Day 1


8.00 - 9.00

Welcome to Country


Warrend-Badj is an Elder of the Indigenous Wurundjeri people of Melbourne and outer lying areas. He is the leader of the Yarra Yarra Dancers.


• Warrend-Badj

Conference open

9.05 - 9.10

Master of Ceremonies, Leigh Sales, will open the 2018 Australian Governance Summit.


• Leigh Sales

Official welcome

9.10 - 9.30

The AICD’s Angus Armour, Managing Director & CEO, and Elizabeth Proust, Chairman of the Board, will welcome delegates and introduce the themes of this year’s Summit.


• Angus Armour FAICD
• Elizabeth Proust AO FAICD

Keynote: The evolving role of directors

9.30 - 10.00

As society changes so too does the role of business leaders. Influential non-executive director Sam Mostyn explores how the role of directors is evolving and in whose interests directors should be acting.

• Should the role and responsibilities of directors change in line with the changing expectations of the community?

• What shifts are required of directors and boards to align with the changing business and societal landscapes?

• How will the role of directors continue to evolve?


• Sam Mostyn MAICD

Panel discussion: The evolving role and responsibility of business

10.00 - 10.45

Panellists will debate the responsibilities of business and the role of boards in ensuring the standards of governance reflect the changing expectations of society.

• Is there a contradiction in meeting the demands of the business and the demands of the community?

• What responsibilities do businesses and their boards have to speak up?

• How can the relationship between business and society be reinvented to achieve social sustainability?

• What behaviour, conversations and governance shifts are required of directors, boards and leadership to align with the evolving role of business?


• Sam Mostyn MAICD
• Commissioner Robert Fitzgerald AM
• Richard Boele, Partner, Banarra, KPMG Australia

Elective sessions (choose one): Culture, trust and reputation

11.15 - 12.15

A: Culture and the reputation of your organisation

Thanks to a stream of recent scandals, corporate culture and its impact on an organisation’s reputation remains in the spotlight. Directors are increasingly expected to exercise a duty of care regarding their organisation’s culture, but many are falling short.

• Why are we seeing so many high profile cases of boards failing as gatekeepers of corporate culture?

• What can we learn from recent failures and successes?

• How are boards successfully using the levers available to them to drive a culture that aligns with business strategy?


• Holly Kramer
• Louise Baxter GAICD, Starlight Children’s Foundation
• Alison Kitchen, National Chair, KPMG Australia
• James Chin Moody, Founder and CEO, Sendle

B. Building trust in the digital age

With the 2017 Edelman Trust Barometer revealing an ‘alarming evaporation’ in public trust across all institutions including businesses, boards need to understand and respond to this trend.

• How is the environment in which trust needs to be restored different to the one in which it was established?

• How does your business need to evolve to restore or maintain public trust in the digital age?

• What steps should your board take to oversee this evolution?


• Jacki Johnson FAICD, IAG
• Paul Shetler
• Craig Dunn

C. Insights from the global environment

Many of the issues Australian directors are facing – culture, trust, sustainability, equality, transparency – are issues being dealt with globally, and there is much to learn from boards that are leading the way and doing things differently.

• What alternate approaches can we look to when dealing with the governance challenges being faced in Australia?

• How are our international counterparts thinking differently about tackling key issues, creating strategic advantage, and the value that directors can add to an organisation?

• Which boards are redefining the rules of business globally?


• Nicola Wakefield Evans FAICD
• Monica Bradley GAICD
• Marcello Palazzi
• Tom Daemen, Microsoft

D. NFPs and the trust crisis

In light of the broader erosion of trust in institutions and recent high-profile cases of misconduct in the NFP sector, NFP directors have a role to play in protecting trust and confidence in the sector.

• How should NFP directors be incorporating trust as a dimension of decision-making?

• How are community expectations of the NFP sector changing?

• How will the changing face of the NFP sector influence how it is perceived?


• Dr Tessa Boyd-Caine GAICD, Health Justice Australia
• Paul Ronalds, Save the Children

The changing director liability landscape – a rapid regulatory update

12.15 - 1.00

As demands on directors continue to grow, it is now more important than ever to stay informed of developments in the director liability environment. This rapid regulatory update will bring you up to speed on the latest issues impacting your responsibilities as a director.

• What are the key recent liability developments?

• What liability changes are on the horizon?


