Ilana Atlas

Ilana Atlas

Chair, Coca-Cola Amatil Limited

Ilana Atlas is Chairman of Coca-Cola Amatil Limited and a non-executive director of ANZ Banking Group Limited and Westfield Corporation Limited. She is on the boards of the Human Rights Law Centre, Jawun, Adara Development (Australia), JewishCare and is also a Fellow of the Senate of Sydney University.

Her last executive role was Group Executive, People, at Westpac, where she was responsible for human resources, corporate affairs and sustainability. Prior to that role, she was Group Secretary and General Counsel. Before her 10 year career at Westpac, Ilana was a partner in law firm Mallesons Stephen Jaques (now known as King & Wood Mallesons). In addition to her practice in corporate law, she held a number of management roles in the firm including Executive Partner, People and Information, and Managing Partner.

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Louise Baxter

Chief Executive Officer

Louise has over 30 years’ experience in marketing and sales including responsibility for a range of blue chip international brands and government campaigns. Louise was a member of the Sydney board of Leo Burnett Connaghan and May Advertising and was founding partner of Brave New World Advertising.

Originally joining Starlight in 2001 as the Head of Partnerships a position she held for six years. Louise returned to Starlight from the corporate sector in 2009 as Chief Executive.

In her time as Chief Executive Louise has been responsible for significant Starlight program development and expansion funded by sustainable revenue growth. Louise is focused on positive Starlight Experiences and delivering results through people. In her time as Chief Executive Starlight has been awarded AON Hewitt Best employer accreditation, the only charity to receive this accreditation and Starlight has twice been named as a top 20 Great Place to Work in Australia. The Starlight brand is recognized as the most reputable children’s charity in Australia.

Louise is committed to continually improving the impact of Starlight programs and the two recent social return on investment (SROI) studies have proven Starlight to be delivering over $5 for every $1 invested. In 2015 Louise was named by CEO Magazine as the NFP Executive of the year and in 2016 she was awarded a scholarship to attend the Stanford Executive Program for NFP Leaders.

Pru Bennett

Pru Bennett

Director, BlackRock

Pru Bennett is a Director at BlackRock and is Head of BlackRock's Investment Stewardship team for the Asia Pacific Region based in Hong Kong. In that role Pru leads a team that is responsible for engagement and proxy voting activities in relation to the companies in which BlackRock invests on behalf of clients. Pru's team is located in Hong Kong and Tokyo.

Pru is an active participant in the public debate on corporate governance, stewardship and responsible investment and as such regularly speaks and writes on the importance of these issues for company performance and investment decisions. In 2013, Pru was named as one of Australia’s top 10 Women of Influence in Corporate Governance. Pru represents BlackRock on a number of industry and regulatory bodies including ESG Working Group of the Australian Financial Services Council and the Public Shareholder Group of Hong Kong’s Securities and Futures Commission.

In April 2017 Pru was appointed by the Government of Hong Kong to the Advisory Board to the Securities and Futures Commission.

Pru is a champion of diversity and inclusion of all kinds. She is an alumna of BlackRock's Women's Leadership Forum. She is a member of steering groups for the Australian and Hong Kong chapters of the 30% club, a market initiative to increase the number of women on boards and in senior management. Pru has published a number of papers on board diversity.

Before taking on her current role in August 2010 Pru was head of Corporate Governance at institutional advisor Regnan Governance and Research until July 2010. From 1998 to 2009 Pru was a director of Australian proxy advisor Corporate Governance International, which was acquired by Glass Lewis & Co in 2006 and is now known as CGI Glass Lewis. Prior to working in the area of corporate governance Pru was Investor Relations Manager for Qantas Airways Limited.

Pru has a BCom from the University of New South Wales and is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand.

Richard Boele

Richard Boele

Partner, KPMG Banarra

To say Richard is passionate about human rights is something of an understatement. Richard has spent most of his work life championing the causes of the vulnerable and under-represented in a way that few do, most aptly demonstrated in almost 15 years running his own human rights consultancy, Banarra.

Today, as KPMG Partner for Human Rights & Social Impact Services, Richard draws on his cutting-edge social sustainability insights to help Boards and their chief executives navigate the inherent social risks associated with increasingly global and diverse operating contexts. His particular strengths are the social and governance dimensions of sustainability and leading large consultancy assignments in socially and politically complex environments.

Richard understands the importance of teamwork. “When you’re looking to provide advice around difficult and grey areas such as social impact and human rights you have to take a team-based approach because the issues are just so complex. No single person has the solution.

”His goal is to see the corporate responsibility to respect human rights mainstreamed. “KPMG is a fantastic platform from which I can contribute to that.” When Richard is not at work, he is with his family helping to look after three children, two with significant disabilities.

Tessa Boyd-Caine

Dr Tessa Boyd-Caine GAICD

CEO, Health Justice Australia

Tessa is the founding CEO of Health Justice Australia, established in 2016 as the national centre for health justice partnerships. She has worked in health, criminal justice and human rights organisations in Australia and internationally. She was previously Deputy CEO of the Australian Council of Social Service. Her report of her Fulbright Professional Scholarship in Nonprofit Leadership was published as Lead or be left behind: Sustaining trust and confidence in Australia’s charities. Her PhD on the detention and release of mentally disordered offenders was published as a book, ‘Protecting the Public?’ by Routledge in 2010. She is on the Board of Gondwana Choirs, the leader in Australian choral performance.

