Governance through a Crisis: Lessons from COVID-19

The AICD has partnered with the Governance Institute of Australia to understand how governance processes and practices have adapted in response to COVID-19. The panel will explore insights from this research and share experiences from their own journeys through the pandemic.

Webinar Dates

Recorded Webinar




Recording available from: Monday, 21 September 2020
Expiry Date - Wednesday, 14 December 2022
Duration - 90

DPD Units

This event will earn you 5 DPD units

Boards have needed to rapidly respond to the physical restrictions created by COVID-19 to oversee their organisations and engage with stakeholders in a virtual environment. In addition, the pandemic has underscored the need for sound governance structures to be in place before a crisis hits .

The AICD and Governance Institute of Australia panel will crystallise the lessons around how directors and company secretaries have responded and explore how boards might future-proof governance practices for future crises.

The webinar will cover:

  • How directors and company secretaries have adapted to the virtual boardroom, with tips and tricks for making virtual meetings more effective
  • Effective board-management relations
  • Decision-making in a crisis
  • The role of the company secretary
  • The importance of crisis management and business continuity plans
  • Engaging with stakeholders

The scale of the challenge created by this pandemic means that we will not be drifting back to ‘business as usual’ anytime soon. Boards, management and other governance and risk professionals should take time to reflect on the learnings from this period and what it is we should be taking forward to better our governance practices.


  • Fiona Payne, Chair, Therapy Focus
  • Rebecca McGrath FAICD, Chair, Oz Minerals
  • Louise Petschler GAICD, General Manager, Advocacy, AICD
  • Simon Pordage FGIA FCIS, Company Secretary, Australia and New Zealand Banking Group
  • Peter Goffin FGIA FCG, General Counsel and Company Secretary, Australian Medical Association (Victoria)

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