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Yasmin Allen

Non-executive Director, ASX Ltd, Cochlear Ltd and Santos Ltd

Yasmin is a non-executive director at ASX Limited, Cochlear Ltd and Santos Ltd. She serves on the ASX Clearing & Settlement boards and ASX’s Audit committee. She is Chair of Cochlear’s Audit Committee and a member of the Cochlear Technology Committee and People and Culture committee. Yasmin is also Chair of Santos’ People, Remuneration & Culture Committee and a member of the Santos Audit & Risk Committee.

Yasmin is Chairman of Faethm, an AI SaaS platform and data source for the Future of Work. She is also Chairman of the Digital Skills Organisation; Australian Federal Government, Dept of Employment. She is a Director of the National Portrait Gallery, a member of the board of The George Institute for Global Health (and a director at George Health Enterprises, TGI’s commercialisation arm), Chairman of Advance Global and Acting President of the Australian Government Takeovers Panel. Yasmin is a convenor for the Male Champions of Change Insurance sector and is Chairman of the NFP, Harrison Riedel Foundation, focused on increasing help seeking for youth in need.

Her previous directorships include IAG Limited, EFIC (Australia’s Export Bank) and she is the former Chairman of Macquarie Group’s Global Infrastructure Funds.

Cathie Armour

Commissioner, Australian Securities and Investments Commission

Cathie Armour is one of the Commissioners of the Australian Securities and Investments Commission ("ASIC").

The Commission is responsible for ASIC's performance as Australia's integrated corporate, financial markets, financial services and consumer credit regulator.

Cathie works closely with the ASIC teams responsible for regulating markets, market intermediaries and the enforcement of laws relating to market integrity and corporate governance. She also focuses on the work of ASIC’s Innovation Hub which supports fintech and regtech activities and on ASIC’s work supporting cyber resilience in our financial system.

Cathie's experience before ASIC was in legal counsel leadership roles in international financial institutions. She began her career in private legal practice and has worked for law firms in Sydney and New York.

Cathie is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. She is also a member of Chief Executive Women.

Ilana Atlas AO

Non-executive Director, ANZ Banking Group, Origin Energy and Scentre Group

Ilana Atlas is a non-executive director of ANZ Banking Group Limited, Origin Energy Limited, Scentre Group Limited, Scentre Management Limited, RE1 Limited and RE2 Limited. She is Chairman of Jawun and on the Board of the Paul Ramsay Foundation. Ilana is also a Panel Member of Adara Partners. Ilana’s previous non-executive director roles include Chairman of Coca-Cola Amatil Limited.

Prior to being a non-executive director, she had a 10 year career at Westpac where she had the roles of Group Executive, People, having responsibility for human resources, corporate affairs and sustainability as well as Group Secretary and General Counsel. Ilana was also a partner in law firm Mallesons Stephen Jaques (now known as King & Wood Mallesons). In addition to her practice in corporate law, she held a number of management roles in the firm including Executive Partner, People and Information, and Managing Partner.

Carol Austin

Non-executive Director, HSBC, State Super

Carol Austin is an experienced investment professional with a deep interest in public policy. She started her finance career with the Reserve Bank of Australia and has held senior positions in asset management, economics and mining. She is currently a director of HSBC Bank Australia, State Super, the Grattan Institute and Infoxchange. She is also Chairman of the ACT Investment Advisory Board. Carol was previously a Guardian of the Future Fund and has served on a number of advisory boards including the Australian Office of Financial Management.

Carol has a Science degree from Monash University and an honours degree in Economics from the Australian National University. She is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. 

Ann Bowering

Chief Executive Officer, Issuer Services Australia and New Zealand, Computershare

As Head of Issuer Services Australia and New Zealand, Ann Bowering is responsible for the leadership, growth and day to day management of the Issuer Services business.

Before joining Computershare in 2019, Ann was the Managing Director and CEO of NSX Limited. While there, Ann led the execution of an essential, and very significant restructure of the operations, people and culture, and strategy of the company.

Ann has over 20 years’ experience in financial markets. Her expertise in the development and operation of licenced and regulated financial markets stems from her time as a director and CFO of the derivatives exchange Financial & Energy Exchange Limited. She also held senior positions at Lucsan Capital and KPMG, where her roles covered the specialisations of Capital Markets Advisory, Risk Management, and Assurance.

Felicia Brady

Independent Program Director & Transformation Lead

Felicia has spent 25 years delivering complex business change in Australia and South East Asia. She has delivered structural industry change, as well as leading system replacements, product and process innovation, and championing emerging technologies in both utilities and financial services. In the last ten years she has safely delivered five significant Transformation programs ($>1.5bn), four of these as the Project Director. Felicia specialises in project recovery and large-scale delivery, and is passionate about building high performing teams and collaborative, productive cultures. Her most recent role was the Project Director of the separation of MLC Life Insurance from NAB, one of the largest projects in Australian financial services history.

Felicia holds a Masters in Project Management from UNSW, a honours degree from Murdoch University, and Post Graduate qualifications from MIT.

Professor Sir Edward Byrne AC FMedSci

Group Chief Medical Officer, Ramsay Health Care

Professor Ed Byrne is currently Global Chief Medical Officer for Ramsay health care group having succeeded Prof. John Horvath in February 2021. He is also vice-chancellor's distinguished fellow at ANU and serves as a non-executive director on a number of boards and is a trustee of the Ian Potter foundation. Ed Byrne was President & Principal at King’s College London, and University President and Vice Chancellor of Monash University. He was Chairman of King’s Health Partners board from 1st August 2014 until early 2021.

In the commercial world, Ed Byrne served for many years as a non-executive director at Cochlear Ltd and also as a director of Bupa both in the UK and Australia. He has served on a number of research institute and charity boards.

The University of Melbourne awarded him a Doctor of Science, a higher degree conferred in recognition of a demonstrated record of research excellence. He is a fellow of the Australian Academy of Science and Technology and the Australian Academy of Health and Medicine and is a fellow of the American Academy of Neurology and the American Neurological Association. He is a fellow of the Royal Australian College of physicians and the Royal Colleges of physicians of London and Edinburgh. He is emeritus professor of medicine at Monash University and neurology at King’s College London.

Professor Byrne was admitted as an Officer of the Order of Australia in 2006 and a Companion of the Order of Australia, Australia’s highest honour, in 2014. He was elected as a Fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences in the UK in 2019. He was awarded a Knighthood in the Queen’s Birthday Honours in October 2020 for contributions to higher education and healthcare.

