Directors' Download: Minutes in the spotlight

Fri 28 Feb 2020
9.00am to 10.30am

(Arrival time: 8.30am)
5 This event will earn you 5 DPD units


Ground Floor, 15 National Circuit
Barton ACT


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

David Shortland MAICD

Principal, Shortland Consulting

David has more than 25 years of experience in governance, communication, strategy and the law. He has had director, executive and advisory roles in sectors including financial services, transport, infrastructure and health.

David is an Advisor and Facilitator for Australian Institute of Company Directors (‘AICD’) in Strategy, Risk, Board Effectiveness and Governance generally.  He is accredited to deliver many of AICD’s Company Director Course modules and other AICD programs including Reporting to the Board and Working with the Board. David was also a co-contributor to AICD's first edition of Good Governance Principles and Guidance for Not-For-Profit Organisations. He also enjoys being a guest lecturer at the University of Sydney Business School to graduate students in subjects including business ethics.

He began his career working with a Supreme Court Justice in South Australia before moving to a law firm in London, then joining Allens in Sydney. 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. At ASX, David also worked with the team formulating the initial ASX Corporate Governance Council agenda, culminating in him facilitating the final consultations leading to the endorsement and publication of the first edition of the ASX Corporate Governance Council Principles & Recommendations.

Currently, David is Deputy Chair of ChildFund Australia; sits on both the Audit & Risk Committee and the Communication & Marketing 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 and the NSW Audit Committee. Previously, he has been a director and officer of an internet services provider for professionals and officer and an executive director of two (2) derivatives’ clearing house boards for public financial markets.

The practice of board minute taking has attracted heightened scrutiny in recent months. Board minutes are an important element to any board meeting, which carry their own risks and obligations.

Join us at this event where we’ll take a practical look at the legal requirements of minutes and the level of detail that minutes will ideally contain, such as the suggestion made at the Royal Commission into Financial Services that all questions asked should be recorded.

Board members own the minutes and should understand their significance. Company secretaries have the job of preparing the minutes and need to appreciate the role of high quality minutes and ensure they remain fit for purpose.

Our facilitator David Shortland MAICD will touch on:

 •  The implications for minute taking following the Royal Commission into Financial Services
 •  The importance of carefully crafted language
 •  Confidentiality vs. Publication
 •  Transcript vs. Summary
 •  What’s in and what’s out


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