Board profiles

Meet the members of the governing board of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

CHAIR & NATIONAL DIRECTOR

John Atkin FAICD

BA (Hons), LLB (Hons)
Appointed:
30/11/2018
Board Committees:
 Nominations & Governance Committee - Chair, Human Resources & Remuneration Committee - Member, Risk & Compliance Committee - Member and All Other Board Committees - Attendee

 

John is currently Chair of Qantas Superannuation Limited, a non-executive director of IPH Ltd and Integral Diagnostics Ltd and Vice Chair of Outward Bound International Inc. Prior to his non-executive director career, John was CEO of The Trust Company, successfully steering the organisation through the GFC. Prior to this he spent six years as National Managing Partner of Blake Dawson (now Ashurst) and 15 years as Partner at Mallesons Stephen Jaques (now King & Wood Mallesons).

John is a Graduate of both the Company Directors Course and Mastering the Boardroom and in January 2020 he completed the Boardroom Mastery program.

John Atkin

DEPUTY CHAIR & QLD DIVISION DIRECTOR

Anne Cross AM FAICD

BSW, MSW
Appointed:
29/08/2019
Board Committees:
 Human Resources & Remuneration Committee – Chair and Nominations & Governance Committee - Member

 

Anne is a non-executive director of St Vincent’s Health Australia and its subsidiary companies. She is Chair of Uniting Church in Australia Redress Ltd and Deputy Chair of Opera Queensland. She is member of the Senate of the University of Queensland.

Anne concluded her executive career as Chief Executive of UnitingCare Queensland in 2017 after a long career working in health, aged care, disability and community services. She is an Adjunct Professor in the Faculty of Health and Behavioural Sciences at the University of Queensland.

Anne was admitted as a Member in the Order of Australia for her services to Social Welfare Organisations and Women in 2018. She was named Telstra’s National Business Woman of the Year in 2014.

 

Anne Cross

SA/NT DIVISION DIRECTOR

Julie Cooper FAICD

BA (Arts/Journalism), Grad Dip (Business)
Appointed:
22/12/2021
Board Committees:
 Human Resources & Remuneration Committee - Member and Technology Committee - Member

 

Julie is Chair of the South Australian Film Corporation, Nova Systems Pty Ltd, and a member of the Sarah Group’s Advisory Board (Construction and Property). She is Director of Australian Submarine Corporation, Credit Union SA and Chair of the Credit Union’s Governance Committee. Julie is also a Director of Helping Hand (Aged Care) and a member of its Finance and Property Committee. She is a member of the Finance & Audit Committee for the Adelaide Football Club ; a Director of the Adelaide Crows’ Foundation, and Chair of the Foundation’s Risk and Audit Committee. She is a member of the International Women’s Forum Australia (IWFA).

Before embarking on a Board career, Julie spent more than 25 years working in the Brewing, Banking, and Defence, sectors. She was also a Management Consultant for McKinsey & Company, operating out of the Firm’s London office.

Julia Cooper

TAS DIVISION DIRECTOR

Naomi Edwards FAICD

BSc(Hons), FIA, FIAA, FNZSA
Appointed:
30/08/2018
Board Committees:
 Risk & Compliance Committee - Chair and Audit, Finance & Investment Committee - Member

 

Naomi is Independent Chair of Spirit Super; Accurium Ltd and the Audit and Risk Committee for the Department of State Growth, Tasmania. She is a non-executive director of Propel Funeral Partners, Yarra Investment Management Ltd and the Tasmanian Economic Development Board. Naomi also is Director and Vice President of the Actuaries’ Institute of Australia.

She was formerly Chair of Australian Ethical Investments, Trustee of Australian Ethical Super and nonexecutive director at Hunter Hall.

Naomi was previously an actuarial consultant at Trowbridge Consulting and a Partner at Deloitte, where she led the Financial Services Industry Group following Deloitte’s merger with Trowbridge in 2000. She is a Fellow of both the British and Australian actuarial institutes.

Naomi Edwards

WA DIVISION DIRECTOR

Derek La Ferla FAICD

B.Arts, B. Juris, LLB
Appointed:
08/07/2019
Board Committees:
 National Membership Committee – Chair; Human Resources & Remuneration Committee – Member and Nominations & Governance Committee- Member

 

Derek is Chair of Chalice Mining Limited, Green Peak Energy Pty Ltd and Poseidon Nickel Limited. He is a partner with Western Australian law firm Lavan.

Derek has been on the AICD Western Australia Division Council since 2015 and a Fellow since 2011.

