Find out more about who we are and what we do

The Australian Institute of Company Directors is committed to excellence in governance. We make a positive impact on society and the economy through governance education, director development and advocacy.

Who we are and what we do

Our history, mission, vision and current goals.

To provide leadership on director issues and promote excellence in governance to achieve a positive impact for the economy and society.

Since our early beginnings, we have developed as an organisation recognised for quality and professionalism. By 2017, we aim to be recognised as:

  • A key influencer in the creation of world-leading governance laws and practices in Australia;
  • A key player in achieving world-leading performance of Australian boards and directors, including the application of governance principles.

What we do

The Australian Institute of Company Directors is committed to excellence in governance. We make a positive impact on society and the economy through governance education, director development and advocacy. Our membership of more than 38,000 includes directors and senior leaders from business, government and the not-for-profit sectors.


Organisational structure

We are a national organisation with seven state and territory divisions. Our national Board, which consists of up to 12 directors, is our governing body. Our Board is comprised of not less than two and not more than four National directors, seven Division directors, and a Chief Executive Officer who may be appointed as a Director by the Board. The Board appoints the chair.

See our constitution (PDF) for our procedure for appointing directors.

We have a national office in Sydney, Australia, offices in all Australian states, the ACT and representation in Darwin. Members are served by their state division and a state manager, and that office reports to the national office on the effective running of the division.

Each division has a Council of up to 10 representatives, with up to six councillors elected by members from that state and up to four appointed by the Council.

Our national office is structured to support our state divisions. It delivers core education courses and events, develops policy on director issues, publishes Company Director magazine and good practice books for directors, and represents the views of members nationally.


History

The origins of the Australian Institute of Company Directors can be traced back to the United Kingdom’s Institute of Directors (IoD), formed by Royal Charter in 1906.

Branches of the IoD appeared in the Australian states in the 1960s. These branches were amalgamated in January 1971 under the Institute of Directors in Australia, an autonomous body affiliated with the IoD in the United Kingdom. The challenge of servicing state branches saw the emergence of the Company Directors Association of Australia in 1982. The two bodies merged on 1 January 1990 to form the Australian Institute of Company Directors.


International associations

We are a founding member of the Global Director Development Circle, a group now known as the Global Network of Directors’ Institutes Membership of GNDI provides us with a forum to demonstrate the leadership of Australian directors internationally, and to share expertise in corporate governance and professional director development. GNDI is comprised of membership organisations for directors from Australia, the UK, US, Canada, Malaysia, New Zealand, Brazil and South Africa.

Board profiles

Members of the governing board of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Elizabeth Proust

Elizabeth Proust AO FAICD
BA (Hons) LLB
Chairman
National Director

Elizabeth is Chairman of Nestle Australia, Chairman of the Bank of Melbourne and a member of the JP Morgan Advisory Council. She is also Deputy Chairman of the Catholic Church’s Truth, Justice and Healing Council.

In 2010 Elizabeth was made an Officer of the Order of Australian(AO) for distinguished service to public administration and to business, through leadership roles in government and private enterprise, as a mentor to women, and to the community through contributions to arts, charitable and educational bodies.

Previously Elizabeth worked in senior roles at the ANZ Banking Group, in local, State and Federal Government, and in BP Australia and BP International. She has held senior positions in the Victorian Government, including as Secretary (CEO) of the Department of Premier and Cabinet and Secretary of the Attorney-General’s Department. She was also CEO of the City Of Melbourne.


Gene Tilbrook

Gene Tilbrook FAICD
BSc Dip Comp MBA
WA Division Director

Gene Tilbrook is a non-executive director of Orica Limited, GPT Group Limited, Woodside Petroleum Limited and Bell Shakespeare Company. He is also a councillor of Curtin University. He is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors Western Australia Division Council.

Gene was with Wesfarmers from 1985 to 2009, in various roles across acquisitions, capital investment, finance and strategy. He became executive director of business development in 2002 and finance director in 2005.


David Bayes

David Bayes FAICD
VIC Division President
VIC Division Director

David Bayes is a non-executive director of Sigma Pharmaceuticals Ltd and chair of its People and Remuneration Committee and a member of the Risk Management and Audit Committee.

