Essential Director Update Speakers

Graham Bradley AM FAICD

Non-Executive Chairman, HSBC Bank Australia

Graham Bradley is a professional company director and is currently non-executive chair of HSBC Bank Australia, EnergyAustralia Holdings, GrainCorp Limited and Virgin Australia International Holdings. He is a director of Hongkong and Shanghai Banking Corporation Limited and GI Dynamics. In July 2013 he was appointed chair of Infrastructure NSW. Graham was Managing Director of Perpetual Limited from 1995-2003. Under his leadership, Perpetual grew to become one of Australia's leading listed funds management and financial services groups.

Prior to joining Perpetual, Graham was National Managing Partner of national law firm, Blake Dawson (now Ashurst). Before this, Graham was a partner of McKinsey & Company, a leading international firm of management consultants.

Graham was President of the Business Council of Australia from 2009–2011. He was formerly Deputy President of the Takeovers Panel. He is a member of the Advisory Council of the Australian School of Business at UNSW. Graham also devotes time to a range of not-for-profit organisations, including the State Library of NSW as a Foundation board member.

Graham was made a member of the Order of Australia in 2009 in recognition of his contribution to business, medical research and the arts. He was acknowledged by the Australian Institute of Company Directors NSW as the Distinguished Fellow for 2012 in recognition of his contribution to good corporate governance in Australia.

Stephen Walters GAICD

Chief Economist, Australian Institute of Company Directors

Stephen Walters is chief economist for the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD), based in Sydney. He joined the AICD in April 2016.

Stephen previously was chief economist with investment bank JPMorgan, from October 2001 until February 2016. Before joining JPMorgan, Stephen was Senior Economist with Access Economics in Melbourne and International Economist with Norwich Union in the UK. Stephen also 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.

Sarah-Jane Christensen MAICD

Principal, Thoughtpost Governance

Sarah-Jane Christensen FAICD, Principal at Thoughtpost Governance. Sarah-Jane is a lawyer with over 20 years' experience in the provision of legal and public company secretarial solutions for leading corporate organisations. She advises on legal and governance issues for boards across all sectors and was a Senior Fellow at Monash University lecturing on directors' duties and corporate governance. Sarah-Jane is also a sessional Ombudsman with the Financial Ombudsman Service. Sarah-Jane has been a non-executive director of an ASX listed company, a major independent school, a non-government volunteer agency and an independent director for a family business.

Sarah-Jane has been facilitating with AICD since 2012. She delivers various modules of the Company Director Course, specialised short courses and a selection of governance programs.

David Shortland FAICD

Governance and Communication Specialist

David is a governance and communication specialist; an authoritative adviser on strategy and risk. His Sydney based consultancy supports directors and executives from varied industry sectors to achieve critical outcomes.

David is a facilitator in Strategy & Risk and Governance for the AICD and a guest lecturer at the University of Sydney Business School. He is also a non-executive director at the Heart Foundation (NSW) and ChildFund Australia. David was a contributor to AICD's Good Governance Principles and Guidance for Not-For-Profit Organisations.

Prior to his current role, David held senior executive, director and advisory roles in law, financial markets, strategy and communication. He began his career working with a Supreme Court Justice in SA before moving to a law firm in London, then joining Allens in Sydney. David was at ASX for a number of years, where his responsibilities included variously, legal and regulatory counsel, strategy and head of corporate affairs.

Lucas Ryan GAICD

Senior Policy Adviser, Australian Institute of Company Directors

Lucas leads the AICD’s policy work on not-for-profit governance. His current areas of focus are strategic challenges for not-for-profits, regulatory reform, and public accountability and integrity frameworks.

Previously, Lucas was a foundation staff member of the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission with responsibility for governance policy and education, and stakeholder engagement. He is a Graduate of the AICD and has held director roles on NFP and government boards.