Directors’ Workshop: Finding Board Positions

Mon 23 Oct 2017
1.45pm to 5.30pm

(Arrival time: 1.30pm)
5 This event will earn you 5 DPD units


Australian Institute of Company Directors
Level 1, 10 Bond Street
Sydney NSW


Single Members: A$350.00 Non-members: A$420.00

Barry Rafe

Barry Rafe

Principal, Rafe Consulting

Barry is an experienced financial services professional with experience as a director, CEO and consultant to significant financial services firms and superannuation funds.

Barry is a Fellow of the Actuaries Institute and a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. Barry works with boards and provides advice on board governance, board effectiveness, evaluation, and strategy development. Barry also facilitates courses for the Australian Institute of Company Directors including their flagship Company Director Course. Barry is a writer and reviewer of some of AICD’s courses.

Barry is currently a director of the Actuaries Institute, Greenpeace Australia Pacific and a small research startup business.

Barry provides strategic business advice to financial services businesses and large superannuation funds on issues such as product development, long range business planning and board governance. He also presents on professionalism to new actuaries, financial planner groups and other professions.

René Johnson MAICD

Managing Director, Pacific Search Partners

René is a director of a boutique executive search firm operating nationally and internationally and focusing on the appointment of senior executives to listed and private companies, not for profits and government agencies.

Additionally, over the past 5 years René has been involved in numerous appointments of non executive directors to Boards of ASX listed companies, government agencies and member based organisations.

Dr Justin Koonin GAICD

President, ACON

Justin Koonin GAICD is president of ACON (formerly known as the AIDS Council of New South Wales), which was established in 1985 and exists to end HIV transmission in New South Wales, and to promote the lifelong health of LGBTI people and people living with HIV.

He has over a decade of experience leading organisations in the NFP sector, including as chair of the New South Wales Gay and Lesbian Rights Lobby, and represents civil society on the steering committee of UHC 2030, the global partnership hosted by the World Bank and World Health Organisation, tasked with co-ordinating efforts to achieve universal health coverage as part of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.

Justin is a scientist by training, and following postdoctoral work in pure mathematics at the University of Sydney, he has consulted to government, healthcare providers and business in the fields of data science and predictive analytics. He currently works as an investment analyst for fund manager Allan Gray.

Justin is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, and sits on the AICD NFP Chairs' Forum, as well as the Commonwealth Bank Community Council.

Mary Verschuer FAICD

Chair, The Infants Home

Mary is an experienced non-executive director with tenure on an ASX200, NZX50 listed entity, an ASX start-up, charities, research and development and training bodies. As an executive leader she had over 20 years in the C-suite including global and regional CEO roles, with full P&L responsibility and significant time on the ground in Asia, in industries as diverse as mining, engineering equipment and packaging. Originally qualified as an Industrial Chemistry she has formal tertiary qualifications to MBA level and is a FAICD.

Current positions are chair of The Infants Home and NED on The Hydroponics Company (ASX:THC). From Feb 2015 to Sept 2016 she was a NED on joint ANZ listed Nuplex (NPX) before it was sold to Allnex and de-listed.

Denise North FAICD

Chair, Streetwize Communications

Her executive career spans a range of organisation types and business sectors. In the Government sector, Denise worked as an industry analyst with the Australian Government and for two years as a policy advisor to the then Minister for Industry, Technology & Commerce, Senator John Button. She has co-founded and managed consulting and training companies and held senior executive positions, including as chief executive, in the community sector, in professional services firms and in major listed corporations in the telecommunications and financial services sectors.

Denise has more than 20 years experience as a non executive director. Her current roles are as Chairman of Streetwize Communications Limited and member of the External Advisory Board of the Department of Government and International Relations at the University of Sydney.

Denise joined the Insolvency Practitioners Association (now ARITA) as Chief Executive in May 2008, a position she held for the duration of the Global Financial Crisis. During this time, she led ARITA’s representation to a Senate Inquiry into the role of liquidators and their regulation, drafting major submissions, liaising with Committee members and giving evidence at public hearings.

Are you prepared for your first or subsequent board position?

Applying for a director role is different to applying for your executive roles. Being prepared, developing a director career path and actively mapping out your plan to find board appointments are essential for success.

This workshop will provide you with practical tools to assist you the recruitment process when applying for a director position.

Join our experienced directors as they share their knowledge on:

  • How they obtained their first directorships
  • Insight on the recruitment process for a Chair’s perspective
  • How to make your director CV stand out from other applicants
  • Tips and tricks on the interview process for Non-Executive Directors

Take advantage of this opportunity to network with your peers and position yourself for the next big step in your career.

The workshop will formally conclude at 5.00pm which will be followed by networking.

Contact details

Katie Ardzejewski
Members & Directors Coordinator (Events)
t. 02 8248 2776