Garth Callender

Chair, Bravery Trust

Garth was the first Australian seriously wounded in the war in Iraq when his armoured vehicle was targeted by an insurgent bomb attack. What is extraordinary about Garth’s story is his ability to overcome both the physical and mental trauma and re-deploy to warzones again and again. After leaving the full-time Army Garth wrote After the Blast, which chronicles the events in his deployments that make them anything but ordinary - from combat on the streets of Baghdad, to the harsh deserts of Afghanistan; from technical roles as an intelligence operator chasing insurgent bomb makers, to training leadership teams about to deploy to war zones.

In 2016 the book won the Nib Military History Literary Prize. In October 2020, Garth was appointed Chair of Bravery Trust. In 2017 Garth was appointed to the Board of the Sydney Harbour Federation Trust. He was appointed by the Baird Government to spearhead the first NSW Government Veterans Employment Program. Garth is the Managing Director of Trebuchet Pivot. He continues to be active in the Australian Army in a part-time capacity - he is Commanding Officer of the University of NSW Regiment.

Shelley Cable

Chief Executive Officer, Generation One, Minderoo Foundation

Shelley is a Wilman-Nyoongar woman from Perth, and the CEO of Generation One, part of Minderoo Foundation established by Andrew and Nicola Forrest. Generation One has a mission to create employment parity, with and for Indigenous Australians, in one generation.

Shelley was previously a senior consultant at PricewaterhouseCoopers’ Indigenous Consulting. She is passionate about Indigenous economic empowerment through employment, business and financial literacy.

In 2017, Shelley was invited to attend the United Nations and presented to the UN’s Expert Mechanism on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, on how financial empowerment can help protect and express human rights. Shelley was also a delegate to the Uluru Convention on Constitutional Reform, which resulted in the Uluru Statement of the Heart. She is a Certified Practising Accountant, one of less than 75 qualified Indigenous accountants in Australia.

James Campbell

Steering Committee Member, Bribery Prevention Network and Partner, Allens

James Campbell specialises in disputes and investigations and risk and compliance advisory.

In relation to disputes and investigations, he works with companies navigating complex matters with multiple investigating agencies (including ASIC, APRA, the AFP, Parliamentary Inquiries and the Royal Commission), concurrent class actions and commercial disputes.

In risk & compliance advisory work James specialises in anti-bribery and corruption advice and advice concerning the Banking Executive Accountability Regime. James is a member of the Steering Committee for the Bribery Prevention Network.

Melinda Cilento

Chief Executive Officer, CEDA

Melinda is the CEO of CEDA. She is also a non-executive director of 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 non-executive director of Woodside Petroleum, 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). She is a graduate of the AICD Company Directors Course.

Dr Richard Claydon

Chief Cognitive Officer, EQ Lab (Hong Kong)

Dr. Richard Claydon is a management and behavioural scientist, specialising in leadership and high-performance during complex organisational transformations. A Harvard Top-200 Management expert and business columnists for the Guardian newspaper described his research as “a touchstone for the future work in management and organisation”, “outstanding in daring imagination” and “at the forefront of modern discussion and debate.”

Co-founder of EQ Lab, his research underpins EQ Lab’s vision of accelerated, wide-scale, multi-faceted human development towards the goal of extended intelligence, in which people working in deep synchrony solve complex problems in highly innovative, lightning-fast ways.

He designed and teaches the Adapt your Leadership Style module for Macquarie Business School’s future-and-behaviour-focused Global MBA program, currently ranked #6 worldwide by CEO Magazine.

He is an Advanced Analytic-Network Leadership Coach - one of the most rigorous coaching methodologies in the world, combining insights from psychoanalysis, behavioural and psychological sciences, performance coaching, leadership studies, network analysis and complexity science in a comprehensive interdisciplinary manner. 

Steve Coghlan

State Manager, WA

Prior to joining the Governance Institute, Steve held various senior roles in both the corporate and government sector. Steve joined Governance Institute as a member in early 2020. He brings a wealth of recent advocacy and membership service experience coupled with a well-established network across both corporate and government sectors.

Steve holds a Bachelor of Arts (Political Science), a Master’s degree in International Relations and Diplomas in Business, Personnel Management and Administration.

Kathleen Conlon

Chair, Lynas Rare Earths Ltd and Non-executive Director, REA Group, BlueScope and Aristocrat Leisure

Ms Conlon is Chairman of Lynas Rare Earths Limited, a non-executive director of REA Group Limited BlueScope and Aristocrat Leisure Limited, and a former non-executive director of CSR Limited. Ms Conlon is also a non-executive director of the Benevolent Society, a member of the Corporate Governance Committee of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD) and a member of Chief Executive Women. She is also a former President of the NSW Council and a former National Board member of the AICD.

Ms Conlon brings over 20 years of professional management consulting experience specialising in strategy and business improvement and has advised leading companies across a wide range of industries and countries. An American/Australian dual national, Ms Conlon joined the Chicago office of The Boston Consulting Group (BCG) in 1985, before transferring to the Sydney office in 1994. In her seven years as partner and director, Ms Conlon led BCG’s Asia Pacific operations practice and the Sydney Office. She was awarded a Commonwealth Centenary Medal for Services to Business Leadership in 2003.

Leon Cox

General Manager, Membership and Engagement

Leon Cox is General Manager, Membership and Engagement at Governance Institute of Australia, a national membership association and leading authority on governance.

Leon drives membership development and retention initiatives for the Institute that is advocating for a community of 40,000 governance and risk management professionals from the listed, unlisted and not-for profit sectors. He is also responsible for Business Development and Sales functions across the business.
Prior to Governance Institute, Leon was Advisor to the Chief Executive of Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand and was previously part of the Sector Development Team at CPA Australia.

William Cox

Chief Executive Officer, Aurecon

Prior to becoming CEO in February 2019, Bill was eight years in the role of Managing Director, Australia and New Zealand, and has held senior operational positions within Aurecon throughout his over 30 years with the company. Bill’s engineering expertise has been focused on major transport infrastructure projects which he has been involved in across the Asia Pacific and the United Kingdom.

Bill is a member of the Aurecon Group Board and is Chair of the Global Health and Safety Committee. He also sits on the University of Technology Sydney Faculty of Engineering and IT Industry Advisory Board.

Bill is passionate about equality and diversity in all forms and is a member of the Male Champions of Change Science, Technology, Engineers and Maths (STEM) group.