Derek is a corporate lawyer and company director with more than 30 years’ experience. He has held senior positions with some of Australia‘s leading law firms and a variety of board positions with listed public companies and not-for-profit organisations.

Derek La Ferla

NATIONAL DIRECTOR

Heith Mackay-Cruise FAICD

B.Ec (UNE)
Appointed: 10/06/2022
Board Committees: Technology Committee - Member

 

Heith has been involved in the media, education and technology sectors over the past 25 years. Heith is currently the non-executive Chair of UP Education Limited in New Zealand, a non-executive Director of Southern Cross Media Group Limited (ASX:SXL) and a non-executive Director of Orro Holdco Pty Ltd.

Heith is a previous non-executive Chair of LiteracyPlanet, hipages Group and the Vision Australia Foundation as well as a previous non-executive Director of LifeHealthcare and Bailador Technology Investments. In Heith’s prior executive career, he was the founding CEO of Sterling Early Education, the Global CEO and Managing Director of Study Group and CEO for PBL Media New Zealand. Heith also held senior executive positions with Australian Consolidated Press and worked in sales and marketing roles for PepsiCo around Australia.

Heith is a mentor with Kilfinan Australia, a member of the Young Presidents Organisation (YPO) and a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. Heith has a Bachelor of Economics degree from the University of New England.

Heith Mackay-Cruise

VIC DIVISION DIRECTOR

Rebecca McGrath FAICD

BTP(Hons), MAppSc(ProjMgt)
Appointed:
 13/11/2020
Board Committees:
 Audit, Finance & Investment Committee - Member and Technology Committee - Member

 

Rebecca McGrath is an internationally experienced business leader.

She is currently Chairman of ASX100 listed Oz Minerals Ltd and Scania Australia Pty Ltd. Rebecca is a non-executive director of Macquarie Group Limited, Macquarie Bank Limited, Goodman Group, Investa Office Management Holdings Pty Ltd, Investa Wholesale Funds Management Limited (Trustee Board) and Investa Commercial Property Fund (Trustee Board). She is a member of the ASIC Director Advisory Panel and the Australian British Chamber of Commerce Advisory Council.

Rebecca is also involved in the not-for-profit sector. She is President of the Victorian Division Council of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. She is a member of Chief Executive Women and is an ambassador for the National Association of Women in Operations.

Rebecca is a speaker, mentor and advisor in a range of industry and professional forums. Prior to her non-executive career, Rebecca spent 23 years as an executive in the oil industry. She held business line, corporate and functional leadership roles with BP in Australasia, Europe and the United Kingdom.

Rebecca holds the degrees of Bachelor of Town Planning (Hons.) and Master of Applied Science (Project Management). She has attended executive management programmes at Harvard Business School, Cambridge University and MIT in Boston. She is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

In 2014 Rebecca was recognised as one of the AFR/Westpac “Australian 100 Women of Influence”.

Rebecca McGrath

ACT DIVISION DIRECTOR

Dr Michael Schaper FAICD

BA, MComm, PhD
Appointed:
 06/11/2021
Board Committees:
 Audit, Finance & Investment Committee – Member and National Membership Committee – Member
Other: Corporate Governance Committee – Member and National Education Advisory Committee – Member

 

Michael is currently the chairman of the federal government’s Shadow Economy Advisory Forum, Independent Chair of the self-regulatory body for Australia’s Buy-Now-Pay-Later Code Committee (AFIA) and member of the Chief Ministers Economic Advisory Group. He is Chair of the University of Canberra Business School Advisory Board and member of the University of Canberra Council (governing board) and Gaming & Wagering Commission (Board) of WA. He is also a Senior Visiting Fellow at the Institute of Southeast Asian Studies, and was previously the Chief Executive Officer of the Canberra Business Chamber.

Prior to this, he served for ten years as the full-time Deputy Chairman of the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission, where his work had a special focus on small business, franchising, industry associations, industry codes of conduct and business liaison.

Michael has extensive experience working, advising and advocating for business. He has held key leadership roles including those of ACT Small Business Commissioner, Dean of Murdoch University Business School in Western Australia, Head of the School of Business at Bond University in Queensland, and chair of the ACT Minister’s Small & Micro-Business Advisory Council.

In 2009 he was recipient of the “National Small Business Champion Award” by the Council of Small Business Organisations of Australia.

Michael is an Honorary Fellow of the Institute of Public Accountants and a member of the governing council of the University of Canberra.

Michael holds a PhD and a Master of Commerce degree from Curtin University, as well as a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Western Australia.