Monica Bradley

Monica Bradley

Non-executive director

Monica is a communicator with exceptional strategy and technology experience. She is a sought-after media commentator, speaker and facilitator who translates the changing world into compelling stories that create energy and understanding.

She helps organisations transform and thrive in the innovation economy by designing business models that are anchored in purpose, enabled by technology and centred around genuine market needs.

Monica returned to Australia in 2012 after impressive careers in USA and Middle East and has a genuine ambition to help grow globally significant ventures from Australia. She has developed an impressive portfolio of non-executive directorships, advisory roles and board level strategy advice. Through her directorships and advisory roles, she facilitates implementable innovation, investment and technology strategy to corporates, government, not for profits and start-ups. Monica draws on her global network to connect the capital, technology, talent and customers which create sustainable ventures.

Victor Dominello

Hon Victor Dominello MP

Minister for Finance, Services and Property

Victor was born and raised in the Ryde area. He went to school at Marist Brothers Eastwood before studying law. He was a partner in a commercial law firm, where he represented clients in a number of landmark cases.

Victor was elected as Member for Ryde at a by-election in October 2008. He was re-elected at the 2011 state election.

In April 2011 he was sworn in as Minister for Aboriginal Affairs and Minister for Citizenship and Communities. His portfolio responsibilities included multicultural affairs, veterans’ affairs, volunteering and youth.

Following the Liberals & Nationals Government’s re-election in March 2015, Victor was sworn in as the state’s first Minister for Innovation and Better Regulation.

His portfolio responsibilities included Fair Trading, where he led a range of consumer affairs matters including strata title, home building compensation, real estate industry reform, free-range egg labelling, brothel regulation, biofuels, residential overcrowding and the establishment of a consumer complaints register.

Victor was also responsible for implementing the NSW Government’s ICT Strategy and innovation agenda which included the establishment of a whole-of-government Data Analytics Centre and response to the collaborative economy.

In January 2017, Victor was appointed Minister for Finance, Services and Property. His portfolio responsibilities include Property NSW, Office of State Revenue and Service NSW. He has also retained responsibility for the whole-of-government Data Analytics Centre.

Prior to his parliamentary career, Victor cherished the opportunity to travel to many places around the world and looks back fondly on his experiences in India, Central and South America, Europe, the US and Asia. He is also a passionate supporter of West Tigers rugby league team.

Robert Fitzgerald

Commissioner Robert Fitzgerald AM

Inaugural Chair, Australian Charities and Not for profits Commission (2012 -2016)

Robert Fitzgerald AM was the inaugural Chair of the Australian Charities and Not for profits Commission (2012 -2016)

He has served in many senior public administration roles including as a Commissioner with the Productivity Commission, Commissioner on the Royal Commission Into institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse, a member of the National Competition Council and NSW Community and Disability Services Commissioner.

Robert, a commercial lawyer by profession, has a diverse background and extensive experience in commerce, law, public policy and community services. He has held board directorship on a number of private companies as well as numerous NGO boards and governing committees including previously as President, Australian Council of Social Service.

He has conducted over 15 national inquiries including into Executive Remuneration, National Competition Policy, Consumer Product Safety, Australia’s Health Workforce, Early Childhood Development Workforce, Aged Care, Paid parental leave, Non-profit Sector and Franchising Regulation.

Robert holds degrees in commerce and law from the University of NSW and an honorary doctorate from the Australian Catholic University. He was made a Member of the Order of Australia in 1994.

Jeff Gramm

Jeff Gramm


Jeff Gramm manages a hedge fund, and teaches value investing at Columbia Business School. His recently published book, Dear Chairman: Boardroom Battles and the Rise of Shareholder Activism was named one of the best books of 2016 by the Financial Times. It has been praised as "a terrific read" by Andrew Ross Sorkin in the New York Times, "a revelation" by the Financial Times, "a grand story" by The Wall Street Journal, and “an engaging and informative book” by The New Yorker. Charles Schwab wrote about Dear Chairman, “It should be required reading for anyone who wants to participate in our great ownership system, as investor or manager.

Pamela Hanrahan

Professor Pamela Hanrahan

Deputy Head of the School of Taxation and Business Law at UNSW Sydney

Professor Pamela Hanrahan is Deputy Head of the School of Taxation and Business Law at UNSW Sydney and a Senior Fellow of the Melbourne Law School. She has practised, taught and written in the areas of corporate law, securities law and financial services regulation for many years, and is a former Regional Commissioner of the Australian Securities and Investments Commission. Her books include Managed Investments Law and Practice (loose-leaf), Funds Management in Australia (2007), Securities and Financial Services Law (9th ed, 2017 with Professor Bob Baxt AO and Justice Ashley Black), Corporate Governance (2017 with Professor John Farrar), and Commercial Applications of Company Law (18th ed, 2017 with Professor Ian Ramsay and Dr Geof Stapledon). She is a Fellow of the Financial Services Institute of Australasia, a member of the Executive of the Business Law Section of the Law Council of Australia, and a founding member of the Society of Investment Law (USA).

