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New South Wales Division Council Election 2019

The New South Wales Division Council Election has now closed.

The voting period for the New South Wales Division Council Election closed on 9 September 2019 at 5.00pm AEST. The Election was held on 10 September 2019.

The successful candidates are as follows:

  • Dr Diana Day FAICD
  • Ms Louise McElvogue GAICD
  • Mr Nigel Hennessy FAICD

With effect from 1 October 2019, your New South Wales Division Councillors are:

  • Mr Michael Coleman FAICD
  • Mr Peter Achterstraat AM FAICD
  • Professor Jennifer Martin GAICD
  • Dr Sue Craig GAICD
  • Dr Diana Day FAICD
  • Ms Louise McElvogue GAICD
  • Ms Nancy Milne OAM FAICD
  • Ms Naseema Sparks AM FAICD
  • Dr Katherine Woodthorpe AO FAICD
  • Mr Nigel Hennessy FAICD

The AICD wishes to thank all those members who nominated, were nominated and participated in the voting.

Meet the NSW team

We have a dedicated team of staff to assist with any member queries and requests for information.

State Manager

  • Lee Street - Division Manager, New South Wales
  • Rose Banham - Office Services Executive

NSW Member Relations Team

Our NSW Member Relations Team are available to speak with you about membership, your ongoing professional development and questions you may have about being or becoming a director.

  • Garrick Charter - Sales and Engagement Manager
  • Paramjit Kaur - Sales and Engagement Team Leader
  • Mark Davis - Sales and Engagement Team Leader
  • Charlotte Magness - Engagement Executive
  • Aidan Coates - Engagement Executive
  • Bronte McDowell-Jones - Engagement Executive
  • Brent Ebert - Engagement Executive
  • Tom Weedon - Sales Executive
  • Paola Tesolin - Engagement Executive 

NSW Programs Team

Our NSW Programs team deliver our extensive schedule of courses and events.

  • Mim Mills - Programs Manager
  • Amanda Scholte  - Programs Team Leader
  • Alison Sheehy  - Programs Team Leader
  • Claire Bailey  - Programs Executive
  • Ashleigh Dickinson - Programs Executive
  • Lisa Jagelman - Programs Executive
  • Chloe Davis - Programs Executive
  • Rebecca Devlin - Programs Coordinator
  • Melda Kocataskin - Programs Coordinator
  • Vivian Hardjono - Programs Executive

NSW Business Centre and Member Lounge

Our Business Centre and Member Lounge team look after your needs when you visit our Sydney CBD location. 

  • Will Johnson - Business Centre and Member Lounge Executive
  • Zane Whallin - Business Centre and Member Lounge Senior Coordinator
  • Robert Cooper - Business Centre and Member Lounge Coordinator


Meet the NSW Council

The Council assists in providing guidance and strategic input into the direction of the Division.

Michael Coleman FAICDMichael Coleman FAICD, Council representative on the AICD Board

Michael Coleman is a Chartered Accountant. He retired from KPMG in 2011 after a career that included 30 years as an audit partner and practice leader, having led both Audit and Risk Management & Regulation. Michael is a member of the Macquarie Group and Bank boards and chairs the Audit Committees. He was Chairman of ING Management Limited.

An experienced director and Chairman, a pragmatic risk manager and an Audit Committee expert, Michael is currently Adjunct Professor, Australian School of Business, University of New South Wales; Deputy Chairman of the Financial Reporting Council; Chairman of Australian Institute of Company Directors Reporting Committee; Chairman of Planet Ark Environmental Foundation and a board member of Belvoir St Theatre Foundation.

Peter Achterstraat AM FAICD, President

Peter Achterstraat is the former Auditor General of NSW and a former Deputy Commissioner of Taxation with over 30 years’ experience in finance and governance.

Peter is currently the Chairman of Bankstown Airport Ltd and the Chair of the Sydney Financial Forum. He is also the Chair and independent member of various Audit & Risk Committees. In 2006, he was inducted into the Australian National University College of Business and Economics' Hall of Fame.

Peter is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia, a Fellow of CPA Australia, and a Fellow of Governance Institute of Australia. Peter is an Adjunct Professor at the University of Sydney's Graduate School of Government and was awarded an Order of Australia in 2014 for his Financial Management and Governance roles.

Sue Craig GAICDDr Sue Craig GAICD

Over her career Sue has advised or worked with boards and organisational leadership to develop frameworks or programs to evaluate organisational risk profiles, control environments and governance responsibilities in complex organisations. She has held senior executive roles with NSW Department of Premier & Cabinet, PwC, GE Healthcare and Accenture, and is currently the Managing Director of her own consulting practice, Transformance Group. She has published and presented at several conferences on strategic planning for service reform, performance and risk profiles, and IT initiatives.

