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2022 Governance and Risk Management Forum


Tuesday, 24 May 2022
8:15am to 5:15pm AEST

RACV City Club
501 Bourke Street
Melbourne VIC 3000

CPD Hours


Cost (Inc GST)

$850.00 Member
$900.00 Subscriber
$950.00 Non-member

Framing strategy, direction, performance, and growth

Australia is heading into a period of political, economic, business, and social re-set. This is your time to address the critical issues shaping the leadership, governance and risk management landscape in your state and network with your peers.

Join us at the Governance and Risk Management Forum for state-relevant and practical ideas and insights that you can implement immediately. Hear from the respected voices in governance and risk management as they discuss, debate and share insights on how good governance and risk management can frame strategy, direction, performance, and growth at this critical time.

Join us on Tuesday 24 May at RACV City Club, Melbourne.


Along with the popular annual regulatory, policy and economic updates, the forum offers practical frameworks for boards and management to evaluate, evolve, expand, and innovate governance, and risk management. What is new in the risk basket? What are the new challenges and opportunities that boards must tackle for sustained performance and dynamic growth?

You will

  • Consider what defines the modern board-CEO engagement - What is sacred? What is negotiable?
  • Look at how board evaluation can interrogate and demonstrate culture, performance, and effectiveness
  • Look at how deepening levels of board scrutiny and stakeholder expectations are impacting the company secretary’s task
  • Discuss the strategies to strengthen risk controls
  • Reflect on CROs, CEOs and boards – how the relationship has evolved from transactional to strategic discussions
  • Hear about how data analytics can be a game-changer for risk management

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Who should attend?

  • Business leaders and managers cannot afford to miss this update, including:
  • CEOs
  • directors
  • company secretaries
  • governance professionals
  • risk managers
  • legal advisers
  • anyone else with governance or risk management responsibilities.

The forum is suitable for all sectors including listed, non-listed, government and not-for-profit.


Rohan Abeyewardene FGIA, Group Company Secretary, Vicinity Centres
Rohan is a company secretary and strategic business partner with a diverse corporate background spanning governance, advisory, regulatory and financial roles.
Rohan is currently the Group Company Secretary of Vicinity Centres, one of Australia’s leading listed retail property groups, which he joined in 2017.  Prior to joining Vicinity, Rohan was the Company Secretary of McAleese Group and a Senior Adviser at ASX.
Rohan is a Fellow of the Governance Institute of Australia and a Member of Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand.

Garry Button, Executive Director Corporate Services, Ambulance Victoria
Responsible for AV’s financial strategy, financial and management accounting services, including compliance with accounting standards and taxation, billing and debt collection, commercial and procurement services, property services, legal and FOI, community fundraising, privacy, and the Membership Subscription Scheme.  Corporate Services is also responsible for asset management, enterprise risk management and audit. 

Rob Cockerell, Integrity Partner, PKF
Robert Cockerell is an investigator with more than 30 years’ experience, with expertise in the investigation of complex crimes and the management of fraud prevention and detection.
Robert has extensive experience in investigations, strategic data analytics, forensic technology, and corruption and fraud risk management. Robert also holds advanced training qualifications in interview techniques. He is an expert in the detection of deception by interview and has authored a number of critically acclaimed training programs for the CPA, ACFE and Institute of Internal Auditors.
A former Detective Chief Inspector with the Victoria Police, Robert has led some of the most complex fraud and drug investigations in Australia and was twice awarded the Chief Commissioners Certificate for investigative excellence.

Jane Halton, AO PSM, Non-executive Director, ANZ Banking Group, Chairman, Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations and COTA
Ms. Halton is a member of the Boards of the Australia and New Zealand Banking Group (ANZ Bank), Clayton Utz, and the Australian Strategic Policy Institute. She is also Chairman of Vault Systems, the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations (Norway) and Council on the Ageing Australia.
In a 33-year career within the public service, including nearly 15 years as Secretary, Ms. Halton’s previous roles include Secretary of the Australian Department of Health, Secretary for the Department of Health and Ageing, and Executive Co-ordinator (Deputy Secretary) of the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet.

