Climate Governance Forum

Mon 1 Aug 2022
9.00am to 4.30pm

(Arrival time: 8.15am)
10 This event will earn you 10 DPD units


ICC Sydney
14 Darling Drive
Sydney NSW


Single Members: A$170.00 Non-members: A$204.00

Penny Bingham-Hall FAICD

Penny Bingham-Hall FAICD

Director, Fortescue

Penny Bingham-Hall is a non-executive director of BlueScope Steel, Dexus Property Group, Fortescue Metals Group, Macquarie Specialised Asset Management, Port Authority of NSW and Taronga Conservation Society.

With over 30 years’ experience in senior executive and non-executive roles in large ASX listed companies, Penny has a deep understanding of corporate governance. She currently chairs three HR & Remuneration Committees and is a member of numerous audit, risk, sustainability, safety and nominations committees.

Prior to becoming a company director, Penny was Executive General Manager, Strategy at Leighton Holdings (now CIMIC) after an extensive career in the construction, mining and property group. As part of the leadership team at Leighton she had responsibilities across the group’s Australian and Asian operations.

She has been Chairman of Advocacy Services Australia, Deputy Chairman of the Tourism and Transport Forum, and a director of Australia Post, Infrastructure Partnerships Australia and The Global Foundation. Penny has a BA degree in Industrial Design, is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, a Senior Fellow of the Financial Services Institute of Australasia and a member of Chief Executive Women and CorporateWomenDirectors.

Karen Chester

Karen Chester

Deputy Chair, ASIC

Karen Chester commenced as an ASIC Deputy Chair on 29 January 2019.

Before joining ASIC, Karen was a Commissioner at the Productivity Commission since 2013 and Deputy Chair since May 2016.

Previously, Karen was a Partner at Mercer and Global Head of Infrastructure. Before joining Mercer, Karen was a Partner at Access Capital Advisers and the CEO of Access Economics. Karen has held directorships on several Australian infrastructure company boards.

Before moving to the private sector, Karen held senior economic policy roles in the Australian Treasury and the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet.

Karen has a first class honours degree in Economics from the University of Queensland and was awarded an honorary doctorate in Economics by the University in 2017.

Stephen Dunne FAICD 

Chairman, Investor Group on Climate Change 

Professor David Karoly MAICD 

Honorary Professor, School of Geography, Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, University of Melbourne
Ming Long AM GAICD

Ming Long AM GAICD

Chair, AMP Capital Funds Management

Ming Long is a non-executive director with experience in funds and investment management, real estate, education and professional associations. 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.

Ming was named as one of the 100 Women of Influence and was a finalist in the Telstra Business Women's 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 Chartered Accountants Australia & New Zealand and on the advisory board for YBF Ventures to support the Fintech industry in Melbourne.

Diane Smith-Gander AO FAICD

Diane Smith-Gander AO FAICD

Chair, Zip Co Limited

Diane Smith-Gander AO is a professional non-executive director maintaining a diverse portfolio across different entities, industries and geographies. She is an advocate for gender equity and a past president of CEW, Australia’s pre-eminent women’s advocacy group.

Diane is Chair of Zip Co Limited, DDH1 Limited, HBF Health Ltd, CEDA, and a non-executive director of AGL Energy, and Keystart Loans.

Diane has also been active in sports administration and is a past Chairman of both Basketball Australia Limited, the sport’s peak body, and the (then) Australian Sports Drug Agency. She currently chairs the inaugural Nominations Committee for the World Anti-Doping Agency.

Diane holds an MBA from the University of Sydney and a BEc from the University of Western Australia (UWA), who awarded her an Honorary Doctorate of Economics. She is a Fellow of the AICD and Governance Institute of Australia and an adjunct professor of corporate governance at UWA where she chairs the advisory board of the Business School.

Diane is a keen downhill skier and enjoys spending time in Australia’s premier wine region, Margaret River.

