Skip to content


7:45 AM - 8:30 AM

Registration open

Duration: 45 mins
8:30 AM - 8:35 AM

Welcome to country

Duration: 5 mins
8:35 AM - 8:50 AM

Governance Institute Welcome

Andrew Leake FGIA, Past President, Governance Institute of Australia
Pauline Vamos, Chair, Governance Institute of Australia

Duration: 15 mins
8:50 AM - 9:00 AM

MC opening

Kate Mills, Business Journalist and Chief Executive Officer, Property Industry Foundation

Duration: 10 mins
9:00 AM - 9:45 AM

Courageous leadership

Chair: Lisa Edwards, President and Chief Operating Officer, Diligent Corporation (USA)
Carol Austin, Non-executive Director HSBC, State Super & Grattan Institute 

At critical junctures in history, we remember the leaders who step up to transform and lead as much as we do the events. As we move through a time of historic social, geopolitical, environmental and economic disorder, courageous leadership is in demand. 

  • Great expectations for leadership — economic returns, environmental impact and social value 
  • Purpose gives you direction, while culture shapes the road you travel 
  • How do you know if your leadership is working…or not? 

Duration: 45 mins
9:45 AM - 10:30 AM

Government and business partnership– harnessing the momentum

Chair: Megan Motto FGIA, Chief Executive Officer, Governance Institute
Professor Sir Edward Byrne AC, Group Chief Medical Officer, Ramsay Health Care
Romilly Madew AO, Chief Executive Officer, Infrastructure Australia

Recent events have changed community expectations about government/business partnerships. Will the events of 2020 lend heft and weight to a stronger more collaborative way forward? How can we reset the partnership dial to drive national growth at scale? 

Confronting national crises — public sector accountability and private sector role 

  • The 2020 cross-pollination — What worked? What didn’t? What must change? 
  • Is there a trust deficit between government and business? 
  • The risks of poor partnership 
Duration: 45 mins
10:30 AM - 11:00 AM

Morning tea

Duration: 30 mins
11:00 AM - 11:40 AM

Board diversity: Who is missing at your table?

Chair: Byron Loflin, Global Head of Board Engagement, Nasdaq (USA)
Nicola Wakefield Evans, Non-executive Director, Lendlease, Macquarie Group and Chair, 30% Club Australia
Tanya Hosch, Executive General Manager, Inclusion and Social Policy, AFL

Investors and fund managers continue to push boards to demonstrate a genuine commitment to diversity through action on board composition and succession planning. 

  • Framing the diversity discussion — performance, productivity, decision-making, market intelligence and stakeholder engagement 
  • How nominations and governance strategy can deliver diversity 
  • Auditing boardroom culture for exclusionary practices and barriers to engagement 
  • The power of parity and inclusion. 

Duration: 40 mins
11:40 AM - 12:20 PM

Director Q&A with DSG

Host: Diane Smith-Gander AO FGIA, Chair, ZipCo 
Yasmin Allen, Non-executive Director, ASX Ltd, Cochlear Ltd and Santos Ltd
Kevin McCann AO, Chairman, Telix Pharmaceuticals

In this special session, directors respond to a series of delegate questions on the increasing expectation and influence of stakeholders and the challenges for modern boards for stakeholder engagement.

Duration: 40 mins
12:20 PM - 1:20 PM


Duration: 1 hour
1:20 PM - 2:05 PM

Concurrent 1A: What is your purpose?

Chair: Simon Pordage FGIA, Company Secretary, ANZ Banking Group
John Lydon, Senior Partner, McKinsey

Corporate purpose has been revolutionised by socio-political and economic change, and the disruption that digitisation and stakeholder expectations have wrought. It must delicately balance aspiration, business outcomes and social impact. 

  • How the definition of corporate purpose changed over a generation 
  • Testing strategy and decision-making against purpose 
  • Effective communication to demonstrate confidence, authenticity and intent to customers, investors and stakeholders 
Duration: 45 mins
1:20 PM - 2:05 PM

Concurrent 1B: Culture is a risk

Chair: Catherine Maxwell FGIA, General Manager Policy and Advocacy, Governance Institute of Australia
Dr Richard Claydon, Chief Cognitive Officer, EQ Lab (Hong Kong)

Culture is your organisation’s biggest asset. It can also become your biggest liability. So how do you manage and mitigate the risks posed by poor culture? 

