Kathleen Bailey Lord

Kathleen Bailey-Lord FAICD

Non-Executive Director, Bank of Queensland

Kathleen is an experienced board director, passionate about the opportunities for business and society in the digital age.

Serving on the boards of Bank of Queensland; QBE Insurance (AusPac), Melbourne Water Corporation and Monash College, Kathleen chairs the People & Remuneration Committee at both QBE and Melbourne Water, the Operations & Tech Committee at QBE and the Audit & Risk Committee at Monash College.

Her executive career was anchored in leading businesses through significant change and transformation in multiple industries (technology, marketing, professional and financial services). Known for her curiosity and passion, Kathleen blends strategy and pragmatism to nudge business forward to embrace the complexity and ambiguity of the digital age.

A member of AICD since 2003, Kathleen serves on the Victorian Council of the AICD and as a member of the AICD Technology Governance and Innovation Advisory Panel.

Richard Boele

Richard Boele

Partner, KPMG Banarra

Richard has spent most of his work life championing the causes of the vulnerable and under-represented in a way that few do, most aptly demonstrated in almost 15 years running his own human rights consultancy, Banarra.

Richard draws on his cutting-edge social sustainability insights to help Boards and their chief executives navigate the inherent social risks associated with increasingly global and diverse operating contexts. His particular strengths are the social and governance dimensions of sustainability and leading large consultancy assignments in socially and politically complex environments.

Rhonda Brighton Hall

Rhonda Brighton Hall

CEO, Making Work Absolutely Human

Rhonda is CEO of mwah. Making Work Absolutely Human, Chair of the AHRI National I&D Reference Panel, the founding Chair of FlexCareers, and is recognised as a game changer in the future design of organisational culture, leadership, inclusion, HR and work.

Having lived and worked in Asia, Europe and the USA, Rhonda continues to speak around the world. She is a former HR Leader of the Year, a Telstra Businesswoman of the Year, AHRI HR Leader of the Year, an inductee into the Human Capital Hall of Fame and a Patron for ASPECT (Autism Spectrum Australia). She did her first TedX talk in 2017 – “The Seven Aces of Privilege – and how to play without them”.

Launched in 2017, mwah. is a research ThinkTank, a Community and a rapidly growing business changing the way work works for business owners, leaders, HR professionals and individual employees. It takes the most complicated ideas and issues and puts them in the simplest of forms, so everyone can be confident in the driver’s seat of their own working life.

A determined optimist, her fundamental belief – is that inclusion and good leadership are not only foundational for good organisations, but equally of more equitable and prosperous economies and communities.

Melinda Conrad

Melinda Conrad FAICD

Non-Executive Director, ASX Limited

Ms. Conrad is a company director with governance and executive experience spanning a range of industries including retail, financial services, media and healthcare.

She is currently a Non-Executive Director of ASX Limited, Caltex Australia Limited, Stockland Group, The George Institute for Global Health and the Centre for Independent Studies. She is also a Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors Corporate Governance Committee.

Melinda has previously served as Non-Executive Director of David Jones Limited, OFX Group Limited, APN News & Media Limited, The Reject Shop Limited, Clinical Excellence Commission, NSW Agency for Clinical Innovation, and the Garvan Medical Research Institute Foundation. She has previously held executive roles at Harvard Business School, Colgate-Palmolive, several retail businesses as founder and CEO, and in strategy and marketing advisory.

Melinda holds a BA (hons) from Wellesley College in Boston, an MBA from Harvard Business School, is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and a Member of Chief Executive Women.

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Richard Goyder AO FAICD

Chairman, QANTAS

Richard Goyder AO is the chairman of Woodside Petroleum Ltd, Qantas Airways Ltd, and the AFL Commission. He also chairs JDRF Australia, the West Australian Symphony Orchestra, and the Channel 7 Telethon Trust. Richard is also an Investment Committee Member of the Evans and Partners Global Disruption Fund and a Fellow of the AICD. Formerly he was Chairman of the Australian B20 (the key business advisory body to the international economic forum which includes business leaders from all G20 economies).

Richard was the Managing Director and CEO of Wesfarmers Limited from July 2005 to November 2017. In 2007, Richard transformed Wesfarmers with the successful acquisition of the Coles Group of companies. At more than $19 billion, this purchase was, and remains, the biggest transaction in Australian corporate history. Wesfarmers became a top 10 Australian company, with more than 500,000 shareholders and with a workforce of more than 220,000 people, it became the country’s largest private sector employer.

He was made an Officer of the Order of Australia in 2013 for distinguished service to business through executive roles and through the promotion of corporate sponsorship of the arts and Indigenous programs, and to the community.

