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International Speakers

Sir Winfried Bischoff

Chairman, JP Morgan Securities plc and Chairman, Financial Reporting Council UK

Sir Win Bischoff is Chairman of the Financial Reporting Council in the United Kingdom and Chairman of JP Morgan Securities plc. He is a member of the International Advisory Board of Akbank TAS, Turkey. Since 1983 he has served on the boards of 10 major public companies (five in the UK, three in the US, two in Europe).

He was previously chairman of Lloyds Banking Group plc (2009–2014). Sir Win has substantial experience of leading international committees and boards. His background spans a range of sectors, including banking and capital markets, finance and government regulation and public policy. He was CEO and then chairman of Schroders plc (1984–2000), chairman of Citigroup Europe (2000–2009) and interim CEO and then chairman of Citigroup Inc (2007–2009).

Sir Win was awarded a knighthood in the New Year Honours List in 2000 for services to the banking industry, and an honorary doctorate in science by City University, London in the same year. In 2016 he was awarded a Non-Executive Director Lifetime Achievement Award.

Madelyn Antoncic PhD

Chief Executive Officer, the SASB Foundation USA

Prior to joining SASB, Ms Antoncic served as executive director and a member of the Operating Committee of Principal Global Investors, a global asset management company. From 2011–15 Ms Antoncic served as vice president and treasurer of the World Bank where she was responsible for overseeing every aspect of managing $145 billion in assets including the WBG’s pension plans, as well as its derivatives portfolio, annual funding program and technical assistance programs engaging with member countries, among other things. While at the World Bank, Ms Antoncic was widely credited with fostering financial innovations to address member countries’ vulnerabilities and financing needs created by climate-related catastrophic risk events and other non-market risk events.

Ms Antoncic also has held a variety of leadership roles with major global private sector financial institutions, including Goldman Sachs, Barclays Capital and Lehman Brothers. Ms Antoncic began her career as an economist at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York. Ms Antoncic is a recipient of numerous awards including the Fulbright Scholars Award for International Cooperation; the National Partnership for Women and Families Award; the Risk Manager of the Year Award from Risk; and was named among the 100 Most Influential People in Finance by Treasury and Risk Management.

Ms Antoncic is a member of the board of directors of S&P Global Ratings and Fin Tech Acquisition Corp III and serves on the board of overseers of Weill Cornell Medicine.

Dottie Schindlinger

Marketing and Governance Technology Evangelist, Diligent

Dottie Schindlinger is Vice President of Marketing and Governance Technology Evangelist for Diligent Corporation. In her role, Dottie provides thought leadership on governance, cybersecurity, and technology topics through presentations to boards and executives dozens of times each year at events around the globe. Her work has been featured in Forbes, The Wall Street Journal, and in multiple governance and technology industry publications. Dottie brings over twenty years’ experience in governance-related roles, including serving as a director, officer, committee chair, senior executive, board support professional, governance consultant and trainer for public, private, and non-profit boards. She was a founding team member of the tech start-up BoardEffect – a board management software provider for nonprofit, education, and healthcare boards, acquired by Diligent in late 2016. Dottie currently serves on the board of the Alice Paul Institute. She holds a Bachelors of Arts in English from the University of Pennsylvania.

Stephen Page

Head of International Corporate Governance, Nasdaq

Stephen is a Chartered Secretary and a Chartered Governance Professional, having been a Fellow of ICSA: The Governance Institute for over 30 years. Aside from acting as corporate secretary for many UK public and private companies, Stephen has held a number of directorships, including acting as non-executive chairman of an ex-listed public company.

After qualifying in 1986, Stephen held positions such as senior manager, company secretary and deputy group secretary at PWC, Morgan Grenfell and Barclays. In 2000, Stephen established his own consultancy business, offering services to corporates and high net worth individuals. The consultancy operated independently for nine years, and was able to name PwC, HSBC, BUPA and Crédit Commercial de France among its significant clients. Stephen wrote several articles for publication and spoke at a number of seminars and briefings in the UK & overseas, some of these as representative of the ICSA.

In 2013, the practice was acquired by the Tricor Group, a leading professional services business in SE Asia, following which Stephen undertook various private assignments, including assisting an ex-colleague in establishing a law firm in the City of London. More recently, Stephen has acted as head of legal services & compliance for an international software business.

