Director of Public Engagement, Oxfam
Pam Anders joined Oxfam Australia in January 2014. Prior to this appointment, Pam was the Director for WorkHealth at WorkSafe Victoria, where she led the design, development and implementation of statewide workplace health prevention program.
Pam’s extensive senior management experience across a wide range of public policy, public sector management and communications areas includes roles as Deputy Chief of Staff in the Office of the Premier of Victoria, Chief of Staff in the Office of the Treasurer of Victoria.
Director, Masters of Corporate Governance & Research Fellow, Swinburne Law School
Helen Bird is the course director of the Master of Corporate Governance at the Swinburne University of Technology Law School, researching, publishing and teaching about regulatory trends and the implications of corporate law and corporate governance, the provision of financial services, dealings in securities and initial coin offerings. Previously a lecturer in contract law and corporations law at the University of Melbourne, Helen's research on the public enforcement of corporate law has been supported by research grants from the Criminology Research and Australian Research Councils. Her research on share ownership was recently cited by the NSW Supreme Court in In the matter of Ten Network Holdings Limited (subject to a deed of company arrangement) (receivers and managers appointed)  NSWSC 1529 (10 November 2017). She was also a co-author with Sue Woodward and later, Sally Sievers, of the 3rd, 4th and 5th editions of Corporations Law in Principle published by Thomson Reuters. Prior to becoming an academic, Helen was a solicitor at Herbert Smith Freehills.
Chief Economist (Australia, New Zealand and Global Commodities), HSBC Bank Australia
Paul Bloxham is HSBC’s Chief Economist for Australia, New Zealand and Global Commodities and is a managing director. He is chief spokesperson for HSBC on forecasts and trends for the Australian and New Zealand economies and their interaction with global financial markets and international economies. Paul is also a key spokesperson on HSBC’s unique view on global commodity. Paul is a regular commentator on local and international business television and a frequent contributor of opinion editorials to the Australian newspapers. Paul is also a member of the Australian National University's Shadow Reserve Bank Board and is an Adjunct Professor at Curtin University. Prior to joining HSBC in 2010, Paul Bloxham spent 12 years with the Reserve Bank of Australia's Economic Analysis Department where he headed up the overseas economies and financial conditions sections, as well as working on domestic forecasting and prices.
Yvonne Butler FGIA
Managing Director, The Information Source
Yvonne Butler is a Fellow of the Governance Institute of Australia and a thought leader in the strategy execution, governance and risk management — the subject of a book she is currently writing. Yvonne is currently on a number of boards including being an External Board Member for the Capability Acquisition and Sustainment Group, Department of Defence. She recently stepped down as the CEO of the Australian Institute of Project Management, which is the peak body for project management in Australia. Prior to this, Yvonne held senior positions in leading professional services firms such Allens, Mallesons Stephen Jaques, Ernst & Young, the Palladium Group, and project organisations such as APP Corporation and Transfield Services. She has developed a breadth of experience from these roles, and is widely respected across Australian business community as well as in the government and the not-for-profit sectors.
Chief Executive Officer, Committee for Economic Development of Australia (CEDA)
Melinda is the CEO of CEDA. She is also a non-executive director of Woodside Petroleum and Australian Unity and Co-Chair of Reconciliation Australia. Melinda is also a member of the Parliamentary Budget Office panel of expert advisors. She was previously a Commissioner with the Productivity Commission and Deputy CEO and Chief Economist with the Business Council of Australia. Melinda has also previously held senior roles with the Federal Department of Treasury, Invesco and the International Monetary Fund. Melinda’s executive and director experience covers the corporate, government and not-for-profit sectors and she has a strong track record of working collaboratively across sectors. Melinda’s professional qualifications include a Masters of Economics (Australian National University), and Bachelor of Economics (Hons) and Bachelor of Arts (Psychology), (Flinders University, SA).
Dr Wendy Craik AM
Chair, Climate Change Authority, Board Member, Reserve Bank of Australia
Dr Craik is currently the chair of the Climate Change Authority and Deputy Chancellor for the University of South Australia. Dr Craik has over 25 years’ experience in senior roles in public policy. She has held many senior positions including Commissioner at the Productivity Commission, Chief Executive of the Murray–Darling Basin Commission, President of the National Competition Council, Chair of the Australian Fisheries Management Authority, Executive Director of National Farmers Federation and Executive Officer of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority. Dr Craik was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) in 2007.
Earl Eddings FGIA
Managing Director, The Riskcom Group, Interim Chair, Cricket Australia
Managing Director of The Riskcom Group, Earl was North Melbourne Cricket Club President from 2001 until November 2008. He was a Director of Cricket Victoria from 2006–2015 and held the position of Deputy Chairman from 2008–2015. Earl also served as Co-Chair of the Victorian Indigenous Cricket Advisory Committee.
Group Executive Technology, ANZ
Gerard has been Group Executive Technology at ANZ since January 2017. Gerard is responsible for defining ANZ’s technology strategy, and building and managing ANZ’s technology infrastructure. This includes overseeing the development of new technologies, implementing existing technologies to help the Bank reach their strategic goals and creating systems and processes to make the best use of ANZ’s resources.