Ken Henry

Dr Ken Henry AC

 Chair, National Australia Bank

Dr Henry held senior policy advising positions in the Australian Treasury from late 1984 until early 2011. From 2001 to 2011 he was Secretary to the Treasury and a member of the Board of the Reserve Bank of Australia and the Board of Taxation. In 1997 and 1998 he chaired the Howard Government's tax review task force that produced the policy blueprint, A new Tax System. He was a member of the Howard Government's Task Group on Emissions Trading in 2007. In 2009-10 he chaired the Review to Prime Minister Gillard in 2011 and 2012, Dr Henry was responsible for leading the development of the White Paper on Australia in the Asian Century.

Dr Henry is Chair of National Australia Bank and the Sir Roland Wilson Foundation at the ANU. He is also a Non-Executive Director of the Australian Securities Exchange (ASX) and Cape York Partnership. He is a Governor of CEDA and a Council member of Voiceless.

Jacki Johnson

Jacki Johnson FAICD

Group Executive, People, Performance & Reputation

Jacki Johnson was appointed to the new role of Group Executive, People, Performance & Reputation in January 2016, responsible for the functions that come together to drive performance through organisational agility. These functions include: people and culture, corporate and government affairs, shared value and the IAG Foundation.

Jacki was previously Chief Executive for IAG's New Zealand business, a role she held since November 2010. As well as leading her team in the disaster recovery following several disasters, including the Christchurch Earthquakes she also doubled the size of the company during her 5 years in the role. She is a Non Executive Director of Community First Credit Union, a member of the Community First Corporate Governance Committee, UNEP FI Steering Committee and a member of Chief Executive Women. Former roles include President of the Insurance Council of New Zealand, Chair of the Christchurch Recovery Chief Executives' meeting, and Executive Director IAG NZ.

Since joining IAG in 2001, Jacki has held several senior positions in both direct and intermediated insurance, including as Chief Executive Officer of IAG's business partnerships division, now part of CGU; this included managing IAG's risk management and safety services, New South Wales and Victoria workers' compensation fee based businesses, affinity groups, motor dealers and motor manufacturers insurance distribution businesses. She has also led organisational effectiveness and group strategy functions, and managed the integration of IAG and CGU's workers' compensation business. Jacki also established IAG's online start up business, The Buzz. In 2010 this business received the Australia Business Award for outstanding achievement in Innovation. The online insurance business learnings generated in The Buzz were later migrated into IAG's broader businesses.

Jacki was recognised by the NZ Herald in December 2015 as NZ Executive of the Year. She is a former Non Executive Director of the New South Wales WorkCover Authority and the Personal Injury Education Foundation.

David Kalisch

David W. Kalisch

Australian Statistician

David W. Kalisch was appointed the 15th Australian Statistician on 11 December 2014. As Agency Head of the Australian Bureau of Statistics he is accountable for the functions and operations of the Bureau. He has also been appointed as the non-judicial member of the Australian Electoral Commission.

Mr Kalisch is an economist with public sector experience in research and analysis, policy development and service delivery. He has an interest in labour markets, macroeconomics, retirement incomes, welfare to work strategies and health policy. He has pursued organisational performance and renewal through recent leadership responsibilities.

Mr Kalisch was previously the Chief Executive Officer of the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare for four years, a Commissioner at the Productivity Commission and a Deputy Secretary in the Commonwealth Department of Health. He has had Senior Executive roles in a range of Departments since 1991, has had two appointments at the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) in Paris, and was a member of the Australian Delegation to the OECD.

He studied economics at the University of Adelaide, is a Public Policy Fellow at the Australian National University and is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

John Key

Rt Hon Sir John Key

Former Prime Minister of New Zealand

Rt Hon Sir John Key was Prime Minister of New Zealand from 2008 to 2016, winning three general elections as leader of the centre-right National Party. He led the country through the aftermath of the global financial crisis and a series of devastating earthquakes in New Zealand's second-biggest city. When he retired from office New Zealand had one of the highest growth rates and best fiscal positions of any advanced economy.

Sir John was well respected in international affairs and chaired the International Democrat Union and the United Nations Security Council in 2016. Among his portfolio’s he was Minister for Tourism and has a strong interest in the best that New Zealand has to offer both local and international tourists. He was the instigator of the great New Zealand Cycle Trail.

Since retiring from politics, Sir John has been an ambassador for philanthropic Japanese billionaire Dr Haruhisa Handa, his International Sports Promotion Society (ISPS HANDA) and other agencies. He is also has a keen passion for golf.

In September 2017 Sir John will become a director and join the Board of Air New Zealand. He is excited about this role and looking forward to contributing to their vision and continued success.

Sir John worked in investment banking for 20 years primarily for Bankers Trust in New Zealand and Merrill Lynch in Singapore, London and Sydney. Sir John's positions included heading Merrill Lynch's global foreign exchange business along with responsibility for European derivative trading and E. Commerce.

He was a member of the Foreign Exchange Committee of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York (1999-2001).

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Alison Kitchen

National Chairman, KPMG Australia

Alison Kitchen is the National Chairman of KPMG Australia and also serves as a member of KPMG’s Global and Regional Boards. Alison has held a variety of management and governance roles within the partnership as well as serving as External Audit Partner for a range of major ASX listed companies.

Alison has worked in geographically diverse and complex operating environments providing advice on a range of topics including audit, risk management, internal controls, business processes and regulatory change across a diverse range of industries including energy, mining, transport and consumer goods and financial services.

