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  • 01 May 2015

    The importance of knowledge

    For Elizabeth Proust and Jane Bennett, taking part in a mentoring program has helped the established and aspiring directors learn from each other. Leon Gettler reports.  On first impressions, Elizabeth Proust AO FAICD and Jane Bennett FAICD could not be more unalike, they come from completely different w...

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  • 01 Nov 2015

    Agenda

    Latest news for Australian directors. Getting the most out of your strategy off-site The annual two-day strategy off-site has become almost ubiquitous on the governance landscape. But do off-site strategy days work and can they be more effective? It’s an important question for boards and executive teams. For ma...

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  • 01 Nov 2015

    Q&A with Deborah Page

    Investa Office Fund chair, Deborah Page, is one of eight women to chair an S&P/ASX 100 company. She talks to Tony Featherstone about her grassroots in governance and her journey to the top. The journey to chair a top listed company often starts near the top: a prominent CEO joins a prestigious board and within a ...

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  • 01 Nov 2015

    The right mix

    Translational Research Institute’s CEO and chair share their views on the importance of skills diversity on medical research boards. Tony Featherstone reports. There is much debate on Australia’s shortcomings in technology commercialisation. Less considered is the role of governance in innovation and whether boar...

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  • 01 Oct 2015

    Agenda

    Latest news for Australian directors.Turnbull policies the crucial test The business community has welcomed Malcolm Turnbull’s elevation to Prime Minister and his cabinet reshuffle. But much work is needed to reform the economy, improve public debate on key issues and lift confidence in boardrooms. The Aus...

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  • 31 Aug 2015

    Q&A with Marlene Kanga

    Leading Australian engineer and successful entrepreneur, Marlene Kanga, talks to Tony Featherstone about her pursuit of gender and race diversity in Australian engineering.M any directors start their journey to governance during an executive career. Marlene Kanga’s journey started in a village in western I...

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  • 31 Aug 2015

    Effective leadership

    Ultra marathon runner and Aged Care Plus chief executive officer, Sharon Callister, talks to Domini Stuart about her diverse career and how best to manage a public relations crisis. When Sharon Callister GAICD accepted the role of chief executive officer (CEO) at The Salvation Army Aged Care Plus she knew sh...

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  • 31 Aug 2015

    Social awareness

    Angela Faherty talks to the founders of social cause crowdfunding platform Chuffed about the company’s rapid success and future direction. Spotting a business opportunity in a volatile economic environment and choosing to pursue it is a risk many people may not be willing to take. For Prashan Paramanathan, ...

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  • 31 Aug 2015

    Culture and conduct

    John Price explains why a key aspect of good governance is getting the culture of an organisation right. The Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC) is concerned about culture because it can be a key driver of conduct within the financial system. Given that there is often a strong connection betwe...

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  • 31 Aug 2015

    Mixing it up

    Do boards need quotas or targets to improve gender diversity? Three industry figures share their views. Narelle Hooper Director, The Ethics Centre Targets or quotas? Both are specific, time bound, measurable objectives. Both are designed to get us to focus on achieving certain outcomes. One we routinely use ...

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  • 31 Aug 2015

    Examining director tenure

    This month's highlights from our Centre for Governance Excellence and Innovation, where we showcase research from around the world. Recent academic research from Ying Dou, Sidharth Saghal and Emma Jincheng Zhang from the University of New South Wales points to the value added by longer serving directors. The res...

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  • 31 Aug 2015

    Appraising board form

    Developing a strong process of board evaluation to understand the performance of directors and the board has never been more important for Australia’s governance community, writes Domini Stuart. When Professor Geoff Kiel FAICD started to evaluate boards he often found serious deficiencies in procedures, pol...

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  • 31 Aug 2015

    Spreading the word

    Domini Stuart considers how not-for-profits can help their boards use the media to promote their organisation’s good work to current and potential donors. A teenage girl was struggling to finish Year 11 while sleeping under a bridge and Melanie Raymond MAICD saw at once that this desperately sad situation c...

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  • 31 Aug 2015

    Generational differences

    Phil Ruthven explains why ignoring the generational differences in our customers and our workforce poses a risk to business.  Generational differences are very important to businesses these days, especially in terms of marketing and staffing. One size doesn’t fit all, as they say. Consumers from each g...

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  • 31 Aug 2015

    Driving change

    Motoring organisation NRMA has faced a significant number of board challenges in the past. Christopher Niesche explains how the company turned itself around to become a leader in governance and diversity. Motoring organisation NRMA has faced a significant number of board challenges in the past. Christopher Niesch...

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  • 31 Aug 2015

    Advocacy

    The AICD's advocacy team represents the interests of members in public debate and to governments. AICD supports a GST increase The Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD) has publicly supported the recent push for an increase in the GST. AICD managing director and chief executive officer John Brogden...

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  • 31 Aug 2015

    Fostering Australia’s entrepreneurial culture

    Harnessing the power of Australian entrepreneurs is integral to the growth and diversity needed to ensure the country’s economic sustainability, writes Tony Johnson. Both locally and globally, entrepreneurial businesses are more important than ever to the long-term sustainability of the economy. High-impact...

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  • 31 Aug 2015

    Supply chain management

    The rapid and continuing change to global and local supply chains means that very few businesses remain untouched by ever more complex risks. But can this change be managed? Angela Faherty reports. Graham Burdis: The large Swiss insurance company ACE Group recently published its Emerging Risks Barometer for 2015....

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  • 31 Aug 2015

    Accessorial liability

    Courts are getting tougher, says Professor Bob Baxt. He explains the growing importance of accessorial liability for directors. Section 79 of the Corporations Act 2001(the Act) contains an interesting provision which has been relied on in a number of recent decisions, in conjunction with the increasing attention ...

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  • 31 Aug 2015

    Agenda

    This month's latest news for Australian directors. Strategy, growth and red tape key business focus Managing strategy and maintaining an eagle eye on growth in times of economic and political uncertainty will occupy the minds of directors and chief executive officers (CEOs) over the next 12-24 months according...

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