At the Australian Governance Summit in Melbourne in 2024, the AICD announced the winners of the 2023-24 Life Fellow awards. Life Fellows carry the post-nominal FAICDLife and are nominated for their outstanding work and contribution to governance over long periods of time.

    Graeme Liebelt FAICDLife

    Liebelt, chair of Amcor and former chair of Dulux Group, also sits on the board of Australian Foundation Investment Company. He received an AICD Life fellowship at the Australian Governance Summit in March, in recognition of his significant contribution to current and emerging issues in governance and the AICD, and his work in representing the interests of the AICD in the director community. The former CEO of Orica also contributes to roundtables and was part of the AICD’s delegation to Canberra in 2023.

    Graeme is well known to the AICD Victorian Council, having served as a member for several years and he continues to make a significant contribution to the institute and to represent the interests of AICD in the director community. He has served on several important Australian company boards and on the board of Cary Baptist Grammar School.

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    Brand Hoff AM FAICDLife

    Hoff has made extraordinary contributions to the world of business, entrepreneurship and innovation. Currently a director at EpiAxis Therapeutics, he has been recognised for his generosity in assisting start-ups and building the innovation ecosystem in the Canberra region. Hoff, who founded Tower Software in 1985 which was later acquired by Hewlett Packard, was a staunch supporter of the AICD as leader of the ACT Division Council between 2008 and 2011 and as a participant on the National Board of the AICD. He has also shown commitment to nurturing the next generation of entrepreneurs.

    Hoff has served as a director of NICTA, the Australian ICT Centre of Excellence, Taggle Systems, SNAPeWallet and MyTaggles Pty Ltd. He also served as AICD Chairman Canberra Division and as a director on the AICD National Board of AICD. He was awarded the 2011 National Pearcey Medal, for a lifetime contribution to Australian ICT and in 2012 was inducted as a Member into the Order of Australia. He currently serves as an Adjunct Professor working with the School of Information Systems and Engineering at the University of Canberra.

    Brand Hoff AM FAICDLife02:38

    Dr Doug McTaggart FAICDLife

    He is chair of The Lottery Corporation board and chair of Indigenous Business Australia Asset Management. He is also a former director of the Suncorp Group and former chair of Spark Infrastructure RE. McTaggart has contributed to both public and private sector governance for decades and was a member of the AICD Queensland Divisional Council from 2012 – 2016. He was awarded the Queensland Gold Medal Award in 2018 and presented at seven AICD events from 2005.

    He has been significantly involved in competition and regulation policy matters. He served as Under Treasurer for the Queensland Department of Treasury and is former CEO of the Queensland Investment Corporation which, under his leadership, diversified considerably and achieved outstanding growth. From 2012-15 he was chair of the Queensland Public Service Commission and was also a member of the Queensland Public Sector Renewal Board, the Council of Australian Governments Reform Council and Councillor on the National Competition Council.

    Dr Doug McTaggart FAICDLife02:19

    Kathy Gramp FAICDLife

    As a professional non-executive director on ASX listed company boards, Gramp has a unique set of skills and insights in transforming organisational culture. She is the chair of RAA Insurance and a director of Codan Ltd, Adelaide Community Hospital Alliance Incorporated and QANTM Intellectual Property. She has extensive director experience across a diverse range of organisations and industry sectors including health, media, property, technology, finance, government, education and primary industry.

    In serving two terms on the AICD SA/NT council and various AICD committees, she has demonstrated commitment to the organisation, best practice governance and the local director community.

    Kathy Gramp FAICDLife02:17

    Merran Kelsall AO FAICDLife

    Kelsall, the current chair of Dementia Australia, has 25 years’ experience as a company director and last year completed her term as president and chair of CPA Australia, where she played a significant role in the turnaround of the membership body. Kelsall is also a director on the boards of Australian Red Cross Lifeblood, CareSuper, the Medical Indemnity Protection Society and the Tarrawarra Museum of Art.

    As a longstanding AICD member for 37 years, she has made a significant contribution to making society stronger through effective governance and has been very active in attending AICD Director Professional Development and events.

    Merran Kelsall AO FAICDLife02:07

    Catherine Livingstone AC FAICDLife

    Catherine Livingstone AC is Chancellor of the University of Technology Sydney, Independent Chair of Pacific National, and a director with Saluda Medical, Quasar Satellite Technologies, The Australian Design Council and The Australian Ballet.

    Starting her career with Price Waterhouse, Ms Livingstone has since contributed to the development and growth of the Australian economy through extensive business, finance and executive leadership. Her executive career spanned more than 22 years, where she held general management and finance leadership roles in the field of implantable medical devices. She was CEO of Cochlear from 1994 – 2000, taking it through IPO in 1995. She has also served as chair of CBA, Telstra Corporation and CSIRO and as a member of the NSW Innovation and Productivity Council, the Commonwealth Science Council and the Industry Growth Centres Advisory Committee.

    She has contributed to the AICD in many capacities and was a keynote speaker at the Australian Governance Summit this year. She has served on the AICD ASX Chairs’ Forum from August 2009 and spoken at many events hosted by the AICD.

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