Michael Schaper

NSW DIVISION DIRECTOR

Arlene Tansey FAICD

MBA, Juris Doctor
Appointed:
 06/11/2021
Board Committees:
  Audit, Finance & Investment Committee – Chair and National Membership Committee – Member

 

Arlene has over 30 years’ experience as a senior executive in business, corporate and investment banking and financial services gained in Australia and the United States and extensive experience as a company director.

Arlene is currently a Non-Executive Director of Aristocrat Leisure Limited, TPG Telecom Limited, WiseTech Global Limited, Lendlease Real Estate Investments Limited and Infrastructure NSW. She is a former Non-Executive Director of Adelaide Brighton Limited and Healius Limited. She is also a Board Member of the Australian National Maritime Museum Foundation and Council. Arlene is a Member of Chief Executive Women and the International Women’s Forum Australia.

She has a Juris Doctor (Law) from the University of Southern California and an MBA in finance and international business from New York University.

Arlene Tansey

NATIONAL DIRECTOR

Nicola Wakefield Evans FAICD

BJuris, LLB (UNSW)
Appointed second term:
22/11/2019
Board Committees:
 Risk & Compliance Committee - Member

 

Nicola is Chair of 30% Club Australia and a director of Lendlease Corporation Limited, Macquarie Group Limited, Macquarie Bank Limited, MetLife Insurance Australia and Viva Group Energy Limited. She is also a member of the Australian Government Takeovers Panel, and a director of the Clean Energy Finance Corporation, the Goodes O’Loughlin (GO) Foundation and the UNSW Foundation Limited.

Nicola has significant Asia-Pacific experience as a corporate finance lawyer and was a Partner at King & Wood Mallesons (and its predecessor, Mallesons Stephen Jaques) for more than 20 years. She held several key management positions at King & Wood Mallesons including Managing Partner International in Hong Kong and Managing Partner, Practice, Sydney.

Nicola Wakefield Evans

NATIONAL DIRECTOR

Kee Wong FAICD

BEng (Hons), MBA, GradDipComp (Distinction)
Appointed second term:
 28/06/2019
Board Committees:
Technology Committee - Chair, National Membership Committee - Member and Risk & Compliance Committee - Member
Other: Governance of Innovation & Technology Panel – Chair

 

Kee is the founder and the Managing Director of e-Centric Innovations, a management and technology consulting company that provides strategic advice and systems integration services in e-business and IT for large enterprises and government in Australia, New Zealand, the United States and SE Asia.

Kee is currently a non-executive director of carsales.com Ltd, Australian Energy Market Operator, Committee for Melbourne, Breakthrough Victoria, InvoCare, Dreams2Live4 and Walter and Eliza Hall Institute (of medical research). He is a trustee of the Victorian Arts Centre Trust and on the Board of Managers of Eloque LLC (a global joint venture company between Xerox and the Victorian Government).

Kee is also a member of the Victorian Government Ministerial Advisory Council on International Education, the Victorian Government Ministerial Innovation Taskforce and the Transform Reform Board for Victorian Department of Transport. He is a member of the ANU Centre for Asian Australian Leadership Advisory Board and Swinburne University’s Technology and Innovation Committee. Kee is an Adjunct Professor with La Trobe University (Engineering and Technology) and Immediate Past Chairman of the Australian Information Industry Association (AIIA).

Kee Wong

MANAGING DIRECTOR AND CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER

Angus Armour FAICD

BEcon (Hons), MBA
Appointed second term:
 05/10/2017
Board Committees: All Board Committees – Attendee

Other: All Policy Committees & Forums – Attendee

 

Angus joined the AICD as Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer in 2017. His previous roles included Principal Advisor on innovation and research at the Business Council of Australia from 2015 to 2017; Deputy Secretary in the NSW Government from 2013 to 2015 responsible for trade, innovation and industry and the arts; and CEO at Export Finance & Insurance Corporation from 2003 to 2013.

Angus served in the past as President of the Berne Union, an association of over 50 public and private sector companies from 40 countries supporting $1.5 trillion of global trade and investment annually, and as Chair of the Berne Union’s Risk and Compliance Committee, and the Asia Regional Cooperation Council. He has also served as Chair of the Asian Eximbank Association, and on the boards of the Committee for the Economic Development of Australia, the Mohammed Bin Rashid Innovation Fund of the UAE, and the Historic Houses Trust of NSW.

In addition to the AICD Board, Angus serves on the board of the European Australian Business Council.

Angus Armour

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