Directors' Briefing: The Great Governance Debate

Tue 26 Nov 2019
5.40pm to 7.30pm

(Arrival time: 5.00pm)
5 This event will earn you 5 DPD units


Herbert Smith Freehills WA
Level 36, QV1 Building
250 St George's Terrace
Perth WA


Single Members: A$70.00 Non-members: A$85.00

Michael Smith FAICD

Michael Smith FAICD

Principal, Black House

Michael has a long history in digital, strategy and market research.

Michael’s contributions at the board level are considerable. He is the current Chair of 7- Eleven Stores PL and Starbucks Australia, the Lionel Samson Sadleirs Group and Pioneer Credit. Michael is the Western Australian Patron of Variety – the Children’s Charity and the Co3 Dance Company.

Michael’s previously held roles include Chair of iiNet, state energy suppliers Synergy and Verve, the Perth International Arts Festival, the West Coast Eagles, National Chair of the Australia Institute of Company Directors, deputy chair of Automotive Holdings Group and a director of Creative Partnerships Australia and HOME Building Society. Other past positions include Chairman of the Pearling Industry Advisory Committee, State President of the Australian Marketing Institute and a member of the national board.

In March 2014 Michael was awarded a Doctor of Letters from the University of Western Australia for his contribution to the business sector and the arts. In addition to this award, Michael is the recipient of the Patron’s Medal – His Royal Highness Prince Phillip, in recognition of his services to marketing by the Australian Marketing Institute.

John McGlue MAICD

John McGlue MAICD

Director, Castle Gates Australia

John is a director of Castle Gates Australia, a trusted adviser to clients on creating, enhancing and protecting corporate value, helping clients manage corporate transactions, corporate disputes and special situations.

He has more than 25 years’ experience as a communications and financial markets professional. He is a former Chairman Australia and Senior Managing Director of FTI Consulting Strategic Communications.

John is a member of the Takeovers Panel.

Bronwyn Barnes MAICD

Bronwyn Barnes MAICD

Non-Executive Director, MOD Resources
With nearly 20 years in the resources sector Bronwyn has worked for companies ranging from BHP Billiton to emerging juniors in director, leadership and operational roles. She has steered major projects from exploration to operation, and connected the WA resources sector with international mining investment. In 2015 Bronwyn was awarded the prestigious Outstanding Woman in Resources Award by the Western Australian Chamber of Minerals and Energy and in 2016 received the Execptional Woman in Resources from the National Women in Resources Awards. Bronwyn was inducted into the WA Women’s Hall of Fame in 2019 for her services to the mining sector. Bronwyn has extensive board experience in industries stretching beyond the resources sector that reflect her interests in corporate governance, indigenous affairs, education and political life. She is currently Non-Executive Chair, Indiana Resource Ltd, Non-Executive Director of MOD Resources Ltd (ASX: MOD), a Council Member of AMEC, a Member of the Advisory Council for the Business School of Curtin University and an Independent Director of Perth Racing.
Simon Reed

Simon Reed

Partner, Herbert Smith Freehills

Simon is Head of Corporate, Perth with expertise in M&A and capital markets. He works with clients on strategic corporate matters including public company takeovers, private M&A, equity capital fundraisings, reconstructions and demergers. His focus is on ensuring that transactions are structured to deliver the specific commercial objectives of his clients.

Simon was selected by his peers for inclusion in various editions of Best Lawyers in Australia in the practice areas of Corporate Law, Corporate/Governance Practice, Equity Capital Markets Law, Leveraged Buyouts and Mergers and Acquisition Law.

Doug Aberle FAICD

Doug Aberle FAICD

Director, Marple Bridge

Doug is a transformational leader who has 40 years’ experience in the intensely scrutinised environment of Western Australia’s largest electricity company, culminating in six years as Managing Director. Over this time he has honed and integrated his skills as an engineer, project manager, negotiator, public communicator and coach.

In parallel he has developed a psychotherapy practice over 35 years and holds Clinical registration with the Psychotherapy and Counselling Federation of Australia.

Through his business, Marple Bridge Pty Ltd, Doug currently provides coaching, mentoring and consultancy services to senior business professionals. This includes facilitation of strategic planning and team building for CEOs and executive teams and coaching in the use of psychological principles to improve engagement and thus enhance leadership effectiveness and drive organisational improvements.