During her time at KPMG Alison has acted as lead audit partner on five ASX Top 50 companies with global operations and has significant public transaction experience with those clients. In her current role as National Chairman, Alison is responsible for the overall governance and strategic positioning of KPMG in Australia.

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Holly Kramer

Deputy Chairman, Australia Post

Holly Kramer is the Deputy Chairman of Australia Post and a Non-Executive Director on the Boards of AMP Limited, Woolworths and 2XU. She also sits on the boards of Western Sydney University, the GO (Goodes-O’Loughlin) Foundation, community-owned telco Southern Phones and the ASIC External Advisory Panel.

In her executive career, Holly was the CEO of apparel retailer Best & Less, where she was responsible for transforming the business and returning it to growth and profitability. In that role, she was responsible for approximately 200 stores and 4300 employees across Australia. Prior to Best & Less, she was an executive at Pacific Brands, running the Workwear and Homewares Divisions, and Telstra, where she held the roles of Group Managing Director- Product Management and Chief of Marketing. She has also held management positions at ecorp Ltd and Ford Motor Company (in Australia and the US.)

Holly has a BA with Honours in Economics and Political Science from Yale University and an MBA from Georgetown University. She is a member of Chief Executive Women and was the recipient of the 2016 AMI’s Sir Charles McGrath award for Marketing.

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Tolga Kurtoglu


Kurtoglu is the CEO of PARC, Silicon Valley R&D firm developing advanced technologies including artificial intelligence & human machine collaboration to microsystems and smart sensing, from IoT and cyber-physical security to novel printing and digital design. PARC accelerates innovation journey for its clients and partners by developing future technologies with businesses seeking early stage collaboration, by attaching existing IP to evolving, complimentary research needs, and by embedding fully-developed technologies into consumer, industrial and government applications.

Karen Lawson

Karen Lawson GAICD

Chief Executive Officer, Slingshot

Karen Lawson is an award winning business executive and leader in the digital industry. As the CEO of Slingshot, Australia’s leading corporate accelerator program, Karen is using her proven experience in driving reinvention and transformation to help the world’s biggest brands to stay ahead of disruption.

Slingshot has delivered more corporate accelerator programs and had more successful startups than any other provider, with over 81% of its Startups still operating successful businesses today and a total market capitalisation of its alumni exceeding $228m having accelerated over 100 businesses. It’s a proven curriculum is taught at university. The Slingshot investment fund has invested $2.5m in VC capital to early stage founders driving innovation, economic growth and employment. Slingshot has worked across many different industries from fintech, healthtech, membertech and HR and travel with leading organisations such as Qantas, Lion, SEEK, Hudson, HCF, Amadeus, ING and both state and federal governments.

Most recently Slingshot launched a new disruptive global platform, CoVentured to connect corporates and startups together for mutual growth. It launched with 25 corporates such as West Pac, Australia Post and Woolworths with over 1500 startups joining within the first few weeks.

Prior to her role at Slingshot, Karen served as CEO of CareerOne, a joint venture between News Limited and Monster Worldwide. With a remit to forge a new digital strategy, Karen reinvented the traditional job board into a leading targeting and digital business offering media, employer branding, SaaS and sourcing solutions. CareerOne went on to be awarded a spot in the coveted BRW ‘Top 50 most innovative companies’ list for 2014.

She also served as General Manager – Business at Yahoo!7 where she held full commercial and operational responsibility for data, advertising, publishing, technology, search, mobile and strategic partnerships, including the Microsoft Bing alliance.

With experience leading teams through change; motivating and developing cross functional teams to peak performance, Karen is extremely passionate about delivering great results and helping others achieve their true potential. She has worked alongside a number of leading organisations as a consultant including Laureate International (the largest private educator in the world), Harris Farms and the National Breast Cancer Foundation.

She is also a prolific networker, experienced media commentator and guest speaker, with appearances on TV, radio in print and digital, as well as industry forums. Her commitment to not only driving innovation and disruption but also to promoting female leadership resulted in Karen being selected as UN ambassador for Womens Entrepeneurship Day, a Nominee for Telstra Woman of the year, selected Pledge 1%’s Women Who Lead, and the Australian Growth Company Awards 2015.

Karen is also a huge ‘foodie’ and has been a food and luxury travel journalist for over twelve years, writing for a diverse range of publishers. She doesn’t have holidays, but has research and writing trips! To balance this out she is an avid runner having completed both New York and London Marathons, though these days she is more likely to be seen jogging around Blackwattle Bay at a much more sedate pace!

Alastair McGibbon

Alastair MacGibbon

Special Adviser to the Prime Minister on Cyber Security

Alastair MacGibbon leads the implementation of the Government’s Cyber Security Strategy, transforming Australia’s cyber security landscape to realise the economic and social benefits of a cyber resilient nation.

As the Special Adviser to the Prime Minister on Cyber Security, MacGibbon drives the creation and strengthening of partnerships between Australian Governments, private sector, non-governmental organisations and academia to deliver national cyber security capacity and capability.

Prior to taking up his appointment as the Special Adviser MacGibbon was Australia's first eSafety Commissioner. Before that he worked for 15 years as an Agent with the Australian Federal Police, including as founding Director of the Australian High Tech Crime Centre. Along with private sector roles such as Senior Director of Trust, Safety and Customer Support at eBay, MacGibbon was a Director of the Centre for Internet Safety at the University of Canberra.

