Adam CrichtonSenior Associate
Adam joined Mellor Olsson in 2019, bringing with him significant experience in employment law and work health and safety. He has worked in both the public and private sectors within South Australia.
Adam worked in the public sector for approximately 14 years’ in roles across the Department of Health, SA Police and Department for Education. Before joining Mellor Olsson, he was employed as a Senior Employee Relations Consultant for the Department for Education. He has also previously held a range of advisory roles within the state government which included the development of governance structures, as well as working for the Legislative Review Committee of the South Australian Parliament.
Prior to commencing at the Department for Education, Adam worked in private practice, specialising in local government and employment law. Adam holds a Bachelor of Laws from the University of South Australia. He is a member of the Law Society of South Australia and previously served as an Executive Committee member for the Australian Institute of Administrative Law (AIAL) SA Branch.
Adrian Turner is the CEO of Data61 at CSIRO. Data61 is Australia's leading data innovation group.
Adrian is a successful and influential Australian technology entrepreneur who has spent 18 years in Silicon Valley. Most recently he was Managing Director and Co-Founder of Borondi Group, a holding company focused on the intersection of pervasive computing, platform economics and traditionally conservative industries. Prior to this, Adrian was co-founder and CEO of smart phone and Internet of Things security company Mocana Corporation, had profit and loss responsibility for Philips Electronics connected devices infrastructure, and was board chair for Australia’s expat network, Advance.org. He is regarded as a thought leader on entrepreneurialism, Internet of Things and the impact of network connectivity on business economics.
Adrian was recently named co-chair of the Cybersecurity Growth Centre, is a member of the board of the Australian eHealth Research Centre, is a member of the UTS: Business School Advisory board and is a member of the World Economic Forum's Global Council on the Future of Digital Economy and Society. He also authored the eBook BlueSky Mining - Building Australia's Next Billion Dollar Industries. Adrian is a UTS Graduate and has completed the Executive Program for Managing Growth Companies at Stanford University.
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 Cleminson GAICDFounder
He brings 20 years+ experience in the digital transformation and migration of technologies and business systems to the cloud. His experience includes; strategy development, stakeholder engagement at various levels, building innovative cost models and proposals; solution architecture, development, project management, and rollout of infrastructure, private, public and hybrid cloud strategies and solutions.
His experience has been gained from:
- Chief technology Officer Roles
- Providing Digital Transformation Strategies and Advice
- Oversight of complexed Cloud Migrations
- Business Technology Strategy development and Advice
- Stakeholder Engagement
- Enterprise Architecture
- IT&C Strategy implementation and Oversight
- Public, Private and Hybrid cloud Strategies and Solutions.
- Advisory Board membership
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”
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
Ian Brown Group Pty Ltd
Ian is a successful entrepreneur with global commercial experience across industries. He has taken various early stage science and technology projects and new business model projects and created successful businesses.
He is passionate about helping people discover and pursue new commercial opportunities and creating a step-change. Ian does this by using frameworks to create a plan to enable the projects to come to life, while de-risking and becoming investor-ready.
Ian is an Entrepreneur-in-Residence at INSEAD. As an EiR, Ian runs mentoring sessions with MBA candidates and is a judge in the INSEAD venture competition. Ian also co-facilitates and mentors on the INSEAD Sci-Tech bootcamp business model design programme.
He is co-designer and co-facilitator of the CSIRO ON Accelerate programme, the CSIRO ON Prime and ON Prime Defence programmes, the CSIRO ON LaunchCamp and ON LaunchCamp Defence programmes, and the CSIRO ON industry engagement programme.
Ian is chairman of Verve Cycling, InterGrain, REX Ortho, Omni Innovation and Perth Angels.
Previously, Ian has served on boards of listed and unlisted public companies and on boards of private companies. He has helped to craft many strategic initiatives including multiple licensing deals (including one of Australia’s largest licensing deals in 2015), several spin-outs, multiple private and public fund-raising initiatives, two IPO’s and an asset sale. He has lived and worked in many international locations including London, Milan, USA and Asia working on major projects.
Ian has an MBA, is a Fellow of the AICD and EiR (INSEAD).
