Brisbane AICD & CEW Boards for Balance Program Launch

Tue 9 May 2017
6.00pm MAP
Level 16
123 Albert Street
single Free (members) Free (non-members)
5 DPD Points

Michael Cameron FAICD

Suncorp CEO

Michael joined Suncorp in October 2015as Chief Executive Offfcer and Managing Director. He has extensive experience in financial services and property. This experience includes six years with The GPT Group as CEO and Managing Director.

Prior to this, he spent five years with the Commonweatlh Bank in various roles including Group Chief Financial Officer and Group Executive Retail Banking Services, 10 years with Lendlease including CFO/Director of The Yarmouth Group (Lendlease's US property business); CFO of MLC Limited and Chief Operating Officer of the NAB Wealth Management Division, following the sale of MLC.

Michael was also CFO at St George Bank Limited from mid-2007 until it was acquired by Westpac in December 2008.

Michael holds a Bachelor of Business, is a Fellow of the Australian Insitute of Company Directors and the Australian Institute of Chartered Accountants.

Dr Ziggy Switkowski FAICD

Suncorp Chair

Dr Ziggy Switkowski is Chairman of the Suncorp Group, Chancellor of RMIT University, and Chair of Opera Australia.

He is also currently a non-executive director of Tabcorp, Oil Search and Lynas, and a former chief executive of Telstra, Optus and Kodak (Australasia).

Dr Switkowski is a graduate of the University of Melbourne with a PhD in nuclear physics. He is a Fellow of the Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering and of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Dr Sally Pitkin FAICD

Dr Sally Pitkin FAICD

Non-executive Director, Link Group

Sally Pitkin is a non-executive director of the Link Group, Star Entertainment Group, IPH, Super Retail Group and Opera Queensland Ltd. She is also President of the Australian Institute of Company Directors Queensland Division Council.

She is a member of the Australian Securities and Investment Commission's External Advisory Board.

Sally is an Adjunct Professor with the University of Queensland Business School, Fellow of Bond University, a former corporate partner with Clayton Utz and she holds a Doctor of Philosophy in Governance.

Grant Murdoch FAICD

ALS Non-executive Director

Grant is currently:

  • Director of ALS (formerly Campbell Brothers) and Chair of the audit committee
  • Director of QIC and chair of the audit committee
  • Director of OzForex and chair of the audit committee
  • Director of Cardno, Chair of the remuneration committee and a member of the audit committee
  • Chairman of the Board of Directors of The Endeavour Foundation (Chair of the Nominations and Remuneration Committee, a member of the Audit Committee and the Property Committee)
  • Senator of the University of Queensland ,(Chair of the Risk Committee and member of the Finance Committee)
  • Director - UQ Holdings Ltd
  • Adjunct Professor at the University of Queensland Business School

Grant has over 37 years chartered accountancy experience and from 2004 to 2011 headed the Corporate Finance Team for Ernst & Young Queensland overseeing a doubling of revenue over that time (including the GFC). In addition to these responsibilities Grant was an audit partner from 1980 to 2000.

Grant has extensive experience in providing advice in relation to mergers, acquisitions, takeovers, corporate restructures, share issues, pre-acquisition pricing due diligence advice, expert reports for capital raisings and IPO’s including providing assistance with negotiations.

  • Has been the Ernst & Young Corporate Finance Brisbane leader from April 2004 to 2011, growing revenues every year including through the GFC
  • Lead the Advisory team for the recapitalisation of Transpacific through the investment by Warburg Pincus, which was recognised in the UK Magazine Transaction Quarterly as the largest PE investment of 2008
  • Lead the engagement team on a number of QLD Government asset sales, including the recent $3bn sale of Queensland Motorways and Golden Casket
  • Lead the engagement team on many significant IPOs, including Transpacific and Wotif

Kathleen Bailey Lord

QBE Insurance (Australia) Non-executive Director

Kathleen is an experienced board director, passionate about the opportunities for business and society presented by the digital age. Kathleen's experience is directly relevant to the complexity of strategic issues impacting Australia, indeed the globe, and the ambiguity that comes from transitioning to the digital age and networked economy. This sees her work both as an advisor to boards and executives and as a non executive director.

Characterised as a future focussed, performance oriented board director, she currently serves on the boards of QBE Insurance (ANZ) and Melbourne Water. Kathleen's previous board memberships include the Australian Government Solicitor, Trinity College at the University of Melbourne and Chief Executive Women.

Kathleen's senior executive career crossed a range of industries (technology, professional services, marketing/media services, financial services) in Australia, New Zealand and Asia. This experienced developed a digital mindset anchored in years of experience, ongoing curiosity and knowledge in digital, that sees both the opportunities presented and the risks that must be managed; scars and experience from leading diverse businesses, in complex settings, through transformational change that delivered strong commercial outcomes; multicultural understanding and empathy from leading teams in several different countries and strong belief that governance is key to good business.

An active member of CEW, Kathleen regularly contributes to the CEW Leaders Program; provides member oversight to the Leadership Shadow program; is a member of the joint CEW/AICD advisory committee developing recommendations for boards to improve their leadership on gender balance.

A Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company (AICD), her contribution to this community includes Directing in the Digital Age panellist and speaker; collaborator in convening/creating the hypothetical "Boards of Tomorrow".

The Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD) and Chief Executive Women (CEW), are delighted to invite you to join us as we launch our latest collaboration, Boards for Balance: Your Leadership Shadow.

Critical Relationships

Time and time again we see that real organisational change only happens when there is visible commitment from the leadership. Boards for Balance: Your Leadership Shadow initiative is a collaboration between Chief Executive Women (CEW) and the AICD to assist chairmen and directors to play a leadership role in helping to progress gender balance in their organisations from the very top.

The AICD and CEW will be launching a publication based on the based on the CEW/Male Champions of Change Leadership Shadow model, which presents actions chairmen and directors can take to achieve gender balance in the C-suite. The publication includes quotes from highly respected leaders and case studies on successful gender balance practices for boards. The publication outlines actions across four leadership aspects: what we say; how we act; what we prioritise; and how we measure. It applies best practice research to enable boards to partner with their CEOs and executive teams and create meaningful outcomes for gender balance.

Leading ASX chairs and their CEOs will share their experiences and insights into delivering gender balance at senior executive levels within their organisations.

This complimentary event is ideal for directors seeking to improve their engagement with their senior executive team on organisational gender balance.

Contact Details

Rhian Richardson
Board Diversity Manager
+61 2 8248 6600