Gerard has worked in technology for more than 30 years. He was previously Chief Strategy Officer for the Global Cloud Business Unit at Dimension Data where he was instrumental in the establishment of a portfolio of cloud-enabled managed services operating on a global platform. Prior to that, Gerard was Chief Technology Officer and Chief Marketing Officer for Dimension Data’s Australian division. He has also been a member of ANZ’s Technology and Digital Business Advisory Panel since it was established in 2015.
Founding Director, Human Systems Advisory
Dennis is an advisor, writer and contributor to discussions on the topics of governance, conduct and organisational culture. He has had over 15 years experience in the banking and finance industry and currently works in his own advisory firm that adopts a practical, evidence-based approach to addressing conduct issues within organisations. Dennis is the author of an award winning book The Origins of Ethical Failure and contributes to numerous blogs, newspapers and journals both in Australia and overseas. He is an honorary fellow at the Centre for Ethical Leadership and an adjunct fellow at Macquarie University.
Managing Director, Gidgee Group
Sean Gordon is the Managing Director of Gidgee Group, a 100% Indigenous owned business. A Wangkumarra/Barkindji man, Sean is a strong advocate of self-determination for Indigenous communities, and for social, cultural and economic empowerment. Sean was Chief Executive Officer of Darkinjung Local Aboriginal Land Council for nine years. Under Sean’s leadership Darkinjung has built combined assets in excess of $55 million, and is currently developing innovative land use initiatives, and affordable housing and home ownership models.
As an educator, Sean developed and implemented vocational education and employment programs with the TAFE NSW Hunter Institute, and was instrumental in the establishment of the Aboriginal Employment Strategy. He was inaugural Chair of the Barang Regional Alliance is Chair of the Empowered Communities: Empowered People Leadership Group, facilitating sustainable reform through strategic partnerships between Indigenous leaders, governments and industry. Sean is a Director and Chair of the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Dance Academy, Inaugural Atlantic Fellow for Social Equity — Melbourne University and Member — Commonwealth Bank Indigenous Advisory Committee. He was named one of the AFR Boss True Leaders 2018.
Managing Director, Head of Global Markets Research, Commonwealth Bank of Australia
Stephen Halmarick is Managing Director, Head of Global Markets Research at Commonwealth Bank of Australia. He was appointed to the role in January 2018. Stephen is responsible for the team of economists and strategists that cover Australian Economics, International Economics, Rates, Fixed Income, Foreign Exchange, Credit and Commodities research. Stephen is also a key spokesperson to clients and media on macroeconomic themes and a broad range of financial market issues. The Global Markets Research team produces a number of economic publications. These include short research notes on economic and market developments, presentation packs, longer thought leadership pieces on key structural issues, and regular reports on key countries and regions of the global economy. The team also regularly appears in public forums and holds meeting with key clients both in Australia and globally. Stephen has over 30 years’ experience as a financial markets economist and is widely regarded as one of the best economic communicators and presenters in Australia.
Company Secretary, Origin Energy Limited
Helen Hardy joined Origin in March 2010. She was previously General Manager, Company Secretariat of a large ASX listed company, and has advised on governance, financial reporting and corporate law at a Big 4 accounting firm and a national law firm. Helen is a Chartered Accountant and Chartered Secretary and a Graduate Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. She holds a Bachelor of Laws and a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Melbourne, and is admitted to practice in New South Wales and Victoria.
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Peter Harris AO
Former Chairman, Productivity Commission
Peter Harris was most recently Chairman of the Productivity Commission (2013-2018). Mr Harris has previously served as Secretary of the Commonwealth Department of Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy, and the Victorian Government agencies responsible for Sustainability and the Environment; Primary Industries; and Public Transport. He has worked for the Ansett-Air New Zealand aviation group and as a consultant on transport policy. He has also worked in Canada on exchange with the Privy Council Office (1993-1994). His career with the government started in 1976 with the Department of Overseas Trade and included periods with the Treasury; Finance; the Prime Minister’s Department and Transport; and he worked for two years in the Prime Minister’s Office on secondment from the Prime Minister’s Department as a member of then Prime Minister Bob Hawke’s personal staff.
In 2013, he was made an Officer of the Order of Australia 'for distinguished service to public administration through leadership and policy reform roles in the areas of telecommunications, the environment, primary industry and transport'.
Christine Hayward FGIA FCIS
Chief Financial Officer & Company Secretary, Austin Engineering
Christine is a Fellow Certified Practicing Accountant and Fellow Chartered Secretary with over 25 years experience in senior executive, finance and accounting positions. Christine has extensive experience in the ASX listed environment as a Chief Financial Officer and Company Secretary. Christine is a Non-executive Independent Director of Agforce Queensland Farmers Limited and chair of the QUT School of Accountancy Advisory Committee. AgForce is a peak body representing sheep and wool, beef and grains industries and provides services to almost 6,000 producer and agribusiness members. Christine’s focus is to align core financial and operational business activities to achieve the organisation’s strategy. With a broad range of industries sector experience including, mining services, infrastructure, transport, seniors’ accommodation and retail services, Christine has an ongoing commitment to organisation wide governance practices across all business functions.
