Telling tales from the reallife corporate battlefield: AICD review

Tuesday, 01 April 2003


    With the Company Directors Conference now only weeks away, delegates are in for a treat.

    There have been some exciting new additions to the program, including Simon Hickey, chief financial officer, Bovis Lend Lease, USA, who will participate in "Tales from the Corporate Battlefield", sharing his story of how he managed the massive Ground Zero clean up project in New York.

    All seven concurrent forums boast thought-provoking topics and interesting locations. Forum F, to be held at the Australian Federal Police Training Centre will examine how various domestic and international events may cause disruption to business, and review how organisations can mitigate risks caused by inadequate security.

    While at the training centre, delegates will be taken on a brief tour, gaining an insight into how Australia's peacekeepers are trained before they are required to carry out their peacekeeping duties in Third World countries.

    Forum E will be held at the Royal Military College, Duntroon and takes the form of a Parkinson-style discussion about leadership, decision making and the oft-taboo subjects of power and control.

    General Peter Cosgrove, Tim Fischer and William Kirkby-Jones take their places on the panel as "The General, the Politician and The Director" for this interesting discussion. Prior to this forum, delegates will be taken on a brief private tour of the elite military college, accessing areas not usually open to the general public.

    The most recent addition to the forums is Forum G "Contemporary Moral Philosophy and its impact on modern business". This forum has already proven popular with delegates, and with the current crisis in the Middle East, is expected to be an interesting and provocative discussion.

    Unfortunately, Geoffrey Robertson QC has advised he is unable to participate in the conference. Robertson has recently accepted a legal position with the United Nations, and is required to remain in Europe in May.

    In his place David Galbally QC will now moderate the Hypothetical session "Responsibility or Liability?".

    Galbally is a leading QC and the second eldest son of Australia's great criminal lawyer Frank Galbally. He is well known in the media as the legal commentator on 3AW's Neil Mitchell and as the former host of Channel 9's consumer affairs program Watchdog. With his astute insights, specialist knowledge and finely honed communication skills, Galbally promises to keep panelists on their toes . . . and delegates on the edge of their seats.

    The Company Directors Conference 2003 will be held May 14-16 in Canberra.


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