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.

Peter Emery FAICD


Peter Emery is a lawyer by background and later held a variety of senior and general management positions in both Sydney and Melbourne with the NatWest Bank group.

Since 1998 Peter has carried on his own consulting and contracting business including various board and committee roles and was formerly Adjunct Lecturer in Law at Macquarie Graduate School of Management.

Peter’s former directorships include NatWest Markets Australia Limited and group companies, RiverCity Motorway Management Limited and Health and Medical Gold Coast Inc. Senior executive positions have included CEO and Company Secretary of listed medical devices company Medigard Ltd and Interim CEO of RSL Care Limited.

Peter is Chairman of TransitCare Ltd, Chairman of Hello Sunday Morning Ltd, and a director of QCOSS Ltd and Artius Group Pty Ltd He is a consultant to Hynes Legal in Brisbane and is also Chairman of three Managed Investment Compliance Committees.

Peter has degrees in Arts and Law and postgraduate qualifications in Management and holds the Australian Institute of Company Directors Advanced Diploma.

Marion Macleod FAICD

Non-Executive Director

Marion Macleod is a non-executive director with over 20 years’ board experience. She has expertise in strategy setting, audit, finance, business commercialisation, I.T., change transformation, risk and governance.

Her executive experience extends across a range of industries including banking, telecommunications, technology, education, government, agriculture, the health sector and logistics. She has also been involved in complex transformational change.

Marion is principal at consultancy Core Management Solutions (CMS) and has an edu-tech start-up venture, Kan Du. She is currently chair of Fenwick Pty Ltd, as well as Centenary president-elect of Melbourne Rotary. Recent past board positions include, VFF, V/Line, Metlink, Mecwacare and the CAE.

Marion consults into a variety of organisations and until recently delivered the award winning program, The Effective Director, to senior NAB executives. She was a council member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors for eight years. Marion is a Williamson Fellow and graduate of Leadership Victoria.

She holds a number of business and financial qualifications including an MBA from Melbourne Business School, post-graduate qualifications in finance, media and project management and a foundation degree in science.

Marion’s sector experience includes private, public and not-for-profit.

David Shortland MAICD

Governance and Communication Specialist

David has more than 25 years of experience in governance, communication, strategy and the law. David had several roles at the Australian Securities Exchange (‘ASX’), including as a legal and regulatory counsel, in strategy and as head of corporate affairs. He facilitated the final consultation sessions of the inaugural ASX Corporate Governance Council, leading to the publication of the first edition of the ASX Corporate Governance Council Principles & Recommendations. He has had director, executive and advisory roles in sectors including finance, transport, infrastructure and health.

David is a facilitator for Australian Institute of Company Directors (“AICD”) in Strategy, Risk, Board Effectiveness and Governance generally. David was also a co-contributor to AICD's first edition of Good Governance Principles and Guidance for Not-For-Profit Organisations. He enjoys guest lecturing to graduate students at the University of Sydney Business School in subjects including business ethics.

Currently, David is Deputy Chair ChildFund Australia; sits on the Audit & Risk Committee and Communication & Marketing Committee and is Chair of a Governance & Nomination sub-Committee. For four (4) years prior to June 2018, David was a non-executive director of the National Heart Foundation (NSW) Board, served on the National Audit & Governance Committee, was Chair of a transformation Board sub-Committee and sat on the NSW Audit Committee.