Keynote

Alison Watkins

Group Managing Director, Coca-Cola Amatil

Alison joined Coca-Cola Amatil as Group Managing Director in March 2014. Alison is a non-executive director of The Centre for Independent Studies and the Business Council of Australia.

Alison’s previous roles include Chief Executive Officer of agribusiness GrainCorp Limited and of Berri Limited, the market leader in Australian juice, and Managing Director of Regional Banking at ANZ. Alison spent 10 years at McKinsey & Company from 1989 to 1999 and became a partner of the firm in 1996 before moving to ANZ as Group General Manager Strategy. Alison has been a non-executive director of Australia and New Zealand Banking Group Limited, Woolworths Limited and Just Group Limited. She is a former Victorian President and National Board Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Alison holds a Bachelor of Commerce (University of Tasmania), is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants, the Financial Services Institute of Australasia, and the AICD. 

Conference MC

Anjali Rao

Broadcast Journalist

Anjali Rao is a multi-award-winning journalist, who has spent 18 years in the top
tiers of broadcast news and current affairs. Most recently, she hosted SBS’s
flagship international current affairs program, Dateline, across Australia. She is also
a regular guest presenter on a number of prime time television and radio shows.
Anjali spent six years as anchor of CNN International's weekday breakfast show
and host of the network's weekly chat show, Talk Asia, both of which air globally to
220 million households. Earlier, she worked as an anchor at both Sky News and
Channel 5 News in London.


Her honest, yet relaxed interview style has made for many revealing conversations
with some of the world's highest profile personalities including former US President
Bill Clinton, the Dalai Lama, actors Kevin Spacey and Gwyneth Paltrow, pop star
Rihanna, sporting legends Roger Federer and Kobe Bryant, and fashion icon Karl
Lagerfeld – among countless others.


She has also covered numerous breaking news events, such as the 9/11 attacks,
the 2004 Asian tsunami, the death of Pope John Paul II, the 7/7 bombings in
London, the 2008 siege of Mumbai, and the 2011 earthquake and tsunami disaster
in Japan.
Born to an Indian father and Australian mother, Anjali was raised in Hong Kong,
and educated in the United Kingdom, but is now based in Melbourne, Australia

Speakers

Professor Michael A Adams FGIA(Life)

Head, School of Law & Professor of Corporate Law, University of New England

Professor Michael Adams is a specialist in Australian corporate law and international corporate governance. From 2019 he is the Head of the University of New England Law School. Michael has expertise in financial services regulation, information governance, consumer protection and the broader area of legal technology and education. Professor Adams was Dean of Law at Western Sydney Law School from 2007 to 2017. He is a Fellow of the Australian College of Educators, Governance Institute of Australia (FCIS/FGIA(Life)) and the Australian Academy of Law. Before UWS, he was Professor of Corporate Law, Perpetual Trustees Australia chair of Financial Services Law and Assistant Director UTS Centre for Corporate Governance.

He has been a consultant to the national law firm Ashurst and now, Coleman Grieg Lawyers. He is a director of the charity, Freedom Hub Ltd and on the Advisory Board of Information Governance ANZ; National Chair of Education Committee, Governance Institute of Australia and previous director of the Australian Pro Bono Centre and the Australian Academy of Law. 

Peter Achterstraat AM

NSW Productivity Commissioner

Peter Achterstraat AM, was appointed the Auditor-General of NSW on 25 September 2006, and ended his term of office on 24 September 2013. Prior to this, Peter was the Deputy Commissioner of Taxation with the Australian Taxation Office from 1987. Peter served as an Adjunct Professor at the University of Sydney’s Graduate School of Government (2013 -2017) and was a Principal (Infrastructure Advisor) at WorleyParsons from 2013-2016. He was awarded an Order of Australia in 2014 for his Financial Management and Governance roles.

Peter is the Chairman of Bankstown Airport Ltd and is currently the President of the NSW Division of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. He is also the Chairman of the Sydney Financial Forum. In May 2018 Peter was appointed as the inaugural NSW Productivity Commissioner.

