Directors’ Briefing: Not-for-Profit Governance and Performance Study Update





Phil Butler GAICD

Phil Butler GAICD

Sector Leader, Not-for-Profit, AICD

Based in Canberra, Phil is the Not-for-Profit Sector Leader for the AICD. This role aims 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.

Prior to taking on this role, he was Manager NFP, Public Sector & ACT for AICD which involved managing the activities and membership of the division and having a focus on the key sectors within ACT.

Phil’s careers spans Private, Public and Not for Profit sectors, including senior roles with Reed Elsevier, the Institute of Chartered Accountants and with the Australian Bureau of Statistics early in his career.

His board and committee roles have included various school and sporting organisations, and most recently as a director of Pro Musica and as a member of the Canberra Institute of Technology Advisory Council.

In addition to successfully completing the Company Directors Course, he completed AICD’s Mastering the Boardroom program and is a regular speaker at conferences and briefings across Australia.

Natasha Miliotis

CEO, Skylight Mental Health

Natasha Miliotis is the Chief Executive Officer of Skylight Mental Health (formerly MIFSA), a position she has proudly held since 2004. Skylight is a community mental health service delivering sought after and innovative services since the early 80’s.

Over the past 13 years Natasha has lead the organisation through a period of constant growth and change. In the first decade of her work at Skylight, Natasha and her team significantly expanded the reach of the organisation and the budget grew 20 fold over 10 years. In the second decade of her work in this dynamic organisation Natasha and the Skylight team, alongside participants, continue to design services which best meet the needs and dreams of people living with mental health challenges.

Current Board appointments include President of the Mental Health Coalition of South Australia, having served on the Board for more than ten years and Member of Community Mental Health Australia Board. Natasha is also active nationally as a part of the Mental Illness Fellowship of Australia.

Natasha is constantly inspired by the resilience of the human spirit and the potential for growth and development in us all.

Anne Skipper AM FAICD

Anne Skipper AM FAICD

Chair, Silver Chain

Anne is an experienced businesswoman and company director – she has been a nurse, change agent, business owner, board director and advocate for children in Australia and internationally.

Her diverse board portfolio has included government, private sector and the not-for-profit sector in the areas of health, finance, social welfare, women’s affairs, children and young people.

Anne is currently the Principal of Anne Skipper and Associates a specialist organisation consulting in corporate governance, board dynamics and strategic facilitation.

Her career highlights have been; founding the highly successful leadership development business The Teleran Group, Chairing the International year of the Family and in 2000 being awarded a Member of the Order of Australia for community service.

Anne has had over 25 years experience as a company director and currently a facilitator with the Institute of Company Directors in Australia and internationally.

She has held positions as a director and chair of boards in the private, government and not-for-profit sectors and is currently:

  • Director Plan International Board, Director Plan Hong Kong Board and immediate Past-Chair Plan International Australia Director
  • People’s Choice Credit Union
  • Chair, Silver Chain Group Australia
  • Director Central Adelaide Hills Medicare Local
  • Director Tonkin Consulting

Andrew Dow

CFO, St Vincent de Paul Society

Andrew is Chief Financial Officer of St Vincent de Paul Society in South Australia. His extensive experience in the not-for-profit (NFP) sector spans over 20 years, including a number of NFP Board positions during that period. Andrew was appointed SA Divisional Council Member for CPA Australia in 2014 and is currently Deputy President of CPA Australia in SA. His career commenced in mechanical engineering, followed by many years of senior executive roles within the very competitive manufacturing industry, as well as other sectors. A highly experienced CEO & General Manager (Fellow of the Australian Institute of Management), with vast knowledge and credentials in financial management as a CFO (Fellow of CPA Australia). Andrew is also a highly experienced corporate Director (Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors), having held Board positions in a variety of fields and is currently a Director of St Vincent de Paul Housing (SA) Inc.

His broad expertise in accounting, financial and general management is complemented by a wealth of knowledge in corporate governance and compliance.

The NFP sector is going through a time of extraordinary change. With such change comes significant opportunity along with some major challenges for directors and executives to manage.

Referencing the 2017 NFP Governance and Performance Study, this event offers an opportunity for NFP directors and business leaders to discuss the latest trends and challenges facing the sector and hear from experienced directors and executives about how they are navigating these changes.

Now in its 7th year, the NFP Governance and Performance Study is the most comprehensive source of information on the governance of NFPs in Australia. Phil Butler GAICD, AICD’s NFP Sector Leader, will introduce the key themes emerging from the 2017 study and will be joined by a panel of leading experts to discuss the board’s role in setting and overseeing an organisation’s culture, embedding the organisation’s risk appetite and managing its reputational risk, adapting to the changing business environment, and building its financial strength to ensure ongoing sustainability.

This briefing has been designed for NFP directors and executives who are looking for a fresh perspective on the trends facing the NFP sector and will provide expert insights and stories from directors and executives who are dealing with these difficult issues.


University of South Australia

Venue host

Chartered Accountant

Contact details

Katherine Masters
Events Coordinator
T. 08 8236 2800