Annelies Moens

Annelies Moens FAICD

Global privacy expert and thought leader

Annelies is a widely recognised global privacy expert and thought leader, trusted by business executives, government and privacy professionals.

She is Managing Director of Privcore and formerly Deputy Managing Director at Information Integrity Solutions, the largest privacy consulting company operating within the Asia Pacific region, providing privacy advisory services to both the private and public sectors.

Annelies co-founded the International Association of Privacy Professionals in Australia and New Zealand in 2008, a membership organisation for privacy professionals in the region. She held elected roles during her six year Board term, including as inaugural Treasurer and President between 2011 and 2012.

Over the last 17 years she has held senior leadership roles in complex sales and legal functions predominately in privacy and related fields, previously as External Relations Manager at the Australasian Legal Information Institute, Group Manager at the Copyright Agency, and Deputy Director at the Australian privacy regulator.

Annelies has been influential in APEC and presented at several APEC and other international forums on the cross border privacy rules system which is designed to introduce a minimum set of privacy standards in APEC to enable safer transfer of data across borders in circumstances where laws are diverse or non-existent in relation to data protection.

She has an MBA in general international management (distinction) from the Vlerick Business School in Belgium, is a qualified lawyer, has undergraduate degrees in computer science and law (first class honours) from The University of Queensland, Australia.

Annelies is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, a Chartered Manager and Fellow of the Australian Institute of Managers and Leaders and is a Certified Information Privacy Professional (Information Technology) through the International Association of Privacy Professionals.

Sam Mostyn

Sam Mostyn

Chair, Carriageworks

Sam Mostyn has enjoyed a diverse career across business, politics, science and the arts, international development, not-for-profit sector, indigenous reconciliation and sport. She is recognised as a sustainability leader and continues to work across a number of industries and sectors.

After many years in senior corporate management roles in telecommunications, broadcasting and insurance, Sam now serves as a non-executive director on the boards of Virgin Australia, Transurban, Mirvac, and chairs Citibank Australia. She served on the board for the listing of CoverMore, which was recently sold to Zurich Insurance. Sam has advocated for a more inclusive environment in the governance and management of Australian companies, particularly in relation to gender, but also cultural, skills and age diversity. She serves on the Remuneration Committees of Transurban and Mirvac and chairs the Remuneration Committee of Virgin Australia.

Sam serves on the Community Advisory Committee of Westpac, and the Ethics Committee of Insurance Australia Group.

For the past 4 years, Sam has been the President of the Australian Council for International Development, the peak body for the 130 international aid and development organisations in Australia. Her term concludes in November this year. During her term, Sam has worked collaboratively with the development sector, DFAT and the Minister for Foreign Affairs, and encouraged the private sector to engage in international development through initiatives such as the UN Global Compact.

In 2015, Sam was appointed a Commissioner with the Business Commission for Sustainable Development – a global organisation chaired by Unilever CEO Paul Polman which aims to engage the business community with the opportunities and responsibilities of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

From 2005 to 2016, she served as a Commissioner with the Australian Football League, the first woman to be appointed to that role. She was an advocate for a more inclusive industry, strongly supporting the creation of an AFL Womens' League, and the focus on committing the league to respect for multiculturalism and indigenous Australia. She now serves on the board of the Sydney Swans. Sam’s other roles have included serving on the boards of the Australia Council for the Arts, the Sydney Theatre Company, Australian Volunteers International, and Reconciliation Australia. She served as a Commissioner with the inaugural National Mental Health Commission. For many years Sam served as a Trustee with the Australian Museum, including as President in 2011-12.

Sam is currently Chair of Carriageworks, a contemporary arts and culture precinct in Redfern/North Eveleigh in Sydney.

Sam’s sustainability work encompasses a wide range of interests including climate change, gender and diversity, reconciliation, sustainable economic development and business engagement with the Sustainable Development Goals. In her full time corporate life at Insurance Australia Group, she worked on the development of a corporate, social and environmental sustainability plan for the company, and oversaw the company's participation in the Australian Business in the Community Network, the launch of the Australian Business Roundtable on Climate Change, and the creation of Business for Millennium Development. The company also committed itself at that time to carbon neutrality, and to creating a safe, diverse and flexible workforce. Sam has long worked to build strong and trusting relationships across disparate sectors of the Australian community, particularly focused on equality of opportunity for women, the need for diversity in leadership and an enduring commitment to reconciliation with indigenous Australians. Sam served on the board of Reconciliation Australia for a number of years, and now supports Michael O’Loughlin and Adam Goodes with their philanthropic work through the GO Foundation.

She is Deputy Chair of the Diversity Council of Australia, and worked with then Sex Discrimination Commissioner Elizabeth Broderick on the Review of the Treatment of Women in the Australian Defence Force, which reported its findings in 2013. In 2012, Sam was appointed to the inaugural National Sustainability Council, which issued the ‘Conversations with the Future’ report during 2013.

Sam’s involvement in climate change science and advocacy extends across the boards of ClimateWorks Australia, the Climate Council and the NSW Climate Change Council. She previously chaired the Stakeholder Advisory Council of the CSIRO Climate Adaptation Flagship, and has an advisory role with the 1 Million Women Climate Campaign.

