Key areas

External Environment

External environment

Factors shaping boardroom practices today and tomorrow

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Practice of Governance

Practice of governance

What leading directors need to know about governance

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Governance driving performance

Governance driving performance

Creating value from the

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Previous editions

Access past issues of The Governance Leadership Centre by date or topic here if you know the edition you are looking for.


Date: 16 November 2018

The November edition was focused on accountability: in particular, the accountability of the board, of individual directors, the CEO and investors. Following developments in the UK, we also contemplate changes which would further accountability and governance in the private sector. Finally, we look at the importance of communication and an open, respectful organisational culture as mechanisms to help ensure accountability.

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Governing in the future

Date: 19 October 2018

We released the Directors' Playbook: the Future of Work, which aims to help directors rise to the challenge of governing the future of work. The AICD has worked closely with Deloitte and members of the AICD Technology Governance and Innovation Panel in developing this resource. In this edition we also hear from a global governance expert on international trends, consider how directors can best equip themselves in modern workplaces, and contemplate a future with robo directors!

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Date: 21 September 2018

This month the GLC focuses on trust. The 'Trust Lady', Vanessa Hall MAICD, unpacks the concept of trust, while AICD Managing Director and CEO, Angus Armour FAICD, describes and explains our existing 'low trust' environment and how trust can be re-established. AICD facilitator, David Shortland MAICD, reflects on the role of our leaders in winning back the trust and belief of the community. We also touch on the relationship between trust and remuneration, the digital economy and whether boards and directors should engage in public debate.

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Corporate social responsibility

Date: 24 August 2018

The August edition of the GLC focuses on corporate social responsibility. We look at two important issues for boards relating to human rights: the intersection of human rights and technology and whether directors' duties extend to human rights issues. We consider emerging CSR issues for boards, including the implications of the Task Force for Climate-related Financial Disclosures. We also provide an update on our corporate social responsibility project with the University of Sydney.

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Building better boards

Date: 20 July 2018

This month the GLC focuses on building better boards. In particular, we look at board structure, composition and culture. We also provide a snapshot of the latest academic and market research on governance issues.

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Organisational culture

Date: 15 June 2018

The June GLC puts the spotlight on organisational culture. We focus on the key findings and implications for directors of the recent APRA Report on the Commonwealth Bank.

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Decision making

Date: 18 May 2018

The May edition of the GLC focused on decision-making. We look at some key measures affecting the quality of board decision-making. Australian researchers also discuss their findings on the importance of financial statements for investor decision-making, and there is guidance for not-for-profits on effective management of financial capital.

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Date: 18 April 2018

This month the GLC focuses on governing in disruptive times. We talk to leading entrepreneur Patrick Grove about the different approach to governance and strategy in disrupting companies. We also look at some technology megatrends and how boards are responding to the opportunities and threats of disruption.

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About the centre

The AICD's Governance Leadership Centre (GLC) is a think-tank that provides new perspectives on governance and focuses on the link between governance and business performance.

We create and curate insightful content about governance issues in Australia, and draw on insights from around the world. Our content includes original research, interviews, opinions, thought leadership pieces and commentaries.

We champion new thinking and approaches to governance innovation that:

  • Drive organisational performance in a rapidly-changing environment; and
  • Contribute to economic growth and social benefit.

The GLC is the go-to place for “over-the-horizon” thinking on governance. It is the Australian resource centre for world class governance.

Governance research key areas:

  • Governance driving organisational performance
  • Current and future governance practices from within Australia and around the world
  • External environmental impacts on board practices

The GLC works with a range of stakeholders, including directors, business groups, investors, academia and government agencies to find innovative ways for improving governance performance and outcomes.

Contributing articles to the Governance Leadership Centre

All articles published by the GLC must meet its criteria for inclusion.

For more information about the criteria or if you have an article that you would like to submit for consideration, please contact GLC Deputy Executive Director, Louise Pocock.


The GLC offers places for undergraduate or postgraduate students in their final year of study, or recent graduates, to work on GLC programs. If you are interested in this opportunity, please contact GLC Deputy Executive Director, Louise Pocock.

Governance Leadership Centre Advisory Panel

The GLC Advisory Panel comprises distinguished directors and executives, academics, politicians, journalists, representatives of leading firms, and governance specialists from Australia and around the world.

The Panel assists the GLC in generating ideas about the future of governance and providing advice and assistance in relation to the it’s research programme and content development.

The current Panel Members are:

  • Mr Peter Achterstraat AM FAICD
  • Ms Yasmin Allen FAICD
  • Mr Phillip Armstrong
  • Professor David Beatty
  • Ms Pru Bennett MAICD
  • Mr Graham Bradley AM FAICD
  • Mr Steven Cole FAICD
  • Mr Michael Coleman FAICD
  • Mr David Crawford AO FAICD
  • Mr Kenneth Daly
  • Dr Eileen Doyle FAICD
  • Professor Alex Frino MAICD
  • Mr David Gonski AC FAICDLife
  • Mr John Green FAICD
  • The Hon Nick Greiner AC FAICDLife
  • Ms Catherine Harris AO PSM FAICD
  • Ms Belinda Hutchinson AM FAICD
  • Professor Andrew Kakabadse
  • Dr Simon Longstaff AO
  • Mr Charles Macek FAICD
  • Mr Jeremy Maycock FAICD
  • Mr Kevin McCann AM FAICD
  • Ms Nancy Milne OAM FAICD
  • Mr Terry Moran AC
  • Mr Paul Murnane FAICD
  • Ms Anne O’Donnell FAICD
  • Ms Elizabeth Proust AO FAICD
  • Professor Ian Ramsay



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