Directors' Briefing: NFP Governance - Current trends and future issues

Thu 23 Aug 2018
5.30pm to 7.00pm

(Arrival time: 5.15pm)
5 This event will earn you 5 DPD units


Ground Floor, 15 National Circ
Barton ACT


Single Members: A$50.00 Non-members: A$65.00

Phil Butler GAICD

Phil Butler GAICD

Sector Leader, Not-for-Profit, AICD

Phil Butler is the Not For Profit Sector Leader for the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD) based in Canberra.

In this role, Phil has worked closely with Boards, CEO’s and Directors of organisations in Public and Not for Profit sectors.

Since 2011, he has led the Not for Profit Project for AICD. This project is designed to support organisations in the NFP sector to achieve their respective missions through ongoing improvements in governance and to build greater awareness of the contribution of NFP directors and support their ongoing professional development. Examples of this work include the Good Governance Principles and Guidance for NFP Organisations and the annual NFP Governance and Performance Study.

Phil is a Graduate of the Company Directors Course and a member of CPA Australia. He has been on a range of boards of NFP and Government organisations and recently stepped down as a Director of Alzheimer’s Australia ACT.

Camilla Rowland GAICD

Camilla Rowland GAICD

CEO, Marymead

For the past 28 years I have worked in the ‘For Purpose’ (NFP) sector in executive, management, clinical and educational roles in rural and metropolitan regions on the eastern seaboard of Australia. This focus has been primarily in the areas of disability, children, families, aged care, drug and alcohol, mental health, and palliative care. I have been CEO of Marymead since 2015 and was previously in leadership roles in local, interstate and national organisations in health and community services industries. I hold qualifications related to human resource management, social work, adult education, governance and management and currently studying my Executive MBA.

I am passionate about a community development approach which aims to develop collaboration across health, community services, education and justice, and with commercial sectors. I am also interested in addressing cross border and cross jurisdictional challenges as part of a broader experience in state/territory and national movements to build community capacity, and have been fortunate to sit on peak body and service provider Boards. I currently hold positions on the Playgroup Australia Board, and the ACT Council of Social Services Board (President), and over the years have been involved in representation at local, state, and national levels.

Verity Blackman

Verity Blackman

Board Director, UN Women National Committee Australia

Verity was elected to the Board of UN Women National Committee Australia in November 2013 and appointed Company Secretary in November 2016.

Verity has recently overseen a major a national amalgamation, transforming the YWCA’s federated structure into a single national entity. As Chief Merger Officer, Verity acted independently of any existing operational or governance team, steering one of Australia's oldest women's organisations towards a new vision.

Working within a complex governance structure, Verity managed the transition from multiple separate entities into one single entity, achieving transformative change through organisational influence, dealing with complex issues and conducting significant business negotiations.

Verity was previously General Manager, Sustainability and Public Relations at Lifeline Australia.

Verity is a member and graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Geoff Knuckey

Director, McBeath Pty Ltd

Geoff’s career has included 32 years with Ernst & Young specialising in the areas of financial statements auditing and reporting, internal audit, corporate governance, and risk management.

In 2009 Geoff commenced his current full time role as a professional director comprising Board non-executive director roles and Audit and Risk Committee positions in the private and public sectors.

Since January 2010, Geoff has been appointed to a number of private sector boards as either Chair or Non-executive Independent Director. In addition he has positions as Chair or Independent Member of a number of Audit and Risk Committees for Federal and ACT Government agencies. This has enabled him to continue with his preference for working in and contributing to organisations in both sectors.

His current appointments in the private sector include roles in financial services, aged care, education and retail buying groups and his public sector clients vary from a range of large central agencies through to smaller service delivery agencies across a variety of sectors.

AICD’s Not-for-Profit Governance and Performance Study is the largest and most in-depth research of its kind in Australia. In 2018, the study examined how NFP boards are approaching the sector's pressing governance issues including innovation, cybersecurity and culture.

For the first time, as part of a new psychometric dimension to the study, the AICD used profiling questions to explore the leadership characteristics that lead to better board performance.

This new approach has delivered valuable insights. AICD’s Phil Butler, Sector Leader, NFP, will brief you on these findings, examining the future direction of corporate governance for NFP organisations in the critically important areas of innovation, cybersecurity and culture, as well as taking a deeper dive into the current issues facing the aged care sector. He will then be joined by a panel of experts to answer the following questions:

  • What are the governance challenges for leaders of NFP organisations?
  • What is the NFP’s board’s role in leading in the areas of innovation, cybersecuity and culture?
  • What are the expectations of members, regulators and the broader community?

Note: Light refreshments will be served.


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