The Role of the Council
The role of the Council is defined in Article 9.3 of our Constitution. To give effect to that role, the objectives of the Council is:
A: To provide advice to the Australian Institute of Company Directors Board and CEO on:
A. To provide advice to the Australian Institute of Company Directors Board and CEO on:
i) Policy matters affecting the role of directors
ii) Australian Institute of Company Directors membership matters
iii) The strategy and policies of the Australian Institute of Company Directors itself and management issues that may arise from time to time.
B. To administer the membership of the Division, approving new members and upgrades.
C. To represent the views and aspirations of the Australian Institute of Company Directors in the Division’s territory and to develop relationships with leaders in directorship, regulation and politics who reside or are active in the territory.
D. To support the Division Manager with regard to:
ii) Member service, member recruitment and retention and member grade matters
iii) The general conduct of the Division, including Director and Board Development programs
Council Members 2020
Rebecca McGrath FAICD, State President
Rebecca McGrath is an internationally experienced business leader. She is currently Chairman of Oz Minerals Ltd and a NED with 2 other ASX listed companies, Incitec Pivot Ltd, and Goodman Group. She is also a NED with unlisted Investa Property Group. Rebecca is member of the Advisory Council for JP Morgan in Australia, and she is the independent Chairman of Scania Australia. She is also a member of the ASIC Director Advisory Panel.
Rebecca is involved with several not-for-profit organisations: she is Chairman of Kilfinan Australia; a member of Chief Executive Women; a member of the Victorian Council of AICD; and ambassador for the National Association of Women in Operations.
Rebecca is a speaker, mentor and advisor in a range of industry and professional forums.
Prior to her non-executive career, Rebecca spent more than 23 years as an executive in the oil industry. She held business line and functional leadership roles with BP in Australasia, Europe and the United Kingdom. Her most recent two positions were: Executive Director and Vice President - Operations Australia and Pacific, and Chief Financial Officer - Australasia.
Rebecca holds the degrees of Bachelor of Town Planning (Hons.) and Master of Applied Science (Project Management). She has attended executive management programmes at Harvard Business School, Cambridge University and MIT in Boston. She is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Rebecca was recognised as one of the AFR/Westpac “Australian 100 Women of Influence” in 2014.
Mr David Bayes FAICD
David Bayes is a non-executive director of Sigma Pharmaceuticals Ltd and chair of its People and Remuneration Committee and a member of the Risk Management and Audit Committee.
David previously served as a non-executive director of Chiquita Brands South Pacific Ltd; the Victorian Government appointed Board of the North Western Health Care Network and as an executive director of McDonald's Australia and Bakers Delight.
He served as CEO Australasia for Choice Hotels International and CEO of Bakers Delight and held senior roles across retail, food and accommodation, financial services and Government health organisations.
Kathleen Bailey-Lord FAICD
Kathleen is an experienced company board director, passionate about the opportunities for business and society in the digital age.
A member since 2003, a Company Director Course graduate and Fellow, Kathleen is known for her deep curiosity about the world. Described as a future focussed, performance oriented director, Kathleen blends strategy and pragmatism, nudging business forward to embrace the complexity and ambiguity of the digital age – across large corporate, SME, government enterprise and NFP.
She serves on the boards of Melbourne Water Corporation and QBE Insurance (ANZ) where she chairs the HR, Remuneration and Nominations Committee. Kathleen's previous boards include the Australian Government Solicitor, Trinity College (UoM), Chief Executive Women and Diversity Council of Australia.
Sue Dahn FAICD
Sue Dahn is a partner/executive director in the Investment Advisory division of Pitcher Partners Melbourne with responsibility for approximately $4.2 billion of funds under management and advice.
The practice provides investment advisory, investment management, portfolio administration reporting and analysis services to the firm’s private clients, family groups, superannuation funds and not-for profit and membership organisations.
Sue has in excess of thirty years experience in the provision of financial and investment advice and has earned an enviable industry-wide reputation.
Prior to joining Pitcher Partners, Sue worked as an accountant in both the profession and industry, and subsequently held a number of senior financial positions in the Victorian Government Departments of Premier and Cabinet and Treasury and Finance. Sue joined Pitcher Partners Melbourne in 1998 and was admitted to the partnership in 2003.
Sue is presently a Director of McMillan Shakespeare Ltd and MTAA Superannuation Fund. She is a member of the Victorian Council of AICD, Trinity College Investment Committee and Australian Communities Foundation Finance and Investment Committee.
Sue has a Bachelor of Commerce (University of Melbourne) and a Master of Business Administration (University of Melbourne).
Jenny Dawson MAICD
Jenny Dawson is the Chair of VLine Corporation and Sandhurst Trustees (Wealth Management subsidiary of Bendigo and Adelaide Bank Ltd). She also Chairs Adelaide Managed Fund Ltd and the Bendigo Art Gallery Foundation, and is a Trustee of the Anglican Diocese of Bendigo.