In 2009, Sam was a member of the Crawford Review into Sports Funding in Australia which recommended the reform of sports funding and community sports development in Australia. She served as Chair of AFL SportsReady, the industry’s traineeship company. Prior to working in the corporate sector, Sam studied Arts/Law at the Australian National University and was an Associate to Justice Michael Kirby, before spending some time practising as a commercial solicitor at Freehills and Gilbert + Tobin. She worked as a policy advisor to two Federal Ministers in the areas of communications and the arts, and joined the office of the Prime Minister, Paul Keating, as a senior communications policy advisor in 1995.

Sam is married to Simeon Beckett, and together with their 18 year old daughter, Lotte, they live a very full life in Sydney.

Stephen Parker

Professor Stephen Parker AO

Partner, KPMG Australia

Professor Stephen Parker AO is a partner in KPMG Australia, where he is the National Education Sector Leader. Prior to joining the firm in February 2017 he served over nine years as the Vice-Chancellor and President of the University of Canberra.

His previous roles include Senior Deputy Vice-Chancellor at Monash University, Dean of Law at Monash University, Professor of Law at Griffith University and Reader in Law at the Australian National University. He began his career as a practising solicitor, whilst also lecturing at University College Cardiff.

Stephen moved to Australia from the UK in 1988. He graduated with honours in Law from the University of Newcastle upon Tyne and a Doctor of Philosophy from the University of Wales. He is admitted to legal practice in England and Wales, the ACT and Queensland.

Stephen has published books, monographs and articles on the court system, legal ethics, family law and children's rights. He is also the co-author of a textbook called Law in Context, designed to introduce law students to the way that other disciplines view law.

He has held various major research grants for projects on lawyers’ tactics, lawyers’ values, discretionary rules, family law, judicial independence and reform of civil procedure. In 2012 he was elected a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Law.

He was an academic auditor for the Australian Universities Quality Agency (AUQA), a member of the Humanities and Creative Arts panel of the Australian Research Council (ARC) and a member of the Australian Qualifications Framework Council.

Stephen was made an Officer of the Order of Australia (AO) as part of the Australia Day Honours in January 2014 for his distinguished service to tertiary education through administrative, academic and representational roles, and as a leader in the growth and development of the University of Canberra.

His interests include cycling and contemporary music, including as lead guitarist in the undiscovered but cult University of Canberra band, The Hip Replacements. He supports a British soccer team which last won a major trophy when The Beatles were still playing together.

Gabriel Radzyminski

Gabriel Radzyminski

Founder and Managing Director of Sandon Capital Pty Ltd

Gabriel is the founder and Managing Director of Sandon Capital Pty Ltd, a boutique investment management and advisory firm. Sandon Capital is a value investor seeking to purchase investments below its assessment of their intrinsic value. As an activist investor, Sandon Capital takes value investing one step further by aiming to influence and encourage changes that can enhance the value of its investments.

Gabriel is Chairman of Sandon Capital Investments Limited (ASX:SNC) and ASK Funding Ltd (ASX:ASK), is executive director of Mercantile Investment Company Limited (ASX:MVT) and is a non-executive director of Future Generation Investment Company Limited (ASX:FGX) .

He is former Chairman of Armidale Investment Company Limited (ASX:AIK) and was a non-executive director of RHG Limited (ASX:RHG), Chesser Resources Ltd (ASX:CHZ).

Gabriel has a BA(Hons) and MCom from the University of New South Wales.

Paul Ronalds

Paul Ronalds

CEO, Save the Children Australia

Paul Ronalds is the Chief Executive Officer of Save the Children Australia. Save the Children works in every state of Australia and in more than 120 countries around the world on children’s education, health and protection issues.

Paul is also currently a non-executive director of the Centre For Social Impact, the Campbell Collaboration and the Community Council of Australia.

Prior to joining Save the Children, Paul was First Assistant Secretary responsible for the Office of Work and Family in the Department of Prime Minister & Cabinet. In this role, Paul provided advice to the Prime Minister of Australia on a broad range of social and economic policies designed to assist families and communities.

Paul has also worked as Deputy CEO of World Vision and as chief operating officer of Urban Seed, an innovative and dynamic NGO that provides a range of services to marginalised people in Melbourne’s inner city.

He started his career as a corporate lawyer with international law firm Herbert Smith Freehills before co-founding, one of Australia’s most successful e-commerce companies.

Paul is a graduate of the St James Ethics Centre’s Vincent Fairfax Fellowship in Ethics and Leadership and has degrees in economics and law with honours from Monash University, a graduate diploma in applied finance and a masters in international relations from Deakin University.

He is the author of The Change Imperative: Creating a Next Generation NGO, a book that examines the organisational challenges faced by international NGOs in a rapidly evolving global political context.

In 2016, Paul was made a Fellow by Monash University in recognition of distinguished service to civil society.

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Professor Graeme Samuel AC


Graeme Samuel AC is a Professorial Fellow in Monash University’s Business School and School of Public Health and Preventative Medicine.. He is also a Councillor of the Australian National University and Chair of its Finance Committee, President of Dementia Australia, Chair of the South Eastern Melbourne Primary Health Network, Chair of Data Governance Australia, Chair of Lorica Health Pty Ltd, a CMCRC company, Chair of Airlines for Australia and New Zealand (A4ANZ), Member of CEDA’s Council of Economic Policy, Council Member of the National Health and Medical Research Council and Chair of its Health Innovation Advisory Committee and the National Institute for Dementia Research. He is a member of the APRA Panel to conduct a Prudential Inquiry into Commonwealth Bank of Australia.