Chief Operating Officer, Bank Australia
Lorna is the Chief Operating Officer for Bank Australia. She joined the bank in 2016 following a range of senior management roles with Latitude Financial Services, GE, NAB and Travelex. Lorna’s experience spans many functions including customer operations, product, change management, procurement, facilities and data management.
Her role oversees the bank’s operations, product, digital and technology functions.
Professor Michael Johnson
Director of Professional Standards, The Australian Computer Society
Michael Johnson has been Professor of Mathematics and Computer Science at Macquarie University since 2002. He was Foundation Director of the Macquarie-DEC ICT Innovations Centre and Founding Scientific Director of the Optus Macquarie University Cyber Security Hub, and he is a Director and Company Secretary of Dunmore Lang College. He held continuous Australian Research Council large/discovery grant funding for over 20 years and he served the ARC on successive selection panels for The Australian Laureate Fellows as well as in earlier years the Future Fellowships. Nationally he serves on the Australian Computer Society's Professional Standards Board and is the Director of Professional Standards. He is Deputy Chair of the Seoul Accord, he has been a consultant to two European Commission FP7 projects. Michael is a Fellow of the Australian Mathematical Society, a Fellow and Certified Professional of the Australian Computer Society, and a life member of the American Mathematical Society.
President, Institute of Company Secretaries of India
Makaran Lele is a Fellow Company Secretary (FCS) and member of The Institute of Company Secretaries of India since 1992. His expertise is in providing total business solutions. He has been consulting to various Indian and International businesses on compliances, governance, risk management, joint ventures, policies, structuring and various critical matters in corporate laws over two decades. He is actively associated with The Institute of Company Secretaries of India (ICSI) since 1994. He was Chairman of the Pune Chapter for the year 2003. He was a member of Western India Regional Council of ICSI for the terms from 2007–14 and was also the Chairman of Western India Regional Council of ICSI in the year 2011. He is appointed as the first Chairman of ICSI Auditing Standards Board formed by The Institute of Company Secretaries of India. He is also a Core Group Member of Corporate Legislation sub-committee of Mahratta Chamber of Commerce, Industry & Agriculture (MCCIA). Mr Lele is a popular faculty for training programmes & seminars organised by ICSI & other professional bodies. He is a guest faculty for regulatory and judicial training programmes of government of India and private organisations. He has delivered several lectures on various aspects of the Companies Act 2013, FEMA and on topics like governance and compliances.
Kyle Loades FAICD MBA
Director, CUA and Chairman, Hunter Medical Research Institute
Kyle is a Chairman, Non-Executive Director and Advisor with more than two decades of experience across the commercial, community and public sectors. He has a particular interest and experience in the transformation of business facing disruption. Kyle is currently chair of Drive Yello, chair of Hunter Medical Research Institute, a Non-executive director of Credit Union Australia, a Non-executive director of the Australian Transformation and Turnaround Association and a conjoint professor in the Faculty of Business and Law at University of Newcastle. In December 2017 Kyle completed a three-and-a-half-year term as chairman of the NRMA where he directed a period of significant cultural and operational change requiring considerable strategy and risk expertise. In an executive capacity he established, grew and managed an independent car broking business that disrupted the motor vehicle retail industry. The company was purchased by ASX listed A.P Eagers. Kyle is a Fellow of the AICD and AUSTTA, has completed an MBA at University of Newcastle, a Harvard Business School Certificate in Disruptive Strategy and a Transformation Leadership Program at ANU.
Kevin McCann AM FAICD
Independent Non-Executive Chairman
Kevin is Chairman of Citadel Group, Telix Pharmaceuticals, the Menzies Research Centre and the Smith Family Centenary Council. He is a Male Champion of Change, a Presiding Pro Chancellor of the University of Sydney, Co-Vice Chair of the New Colombo Plan Reference Group, a Director of the US Studies Centre, a Governor of Queenwood School for Girls and on the Advisory Committee Australian Equities Flagship Fund (sponsored by Evans Dixon).
He is a former Chairman of Macquarie Group Limited and Macquarie Bank Limited, Origin Energy Limited, Healthscope Limited and the Sydney Harbour Federation Trust. Kevin was a Partner of Solicitors Allens Arthur Robinson and Chairman from 1995 to 2004. Kevin has a Bachelor of Arts and Law (Honours) from Sydney University and a Master of Law from Harvard University. He was made a Member of the Order of Australia for services to the Law, Business and the Community in 2005.
Group Secretary and Head of Corporate Governance, Marks and Spencer Group
Amanda is the Group Secretary and Head of Corporate Governance and an executive member of the Operating Committee of Marks and Spencer Group plc, having previously been Head of Investor Relations at Marks and Spencer and Director of Corporate Relations at Arcadia Group plc. Prior to this, Amanda worked in investment banking at James Capel and Robert Fleming.