In her role at NSW Department of Premier & Cabinet, she was the Project Director for the review of governance and accountabilities of State-owned Corporations Act, Board and Committee Appointment Reforms, evaluation of the sector-wide Keep Them Safe child wellbeing program, and the review of NSW 2021 - the state strategic plan. Prior to this she was a Director and National Lead for Clinical Information Systems at PwC Australia.

Sue recently published an article on economic benefits of adopting a risk management plan for public venues on behalf of the Cardiac Arrest Survivor Foundation.

Diana DayDr Diana Day FAICD

Diana is a non-executive director and environmental scientist with board experience within statutory authorities, the private sector, and, not-for-profit organisations.

A former researcher and public administrator, Diana has expertise in the governance, security and science of natural resources and in ameliorating impacts of land transformation, including agriculture, on freshwater and earth/soil reserves.

Previous directorships include the national Rural Industries R&D Corporation, Murray-Darling Basin Authority, Meat and Livestock Australia Ltd, CRC for Irrigation Futures, Fisheries R&D Corporation, and, Australian Maritime College.

An experienced mentor for indigenous students and staff in postgraduate research achievement, Diana has also worked to increase student access and retention at university.

Current roles include Adjunct Professor, UNSW Global Water Institute, and executive and professional career consultant and coach.

Diana is interested to foster AICD member governance learning to navigate accelerating change and sustainability in all its forms.

Diana holds a BAHons1 and DipEd from the UNcl and a PhD from UNE.

Nigel HennessyNigel Hennessy FAICD

Nigel is a highly experienced company director and committee member having served for over 20 years in various organisations ranging from Government, NFP and Membership through to Private, Public and ASX listed companies.

He has a solid reputation in entrepreneurship, innovation and commercialisation and fully understands technology disruption and its impact on governance. He has published articles with the Director Magazine including ‘The Entrepreneurial Board’, ‘The Mouse, Horse and Elephant’ and ‘The Restaurant Analogy’.

Nigel has been instrumental in 15 start-up companies in Australia and the USA. He has also been a senior executive in complex businesses with several thousand staff. Consequently, his bandwidth of skills is not just wide but also deep.

Nigel is eager to bring his deep experience in entrepreneurship, governance and ethics to AICD and its members to take on the challenges of modern leadership following on from the Hayne Banking Royal Commission.

Jennifer MartinProfessor Jennifer Martin GAICD

(MBChB, MA (Oxon.), FRACP, PhD) Jennifer is a leader in the academic healthcare setting with skillsets and experience of strategic planning in complex regulatory and performance environments in health. She leads two independent multidisciplinary high profile national research programs informing clinical practice and healthcare policy internationally around optimal medicines use, and chairs a Medical Discipline at the University of Newcastle whilst maintaining intensive clinical roles as a hospital physician.

Jennifer has 20 years’ experience on specialist Government committees guiding pharmaceutical policy in Australasia, and contributes to strategy on a number of social policies that affect people’s health via the Royal Australasian College of Physicians Policy and Advocacy Committee. She was recognised in 2016 for Excellence to her Discipline by the Australasian Society of Clinical and Experimental Pharmacologists and Toxicologists, and in 2017 received the Collaboration Award in the University of Newcastle School of Medicine.

Louise McElvogue GAICDLouise McElvogue GAICD

Louise McElvogue is an advisor and non-executive director, who brings expertise in strategy and digital technology to boards and corporates. Louise has deep experience in media, technology and strategy consulting from work in the US, Europe and Asia Pacific.

Louise has worked with start-ups and corporates and has led the development of more than 30 digital products for companies including McDonald’s, British Gas, hp, the BBC, Channel 4 and Fairfax Media.

Current roles include Trustee of Sydney Living Museums, Chair of UTS Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences’ Advisory Board and a member of the UTS Business School Advisory Board. Previous roles include appointment by the Australian Government as one of three members of the Convergence Review, which reviewed the regulation of traditional media and the internet.

Louise started her career as a business journalist and worked with The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, The Guardian, Financial Times Media and CNN Business News.

Nancy Milne OAM FAICDNancy Milne OAM FAICD

Nancy Milne is an experienced non-executive director. A former lawyer practising in the insurance and risk area, Nancy retired as a partner from Clayton Utz at the end of 2003. She has been a director of a variety of companies including ASX listed and unlisted companies, government corporations and not-for-profit organisations.