Bill was recognised by Engineers Australia as one of the Top 100 most influential engineers in 2015 and was appointed as a Fellow of Engineers Australia and the Australian Academy of Technology and Engineering in 2019. 

Besa Deda

Chief Economist, Westpac Business Bank

Besa Deda is the Chief Economist of the Westpac Business Bank. She is also chief economist for the St.George Banking Group, which includes St.George, Bank of Melbourne, BankSA and RAMS. Besa has been in this role since 2008.

As the Bank’s economic spokesperson, Besa is responsible for research on the economy and financial markets. She formulates views and forecasts on the outlook for the economy, interest rates and currencies and manages a team of economists. Besa gives regular presentations and often appears in the media reporting on economic conditions.

Prior to this role, Besa held Senior Strategist and Economist roles with the Commonwealth Bank covering fixed income, foreign exchange, macroeconomics and equities. Besa was with the CBA for nearly 8 years and before that was an economist with the Colonial Group.

Besa is the Secretary for the Australian Business Economists’ Association, is a member of the Melbourne Economic Forum, has previously written a regular property column for The Australian newspaper and lectured for FINSIA.

Narelle Devine CSM

Chief Information Security Officer Asia Pacific, Telstra

As Telstra’s Chief Information Security Officer Asia Pacific, Narelle is responsible for the company’s cyber security operations, intelligence, risk, governance, compliance, development and engagement. Narelle balances these responsibilities with raising her five year old daughter and one year old son (with help from her husband, Michael).

Narelle began her career as an officer in the Royal Australian Navy, eventually assuming the role of the Navy’s first Director Cyber Warfare. In 2016, Narelle left the Navy to pursue her next chapter in the public service and was appointed the Chief Information Security Officer for the Department of Human Services. In this role, she transformed the cyber organisation, building a new state of the art Cyber Security Operations Centre and uplifting the capability from 25 to 250 personnel.

Narelle holds a Bachelor of Arts in Information Systems and English, a Master of Science in Information Technology and a Master of Systems Engineering. In addition to her love of cyber operations she is passionate about workplace culture, diversity, training and recruitment and is a current member of the RSAC Advisory Board and the AISA Executive Advisory Board.

Narelle was a finalist in the 2019 CSO AWSN inaugural Women in Security awards in the Security Champion category. In 2018 she received the CISO Lens Industry Leadership Acknowledgment; and in 2016 was on the Australia Day Honours List, being awarded a Conspicuous Service Medal in recognition of meritorious achievement as the Deputy Director – Cyber (Maritime) in Joint Capability Coordination Division.

Greg Dickason

Managing Director Pacific at LexisNexis

Greg leads LexisNexis’ businesses in Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific Islands with a focus on helping customers in the Pacific region advance the practice of law through innovative information, technology and analytics solutions.

Greg brings to LexisNexis Pacific a combined twenty years of professional experience in technology, solutions and product operations, with a strong focus on product development, strategy and operational initiatives. Prior to joining LexisNexis, Greg was the Chief Technology Officer and Head of Product & Solutions at CoreLogic RP Data and has previously held senior management positions at Virgin Mobile UK and Unisys.

Greg is also a contributor to the Australian Financial Review and other industry news websites. He is passionate about thinking outside the box to achieve strategy efficacy and innovate better through use of technology and data.

Lisa Edwards

President and COO, Diligent Corporation

Lisa Edwards is President and COO of Diligent Corporation, the largest governance, risk and compliance (“GRC”) SaaS provider serving over 23,000 organizations around the globe. Named one of the fastest growing private companies in Deloitte’s “Fast500”, the company’s software is used by over 65% of the Fortune 100, 90% of the FTSE 100 and 83% of the ASX 200 to improve their governance, monitor and mitigate risk, and keep pace with stakeholder expectations. Lisa assumed her role in October 2020 and is responsible for commercial growth and performance, including global sales, marketing, customer success, services, partners & alliances, and worldwide support. She ensures that these teams build meaningful relationships with clients while helping them derive value from Diligent’s modern GRC platform which provides a holistic view of risk, audit, information security, ethics and compliance across an organization including the board room. Lisa joined Diligent from Salesforce where she was most recently EVP of Strategic Business Operations, after running Global Corporate Services (GCS). Prior to Salesforce, Lisa led global strategic partnerships for Visa, Inc.

as SVP/Head of Global Strategic Alliances and Global IP Strategy, and earlier served in an operations role as Head of Global Corporate Services. Earlier in her career, Lisa was a serial entrepreneur, serving as CEO of KnowledgeX, a database startup that she led in a sale to IBM. She also co-founded Valubond, an online fixed income exchange and subscription service, serving as President, COO, and head of the ATS (Alternative Trading System) prior to the company’s acquisition by Knight Capital. Lisa received a bachelor’s degree from Stanford University and an MBA from Harvard Business School. She serves on the Board of Directors of Colgate-Palmolive Company, and is deeply involved in two non-profits where she previously served on the board: Playworks and the Presidio YMCA.

Tracey Edwards

Director Security Services, MLC Wealth/IOOF

Tracey Edwards has over 25 years’ experience working across a range of businesses from small startup to global organizations in the IT arena. An experienced, technology professional, drawing on substantive experience across a broad range of technology roles, including IT operations, service delivery and project management with global brands such as IBM, NAB, Fujitsu, Hewlett Packard and Telstra. Her specialism over the past 10 plus years has been focused in cyber security; this has included regulatory governance, risk management, project & operational delivery with a financial accountability.

In her current role as the Director of Security at MLC; Tracey is accountable to ensure that MLC is meeting is its security policy and control obligations as it relates to security, in line with risk appetite and regulatory requirements. She is responsible for assessing, measuring, reporting on the security posture of the organisation in line with security policies and controls.

Appointed as the first female to sit on one of the top 4 banks Security Leadership team, through resilience she helped drive a strong service culture across the Security business. Tracey introduced the first neurodiversity programme within the bank to enable people on the autism spectrum a way to enter meaningful employment within Enterprise Security. Her support for the diversity cause continues with accepting the role as ambassador for the Genius Armoury initiative: Cyber Security Guardians - Genius Armoury 

Nicola Wakefield-Evans

Non-Executive Director, Macquarie Group, Lendlease and MetLife Insurance

Ms Wakefield Evans is a director of Macquarie Group, MetLife Insurance Limited, MetLife General Insurance Limited, Lendlease Corporation Limited and Clean Energy Finance Corporation, and is Chair of the 30% Club Australia. She is also a member of the Takeovers Panel, the National Board of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, the GO Foundation Board and The University of New South Wales Foundation Limited Board.