  • Why poor culture is your biggest risk 
  • Are values, conduct and behaviour truly measurable for risk and reward? 
  • Cultural vigilance — a proactive oversight of risks, triggers and actions 
  • When culture becomes toxic how do you empower people to speak up? 
  • Challenge for culture in post-COVID-19 work environment 


Duration: 45 mins
2:05 PM - 2:10 PM

Room change

Duration: 5 mins
2:10 PM - 2:55 PM

Concurrent 2A: Change is easy; change management…not so much

Felicia Brady, Independent Program Director & Transformation Lead
Matt Nidd, Executive Advisor, DB Results

Change is often easier than change management. Transformations led by boards or management are a natural part of business strategy and growth but securing participation across the organisation is challenging. 

  • Effectively communicating the factors that influenced transformation 
  • How do you know what change feels like on the ground? 
  • What are the consequent changes to organisational culture? 
  • Factors for execution and the impact on roles and responsibilities 
  • Securing time, integrity, effort, and commitment 
Duration: 45 mins
2:10 PM - 2:55 PM

Concurrent 2B: Communicating and advancing risk culture

James Campbell, Steering Committee Member, Bribery Prevention Network and Partner, Allens
Ken Weldin FIA FCG, Partner, PKF
David Tattam, Chief of Research, Knowledge and Consulting, Protecht

  • Demonstrating the inter-relationship of risk and impact to the organisation — strategy, operations, finance, third-party, regulatory, reputation, climate 
  • Aligning risk culture with strategy, performance, and outcomes 
  • Risk velocity — are you prepared and agile enough for a fast-moving event?

Duration: 45 mins
2:55 PM - 3:25 PM

Afternoon tea

Duration: 30 mins
3:25 PM - 4:05 PM

Fireside chat: The intersection of technology, risk management, operations and governance

Chair: Greg Dickason, Managing Director Pacific, LexisNexis
Anil Sabharwal, Vice President, Google and Non-executive Director, Wesfarmers 

No matter what industry you are in, technology is intrinsic to longevity, governance and risk management. In this session a global technology leader unpacks the meaningful impact of technology across multiple aspects of a business 

  • Risk management — customer data is a major asset that every organisation must meaningfully invest in managing risk 
  • Business operations — how are you using technology to achieve your objectives faster, better and with economy? 
  • Innovation — new business opportunities arising from macro trends and the democratisation of technology 
  • Implications for governance and the board role in ensuring that you are doing the right thing 

Duration: 40 mins
4:05 PM - 4:50 PM

Fireside chat: Rebuilding from catastrophic governance failures

Chair: Garth Callender, Chairman, Bravery Trust
Dr Sally Pitkin AO, Chair, Super Retail Group
Nick Ryan, Chief Executive Officer, Lutheran Services 
Lindsay Tanner, Non-executive Director, Suncorp 

Multiple governance failures across sectors have dominated headlines, even amidst a global pandemic. This panel discusses the strategies for a comprehensive re-set. And how governance can be built around purpose and substance instead of process and box-ticking. 

  • Business — board independence, conflict of interest and social license in the spotlight 
  • Government — challenges for systemic trust and integrity 
  • Aged-care — why a customer-driven care system is still a work in progress 
Duration: 45 mins
4:50 PM - 5:35 PM

Achieving net zero: The task for business

Chair: William Cox, Chief Executive Officer, Aurecon
Alison George, Head of Research, Regnan
Dr Kerry Schott AO, Chair, Energy Security Board
Alex Wonhas, Chief System Design Officer, Australian Energy Market Operator

As the global commitment hits new highs, business is called on to lead the charge to net zero. But what will be the roadmap? The mechanisms? The cost and effect? 

  • The levers — policy, social, investor, regulatory and financial 
  • Financing the transition and managing the trade-offs 
  • Enabling change — regulation vs incentives 
  • Will carbon border adjustment mechanisms drive business action? 
  • What the financial services sector is expected to deliver 
Duration: 45 mins
5:35 PM - 5:45 PM

Closing remarks from MC and End of Day One

Duration: 10 mins
5:45 PM - 7:00 PM

Networking and Entertainment

Duration: 1.25 hours
8:15 AM - 8:45 AM

Delegates arrive

Duration: 30 mins
8:45 AM - 8:50 AM

MC opening

Duration: 5 mins
8:50 AM - 9:35 AM

Global risk megatrends

Chair: Sourabh Pandey, Director GRC, Ansarada
Besa Deda, Chief Economist, Westpac Business Bank
Peter Hearl, Chairman, Endeavour Group and Non-executive Director, Santos and Telstra 
Phil O'Reilly, Immediate Past Chair, Business at OECD and Managing Director, Iron Duke Partners (NZ)

  • Fissures in global structures — markets, communities, supply, social, educational and economic structures 
  • The urgency for inclusion as inequities deepen in financial, digital, health and social spheres 
  • Hobson’s choice — global re-engagement vs national health and safety 
  • A new workforce order 


Duration: 45 mins
9:35 AM - 10:20 AM

Regulation, accountability and culture

Chair: Pauline Vamos, Chair, Governance Institute of Australia
Ilana Atlas AO, Non-executive Director, ANZ Bank, Origin Energy, Scentre Group
Cathie Armour, Commissioner, Australian Securities and Investments Commission
Kathleen Conlon, Chair, Lynas Rare Earths Ltd and Non-executive Director, REA and BlueScope

The focus on board accountability and behaviours is keen as regulatory regimes grow in response to governance re-sets, changing business models and risk environments.  