Michael Graf

Michael Graf MAICD

Director, Good2Give

Michael Graf brings the world of ICT, finance and investment, and philanthropy together. His career includes 24 years of senior executive experience with IBM and he is an advisor and board director for a number of start-up enterprises and not-for-profits. Michael is on the Board of the Technion Society of Australia, the Sir Moses Montefiore Jewish Home, Point Duty Local Government Solutions and mPort.

Stan Grant

Stan Grant

Indigenous Affairs Editor, Australian Broadcasting Corporation

Stan Grant is the Indigenous Affairs Editor for the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, a multi-award winning current affairs host, an author and an adventurer. Well known for having brought the former Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull to tears when interviewed about Indigenous affairs on The Point, Stan's keynotes are insightful, engaging, always professional and at times, controversial.

Stan Grant's Aboriginal heritage has shaped his dynamic, resilient personality. Born in Griffith in south-west New South Wales, in 1963, Stan Grant's mother is from the Kamilaroi people and his father is of the Wiradjuri. Stan spent most of his childhood on the road living in small towns and Aboriginal communities across outback NSW.

The early traveling gave Stan a love of adventure and stories. He grew up listening to the tales of his grandfather and uncles and aunts. Despite poverty and an early sporadic education the security of his family and the larger Aboriginal community gave him a strong platform for life.

Lisa Grinham

Lisa Grinham

CEO, Good2Give

Lisa is regarded as one of the most respected experts in corporate community investment in Australia. She was appointed as CEO of Good2Give in 2012 and has transformed the organisation to be a digital innovator and integrated service provider for many of Australia and New Zealand’s largest companies delivering $20 million annually to charities. Prior to taking the helm at Good2Give, Lisa worked in leadership roles with 3M, Optus and Aussie Home Loans as well as running her own strategic consulting business.

Ming Long

Ming Long GAICD

Chair, AMP Capital Funds Management Limited

Ming Long is an influential leader with non-executive director experience in a broad range of industries including financial services, funds and investment management, insurance and real estate. She has held leadership positions including CEO and CFO roles with a track record of taking on challenging roles, including successfully navigating the global financial crisis. She is the first Asian woman to lead an ASX-100 or 200 listed entity in Australia.

Ming led the establishment of the Property Male Champions of Change and chairs the 2017 National group, was named as one of the 100 Women of Influence and was a finalist in the Telstra Business Womens Awards. She is a Fellow of Chartered Accountants Australia & New Zealand, a Fellow of Finsia, a Graduate of Australian Institute of Company Directors and a member of Chief Executive Women.

Ming is the Chair of AMP Capital Funds Management Limited, is Deputy Chair of Diversity Council of Australia, a director of QBE Insurance (Australia and Pacific), CEDA, Chartered Accountants Australia & New Zealand, and on the advisory board for YBF Ventures to support the Fintech industry in Melbourne.

Peter Varghese

Peter Varghese AO

Chancellor, University of Queensland

Peter Varghese AO is Chancellor of The University of Queensland. Prior to this appointment, he served as Secretary of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (2012-2016). Previous senior appointments included High Commissioner to India (2009-2012), High Commissioner to Malaysia (2000-2002), Director-General of the Office of National Assessments (2004-2009), and Senior Advisor (International) to the Prime Minister of Australia (2003-2004). Mr Varghese was the author of a comprehensive India Economic Strategy to 2035 commissioned by the Australian Prime Minister and submitted in July 2018.

Mr Varghese sits on the boards of AMP Limited, AMP Capital Holdings, AMP Bank and CARE Australia. He is also on the international governing board of the Rajaratnum School of International Studies in Singapore and the governing board of Nalanda University in India.

Bruce Morgan

Chairman, Sydney Water

Bruce has been the Chairman of Sydney Water since 2013, before which he was a non-Executive Director (from January 2012). He is a Director of Redkite (since 2013, previously Chairman from 2015–2018), Caltex Australia Ltd (since June 2013), Origin Energy Ltd (since November 2012), the European Australian Business Council and University of NSW Foundation.

Bruce served as Chairman of the Australian PwC Board for six years until 2012 and was a member of the PwC International Board for four years. He previously held roles as managing partner of the PwC’s Sydney and Brisbane offices. Bruce practised as an audit partner focused on the financial services, energy and mining sectors. He retired as a partner of PwC in October 2012.

Bruce holds a Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting and Finance) from the University of NSW. He is a Fellow of Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand and of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Michael Priddis

CEO Faethm AI

Michael founded Faethm in 2016 to be the world’s data source for the Future of Work. Faethm’s four AIs and SaaS platform delivers data and insights that describe the impact of the Fourth Industrial Revolution in every industry in 152 countries, and on 2 billion people.

