Essential Director Update Speakers

Graham Bradley AM FAICD

Non-Executive Chairman, HSBC Bank Australia

Graham Bradley is a professional company director and is currently non-executive chair of HSBC Bank Australia, EnergyAustralia Holdings, GrainCorp Limited and Virgin Australia International Holdings. He is a director of Hongkong and Shanghai Banking Corporation Limited and GI Dynamics. In July 2013 he was appointed chair of Infrastructure NSW. Graham was Managing Director of Perpetual Limited from 1995-2003. Under his leadership, Perpetual grew to become one of Australia's leading listed funds management and financial services groups.

Prior to joining Perpetual, Graham was National Managing Partner of national law firm, Blake Dawson (now Ashurst). Before this, Graham was a partner of McKinsey & Company, a leading international firm of management consultants.

Graham was President of the Business Council of Australia from 2009–2011. He was formerly Deputy President of the Takeovers Panel. He is a member of the Advisory Council of the Australian School of Business at UNSW. Graham also devotes time to a range of not-for-profit organisations, including the State Library of NSW as a Foundation board member.

Graham was made a member of the Order of Australia in 2009 in recognition of his contribution to business, medical research and the arts. He was acknowledged by the Australian Institute of Company Directors NSW as the Distinguished Fellow for 2012 in recognition of his contribution to good corporate governance in Australia.

Sarah Cobb GAICD

Managing Director, Cariblue

Sarah has had extensive experience in business management, governance and strategic growth and development in the family, private, franchise, not-for-profit and government sectors.

Currently Sarah is Managing Director of Cariblue, assisting businesses scale, grow and exit successfully and is an experienced Board member.

Previously in her career Sarah has been a Director of BforB Australia, Australian franchisor of an international business networking franchise growing businesses through referrals; chair of Enterprise Workshop, a Not for Profit focusing on entrepreneurial education; a board member of Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary, a member of the Franchise Council of Australia’s Queensland Committee and other industry committees. She has also been CEO of Australia’s largest bookkeeping franchise, First Class Accounts. However, her introduction to governance and board positions before moving to Australia were as a “second-generation” director of the family’s business Best of Barbados, the Barbados National Trust and the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Committee in Barbados.

Sarah has an MBA, a Bachelor of Arts in Accountancy and Finance, and is a Certified Developer of Enterprise.

Sarah was the 2012 Australian Institute of Management’s Management Excellence Awards “Owner Manager of the Year” for the Gold Coast and the 2013 Queensland/Northern Territory “Franchise Woman of the Year”.

Marion Macleod FAICD

Non-Executive Director

Marion Macleod is a non-executive director with over 20 years’ board experience. She has expertise in strategy setting, audit, finance, business commercialisation, I.T., change transformation, risk and governance.

Her executive experience extends across a range of industries including banking, telecommunications, technology, education, government, agriculture, the health sector and logistics. She has also been involved in complex transformational change.

Marion is principal at consultancy Core Management Solutions (CMS) and has an edu-tech start-up venture, Kan Du. She is currently chair of Fenwick Pty Ltd, as well as Centenary president-elect of Melbourne Rotary. Recent past board positions include, VFF, V/Line, Metlink, Mecwacare and the CAE.

Marion consults into a variety of organisations and until recently delivered the award winning program, The Effective Director, to senior NAB executives. She was a council member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors for eight years. Marion is a Williamson Fellow and graduate of Leadership Victoria.

She holds a number of business and financial qualifications including an MBA from Melbourne Business School, post-graduate qualifications in finance, media and project management and a foundation degree in science.

Marion’s sector experience includes private, public and not-for-profit.

David Shortland MAICD

Governance and Communication Specialist

David has more than 25 years of experience in governance, communication, strategy and the law. He has had director, executive and advisory roles in sectors including financial services, transport, infrastructure and health.

David is an Advisor and Facilitator for Australian Institute of Company Directors (‘AICD’) in Strategy, Risk, Board Effectiveness and Governance generally.  He is accredited to deliver many of AICD’s Company Director Course modules and other AICD programs including Reporting to the Board and Working with the Board. David was also a co-contributor to AICD's first edition of Good Governance Principles and Guidance for Not-For-Profit Organisations. He also enjoys being a guest lecturer at the University of Sydney Business School to graduate students in subjects including business ethics.

He began his career working with a Supreme Court Justice in South Australia before moving to a law firm in London, then joining Allens in Sydney. David had several roles at the Australian Securities Exchange (‘ASX’), including as a legal and regulatory counsel, in strategy and as head of corporate affairs. At ASX, David also worked with the team formulating the initial ASX Corporate Governance Council agenda, culminating in him facilitating the final consultations leading to the endorsement and publication of the first edition of the ASX Corporate Governance Council Principles & Recommendations.

Currently, David is Deputy Chair of ChildFund Australia; sits on both the Audit & Risk Committee and the Communication & Marketing Committee. For four (4) years prior to June 2018, David was a non-executive director of the National Heart Foundation (NSW) Board, served on the National Audit & Governance Committee and the NSW Audit Committee. Previously, he has been a director and officer of an internet services provider for professionals and officer and an executive director of two (2) derivatives’ clearing house boards for public financial markets.