Anna Bligh AC

Chief Executive Officer, Australian Banking Association

Anna Bligh is the Chief Executive Officer of the Australian Banking Association. Her priorities include strengthening the culture in banking and delivering the right outcomes for customers. Anna has had a long and distinguished career in politics, and was the Premier of Queensland for almost five years until March 2012. She was also Deputy Premier and Treasurer of Queensland and held ministerial responsibilities in Education, Social Welfare, Arts, Economic and State Development and Infrastructure. Anna’s leadership came to national and international attention as she led the response and recovery effort to devastating floods in Queensland in January 2011.

Prior to joining the ABA, Anna was the CEO of YWCA NSW, a not-for-profit organisation striving to build a safer world for women and children with programs and services dedicated to ending domestic violence. In recognition of her eminent service to the Parliament of Queensland, and as an advocate for education, the role of women in public life and services to the not-for-profit sector, Anna received a Companion in the General Division of the Order of Australia award in the 2017 Australia Day Honours list.

Anna holds Honorary Doctorates from the University of Queensland and Griffith University.
Anna Bligh is a non-executive director of Medibank Private and Bangarra Dance Company.

Paul Bloxham

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 markets and works closely with HSBC’s global equities team in this regard. Paul has published a number of papers, including on housing and household finances, asset prices and monetary policy and global commodity market trends. Paul is a regular commentator on local and international business television and a frequent contributor of opinion editorials to the Australian newspapers. In 2017, Paul’s team won two Focus Economics awards: for best overall forecaster for each of Australia and New Zealand. 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 as an economist within 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. He holds a Masters degree in public financial policy from the London School of Economics.

Jane Bowd

Group Company Secretary & Corporate Counsel, Coca Cola Amatil

Jane is a senior governance and legal executive with 17 years’ experience across various industries and blue chip/top tier organisations. She operates at c-suite level in both listed and complex APRA regulated environments. Currently in a hybrid role as Group Company Secretary and Corporate Counsel at dynamic FMCG Coca-Cola Amatil from June 2017. Previously she was Head of Secretariat and Board Governance at ANZ Bank Global Wealth Division, since 2011. Whilst at ANZ, Jane was responsible for leading a team of executives responsible for the governance, regulatory compliance and board/committee operations of a large corporate group spanning insurance, superannuation, managed funds, and financial planning industries —including highly regulated APRA entities, Australian Financial Services Licensees and Australian Credit Licensees, and ASX participant &online trading platform. Jane is a skilled Non-executive Director —experience includes Financial Planning Australia (FPA) Board, Audit and Risk Committee, Governance and Remuneration Committee; Coca-Cola Australia Foundation Board; and Playgroup NSW Board.

Andrew Buay

Vice President, Group Sustainability, Singtel

Andrew is vice president for the Singtel Group Sustainability and a talent coach to over 100 of the Optus Future and Emerging Leaders in the past three years. Prior to this, Andrew held various senior positions across the Singtel Group in Singapore, Australia and the Philippines. Between 2007 and 2013, he was the Optus chief information officer, managing director for Optus Technology and Products Division, managing director for Optus Products and Delivery Division, and managing director of Optus Wholesale and Satellite Division. Andrew was the chief operating advisor at Globe Telecom from 2003–2007, Singlel Group’s mobile associate in the Philippines. He has also held various other senior management positions in the Singtel Group including vice president Consumer Marketing, CEO SINGNET, CEO Multimedia Group, director Corporate Development, director Business Marketing and director Corporate Account Management. Andrew also started up and ran Singtel Ventures from 2007–2000, a S$150m technology investment fund investing in emerging technologies in the ICT sector to drive innovation and develop new businesses spin- offs for the company.

Andrew holds a Bachelor of Arts (First Class) Honours from the National University of Singapore and Masters in Management from Stanford University, USA (Sloan Program). He is a certified Level 2 coach with the Institute of Executive Coaching and Leadership and an LSI Accredited practitioner with Human Synergistics.

Ewen Crouch AM

Non-executive Director, Westpac & BlueScope Steel, Chairman, Corporate Travel Management

Ewen Crouch AM is a director of Westpac Banking Corporation and BlueScope Steel Limited and Chairman of the board of Corporate Travel Management. He is a member of the Commonwealth Remuneration Tribunal, and is also a board member of Sydney Symphony Orchestra and Jawun. Mr Crouch chairs the board risk & compliance committee at Westpac having previously chaired its remuneration committee. At BlueScope Steel he chairs the board’s risk & sustainability committee.

