This year, the study examined how NFPs are building foundations for long-term success. It explored issues of organisational culture, risk and reputation management, and the challenge of financial sustainability.

On 20 September at 2.30pm AEST, esteemed NFP director Penny Knight MAICD and AICD NFP Sector Leader Phil Butler GAICD will host a member complimentary webinar to run through the findings of this year’s study, pulling out practical insights to help directors of NFPs in their roles.

Throughout September and October, Phil Butler will also be hosting events around Australia, giving directors the opportunity to meet to discuss the findings of the study and the challenges they are currently facing.

For more information or to register for the webinar, visit: companydirectors.com.au/webinars.

To register for a Governance and Performance Study Update event, visit: companydirectors.com.au/eventscalendar


Cyber for Directors pilot

Managing cyber risk and strategically thinking about digital innovation is now central to the role of a director. The information age requires boards to stay on top of the cyber challenges faced by their organisations.

Advances in information technology, big data, automation and connectivity provide a multitude of opportunities for organisations to innovate, increase productivity and provide better targeted services to customers. At the same time, risks including phishing threats, malware and data breaches are proliferating. Directors need to not only be aware of what’s happening now in cyber governance, they need frameworks for how their boards and organisations can manage cyber as the landscape rapidly evolves.

Offered exclusively to members, the new AICD course Cyber for Directors prepares directors, executives and chief information officers to oversee cyber risk and protect an organisation’s data, without stifling opportunities for innovation.

The three-day program, facilitated by experts in cyber governance, provides participants with an up-to-date overview of the main terms and concepts related to cyber, outlines the roles and responsibilities of the board when it comes to overseeing cyber, gives directors a grounding in cyber strategy, and helps them identify the threats and opportunities their organisations are facing.

For more information or to register, visit companydirectors.com.au/cyberfordirectors


Keep your finger on the pulse

This October and November, the AICD will bring governance experts and the latest insights to you, with the Essential Director Update: 17.

Now in its 11th year, the Essential Director Update is the AICD’s largest complimentary event and is consistently ranked as one of the leading benefits of membership with the AICD.

This year’s update, led by distinguished director Graham Bradley AM FAICD, will cover recent governance, business, and regulatory changes and will explore what is in store for directors and business leaders in the year ahead.

Events will be run in all Australian capital cities and in metropolitan and regional areas. For members who cannot make it on the day, a live webinar session or recording will be made available.

Register today at companydirectors.com.au/edu


Australian Governance Summit 2018

Directors, business leaders and governance experts, save the date for the AICD’s annual Australian Governance Summit – the premier event on the Australian governance calendar.

In 2018, the Australian Governance Summit will be held on Thursday 1 and Friday 2 March at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre.

Join more than 1,000 delegates and listen to experienced, world-leading authorities on governance discuss the boardroom issues of today and tomorrow.

Registrations will open later this year. In the meantime, if you are looking for more information, visit: companydirectors.com.au/ags


Promoting cultural diversity in the boardroom

In August, AICD chairman Elizabeth Proust AO FAICD and The Hon Bruce Atkinson MLC, president of the Legislative Council of Victoria, hosted a cocktail function at Victoria’s iconic Parliament House.

Well attended by Victoria’s Asian business diaspora and members of parliament, the event focussed on the importance of cultural diversity in Australia’s boardrooms.

The event highlighted the significant role of cultural diversity within the AICD’s membership in strengthening our ability to achieve excellence in governance and to make a positive impact on our society and the economy.

“While the focus of our work has so far been weighted towards the need to achieve greater gender diversity in Australia’s boardrooms, there is no doubt that cultural diversity is vital for Australian businesses, and not just those operating on a global stage,” Proust said.

Despite being a very proud multicultural society, Australia often does not see cultural diversity being reflected in the most senior echelons of our organisations and institutions. “Australia is a part of Asia and our boardrooms need to break through what is often called the ‘bamboo ceiling’ to reflect that,” Proust said.