President’s Memo: Join our National Conference for insights from global and national leaders

Much about the way we conduct our business — from where we do it to how we transact it — has shifted in 2020. This includes the way we undertake governance processes and emphasise risk management in our organisations.

We’ve lived with the COVID-19 pandemic for less than 12 months, but the extent of change and adaptation it has wrought has made it feel longer. I do believe, however, that we’re heading into a more optimistic and positive 2021.

We’re slowly finding our groove, we’re more confident in our ability to adapt to uncertainty and rapid change, and we’re re-focused on lead planning. 

So the Governance Institute of Australia’s upcoming National Conference comes at a perfect time for all forward-focused governance and risk management professionals planning their 2021 strategies.

With 18 live and on-demand sessions, it will feature presentations by global and Australian experts who will explore new approaches, reveal real-world experiences, and cover the latest regulatory and legal topics. 

The calibre of these speakers is second to none. Among the 45-plus presenters, we’ll hear from Professor Ngaire Woods CBE, Founding Dean at Blavatnik School of Government at the University of Oxford; Philipp Kristian Diekhoner, a trust futurist and innovation strategist; Jillian Broadbent AC, a non-executive director of Macquarie Group Limited; and Susan Lloyd-Hurwitz, the Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director at Mirvac. The list goes on. 


Each of these speakers will bring unparalleled experience and insight that will inform and support you in your practice of good governance throughout 2021. 

I urge members to register for the National Conference now and use the flexibility of the all-virtual format to dive into the sessions most relevant to your work and organisation — although I’m positive you’ll find something of value in every session. The cutting-edge virtual platform will also allow delegates to network, discuss, connect, interact, and engage with each other, no matter where you are located (including in my beautiful home state of Tasmania). 

As a final comment to (hopefully) encourage your attendance, we know that 2020 has also seen its fair share of governance failures, as we are seeing regularly in the news. These examples should reiterate how important it is to ensure an ongoing commitment to good governance practice in every organisation — whether commercial, political, or not-for-profit. 

Attending our National Conference is an investment in maintaining and enhancing good governance in your organisation, and the event should not be missed. 

I look forward to seeing you (virtually) there.

Find out more

Governance Institute National Conference

Our virtual National Conference 2020 gives you unparalleled access to: 

  • the leading global stars in governance and risk management
  • a new breadth of insights
  • a packed two-day program — beamed to you live and on-demand
  • a new interactive platform to network and engage.

Register now. 

Session previews from our blog: The pillars of modern governance you need to know.

Interview: Saul Eslake ― Shift economic policy from survival towards growth and rebuilding 

Click the link for a full list of Governance Institute Board and State Council members. 


Material published in Governance Directions is copyright and may not be reproduced without permission.