Greg Hanigan FGIA, Chief Risk Officer, Foresters Financial
Greg has extensive experience in financial services gained within regulated superannuation and advice businesses where he has managed governance, risk and compliance functions and led teams through merger and transformation change.
Prior roles have included Risk Partner, Chief Risk Officer and Company Secretary. Greg is a non-executive director of the Governance Institute of Australia.

Janelle Howell, Commissioner, CRO, AMP
Janelle joined AMP in 2020 as the Chief Risk Officer for AMP Advice. Janelle’s key responsibilities in this role centre around influencing effective risk aware decision making; advocating for considered risk taking and drawing out emerging risks.
Previously, Janelle worked at the National Australia Bank in Governance and Risk roles (both within first and second line risk). Janelle spent a dozen years based in London where she was mostly in global risk and compliance roles with Barclays, Allianz, CMC Markets and Lend Lease. Janelle has also spent time working with Australia Post, Accenture, Exxon Mobil and the Baker Heart and Diabetes Institute in Melbourne.
Outside of work, Janelle is a passionate and committed volunteer and currently volunteers with Girl Guides in Victoria.

Sean Hughes, Commissioner, Australian Securities and Investments Commission
Sean Hughes commenced as an ASIC commissioner on 1 December 2018, for a five-year term.
Sean was the Chief Executive of New Zealand’s capital markets and financial services regulator, the Financial Markets Authority from 2010 to 2013. He was most recently the Group General Counsel for the listed company Tabcorp and, before that, Chief Risk and Legal Officer at UniSuper. Sean has held leadership positions at National Australia Bank, ANZ and was a partner at the law firm Herbert Geer & Rundle (now Thompson Geer).

Sean has had previous senior positions with ASIC. From 2008 to 2010, Sean was Senior Executive Leader for Corporate Governance and Corporations; and from 1999 to 2003, he held a number of senior executive roles including as Director, Financial Services Regulation.
Sean has a Bachelor of Arts and a Bachelor of Law (Hons) from the University of Canterbury in New Zealand, and a Master of Law from Cambridge University in the UK. He holds a Graduate Diploma from the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Prof Matt Kuperholz, Chief Data Scientist, PwC
Professor Matt Kuperholz is the PwC Australian firms Chief Data Scientist, has been awarded Australia's top analytics leader by the premier industry body, and a serious computer geek who has been applying A.I. in anger to real world client problems most days this millenium. 

Anna Longley, Assistant Commissioner and General Counsel, Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission
Anna Longley is the ACNC’s Assistant Commissioner – General Counsel. She acts as the senior legal advisor to the ACNC Commissioner and the Advisory Board, and has legal oversight of the ACNC’s work regulating charities.
Having worked at the Australian Taxation Office for over 16 years prior to becoming General Counsel, Anna has an extensive background in public administration. Most recently, she was an Assistant Commissioner in Private Wealth, leading assurance and review work on high-wealth individuals, private groups and not-for-profit entities.

Fiona Mead FGIA FCG, Company Secretary, CSL
Fiona was appointed Company Secretary and Head of Corporate Governance effective June 2018. Previously, she was the company secretary and a member of the executive leadership team at Tabcorp Holdings Limited. Prior to that, Ms Mead was the company secretary at Asciano Limited, and earlier, assistant company secretary at Telstra. Fiona began her career as a lawyer with law firm Ashurst.
Ms Mead is a fellow of the Governance Institute of Australia and a graduate member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Megan Motto FGIA, Chief Executive Officer, Governance Insitute of Australia
Prior to her appointment as Chief Executive at Governance Institute, Megan was the CEO of Consult Australia, the association for professional services firms within the built and natural environment. Megan is also currently a Director of Standards Australia and a National Director for the Committee for Economic Development of Australia (CEDA).