She is an experienced Non-Executive Director, currently serving on the Board of Volution Group plc and having previously chaired the Remuneration Committee of Kier Group plc. Amanda is a member of the Council and Remuneration Committee of Leeds University, where she is also a visiting professor of Inter-Disciplinary Ethics Applied Centre.
Amanda is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Secretaries.
Head of Corporate Responsibility, Australia Post
Susan Mizrahi is a senior sustainability strategist and has almost 20 years’ experience working in Asia, Europe, North America, as well as domestically in Australia, on international, business and human rights issues. Susan is committed to leading positive, systemic change on social and environmental issues and has achieved this through working collaboratively across and within the private, public and not-for-profit sectors. Susan joined Australia Post in 2015 as Head of Corporate Responsibility. Prior to this, she was a Senior Consultant at the Australian Centre for Corporate Social Responsibility (2013–15).
At World Vision Australia (2008–12), she led a team of social justice advocates who effectively mobilised the Australian cocoa industry to address trafficked and child labour in its supply chains. She has previously been a Director of the Australia Tibet Council, and has been honoured by the Tibetan community for her long-standing service.She has also been appointed Chair of the London Benchmarking Group (LBG ANZ).
Group Company Secretary, Hong Leong Financial Group
Christine is the Group Company Secretary of the Hong Leong Financial Group of companies in Malaysia. An experienced company secretary and corporate governance professional with more than 25 years of experience, leading secretarial teams in PLCs, the last 10 years in the financial services industry.
Over the years as a company secretary, she has observed the growing recognition of the importance of governance by organisations in increasingly regulated and risk-conscious environments, and the opportunities to explore commonalities and differences in the governance landscape for best practices and right-sized governance practices. She believes that company secretaries have a voice in influencing governance practices in collaboration with thought leaders, the business community and regulators in this space.
Journalist and Broadcaster
Ali Moore has more than 25 years experience as a journalist and broadcaster, working for the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, Australia's Nine Network, and BBC News, the BBC's global news network based in Singapore. She has covered major news and current affairs events across the region and interviewed key decision makers from a range of companies, industries and political theatres in her more than two decades as a broadcaster. Ali has worked as the ABC's China Correspondent, hosted Australia's premier late night TV current affairs program (Lateline), and anchored some of the country's key business news programs (Business Sunday, Lateline Business). Ali is currently a freelance journalist based in Melbourne.
Ash (Ashok) Nair
Chief Data and Analytics Officer, QBE Australia & New Zealand
Ash is the Chief Data and Analytics Officer at QBE’s Australia New Zealand Operations. In this role, Ash is responsible for overseeing the entire end-to-end Data and Analytics function from leading Data strategy and governance through to implementing big data technology and delivering business outcomes using data science and business analytics. Ash is a senior executive with over 20+ years of experience in management consulting.
He has extensive experience in leading complex data and technology transformation programmes, formulating and executing Advanced Analytics strategies, building data driven solutions, setting up data science capabilities and leading business consulting engagements to top corporate institutions within Australia, New Zealand and Asia-Pacific.
Prior to joining QBE, Ash was Director at EY for advanced analytics and AI. Recently, Ash was selected as one of the 2018’s Top 5 Analytics leaders in Australia by the analytics’ peak body — Institute for Analytics Professionals of Australia (IAPA).
Chief Economist, AGL Energy Ltd
Tim is the Chief Economist at AGL Energy Ltd. At AGL, Tim leads the company's public policy advocacy and AGL’s sustainability and ESG strategy. Recently, Tim has led the development AGL's Affordability Initiative, AGL's revised Greenhouse Gas Policy and Strategy and the Powering Australian Renewables Fund (PARF) concept. He is a Director of PARF and a member of the Westpac Stakeholder Advisory Council and the Grattan Institute Energy Reference Group. Tim is an Associate Professor at Griffith University and is widely published in Australian and international peer-reviewed journals. He has presented at conferences in Australia and throughout Asia and Europe. He holds a PhD in economics for which he earned a Chancellors Doctoral Research Medal and a first class honours degree in economics. Tim is also a fellow of the Governance Institute (FGIA and FCIS) and a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (GAICD).
Rebecca Nichols AGIA
Former Vice President & Associate General Counsel Ethics, Hewlett Packard
Rebecca Nichols is an executive lawyer with over 20 years’ experience across a broad spectrum of legal issues. Rebecca spent 17 years working for the Hewlett-Packard group of companies, holding various roles including Director & Associate General Counsel Global Functions APJ, Vice President & Associate General Counsel Ethics (worldwide), Director Ethics & Compliance and Investigations Counsel APJ, and Legal Counsel ANZ. In these roles, Rebecca provided strategic advice on a diverse range of matters across many countries, with a particular focus on MADO and restructuring activities, ethics, compliance and corporate governance, human resources, employment and industrial relations, and other commercial issues. Rebecca joined Hewlett-Packard after working as a legal adviser with General Motors Corporation, the Australian Grand Prix Corporation and top tier law firm Arthur Robinson & Hedderwicks (now Allens & Linklaters).
