Gold Coast Directors' Breakfast: Governing in Uncertain Times

Thu 5 Aug 2021
7.15am to 9.00am

(Arrival time: 7.00am)
5 This event will earn you 5 DPD units


Home of the Arts
135 Bundall Road
Surfers Paradise QLD


Single Members: A$70.00 Non-members: A$85.00 Table Members, Table of 8: A$560.00 Non-members, Table of 8: A$560.00

Gary Brady

Director, Centre for Enterprise Governance

Gary has been a company director since 1998. His board and committee experience include appointments in aged and community care; professional services; tertiary sector; and manufacturing. His executive experience spans a career in ASX20 companies BHP and James Hardie; as a Managing Partner in business advisory; and the tertiary sector. He is currently Director of the Centre of Enterprise Governance, Program Director of the Master of Laws in Enterprise Governance, Editor of the Enterprise Governance eJournal and Business Director of the Faculty of Law at Bond University. Gary has specialist interest areas in strategy development; marketing; financial management; audit & risk; and compliance and has broad industry exposure and networks across government, listed entities and not for profit.  

Gary is currently a Commissioner and Non-Executive Director of Anglicare Southern Queensland; Chair of its Audit and Risk Committee; and a member of the Anglican Diocese of Brisbane Audit and Risk Committee. He holds a Bachelor of Economics degree from the University of Queensland; a Master of Business in Marketing degree from the University of Technology Sydney and is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors course.

Andrea Staines OAM FAICD

Non-Executive Director, SeaLink Ferries

Andrea Staines has been a professional non-executive director for 15 years, on a range of private-sector, public-sector and for-purpose entities across Australia and New Zealand. Her experience incorporates significant time in transport & logistics and retail service industries. Andrea is currently a director on listed companies SeaLink and Acumentis, social enterprise UnitingCare Qld, and last year joined Australia Post, as Deputy Chair. She is a former CEO of Qantas international airline subsidiary, Australian Airlines, which she co-designed and co-launched, and has lived and worked abroad in the US and Asia. While working at the Qantas Group, Andrea was a sole parent to two small children.

Mark Townend AM GAICD

Director, National Trust of Australia (Queensland)

Mark has decades of experience working in local government, commercial and not-for-profit industries, including 19 years as Chief Executive Officer of RSPCA Queensland before joining Spinal Life Australia in October 2019. Mark has held many directorships throughout his career and he is currently a director of National Trust of Australia (Queensland), Director, TapTins Holdings and until recently a Board Member Regional Development Australia.

Mark is skilled in organisational development, process improvement, innovation, strategic planning and implementation of motivated workplace cultures and has been recognised with a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) and is a recipient of the Prime Minister’s Federation Medal for significant services to the community.

Matthew Schneider

Director, Urbis

Matthew Schneider is a respected town planning consultant, strategic adviser, project lead and company director and a passionate Gold Coaster.

He leads the Gold Coast office of national property advisory firm, Urbis, working principally with private sector clients and government authorities and he regularly appears as an expert in the Queensland Planning and Environment Court.

He is an active participant in industry debate, policy development and events, regularly contributing to professional papers, seminar presentations and media.

Matthew is passionate about shaping the future of the Gold Coast and seeks to contribute through a number of other appointments in addition to his role at Urbis. His appointments presently include but not limited to, Chair, Property Council of Australia Gold Coast Committee, Non-Executive Director, Southport Sharks, Gold Coast Light Rail Business Advisory Group member.

During 2020, boards were needing to shift their focus to the short-term and the immediate to ensure their survival.

As Australia and the world begin the slow recovery from the global pandemic, organisations find themselves now operating in an environment with more uncertainty for example: the long-term effects of COVID-19, the shifting geo-political balance and the possible effects of climate change. These are not just “big business” issues, they effect all organisations and individuals in every sector.

If uncertainty is to be considered as a ‘new normal’ what are the medium and long-term strategies that boards need to contemplate to ensure they remain sustainable in the future?

Join us as we hear from leading directors as they discuss:

  • What are the key uncertainties that boards are facing?
  • The questions boards need to consider ensuring they are sustainable in 10-20 years’ time
  • Impact of the shifting geo-political balance – especially the Australia-China relationship
  • Impact of climate change on boards and what do boards need to consider from a risk and opportunity perspective.