Please note: Program and speakers may be subject to change.

Angus Armour

Angus Armour FAICD

Managing Director and CEO, Australian Institute of Company Directors

Angus started at the AICD in October 2017.

Previous roles included Principal Advisor on innovation and research at the Business Council of Australia; Deputy Secretary in the NSW State Government responsible for trade, innovation and industry and the arts; and CEO at Export Finance & Insurance Corporation from 2003 to 2013.

He served in the past as Chairman of Board of the Berne Union, an association of over 50 public and private sector companies from 40 countries supporting $1.5 trillion of global trade and investment annually, as Chair of the Berne Union’s Risk and Compliance Committee, and as Chair and a member of the Asia Regional Cooperation Council. He has also served as Chair of the Asian Eximbank Association, as a member on the Board of the Committee for the Economic Development of Australia, and as a member on the board of the Historic Houses Trust of NSW.

In addition to the AICD Board, Angus serves on the boards of the European Australian Business Council and the Mohammed Bin Rashid Innovation Fund of the UAE.

Anker Broderson

Anker Brodersen


Anker Brodersen is a retired Air Commodore with over 30 years of service. His senior roles included strategic planning and investment for the Defence Estate, negotiating a new treaty with the United States Government, managing Defence operational performance requirements, and Air Force Strategic Planning & Governance.

Since leaving Defence, he has provided consultancy services to commercial, government and NFP organisations on corporate governance, property development, engineering and international relations.

With more than a decade of board experience, his current roles include Chair - Engineers Australia (EA) National Professional Standards Committee and Chair – UnitingCare Kippax.

Charlie Day

Dr Charlie Day

CEO, Innovation and Science Australia (ISA)

Dr Day is the CEO of Innovation and Science Australia (ISA). He brings to the role significant expertise in innovation, business development, technology commercialisation, venture capital and start-up creation. Immediately prior to taking up his role with ISA, Dr Day was the Program Director for the Carlton Connect Initiative, an ambitious project to create Australia's premier STEM innovation precinct anchored by the University of Melbourne.

As CEO, Dr Day leads the Office of Innovation and Science Australia and supports the Innovation and Science Australia (ISA) board’s implementation of long-term initiatives to boost Australia’s innovation, science and research system.

ISA provides strategic, whole-of-government advice on all science, research and innovation matters. In January 2018 ISA released the Australia 2030: Prosperity through Innovation report, which sets out a path for Australia to become a leading innovation nation by 2030.

John Glenn

John Glenn

Managing Director, Kiah Consulting

John Glenn is founder and Managing Director of Kiah Consulting, a multi-million-dollar company that specialises in working with government and industry to deliver improved public service outcomes.

Most visible at the table negotiating contracts, Kiah works before, at, and beyond the table driving excellence through collaboration within and between organisations.

With multiple tertiary qualifications in engineering, science and management, John started his career in the Royal Australian Corps of Signals and the SAS. In 1991-92 he worked with the UN in Cambodia to negotiate the ceasefire and disarmament of the Khmer Rouge and other warring factions. He continued to specialise, negotiating security arrangements across the allied nations where he discovered his talent for negotiation.

John moved to industry and worked internationally. His experiences include consulting, think-tank development, US multinational business operations, investor start-ups, public listing, sales and acquisitions.

Today John concentrates on working across the public-private sector divide to ensure superior achievements by both. His passion is corporate and individual excellence. John is an accomplished speaker on negotiation, collaboration and leadership.

Genevieve Jacobs

Genevieve Jacobs

Genevieve Jacobs has been a journalist for 30 years, working in print and radio. She spent over a decade with ABC Canberra and works with a wide range of community organisations on arts, environment and community causes. She is a champion for the Capital Region Landkeepers Trust and sits on the ACT’s advisory committee for historic places. Genevieve is a board member of the National Folk festival, the Canberra International Music Festival and the Conflict Resolution Service. She has an enduring interest in strengthening community engagement and consultation.
AGS Speaker

Alastair MacGibbon

Head, Australian Cyber Security Centre & National Cyber Security Advisor

Alastair MacGibbon is National Cyber Security Adviser at the Department of Home Affairs and concurrently Head of the Australian Cyber Security Centre, part of the Australian Signals Directorate. He leads the implementation of the Government’s Cyber Security Strategy, transforming Australia’s cyber security landscape to realise the economic and social benefits of a cyber resilient nation, and deliver Australia’s cyber security operational capacity.

Prior to taking up his appointment MacGibbon was Australia's first eSafety Commissioner. Before that he worked for 15 years as an Agent with the Australian Federal Police, including as founding Director of the Australian High Tech Crime Centre. Along with private sector roles such as Senior Director of Trust, Safety and Customer Support at eBay, MacGibbon was a Director of the Centre for Internet Safety at the University of Canberra.

AGS Speaker

Tony Nippard GAICD


Tony is a governance professional and board director. He has been a director of not for profit and public entities since 1988 in higher education and training, circus arts, mental health, school governance, children’s services, alpine resort management, the arts, mortgage finance, community health, health information management, as well as advisory committees in child protection, defence, public sector governance and university sectors.

Tony is currently a Facilitator for the AICD’s Company Director Course and provides governance training and advice for public sector and not for profit bodies. He is a senior consultant for Thoughtpost Governance.

Cathy Reid

Cathie Reid

Co-Founder, Icon Group

Cathie is the Co-Founder of Australia’s largest private provider of cancer care, the Icon Group, and serves as Digital Advisor to the board.

Icon Group includes Icon Group’s footprint of integrated cancer care centres across Australia has now expanded to include Singapore, China and New Zealand.

She is also the Chair of AUCloud, the Canberra based sovereign cloud infrastructure as a service provider which is focused on the Australian Public Sector and Critical Industry communities, and until recently chaired Flamingo AI, an ASX listed company providing cognitive virtual sales and service assistants to the financial services sector.

David Thodey

David Thodey AO FAICD

Chairman, CSIRO

David Thodey is a global business leader focused on technology and telecommunications with more than 30 years of experience creating brand and shareholder value.

He is currently Chairman of Australia’s national scientific research agency, the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO), Chairman of JobsNSW focused on job creation in NSW, and on the Advisory Boards of SquargePeg Capital and UHG. He also had a successful career as CEO of Telstra, Australia’s leading telecommunications and information services company.

Mr Thodey holds a Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology and English from Victoria University, Wellington, New Zealand. He attended the Kellogg School of Management postgraduate General Management Program at Northwestern University in Chicago, USA.