Essential Director Update

Gain a comprehensive understanding of the most recent governance, regulatory and legislative obstacles impacting boards and directors through presentations and discussions at these eagerly anticipated & complimentary member events.



Essential Director
Update 2023.

Note: Essential Director Update events have finished for 2023. Sessions will resume in 2024. Further details on the 2024 Essential Director Update will be provided closer to the event.​

Each year, the Essential Director Update provides AICD members with the latest governance, regulatory and legislative obstacles impacting boards and directors. The 2023 Essential Director Update featured keynote presentations by:

  • Jacqueline Chow GAICD​, Non-executive Director, Coles Group​
  • Bruce Cowley FAICD​, Director, Australian Retirement Trust 

Directors and business leaders from across the country attended in-person and online to connect with one another and hear from Jacqueline and Bruce about the pressing issues impacting boards and organisations, including generative AI, climate change and cybersecurity.

The 2023 Essential Director Update attracted more than 12,500 registrations from directors and business leaders eager to participate both in person and virtually, marking it as the largest Essential Director Update in AICD history.

Presentation by Jacqueline Chow GAICD 

At the 2023 Essential Director Update, we were joined by the illustrious Jacqueline Chow GAICD, Non-Executive Director at Coles Group with over twenty years’ operational experience running large blue-chip multinationals across Asia Pacific and the Americas. In her keynote presentations delivered throughout Australia, Jacqueline delved into pressing issues including cybersecurity, artificial intelligence and data protection.  

Presentation by Bruce Cowley FAICD 

The esteemed Bruce Cowley FAICD, Director at the Australian Retirement Trust and Chair at Queensland Trust for Nature, joined us as a keynote speaker at the 2023 Essential Director Update. Having been a corporate lawyer at MinterEllison for nearly four decades, Bruce brought his wealth of expertise to keynote presentations that he delivered nationwide. In his presentation, Bruce unpacked some of the current and emerging key legislative and regulatory developments affecting boards and directors.


Jacqueline Chow GAICD01:47

Bruce Cowley FAICD01:42

The Essential Director Update covered some of the biggest challenges facing organisations today, including corporate governance, cybersecurity and climate change. As a relatively new board member, it was wonderful to connect with so many supportive and professional individuals.

EDU2022 attendee, Maree Baulman MAICD
EDU 2023 speakers

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