Prof Samuel has held a number of roles in public life including former Chairman of the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission, Associate Member of the Australian Communications and Media Authority and President of the National Competition Council.

He was appointed an Officer of the Order of Australia in 1998. In 2010 he was elevated to a Companion of the Order of Australia "for eminent service to public administration through contributions in the area of economic reform and competition law, and to the community through leadership roles with sporting and cultural organisations".

Stephen Scheeler

Stephen Scheeler

Special Advisor

Stephen Scheeler is the former Managing Director of Facebook in Australia and New Zealand, where he led Facebook’s unprecedented rise from quirky Silicon Valley start-up to media and technology titan.

Leading Facebook’s ANZ team – and working with Mark Zuckerberg, Sheryl Sandberg and Facebook’s Silicon Valley leaders – Stephen guided Facebook ANZ’s overall business – including Instagram, Messenger, Whatsapp and Oculus – through one of the most dynamic periods of growth and disruption in recent business history.

His tenure at Facebook saw the ANZ business grow from mere start-up to over US$1billion in annual revenue – becoming one of the most successful Facebook markets in the world.

Stephen is a seasoned business leader of digital transformation in a mobile age. His career spans over 25 years across multiple sectors including fast moving consumer goods, retail, ecommerce, automotive, financial services, media and technology.

Stephen believes Australian business is falling behind in the race to capitalise on the digital opportunity. He now partners with the CEOs and boards of Australia's leading companies to help them build global, mobile, billion-dollar businesses.

Stephen has a unique ability to inspire clients, business partners, industry influencers & government leaders on the power of digital and mobile, through building trusted C-level relationships across the ANZ business & political landscapes.

He is a high-impact personality on the highest-profile media stages, and is a member of Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull’s Knowledge Nation 100, top innovation leaders in Australia.

Michael Smith

Michael Smith FAICD

Principal, Black House

Michael has a history in digital, strategy and market research.

His contributions at the board level are considerable. He is the current Chair of 7-Eleven Stores PL and Starbucks Australia, the Lionel Samson Sadleirs Group and Pioneer Credit. Michael is on the board of Creative Partnerships Australia and is the Western Australian Patron of Variety – the Children’s Charity and the Co3 Dance Company.

Michael’s previously held roles include Chair of iiNet, Synergy, Verve, the Perth International Arts Festival, the West Coast Eagles, National Chair of the Australia Institute of Company Directors, deputy chair of Automotive Holdings Group and a director of HOME Building Society. Other past positions include Chairman of the Pearling Industry Advisory Committee, President of the Australian Marketing Institute and a member of the national board.

In March 2014 Michael was awarded a Doctor of Letters from the University of Western Australia for his contribution to the business sector and the arts. In addition to this award, Michael is the recipient of the Patron’s Medal – His Royal Highness Prince Phillip, in recognition of his services to marketing by the Australian Marketing Institute.

Andrew Stevens

Andrew Stevens

Non-executive Director

Andrew Stevens is a Non-executive Director and was formerly the managing Director of IBM Australia and New Zealand.

Andrew is the Chairman of Advanced Manufacturing Growth Centre Limited and a Director of MYOB Group Limited, Thorn Group Limited, the Australian Chamber Orchestra, the Greater Western Sydney GIANTS and CEDA. He is a member of the Advisory Executive of the UNSW School of Business, The Chief of the Defence Force's Gender Equality Advisory Board and the Male Champions of Change, a group of CEOs and Directors working to make gender equality a reality.

Andrew’s executive career at Price Waterhouse, PricewaterhouseCoopers and IBM, has provided him with experience in Business and ICT programme design and risk evaluation, governance and delivery, and in Business transformation and regional/ global expansion.

Andrew joined IBM in 2002 when the company acquired PricewaterhouseCoopers Consulting (PwCC). In 2009, Andrew was appointed Managing Partner, Growth Markets for IBM’s Global Business Services where he was responsible for the performance of the operations in Asia Pacific, Latin America, Central Europe, the Middle East and Africa.

Ziggy Switowski

Dr Ziggy Switkowski AO FAICD

Chancellor, RMIT University

Dr Switkowski is Chancellor of RMIT University, Chair of NBN Co, Suncorp Group and a Director of listed companies Tabcorp Holdings & Healthscope Ltd.

Dr Switkowski is the former Chairman of the Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation and of Opera Australia. He has previously held positions as Chief Executive Officer of Telstra Corporation Limited and Optus Communications Ltd and is a former Chairman and Managing Director of Kodak Australasia Pty Ltd.

He is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science, Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering, and of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

In 2014, Dr Switkowski was made an Officer of the Order of Australia in recognition of service to tertiary education administration, scientific organisations and the telecommunications sector, to business and to the arts.

David Thodey

David Thodey AO FAICD

Chairman, CSIRO

David Thodey AO is a global business leader focused on technology and telecommunications with more than 30 years of experience creating brand and shareholder value.

He is currently Chairman of Australia’s national scientific research agency, the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO), Chairman of JobsNSW focused on job creation in NSW, and on the Advisory Boards of SquargePeg Capital and UHG. He also had a successful career as CEO of Telstra, Australia’s leading telecommunications and information services company.

