Leaders' Lunch: Big Issues for Boards and Directors in 2019

Fri 22 Feb 2019
12.30pm to 2.00pm

(Arrival time: 12.00pm)
5 This event will earn you 5 DPD units


ZINC at Federation Square
Cnr Flinders & Swanston St
Melbourne VIC


Single Members: A$150.00 Non-members: A$170.00 Table Members, Table of 10: A$1,300.00 Non-members, Table of 10: A$1,300.00

Alan Kohler

Alan Kohler

The Constant Investor

Alan Kohler has been a financial journalist for 46 years, starting as a cadet on The Australian. He was editor of the Australian Financial Review between 1985 and 1988 and editor of The Age between 1992 and 1995. He was the Chanticleer columnist for the Financial Review twice, and in 1995 joined the ABC, first as a reporter on the 7.30 Report and then as host of Inside Business and finance presenter on ABC news, which he still does.

Currently Alan is publisher and editor of his new 100%-owned publication, The Constant Investor; business editor at large of The Australian; finance presenter on ABC news; presenter of the Talking Business channel on Qantas inflight radio; and adjunct professor in the business faculty of Victoria University.

Patricia Cross FAICD<em>Life </em>

Patricia Cross FAICDLife

Chair, Commonwealth Superannuation Corporation

Patricia has significant experience as both an executive and non- executive director across a wide range of financial services and other regulated industries in the US, Europe and Australia.

Patricia is currently Chair of the Commonwealth Superannuation Corporation, a Non-Executive Director of Aviva plc and a senior independent director of Aviva Investors Holdings Limited (UK). Patricia is an Ambassador for the Australian Indigenous Education Foundation.

Having begun her career in public service with the United States Government, Mrs Cross went on to gain extensive international financial services experience living and working in seven countries.

She worked with Chase Manhattan Bank and Chase Investment Bank (1981–1987), Banque Nationale de Paris (1987–1988) and National Australia Bank (1988–1996) where she ran Wholesale Banking & Finance and was a Member of the Group Executive Committee.

Since 1996 she has served as a public company director for Suncorp-Metway Limited (1996- 2000), AMP Limited (2000–2003), Wesfarmers Ltd (2003–2010), Qantas Airways Limited (2004–2013), National Australia Bank (2005–2013), Macquarie Group Limited (2013-2018) and Macquarie Bank Limited (2013-2018). She was also Chairman of Qantas Superannuation Limited (2002–2005), Deputy Chairman of the Transport Accident Commission of Victoria (1997–2001) a founding director of the Grattan Institute (2008-2015) and founding Chair of 30% Club Australia (2015-2018).

Mrs Cross has held a number of honorary government positions, including with the Financial Sector Advisory Council, Companies and Securities Advisory Committee, Panel of Experts to Australia as a Financial Centre Forum and Sydney APEC Business Advisory Council.

Mrs Cross has previously served on a wide range of not for profit boards, including the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute (2002–2011) and was the Co-Chair of WomenCorporateDirectors in Australia (2014–2017). In 2001, Mrs Cross received the Australian Centenary Medal for service to Australian society through the finance industry and Mrs Cross has a BSc (Hons) in International Economics from Georgetown University School of Foreign Services. In 2018, she was awarded Life Fellowship with the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Dr Mark Staples

Dr Mark Staples

Senior Principal Researcher Scientist, DATA61 / CSIRO
Mark Staples is a Senior Principal Research Scientist at Data61 (CSIRO) in Sydney Australia, and is a Conjoint Associate Professor in the School of Computer Science and Engineering at UNSW. He has previously held roles in industry in software engineering and systems engineering management, in domains ranging from SCADA systems, electronic payments, and implantable active medical devices. His research is on blockchain technologies, software engineering, and philosophy of engineering. He is on the Standards Australia committee IT-041 and ISO committee TC307 for standardisation of blockchain and distributed ledger technology. He has degrees in computer science and cognitive science from the University of Queensland, and a PhD in computer science from the University of Cambridge.

Jessica Rudd

Chairman & Managing Director, Jessica’s Suitcase

Jessica Rudd, BCom LLB (Hons) is the Founder, Chairman of the Board and Managing Director of Jessica's Suitcase. She has extensive marketing and digital expertise and launched the fast growing online Australian lifestyle retailer in 2015. In 2016, she was appointed Australia and New Zealand Lifestyle Ambassador for Alibaba and has worked as a lawyer, in politics and communications. She began her career as a media and IP lawyer.

She has been a Non-Executive Director at Australian Agricultural Company Limited since November 15, 2017 and eCargo Holdings Ltd., since May 2018. She has written two novels—Campaign Ruby and Ruby Blues—and contributes opinion pieces to newspapers and magazines. Jessica holds a Bachelor of Laws (Hons)/Bachelor of Commerce from Griffith University and was admitted to the Supreme Court of Queensland as a solicitor in 2007. She was awarded the Griffith University Arts, Education and Law Alumnus of the Year in 2013.

What’s on the horizon for Directors in 2019.

The modern world is constantly changing and the potential for organisational disruption increases every day.

The need to future-proof organisations has never been more important. Does your organization have the ability to withstand political uncertainty, policy changes, disruption in a volatile economy?

A panel of highly experienced directors interviewed by Alan Kohler will discuss the key challengers and potential issues directors and boards will face in the next 12- 18 months.

Panel members will discuss the following:

  • Lead through change
  • Blockchain: What does the future hold?
  • Drive innovation
  • Risk and impacts in a disruptive environment
  • Drive strategy transformation
  • Create value through performance

Book your seat now to hear the panel share their predictions for the coming year.



Contact details

Prisca Dijou
M&D Events Coordinator
E. vicevents@aicd.com.au
T. 03 9245 4200