Nicola Wakefield Evans is an experienced non-executive director and corporate finance lawyer. As a lawyer, Nicola has significant Asia-Pacific experience and was a partner at King & Wood Mallesons (and its predecessor, Mallesons Stephen Jaques) for more than 20 years. Ms Wakefield Evans has particular expertise in the financial services, resources and energy, and infrastructure sectors.

She held several key management positions at King & Wood Mallesons including Managing Partner International in Hong Kong and Managing Partner, Practice in Sydney.

Audette Exel AO

Founder and Chair, Adara Group

Audette Exel AO has more than 35 years’ experience in the global financial services markets and the not-for profit sector as a senior executive, a non-executive director and as a social entrepreneur. She is the Founder of the Adara Group, which is an acknowledged leader in bridging the worlds of financial services at the highest levels with the world of international development.

Audette is the Chief Executive Officer of Adara’s two businesses, Adara Advisors and Adara Partners. The Adara businesses were established to help fund Adara’s health and education work with women and children in extreme poverty in some of the world’s remotest places. To date, the Adara Group has had a profound impact on the lives of hundreds of thousands of people in poverty.

Audette Exel is a lawyer by profession specialising in international finance. She was formerly Managing Director of one of Bermuda’s three banks, and also acted as chair of the Bermuda stock exchange. She is one of the youngest women in the world to have run a publicly-traded bank. In September, Audette will be joining the board of Westpac as a Non-Executive Director. She was previously a Non-Executive Director of Suncorp and Vice Chair of the Board of Steamship Mutual.

Audette is the recipient of numerous awards. In 1995 she was elected a Global Leader of Tomorrow by the WEF. In 2012, she was NSW Telstra Businesswoman of the Year and was one of the AFR 100 Women of Influence. In 2013, Audette was awarded an honorary Order of Australia for service to humanity and in 2014 was recognised by Forbes as a Hero of Philanthropy. In 2015, Audette was inducted into the Australian Businesswomen’s Hall of Fame and was a recipient of a World Class New Zealander Award. In 2016, Audette was named Australia’s Leading Philanthropist by Philanthropy Australia. Most recently, she received the YPO Global Impact Legacy Honour in 2019 for her outstanding, lasting and replicable impact in the world.

Diane Smith-Gander AO

Chair, ZipCo

Diane Smith-Gander AO is a professional non-executive director maintaining a diverse portfolio across different entities, industries and geographies. She is an advocate for gender equity and a past president of CEW, Australia’s pre-eminent women’s advocacy group which counts more than 600 of Australia’s senior female leaders as its members.

Diane is now Chair of Zip Co Limited, CEDA and the Safe Work Australia member body and a non-executive director of AGL Energy, HBF Health Ltd and Keystart Loans.

Diane has also been active in sports administration and is a past Chairman of both Basketball Australia Limited, the sport’s peak body, and the (then) Australian Sports Drug Agency, the government agency responsible for deterring the use of performance enhancing drugs. She currently chairs the inaugural Nominations Committee for the World Anti-Doping Agency.

Diane holds an MBA from the University of Sydney and a BEc from the University of Western Australia (UWA), who awarded her an Honorary Doctorate of Economics. She is a Fellow of the AICD and Governance Institute of Australia and an adjunct professor of corporate governance at UWA where she chairs the advisory board of the Business School.

Diane is a keen downhill skier and operates a vineyard in Margaret River.

Alison George

Head of Research, Regnan

Alison is a senior leader with deep experience in ESG, responsible investment and active ownership.
As Head of Research Alison oversees Regnan’s research frameworks, processes and outputs, to remain at the forefront of industry practice and meet evolving clients’ needs.

She has worked across all aspects of Regnan’s activities in her more than 15 years with the team, including leading the development and implementation of Regnan’s climate change research methodology, which has repeatedly been shown to provide investment signals.

A Chartered Accountant, Alison also holds a BA (Jurisprudence) and a Masters of Environment. Her more than 20 years experience spans professional services (EY), regulation and research.

Professor David Gilchrist

The University of Western Australia

Over a career spanning 30 years, Professor David Gilchrist has held a number of senior roles in the Not-for-profit, commercial and public sectors. Most recently, he held the role of Assistant Auditor General in Western Australia and, prior to that, he taught accounting and finance at the London School of Economics and Portsmouth University in the UK as well as at Curtin University and Edith Cowan University in Australia. He was Foundation Director of the Curtin Not-for-profit Initiative for five years and held the position of Associate Dean of the School of Business at the University of Notre Dame Australia where he was adjunct professor of Not-for-profit Leadership. He is currently a Visiting Professor and Research Chief Investigator in NFP Studies at the NFPO Research Centre, Hebei GEO University, and Peoples’ Republic of China.

Sean Gordon

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.

Peter Hearl

Chairman, Endeavour Group and Non-executive Director, Santos and Telstra

Peter Hearl is an experienced company director with substantial international experience as a senior executive in the fast-moving consumer goods sector. He is a Non-executive Director for Telstra and Santos Ltd. He is the Chairman Elect of Endeavour Group Limited.

Peter served in senior executive roles with Yum! Brands Inc from 1997 to 2008, including global Chief Operations and Development Officer for Yum! Brands from 2006 until 2008 and President of Pizza Hut from 2002 to 2006. He previously worked for PepsiCo Inc in Sydney and London reaching regional vice-president level, as well as in various roles with Exxon in the United States and Australia.

He is a former director of Treasury Wine Estates (2012-2017), Member, UNSW’s Australian School of Business Alumni Leaders Group, Trustee of The Stepping Stone Foundation (from 2020) and member of the Stepping Stone Foundation’s Investment Committee (from 2018). Previously he was honorary Chairman of the US-based UNSW Study Abroad-Friends and US Alumni Inc.

Andrew Hollier

State Manager, NSW & ACT

Andrew has over 15 years of experience within the healthcare, governance and technology sectors— bringing with him a wealth of knowledge and experience in leadership roles.

Within this time, Andrew had national management of a remote account management/business development team within the insurance and professional indemnity sector, as well as roles within the medical devices market segment. He's a strong sales professional with a bachelor's degree in medical science from University of Sydney.

