Director's Briefing: A Changing Climate for Directors

Tue 21 Aug 2018
5.30pm to 7.30pm

(Arrival time: 5.15pm)
5 This event will earn you 5 DPD units


KPMG Adelaide
Level 7
151 Pirie Street
Adelaide SA


Single Members: A$30.00 Non-members: A$45.00

Bruce Carter FAICD

Chair, Premier’s Climate Change Council

Bruce Carter is the Chair of the Premier’s Climate Change Council. Bruce is a consultant for Ferrier Hodgson in Adelaide and has spent over 30 years in corporate recovery and insolvency. Bruce has conducted work for all of the major financial institutions within Australia and has been involved in a number of government appointed restructurings and reviews.

Bruce is Chair of ASC Pty Ltd and Deputy Chairman of SkyCity Entertainment Group Ltd. He is also a director of Bank of Queensland Ltd, NYSE-listed Genesee & Wyoming Inc. and its Australian subsidiary, as well as a number of other private companies. He is Chair of the South Australian Government’s Steel Task Force.

Bruce holds a Master of Business Administration, Bachelor of Economics and is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants and Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Sarah Barker

Special Counsel, Minter Ellison

Sarah Barker is a Special Counsel at MinterEllison. She has two decades' experience as a corporate lawyer, and is regarded as one of the world's foremost experts on investment governance issues relating to climate change, ESG (environmental, social, governance), and the SDG's (UN Sustainable Development Goals).

Sarah's leadership in climate risk adaptation and resilience is internationally recognised, and has been called upon by institutions from the Bank of England to the OECD, European Union and United Nations PRI. She sits on the Technical Working Group of the London-based Climate Disclosure Standards Board, teaches as part of the Australian and international faculty of Cambridge University's Institute for Sustainability Leadership, and is an academic visitor at the Smith School of Enterprise and the Environment at Oxford University. She has recently been appointed by Standards Australia as the Australian representative on the international Expert Committee of ISO14097, the International Standards Organisation's draft Standard for Investment, Financing and Climate Change. She has specific sectoral expertise in emergency management, banking and financial services, infrastructure, property development and real estate.

Sarah brings an overtly practical, governance-focused perspective to her advice from her own experience as a director and advisory board member. She is currently a non-executive director of one of Australia's largest superannuation funds, the $26-billion Emergency Services & State Super, and the Responsible Investment Association Australasia. She has been actively involved as an examiner, lecturer and course materials author for the Australian Institute of Company Directors for more than a decade.

Sarah was the instructing solicitor on the Centre for Policy Development's brief to Mr Noel Hutley SC in October 2016 that is widely cited as the authoritative exposition on directors' duties with regard to climate change risk in Australia (including by the Australian Prudential Regulation Authority).

John Nairn

State Director South Australia, Bureau of Meteorology

Since joining the Bureau in 1980 John has pursued client focused deployments in Antarctic operations, Australian severe weather, specialised operations at Sydney Airport, Sydney Olympic and Paralympic Games, and multiple interstate bushfire emergencies apart from operational forecaster roles in Northern Territory, Victoria, NSW and South Australia. John's has extended South Australian services to include embedded fire and emergency services, and targeted briefings for industry (including energy and wine).

John has developed the Bureau’s national heatwave service and is collaborating with international heatwave service partners. National and international partnerships have benefited from a Churchill Fellowship on heatwaves, visiting the UK, Germany and USA in 2013.

John has an MBA, Dip Ed and a BSc Hon in Meteorology and Oceanography, has been a member AICD and is undertaking a part time PhD (heatwaves).

Is the disclosure of climate change risk on your Board’s agenda?

The legal liability presented by the risk of climate change has grown in prominence in Australia since last year - it has been described as the greatest challenge of our time and possibly the great governance challenge for boards in the next 10 years. Climate change, from a governance perspective, is moving to a new phase – one where global investment markets progressively factor organisation climate-related risks into company valuations and other investment metrics.

How will climate change impact your organisation? Join our panel of experts including Bruce Carter FAICD, Chair – Premier’s Climate Change Council and Sarah Barker MAICD, Special Counsel – Minter Ellison, as they discuss the realities of climate change, where the priorities should be for boards and business more broadly, as well as the steps boards should take to equip their organisation for climate change risk.

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Katherine Masters
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T. 08 8236 2800