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.
Anna Wright is the CEO and Founder of BindiMaps - a navigation app revolutionising the way we navigate indoor spaces.
Launched in January 2017, BindiMaps is an award-winning smart cities technology startup, bringing accessibility to people and places currently out of bounds for people who are vision impaired. By providing a navigation tool that works where traditional GPS does not - inside major public precincts such as university campuses, airports, shopping malls and office buildings - BindiMaps offers increased convenience for most, while fundamentally changing the lives of people with a vision impairment, allowing them to navigate public spaces independently and safely.
Anna developed the idea for BindiMaps after undergoing years of major surgery to save her own eye-sight - a daunting experience that led her to ask the question "how can we make the world more accessible for people with vision impairment?". Prior to launching BindiMaps, Anna had helped many other businesses move from startup through to IPO, as a consultant specialising in Business Development and Business Analysis. She holds a PhD and has built an academic career as a Senior Lecturer at the University of Technology Sydney, researching and teaching in the areas of Innovation and Valuation.
Less than two years since launching BindiMaps, Anna is now is a recognised leader in the startup ecosystem, lighting a path for non-technical founders to start and build tech companies that can change the world. It is her passion for impact that has seen Anna nominated for 2019 Australian of the Year, in recognition of her leadership and commitment to creating a more inclusive world through BindiMaps. Anna has also been listed as one of the top 10 Australian Entrepreneurs to watch in 2019.
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.
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 Amanda Rischbieth PhD FAICDDirector
Amanda has over 35 years in health (clinical intensive care and in public health), business, research and academia including CEO, non-executive board directorship roles, and commercial, government and community advisory work. Earlier in her career she co-led the management of a private intensive care unit for ten years before completing her PhD in critical care decision-systems.
She is highly networked including as a member of the International Women’s Forum (IWF), the global Advanced Leadership Coalition (over 480 Fellows), and Fellow and faculty member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD).
Amanda was one of 40 global fellows competitively selected for the Harvard Advanced Leadership Fellowship in 2017, and was invited back in an ongoing role as a Visiting Scientist at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, a position she currently holds. She is particularly focused on Sustainable Business Strategy and working with business and governments to showcase and grow sustainability and innovation achievements. Amanda is also an advisory board member of Harvard Business School-led Impact-Weighted Accounts Initiative that seeks to link Sustainability and Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) activity to successful material commercial and societal outcomes.
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 Stephen Duckett FAICDDirector
Greg AdeyChair Board CGC, Board Director
Greg (GAICD) holds a number of positions on aged care boards, including Chair - Minda Board Clinical & Services Governance Committee, Chair - Clayton Church Homes, and member of the Yorke Northern Local Health Network Aged Care Board.
He brings to these boards his expertise and experience as an operational executive, clinician, and specialist national and international consultant to ageing well businesses.
Greg provided a lead role in supporting aged care organisations to adapt with confidence and clarity to the complex sector challenges. His greatest satisfaction has always come from working with individuals and teams to make lasting organisational improvements underpinning the wellbeing of older people and their communities.
Jane StarkinsGeneral Manager
Scottish Pacific Finance
Janet AndersonAged Care Quality and Safety Commission
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
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.
Michael WhittyAICD State Manager VIC
Nicholas Carr GAICD
Penny Robertshawe GAICD
Peter Emery FAICDPASE Enterprises
Peter Emery spent the first five years of his career in private legal practice and then joined international bank NatWest as Corporate Counsel. Over a period spanning some fifteen years, Peter held a variety of senior and general management positions in both Sydney and Melbourne.
Since 1998 Peter has carried on his own consulting and contracting business including various board and committee roles and was formerly Adjunct Lecturer in Law at Macquarie Graduate School of Management where he taught in the MBA program and other courses. Peter’s former directorships include NatWest Markets Australia Limited and group companies, RiverCity Motorway Management Limited and Health and Medical Gold Coast Inc.
For over seven years, Peter was CEO and Company Secretary of Medigard Ltd, a listed medical devices company based on the Gold Coast. More recently, he was Interim CEO of RSL Care Limited, one of Australia’s largest aged and community care providers.
Peter is a director of two not-for-profit organisations and two private companies and is a consultant to Hynes Lawyers in Brisbane in their Not for Profit practice. He is also Chairman of three Managed Investment Compliance Committees.
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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.
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.
Sharon Winks GAICDDirector
Sharon Winks is a highly experienced and successful executive consultant and Not-for-profit (NFP) board director with a career spanning thirty years in both the public sector (including with the Commonwealth and Northern Territory Governments) and private sector (including Stanton Partners, WalterTurnbull and PwC).
For over 6 years she was a member of the board for Variety the Children’s Charity Northern Territory (NT). During this time was the Chair for two years and was the NT representative on the National Variety Australia board for 4 years, President of the Automobile Association of the NT and was a member of the board for 4 years and a director for the Australian arm for The Automobile Association for 4 years.
Recently, Sharon has been a member of the board for Alzheimer’s ACT including during the organisations unification process and is currently on the National Board for Heart Support Australia and Marymead. Sharon provides ongoing support in a volunteer and professional consulting capacity to a range of NFPs providing governance advice to boards and coaching boards and CEO’s.
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.