Recorded Briefing: The pivotal role of the modern company secretary
Expires Thursday, 30 June 2022
Cost (Inc GST)
In our final event for the year, we look back on 2021 and reflect on some of the key factors that will drive board engagement and continue to extend the depth and scope of board function in 2022.
How will all this impact the role and function of the company secretary? What will be top of mind for company secretaries in the year to come?
Join us to hear from a distinguished panel of company secretaries and governance leaders.
In three focussed sessions, our speakers share their experience, insights and foresight on board engagement in a post-COVID world, the increasing focus on environmental, social and governance (ESG) and net zero strategies in addition to the new expectations of company secretaries.
Speakers and sessions:
Session 1: The post COVID board engagement - How will boards function going forward?
- Have the last two years changed meetings, AGMs, and communications forever, and how do we best navigate the changes this will bring for efficiency, effectiveness, and engagement?
- What are the good things we learned in the pandemic that we can take forward?
- The Corporations Amendment (Meetings and Documents) Bill 2021 and what the reform means
Session 1 speakers:
- Kristy Huxtable FGIA, Company Secretary, Commonwealth Bank of Australia
- Dominic Horsley FGIA, Group Counsel and Company Secretary, Computershare
- Anne Wright FGIA, Company Secretary, Vanguard
- Chair: Megan Motto FGIA, Chief Executive Officer, Governance Institute of Australia
Session 2: How ESG has taken centre stage
- As ESG matters become the central focus of investor and stakeholder expectations, what are the critical issues for board and governance agendas?
- How is governance thinking and strategy being transformed as the net zero transition gains momentum?
- What are the regulatory and legislative issues that will underpin accountability, transparency and disclosure?
Session 2 speakers:
- Susan Campbell FGIA, Company Secretary, Queensland Sugar
- Stefanie Wilkinson FGIA, Group Company Secretary, BHP
- Chair: Catherine Maxwell FGIA, General Manager Policy and Advocacy, Governance Institute of Australia
Session 3: The flexible and agile company secretary
- How the last two years have made company secretaries more flexible and agile in terms of how we approach the role
- In a time of transition and transformation, how do company secretaries stay on top of regulatory changes and help their boards meet the new expectations for accountability and disclosure?
- What are the challenges of the company secretary as the conduit for board/CEO engagement?
Session 3 speakers:
- Gregory Seeto FGIA, Company Secretary, Life Saving Victoria
- Chair: Leon Cox FGIA, General Manager Membership and Engagement, Governance Institute of Australia
Kristy Huxtable FGIA, Company Secretary, Commonwealth Bank of Australia
Kristy Huxtable was appointed Company Secretary of the Bank on 20 March 2019. Kristy brings extensive corporate governance and secretariat experience in financial services, having previously worked with Suncorp, ING, MLC, KeyInvest and the ASX. Kristy is a Fellow of the GIA, and a Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and the GIA Legislative Review Committee.
Dominic Horsley FGIA, Group Counsel and Company Secretary, Computershare
Dominic joined Computershare in 2006, having previously worked for one of Asia Pacific's leading law firms and at an Australian based software and services supplier. Dominic is the Group Company Secretary and is also responsible for the provision of legal and services for Computershare's operations
Anne Wright FGIA, Company Secretary, Vanguard
Susan Campbell FGIA, Company Secretary, Queensland Sugar
Susan Campbell is currently the Company Secretary/Legal Counsel at Queensland Sugar (export sugar marketer/port operator), having joined Qld Sugar in late 2013. From 2000 onwards, Susan has held a number of equivalent positions in other companies, including Ergon Energy (electricity entity) and North Qld Bulk Ports Corporation (port authority). Susan started her legal career in first tier private practice specialising in commercial and corporate law. Susan is therefore broadly experienced in commercial & corporate law, corporate governance and company secretarial skills across a number of industry sectors, in particular infrastructure and agribusiness. This experience includes the design and implementation of corporate governance frameworks and the effective management of the company secretariat office for directors. Susan has a particular interest in corporate law and ESG issues.
Stefanie Wilkinson FGIA, Group Company Secretary, BHP
Gregory Seeto FGIA, Company Secretary, Life Saving Victoria
Greg is a lawyer and chartered company secretary with 15+ years’ of top-tier legal, regulatory, corporate and not-for-profit experience, both within Australia and internationally. Greg specialises in corporate governance and general in-house commercial law, having held leadership roles with a ~$7 billion infrastructure management company, an ASX200 multinational tri-listed company, and now a major for-purpose and emergency service organisation. Prior to his in-house roles, Greg was a senior lawyer with a top-tier law firm, and worked as a company regulator.
Chair: Megan Motto FGIA, Chief Executive Officer, Governance Institute 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).
Chair: Catherine Maxwell FGIA, General Manager Policy and Advocacy, Governance Institute of Australia
Catherine’s team is responsible for policy, advocacy and advising on media and government relations. Her background includes roles as a senior manager at APRA and as secretariat for the revision of the ASX Corporate Governance Council’s Corporate Governance Principles and Recommendations, 2e. She also held policy and governance roles at the AICD and the Financial Services Council.
Chair: Leon Cox FGIA, General Manager Membership and Engagement, Governance Institute of Australia
Prior to joining Governance Institute, Leon was Advisor to the CEO at the Institute of Chartered Accountants Australia. His previous roles have been with CPA Australia and the RACV Club.
Leon holds a Bachelor of Business, Human Resources and Hospitality Management from Victoria University. Leon also holds a Certificate IV in Workplace Training and Assessment from the University of Melbourne, Training Services Department.
Who should attend?
- Company secretaries and support staff
- Employees of public and proprietary companies.
- Non-executive directors
- Governance, risk and compliance professionals
- Retired members