David Shortland MAICD

Governance and Communication Specialist

David has more than 25 years of experience in governance, communication, strategy and the law. He has had director, executive and advisory roles in sectors including financial services, transport, infrastructure and health.

David is an Advisor and Facilitator for Australian Institute of Company Directors (‘AICD’) in Strategy, Risk, Board Effectiveness and Governance generally.  He is accredited to deliver many of AICD’s Company Director Course modules and other AICD programs including Reporting to the Board and Working with the Board. David was also a co-contributor to AICD's first edition of Good Governance Principles and Guidance for Not-For-Profit Organisations. He also enjoys being a guest lecturer at the University of Sydney Business School to graduate students in subjects including business ethics.

He began his career working with a Supreme Court Justice in South Australia before moving to a law firm in London, then joining Allens in Sydney. David had several roles at the Australian Securities Exchange (‘ASX’), including as a legal and regulatory counsel, in strategy and as head of corporate affairs. At ASX, David also worked with the team formulating the initial ASX Corporate Governance Council agenda, culminating in him facilitating the final consultations leading to the endorsement and publication of the first edition of the ASX Corporate Governance Council Principles & Recommendations.

Currently, David is Deputy Chair of ChildFund Australia; sits on both the Audit & Risk Committee and the Communication & Marketing Committee. For four (4) years prior to June 2018, David was a non-executive director of the National Heart Foundation (NSW) Board, served on the National Audit & Governance Committee and the NSW Audit Committee. Previously, he has been a director and officer of an internet services provider for professionals and officer and an executive director of two (2) derivatives’ clearing house boards for public financial markets.

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