Lyn Nicholson FGIA
General Counsel, Corporate Group, Holding Redlich
Lyn Nicholson is General Counsel in the Corporate Group of Holding Redlich. Lyn advises on privacy and data issues, including in relation to the regulation of credit information. She also advises on directors’ duties and practical governance issues for both listed and unlisted companies. Her transactional work focuses on the information services industry where she deals with various forms of technology, intellectual property and a range of issues that are legally ambiguous and often at the cutting edge of technology.
She holds a Bachelor of Economics/Law from Macquarie University and Master of Laws from the University of Sydney. Lyn is a board member of iappANZ and a fellow of both the Governance Institute of Australia and the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Sales Director, Diligent
Over the past year Simon Norcott has been working with boards across Australia to help them improve their governance practices as well as developing cyber resilience of listed and private companies, universities, government departments and as well as NFP organisations and associations.
Before joining Diligent, Simon worked in sales leadership roles within the Executive Recruitment sector. Driving growth across senior leaderships markets within the Australia market. A deep connection to leadership challenges, Simon understands the importance of open and strategic c-suite conversations.
Managing Director, Chief Economist & Head of Australian Research, RBC Capital Markets
Su-Lin Ong is a Managing Director of RBC Capital Markets, Chief Economist & Head of Australian Research. She has led the Economics & Fixed Income Strategy team for AU/NZ since 2010 and her responsibilities expanded in 2015 to also include oversight and supervision of Australian equity research. Su-Lin is part of the global strategy team with primary responsibility for formulating and presenting RBC’s AU/NZ macroeconomic outlook, cash rate view and bond yield forecasts. Prior to joining RBC in 1998, Su-Lin was a fixed income economist for Hambros Bank and before that worked as an economic advisor at the Department of Prime Minister & Cabinet in Canberra. Su-Lin is an Executive Member of The Australian Business Economists, CEDA’s Economic Policy Committee, and sits on the Women in Banking and Finance Board. She is also a founding member of RBC’s Diversity Council, RWomen Committee and actively involved in their mentoring and charity programs including Lou’s Place. Su-Lin regularly represents RBC at various industry, policy, and education forums.
Tim Paine BEc LLB FGIA FCIS
Joint Company Secretary, Rio Tinto
Tim is joint company secretary of Rio Tinto Limited. He has over 25 years’ experience in corporate counsel and company secretary roles, including as general counsel and company secretary at Mayne Group, Symbion Health and Skilled Group, and as deputy general counsel and company secretary at ANZ. Tim commenced his career as a solicitor in private practice and has also managed his own consulting company. Tim is also company secretary for the Foundation for Australia-Japan Studies, and a member of the Governance Institute of Australia’s Legislation Review Committee.
Chief Risk Officer, icare NSW
Insurance & Care NSW (or “icare”) was created on 1 September 2015 to deliver the State’s insurance and care schemes. Gavin joined icare in November 2015 as their inaugural Chief Risk Officer… although his LinkedIn profile says “Chief Risky Dude”. Prior to joining icare, Gavin was the Chief Risk Officer at Zurich Financial Services Australia Limited. Before moving to Sydney in 2008, Gavin spent eight years at the Accident Compensation Corporation (ACC) in New Zealand.
Gavin has a Master’s degree in Statistics and an MBA from Henley Management College. He is also a qualified actuary and a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. Late last year Gavin was named the RMIA Risk Manager of the Year.
Commissioner, Australian Securities and Investments Commission
John Price commenced as an ASIC Commissioner on 21 March 2012. He has over 15 years regulatory experience in a variety of regulatory roles at ASIC relating to policy making, fundraising, mergers and acquisitions, financial services and products, licensing, insolvency, ASIC's Registry and financial reporting and audit.
John was previously a member of CAMAC, an advisory body to Government on corporate and markets issues and also the Financial Reporting Council, a body providing broad oversight of various accounting and audit-related issues in Australia. John is a current member of the Council of Financial Regulators, the coordinating body for Australia's main financial regulatory agencies. John is the sponsor of ASIC's innovation hub, an initiative to help innovative fintech startups offering financial products or financial services in Australia. He also leads ASIC's work helping small business and cutting red-tape.
Prior to joining ASIC, John worked in the Gold Coast and Brisbane offices of Corrs Chambers Westgarth, a national law firm.
Non-Executive Director, Abacus Property Group, Club Plus Super & Australia China Business Council
Jingmin is a Non-Executive Director of listed, statutory and not-for-profit organisations. She is also an advisor to leading Australian and global organisations on investment, strategic management and cross-cultural management.
She has expertise in the property, infrastructure and resource sectors and rich experiences in Asia. She previously held executive roles with L.E.K. Consulting, Boral Limited and Leighton Holdings. During this period, Jingmin also served as a member of the business liaison program of the Reserve Bank of Australia.
She is Non-Executive Director, Chairman of Compliance Committee, Member of Audit and Risk Committee, Abacus Property Group, Non-Executive Director, Cbus Plus Super, Council Member, Member of Audit and Risk Committee, Macquarie University, Director, Jing Meridian Advisory and Non-Executive Director, Chairman of Thought Leadership Committee, the Australia China Business Council.
