Leaders’ Edge Lunch: Big Issues for Boards and Directors in 2018

Fri 16 Feb 2018
12.30pm to 2.00pm





Kathy Bowlen

Media and Communications Expert
Kathy Bowlen is currently General Manager of Media and Communications at St Vincent’s Hospital, and concurrently, a Director of Media Savvy, an executive media training and strategic positioning consultancy. As a former political journalist and news anchor, Kathy has held senior positions in television News and Current Affairs with the Australian Broadcasting Corporation. She is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, and Leadership Victoria. Kathy’s community involvement has included being a Council member of Swinburne University, Genazzano FCJ College, a junior sports coach, and a Non-Executive Director of the Australian Sustainable Industry Research Centre, and the Next Wave Festival.

The Hon. Nicola Roxon GAICD

Non-Executive Director and Chairman-elect, Bupa Australia and New Zealand, and Chairman, Cancer Council Australia, Dexus

The Honourable Nicola Roxon is a non-executive director and chairman on several listed, unlisted and not-for-profit boards. The breadth of these roles covers health, professional services, education and property.

Prior to this, Ms Roxon was Health Minister in the Labor government from 2007-2011, after which she became Australia’s first female Attorney-General.

As a reforming Health Minister, she managed an annual budget of $64 billion and negotiated major reforms to Australia’s public hospital, primary care and preventative health systems.

As Attorney-General, Ms Roxon oversaw the courts, Australia’s intelligence agency ASIO, the Human Rights Commission and diverse laws stretching from cyber crime to family law.

In both roles she led Australia’s battle against tobacco – introducing the world first plain packaging regime and successfully defending legal challenges from the tobacco industry.

Ms Roxon’s success as a leader, creative policy maker and outstanding achiever has earned her numerous awards, both nationally and internationally, including from the World Health Organization. Ms Roxon was inducted to Victoria’s Honour Roll of Women in 2014 and named one of Australia’s 100 Women of Influence in 2015.

She is a regular speaker and presenter in law, health, tobacco control, government, leadership and women.

Her current roles are:

  • Non-executive director: Bupa, Dexus, Lifestyle Communities
  • Chairman: Cancer Council Australia, Accounting Professional and Ethical Standards Board
  • Chair and Adjunct Professor, Sir Zelman Cowen Centre at Victoria University

Dr Hugh E. Williams MAICD

Global technology leader

Hugh E. Williams has had a career in three parts as an entrepreneur, professor, and technical executive.

Until recently, he was the Vice President of Google Maps at Google, and he has also held executive roles as a Vice President at eBay, Partner at Microsoft, VP at Tinder, and SVP at Pivotal. Prior to that, he spent over 10 years researching and developing search technologies, and 5 years running his own startup and consultancy.

He has published around 120 works, mostly in the field of Information Retrieval. He is one of the inventors of Infinite Scroll, and he holds nearly 30 US patents and has over 30 pending. He has a PhD from RMIT University in Australia.

Hugh is a Distinguished Fellow of the Centre for Business Analytics at MBS, and also sits on the Board of ASX-listed Redbubble and advises Doordash (US), Canva (Sydney) and Photobox (UK). He is also an honorary Professor at RMIT University.

Rebecca McGrath FAICD

Chairman, OZ Minerals and Investa Office Management

Rebecca McGrath is an internationally experienced business leader. She is Chairman of Oz Minerals Ltd (ASX), Investa Office Management Pty Ltd and Scania Australia. Rebecca is also Non-Executive Director of ASX listed companies: Incitec Pivot Ltd and Goodman Group. She is a member of the Advisory Council for JP Morgan in Australia.

Since 2016 Rebecca has been a member of the Victorian Council of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Rebecca is involved with several-not-for-profit organisations: she is Chairman of Kilfinan Australia; she is a member of Chief Executive Women and is an ambassador for the National Association of Women in Operations.

Rebecca is a speaker, mentor and advisor in a range of industry and professional forums.

Do you know what’s on the horizon for 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?

Attend our first Leaders' Edge Lunch for 2018, where facilitator will lead a panel discussion on how you can:

  • Lead through change
  • Re-think traditional business models to meet today’s governance needs
  • Drive innovation
  • Plan for disruption
  • Diversity – move the conversation beyond gender
  • Creating value through performance
  • Organisational culture
  • Digital transformation

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



Contact details

Veronica Mansueto
M&D Events Coordinator
E. vicevents@aicd.com.au
T. 03 9245 4200