Current board roles include Ale Property group, Pillar Administration and Securities Exchange Guarantee Corporation. Previous board roles have included Australand Holdings, Crowe Horwath, Munich Reinsurance Australasia, Zurich Financial Services Australia and the Medical Research and Compensation Fund.

Naseema Sparks FAICDNaseema Sparks AM FAICD

Naseema is an experienced director with background in strategy, digital tech, marketing and branding. She has experience in businesses organisations using emerging technology to disrupt traditional sectors. She is future-focused and understands the opportunities and risks to organisations in today’s changing technology and media environments.

Her expertise includes corporate strategy, online retail & fulfilment, media (digital and social), financial services, mobile payment platforms, branding and marketing strategy.

She is a director of Melbourne IT, Australian Vintage (McGuigan Wines), AIG Australia and IncentiaPay. She is Chair of Sniip and a Trustee of Sydney Living Museums. Naseema's most recent executive career was Managing Director and Global Partner of M&C Saatchi. Naseema worked in Australia and UK at C levels of marketing and advertising until 2007.

Previous directorships include Blackmores, Shadforth Financial Group, online retailer, and Sydney Dance Company. Her qualifications include an MBA from Melbourne Business School.

Katherine WoodthorpeDr Katherine Woodthorpe AO FAICD

Dr Katherine Woodthorpe is a professional non-executive director with experience on a wide range of not-for-profit and commercial boards over twenty years. She is currently a director of several organisations, across a range of sectors, broadly in the innovation space. Amongst her current appointments, she is Chair of the Antarctic CRC and of tech startup space Fishburners. She was previously the Chief Executive of AVCAL, the Australian Private Equity and Venture Capital Association.

She has a PhD in Science and was awarded an honorary doctorate from UTS. She was cited in the Australian Financial Review as one of the 2013 “100 Women of Influence” and in 2017 she was appointed an Officer in the Order of Australia for her distinguished services to business and commercialisation of research . Katherine joined the AICD NSW Council in 2013.

More information on NSW Council

For more information on the role of the council and its directive, see About our governance

2016 Council Election results

The result of the NSW Division Council of the Australian Institute of Company Directors election to fill three vacancies, conducted on 21 September 2016 is:

  • Dr Diana Day FAICD
  • Prof Elizabeth More AM MAICD
  • Ms Louise McElvogue GAICD

2015 Council Election results

The result of the NSW Division Council of the Australian Institute of Company Directors election conducted on 25 September 2015, to fill one vacancy is:

  • Ms Naseema Sparks FAICD

2014 Council Election results

The result of the NSW Division Council of the Australian Institute of Company Directors election conducted on 31 October 2014, to fill one vacancy is:

  • Dr Sue Craig GAICD

2013 Council Election results

The results of NSW Division Council of Australian Institute of Company Directors election conducted on 26 September 2013 are:

  • Ms Kathleen Conlon FAICD
  • Ms Anne Brennan FAICD
  • Dr Katherine Woodthorpe FAICD

2012 Council Election results

The results of NSW Division Council of Australian Institute of Company Directors election conducted on 28 September 2012 are:

  • Mr Peter Hamilton FAICD
  • Mr Phillip Cenere MAICD

Regional committees

Our regional committees are our connection with regional communities and members. We have committees representing each key region and committee members with a range of business and industry backgrounds.

Hunter Committee members

  • Darren Turner GAICD (Chair)
  • Richard Anicich AM FAICD
  • Russell Ware FAICD
  • Samantha Martin-Williams FAICD 
  • Paul Hughes FAICD 
  • Liz Nicol GAICD
  • Jennifer Leslie MAICD

Illawarra Committee members

  • Warwick Shanks MAICD (Chair)
  • Janine Cullen OAM FAICD
  • Vince Lendrum GAICD 
  • Cathy Aston GAICD 

Western NSW Committee members (including Bathurst, Orange and Dubbo)

  • Saranne Cooke FAICD (Chair)
  • Cheryl Pope GAICD
  • Andrew Boog FAICD
  • Ron Maxwell GAICD
  • Matthew Irvine FAICD
  • Mike Sutherland MAICD
  • Juliet Corish GAICD 

Your place to meet in Sydney

Exclusive and complimentary for members, the lounge area is a modern multi-functional space which can be used for informal meetings, private work or simply to unwind. For meetings that require more privacy we also provide a variety of different size rooms that can be hired on an hourly, half day or full day basis