Holly Ransom is the CEO of Emergent, a company specialising in disruptive strategy and building the capacity of leaders to execute change. Prior to Emergent, Holly worked as chief of staff to NAB Wealth CEO Andrew Hagger and for Rio Tinto CEO Sam Walsh. In 2012, she was the youngest person named in Australia’s ‘100 Most Influential Women’. Holly is an experienced NED across the private, government and non-profit sectors. In 2016, Holly was co-chair of the United Nations Coalition of Young Women Entrepreneurs. In 2014, the Australian Prime Minister appointed Holly to chair the G20 Youth Summit. Holly is the youngest ever woman appointed to the board of an AFL football club (Port Adelaide). She is on the advisory board for the launch of the AFL Women’s League. In 2017 was Sir Richard Branson’s nominee for Wired Magazine’s ‘Smart List’ of future game changers to watch. In 2018, she was personally requested by Barack Obama to moderate an hour-long conversation during his only engagement in Australia.
Dr Deen Sanders OAM
Dr Deen Sanders OAM is the Professionalism leader for the Deloitte Governance, Regulation and Conduct group. Most recently he was the inaugural CEO of FASEA, developing the blueprint for the professional standards and ethics regime in financial advice. Prior to that he was the head of Australia’s Professional Standards Authority, responsible for the oversight of Australia's regulated professional communities. As well as CEO roles in corporate, membership and government regulatory leadership roles he is recognised as a global expert in the field of professions, regulation, ethics, law and trust systems, and has worked across government, regulatory and commercial spheres in these areas. He has a Doctorate in the field of Professions and Consumer trust and was awarded an Order of Australia Medal in 2017 for services to these fields.
Director, McGrath Nicol
Mariam is a Chartered Accountant with more than 20 years of experience specialising in compliance and risk management within the financial services sector. She has worked in-house and as an expert advising management in relation to regulatory compliance, risk management, internal audit and finance.
Mariam’s previous in-house roles include Head of Compliance and Risk and Company Secretary at Man Investments Australia, Head of Internal Audit at Ord Minnett and Vice President at JP Morgan. As Head of Compliance and Risk, she was required to provide accurate and timely risk and compliance advice to the board, management and compliance committee. Mariam has extensive experience in the development, implementation, maintenance and monitoring of risk frameworks, compliance plans and policies, practice notes and procedures, through active research of industry peers and in consultation with key stakeholders. She has worked across a broad range of industries including wealth management, financial services, retail and institutional broking sector, including back office operations and funds management.
Senior Analyst, Regnan – Governance Research & Engagement
Oshadee Siyaguna is a Senior Analyst at Regnan – Governance Research & Engagement, an entity established to investigate and address environmental, social and corporate governance related sources of risk and value for long-term shareholders. He is also a committee member of the Future Business Generation, set-up to provide a platform for young people to discuss today’s solutions for tomorrow’s issues. He is a leading millennial voice advocating for sophisticated appraisal of long-term risks in investment processes, especially climate change. He led the research team of the recently launched Climate Change, Superannuation & Millennials report that explored the management of climate change in the $2.6 trillion superannuation industry and provided recommendations on integrating climate change to investment processes. Previously he was the Assistant Vice President of PolitEcon Research and a teaching associate at Monash University; he has also engaged with the United Nations Environmental Programme’s Finance Initiative and Net Balance.
Non-Executive-Director, Wesfarmers Ltd, AGL Energy, Chair, Safe Work Australia
Diane Smith-Gander is non-Executive director AGL Energy, Wesfarmers Limited, Chair of Safe Work Australia, Asbestos Safety & Eradication Council, a board member of Keystart Loans, Henry Davis York, CEDA and immediate past President of Chief Executive Women.Diane was Chairman of Broadspectrum, Deputy Chairperson of NBNCo, non-executive director, CBH Group, Commissioner, Tourism WA and board member, Committee for Perth. Diane was Group Executive at Westpac; a member of the leadership team, responsible for all Information Technology, back office operations, global vendor management and property. Diane was a partner at McKinsey & Company in Washington and New Jersey and a senior advisor to McKinsey in Australia. Diane is a past Chairman of Basketball Australia Limited and the Australian Sports Drug Agency. She is a Fellow of Governance Institute of Australia and an adjunct professor of corporate governance at UWA where she serves on the advisory board of the Business School. She is also a Council member of Perth’s Methodist Ladies’ College.
Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Digital Asset Ventures
Anthony Stevens is Founder and CEO of Digital Asset Ventures — a digital strategy and software development company. Anthony is also the author of Chasing Digital: A Playbook for the New Economy, co-founder of several start-ups, and former Partner and Chief Digital Officer at KPMG. Prior to KPMG, Anthony held a number of executive leadership roles for publicly listed and private businesses, including Spotless Group. Anthony has a Bachelor of Commerce, a Bachelor of Information Systems, and a Masters of Commercial Law from the University of Melbourne. He is also a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (GAICD) and was named Young Executive of the Year in 2011 by AFR BOSS. Anthony is passionate about strategy, developing highly engaged teams, digital transformation and lean execution.