He also consults to a diverse spectrum of participants in the electricity industry on a variety of matters including engineering, markets, developmental options such as smart grids and renewable energy and the paradigm shift from linear and mechanistic operating models to organic and customer inclusive approaches.

Doug has a particular interest in working with companies committed to effecting lasting positive change by improving the quality of dialogue between key individuals and groups (including customers, stakeholders, suppliers and staff).

Since 2003 he has been a faculty member of Gestalt Associates Training Los Angeles and has facilitated sessions at international workshops in Europe and the USA for managers and consultants on the application of psychological principles to the solution of organisational problems.

His groundbreaking transformational work in producing dramatic improvements to safety, productivity and customer outcomes at Western Power is now the subject of regular presentations to the UWA Graduate School of Business and management teams of a variety of enterprises. His earlier interventions at Muja Power Station using psychological principles to drive dramatic change was the subject of a case study published in a book on Human Resource strategies called ‘Slowly and Carefully Stumble they that Run the Fastest: A Case Study of Leadership During the Downsize of Muja Power Station’. (In Travaglione, A. and Marshall, V. (Eds.), Human Resource Strategies: An Applied Approach, McGraw Hill: Sydney)

Doug is a humorous and inspirational speaker who regularly provides presentations on a diverse range of topics, including business and personal transformation; leadership; sustainability; and paradigm shifts in the energy industry.

Holding MEngSc and BE(Hons) degrees, Doug is a Fellow of the Institution of Engineers Australia; a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors; a graduate of the Advanced Management Program at Harvard University; past Chair of the Australian National Committee of CIGRE; Member and past Chair of the College of Leadership and Management of Engineers Australia in WA; past Board member of the Kimberley Ports Authority and a Board member of Edge Employment Solutions.

Sharon Warburton GAICD

Sharon Warburton GAICD

Non-Executive Director, Fortescue Metals Group

After an executive career in strategy and finance roles based in Perth, Sydney, London and Abu Dhabi, Sharon is now a full-time Non-Executive Company Director. She is the 2014 WA Telstra Business Woman of the Year and was named in the 2015 Westpac AFR 100 Women of Influence.

She joined the board of Fortescue Metals Group (FMG, one of Australia’s largest listed companies), in 2013 as a Non-Executive Director. She is now the Co-Deputy Chairman and she also chairs the Fortescue Remuneration & People Committee. She is a Non-Executive Director for ASX Listed Wesfarmers Limited, WorleyParsons Limited, NEXTDC Limited and Gold Road Resources Limited; as well as a Director of the fund raising NFP Foundation for the Perth Children’s Hospital. She is also a part time member of the Takeovers Panel, a member of the WA Rhodes Scholarship selection panel, an Adjunct Professor in Leadership and Strategy at Curtin Business School and the Patron of the Women in MBA Scholarship Programme at Curtin.

Educated in Exmouth and Perth, Sharon holds a Bachelor of Business degree from Curtin University and is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. She is also a Fellow of Chartered Accountants Australia New Zealand and a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Building.

Sharon is Mum to 9-year-old Chloe. She champions flexibility, diversity and work life balance and places a high priority on sharing her own experiences.

Tony Joyner

Tony Joyner

Managing Partner, Herbert Smith Freehills
Tony Joyner is Managing Partner of the Perth office of Herbert Smith Freehills and is a commercial/corporate lawyer with particular experience in the fields of technology, IT and IP, as well as infrastructure projects. A speciality is bringing together large technology projects, and dealing with the complexity of multiple vendors, and the strategic allocation of responsibility and risk. He is a senior member of the firm’s Technology team, and its Infrastructure team. He is global head of the firm’s Technology Media and Telecommunications Sector Group.
What better way to wrap up a significant year of governance than with a Great Governance Debate, putting a light touch on some topical themes and enjoying festivities with fellow members and guests!

Have you ever wondered what does good governance actually look like? Unlike good art, which is hard to define but easy to recognise, good governance can be hard to define and hard to recognise.

Join us in partnership with Herbert Smith Freehills, as experienced directors debate the “grey” areas of governance with live interaction from the audience, as you vote for the strongest position over three hot topics in the governance community.


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