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.
Carl GuntherNon-Executive Director, President Turnaround Management Association
Carl has over 25 years financial and operational restructuring experience and held the position as National Turnaround Lead for KPMG Australia until his retirement from the firm in December 2019. He is a specialist in assisting companies and boards develop turnaround plans that make meaningful change within the first 60 to 90 days and provides a roadmap for stability. He is President of the Turnaround Management Association Australia and holds the Certified Turnaround Professional designation. Carl retains several Non-Executive Director positions and continues to assist companies going through transition.
David Evans FAICD
Dr Keith SuterManaging Director
Global Directions think tank
Dr Keith Suter is an economic and social commentator, strategic planner, conference speaker, author and broadcaster. As a broadcaster, he appears on Australian radio about once per day and is the Foreign Affairs Editor for Sunrise on Channel 7.
Keith was recently awarded a third PhD (University of Sydney) on scenario planning and teaches politics at the Sydney international campus of Boston University, USA.
He has been a member of the international think tank, The Club of Rome, since 1993.
Keith is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, a Fellow of the Royal Anthropological Institute London and a Fellow of the Royal Society NSW.
Dr Meg BrodieDirector, KPMG Banarra, Human Rights and Social Impact Services
Meg is a human rights specialist with deep experience across the corporate, government and community sectors. Meg has particular expertise in transformative human rights change processes and complex stakeholder dynamics and specialises in working with corporate clients to translate human rights commitments into practical action plans.
Meg is a recognised expert in corporate responses to modern slavery reporting requirements, working with clients in property, financial services, retail and other sectors on leading practical solutions to human rights risk. Meg leads KPMG Banarra’s human rights service line and manages KPMG’s Global Human Rights Network, coordinating human rights and sustainability experts from across KPMG.
Prior to joining KPMG, Meg worked on a significant statutory human rights independent review and has extensive field experience, including across Asia and Africa. Meg has a PhD in human rights law and has also published on the corporate responsibility to respect human rights. Meg understands the importance of organisational readiness and works with clients to design and deliver capacity building to effectively navigate the human rights landscape.
Dr Simon Longstaff AOExecutive Director
The 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.
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.
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.
Juliet BourkePartner – Human Capital
Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu
Juliet is a partner of Consulting. She leads the Australian Diversity, Inclusion and Leadership practice as a Human Capital partner and co-leads the Australian Leadership practice. Juliet has expertise in helping organisations to assess, develop and implement cultural change strategies, with a particular focus on diversity, inclusion and flexibility. She regularly works with global executive teams to design and deliver leadership programs, including Deloitte’s Inclusive Leadership program
Louise joined the AICD in July 2015 with responsibility for public policy, government affairs, media and the Governance Leadership Centre.
Louise was previously the CEO of the Customer Owned Banking Association, the peak body for Australia’s $100 billion mutual banking sector. She has also held roles in consumer advocacy, government and banking. Louise is chair of the NFP HADIA Foundation and was previously a director of Settlement Services International and the World Council of Credit Unions.
Mark ThirlwellChief Economist, AICD
Mark Thirlwell joined the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD) as Chief Economist in February 2019.
Previously, Mark was Head of Research at the Australian Trade and Investment Commission (Austrade), where he supervised a team delivering research and analysis of Australia’s international trade and investment profile, including Tourism Research Australia. Prior to that appointment, Mark had served as Austrade’s Chief Economist for four years.
Before his time at Austrade, Mark spent ten years as the inaugural Director of the Lowy Institute’s International Economy Program. He was also a Fellow at the Institute’s G20 Studies Centre.
Mark started his career as an economist at the Bank of England and subsequently held senior economist positions with J P Morgan and EFIC.
Mark holds economics degrees from Oxford and Cambridge universities and a qualification in Applied Finance from Macquarie university.
Padma RamanChief Executive, Australian Human Rights Commission
Australian Human Rights Commission
Padma Raman PSM has a long-established career committed to protecting and advancing human rights.She is the Chief Executive of Australia’s national human rights institution, the Australian Human Rights Commission, and came to the position after establishing the Victorian Law Reform Commission. During that time, Ms Raman was also a member of the Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission (VEOHRC). She was instrumental in assisting the Victorian Government develop and implement the Victorian Charter of Human Rights and Responsibilities Act 2006.
In 2018, Ms Raman was awarded a Public Service Medal, which recognises outstanding service by employees of the federal, state, territory and local governments. Ms Raman was singled out for leading significant cultural, technological and governance change at the Commission and for her contributions as CEO of the Victorian Law Reform Commission.
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.
Professor Rajesh VasaHead of Translational Research & Development, Applied Artificial Intelligence Institute, Deakin University
Rajesh Vasa, Head of Translational Research & Development, Applied Artificial Intelligence Institute, Deakin University.