From 1988 to 2013, Mr Crouch was a Partner at Allens, where he was one of the country’s most accomplished mergers and acquisitions lawyers. He was a member of the firm’s board for 11 years, including four years as Chairman of Partners. Mr Crouch is a member of the corporations committee of the Law Council of Australia and ASIC’s Director Advisory Panel. He is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and a member of its Law Committee.

Mr Crouch was director of Mission Australia from 1995 and Chairman from 2009 until 2016. From 2010 to 2015, he was a member of the Takeovers Panel. In 2013, Mr Crouch was awarded an Order of Australia in recognition of his significant service to the law as a contributor to legal professional organisations and to the community.

Jane Halton AO PSM

Non-executive Director, ANZ Banking Group & Clayton Utz

Jane Halton AO PSM FAICD FIPPA is a member of the board of the ANZ, Clayton Utz, the Australian Strategic Policy Institute, and the US Institute of Health Metrics and Evaluation. She is chairman of the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations, COTA and Vault Systems. Her 33 year career within the Australian public service, included nearly 15 years as Secretary of the Deparments of Finance and Health (and Ageing). Previously she was Executive Co-ordinator (Deputy Secretary) of the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet. She has extensive experience in the delivery of the Australian Government budget and the mangement and performance of Australian Government agencies. Jane has held a number of significant roles in Global Health Governance including as Chair of the board of the WHO and at the OECD.

Helen Hardy FGIA

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. She is a Fellow of Governance Institute and a graduate member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. She is a member of Governance Institute’s Law Review Committee and chair of the NSW State Council. 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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Jana Jevcakova

Director, Corporate Governance, Morrow Sodali

Jana advises listed company boards and management teams on all aspects of Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) practices and disclosures. Jana is one of Asia Pacific's leading experts in corporate governance and proxy research and has advised many large domestic and institutional investors. Jana was previously the Director of Research, Australia for leading global proxy advisor, CGI Glass Lewis, and has vast expertise in engaging with ASX-listed boards of directors. Jana is passionate about helping companies optimise their governance disclosures and enhance their investor relationships by applying best practice and fit-for-purpose ESG policies. Jana has a Master of Commerce in Funds Management and Master of Professional Accounting degrees from University of New South Wales, and is a graduate in Finance, Banking and Investments from the Faculty of Economics, Technical University Kosice, Slovakia.

Connuil McEvedy

Managing Partner, Risk as a Service, DXC Technology

A highly respected leader in risk management, governance and assurance with over 20 years regional and global experience in public and private sectors in financial services, property, infrastructure, telecommunications, technology, regulation and enforcement as well as professional services.

He is a pragmatic humanist in his approach to risk management. Connuil has a very strong record of identifying and managing risks in a commercial, realistic and compliant manner to meet the needs of organisations and populations which improves delivery and supports assurance.

Prerana Mehta

Chief of Ecosystem Development, AustCyber

Prerana Mehta joined AustCyber, Australia’s Cyber Security Growth Network, as Chief of Ecosystem Development in January 2019, charged to promote Australian cyber capability, talent and profile nationally and overseas. Prior to this role, Prerana was Minister Counsellor and Senior Trade and Investment Commissioner in Singapore, leading Austrade’s operations in promoting trade and investment opportunities from Australia to the ASEAN region. Previously with Austrade, as Director, Ministerial Business Missions, Prerana led Australian business leaders on ministerial missions for the Prime Minister and the Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment.

Over the last 18 years, Prerana has developed extensive experience living and working in Asia and the Pacific region in both public and private sectors. As a consultant for DFAT in Jakarta Indonesia, Prerana established a risk and fraud governance framework for Australian Aid funded projects. Prerana worked with Deloitte in Papua New Guinea as Manager for Risk Services and prior to that with International SOS in Hanoi.

Julie McPherson

Group General Counsel & Company Secretary, Amcor

Julie commenced her career as a lawyer in 1981 at Moore & Bevins. She then joined Elders Finance in Sydney and was subsequently appointed General Counsel for the Elders Finance Group. In 1991 she joined Corrs Chambers Westgarth and was appointed a partner in the banking and finance division. She then joined Dresdner Kleinwort Benson, established a structured finance division and was appointed Deputy Managing Director. In 2000 she joined Goodman Fielder Ltd as their General Counsel/Company Secretary and in 1995 she joined Amcor Ltd as their Group General Counsel/Company Secretary. She was a member of the Federal Government Takeovers Panel from 2011-2014 and is a member of the Law Committee of the AICD. Julie has a Master of Laws from Sydney University and a Master of Applied Finance from Macquarie University.