Megan has a BA/BEd, an MA in Communications Management and is a Fellow of the Governance Institute of Australia.

Stephen Nyabadza, Regional Sales Director, Diligent
Stephen is responsible for ‘ESGRC’ sales for Diligent Australia across the Enterprise BFSI & Health verticals. 
In his previous roles at Alyne, he was instrumental in growing the Risk Management start-ups footprint in the Australian market across all segments with a focus on Vendor Risk Management, IT Risk Management & Cyber Risk Management.

Prior to that he spent over 10 years in Financial Services & Wealth Management sales development roles, working for the ‘Big Four’ and a global insurance giant.
Stephen is a proud father, a hopeless golfer and a badge-wearing Geelong Cats supporter!

Simon Pordage FGIA, Group Company Secretary, ANZ
Simon Pordage serves as Company Secretary of the Company. Simon joined ANZ in May 2016. He is a Chartered Secretary and has 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.

David Robertson, Head of Economic & Market Research, Bendigo & Adelaide Bank
David joined Bendigo Bank 16 years ago as head of Financial Markets, and today is the Head of Economic and Market Research for Bendigo and Adelaide Bank. His banking career commenced in 1989 as a foreign exchange dealer, and since then he has worked in a range of senior roles in Treasury and Financial Markets for the State Bank of NSW, First Chicago and Commonwealth Bank. David’s regular economic and market updates are posted to the bank’s website via You Tube each week.
David is married with three children, and beyond family life his passions lie in golf, the outdoors and thoroughbred racing.

Susan Staples, Director of Governance and Risk, KPMG
Susan is a risk and governance professional with experience in strategic risk framework development and implementation, board and director duties and internal controls review. Outcomes-focused, Susan builds trusted relationships with clients, colleagues and stakeholders. During her 20 years in risk and governance advisory, Susan has worked on numerous board and corporate governance projects, strategic risk advisory, and management assurance projects for both public and private sector clients.

Dr. Meena Thuraisingham, Founder, BoardQ Advisory
Meena has over 30 years of experience working with and consulting for major Multinational Corporations and International Consulting Firms across multiple sectors, including resources, retail, banking and professional services. She is a subject matter expert in business transformation, culture change and top team effectiveness and has consulted for many senior teams across diverse cross-national and business cultures.

Pauline Vamos FGIA FCG, Chair, Governance Institute of Australia
Pauline has been Chair & President of Governance Institute of Australia since July 2021. She is a non-executive director of Mercer Superannuation Australia Ltd and the Banking and Finance Oath (BFO) and Chief Executive Women. Pauline is also Chairman of Interaction Disability Services and the Moneytech Group. She has over 30 years experience in the financial services industry including as a senior regulator with ASIC, various directorships on listed and fiduciary entities, senior executive and CEO positions and as an international adviser on pensions governance. She has previously held CEO roles at Regnan and the Association of Superannuation Funds of Australia (ASFA).

Emma Webster, Director, Hawker Britton
Emma Webster is a Director at Hawker Britton’s Victorian office.
Emma has been a trusted Senior Adviser at the highest levels of Government, working for Government leaders at a state, territory, and federal level including for Premier Daniel Andrews and former Prime Minister Julia Gillard.
Most recently Emma led the strategic communications direction for Australia’s first legislated Treaty process at the First Peoples’ Assembly of Victoria (the Assembly). Working with elected Traditional Owners of Country in Victoria, the Assembly successfully secured the Yoo-rrook Justice Commission, the first Truth-Telling process in Australia with the powers of a Royal Commission. 
As a Senior Media Adviser in Premier Daniel Andrews office, Emma provided strategic counsel on key reforms, such as the Big Build transport agenda, Free TAFE and Australia’s first Royal Commission into the Prevention of Family Violence at a local, state and national level.


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