David previously served as a non-executive director of Chiquita Brands South Pacific Ltd; the Victorian Government appointed Board of the North Western Health Care Network and as an executive director of McDonald's Australia and Bakers Delight.

He served as CEO Australasia for Choice Hotels International and CEO of Bakers Delight and held senior roles across retail, food and accommodation, financial services and Government health organisations.


Michael Coleman

Michael Coleman FAICD
BCom MCom FCA FCPA
NSW Division Director

Michael Coleman is a non-executive director of Macquarie Group and Macquarie Bank, where he chairs the Audit Committees and is a member of the Risk, and the Governance and Compliance Committees. Michael is a member of the Reserve Bank of Australia’s Audit Committee, chair of the Board of Planet Ark Environmental Foundation, a board member of Osteoporosis Australia and the Belvoir Street Theatre Foundation. Michael is a member of the Advisory Boards of Norton Rose Fulbright and Bingo Industries, and an executive coach with Foresight Global Coaching.

Michael is adjunct professor, Australian School of Business, UNSW and chair of the Centre for Accounting and Assurance Research, Chair of the AICD’s Reporting Committee and a member of the AICD’s ‘Director Assist’ Corporate Governance Panel.

Michael retired from KPMG on 1 July 2011, where his career included 30 years as an audit partner and a practice leader for both Audit and Risk Management. He has extensive financial reporting and corporate governance capability.


Kathy Gramp

Kathy Gramp FAICD
BA (Acc) FAICA
SA/NT Division Director

Kathy is a non-executive director of Southern Cross Media Group Limited and member of its Audit & Risk, and People & Culture Committees, a  non-executive director of Codan Limited and member of its Audit & Risk Committee, a non-executive director of the Royal Automobile Association of South Australia and member of its Risk & Compliance, Audit and Mergers & Acquisitions Committees. Kathy is also a board member of Silver Chain Group Ltd and chair of its Audit, Risk & Compliance Committee, and member of Council of the Flinders University of South Australia.

Kathy has had a long and distinguished executive career in media as CFO with Austereo Group Limited and over 17 years of board experience across a diverse range of Australian organizations and industry sectors.


Peter Hay

Peter Hay FAICD
National Director

Peter Hay is chair of Newcrest Mining Limited and Vicinity Centres Ltd. He is also a member of the Australian Government Takeovers Panel.

Peter has a strong background in company law and investment banking advisory work, with a particular expertise in relation to mergers and acquisitions. He has also had significant involvement in advising governments and government-owned enterprises.

He was the former chief executive officer of Freehills (2000-2005), former chair of Investment Banking at Lazard Australia (2005-09) and former non-executive director of GUD Holdings Limited (2009-2015), Epworth Healthcare (2008-14), Myer Holdings Ltd (2010-2014), Alumina Limited (2002-2013), ANZ Limited (2008-2014), NBN Co Limited (2009-2012) and Pacifica Group Limited (1989-2009).


Tracey Horton

Tracey Horton FAICD
BEc (Hons), MBA, Emeritus Professor
National Director

Tracey is a Non-Executive Director for Navitas Limited, Commissioner of the Tourism Commission WA, a member of the Australian Government Takeovers Panel and the Bain & Company Advisory Board. Tracey also participates in community activities as Chair of Council of Presbyterian Ladies College and Immediate Past President of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry (WA).

Tracey’s previous board roles include Chairman of D’Orsogna Ltd, Deputy Chair of the Water Corporation (WA) and Non-Executive Director for SKILLED Group and Automotive Holdings Group.

Tracey was Dean of the University of Western Australia’s Business School from mid-2004 to August 2011, where she was awarded the lifetime title of Emeritus Professor for her service.


Sally Pitkin

Dr Sally Pitkin FAICD
LLB LLM PhD
QLD Division President
QLD Division Director

Sally Pitkin is a non-executive director of the Link Group, Star Entertainment Group, IPH, Super Retail Group and Opera Queensland Ltd. She is also President of the Australian Institute of Company Directors Queensland Division Council.

She is a member of the Australian Securities and Investment Commission's External Advisory Board.