Andrew Methven

General Manager, Risk and Assurance, Mission Australia

Currently the General Manager, Risk and Assurance at national charity Mission Australia, Andrew has almost 20 years of experience in risk, governance, ethics, investigations, mediation and insurance in the not-for-profit, private and public sectors.

Andrew brings a focus on culture and people, with a desire for risk to be practical and pragmatic tool to assist in decision-making rather than an overhead or compliance activity.

Megan Motto

Chief Executive Officer of the Governance Institute of Australia

Megan Motto is the Chief Executive Officer of the Governance Institute of Australia. The Governance Institute of Australia is the only fully independent professional association with a sole focus on whole-of-organisation governance. Prior to this appointment, she was the CEO of Consult Australia, the association for professional services firms within the built and natural environment. Megan is also currently a Director of Standards Australia and a National Director for the Committee for Economic Development of Australia (CEDA). Megan has a BA/BEd, a MA in Communications Management and is a Fellow of the Governance Institute of Australia.

Darryl Newton

Non-executive Director, ING Bank (Australia) Ltd

Darryl is a Non-executive Director at ING Bank (Australia) Ltd. He stepped down from the role of CRO of Australia Post in March 2018, and then advised Post until December 2018. Previously, he served as Chief Risk Officer of Bank of Queensland Ltd and as Head of the Basel II program at Westpac Banking Corporation within the Group Risk function. He was a partner at Ernst & Young for 14 years specialising in Financial Services customers in Australia with major assignments in Indonesia and Thailand.

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. 

Taj Pabari

Chief Executive Officer, Fiftysix Creations

Taj Pabari is nineteen-years-old, recently finished high-school, yet his passion for young people, business and entrepreneurship has led him to a level of influence well beyond his years. Taj established Fiftysix Creations, Australasia's largest youth entrepreneurship provider at the age of fourteen. As of 1 December 2018, Fiftysix Creations has educated 50,022 Australian Students.

Accolades collected by Taj and Fiftysix Creations include being named the 2017 Young Australian of the Year for Queensland, The Australian Young Innovator of the Year and Winner of Westpac's Top 20 Businesses of Tomorrow.

Kate Palmer AM

CEO, Sport Australia

Kate Palmer is the CEO of Sport Australia and is passionate about sport and believes unquestionably in the power of sport and physical activity to reflect the very best in our culture to be a powerful vehicle for change. Kate is driven by a shared purpose to contribute to improving health and well-being of Australians and making communities stronger through sport and physical activity. Kate is a transformational leader who has steered organisations to excel in delivering on strategic outcomes from high performance and growing community participation through to building capability of sport and international sporting success.

Kate spent 10 years as Chief Executive Officer of Netball Australia, was Chair of the Victorian Institute of Sport, a Trustee of the MCG and CEO of Netball Victoria. Kate is a member of Chief Executive Women and has an Honours degree in Sport Science and a Masters in Sport Management. 

Kylie Porter

Executive Director, Global Compact Network Australia

Kylie Porter is the Executive Director of the Global Compact Network of Australia (GCNA); the Australian division of the UN Global Compact — the world’s largest corporate sustainability initiative. Kylie is a responsible business specialist holding over 15 years of experience in corporate affairs, corporate responsibility and strategy across a broad range of industries. Her experience includes working for financial institutions in Australia and internationally, professional services and an international development NGO. Kylie’s expertise is in stakeholder engagement, reputation risk management and environmental, social and governance issues. She is an advocate on purpose for profit and ethical business practices.

Before joining the GCNA, Kylie worked for National Australia Bank (NAB) as the Stakeholder Engagement Manager for Corporate Responsibility and served on the Corporate Affairs team for the Royal Commission into Misconduct in the Financial Services Industry with specific responsibility for consumer advocacy. Kylie holds a Bachelor of Business, Bachelor of Arts and a Master's degree in Social Science majoring in International Development.

