The three governance experts lawyers can’t afford to miss

By Governance Institute of Australia|29 September 2020

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Governance Institute of Australia is thrilled to announce that three more speakers have been added to the line-up for the virtual National Conference in December, set to share tips and expert insights to ensure lawyers are prepared for the challenges ahead.

The new speakers are:

  • Jillian Broadbent AC, Macquarie Group Limited
  • Susan Lloyd-Hurwitz, Mirvac
  • Fiona Last FGIA, Transurban.

This year has handed leadership teams — and the trusted legal professionals who advise them — unimaginable challenges. But there are opportunities for you to demonstrate your value and play a vital role in your organisation's governance success —and this team of expert National Conference speakers has been carefully curated to assist.

Let’s unpack the speakers and their sessions.

Modern Pillars of Governance

Renowned business leader Jillian Broadbent AC, Non-executive Director, Macquarie Group will join the Modern Pillars of Governance plenary along with William Cox, the global Chief Executive Officer for Aurecon and Michelle Edkins, Managing Director for Blackrock’s Investment Stewardship (US).

The plenary, which is to be chaired by Brian Stafford, Chief Executive Officer for Diligent Corporation (US), will discuss the tensions and alignment between growing regulatory complexities, the imperatives for innovation and reputation.

The panel will examine how this triad sustains successful governance of an organisation, with success demonstrated by its ability to be adept and agile when navigating “diverse trends and megatrends” in the economic, social and political environment - and 2020 has had its fair share.

Why ESG remains a priority in conversations on the corporation

Susan Lloyd-Hurwitz, Chief Executive Officer of the property group Mirvac, will speak on the ESG plenary, leading the discussion on sustainability strategy and the focus on trust and transparency. Under Ms Lloyd-Hurwitz's leadership, Mirvac has led the sector on sustainability in its investments and project design and delivery.

The panel is set to look at how ESG continues to remain central to board and executive strategy and decision-making, and influence the perspectives of its stakeholders — customers, employees, investors — in the next phase of the recovery.

Leadership and governance — Company secretaries’ panel

Fiona Last FGIA, Company Secretary for the world’s largest toll-road operator Transurban will be among a panel of governance leaders looking at the ever-expanding remit for company secretaries.

As new regulatory, legislative and business landscapes expand the governance function and practice, this panel will consider the sphere of responsibility for company secretaries. This panel will be chaired by Ann Bowering, CEO, Issuer Services Australia & New Zealand, Computershare.

More leading names from Australia and beyond

Governance Institute CEO Megan Motto said more than 45 experts will speak during the two-day event.

“The first ever virtual National Conference already features some of Australia’s best-known business leaders including Michael Chaney AO Chairman, Wesfarmers Limited, Diane Smith-Gander AO, Chairman, CEDA and Ronni Kahn AO, Chief Executive Officer OzHarvest among others,” Ms Motto said.

“We also have one of the largest ever contingents of international speakers for this annual event including Michelle Edkins, Managing Director of Blackrock’s Investment Stewardship (US), Ngaire Woods CBE, Founding Dean, Blavatnik School of Government, Oxford University (UK) and Klaus Moosmayer, Member of Executive Committee & Chief Ethics, Risk and Compliance Officer, Novartis AG (Switzerland).”

Ms Motto said the global perspective has never been so critical given the unique year that we have collectively had.

“The seismic shifts in geopolitics, in the economic, social and environmental ecosystem will have far reaching repercussions for boards, executives and governance and risk management leaders as they navigate the continuing uncertainty on the path to recovery.

“The National Conference this year will offer a timely forward-looking view to help anchor and enable the planning for a sustained and effective recovery in 2021.”

Special discount for Lawyers Weekly readers

The Governance Institute of Australia’s virtual National Conference will be held on 7 and 8 December 2020. Registration includes access to live and on-demand sessions, with early bird rates available until 16 October:

Use discount code GIALAW10 for 10% off your registration!
The discount code is only valid for non-member tickets until 16 October, so register early to take advantage of your exclusive offer.

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