Tanya Hosch

Executive General Manager Inclusion & Social Policy, AFL

Tanya Hosch has a long and distinguished history in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander policy, advocacy, governance and fundraising. Before joining the AFL as the first ever Indigenous person and second woman in their Executive ranks in August 2016, Tanya was the Joint Campaign director of the Recognise movement for constitutional recognition.

At the AFL Tanya’s portfolios include – Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander issues, Gender Equality, Sexuality and Gender Diversity, racism and sexism. Tanya is tasked with the implementation of the AFL’s enhanced Indigenous strategy, advising the AFL Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Advisory Council, maintenance of the Respect and Responsibility Policy, 2017, the AFL’s Gender Action Plan and the Gender Diversity Policy.

Tanya is a member of the Indigenous Advisory Group of the NAB and is a Board Director of Circus Oz, and the Australian Film, Television and Radio School and was a member of the Referendum Council that led the process and final recommendation that resulted in The Statement from the Heart in May 2017. A career highlight was contributing as a Consultant on the ABC drama, Total Control.

Tanya has been named the 2021 South Australian of the Year.

Craig Katerberg

Chief Legal and Corporate Affairs Officer, Budweiser APAC (HK)

Craig Katerberg is the Chief Legal and Corporate Affairs Officer for Budweiser APAC, a $45bn USD brewer focused on sustainable growth in Asia and one of the largest companies of the Hong Kong stock market.
Craig has led large, talented teams of 100+ people in various senior management roles while being based in the United States, China, Europe and Australia. He has consummated over $130B of complex transactions in the beverage sector, negotiating and integrating several of the largest global M&A transactions in the beverage sector, including for operations in Australia, China, India, Korea, United States among other countries.
Prior to his career in beer, Craig worked in public and private practice where he served the City of New York under Mayor Bloomberg and at law firms in New York, Brazil and Peru.
Craig is a US citizen who speaks English, Spanish and some Portuguese. He holds degrees from the University of Chicago and from Northwestern University School of Law, and he enjoys working and learning.

Andrew Leake FGIA

Past President, Governance Institute of Australia

Andrew Leake BEc, GradDipACG, FGIA, FCG, CA, GAICD is the Immediate Past President of the Board of Governance Institute. A senior business leader with extensive experience in business consulting, corporate finance, publishing, education, NFP, governance and secretarial practice. COO at Wenona School, a leading Sydney school for girls. Director of the Winston Churchill Memorial Trust, NSW Selection Chair and Chair of Remuneration and Nomination sub-committee. Past chair of Governance Institute’s NSW State Council.

Byron E. Loflin

Global Head of Board Engagement, Nasdaq Founder, Nasdaq Center for Board Excellence

Byron Loflin is Global Head of Board Engagement at Nasdaq, where he leads board assessments and boardroom training for Nasdaq Governance Solutions. He is the founder and former CEO of the Center for Board Excellence (CBE) – acquired by Nasdaq in 2019 – and is the architect of CBE’s unique board assessment and advisory platform. Byron is recognized in the governance community for developing unique products that address board dynamics, corporate culture, accountability and performance. His experience and expertise are in the design and administration of assessments and advising board chairs, boards, committees, directors and executive management in a full range of corporate governance matters, including strategic alignment, best practices, board refreshment, diversity, structures and corporate planning. He and his team have performed several hundred third-party board, committee, peer and CEO self-assessments for organizations of all structures and sizes.

Byron is a graduate of Harvard Business School (OPM) and James Madison University (BA). He is a member of the Society for Corporate Governance, Institute of Directors (UK), and the National Association of Corporate Directors.

Some of his recent published works include: “Why Banking Leadership (Still) Matters” International Banker March 2020, “Future Ready Boards,” Harvard Law School Forum on Corporate Governance, February 2021, “The Relationology of Future Banking,” International Banker, Winter 2020; “Love Your Neighbor,” International Banker Spring 2019, “Guide to Board Assessments,” Corporate Board Member June 2019, “Reboot, Not Refresh,” International Banker Spring 2018; “Board Evaluations: Getting Aligned,” published by Nasdaq 2017, and “Six Reasons Digital D&O Questionnaires Streamline Proxy Disclosure,” published by Nasdaq 2017. 

John Lydon

Senior Partner (Managing Partner Australia and New Zealand, 2013-2019).McKinsey & Company

John’s purpose is to help Australian business lead the transition to creating more societal, environmental and shareholder value together with all stakeholders.John works with the CEOs, Boards and executive teams of leading companies and institutions to help them understand, embrace, capture and sustain the potential for their organisations. His work includes senior executive counselling, defining their purpose, vision and strategy, through to building capability, culture and courage to transform, disrupt and grow.

After starting his career at Citibank in London, John has spent the last 25 years at McKinsey. He has worked across Europe, USA, Americas and Asia as well as Australia. He has held leadership roles including founding McKinsey Implementation globally and then leading our Australia and NZ Practice. In these roles, as well as in John’s personal client service with companies that have shaped their industries, he has been passionate about innovating ways of working, including new areas of client service and creating an unrivalled and inclusive environment for diverse talent. As a result our Australia and NZ practice grew three-fold during his tenure to over 450 consultants.In late 2019, after completing his term as Managing Partner of McKinsey Australia and NZ, John took a year-long sabbatical to explore how business can create more value for all stakeholders and society, studying and gaining experience in the system in which business operates. This included serving as an Industry professor at the University of Technology Sydney, as founding co-Chair of the Australian Climate Leaders’ Coalition, and learning from global experts in ESG, social impact, purpose and leadership.

John is a member of McKinsey’s global Senior Partners’ committee, works or has worked with several Business Council of Australia committees, the University of Technology Sydney’s Vice Chancellor’s Industry Advisory Board and the founding group of Male Champions of Change. He is also Chair of Generation Australia, an innovative Not For Profit focusing on creating sustainable jobs in Australia.John has an MBA from INSEAD, France, and a Bachelor degree from the University of London. He is married to Carrie with two teenage sons and lives in Sydney.

Romilly Madew AO FTSE

Chief Executive Officer, Infrastructure Australia

Romilly Madew AO FTSE was appointed Chief Executive Officer, Infrastructure Australia, in early 2019 and is responsible for overseeing Infrastructure Australia’s critical role in helping governments prioritise projects and reforms that best serve our communities.

Before joining Infrastructure Australia, Ms Madew was CEO of Green Building Council of Australia for 13 years. In acknowledgment of her contribution to Australia’s sustainable building movement, Ms Madew was awarded an Order of Australia in 2019.

