Board diversity

30% by 2018

Overview of our 30% diversity target

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Board diversity

Statistics

Statistics regarding gender diversity on boards

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Board diversity

Research and Reports

Links to research and reports conducted by external organisations

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Scholarship programs

Details of women's scholarship programs

Disability Sector Diversity Scholarships 2017

We have partnered with the Federal Government to offer 10 full fee scholarships to women working in decision-making roles in the disability sector to undertake the Company Directors Course. The recipients of the scholarships are as follows:

First Name Last Name State/Territory Title Organisation
Rebecca Adam VIC CEO WA Deaf Society Inc
Michelle Victora SA Manager, Community Transition Disability Services, Department for Communities and Social Inclusion
Joanne Wickes SA Regional Manager SA and Far West NSW SES Band 1 National Disability Insurance Agency
Stephanie Ransome NT Executive Officer NT Friendship & Support
Gabrielle Trenbath WA Assistant in Nursing WA Health
Rebecca Kelly TAS Director isNRM Pty Ltd
Annabelle Williams NSW Legal Counsel Australian Olympic Committee Inc.
Leonie Jackson NSW CEO The Deaf Society
Nadia Lindop NSW CEO MJD Foundation
Donna Purcell NSW Senior Manager Accessibility and Capability Advice Commonwealth Bank of Australia

National Diversity Scholarships

During 2014 – 2016 we partnered with the Federal Government to award 195 full fee scholarships to experienced women to undertake one of the Australian Institute of Company Directors' highly regarded governance education programs. Details of these scholarships are included below.


1) Cultural Diversity Scholarships (now closed)

This program provided 55 scholarships to current and emerging Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and culturally and linguistically diverse female directors. In this stream, 30 scholarships for the Company Directors Course and 25 for the Foundations of Directorship program were awarded.


2) Sector Development Scholarships (now closed)

This program provided 40 scholarships to women currently working in executive roles in growth sectors aimed at supporting and developing their executive careers. In this stream, scholarships for the Company Directors Course and for the Foundations of Directorship program were awarded.


3) Rural and Remote Scholarships (now closed)

This program provided 30 scholarships to women living in rural and remote locations to undertake the Company Directors Course (including an allocation for travel and accommodation costs) aimed at supporting and developing their executive or professional director careers.


4) Board Ready Diversity Scholarships (now closed)

This program awarded 70 scholarships to women to undertake the Company Directors Course or Mastering the Boardroom program, aimed at driving a more rapid increase in the number of women on boards and in senior leadership roles.

Chairs Mentoring Program

Chairs and directors supporting highly talented and qualified women transition to the boardroom.

The Chairs Mentoring Program is the AICD’s flagship board diversity initiative designed to enable highly-experienced and qualified emerging female directors (Mentees) to gain the knowledge, skills and confidence to support their journey to the boardroom.

The Program introduces Mentees to chairs and experienced past and current ASX200 directors (‘Mentors’).

The Program aims to assist Mentees to:

  • gain knowledge and skills that will assist them in the transition process from executive to non-executive director, enabling them to contribute as peers in the boardroom;
  • gain insights into their unique value proposition for boards;
  • increase their practical knowledge of governance issues in listed companies and how listed company boards operate;
  • gain valuable insight, advice and guidance on the process of selecting and appointing new directors;
  • foster connections with influential business leaders; and
  • develop and grow as directors and people, understanding the program is one element in their director journeys.

The Program is also designed to enhance the connections of chairs and experienced directors of ASX200 listed companies with a pool of experienced and skilled women who may be suitable for director roles.

In the long-term, it is hoped that the Program will assist Mentees (through the provision of advice, guidance and support of Mentors) to contribute effectively as directors and achieve their professional goals.

Although it is hoped the Program will assist the Mentees achieve board appointments, this is neither the role of, nor within the control of, either the Mentor or the AICD.

Applications for the 2019-2020 Chair’s Mentoring Program are now closed.

You can learn more here or express your interest in future by contacting us here.

Useful links

Links to organisations that provide services relevant to diversity and women

This list of useful links is by no means exhaustive. It is intended to assist members by providing a reference point only.

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Organisations focused on Board Diversity

Membership-Based Organisations


Government Organisations


Registers for Board and Committee Opportunities

These registers enable women to record their interest in being considered for an appointment to boards, committees and other decision-making bodies.


Membership-Based Organisations


State / Territory Government Registers for Board and Committee Opportunities

Each state/territory government maintains a register of people who are interested in serving on government boards and committees.

Gender Diversity Progress Report

A collection of the latest statistics, interviews, opinion pieces and case studies from
individuals and companies that are on the path to increasing the gender diversity of their
boardrooms and executive pipelines.