Welcome to the international newsletter

By now you would have also read that our Chair, Elizabeth Proust AO FAICD, has stepped down from the board. Elizabeth was a great advocate for the AICD’s international opportunities, engaging with members in Hong Kong, Singapore and other places. We thank her for her support.

We welcome our new Chair, John Atkin FAICD, who has been a member of the AICD since 1990. John is a leader with three decades of experience working in both executive and non-executive roles across ASX 100 businesses, small to medium size caps, and the NFP sector. We’re looking forward to travelling to Asia with John in 2019.

In October, I travelled to Dubai and Abu Dhabi. I met with members, observed the International Company Directors Course and spoke at several events, including one with the DMCC in Dubai. We also held our first Directors’ Briefing in Dubai, with Dr John Harte, an international facilitator.

Also in October, we hosted a lunch in Sydney with Professor Ludo Van der Heyden, Academic Director of the INSEAD Corporate Governance Centre. Professor Van der Heyden spoke on common themes in governance across the world – you can read about the event and his views in an upcoming edition of the Company Director magazine.

As you read this, we are travelling to Singapore, Hong Kong and Shanghai with our CEO, Angus Armour. Angus will be speaking at a number of events in each city, as well as meeting with members, learning institutions and companies in the innovation and tech space. Our aim is to deepen our engagement on key governance issues in Asia.

We are proud to announce that the AICD has won the National Business Award from the Hong Kong-Australia Business Association. This award recognises our long term engagement in Hong Kong through the International Company Directors Course, events and member services. We were also finalists in the NSW Premier’s Export Awards for 2018.

Finally, we are preparing to take our International Company Directors Course to Fiji for the first time in June 2019. We will also be returning to Shanghai to deliver the five-day course; a market we will be focusing on in the coming years.

As always, please send any feedback to me on international@aicd.com.au. I hope you enjoy the holiday season and we wish you many happy returns for the New Year.