Canberra Directors’ Briefing: The Board’s Role in Workforce Culture

Thu 18 Nov 2021
5.15pm to 7.30pm

(Arrival time: 5.00pm)
5 This event will earn you 5 DPD units


Level 2
55 Blackall Street
Barton ACT


Single Members: A$90.00 Non-members: A$105.00

Jane Halton AO PSM FAICD

Non-Executive Director, ANZ

Ms Halton’s 33 year career in the public service includes the positions of Secretary of the Australian Department of Finance, Secretary of the Australian Department of Health, Secretary for the Department of Health and Ageing, and Executive Co-ordinator (Deputy Secretary) of the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet. She brings to the Board extensive experience in finance, insurance, risk management, information technology, human resources, health and ageing and public policy. She also has significant international experience.

Ms Halton has contributed extensively to community health through local and international organisations including the World Health Organisation and National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Council.

Relevant other directorships

Chairman: Vault Systems (from 2017), Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations (Norway) (from 2018, Board member from 2016) and Council on the Ageing Australia (from 2017).

Director: Clayton Utz (from 2017), ANZ (from 2016) and Crown Resorts Limited (from 2018).

Member: Executive Board of the Institute of Health Metrics and Evaluation at the University of Washington (from 2007).

Adjunct Professor: University of Sydney and University of Canberra.

Council Member: Australian Strategic Policy Institute (from 2016)

Glenys Beauchamp PSM MAICD

Principal Advisor, Proximity and Chair, Australian Building Codes Board

Glenys Beauchamp joined Proximity in 2020 after more than 35 years in the public service, including the Australian Public Service and ACT Public Service. She was Secretary in the Australian Public Service for nearly 10 years, leading three departments with a variety of functions. She established and led the Department of Regional Australia, Local Government, Arts and Sport following the 2010 Federal election and later headed up the Department of Industry, Innovation and Science and the Department of Health.

She has much experience at senior levels in the Australian Public Service across social and economic policy areas and the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet. With this experience she has developed a diverse skill set covering for example: policy; regulatory; program management; high level stakeholder engagement skills, including working with many ministers and other parliamentarians; and strong organisational stewardship and governance skills.

Glenys has had experience setting up agencies, abolishing agencies and managing transformational change with associated changes in governments and policy directions. Through these experiences she has undertaken program reviews and evaluations, reviewed and strengthened governance arrangements in key agencies, led staff through substantial change and focussed on establishing foundations to develop high performance organisations.

In addition to her work at Proximity, she is currently on boards of several Australian Government boards, including Chair of the Australian Building Codes Board and Chair of Food Standards Australia New Zealand. She is also on the boards of the Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care; and Industry Innovation and Science Australia. She is also a director on the McGrath Foundation Ltd (not-for profit) and director on Health Metrics Pty Ltd (private company). She is also Chair of the advisory board for Region Media Pty Ltd (private company).

In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her husband, kids and grandkids, loves Canberra and the surrounding region and is passionate about her Hawks!

Understand the role of the Board in workplace culture, its importance in promoting psychological safety and how it should be put into practice.

Organisations across all sectors in Australia are recognising the important role of culture in improving performance and building a productive workforce.

Positioned at the apex of organisational hierarchy, the Board - in partnership with executive management – has an important role to play in forming and monitoring workplace culture.

Like other areas of governance, adjustments to organisational culture remains an ongoing area of focus.

Join us as we share expert insights into building a workplace culture that improves productivity and encourages an engaged workforce.

  • Discuss why workforce culture impacts staff retention and acquisition
  • The main reasons that lead organisations to consciously develop and enhance a unique workforce culture.
  • Best-practice measures to determine the success of workplace culture, aside from metrics.
  • Discuss how psychological safety and workplace culture extends to employees connecting remotely and working from home.
  • The benefits of a psychologically safe workplace culture to enable employees to communicate ideas and concerns without fear of being punished or judged.