Governance Institute’s brand ambassadors

We’re thrilled to announce that Diane Smith-Gander AO FGIA FCG and Simon Pordage FGIA FCG are our brand ambassadors.

Diane and Simon are valued members of Governance Institute and champions of our values

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About Diane

Diane Smith-Gander AO FGIA FCG
Non-executive Director, Wesfarmers and AGL

Diane Smith-Gander is non-Executive director AGL Energy, Wesfarmers Limited, NQA Group of Companies, Chair of Safe Work Australia, Asbestos Safety & Eradication Council, a board member of Keystart Loans, CEDA, member of the NRFA Partnership Council, and past President of Chief Executive Women. Diane is currently appointed to the three member panel to review the capability of APRA, the banking industry regulator following the findings of the Hayne Royal Commission. Diane has held a wide range of non-executive roles in the past including Chairman of Broadspectrum, Deputy Chairperson of NBNCo, non-executive director of the CBH Group, commissioner of Tourism WA and board member of the Committee for Perth. Diane has been active in sports administration and is a past Chairman of both Basketball Australia Limited, the sport’s peak body, and the Australian Sports Drug Agency. Diane’s last executive role was Group Executive at Westpac. Prior to that she was a partner at McKinsey & Company in Washington and New Jersey.

Your chance to engage with Diane

Governance Institute's virtual National Conference — 7 December 

Diane will be chairing the Boardroom Q&A panel session. She’ll be joined by:

  • Tim Reed, President, Business Council of Australia
  • Ming Long AM, Chairman, AMP Capital Funds Management Limited
  • Matt Bekier, Managing Director & Chief Executive Officer, The Star Entertainment Group.

This special panel of directors will respond to a series of questions from delegates on the floor on the forces that are reshaping the world of business and the debate around the role of business leaders in the broader political and social arena.

View the full line-up

About Simon

Simon Pordage FGIA FCG
Company Secretary, Australia and New Zealand Banking Group Limited (ANZ)

Simon joined ANZ in May 2016. He is a Chartered Secretary with extensive company secretarial and corporate governance experience. From 2009 to 2016 he was Company Secretary for Australian Foundation Investment Company Limited and a number of other listed investment companies. Other former roles include being Deputy Company Secretary for ANZ and Head of Board Support for Barclays PLC in the United Kingdom. Simon is committed to the promotion of good corporate governance. He is a former National President and Chairman of Governance Institute of Australia and is a member and former Chairman of its National Legislation Review Committee, and regularly presents on governance issues.

Your chance to engage with Simon

Governance Institute's virtual National Conference — 7 December 

Simon will be chairing the session: Influential leader – leading calmly through the storm. He will be joined by:

  • Philipp Kristian Diekhöner, Trust Futurist and Innovation Strategist (Singapore)

The panel will unpack:

  • Why trust is the key for authentic leadership
  • How crisis brings the importance of people to the fore: This is not about you. It is about them.
  • Sharing leadership during crisis
  • Disruptive leadership during disruption – how to lead when everything remains uncertain


Updates from our brand ambassadors

Diane Simon

Boardroom Q&A (National Conference interview)

Career Q&A – company secretary

National Conference testimonial

Quickfire career Q&A — What is a company secretary?

Mini video: What is a director

Director training

Mini video: Top 3 director skills

Member and training testimonial

Managing during a pandemic

 Managing during a pandemic