Faethm was established in Sydney in 2016, and launched its platform in late 2017. Since then Faethm has won Government, Investor, Educator and Enterprise clients in 20 industries in 23 countries, and opened offices in London and San Francisco.

In February 2018 Faethm was one of the first companies worldwide to be invited to join the World Economic Forum’s Centre for the Fourth Industrial Revolution; recognition since then include The Australian Computer Society’s Gold Disrupter award and the UK Government’s Tech Rocketship award for AI.

Alongside leading Faethm’s scale-up globally Michael also serves on WEF’s Global AI Council. Before founding Faethm Michael was Partner and Asia Managing Director of The Boston Consulting Group’s technology innovation practice, Digital Ventures. He was previously founder and CEO of S&C, an award-winning product development company that was acquired by BCG.

Amanda Hicks

Partner in Charge, Customer, Brand & Marketing Advisory, KPMG Australia

Graham Goldsmith

Chairman, SEEK

Graham retired from Goldman Sachs Australia in 2012 after a 25 year career with the firm and its predecessors (including JBWere) in Australia and the UK. He currently has a portfolio of interests across listed and private companies, and philanthropy.

He is Chairman of SEEK Ltd and a non-executive director of Djerriwarrh Investments Ltd.  He is an adviser to Gandel Group, Trawalla Group and Wilbow Group, each being family businesses based in Melbourne.  He also chairs Armitage Associates, a growth equity firm.

Philanthropic involvement includes being a trustee of Gandel Philanthropy, a non-executive director of Stars Foundation and a panel member of Adara Partners.

Previously he was Chancellor of Swinburne University of Technology in Melbourne.

Fiona Payne

Chair, Therapy Focus and 360 Health + Community

Fiona is a contemporary non-executive director with extensive governance experience in the government and not for profit sectors. 

She is committed to optimising outcomes using business strategies that leverage commerciality, innovation and collaboration with the community.

Fiona is ethical, energetic and highly regarded for pursuing organisational vision with passion.

Her current roles include four board appointments, two as Chair (Therapy Focus and 360 Health + Community), a sessional appointment in health strategy, a board committee role in people, culture and engagement, a governance advisory role with a member based organisation, and independent consultancy to human services in strategic, policy and service development.

 

Leonie Valentine

Managing Director, Sales & Operations, Google Hong Kong

Leonie Valentine is the Managing Director, Sales & Operations of Google Hong Kong, and has been based in Hong Kong since 2011. She has nearly 30 years of experience in sales, marketing and operations, with 20 years spent in the Tech and Telco industry. Before joining Google in 2014, Leonie was Executive Vice President, Customer Service & Operations at CSL Limited (a Telstra company).

Leonie is a board member for Pro-Pac Packaging Limited (ASX: PPG) and Save The Children HK, a Governor for the American Chamber of Commerce HK, as well as an advisor to CUHK's EMBA Program. She actively supports The Women’s Foundation in Hong Kong, serving on the Women on Boards Advisory Panel (30% Club) and the Girls Go Tech Advisory Committee from 2013-2019. Previously she was a board member for Interactive Advertising Bureau (IAB HK) from 2017-19, and HandsOn Hong Kong from 2014-16.

Leonie holds an Executive Certificate in Business Administration from the Australian Graduate School of Entrepreneurship of Swinburne University, a Master’s Degree in Communication Management from the University of Technology, Sydney, and a Bachelor of Science from Melbourne University. She is also a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

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Sharon Warburton GAICD

Deputy Chair, Fortescue Metals

After an executive career in strategy and finance roles based in Perth, Sydney, London and Abu Dhabi, Sharon is now a full-time Non-Executive Company Director. She is the 2014 WA Telstra Business Woman of the Year and was named in the 2015 Westpac AFR 100 Women of Influence.

She joined the board of Fortescue Metals Group (FMG) in 2013 as a Non-Executive Director. She is now the Co-Deputy Chairman and she also chairs the Fortescue Remuneration & People Committee. She is a Non-Executive Director for ASX200 Listed Wesfarmers Limited, Worley Limited, NEXTDC Limited and Gold Road Resources Limited; as well as a Director of the fund raising NFP Foundation for the Perth Children’s Hospital. She chairs the Audit & Risk Committees for both Wesfarmers and Gold Road Resources. She is also a part time member of the Takeovers Panel, an Adjunct Professor in Leadership and Strategy at Curtin Business School and the Patron of the Women in MBA Scholarship Programme at Curtin.

Educated in Exmouth and Perth, Sharon holds a Bachelor of Business degree from Curtin University and is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. She is also a Fellow of Chartered Accountants Australia New Zealand and a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Building.