John Price BA, LLB (Hons

Commissioner, Australian Securities and Investments Commission

John Price commenced as an ASIC Commissioner on 21 March 2012.

He has 20 years regulatory experience including 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.

Xavier Saldoni

Chief Risk Officer, Medibank

As the Chief Risk Officer of Medibank, Xavier leads a team responsible for ensuring that risks are being effectively managed across the business to improve performance and protect the reputation of the business. Prior to Medibank, Xavier was a director at the consulting firm KPMG specialising in governance, risk and assurance services and was also the general manager, Governance, Risk and Compliance at Devondale Murray Goulburn. Throughout his career Xavier had the opportunity to work extensively in his native Spain, England, US and Australia which has given him unique insights into global risk and assurance practices.

Jeff Schwisow

Managing Director, Continuum

Jeff is one of Australia’s foremost thought leaders when it comes to the use of projects and the power of a ‘project mindset’. His passion is seeing a team tap into their true potential to deliver exceptional outcomes for their customers and the businesses that employ them.

For 30 years he lived and breathed projects — leading them, studying them, fixing them and making them sing, using traditional project management processes and techniques. However, early on in his career, he recognised that these traditional practices could not ensure success. They were far too focused on measuring, reporting and controlling results, instead of examining the activities that generated those results.

Diane Smith-Gander FGIA AO

Non-executive Director, Wesfarmers and AGL

Diane Smith-Gander is non-Executive director AGL Energy, Wesfarmers Limited, NQA Group of Companies, Chair of Safe Work Australia, Asbestos Safety & Eradication Council, a board member of Keystart Loans, CEDA, member of the NRFA Partnership Council, and past President of Chief Executive Women. Diane is currently appointed to the three member panel to review the capability of APRA, the banking industry regulator following the findings of the Hayne Royal Commission. Diane has held a wide range of non-executive roles in the past including Chairman of Broadspectrum, Deputy Chairperson of NBNCo, non-executive director of the CBH Group, commissioner of Tourism WA and board member of the Committee for Perth. Diane has been active in sports administration and is a past Chairman of both Basketball Australia Limited, the sport’s peak body, and the Australian Sports Drug Agency. Diane’s last executive role was Group Executive at Westpac. Prior to that she was a partner at McKinsey & Company in Washington and New Jersey.

Andrew Stevens

Chairman, Innovation and Science Australia, Non-executive Director, Stockland Group Limited

Andrew is the Chairman of the Board of Innovation and Science Australia, an independent statutory board with a mandate to provide strategic, whole of government advice on science, research and innovation matters.

He is also Chairman of the Data Standards Body for the Consumer Data Right implementation in Australia. He is a director of Stockland Group Limited, Thorn Group Limited, the Greater Western Sydney GIANTS and CEDA.

He is a member of the Advisory Executive of the UNSW School of Business, and the Male Champions of Change, a group of CEOs and directors working to make gender equality a reality.

Steve Vallas

Founder & Director, Honey Digital

Steve is a qualified lawyer, blockchain technology and digital strategist. He is the founder of Honey Digital. Working with a range of verticals including telecommunications, education and startups. Focusing on building value adding relationships with content producing professionals, social media strategists, SME’s and enterprise businesses who are looking to benefit from the paradigm shift to customer centric online marketing opportunities and emerging technologies. Steve is a mentor in the Melbourne University Accelerator Program and assists many budding entrepreneurs with their foray into the business world. He is the founder of www.blockchainapac.com.au launched in conjunction with the Victorian Government Digital Innovation Festival in 2018. The event was attended by 500 delegates with support from Austrade, Optus, Deloitte and IBM. The initiative brings together the best Blockchain people and projects in Australia. The organisation aims to advance, develop and deliver on the promise of Blockchain technology. Blockchain APAC works to advocate for the industry by contributing to debate and driving policy through the delivery of advisory services and project outcomes.

Deidre Willmott

Non-executive Director, Australia Post

Deidre Willmott was appointed to the Australia Post board in June 2017.

Ms Willmott was CEO of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Western Australia from 2014 until 2018. She is a former lawyer and has held senior roles with Fortescue Metals Group Ltd and as Chief of Staff to the Premier of Western Australia.

Ms Willmott is also Chair of St Hilda's Anglican School for Girls and a director of Kimberley Foundation of Australia and the Perth USAsia Centre.

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