Sally is an Adjunct Professor with the University of Queensland Business School, Fellow of Bond University, a former corporate partner with Clayton Utz and she holds a Doctor of Philosophy in Governance.


Rod Roberts

Rod J Roberts FAICD
BEc MBA Dr Laws (Hon)
TAS Division President
TAS Division Director

Rod Roberts is a non-executive director of Webster Limited, ABW Funds Management LTD and various proprietary companies. He is a governor of the UTas Foundation.

His prior directorship appointments include chair of Harris & Company Limited, chair of Clements Marshall Consolidated Limited, a non-executive director of County NatWest Australia Limited, Bain & Company, Austflora Pty Ltd, Examiner Newspapers Pty Ltd and director of Tassal Group Limited.

Rod was also formerly deputy chancellor of the University of Tasmania, where he served for 13 years as a Council member.

In his senior executive career, Rod worked in investment banking and automotive industry manufacturing. Prior to completing his MBA, Rod also worked in the dairy industry and as a teacher.


Liesel Wett

Liesel Wett FAICD
BSc MPH MBA
ACT Division Director

Liesel Wett is chair of Goodwin Aged Care Services in the ACT, the leading aged care provider and largest not for profit employer in Canberra.

Liesel also holds non-executive directorships with Pathology Awareness Australia and Osteoporosis Australia.

As an experienced CEO and health strategist, Liesel is the CEO of Pathology Australia, the peak body for private pathology practices in Australia. Previously, Liesel held the position of CEO of the Pharmaceutical Society of Australia, the professional membership organisation for 18,000 pharmacists in Australia.


Kee Wong

Kee Wong FAICD
BEng (Hons), MBA
National Director

Kee is the founder and the Managing Director of e-Centric Innovations, a management and technology consulting company that provides strategic advice and systems integration services in e-business and IT for large enterprises and government in Australia, New Zealand, the United States and SE Asia.

Kee is Chairman of the Australian Information Industry Association (AIIA) and Deputy Chairman of Asialink. He is a director on the Victorian Governments ‘LaunchVIC Initiative’ and board member of the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra and Monash University’s Faculty of Engineering & IT. He is also a Council Member of Victoria University and an Advisory Board member of the Australia-Malaysia Institute (an appointment by Australia’s Minister for Foreign Affairs).


John Borgden

John Brogden AM FAICD
MPA
Managing Director & Chief Executive Officer

John Brogden joined the Australian Institute of Company Directors as Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer in January 2015.

John was CEO of the Financial Services Council (FSC), which represents Australia's retail and wholesale funds management businesses, superannuation funds, life insurers, financial advisory networks, trustee companies and public trustees from 2009-2015.

In 2006, John was appointed CEO of health insurer Manchester Unity, which he successfully merged with HCF in 2008. From 2006 to 2009, John was the Chair of Abacus Australian Mutuals, the body representing Australia’s credit unions and building societies.

From 1996 to 2005, John was the Member for Pittwater in the NSW Parliament. In 2002 to 2005, he was the Leader of the Opposition.

John is the Chair of Lifeline and Chair of UrbanGrowth NSW, and Chair of Furlough House Retirement Village. John is also the Patron of Sailability Pittwater, Bilgola Surf Lifesaving Club and Avalon Beach Surf Lifesaving Club.

In January 2014, John was made a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) for significant service to the community through representational roles with social welfare organisations, particularly Lifeline, to the business and financial sectors and to the Parliament of New South Wales.

He is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (FAICD) and holds a Masters of Public Affairs (MPA) from the University of Sydney.

About our governance

Corporate Governance of our organisation and members’ code of conduct.

We are dedicated to making a difference to the quality of directorship and seek to promote excellence in governance. As such, we are committed to ensuring that we lead by example in how our organisation is governed.

Every year, we run several hundred programs and courses that convey to participants the theory of Corporate Governance and how to apply it in practice. The theme of effective governance – whether it is the systems, processes or relationships that define the practice – also underpins the information resources we provide and many of the events that we conduct around the country.

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Executive profiles

Meet the executive team of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

John Brogden Exec profile

John Brogden AM FAICD
MPA
Managing Director & Chief Executive Officer

John Brogden joined the Australian Institute of Company Directors as Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer in January 2015.

