Meet our team

Meet the NSW team

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

State Manager

  • Duane Findley - 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.

  • Fran Binns - Members and Directors Manager
  • Paramjit Kaur - Members and Directors Executive
  • Zane Whallin - Members and Directors Executive
  • Ben Guinea - Members and Directors Executive
  • Reno Zalidas - Members and Directors Executive
  • Ben Hanslip - Members and Directors Executive
  • Arnold Francis - Members and Directors Executive
  • Garrick Charter - Members and Directors Executive

NSW Programs Team

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

  • Linda Fitzhardinge - Members and Directors Manager
  • Alison Sheehy  - Members and Directors Executive
  • Claire Bailey  - Members and Directors Executive
  • Mim Moran  - Members and Directors Executive
  • Amanda Carreno  - Members and Directors Executive
  • Amanda Tait  - Members and Directors Executive
  • Nicole Harvey - Members and Directors Coordinator
  • Katie Ardzejewski  - Members and Directors Coordinator
  • Lisa Jagelman  - Members and Directors Executive
  • Chloe Davis  - Members and Directors 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. 

  • Jamie Gates - Business Centre and Member Lounge Manager
  • Will Johnson - Business Centre and Member Lounge Executive
  • Charlotte Magness - Business Centre and Member Lounge 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 is a member of the Reserve Bank of Australia’s Audit Committee and 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 Osteoporosis Australia and 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 currently has a Chairman role with a not-for-profit and a government advisory group. He is a Principal with the global advisory firm Advisian. 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 non-executive director, Sydney Water Corporation, 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.

Eileen DoyleDr Eileen Doyle FAICD

Dr Eileen Doyle has had an exceptional career in large corporations that has spanned more than three decades. In 1993 she was Australia’s first Fulbright Scholar in Business Management. She completed an International General Management Program at Columbia University in New York. She had an executive career in the steel and building materials industries. She was Chairman of Port Waratah Coal Services and Deputy Chairman of CSIRO.

Her present roles include Chairman, Hunter Research Foundation and Director, Boral Ltd, GPT Group, Oil Search Ltd and Newcastle Knights. Eileen has also had a long history of being a business angel and working with inventors and small businesses to introduce and grow their products. She is a Founding Fellow of the Australian Association of Angel Investors.

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

Professor Elizabeth More AM MAICDProfessor Elizabeth More AM MAICD

BA (Hons), GradDipMgt, MComLaw, PhD Professor Elizabeth More is Dean of the Australian Institute of Management School of Business, a past President of the Australian and New Zealand Academy of Management, and of the Australian Communication Association, and a consultant to both private and public sector organisations. She is a former Deputy Vice-Chancellor of Macquarie and Canberra universities, and Dean of Macquarie University’s Graduate School of Management. Her research focusses on change management, communication, leadership, organisation culture and sustainability.

With expertise in NFP and government sectors, her present Board experience includes chairing Flourish Australia, and AUSDANCE NSW; and a Director with Shaun Parker & Co Dance Company. Key previous Board experience includes MD of MGSM Pty Ltd; Directorships with NIDA, SDC; and Board Membership of the NSW Government’s Council on the Cost and Quality of Government, AC3; and the Federal Government’s Telecommunications Industry Development Authority.

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 Grays e-Commerce Group, Melbourne IT, Australian Vintage (McGuigan Wines), PMP, AIG Australia and mobile payments company Ingogo. She is Deputy Chairman, Racing NSW 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 FAICD

Dr Katherine Woodthorpe is a professional non-executive director with experience on a wide range of not-for-profit and commercial boards. She is currently a director of six organisations, predominantly in the technology sector. Amongst her current appointments, she is Chair of the Antarctic CRC and a director of the Olivia Newton-John Cancer Research Insistute. She was previously the Chief Executive of AVCAL, the Australian Private Equity and Venture Capital Association for seven years. Katherine has a long experience and track record in Public Affairs in particular with the innovation community and most recently the private equity industry.

She has a BSc and PhD in Chemistry and was awarded an honorary doctorate from UTS. She was cited as a Finalist in the Innovation category for the Australian Financial Review’s 2013 “100 Women of Influence”.

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

Board of Studies Teaching & Educational Standards NSW (BOSTES).

Effective Governance for Non-government Schools

In January 2015, the Education Act 1990 was amended to require all registered non-government schools to have and implement policies and procedures for the proper governance of schools.

Under this Act, all individual and non-government schools are required to provide governance training to ‘responsible persons’ involved in the management of the school. They are required to complete an ‘approved’ professional program on governance issues, each year.

The Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD) is an approved provider of governance training for registered non-government schools with (Board of Studies Teaching & Educational Standards NSW (BOSTES).

BOSTES recognises that membership of the AICD, with its continuous professional development requirement through Director Professional Development (DPD), will serve the purpose of addressing the BOSTES requirement for ‘annual professional learning’.

The courses approved by BOSTES include:

  • Company Directors Course

  • Foundations of Directorship

  • Governance Foundations for NFP Directors

  • In the Boardroom: Responsibilities and Practice

  • Not-for-Profit Board Dynamics

  • Establishing Boards for Business Owners

  • Sports Governance

  • Developing your Director Career

Further information about BOSTES

NSW Division Council Election 2016

The NSW Division Council Election has now closed.

Voting for the NSW Division Council Election closed on 20 September 2016 at 5pm. The Election was held on 21 September 2016.

The successful candidates are as follows:

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

With effect from 1 October 2016, the NSW Division Councillors are:

  • Mr Michael Coleman FAICD Board Member
  • Mr Peter Achterstraat AM FAICD President
  • Dr Sue Craig GAICD
  • Dr Diana Day FAICD
  • Dr Eileen Doyle FAICD
  • Ms Louise McElvogue GAICD
  • Ms Nancy Milne OAM FAICD
  • Prof Elizabeth More AM MAICD
  • Ms Naseema Sparks AM FAICD
  • Dr Katherine Woodthorpe FAICD

The AICD wishes to thank all those members who participated in the election and participated in the voting.

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

  • Richard Anicich FAICD (Chair)
  • Stephen Phillips FAICD     
  • Russell Ware FAICD
  • Darren Turner MAICD
  • Samantha Martin-Williams FAICD 
  • Paul Hughes FAICD 

Illawarra Committee members

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

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

  • Saranne Cooke GAICD (Chair)
  • Don MacLennan GAICD
  • Cheryl Pope GAICD
  • Andrew Boog FAICD
  • Ron Maxwell GAICD
  • Brian Goodall GAICD
  • Matthew Irvine FAICD

Upcoming courses and events in the regions

Keep up-to-date with the latest courses and events near you.


Hunter Directors' Briefing: Are you Cyber Resilient? - 28 March this is an evening event

Boardroom Financial Acumen - 10 April this is a one day course

Company Directors Course – 14 June this is a five day course


Illawarra AICD Open House – 29 March this is an evening event

The Board and the CEO - Illawarra – 26 June this is a half day course

Company Directors Course – 15 May this is a five day course


Company Directors Course – 3 April this is a five day course


Directors Briefing: Maximising opportunity in a minimum growth environment – 27 April this is an evening event

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