Joanna AndrewPartner and Senior Associate
Joanna joined Mellor Olsson in 2003 following completion of her law degree with Honours at Adelaide University. She has since joined the partnership team where she specialises in Corporate Governance, Risk Assessment and Management, Negligence and Injury Claims and Employment Law.
Joanna is a graduate member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and a Facilitator for the Australian Institute of Company Directors: Company Directors Course. In 2018, Joanna was recognised as one of South Australia's leading young business entrepreneurs in the inaugural InDaily 40 under 40 awards.
Joanna is currently a member of the Player Payment Investigation Committee of the SANFL. Her previous board experience includes as Chair of Australian Vignerons (formerly Wine Grape Growers Australia), Brain Injury South Australia and the Julia Farr Housing Association and Director positions with Adelaide University Business School Advisory Board, Adelaide and Mount Lofty Ranges Natural Resources Management Board, Uniting Communities and Crime Stoppers SA.
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.
Kate Power is a highly capable leader with a unique skill developed over 20 year period in the areas of wellbeing, mental health and safety. Kate is a Director of FEFO Consulting and has a proven track record working at General Manager level with several high profile ASX 100 listed companies in Australia and internationally, i.e. GrainCorp, Metcash and Adelaide Brighton.
Kate has demonstrated experience building high-performing teams across agriculture, concrete & quarries, FMCG and community services. She also has a passion for creating positive social impact as a mental health facilitator, advocate and volunteer.
Kate has been awarded the Global GrainCorp Safety Leader Award and was one of the first cohorts of female business leaders in Australia to be nominated to partake in The Glass Ceiling Program initiated by the Pottinger Group. Kate has an allied health Bachelors, Masters in Safety and is an accredited Mental Health First Aid Facilitator.
Kerry Hicks GAICDSenior Policy Adviser
Grant Thornton Australia
Kirsten is an accredited advisor with Family Business Australia and Family Firm Institute.
With a passion and deep understanding of her industry, Kirsten has developed a specialist knowledge in the area of Family Business advisory in Australia.
Kirsten is an accountant by profession but her differential is she gains an understanding of family goals and then works to achieve the right structure to ensure the business is set up for success.
Kirsten has extensive experience helping families develop tailored governance structures to suit their family needs. She has been involved in developing a Grant Thornton approach to succession planning in family business which has successfully set businesses up for the future generations.
Kirsten works together with your advisors to ensure the collaborative service approach is seamless.
Kirsten has a genuine interest in the family business story. From the moment a family business discusses their business with Kirsten, they instantly feel she is just as passionate about their business’s success as they are.
Liesel Wett FAICD
Malcolm Crompton FAICDFounder & Lead Privacy Advisor
Information Integrity Solutions
Malcolm Crompton is the Lead Privacy Advisor and was the founder and first Managing Director of Information Integrity Solutions Pty Ltd (IIS), a global consultancy based in Asia Pacific, specialising in data protection and privacy strategies.
As Australia’s Privacy Commissioner from 1999 to 2004, Malcolm led the implementation of the nation’s private sector privacy law. He hosted the 25th International Conference of Data Protection and Privacy Commissioners in Sydney in 2003.
Malcolm was the founding President of the International Association of Privacy Professionals Australia New Zealand (iappANZ). He served as a Director of iappANZ until 2016. He was a Director of IAPP from 2007 to 2011 and is an IAPP Certified Information Privacy Professional.
Malcolm is a Director of Bellberry Limited, a private not-for-profit company which provides privacy and health ethics advisory services. He is Chair of PRAXIS Australia Ltd, also a private not-for-profit company, established to promote the conduct of ethical research involving human participants.
Between 1996 and 1999, Malcolm was Manager of Government Affairs for AMP Ltd. In the previous 20 years, Malcolm held senior executive positions in the Federal Department of Finance.
.He was made a Member of the Order of Australia in 2016 for significant service to public administration, particularly to data protection, privacy, and identity management, and to the community. Malcolm received the 2012 Privacy Leadership Award in Washington DC from the IAPP. He received the inaugural Chancellor’s Medal for distinguished contribution to the Australian National University in 2004. He is a member of the NSW Data Analytics Centre Advisory Board and a Fellow of the AICD.
Malcolm Simister is a chartered accountant and experienced finance professional with a background in a ‘big 4’ accounting firm in England and Australia, in senior finance positions in large companies and in consulting to CFOs.
