Day 1

This is a dynamic program, and will update as we confirm topics and speakers.

Welcome to Country

9.00

Conference open and official welcome

9.05

The AICD’s Chair, John Atkin FAICD, and CEO and Managing Director, Angus Armour FAICD, will welcome delegates and introduce the themes of this year’s Summit.

Speakers

  • John Atkin FAICD, Chair, AICD
  • Angus Armour FAICD, Managing Director & CEO, AICD

Boards of 2030

9.30
Business models are evolving. How do we deal with governance in a world that is continually changing? What skills will be needed and how can boards upskill and recalibrate? This panel of board members will consider what the board of 2030 will need to look like.

Speaker

  • Dr Megan Clark AC FAICD, CSL, Rio Tinto, Australian Space Agency
  • Sharon Warburton GAICD, Wesfarmers, Fortescue Metals, Perth Children’s Hospital
  • Ben Heap GAICD, Colonial First State, The Star Entertainment group, H2 Ventures
  • Graeme Liebelt FAICD, ANZ banking group, Amcor, AFIC

Break

11.00

The shifting landscape

11.30
Geo-political uncertainty and market volatility are adding additional intensity to boardroom discussions. This session will take a closer look at these macro influences, the threats and opportunities they present, and how boards are governing effectively in a constantly shifting landscape.

Speaker

  • Michael Froman, Mastercard, Disney, former advisor to President Barack Obama
  • Mark Thirlwell, Chief Economist, AICD

Future ready economies and the reform required in Australia

12.00

Countries around the world are positioning themselves as global innovation hotspots and future-proofing their economies in the process. Israel is leading the way in cybersecurity and Ireland boast word-renowned innovation hubs. Our panel of international and Australian directors will discuss these future-ready economies in the context of what Australian business leaders and policy makers must do to push the reform needed in Australia, and the role that boards can play in ensuring Australian isn’t left behind.

Speaker

  • Ray Fleming, Enterprise Ireland
  • Eitan Bienstock, Techbench Capital
  • Brigid O'Brien, IQT International Australia
  • Alex Scandurra, Stone and Chalk
  • Moderator: Maria MacNamara

Lunch

12.45

Concurrent elective sessions #1

13.45

Digital Transformation: A Case Study

All organisations are facing a new digital landscape and it is crucial that boards gain an understanding of what this means for their business. This session will explore Sydney Water’s digital transformation journey – one that is moving it towards customer-centricity and longterm sustainability – and extrapolate the lessons that are relevant to all organisations.

Speakers

  • Introduction: Dr Abby Bloom FAICD, Director, Sydney Water Corporation
  • Bruce Morgan FAICD, Chair, Sydney Water
  • Greg Couttas, MAICD, Non- Executive Director, Sydney Water
  • George Hunt, General Manager, Digital Business and Chief Information Officer, Sydney Water

Digital Transformation in the not-for-Profit Sector

In a bid to stop itself being disrupted, Good2Give transformed the corporate giving market. This tale of digital transformation explores how the organisation identified a technology solution to a customer problem, the challenges faced by the board and management team along the way, and the lessons that can be applied across the not-for-profit sector. 

Speakers

  • Lisa Grinham, CEO Good2Give
  • Michael Graf MAICD, Non- Executive Director, Good2Give

Workforce of the future

Is your workforce evolving quickly enough? Our panellists will provide expert insights on how boards must think differently about their people if they are to successfully navigate the business transformation and technological opportunities that lie ahead. 

Speakers

  • Michael Priddis, Faethm AI
  • Rhonda Brighton Hall, Making Work Absolutely Human
  • Melinda Cilento GAICD, CEDA

STEM in the boardroom

Would STEM professionals add value to your board? Is a focus on STEM the key to unlocking future innovation in your business? Our panel will discuss how improving your understanding of science and technology can have knock-on effects throughout the organisation and how directors can become more STEM literate.  

Speaker

  • Jackie McArthur MAICD, Tassal Operations, InvoCare, Inghams
  • Dr Katherine Woodthorpe AO FAICD, Antarctic Science Foundation, Fishburners
  • Prof Matthew Vadas AO, Centenary Institute

Break

14.30

Diversity

15.00

The benefits of diversity as a contributor to enhanced performance are widely accepted. Yet achieving true diversity remains a challenge. Should we be rethinking our approach to boardroom diversity and considering new models of director criteria to broaden the competencies and perspectives around the board table? Our panel of diversity advocates will share their thoughts.