• Professor Pamela Hanrahan, UNSW School of Taxation and Business Law


1.00 - 2.00
Please note this session is now full

[Optional session]: Commercial Head, Social Heart: reshaping State business governance

1.00 - 2.00

On the scale of an ASX 50 company, icare is challenging the way that government-owned corporations are run. During intense periods of change, icare continued to maintain a high-performance culture, an engaged and motivated workforce and a board and executive working well together.

• What does it take to create this performance dynamic?

• How do you know when you are there?

• What are the secrets to sustaining this productive organisational culture?


• Michael Carapiet, Chairman, icare

• Vivek Bhatia, Chief Executive Officer, icare

Elective sessions (choose one): The new world of stakeholder management

2.00 - 3.00

A. The evolution of activism – is your board ready?

Shareholder and other stakeholder activism is increasing and evolving. With Australia’s regulatory environment favourable to activists, it is important to consider whether your board is vulnerable, and the potential impact of this growing trend on your business and its stakeholders.

• What characteristics attract activist attention and what insights can Australian boards gain from activist campaigns run in other countries?

• Who are the likely protagonists and how should their views be considered in strategy development and implementation?

• How can boards pre-empt stakeholder activism and what steps can they take to guard against, or respond to, activist campaigns?


• Gabriel Radzyminski, Sandon Capital
• Simon Hudson, UniSuper
• Jeremy Leibler, Arnold Bloch Leibler
• Arlene Tansey FAICD

B. Reporting and engagement trends – are you keeping up?

Stakeholder demands with regards to engagement and reporting are changing. Boards need to understand stakeholder views, stay abreast of reporting trends and be proactive in developing engagement strategies relevant to their circumstances.

• What are the latest mechanisms being used to communicate how the business is creating and preserving long-term sustainable value, and what is the role of the AGM in this context?

• How, when and on what issues should boards engage with shareholders and proxy advisors?

• How can boards navigate the often-conflicting demands and expectations of stakeholders?


• Pru Bennett MAICD, BlackRock
• Ziggy Switkowski AO FAICD

Tales from the corporate battlefield - Part one

3.30 - 4.15

Always a highlight, this session involves some of Australia’s most experienced leaders talking candidly about challenges they have faced. Due to the frank nature of these discussions, there is a ban on media during this session.

Managing a cyber crisis – Lessons learnt from Census 2016

With cyber security and cyber-attacks an increasingly important issue for directors, Alastair and David will share their 2016 Census experience and discuss insights of relevance to directors and boards.


• Alastair MacGibbon, National Cyber Security Advisor
• David Kalisch FAICD, Australian Statistician, Australian Bureau of Statistics

Keynote: Driving innovation in the face of disruption

4.15 - 4.55

In a time of constant disruption, a culture of innovation is critical if a business (or country) is to prosper and grow, yet globally Australia continues to lag behind its peers. While the government works on the national innovation agenda, there is much that boards can do to drive innovation in their own ecosystems.

• What does it take for a board to successfully govern a business in an industry being disrupted?

• How can leaders who are driven to innovate overcome obstacles and determine where and how to influence to have the most impact?

• How should boards be preparing now for the medium to long term innovation-driven disruptions their businesses and workforces are facing?


• David Thodey AO FAICD

Day one close

4.55 - 5.00


• Leigh Sales

Networking drinks and canapes

5.00 - 7.00

Day 2

Conference open by MC

9.00 - 9.15


• Leigh Sales

Governance of a nation – insights from abroad

9.15 - 10.00

Public confidence in the quality of our national governance is being put at risk as successive governments focus on short-term planning and policy implementation. Reform, however, cannot be the job of government alone; directors have a significant role to play.

• How can government and business work together to support long-term decision making and lift public confidence in the national democratic system?

• What can Australia learn from other innovative players in the global environment, particularly in relation to pursuing both reform and growth simultaneously?

• What role must boards play in tomorrow’s businesses that harness the trust of the public?


• Rt Hon Sir John Key

In conversation with the Chair and MD of Coca-Cola Amatil

10.30 - 11.30

Coca-Cola Amatil currently holds a unique position in the Australian business landscape as the single top ASX company with a female Chairman and Managing Director. In this fascinating discussion, Alison Watkins and Ilana Atlas will discuss the dynamics of the Chair/CEO relationship and insights from their leadership careers.

• What are the subtleties of establishing and maintaining an effective Chair/CEO relationship?
• What considered steps have you taken in your professional life to build the broad skills needed for a senior leadership career?
• As the role of business evolves and the composition of boardrooms change, where are you seeing gaps in the skills of future senior leaders?