Malcolm now runs his own business training company directors and business managers in finance, and accountants in commercial and analysis skills. He also consults to businesses on business performance management. In addition to writing numerous articles and papers on finance and business topics, in 2016 he published his new book Accountants’ New World – the Essential Guide to being a Valued Business Partner.
Malcolm has held board and audit committee positions in the education, health care, social services, professional services and government sectors.
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.
Mark WrightManaging Director
Mark Wright is a trusted Risk and Safety professional, with unique expertise in enabling high levels of business performance. Mark is the Managing Director or FEFO Consulting and Non-Executive Director (NED) and Finance & Risk Sub-Committee member of Road Sense Australia. He has a passion in supporting organisations with a strong purpose or cause.
Mark’s career has included senior leadership positions in over 15 countries across high risk industries such as mining, oil and gas, construction and utilities. He has strong expertise in helping boards with risk appetite statements, safety due diligence frameworks, board reporting and assurance programs to ensure critical risk controls are effective.
Mark has partnered and learnt from the very best organisations, e.g. BHP, DuPont, Exxon Mobil, Lend Lease, Rio Tinto and Shell. Mark has a range of qualifications including Bachelor of Science, Post Graduate Diploma in Safety, Lead Auditor, ICAM/ Comcare Investigator, Trainer & Assessor and Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (GAICD).
Michael TrovatoManaging Director & Lead Security Advisor
Information Integrity Solutions
Mike Trovato is the Lead Cyber Security Advisor and is Managing Director of IIS and is an advisor to boards, board risk committees, and executive management. He focuses on assisting key stakeholders with understanding the obligations and outcomes of effective privacy and cyber security. He is also ICG’s Global Cyber Practice Leader.
Prior to joining IIS, he was the Founder and Managing Partner of Cyber Risk Advisors. He also was Asia Pacific, Oceania and FSO Lead Partner EY Cyber Security; GM Technology Risk and Security for NAB Group; a Partner within Information Risk Management at KPMG in New York; and has held financial services industry roles at Salomon Brothers and MasterCard International in New York.
At EY, he was the lead partner responsible for the strategy, direction, and management of an Advisory Cyber Security team, creating the largest, sustained Big-4 cyber security practice. He was also responsible for EY becoming a Payments Card Industry (PCI) Qualified Security Assessor (QSA) for APAC region, developing and deploying Privacy and Data Protection solutions, and building the Melbourne Advanced Security Centre (ASC), specialised in attack and penetration testing.
As the NAB’s Group Technology Risk and Security GM he was responsible for risk assessment, strategy, and the security program with a budget of AU$6 million, 11 direct reports, 40+ team members.
He is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (GAICD), Member Australian Information Security Association (AISA), an AISA Board Member, ISACA Melbourne Chapter Board Member, Member of National Standing Committee on Digital Trade, and is a Heide Foundation Board Member - Museum of Modern Art, Heide.
Professional credentials include being a Certified Information Systems Manager (CISM); Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA); and PCI DSS Qualified Security Assessor (QSA). He is also a member of the International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP) and is an ICG Accredited Professional.
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 Buddy Technologies Ltd, ModMed 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, Pharmacy Board and the legal committee of CAMAC.
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, specialisation programs in mergers and acquisitions, the sale of business from the board perspective, and the International Company Directors Course.
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.
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.
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 Confidence course.
Stephen has presented numerous professional development seminars and workshops over the past 27 years for various professional bodies, accounting firms, listed companies, not-for-profit organisations and government departments.
Stephen’s board positions over the years have included Ronald McDonald House, The Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital Foundation and Uni Credit Ltd.
Stephen JK Parker GAICDFounder
A translator between Directors, CxO’s and IT Pros, connecting digital transformation to business transformation.
With over 30 years of business transformation experience, Stephen provides creative and challenging thinking that aligns emerging technology to strategic business value, whilst not losing sight of the management of risk during the process.
His experience has been gained from:
- Executive leadership roles (from startups to multinationals)
- Working closely with leading software vendors on their global cloud strategies
- Sharing knowledge as a keynote speaker and university lecturer
- Providing associate services to industry analysts
- Offering independent consulting services
- Writing a variety of books covering the technology space.
Taylor Tran MAICD
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.