She is currently a Member of Placemaking NSW Advisory Committee and Independent Chair of the Currawong State Park Advisory Board (NSW). Ms Madew was recently on the Expert Advisory Panel for the CSIRO Report on Climate and Disaster Resilience and a Commissioner for the Northern Territory Economic Reconstruction Commission. She has held Board positions with the Australian Sustainable Built Environment Council and Sydney Olympic Park Authority. She has sat on numerous Federal Government panels including the Cities Reference Group, National Sustainability Council, Climate Futures Independent Expert Group and the National Urban Policy Forum.

Ms Madew is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science and Technology, Honorary Fellow, Planning Institute of Australia and Life Fellow GBCA. She is an active member of Bilgola Surf Life Saving Club as well as being involved in programs at both a State and National level for surf life saving. She is a Founder and Board member of Minerva Network, supporting our elite female athletes, which includes Romilly mentoring a member of Australia’s Olympic Team.

Catherine Maxwell FGIA FCG

General Manager Policy and Advocacy, Governance Institute of Australia

Catherine has a strong background in governance and policy gained at the Australian Prudential Regulation Authority, the ASX Corporate Governance Council, ASX, the Australian Institute of Company Directors and the Financial Services Council. Qualified as a lawyer, she has also held roles as a company secretary with The Cancer Council NSW, NPP Australia Limited and Father Chris Riley’s Youth off the Streets Limited.

Kevin McCann AO

Chairman, Telix Pharmaceuticals

Kevin McCann is Chairman of Telix Pharmaceuticals Limited, an oncology company and is a Director of E&P Financial Limited, a securities and asset management company. He is a Trustee of the Sydney Opera House Trust and a Presiding Pro Chancellor of the University of Sydney. His community activities include being a Director of the Australian Haydn Ensemble Inc.

He is a former Chairman of Macquarie Group Limited and Macquarie Bank Limited, Origin Energy Limited, Healthscope Limited and ING Management Limited, Fellow of the University of Sydney Senate and former Chair of the Sydney Harbour Federation Trust and the National Library of Australia Foundation and Vice Chairman, New Colombo Plan Reference Group.

He was made an Officer of the Order of Australia for distinguished service to business, corporate governance, and as an advocate for gender equity in 2020. 

Kate Mills

Business Journalist and Chief Executive Officer, Property Industry Foundation

Kate Mills is a highly experienced business journalist, thought leader, innovator and speaker. She is the CEO of the Property Industry Foundation. The Foundation is an industry-wide collaboration across the property and construction industry to increase the number of bedrooms available for youth homelessness. Kate is also a member of the diversity board at BDO.

She has previously edited Business Review Weekly and CFO Magazine and during this period she interviewed hundreds of leaders, chief executives and chairmen-a rare opportunity that has given Kate a unique insight into what makes a successful business. Kate is a thought leader in marketing and content, the future of work, creativity, diversity and finding purpose and passion at work. On leaving Fairfax Kate set up ProfessionalMums.net-an online platform for highly skilled women looking to re-enter the workforce or find flexible work opportunities.

Megan Motto FGIA

CEO, Governance Institute of Australia

Megan Motto is Chief Executive Officer of Governance Institute of Australia, a national membership association and leading authority on governance. Megan drives the direction of the Institute that advocates for 40,000 governance and risk management professionals from the listed, unlisted and not-for profit sectors. Prior to her Governance Institute role, Megan was CEO of Consult Australia. 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 both Governance Institute of Australia and Australian Institute of Company Directors.

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. 

Matt Nidd

Chief Delivery Officer, DB Results

Matt is a program delivery specialist with experience across multiple sectors, specialising in energy and utilities, and financial services. He has key expertise and extensive experience in the delivery of large-scale enterprise projects while navigating complex compliance challenges.

As Chief Delivery Officer (CDO), Matt provides strategic shaping of DB Results’ large and complex delivery projects, ensuring the development of our skills, capability and process to this critical service offering – a key differentiator for the company. Matt also leads DB Results’ Financial Services sector, managing the overall growth, planning and delivery for all customers within the industry.

Matt is experienced in building and managing globally distributed and diverse teams, and program delivery with sound technical knowledge. He has in-depth experience in strategic planning, driving operational efficiencies, compliance reporting, deployment of large-scale projects and managing P&L. He has worked extensively with clients to help them assess, deploy and manage world-class technology solutions.

Anders Sormann-Nilsson

Founder, Thinque

As the Swedish-Australian founder of Thinque, Anders Sorman-Nilsson (LLB MBA) has become a valued strategist to Fortune 500s and ASX leaders, converting provocative questions into proactive, predictive strategies. A global thought leader since 2005, Anders works across four continents as a speaker, futurist and author.

Anders is an active member of TEDGlobal and has keynoted at TEDx in the United States and Australia, was nominated for the World Economic Forum's Young Global Leader in 2019, and was the keynote speaker at the G20's Y20 Summit in Australia. His presentations are meticulously researched, highly energetic and always fascinating with content tailored to the audience, which is why clients like Apple, Cisco, Mercedes Benz, Hilton, SAP, Gartner and Macquarie Bank have turned to Anders over the years to help them to push the bounds of the status quo -- translating research into valuable foresight and business impact.

Featured regularly in international media including Monocle, Business Insider, Sky News Business, CIO Magazine and BOSS, Anders has authored two books; Digilogue: how to win the digital minds and analogue hearts of tomorrow’s customer and Thinque Funky: upgrade your thinking. His new book is out and it is called: Seamless: A Hero's Journey of Digital Disruption, Adaptation and Human Transformation.

Dr Lisa O'Brien

Dr Lisa O'Brien, Non-executive Director, Bupa Australia and New Zealand

Dr O’Brien has worked in leadership roles across the public, not-for-profit and commercial sectors and has recently stepped down after 10 years as Chief Executive Officer of The Smith Family where she was responsible for driving organizational transformation including significant revenue and services growth, greater brand recognition, and a strong outcomes focus.

In March 2021 Lisa was appointed as the independent Chair of the Australian Education Research Organisation, a Commonwealth/State funded government agency focussed on achieving excellence and equity in educational outcomes for Australian children through effective use of evidence. She is also a non-executive director of Bupa, Australia and New Zealand, a Council Member of the University of Technology Sydney, and a member of Chief Executive Women.

