War Stories Lunch: The Questions to Ask at the Board Table



Jane Yuile FAICD

Chairman, ANZ

Jane Yuile has more than 35 years’ experience as a finance executive and is currently ANZ Chairman SA / Executive Director – Institutional Australia, Chairman of ReturnToWorkSA and PrimeQ and a director of Adelaide Airport and the Art Gallery of South Australia.

Originally from Montreal Canada, she has lived in Australia for 35 years. During the last 15 years she has been based in Adelaide and has developed a deep commitment to the State.

She began her career as a Chartered Accountant working for major firms in San Francisco, London and Melbourne. She then had 10 years as the Finance Director of a publicly listed technology company before becoming a non-executive director for companies in industries including the arts, environment, technology, utilities, healthcare and education.

Jane has a Master of Business Administration and Bachelor of Science, and is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australian and a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Dr Roger Sexton AM FAICD

Executive Chairman, Beston Pacific Asset Management

Roger is a graduate in Economics and Commerce with Doctorate and Masters Degrees from North Carolina University in the USA and an Honours Degree (First Class) in Economics from the Flinders University of South Australia. He was awarded the Bank of Adelaide Prize in Economics in 1970 and the AAES Outstanding Doctoral Program Award in 1976. After graduating in 1976, Roger spent ten years in various senior management positions with the Commonwealth and State Governments.

He has spent the last 20 years in various senior executive roles in the investment banking industry, including as Executive Director, Morgan Grenfell Australia Ltd and Chief Executive, Challenger Beston Ltd. He sits on a number of public and private Boards in Australia and overseas, including as Deputy Chairman, IOOF Holdings Ltd, Chairman, Thomas Bryson International Ltd, Chairman, KeyInvest and Director, IBISWorld Pty Ltd.

He is a Senior Fellow of the Financial Services of Australia, Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Management. Roger is currently the Executive Chairman of Beston Pacific Asset Management.

The more a board member knows, the more invested he or she is. The more skin you have in the game, the more you will jump through hoops for the organization you all care so deeply about.

We often hear that board members don’t ask the right questions and this can mean the difference between successful decision-making and potentially disastrous outcomes. A CEO should welcome these questions. Strong personalities can dominate discussion, with some not having the confidence to ask the question or feeling it may appear ‘stupid’ – and there is no such thing as a ‘stupid’ question!

This War Stories lunch will address how the right questions can ensure a well-functioning board; improving the performance of the organisation and the culture of the board. Join Jane Yuile FAICD Chairman ANZ, and Dr Roger Sexton AM FAICD Chairman Beston Pacific and President of the SANT AICD Division, as they share with us their stellar careers and experience in obtaining board appointments, lessons learned along the way, the great achievements and the various pitfalls, at our June Tomorrow’s Director War Stories lunch.

We encourage you to register early for this lunch and places are limited.


Commonwealth Bank

Contact details

Danuelle Scott
E. dscott@aicd.com.au
T. 08 8236 2806