In this discussion the panel considers 

  • Regulatory trends - is rapid expansion a challenge for governance

  • How new regimes like BEAR are impacting accountability, board behaviours and culture

  • How that new culture can percolate through the organisation from management to all parts of the organisation.

Duration: 45 mins
10:20 AM - 10:40 AM

In Conversation — The Chartered Governance Institute Update

Chair: Megan Motto FGIA, Chief Executive, Governance Institute of Australia
Tim Sheehy FGIA, Director General, The Chartered Governance Institute 
Peter Turnbull AM FGIA, President, The Chartered Governance Institute 

Duration: 20 mins
10:40 AM - 11:10 AM

Morning tea

Duration: 30 mins
11:10 AM - 12:10 PM

Concurrent 3A: Board matters and stakeholder relations

Chair: Ann Bowering, Chief Executive Officer, Issuer Services, Australia and New Zealand, Computershare
Craig Katerberg, Chief Legal and Corporate Affairs Officer, Budweiser APAC 
Vicki Robinson FGIA, Executive General Manager, Company Secretariat, Wesfarmers 

  • In a post- COVID world what are the complexities of managing board matters? 
  • Changing landscape for corporate relations and the broadening stakeholder universe 
  • Accountabilities on ESG, cyber security 
  • What are you doing differently since 2019 

Duration: 1 hour
11:10 AM - 12:10 PM

Concurrent 3B: Cyber security – the evolving regulatory landscape

Chair: Lyn Nicholson FGIA, General Counsel, Holding Redlich
Narelle Devine CSM, Chief Information Security Officer Asia Pacific, Telstra 
Tracey Edwards, Director Security Services, MLC Wealth/IOOF 
Retd Maj Gen Dr Marcus Thompson,
Director, Penten, Engineers Australia, and Cyber Compass

There is an imperative to build the national cyber security capability and partnership between government, business and private sector, and broad discussion on the scope, remit, and scale of the evolving regulatory and legal frameworks. With it comes consideration of new accountabilities, disclosure requirements and security expectations and strategies. In this panel we consider what this will mean for boards, executives, and security teams.

Duration: 1 hour
12:10 PM - 1:10 PM


Duration: 1 hour
1:10 PM - 1:20 PM

Conference sponsor awards

Duration: 10 mins
1:20 PM - 2:05 PM

Beyond reconciliation to meaningful action

Chair: Melinda Cilento, Chief Executive Officer, Committee for Economic Development of Australia. Co-chair: Reconciliation Australia
Shelly Cable, Chief Executive Officer, Generation One, Minderoo Foundation 
Sean Gordon, Managing Director, Gidgee Group

Australia has grappled for two decades with what reconciliation, truth and justice means. In this session we look at the state of reconciliation and continuing systemic racism and inequality that prevent meaningful action. 

  • Decoding what racism really feels like 
  • Understanding and delivering on the social contract 
  • Board and management role in meaningful strategy and action 
Duration: 45 mins
2:05 PM - 2:20 PM

Visualising the future of professional development in governance

Professor David Glichrist, The University of Western Australia

Duration: 15 mins
2:20 PM - 3:05 PM

Fireside chat: Not-for-profits — challenges for governance and service delivery

Chair: Dr Lisa O'Brien, Non-executive Director, Bupa Australia and New Zealand
Audette Exel AO, Founder and Chair, Adara Group
Lucas Patchett OAM, Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Orange Sky 

The task for not-for-profits and charities continues to grow, but the challenges for funding and service delivery persist. How can new business models and good governance enable growth, efficiency and impact?

Duration: 45 mins
3:05 PM - 3:50 PM

Sustaining innovation

Chair: Leon Cox
Anders Sörman-Nilsson, Futurist and Founder, Thinque

  • Why is innovating difficult? 
  • Why is sustaining innovation difficult? 
  • Who or what is at the core of your impetus for innovation? 
  • When does agility become chaos? 


Duration: 45 mins
3:50 PM - 3:55 PM

Closing remarks from CEO

Duration: 5 mins

Sponsors and exhibitors