Lisa is a registered Medical Practitioner and a Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Medical Administrators, she also holds a Masters of Business Administration, a Masters of Human Resource Management and Coaching, and is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Phil O’Reilly

Immediate Past Chair, Business at OECD and Managing Director, Iron Duke Partners

Phil O’Reilly ONZM is Managing Director of Iron Duke Partners, a Wellington based Public Policy Advisory Firm. He is a global business leader and advocate.

He was until recently the Chair of the Board of Business at OECD, based in Paris, which is the representative of businesses in OECD member states and was a member of the Governing Body of the International Labour Organisation based in Geneva .

He has worked closely with the B20, advising G20 leaders and was also a member of the APEC Business Advisory Council (ABAC).

He has acted in a governance or advisory capacity to a number of New Zealand and overseas organisations in areas as diverse as trade, sustainability, diversity, pay equity, manufacturing, tertiary education, child poverty, social welfare and the future of work.

He was previously Chief Executive of BusinessNZ, New Zealand’s leading business advocacy group, representing thousands of businesses of all sizes. 

Sourabh Pandey

Director GRC, Ansarada

Sourabh is the Director of GRC at Sydney-based Ansarada (ASX:AND). He’s focused on expanding Ansarada’s mission from initially on information governance to becoming a multi-product powerhouse encapsulating both information and corporate governance. He leads the GRC product domain, which includes Ansarada Board and Compliance products, which complement Ansarada’s two most well-known products, Deals and Tenders.

He is a dynamic product strategist and innovator with expertise transforming the customer experience and bringing new fintech and regtech products and services to market. Prior to Ansarada, Sourabh has lead multi-national teams and product rollouts. Sourabh managed the global deployment of Toyota’s subscription billing, payment, and fraud management platform. Prior to this role, Sourabh helped transform Citi’s banking business from being heavily reliant on a bricks-and-mortar business model to a hybrid digital & branch co-existence. Sourabh previously was a Big 4 consultant at PwC where he lead numerous GRC and ERP implementations globally.

Lucas Patchett OAM

Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Orange Sky

2016 Young Australian of the Year and 2020 Order of Australia Medallist, Lucas Patchett is an entrepreneur, innovator, and storyteller. Lucas is the Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Orange Sky - the world's first free mobile laundry and shower service for people experiencing homelessness. Lucas plays a critical role in all areas of Orange Sky from the strategic direction to managing key relationships with our supporters. He is committed to leading Orange Sky to deliver on its five-year strategy to help 40,000 friends by 2025.

Dr Sally Pitkin AO

Chair, Super Retail Group

Sally is Chair of the Super Retail Group and Non-executive Director of The Star Entertainment Group Limited and Link Administration Holdings Limited. She is a member of the Senate of The University of Queensland, and a board member of arts organisations, Queensland Performing Arts Centre and Arts Exhibitions Australia.

Sally has more than 25 years’ experience as a Non-Executive Director in the listed, private, public and non-profit sectors, including experience in international markets, and more than 15 years’ experience as a non-executive director of ASX200 companies. She is a former lawyer and former partner of a national law firm with banking law, corporate law and corporate governance expertise. Sally holds a Doctor of Philosophy (Governance), a Master of Laws and Bachelor of Laws.

Simon Pordage FGIA FCG

Company Secretary, Australia and New Zealand Banking Group Limited (ANZ)

Simon joined ANZ in May 2016. He is a Chartered Secretary with extensive company secretarial and corporate governance experience. From 2009 to 2016 he was Company Secretary for Australian Foundation Investment Company Limited and a number of other listed investment companies. Other former roles include being Deputy Company Secretary for ANZ and Head of Board Support for Barclays PLC in the United Kingdom. Simon is committed to the promotion of good corporate governance. He is a former National President and Chairman of Governance Institute of Australia and is a member and former Chairman of its National Legislation Review Committee, and regularly presents on governance issues.

Vicki Robinson

Executive General Manager, Company Secretariat, Wesfarmers

Vicki was appointed Executive General Manager, Company Secretariat in March 2020 and is the Company Secretary of Wesfarmers. Prior to this, Vicki was General Manager, Legal (Corporate) and has played a key role in many of Wesfarmers’ key M&A transactions over the years. Vicki joined Wesfarmers in July 2003 as a Legal Counsel with the Corporate Solicitors Office. In 2007 Vicki moved to the role of General Manager for enGen, and returned to the Corporate Solicitors Office in 2009.

Vicki holds a Bachelor of Laws (Honours) and Bachelor of Commerce from The University of Western Australia and was admitted to practice as a barrister and solicitor in 1999. Vicki chairs the Advisory Board of Curtin University Law School, is a member of the Advisory Council of the Curtin Faculty of Business and Law and the Methodist Ladies College Council, and was a director of the Black Swan State Theatre company from 2009 to 2018.

Nick Ryan

Chief Executive Officer, Lutheran Services

Nick Ryan is the CEO of Lutheran Services. He is an experienced CEO, Board Member, and senior executive with 30 years’ experience in a range of human services industries including aged care, government, youth services and education.

He has led and advised a variety of organisations from government departments, industry representative bodies, not for profit service providers and charities.

In May 2019 Mr Ryan joined Lutheran Services from an interim position of CEO at Southern Cross Care Queensland. Prior to this he was CEO of the Australian Aged Care Quality Agency and CEO of Aged Care Queensland (now a part of Leading Age Services Australia). He has also served on the Boards of the Australian Children’s Education and Care Quality Authority and the Leukaemia Foundation of Queensland.
Mr Ryan is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, a Fellow of the Australian and New Zealand School of Government and a graduate of the Yarra Theological Union and the University of Canberra.

Anil Sabharwal

Vice President, Product Management, Google and Non-executive Director, Wesfarmers

Anil Sabharwal is a non-executive director for Wesfarmers. He is Vice President of Product Management at Google and the company’s most senior product and engineering leader in Australia and New Zealand. He is also an advisor to venture capital firm, AirTree Ventures. Anil’s 12 years at Google have included leading the strategy and team behind the launch of Google Photos in 2015, which reached more than one billion monthly active users within four years. He later led product, design and engineering for Google Chrome, one of the world’s most popular web browsers.

Before joining Google, Anil co-founded online learning company Desire2Learn, headquartered in Canada, and was General Manager of the knowledge management division in Australia for human resources company, Talent2.

Dr Kerry Schott AO

Chai, Energy Security Board & Director, NBN

Kerry Schott is Chair of the Energy Security Board and a Director of NBN. She is also a member of the Direct Assets Committee for Aware Super.

