, software selection & implementation, and training.
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
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”
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
Karl TreacherGroup CEO, The Brand Institute of Australia
Karl Treacher (MAICD) is an Associate Professor in marketing and the CEO of The Brand Institute of Australia. He has 20 years experience working with tier-one brands, boards and business leaders and is recognised as an expert in organisational reputation, culture and experience alignment.
Karl has led executive teams through the repositioning of many of Australia’s iconic companies. Karl recently led the rebrand of the ACCC, MYOB, and Realestate.com.au, and was heavily involved in the evolution of Bupa (HI Retail), APRA, PwC and RACQ’s customer environments and experiences.
As an authority in reputation, Karl is currently consulting to one of the big four banks as they navigate the implications of the current Royal Commission.
Prior to leading The Brand Institute of Australia, Karl founded Australia’s largest Aged Care therapy company in the early 1990s, before working at Rogen International, then in strategic influence and creative media in the world’s largest advertising network, McCann Erickson and was the resident brand and culture expert at Marketing Magazine from 2010 – 2016.
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.
Phil Ruthven AO, FAICDFounder and continuing director of IBISWorld, Founder and CEO Ruthven Institute
Ruthven is the founder, owner and a continuing director of IBISWorld, an international corporation providing online business information, forecasting and strategic services. It operates in Australia, NZ, the United States (NY and LA), Canada, China, United Kingdom, Germany and Indonesia. Other major countries will be opened over the next 5 years. It is now the world’s largest and most sophisticated market & industry database.
Phil is a science graduate (UNSW) with further studies in management and economics at various universities and institutes and was a Rotary awardee to the United States in the late 1960s. He spent over 10 years in the food industry, including executive positions in research, production and marketing, before establishing IBIS in 1971.
Phil is currently an Adjunct Professor at The University of Technology (Sydney), and a member of the ANU College of Business & Economics Advisory Board. He is a past board member of the Melbourne Institute, CEDA, and is an Ambassador for the Whitelion/Open Family youth charity. He is a fellow of the AICD and the AMI.
In 2017, he created the Ruthven Institute, an online business success service aimed at showing how businesses can consistently earn world best practice returns on shareholder funds of over 20% after tax. The Institute has formed a 5-year strategic cooperation agreement with the University Faculty of Economics & Business.
Phil contributes regularly to radio, TV, newspapers, The Company Director Magazine and documentaries and is widely considered the nation’s most respected strategist and futurist on business, social and economic matters.
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).
Rosey Batt FAICDCEO
ROSEY BATT & ASSOCIATES
Rosey Batt is the CEO of a boutique legal services firm. She was formerly an equity partner at Minter Ellison. Her experience includes advising publicly listed companies, public companies limited by guarantee, private companies, statutory bodies, local councils, SMEs and individuals on a variety of legal matters including complex litigation, contracts, intellectual property, commercial transactions, trade practices, succession planning and corporations law.
Rosey has an active portfolio of directorships including Sturt Fleurieu Education and Training Ltd, Windmill Theatre and the Law Society Litigation Fund. Past directorships, in the private, public and not-for-profit sectors, include: Seymour College (chair), SAICORP, Improvement Foundation Ltd, Suburban Taxi’s Pty Ltd, Ennio International Pty Ltd, Uniting Care and Pharmacy Board.
Rosey has a passion for corporate governance and has written for, reviewed and facilitated the Australian Institute of Company Directors’ Company Directors Course for the past 15 years.
Rosey has also delivered numerous other public and in-house programs for the Australian Institute of Company Directors including Reporting to the Board and specialisation programs in mergers and acquisitions and the sale of business from the board perspective.
Roslyn Jackson MAICDFaculty member - writer
Australian Capital Training Group
Roslyn Jackson is a Fellow Chartered Accountant with over 30 years’ experience and has enjoyed a very diverse and exciting career. She has worked in public practice providing taxation advice, as a corporate accountant in the Australian Government, CFO for a large NFP and COO for an Australian government company.
Roslyn has also owned and operated a training and consulting company, based in Canberra, for over 20 years. She has developed and facilitated training packages for many businesses; both for profit and not-for-profit, and for the government sector; Australian, state and local government.
Roslyn has facilitated courses on behalf of the Australian Institute of Company Directors for over 20 years, helping directors understand their Board financial statements as well as governance and risk issues. She has taught the professional year of study for Chartered Accountants Australia New Zealand (CA ANZ) and has been an assessor for their examinations. Roslyn has also been an assessor for the Institute of Public Administration Australia annual reports awards presented to Australian Government Departments.
Roslyn is an experienced non-executive director, having held numerous positions predominantly in the NFP health sector. She has held the Chair of several boards and also chaired Audit, Finance and Risk sub-committees. Roslyn is currently Chair of Health Education Services Australia, and a director of Capital Health Network (the ACT Primary Health Network) and Australian Nursing and Midwifery Accreditation Council (ANMAC). Roslyn is also an independent audit committee member for the National Blood Authority.
Russel HowcroftChief Creative Officer, PWC
Through his appearances on ABC1’s hugely successful show ‘The Gruen Transfer’ Russel has become the very public face of brand marketing and advertising in Australia.
Russel currently is Chief Creative Officer and a Partner at PwC Australia. Prior to taking on this role he was Executive General Manager of the TEN Network, one of its most senior executives, and before that Russel was Chief Executive Officer Australia/ New Zealand at Young & Rubicam Brands. He fell in love with the advertising industry after doing a week’s work experience at advertising agency McCann Erickson while part way through a marketing degree at Chisholm Institute (now part of Monash University).
In his early 20s, Russel spent five years working at Lowe Howard-Spink, one of Britain’s top creative agencies. His major account was Heineken beer, and his work on that account was considered one of Britain’s best ad campaigns of its time.
In 1995 Russel co-founded Leonardi Brandhouse. He spent the next 11 years running his own agencies with various partners, before joining George Patterson Y&R, in 2006. He is also the former Chairman of the Advertising Federation of Australia. Russel’s other passion is AFL and he has previously served on the board of the Melbourne Football club.
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.
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.
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.