Geoff Summerhayes GAICD 

Chair, Beyond Zero Emissions 

Michael Ullmer AO FAICD

Chairman, Lendlease

Michael is currently Chairman of Lendlease and Director of Woolworths Limited. He retired in 2021 as Chairman of the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra and Trustee of the National Gallery of Victoria however has continued his involvement assuming the roles of Chair of the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra Advisory Board and a Member of the National Gallery Victoria Foundation Board.

Michael has extensive governance experience and brings strategic, financial and management expertise to his roles. Michael is a Fellow of the AICD.

Dr Katherine Woodthorpe AO FAICD

Dr Katherine Woodthorpe AO FAICD

Chair, Natural Hazards Research Australia 

Dr Katherine Woodthorpe AO FAICD is a professional non-executive director with experience on a wide range of not-for-profit and commercial boards over twenty years. She is currently a director of several organisations, across a range of sectors, broadly in the innovation space. Amongst her current appointments, she is Chair of the Antarctic CRC and of tech startup space Fishburners, a director of listed healthcare company Sirtex Ltd and ARENA, the renewable energy agency. She was previously the Chief Executive of AVCAL, the Australian Private Equity and Venture Capital Association.

She has a PhD in Science and was awarded an honorary doctorate from UTS. She was cited in the Australian Financial Review as one of the 2013 “100 Women of Influence” and in 2017 she was appointed an Officer in the Order of Australia for her distinguished services to business and commercialisation of research . Katherine joined the AICD NSW Council in 2013.

Zoe Whitton

Zoe Whitton

Partner, Pollination 
How can boards best equip themselves to deal with the fast-moving risks and opportunities associated with climate change?

Climate Governance Forum

Climate change presents an unprecedented challenge to our economic and social structures. Australian boards must adapt to the risks and opportunities inherent in climate change including new expectations from governments, clients, investors and employees.

This will require new skills and mindsets as well as an increasing focus from directors from all types of organisations.

Host of the Australian Chapter of Climate Change Governance Initiative (CGI), the AICD is committed to supporting members and the Australian director community to embed climate initiatives in boards’ decision making.

The Climate Governance Forum brings together leading experts who share their views on how businesses will be impacted by climate change and ways in which boards can contribute to decreasing carbon emissions.

Event Program

Welcome to Country  
Forum Open and Welcome

AICD CEO, Angus Armour FAICD welcomes attendees to the Climate Governance Forum, and outline some of the major themes and discussion points.

The Path to Net Zero – How Do We Get There? Many Australian organisations and businesses have committed to reaching Net Zero carbon emissions by 2050. But how achievable is this target? What transformations are needed for our economy? What is the role of the board in setting targets and oversighting progress? What are the risks of either making or declining to make a public commitment?
Morning Tea
Delivering for Stakeholders Many boards report that stakeholders expect their organisations to take firm action on climate change. Investors, staff, customers and the broader community all want boards to deliver real outcomes. How can directors better understand the needs of stakeholders, on climate change? What role should stakeholders have in a board’s decision-making process? What are the risks of not adequately considering stakeholders’ interests?
Tracking Progress and Success: Climate Disclosure and Reporting All entities are under increasing pressure to publicly disclose action on climate change and discussions are underway for a compulsory disclosure framework both globally and in Australia. How might reporting and disclosure obligations drive changes to an organisation’s climate actions? What information are investors and other stakeholders likely to require? How will directors address the risks of greenwashing? How will boards obtain reasonable assurance of outcomes?
Scenario Planning: A Challenge for Boards The influential TCFD process requires organisations to make long term predictions about various climate scenarios on vastly varied scenarios well beyond the normal decision-making horizons for boards. How do boards best engage with this work? What level of training and expertise might be required? What does the organisational journey look like when implementing these processes?
Afternoon Tea
Lessons From Abroad: International Solutions to a Global Issue Climate change is a truly global issue, with wide-ranging implications across the planet. What steps are international boards and overseas directors taking to address this challenge? Are there measures and processes that we should be looking to replicate, here in Australia? What can Australian directors learn from their international counterparts?
Forum Close

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