Vice President, Global Sales and Account Management, NASDAQ
Christopher Stevens is Vice President of Global Sales and Account Management for Governance Solutions at Nasdaq. In this role, Mr. Stevens is responsible for overseeing account management and sales globally across our governance solutions, including our award winning Boardvantage product used by over 4000 companies and 130,000 end users worldwide.
Prior to joining Nasdaq, Mr. Stevens was Head of Global Sales for Gfk’s Value Added Services Unit serving capital markets and corporate clients globally. Mr. Stevens has also held senior sales and sales leadership roles in fintech and on the buy-side with Manulife and Putnam Investments.
Justin has over a decade of experience working in water and irrigated agriculture in Australia and internationally. He also offers strong skills and experience in strategy and performance, corporate governance and public policy. Justin brings a detailed understanding of Western Australia and its unique challenges and opportunities.
Prior to joining Aither, Justin worked on major irrigated agricultural infrastructure initiatives; led business reform, management and strategy in the public sector; provided water and irrigated agricultural market research for the investment management industry; and, advised the Western Australian Minister for Water; Sport and Recreation; Forestry on water policy, finance and governance including a focus on major irrigated agricultural expansion initiatives and the water services industry. Justin is passionate about the intersectoral opportunities presented by trends in sustainable finance, corporate water stewardship and investment management. Prior to joining Aither Justin undertook research into these areas, with a focus on impact investing, based in San Francisco.
Partner, Clyde & Co
Jacinta’s practice covers development and project approvals and environmental assessment for residential, commercial and industrial development and a wide range of infrastructure projects, including advising on issues such as cultural and built heritage, native vegetation, threatened species, bushfire, water, waste and contaminated land. She advises clients on a wide range of issues concerning the use and development of land under relevant state and Commonwealth environment and planning legislation.
Jacinta's practice also covers compliance, responses to environmental incidents and clean up notices and EPA/regulator investigations. Jacinta regularly advises on the management of obligations and risks associated with contaminated land, waste, environmental due diligence and audits and licence requirements and compliance. She has significant experience in environment and planning litigation and is a regular practitioner in the NSW Land and Environment Court, and related actions and appeals in the Supreme Court, Federal Court and High Court.
Jacinta's skills in identifying and managing risk, implementing policies and training programs and establishing compliance frameworks combine to give clients a comprehensive, proactive and practical position on all environment and planning matters. She is considered a trusted advisor by clients.
Jacinta is an active member of many industry bodies, including the Planning Institute of Australia, where she was a member of the executive for many years, Environmental Planning Law Association and ASBG and is recognised in Best Lawyers, Acritas and Doyles.
Managing Director, Georgeson
As Managing Director of Georgeson, Andrew specialises in the strategic advice and execution of mergers and acquisitions, corporate restructures, proxy fights, annual general meetings, capital raisings and other extraordinary corporate actions. Prior to joining Georgeson he was a Director of Morrow Sodali (formerly GPS) where he was in charge of coordinating the business development and marketing activities in Australia. He is a regular business media contributor with a deep understanding of the relationships between listed companies, investment managers, asset owners and proxy advisors as well as institutional and retail shareholder behaviour.
Tim Timchur FCIS FGIA
Managing Director, 365 Architects
Tim Timchur is the Managing Director of 365 Architechs Pty Ltd. He serves in a variety of roles at Governance Institute of Australia including Non-executive Director; Finance, Audit and Risk Committee Member; Queensland State Council Chair; Technology and Risk Committee Chair; and Commercial and Legal Issues Committee Member.
Chief Data Officer and Senior Executive, Specialist Services, Australian Securities and Investments Commission
John Wallace is responsible for establishing and leading ASIC's Chief Data Office. He also heads a national team providing specialist forensic accounting, computer forensics, evidence management, knowledge management and business reporting — all of which are key to ASIC's regulatory functions. His previous role in ASIC was Assistant Director, Enforcement overseeing investigation teams in the Melbourne and Hobart offices.
John holds an MBA and has an extensive background within law enforcement and the health sector. Prior to joining ASIC, John held a number senior executive roles in Victoria Police in the areas of corporate services and forensics.
Professor Toby Walsh
Scientia Professor of Artificial Intelligence, University of New South Wales
Toby Walsh is Scientia Professor of Artificial Intelligence at the University of New South Wales. He was named by the Australian newspaper as a ‘rock star’ of Australia's digital revolution. Professor Walsh is a strong advocate for limits to ensure AI is used to improve our lives. He has been a leading voice in the discussion about lethal autonomous weapons (aka killer robots) speaking at the UN in New York and Geneva on the topic. He is a Fellow of the Australia Academy of Science. He appears regularly on TV and radio, and has authored two books on AI for a general audience as well as hundreds of articles in magazines and newspapers.
