This morning commenced with our Chief Executive, Steven Burrell, announcing the new President of Governance Institute of Australia for 2017 — myself, Andrew Horne. I am honoured to be given the privilege to lead this wonderful organisation, and would like to take the opportunity to thank Simon Pordage for his tireless contributions and commitment to excellence over the past year. I will strive to build upon his successes in the coming year and do his legacy justice.
You may recall that in July this year Governance Institute partnered with LexisNexis to conduct a survey of Institute members to capture their views on how governance is perceived in their organisations. The survey explored if governance is perceived as a drain on productivity or as a productivity enabler.
It was a great first day. The sessions kicked off with a special video address from the Honourable Kelly O’Dwyer MP, Minister for Revenue and Financial Services, who provided an update on the Turnbull Government’s legislative agenda aimed at supporting good governance practices, by introducing technology-neutral distribution of meeting materials and independence of directors on superannuation boards.