John was CEO of the Financial Services Council, which represents Australia's retail and wholesale funds management businesses, superannuation funds, life insurers, financial advisory networks, trustee companies and public trustees from 2009-2015.

In 2006, John was appointed CEO of health insurer Manchester Unity, which he successfully merged with HCF in 2008. From 2006 to 2009, John was the Chair of Abacus Australian Mutuals, the body representing Australia’s credit unions and building societies.

From 1996 to 2005, John was the Member for Pittwater in the NSW Parliament. From 2002 to 2005, he was the Leader of the Opposition.

John is the Chair of Lifeline, UrbanGrowth NSW and Furlough House Retirement Village. He is also the Patron of Sailability Pittwater, Bilgola Surf Lifesaving Club and Avalon Beach Surf Lifesaving Club.

In January 2014, John was made a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) for significant service to the community through representational roles with social welfare organisations, particularly Lifeline, to the business and financial sectors and to the Parliament of New South Wales.

He is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and holds a Masters of Public Affairs from the University of Sydney.


Rachel Gatehouse MAICD
BEcon & Finance CPA
Chief Financial Officer & General Manager Corporate Services

Rachel joined the AICD in August 2015 and is responsible for Finance, Technology, Human Resources and Legal.  Prior to joining the AICD, Rachel had an accomplished career in the Financial Services Industry that included CFO of HBOS Australia and Head of Finance for Retail at ANZ Bank.  She has international experience and most recently helped to establish a joint venture in the Nordic Region.  Rachel’s previous Board appointments include Executive Director on the Board of Capital Finance Australia Limited and Director on its staff superannuation fund.


Marcel Mol

Marcel Mol MAICD
MEd
General Manager Education & International

Marcel joined the AICD in April 2014, having held the position of Regional Director, Learning & Development, at Ernst & Young. Prior to this, he led the Learning & Development function at the CSIRO and Clayton Utz Solicitors.

Marcel holds a Masters of Adult Education & Training and is an internationally certified Executive Coach.


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Louise Petschler MAICD
BA(Hons)
General Manager Advocacy

Louise joined the AICD in July 2015 with responsibility for policy, government affairs and media relations and the Governance Leadership Centre. Louise was previously the CEO of the Customer Owned Banking Association, the peak body for Australia’s $85 billion mutual banking sector. She has also held roles in consumer advocacy, government and banking. Louise is a director of Australian NFP Settlement Services International and was previously a director of the World Council of Credit Unions.


Karen Rennie

Karen Rennie MAICD
General Manager Members & Directors (Acting)

Karen joined the AICD in 2009, having held the positions of NSW Division Manager and Head of Members & Directors, leading the teams that deliver relevant and high impact programs, events and solutions for the AICD’s members.

Karen has had extensive career experience in Commercial Business, Private Enterprise and within the NFP sector prior to joining the AICD.


Michelle Wood

Michelle Wood MAICD
BMedia MARes(Bus) 
General Manager Marketing & Communications

Michelle Wood has spent over 15 years working in public affairs, marketing and communications. Prior to joining the AICD, Michelle was the Director of Communication at the Macquarie Graduate School of Management and also held marketing and communication roles with the University of Sydney and the Australian Mission to the United Nations in New York.

She is completing a PhD in business at MGSM, has a Masters of Research (business), as well as Bachelor of Media from Macquarie University.

Annual reports

Our annual reports from 2012 – 2015 are available for download in PDF format.

We are dedicated to making a difference to the quality of directorship and seek to promote excellence in governance. As such, we are committed to ensuring that we lead by example in how our organisation is governed.

Our annual reports are available to download in PDF format.

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About our members

  • ASX representation 98 per cent have at least one director that is a member and 63 per cent of ASX 200 chairs are members.
  • More than 38,000 members nationally, 89% of members are directors. Average tenure is 6.4 years.
  • International membership based in more than 30 countries around the world.
  • Most of our members wear multiple hats. Gain reach across more than 90,000 directorships.

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Revised Constitution

The special resolution to amend the Constitution of the Australian Institute of Company Directors was passed at the Annual General Meeting held on 5 November 2015. The revised Constitution is available for download.