Gippsland Leaders’ Edge Luncheon – Big issues for boards and directors in 2017

Tue 2 May 2017
12.30pm to 2.00pm MAP
by Jorg at Narkoojee
220 Francis Road
Glengarry VIC
single AUD $105.00 (members) AUD $120.00 (non-members) table Table of 10 AUD $880.00 (members) Table of 10 AUD $880.00 (non-members)
5 DPD Points

Phil Ruthven AM FAICD

Phil Ruthven AM FAICD

Founder and Chairman, IBISWorld

Phil Ruthven is the Founder of IBISWorld, an international corporation providing online business information, forecasting and strategic services. IBISWorld now operates in Australia, the United States (NY and LA), Canada, China, United Kingdom and Indonesia. It plans to add the rest of the European Union, and Japan over the next five years or so. In 2014, Phil became a Member of the Order of Australia, in recognition of his significant service to business and commerce, and to the community.

Phil contributes regularly to radio, TV, newspapers, magazines and documentaries on business, economic and social issues. He continues to be one of Australia’s most frequent and prolific commentators in demand by the media, and is widely considered the nation’s most respected strategist and futurist on business, social and economic matters.

He addresses about 50-60 congresses, seminars and conferences each year and has done so for three decades. His involvement as a communicator takes him around Australia and occasionally overseas.

Phil is a science graduate with further studies in management and economics at various universities and institutes, and was a Rotary awardee to the United States in the late 1960s. He spent over 10 years in the food industry, including executive positions in research, production and marketing, before establishing IBIS in 1971.

Phil is currently an Adjunct Professor at The University of Technology (Sydney), and a member of the ANU College of Business & Economics Advisory Board. He is a recent past board member of the Melbourne Institute, CEDA and a past Director of Open Family Australia (the charitable foundation aiding street children) where he continues to help as an Ambassador for Whitelion/Open Family.

IBISWorld has earned the reputation as an astute forecasting and advisory corporation, based on its unique and comprehensive databases. Its website is rated as one of the most sophisticated and powerful industry and marketing websites in the world today. Its foresight and insight of business trends is outstanding, with the most envious record of accuracy among its peers. Their clients include over 1600 of Australia’s large corporations and government authorities, and over 5000 major US corporate and institutional clients. IBISWorld has become the premier provider of industry information in the United States, Canada, Australia, China, the United Kingdom, Indonesia and other nations. It also produces global industry reports on selected industries and markets.

It is a privately owned company employing over 450 staff, growing at 15-20% per annum in revenue.

David Bayes FAICD

David Bayes FAICD

Director, Sigma Pharmaceuticals Limited

David is an Independent Non-Executive Director of Sigma Pharmaceuticals Limited since June 2007.

David has held a variety of board and executive positions including former Chief Executive Officer of Choice Hotels Australasia, Chief Operating Officer of Mortgage Choice, Chief Executive Officer and Director of Bakers Delight, former Non-Executive Director of Chiquita Brands South Pacific Ltd, former Non-Executive Director of North Western Healthcare Network and former Director of McDonald’s Australia.

David is a current State President of the Victoria Council, Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Mary Aldred GAICD

Mary Aldred GAICD

CEO, Committee for Gippsland Inc

Mary Aldred commenced as the Chief Executive Officer of the Committee for Gippsland in 2011. The Committee for Gippsland is the region’s peak business and industry body. It acts as a positive and influential advocate for the Gippsland region. Mary has been involved in a number of local committees, including as a member of the Gippsland Tertiary Education Council, the Gippsland Food Plan steering committee, the Gippsland Regional Plan Leadership Group, and until recently was on the board of Lifeline Gippsland. Mary has served as a member of Federation University’s School of Business & Economics Regional Advisory Board.

Mary is also the first female chair of the Hawks Young Executive Committee, an affiliated sub-committee of the Hawthorn Football Club.

Previously, Mary has been a mentor in Monash University’s student mentorship program. Until July 2016 Mary a member of the Victorian Responsible Gambling Ministerial Advisory Council and is a previous member of the Women’s Correctional Services Advisory Committee. In July 2014, Mary was appointed by the Victorian Government to the Board of Latrobe Regional Hospital. Mary was appointed by the Victorian Government as a member of the Gippsland Regional Partnerships Committee in July 2016. In 2016 Mary was appointed as a member of the Fulham Prison Community Advisory Committee.

Having worked in private business, industry and government, Mary’s career in the energy sector included a position as Corporate & Regulatory Manager for an energy efficiency business, in a policy role for the retail arm of International Power, and at the Energy Supply Association of Australia.

Mary has also worked in government, at a state and federal level, including as an advisor to a federal government minister, and also for a United States Senator in Washington DC.

After completing a certificate qualification at McMillan TAFE in Warragul, Mary completed a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) degree with a double major from Monash University, and a Master of Agribusiness from the University of Melbourne, where she wrote her thesis on carbon sequestration opportunities in Australian agriculture. Mary is currently studying for an MBA at Federation University.

In July 2016 Mary studied Infrastructure in a Market Economy at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government in Boston, Massachusetts.

Leah Young FAICD

Leah Young FAICD

Director, Latrobe Regional Hospital

Leah has been a Director for the past 17 years, appointed to the Boards of Gippsland Water, Westernport Water, Gippsland Primary Health Network and the Latrobe Regional Hospital.

With experience in business management and governance, she has also served on several of the Board’s Audit and Risk, Finance and Executive Performance Committees. Living in Gippsland, Leah is the Business Manager and Company Secretary at St Paul’s Anglican Grammar School.

Leah has a Bachelor of Business, Graduate Diploma of Business, Company Directors Course Diploma (FAICD) and Governance Institute of Australia Certificate in Governance and Administration GIA (Cert).

Discover what's on the horizon for contemporary boards and directors.

The modern world is constantly changing and the potential for organisational disruption increases every day.

The need to future-proof organisations has never been more important. Does your organisation have the ability to withstand political uncertainty, policy changes, disruption and a volatile economy?

Join us as we hear the insights and predictions from top directors on the key challenges and potential issues directors will face in the next 12 to 18 months.

You will learn how to:

  • Lead through change
  • Ensure your business model meets today’s governance needs
  • Drive innovation
  • Plan for disruption
  • Create value through performance

This lunch offers a unique opportunity to network with like-minded peers and update your knowledge of critical director issues.

Join the #BigIssues17 conversation on Twitter @AICDirectors.


  • Tim Weight FAICD, Chair Gippsland AICD Regional Advisory Committee

Contact Details

Larissa Vaughan
Regional Events Executive
+61 3 9245 4200