President’s commentary — Governance Institute’s invaluable global network

I recently came back from presenting at the Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators’ (ICSA) global conference in London, sitting on an international panel discussing how governance professionals are change makers within an organisation.

It was a fantastic opportunity to share my knowledge and experience from Australia. There was a large amount of interest from our international colleagues, given the large amount of legislative change occurring over here — much of which affects governance professionals and company secretaries directly.

Certainly, the banking royal commission gave me a number of talking points where we could compare Australia’s regulatory compliance issues to those of our colleagues overseas. I always like to contribute practical advice on how to enable positive change.

Personally, these kinds of events are invaluable for building a great network of international governance professionals, learning what is topical overseas, and bringing that knowledge and practical tips back to my day job.

We recently had a Governance Institute board strategy session (more details to follow!), and I was able to directly contribute these insights into our future planning, for example, the principles of good governance for the advancement of society.

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