Mr Thodey holds a Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology and English from Victoria University, Wellington, New Zealand. He attended the Kellogg School of Management postgraduate General Management Program at Northwestern University in Chicago, USA.

Tim Trumper

Tim Trumper

Chair, NRMA

Experienced CEO, Advisor and Non-Executive Director in high-performance global and Australian companies spanning: Machine Learning, Big Data, Internet, Digital Transformation, Automotive, E-commerce, Financial Services and Media.

Tim is an Advisor to Quantium, Australia’s leading data and analytics company, Chairman of the NRMA and holds interests in several high growth innovative companies. He has an absolute passion for data driven innovation, strategy and director’s roles in data governance and innovation.

He has worked in and with leading global and Australian organisations including PBL (Publishing & Broadcasting Ltd), Time Warner and Microsoft. Tim has held Board roles in listed ASX companies including Infochoice and Julia Ross Recruitment/Ross Human Directions.

Along with fellow directors and Chairman Hon. R J Hawke, Tim established The Bestest Foundation. This charity has raised over $4,000,000 for disadvantaged Australian children.

Specialty Business Areas: Technology, shareholder value creation through customer centric innovation, data-driven strategy, leading teams through change.

Nicola Wakefield

Nicola Wakefield Evans

Independent Non-Executive Director

Nicola is an Independent Non-Executive Director of the Lendlease Group, Macquarie Group Limited, Macquarie Bank Limited, BUPA Australia & New Zealand, the Clean Energy Finance Corporation and the Australian Institute of Company Directors. Nicola is also a Member of the board of Asialink and Asialink Business (University of Melbourne), the University of New South Wales Foundation Limited, Chief Executive Women and the Takeovers Panel. Nicola was also a non-executive director of Toll Holdings Limited from 2011 to 2017.

Nicola is an M&A and equity capital markets lawyer and spent nearly 30 years at King & Wood Mallesons (20 years as a partner). Nicola has been involved in a number of significant and ground-breaking M&A and capital markets transactions and has advised some of the largest companies in Australia, Asia and globally. She has extensive experience in Asia where she advised a number of Asian and Australian companies in her legal career and where she has experience across Asia in her non-executive director career. Nicola had several management roles at King & Wood Mallesons including Partner in Charge (Sydney), Managing Partner, Practice (Australia) and Managing Partner, International (Hong Kong) and has lived and worked in Sydney, Perth, Melbourne, New York and Hong Kong.

Nicola was selected in 2009 as a member of Advance Asia 50 – a group of the most influential Australians living & working in Asia and was selected in 2011 as a member of Advance Global 50 – a group of leading Australian women working outside Australia. The Australian Financial Review named Nicola in 2013 as one of the inaugural 100 Women of Influence.

Stephen Walters

Stephen Walters

Chief Economist, Australian Institute of Company DirectorS

Stephen Walters is the Australian Institute of Company Directors’ chief economist having joined the firm in 2016. He spent the 15 years prior to this as chief economist with investment bank JPMorgan. He has also worked as Senior Economist with Access Economics in Melbourne and International Economist with Norwich Union in the UK, and spent 7 years as an Economist with the Treasury in Perth.

Stephen holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics from the University of Western Australia and a Master’s Degree in Applied Finance from the University of Melbourne. He also has qualifications in journalism, and has published two books.

Alison Watkins

Alison Watkins FAICD

Group Managing Director, Coca-Cola Amatil

Alison joined Coca-Cola Amatil as Group Managing Director in March 2014. Alison is a non-executive director of The Centre for Independent Studies and the Business Council of Australia.

Alison’s previous roles include Chief Executive Officer of agribusiness GrainCorp Limited and of Berri Limited, the market leader in Australian juice, and Managing Director of Regional Banking at ANZ. Alison spent 10 years at McKinsey & Company from 1989-1999 and became a partner of the Firm in 1996 before moving to ANZ as Group General Manager Strategy. Alison has been a non-executive director of Australia and New Zealand Banking Group Limited, Woolworths Limited and Just Group Limited. She is a former Victorian President and National Board Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Alison holds a Bachelor of Commerce (University of Tasmania), is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants, the Financial Services Institute of Australasia, and the AICD.

Talieh Williams

Talieh Williams GAICD

Manager, UniSuper's Governance and Sustainable Investment

Talieh is UniSuper’s Manager – Governance and Sustainable Investment. Talieh has been in this role for the last decade and leads UniSuper’s ESG function, responsible for managing the implementation of ESG considerations across UniSuper’s $60B investment portfolio (covering all asset classes). In this role Talieh executes UniSuper’s company engagement program and has significant interaction with company directors as well as a broad range of other stakeholders, including civil society organisations and UniSuper’s membership base. Stakeholder activism and social licence to operate are matters that Talieh deals with on a daily basis.

Talieh also sits on the board of the Australian Council of Superannuation Investors. Talieh is a lawyer by training and initially specialised in environmental law. She has also worked in the oil industry and sustainability consulting and holds a Bachelor of Laws (Honours), a Bachelor of Planning and Design (Urban Design) and a Master of Social Science (International Development). Talieh has completed the AICD Company Directors’ course and is a graduate of Harvard Business School’s Corporate Social Responsibility Executive Education course.