Kenneth Weldin FGIA FCIS
Partner & Governance Leader, PKF Australia
Ken is a Partner at PKF Melbourne where he leads the firm’s efforts across Australia in internal audit and corporate governance and sits on PKF’s Global Risk Advisory Committee. Ken holds an MBA where he focused on corporate governance and board performance and director induction matters and is a Fellow of the Governance Institute of Australia, where he serves as a member of the Institute's Victorian State Council and as an active contributor to its National Legislation Review Committee.
Director & Principal Consultant, Peter Whyntie & Associates, and Executive Director Compliance Australia
Peter is a highly experienced governance, risk management and compliance specialist. He consults to government and private sector clients across a range of industry sectors.
Following his retirement as a partner of KPMG he has been an independent consultant in governance, risk management and compliance. He has also held senior positions in strategic planning, marketing and product development, giving him the advantage of being able to advise from a business perspective.
Peter is actively involved in the not-for-profit sector. Peter has had a long involvement with the Governance Institute of Australia where he is a member of the Corporate & Legal Issues Committee. He is also course director of the Advanced Risk Management subject of the Institute’s Graduate Diploma of Applied Risk Management and Corporate Governance.
Managing Director, LexisNexis Australia
As Managing Director of LexisNexis Australia, Simon is responsible for setting the strategy for the region and is dedicated to building a culture that supports growth and innovation to deliver exceptional value to customers. Under Simon's leadership, LexisNexis Australia is focused on introducing data and analytics as a key advantage to clients, as well as ensuring systemic growth of content and software solutions to evolve for customer needs.
Simon has previously held the position of Interim Managing Director in South East Asia and also led New Lexis, our ground-breaking business-wide transformation program, across APAC. Prior to joining LexisNexis in August 2010, Simon also led the sales business at CCH Australia and at McGraw-Hill Australia, where he focused on delivering business growth, building teams and improving customer experience. Simon has also held senior sales leadership roles at Pearson in Europe and Australia.
Dr Hugh Williams
Distinguished Fellow, Melbourne Business School, Non-Executive Director, Redbubble & Rome2rio
Hugh E. Williams has had a career in three parts as an entrepreneur, professor, and technical executive. His technical expertise is in search engines and matching technologies, marketplaces, web services, mobile technologies, and data science.
He is a Distinguished Fellow at the Melbourne Business School, a non-executive director of Redbubble and Rome2rio, an Adjunct Professor at RMIT University, and an advisor at Doordash, Expert360, Photobox, and Ocado Technology.
Hugh recently co-founded a not-for-profit venture that helps high school teachers confidently teach computer science. He was previously the Vice President of Google Maps at Google, and he has also held executive roles at eBay, Microsoft, Tinder, and Pivotal. Prior to that, he spent over 10 years researching and developing search technologies, and 5 years running his own startup and consultancy. He is one of the inventors of Infinite Scroll, and he holds nearly 30 US patents and has over 30 pending. He has a PhD from RMIT University in Australia.
Head of Asia Pacific & Member Executive Committee, World Economic Forum
Justin Wood joined the World Economic Forum in Geneva in 2015 and is responsible for the Forum’s activities in the Asia-Pacific region. Before joining the Forum, he worked for The Economist Group in South-east Asia for 14 years. For eight of those years Justin ran an economic advisory and research service covering the Asia region. His clients were governments and companies from around the world with deep interest in the region. His work focused on economic development, cross-border trade and investment, and business strategy. Before running the advisory business, he worked as a journalist, covering economics and business across Asia. Justin is the author of several books, including The Economist’s Guide to Emerging Markets (non-fiction) and Once Upon a Timepiece (fiction), and is a frequent commentator on TV and in the press.
John Wylie AM
Founder & Principal, Tanarra Group and Chair, Australian Sports Commission
John is an active venture capital and private equity investor in Australia and internationally through his private investment and funds management firm, Tanarra Group. He has 30 years' experience in the finance industry in Australia, the US and the UK. He was CEO of Credit Suisse in Australia in the 1990s. In 2000, he co-founded advisory and investment firm Carnegie Wylie & Company which was acquired by Lazard in 2007. He was CEO of Lazard Australia until launching Tanarra in 2015. John is Chair of Australian Sports Commission, President of the Library Board of Victoria, Trustee of the Rhodes Scholarship Trust at Oxford University, a Director of the Melbourne Stars Big Bash League cricket team. He was Chair of the Melbourne Cricket Ground Trust. John is involved in a wide range of not-for-profit community activities primarily through The John and Myriam Wylie Foundation, which he established with his wife, Myriam. He was made a member of the Order of Australia in 2007.
Chief Executive Officer, Effective Governance
Zac works closely with boards and management teams to deliver improved governance structure and set strategic objectives. Zac has previously worked with professional chartered accounting practices, as CFO of retail and rental companies and more recently as CEO in a Brisbane-based rental company. Zac specialises in providing advice to medium to large enterprises encompassing board structures, skills and assessments, CEO assessments, operational and strategic matters, and the identification of key business drivers and establishment of effective internal control systems to drive ongoing improvements.