Speakers

  • Ming Long GAICD, Diversity Council, QBE ANZ, AMP Capital Funds Management
  • James Fazzino, Manufacturing Australia
  • Peter Varghese AO,University of Queensland, CARE Australia
  • Nicola Wakefield Evans FAICD, 30% Club Australia, Macquarie Group, Lendlease, AICD

Boardroom hypothetical

15.45

Our hypothetical board will explore some of the complex dilemmas facing today’s directors. Board members will come prepared with their expert insights on the agenda items for discussion.

Professor Bob Wood, Director of the UTS Futures Academy will also share his insights about the boards decision-making processes and resolutions. 

Speaker

  • Lou Panaccio MAICD, Sonic Healthcare Limited, Unison Housing Corporation
  • Tim Trumper MAICD, NRMA, Platinum Asset Management
  • Sally-Ann Williams GAICD, Cicada Innovations, World Vision Australia
  • Commentator: Professor Robert Wood, UTS
  • Commentator: Rebecca Davies AO FAICD, Defence Health, Catholic Healthcare, Chris O'Brien Lifehouse
  • Moderator: Stan Grant

Day one close

17.00

Networking dinner

Day 2

Conference open

8.30

Speaker

  • Stan Grant, Indigenous Affairs Editor, Australian Broadcasting Corporation
  • Michelle Hutton, CEO Edelman Australia and Chief Growth Officer, APAC

Opening keynote

8.35
Briefing: The latest insights from Edelman on trust

Lifting the bar – Learning from recent Royal Commissions

9.00

In this session, leading directors explore what it will take to 'lift the bar' in response to findings from recent and ongoing Royal Commissions. What boardroom lessons have been learned? What are the key movements in compliance and performance oversight that directors must be aware of? What is the AICD doing to support this shift?

Speaker

  • Andrew Condon GAICD, RSL, LifeCare
  • George Savvides AM FAICD, IAG, Next Science, SBS
  • Jones Day
  • Shannon Finch MAICD

Governing in slow growth times

9.40

AICD’s Chief Economist Mark Thirlwell will lead a discussion on the considerations for boards in times of economic downturn. Along with his guests Mark will consider the impact on organisational culture, risk and strategy and the boardroom conversations that need to take place. 

Speaker

  • Andrew Charlton, Economist, Alpha Beta 
  • Mark Thirlwell MAICD, Chief Economist, AICD

An update on the regulatory environment

10.00

Pamela Hanrahan will deliver her popular annual update to bring you up to speed on relevant developments in the director liability and regulatory landscape and how they may impact your responsibilities as a director.

Speaker

  • Professor Pamela Hanrahan, Professor of Commercial law and Regulation, UNSW

Break

10.30

Concurrent elective sessions #2

11.00

Shifting culture in an established organisation

In large or established organisations, culture can be slow and difficult to change. Our experienced panellists will share personal insights from their board and executive careers about cultural shifts and the role that the board and individual directors must play. 

Speaker

  • Kathleen Conlon FAICD, REA Group, Aristocrat Leisure, Lynas
  • Melinda Conrad FAICD, ASX, Caltex, Stockland
  • Kerstin Oberprieler, Pentaquest

Setting culture in a growing business

We know that culture starts at the top. So how can leaders of new and growing businesses proactively build and sustain an organisational culture that aligns with a supports the organisation’s purpose. In this session, we’ll hear from leaders of growing businesses about the way they are approaching culture, what they are doing differently and the impact this is having.

Speaker

  • Keren Paterson MAICD, Trigg Mining, JSW Australia
  • Natalie Walker MAICD, Goodstart Early Learning, Inside Policy, Telstra Foundation
  • Christopher Murphy GAICD, Provum Healthcare

Getting remuneration right – is it possible?

Remuneration is on the agenda of boards across all sectors and has been cited as a contributor to poor corporate conduct. But getting remuneration right is a difficult task. Our panellists will share their own experiences and insights on what does and doesn’t work and will consider both director and executive remuneration. 

Speaker

  • Kathleen Bailey- Lord FAICD, Bank of Queensland, Melbourne Water, QBE Insurance
  • Sylvia Falzon FAICD, Suncorp, Regis Healthcare
  • Graham Goldsmith AO FAICD, Seek, Djerriwarrh, Star Foundation

Not–for–Profit governance in the spotlight

The AICD’s 2019 not-for-profit governance study found that directors are spending more time on their NFP board roles and have more to focus on than ever before. Our panellists will discuss the issues they are prioritising and how recent Royal Commissions are impacting the sector and increasing the expectations on directors.