Kerry was Managing Director and CEO of Sydney Water from 2006 to 2011. Before that Kerry spent 15 years as an investment banker, including as Managing Director of Deutsche Bank and Executive Vice President of Bankers Trust Australia. During this time she specialised in privatisation, restructuring, and infrastructure provision. Prior to becoming an investment banker Kerry was a public servant and an academic and since retiring from Sydney Water she has been an adviser to governments and a chair and director of several public sector owned companies.

Kerry holds a doctorate from Oxford University, a Masters of Arts from the University of British Columbia, Vancouver and a Bachelor of Arts (first class Honours) from the University of New England. She was recently awarded an Order of Australia and Honorary Doctorates from the University of Sydney, the University of Western Sydney and the University of New England.

Tim Sheehy FCG

Director General, The Chartered Governance Institute

Tim Sheehy is the Director General of The Chartered Governance Institute, formerly known as The Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators. The Chartered Governance Institute is the premier global qualifying organisation for professionals aspiring to become a Chartered Secretary and or a Chartered Governance Professional.

Tim is also an Adjunct Professor at Western Sydney University in the School of Law.

Prior to this role Tim had a 15-year career as the Chief Executive of the Australian Division of The Chartered Governance Institute, known as Governance Institute of Australia.

Before joining Governance Institute, Tim held distinguished roles in management consulting with McKinsey & Co. and Anderson Consulting, in investment banking with Westpac and Swiss Bank Corporation and as a member of the academic staff at the University of New England, Armidale, NSW.

Lindsay Tanner

Non-executive Director, Suncorp Group and Virgin Australia International

Lindsay Tanner is a director of Suncorp Group, chairman of Certane Group, director of Virgin Australia International and recent former President of Essendon Football Club. He was Federal MP for Melbourne 1993-2010 and Minister for Finance and Deregulation 2007-2010.

David Tattam

Director of Research and Training, Protecht

David Tattam is the Chief of Research, Knowledge and Consulting and co-founder of the Protecht Group. David’s vision is to redefine the way the world thinks about risk and to pioneer the development of risk management to its rightful place as a key driver of value creation in each of Protecht’s clients. David is the driving force behind Protecht’s risk thinking, pushing risk management to the frontiers of what is possible. He is also focused on driving the uplift of people risk capability through training and content.

Prior to co-founding Protecht, David was the Chief Risk Officer and Head of Operations for the Australian operations of two global banks. He started his career as a Chartered Accountant and Auditor with Grant Thornton and PwC. David is an Associate of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia and New Zealand and a Senior Fellow of the Financial Services Institute of Australia.

Marcus Thompson AM, PhD

Board Director, Engineers Australia and Founder Cyber Compass

Marcus is an internationally-recognised expert in cyber engineering who brings experience gained over a distinguished military career to his current roles as a professional company director and consultant.

Between 2017 and 2020, Marcus served as the Head of Information Warfare for the Australian Defence Force, with responsibilities including cyber, space and artificial intelligence. He has also been deployed to a number of overseas operations and commanded at every level from Troop to Brigade. He was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia in 2014.

Marcus served 34 years in the Australian Army. Graduating from the Royal Military College in 1988, Marcus was allocated to the Royal Australian Corps of Signals. He served in a variety of command, regimental and Special Operations appointments including: Command of the 3rd Combat Signal Regiment; secondment to the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet as the Senior Advisor Defence Policy and Operations; Director General Special Operations Capability; Commander 6th Brigade; and deployments to East Timor, Iraq, and Afghanistan. His final appointment was as the inaugural Head of Information Warfare for the Australian Defence Force.

Since leaving the Australian Army, Marcus has founded Cyber Compass Pty Ltd, an independent advisory focused on improving cyber security and developing sovereign Australian capability. He has worked with and supported several Australian entities, including Bank Australia, Macquarie Telecom, NAB, Paraflare, and Melbourne Business School. He is also on the Board of Directors of Penten and Engineers Australia.

Peter Turnbull AM FCG

President, The Chartered Governance Institute

Peter is an experienced non-executive director and chair of listed public companies with commercial, governance and senior executive experience across a range of sectors including technology commercialisation, mining, oil and gas and industrial manufacturing.

Prior to taking on non-executive positions, Peter held senior company secretarial, legal, commercial and governance positions with major Australian listed public companies and has also worked in senior roles for regulatory authorities in Australia and Hong Kong, including as a Director of Corporate Finance with the Securities & Futures Commission of Hong Kong.

Peter is a former President, Fellow and Life Member of the Governance Institute of Australia, former President of Corporate Secretaries International Association and is a current Vice-President of the Chartered Governance Institute and a member of its Executive Committee. He is also a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Pauline Vamos FGIA

Chair, Governance Institute of Australia

Pauline is a non-executive director of, Mercer Superannuation Australia Limited, and the Banking and Finance Oath (BFO) and Chief Executive Women. Pauline is also Chairman of Interaction Disability Services and the Moneytech Group. She has over 30 years’ experience in the financial services industry, including as a senior regulator with ASIC, various directorships on listed and fiduciary entities, senior executive and CEO positions and as an international adviser on pensions governance. She has previously held CEO roles at Regnan and the Association of Superannuation Funds of Australia (ASFA).

Ken Weldin

Partner, Audit and Assurance, PKF

Ken Weldin is a Partner at PKF where he is Joint Head of Audit & Assurance across Australia & New Zealand and sits on PKF’s Global Risk Advisory Committee. With nearly 30 years’ experience in the UK, US and Australia, Ken delivers both external and internal audit services while providing tailored advice and solutions across governance, risk and control assignments.

Ken holds an MBA where he focused on Corporate Governance and Board Performance and Director Induction matters. He is a Fellow of the Governance Institute of Australia, where he serves as a Chair of the Institute's Victorian State Council and as an active contributor to its National Legislation Review Committee. Ken serves as a Board member and Committee Chair in the social/affordable housing and health sectors at Housing First and East Grampian Health Services.

Alex Wonhas

Chief System Design Officer, Australian Energy Market Operator

Alex is responsible for overseeing AEMO’s expanded focus on system design, development and engineering, which includes planning and forecasting.

Alex started at AEMO in January 2019. With more than 15 years’ experience in the energy sector, Alex was previously the Managing Director – Energy, Resources and Manufacturing at international engineering and advisory firm Aurecon, focusing on growing its energy and resources advisory services to supplement its traditional engineering business. Prior to working at Aurecon, Alex was the executive director responsible for CSIRO’s research and development in environment, energy and resources.

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