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New speakers added to National Conference line-up

We are thrilled to announce that three more speakers have been added to the line-up for the virtual National Conference in December.

The new speakers are:

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

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.

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

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.

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 governance function and practice the panel considers the sphere of responsibility for company secretaries. This panel will be chaired by Anne Bowering, CEO, Issuer Services Australia & New Zealand, Computershare.

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 the 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.”

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