Rajesh Vasa is an innovator and entrepreneur with over two decades of experience spanning both industry and academia with a specialisation in artificial intelligence, cybersecurity and complex software systems design. His career spans roles in technology engineering, operations and executive leadership with an international work profile. He is currently a tenured Professor at Deakin University with multiple successful start-ups and spin-outs from his lab some of which are now mature organisations spanning the globe.
Rob Newman BA, PG PSYCH, MAPSOrganisational Psychologist | Specialist Advisor
Rob is an organisational psychologist specialising in board, director and executive dynamics, leadership coaching and change management. He contributes and facilitates AICD’s advanced courses in director behavior and managing dynamics in the boardroom.
Rob also works as an executive advisor and coach to senior executives and directors helping them deal with problems such as: leader performance, board and executive conflict, failures in organisational cultural and people risk. In all his work Rob’s primary goal is to create alignment and synergy between people and organisational systems, such that high performance can emerge and be sustained.
In his practice, Rob integrates his deep understanding of organisational and human behavior, with the corporate systems of governance, strategy, structure and operations. The result is a combination of incisive analysis of critical issues, and pragmatic solutions that move people and systems to higher levels of capability and performance.
Rob is a managing partner with Change Focus Group, an advisory and consultancy firm providing organisational psychology services in the areas of human and organisational assessment, group facilitation, team development and organisational change
Rob also holds directorship roles in Schuhfried Australia, an international supplier of clinical assessment tools to the medical and neuroscience markets, and Veedre, a psychometric testing firm servicing mining and transport industries.
Robert WebsterSenior Client Partner and head of Board Services
Robert Webster is a senior client partner based in Korn Ferry's Sydney office, where he heads the Board Services practice in Australasia and the Asia Pacific region. He also works in the Financial Services practice and the Professional Services practice.
Before joining Korn Ferry in 2001 Robert spent five years as Executive Director of the International Banks and Securities Association of Australia.
Prior to his financial sector experience, Robert spent over a decade in politics. He was an elected MP for Goulburn in 1984 and became a Minister in the Greiner government in January 1989. In May 1991, he was elected to the Legislative Council of New South Wales (NSW).
His ministerial portfolios included Planning, Housing and Property Services, Family and Community Services, Energy, State Development, Tourism, Administrative Services and Transport. Some of Robert’s ministerial achievements include the redevelopment of Homebush Bay for the Sydney 2000 Olympics, the commercialisation of electricity authorities in NSW and corporatisation of the Sydney Water Board into the Sydney Water Corporation.
Robert Webster holds various directorships. He is a Director of Brickworks Ltd and the Greater Sydney Local Land Services board. He is also a Justice of the Peace.
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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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.
Silvia de RidderEngineer of Human Excellence
Silvia de Ridder is managing director of Unconscious Potential. She describes herself as an engineer of human excellence. She works with organisations in the areas of leadership and people development. Her clients include business owners, C-level executives, senior and mid-level managers across public, private and not-for-profit organisations.
Silvia has an insatiable appetite and passion for learning and sharing knowledge. It can be guaranteed that she will always be undertaking some form of learning.
Silvia has partnered with AICD since 2017 supporting the Chair’s Mentoring Program.
Trena Blair, GAICDCEO
FD Global Connections
Ms. Trena Blair is a global citizen, having lived and worked in Australia and the United States of America during the course of her 20+ year international corporate career. She has managed global regions including Asia Pacific and the America’s.
Ms. Blair has exemplary strategic thinking, leadership, digital marketing/brand, governance and financial management skills. Trena is recognised for her ability to foster healthy organisational cultures and to encourage collaborative sustainable business relationships with stakeholders to achieve common goals. Trena is a clear, engaging communicator and culturally aware of the sensitivities required to successfully work across boundaries. In 2014, Trena established FD Global Connections (www.fdglobal.com.au) focussing on scaling Australia’s most innovative companies into the USA. In 2018, she founded a networking group to support women to scale globally, “SheScalesGlobal”.
Ms. Blair has held several board positions including Australian Federation of Travel Agents (AFTA), and Ability Options (NFP). She is currently on AMCHAM’s (Australian/American Chamber of Commerce) Trade Advisory Board and an Advisory Board member of Minnow Designs. She has conducted workshops for business leaders on establishing Advisory Boards.
Ms. Blair holds a B.A (Ed), B.Ed, (Deakin Uni); Grad. Dip. Mgt (AGSM UNSW) and a Graduate of the AICD (2014). In 2018 Trena completed AICD/AMCHAM’s USA Company Director’s Introductory Course.