Directors' Breakfast: NFP Governance – Current Trends and Future Issues Hunter

Tue 7 Aug 2018
7.25am to 9.10am

(Arrival time: 7.15am)
5 This event will earn you 5 DPD units


Marina Views Function Centre
97 Hannell Street
Wickham NSW


Single Members: A$30.00 Non-members: A$40.00

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.

John Cleary MAICD

CEO, Benhome Aged Care Facility

John Cleary is the Chief Executive Officer of Benhome Aged Care Facility in Maitland. He is also a Director of the TransTasman Research Oncology Group.

Previously John has held the roles of Chief Executive Officer of the Newcastle Anglican Schools Corporation, General Manager for the Anglican Diocese of Newcastle, Chairman of the Anglican National Insurance Program, various senior Banking roles with two major Australian Banks and various Directorships.

John holds a Bachelor of Science from Macquarie University, a Graduate Diploma in Financial Management and a Master of Commerce from the University of New England. He is currently undertaking studies with the University of Tasmania in Dementia Care. He is a Member of the Australia Institute of Company Directors and a Fellow of the Institute of Public Accountants.

John has also completed Executive Not for Profit Leadership courses at both the Harvard Business School and the Harvard University Kennedy School for Executive Education in Boston, Massachusetts.

John was widely recognised for his work supporting survivors of Child Sexual abuse, his whistleblowing and his evidence in Case Study 42 of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse in 2016. John appeared on two episodes of ABC TV’s 7.30 Report in July 2016 for his role in speaking up and exposing institutional child sexual abuse cover-ups. His work was rewarded in 2017 when he received an Australia Day award of Lake Macquarie Citizen of the Year and was a finalist in the Hunter Hero awards.

In his spare time John enjoys travel, following current affairs, Australian rules and rugby union as well as being a father to his two children – Hannah and Oliver.

Jennifer Cappellacci GAICD

Chair, Samaritans

Ms Jennifer Cappellacci was appointed Chair of Samaritans Board in May 2017.

The Samaritans Foundation is the social welfare arm of the Anglican Church in the Hunter, Manning and Central Coast. Over 100 services support children, youth, people living with a disability or with mental health concerns, parents, families and those who are homeless throughout these communities.

Ms Cappellacci has a deep understanding of the organisation, having served as a member of the Audit and Risk committee since 2008 and as a board member since 2010.

Jennifer has over 20 years of experience in financial and management accounting for organisations in the commercial and not-for-profit sectors, specialising in business systems.

She is a Certified Practising Accountant (CPA) and a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (GAICD).

Jennifer is currently the Operations Coordinator at the National Office of Lions Australia and is married with two young children.

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?


Commonwealth Bank

Contact details

Claire Bailey
Members & Directors Executive (Programs)
T. 02 8248 8423