Sharon is Mum to nine-year-old Chloe. She champions flexibility, diversity and work life balance and places a high priority on sharing her own experiences.

Ray Fleming

Senior Market Advisor, Enterprise Ireland

As Senior Market Advisor for Enterprise Ireland, Ray works with Irish software and technology businesses as they either enter or expand their footprint in ANZ. Organizations that Ray works with can be at the very earliest stage – High Potential Start-ups – all the way through to major Irish based multinationals providing enterprise solutions to telcos, banks and other blue chip Australian customers.

A Graduate of AICD’s Company Director course (GAICD), Ray joined Enterprise Ireland having held senior leadership roles in Australian and multinational consulting firms in the technology and human capital domains.

Natalie Walker

Founder and Managing Director, Inside Policy

Natalie has over 15 years experience across small business, government, not for profit and corporate sectors in various management and non-executive roles.

Natalie has tackled every role with her entrepreneurial spirit – always being driven by innovation; her desire to build something or improve something either inside companies she’s worked in or by starting new companies herself.

Her latest venture – Inside Policy – is a social and economic policy advisory firms that aims to change the world one policy at a time. Inside Policy’s clients include federal and state governments.

Prior to founding Inside Policy, Natalie established Supply Nation. She also led the Aboriginal Employment Strategy and built KPMG’s Indigenous business stream within its government advisory group.

Natalie sits on various boards including Goodstart Early Learning, Life Without Barriers, Evolve FM, Evolve Housing, Jawun and the Telstra Foundation.

In 2018, Natalie was appointed by the Prime Minister as Australia’s representative to the Business Women Leaders Taskforce of the G20. In 2012, Natalie was named as one of Australia’s 100 Women of Influence.

Ian Macfarlane

Chief Executive, Queensland Resources Council

Ian Macfarlane is the Chief Executive of the Queensland Resources Council, a non-executive director of Woodside Petroleum, the Chairman of the Innovative Manufacturing Co-operative Research Centre, a member of the University of Queensland Rural Clinical School Toowoomba Community Advisory Committee, a Board Member of Toowoomba Surat Basin Enterprise, and a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Ian was elected to Federal Parliament as the Member for Groom in October 1998 and is Australia’s longest serving Federal Resources and Energy Minister and the Coalition’s longest serving Federal Industry and Innovation Minister with over 14 years of experience in both Cabinet and shadow ministerial positions. Ian has extensive experience across the resources and energy, agribusiness, science and innovation, skills and training and manufacturing and industry sectors.

Ian retired from the Federal Parliament in May 2016.

Before entering federal politics, Ian was one of the country's most active agripoliticians. He previously farmed peanuts, sorghum and wheat, and ran cattle in Queensland's Burnett region. Ian was President of the Queensland Graingrowers Association for seven years, President of the Grains Council of Australia for two years, and simultaneously held executive positions on the Queensland and National Farmers' Federations.

Ian is married to Karen and has two adult daughters. He lives in Toowoomba, Australia's largest provincial inland city.

Andrew Condon

Chairman, RSL LifeCare

Andrew Condon’s Non-Executive Company Director roles include Chairman of the Board of RSL LifeCare, an organisation that employs 3500 staff, and has $1.5 billion in assets including 31 Nursing Homes across NSW and the ACT. As an aged care provider, RSL LifeCare has been required to provide submissions to the Aged Care Royal Commission and the Disability Royal Commission. Andrew became the Chair of the Board of RSL LifeCare during the Public Inquiry into NSW RSL (Bergin Inquiry).

He will be a panellist during the AICD 2020 Governance Summit for the session ‘Lifting the bar - learning from recent Royal Commissions’.

Andrew has had a career in a diverse range of Leadership and Management roles. A background across Agriculture, Engineering, Defence, Social services, and Sports Administration, provide an indication of his interests and passions.

Andrew became a Graduate Member of the Institute of Company Directors in 2007. In 2012 he was appointed to his first Non-Executive Director role on the Board of Vasey Housing NSW.

Chris Leptos

President, National Heart Foundation of Australia

Chris Leptos became President of the National Heart Foundation in 2018 when it converted its federated structure to a national body.

He is also a non-executive director of IDP Education Ltd, Chairman of SEA Electric, and senior adviser to Flagstaff Partners. In his earlier career he was a Manging Partner at Ernst & Young with national responsibility for the public sector practice, prior to which he was General Manager of Corporate Development with Western Mining Corporation.

He has lived and worked in Jakarta, Shanghai, Toronto and London.

He has been a member of the Infrastructure Planning Council of Victoria, a member of the Australian Information Economy Advisory Council, and a Professorial Fellow with Monash University.

In 2000 Chris was honoured as a Member of the Order of Australia for services to business and the community.