Jenny previously served as non-executive director of ASX listed Bendigo and Adelaide Bank Ltd for 15 years and was Chair of their Audit Committee for most of this time in addition to being a previous Director at Goulburn Murray Water and Coliban Water, chairing both their Audit Committees.
Jenny has had an active role serving on a variety of regional development committees at both State and Federal levels. She was the inaugural Chair of the Regional Development Australia committee for the Loddon Mallee region.
Prior to her Non Executive Director career, Jenny worked at Arthur Andersen in the Audit and Risk Management division for ten years. Jenny is a Chartered Accountant with strong governance and audit experience. She holds a Bachelor of Business Degree and is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants.
Mr Ben Hubbard FAICD
Ben Hubbard is General Manager of Public Policy and Strategy at Maurice Blackburn Lawyers, Australia’s leading social justice law firm.
Ben was Chief of Staff to Australia’s former Prime Minister, the Honourable Julia Gillard MP from 2011-2013. Prior to that, he was appointed Chief Executive Officer of the Victoria Bushfire Reconstruction and Recovery Authority, the Government agency that coordinated the recovery of communities affected by the 2009 Black Saturday bushfires.
Ben has served in senior Government and Parliamentary advisory roles including Chief of Staff to the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Education, Employment and Workplace Relations (2007-09) and Principal Advisor to the Victorian Premier (1999-2002 and 2004-2007).
Ben holds a Bachelor of Commerce in economics and a Masters of Public Policy and Management from the University of Melbourne.
He is a Victorian Councillor for the Australian Institute of Company Directors, a member of the University of Melbourne School of Government Advisory Board and is a Director of YMCA Victoria and the Clifton Hill / North Fitzroy Community Bank.
Mr Graeme Liebelt FAICD
Graeme Liebelt was Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of Orica Limited, a position he held for six and a half years until February 2012. During his 22 years with the ICI Australia/Orica group, he held a number of senior positions including Managing Director of Dulux, Chairman of Incitec Ltd, a Director of Incitec Pivot Ltd and Chief Executive of Orica Mining Services. He was an Executive Director of the company from 1997 until 2012.
Graeme is Chairman of Amcor Limited and on the Boards of the Australian and New Zealand Banking Group Limited and the Australian Foundation Investment Company. He is Deputy Chairman of the Melbourne Business School, Deputy Chairman of the Global Foundation and he sits on the Board of Carey Baptist Grammar School.
He is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering and a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. He is a member of the Victorian Council of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Dr Samantha Smith GAICD
Dr Samantha Smith is a Company Directors Course graduate, a member of the AICD since 2015 and a Fellow of the Governance Institute of Australia.
She is a Non Executive Director of the Transport Accident Commission (Risk and Remuneration Committee member) and is Chair of Swinburne University’s Master of Marketing Course Advisory Committee. She has also previously served as a Non Executive Director of WorkSafe and of the Australian Communities Foundation.
Samantha is Director of Melbourne agency, Pinnacle, a thought leader in strategic communications and marketing, and a published author on the topics of Generation Y and social media. Her skill set includes strategy development, digital marketing and and media relations.
She has a Doctorate in Business Administration from Monash University which she obtained for her communications and behaviour change related social research into Generation Y. She also has a Bachelor of Business majoring in Marketing, a Masters in Communications and Media Studies, and is currently completing a Graduate Diploma of Applied Risk Management and Corporate Governance.
Samantha is passionate about education and opportunities for aspiring and emerging directors.
Chris Thomas FAICD
Chris Thomas is a non-executive director of Servco Australia (a wholly owned subsidiary of Servco Pacific Inc). Servco Australia owns and operates automotive dealerships throughout Australia. Chris is also a member of the Victorian Government Expert Innovation Panel.
Chris specialises in business and digital re-engineering, beginning in the 1980’s when he founded and listed Amskan Ltd, a company that pioneered radio frequency identification (RFID) technology and its application in the transport and mining industries.
In 1996 Chris formed a joint venture between Transfield and Lockheed Martin to privatise the Victorian Government’s traffic camera operations. Later, he pioneered combining bricks and clicks in a new business model for mortgage broking. Subsequently, Chris worked with Toyota Australia re-engineering the digital processes across its dealer network.
More recently Chris worked with the Victorian Emergency Management Commissioner to develop and implement a new information strategy to improve emergency management across the State.
Chris is a graduate of The University of Adelaide and holds a Master’s in Management (Technology) from The University of Melbourne.
Nihal Shah GAICD
Nihal has extensive experience in international business leadership roles in multiple jurisdictions including the Australia, the UK and Papua New Guinea.
With a legal background during his early career in the UK and a graduate member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, Nihal is Chairman of the Pacific Foam Group - a diversified manufacturing and distribution business with over 40 years presence in PNG.
With his early years spent in Kenya and having had a variety of leadership and Board roles in a multi-generational family enterprise, Nihal brings with him a wealth of experience in commerce, business, law and multi-national organisational dynamics.
Nihal also holds Board/Executive Committee positions on the Manufacturers Council of PNG, the Australia PNG Business Council and the PNG-EU Business Council.