• Ilana Atlas MAICD, Chair, Coca-Cola Amatil
• Alison Watkins FAICD, Group Managing Director, Coca-Cola Amatil

Elective sessions (choose one): Driving innovation from the boardroom

11.30 - 12.30

A: Leading a digital transformation from the boardroom

Digital transformation is happening in every business in every industry and it is imperative that boards understand the transformative powers of technology – as well as the associated risks – if they are to contribute to the conversation and keep their businesses, and themselves, relevant.

• How can boards determine where their business is in its digital journey and where it need to go?

• What does it take to successfully implement a digital transformation?

• How must the format and composition of traditional boardrooms evolve if boards are to be effective catalysts for digital transformation?


• Stephen Scheeler, Former Managing Director, Facebook, ANZ and Executive-in-Residence at Australian Graduate School of Management, UNSW

B: Innovation through collaboration

To boost Australia’s innovation system and compete globally, it is necessary to build collaborative networks across industry, academia and government. Boards can drive innovation in their own ecosystems by forging productive links that facilitate better sharing of research, IP, human capital, technology and data.

• How can your board create and capture new value through collaboration?

• When and why are boards in different sectors and industries using collaboration to achieve competitiveness, agility and innovation?

• What lessons can be learnt from successful collaboration ventures, both locally and globally?


• The Hon. Victor Dominello, MP, Minister for Finance, Services and Property
• Karen Lawson GAICD, CEO, Slingshot Accelerator
• Andrew Stevens MAICD, Advanced Manufacturing Growth Centre
• Prof Stephen Parker AO, KPMG Australia

C. Innovation and the law – exploring the grey area

For businesses and boards focused on staying ahead of the pack, the tension between innovation and the law is a real issue that must be managed. Tensions abound in grey areas such as privacy and use of data, and innovation in this space can build trust and social license and better products and services for customers. But to support a strategy like this, boards need to think differently.

• How are businesses and their boards taking an opportunity-focused view of the regulatory environment to build strategic advantage?

• How are boards managing the challenges and ramifications of entering new unregulated playing fields and/or innovating within the confines of existing laws?

• What role should regulators play and how can business and regulators work together to achieve better outcomes for both?


• Annelies Moens FAICD
• Professor Graeme Samuel AC
• Jon Duffy, Trade Me

D. Bringing Silicon Valley to Melbourne

Can’t get to Silicon Valley? Hear the latest innovation trends and developments from the Valley, Israel and other innovation hotbeds from the comfort of Melbourne.

• What are the latest advances coming out of innovation hotspots globally?

• What will be the impact of these advances on your business?

• What conversations should directors be having now to prepare for the impact of these developments?


• Tim Trumper MAICD, Chair, NRMA
• Aki Ohashi, Palo Alto Research Centre
• Sandy Plunkett

Lunch: Connect and be inspired

12.30 - 2.00

The economic outlook and issues to be aware of

2.00 - 2.45

Hear AICD’s Chief Economist discuss global issues, emerging risks, and the economic outlook as it relates to boards and the businesses they oversee.

• What were the main economic and geopolitical focus areas at Davos this year?

• What did we learn from the WEF global risk survey, in particular the Australian component?

• What is the broader economic outlook, both at home and globally?


• Stephen Walters GAICD, Chief Economist, AICD
• Angus Armour FAICD, Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director, AICD
• Su-Lin Ong

Tales from the corporate battlefield – Part two

2.45 - 3.30

Always a highlight, this session involves some of Australia’s most experienced leaders talking candidly about challenges they have faced. Due to the frank nature of these discussions, there is a ban on media during this session.

From crisis to recovery – The 7-Eleven story

7-Eleven Chairman, Michael Smith FAICD, discusses the near perfect storm faced by the convenience store franchise and the way back to sector leading growth. A story of culture, divided responsibilities, extraordinary shareholder actions, governance practices, threat of class actions and dealing with regulators and franchisees. What happened, why did it happen, could it happen to you, what did they do about it.


• Michael Smith FAICD, Chairman 7-Eleven Stores and Starbucks Australia

Keynote: Governance of a nation – where to from here?

3.30 - 4.00

Dr Henry will discuss what needs to be done to set the right policies for Australia’s long-term prosperity, and the role business plays in building a strong, inclusive and sustainable economy.

• How can Australia be positioned as a desirable place to live and do business in the future?

• What role can business play in promoting a reform agenda that supports innovation, drives economic growth, achieves fiscal and social sustainability and improves fairness in the system?


• Dr Ken Henry AC, Chair, National Australia Bank

Conference close

4.00 - 4.15


• Elizabeth Proust AO FAICD