Speaker

  • Fiona Payne GAICD, Therapy Focus, 360 Heath + Community
  • Paul Masi MAICD, Cerebral Palsy Alliance
  • Jon Bisset GAICD, Community Broadcasting Association

Shifts we are seeing globally / Future trends session

11.45

In this session, each of our future-focused panellists will discuss what they see as the next big global shift and how the boards of today need to be preparing. The audience will vote on the trend they’d like the panel to explore further and this will guide the conversation. 

Speaker

  • Kay Firth- Butterfield, World Economic Forum
  • Deborah Yates, KPMG
  • Michael Priddis, Faethm AI
  • Dr Stefan Hajkowicz Data 61, CSIRO
  • Moderator: Leonie Valentine GAICD, Google

Lunch

12.45

Concurrent elective sessions # 3

13.45

Tackling social purpose: What is your board doing?

Increasingly investors, customers and employees expect organisations to demonstrate their social purpose and understand the impact of their actions. But how do organisations do this and what is the board’s role? Our panellists will dive into the specifics including what boards should be asking of management, what they should be asking of themselves, and how quickly this needs to happen. 

Speaker

  • Richard Boele, KPMG Banarra
  • Jess Bulger, Outward Bound Australia
  • Geoffrey Brunsdon FAICD, Sims Metal

Dealing with Climate risks – understanding the communities’ expectations

Hear from the investment community about how they are approaching climate-related risks – both physical and transitional – to gain a better understanding of how customers, shareholders and investors and looking at the issues. 

Speaker

  • Nerilie Abram, Climate Science, Australian National University
  • Stephen Dunne FAICD, Cbus, Evergen, QIC
  • Sue O'Connor GAICD, Yarra Valley Water, Mercer, Superannuation
  • Kathleen Conlon FAICD, REA Group, Aristocrat Leisure, Lynas

How can you stay close to your customers?

New technologies and streamlined processes are improving the customer experience but removing many direct customer interactions. How are boards across all sectors using the data available to them to stay close to their customers, gain a better understanding of their wants and needs, and oversee further improvements to the customer experience. 

Speaker

  • Amanda Hicks, KPMG
  • Louise McElvogue FAICD, WhiteHawk Inc, Healthdirect Australia
  • Akiko Jackson GAICD, 86 400

Sports Governance

It is said that success on the field begins in the boardroom. Yet those joining the board of a sporting organisation will quickly understand that sports governance has its own unique set of challenges. Our experienced panellists will share their perspectives on minimising risk, improving performance, and what it takes to ensure the long-term sustainability of a sporting organisation.

Speaker

  • Marina Go MAICD, Super Netball
  • Gabrielle Trainor AO FAICD, AFL Commission

Keynote presentation

14.30

As chairman of Woodside Petroleum, Qantas Airways, and the AFL Commission, Richard is one of Australia’s most prominent and influential business leaders. Richard will join us to share his thoughts on leadership and the issues facing boards as they prepare for the future. 

Speaker

  • Richard Goyder AO FAICD, Qantas, Woodside, AFL Commission, WA Symphony Orchestra

In camera – session 1

15.00

One of Australia’s oldest and most respected charitable organisations, The National Heart Foundation, went where very few others dared to go. They successfully converted their federated structure (nine separate entities with nine boards) into a single national organisation with one board. Then they launched a prize winning public health advertising campaign. And then they launched, and promptly withdrew, a major public health advertising campaign which was widely criticised for being too confronting. Chris Leptos, elected President of the National Heart Foundation in 2018, will share his insights on the challenges of going through such a large transformation.

Speaker

  • Christopher Leptos AM FAICD, National Heart Foundation of Australia

In camera – session 2

15.45

This session will look at the challenges of governing in a crisis. Some of Australia’s most experienced leaders will join us to talk about having to make ethical and courageous decisions in a time of great uncertainty and share valuable learnings for the director community.

Speaker

  • Mark Crosweller AFSM MAICD, Ethical Intelligence
  • Christine Nixon APM

Close

16.30

Speaker

  • Angus Armour FAICD Managing Director & CEO, AICD