Melbourne Directors' Breakfast: Governing in Uncertain Times

Fri 6 Aug 2021
7.15am to 9.00am

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


The Hotel Windsor
Grand Ballroom
111 Spring St
Melbourne VIC


Single Members: A$95.00 Non-members: A$110.00

Peter Hay FAICD

Peter Hay FAICD

Chairman, Newcrest Mining

Mr Hay is currently the non-executive Chairman of Newcrest Mining Ltd (since 2014), Australia Pacific Airports Corporation (since 2019) and Mutual Trust (since 2020). He has been a non-executive director of Cormack Foundation since 2006.


Mr Hay has a background in company law and investment banking advisory work, practising principally in mergers and acquisitions. He has also had significant involvement in advising governments and government-owned enterprises.


He was the former Chief Executive Officer of Freehills (2000-2005) and former Director of the following companies: Alumina Ltd (2002-15), ANZ Banking Group Ltd (2007-13), Australian Institute of Company Directors (2014-17), Epworth Healthcare (2004-12), GUD Holdings Ltd (from 2009-15), Lazard Pty Ltd (2007-09), Myer Holdings Ltd (2010-14), NBN Co Ltd (2009-12), Norwich Union Australia Ltd (1997-2000), Novion Ltd (2014-15), Pacifica Group Ltd (1989-2008), Portfolio Partners Ltd (1997-2000), and Vicinity Centres (2015-19).  


Mr Hay was also a part-time member of the Australian Government Takeovers Panel (2009-18) and a member of the State Library of Victoria’s Foundation Council (2015-20) and has been a member of the AICD’s Corporate Governance Committee since 2011.

Sue O’Connor FAICD

Sue O’Connor FAICD

Chair, Yarra Valley Water

Sue is an experienced business leader who has served as a Chair, Director and senior business leader with ASXTop10 and global unlisted companies as well as high profile statutory authorities and not for profits.

Sue is known for her board leadership, commercial acumen and using her expertise in technology, net zero transitions, utilities and ESG to deliver sustained value to companies, communities and the environment.

She is currently Chair of Yarra Valley Water and a Director of Mercer Superannuation, Kordia Group Ltd and ClimateWorks Australia and President of Bush Heritage Australia.

Her 25+ year executive leadership career in the technology sector included 13 years as a senior executive at Telstra Corporation.

Sue holds a Bachelor of Applied Science and a Graduate of Diploma Business Management. She is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and a member of Chief Executive Women.

David Olsson GAICD

David Olsson GAICD

President, Australia China Business Council

David is the National President and Chair of the Australia China Business Council, and an International Director of King & Wood Mallesons.


He has over 30 years’ experience working as a lawyer in the Asian region, having with lengthy periods in Beijing and Kong Kong and South East Asia. He is currently based in Hong Kong/Shenzhen where he focusses on the Greater Bay Area, cross-border trade and investment and financial markets. 

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.