GOVERNANCE
TOP 100

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NOMINATIONS CLOSE
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FINALISTS
FROM 2020

Finalists

THE JUDGING PANEL

Judging Panel
 

GOVERNANCE TOP 100

WE ARE VERY EXCITED TO ANNOUNCE THE 2021 GOVERNANCE TOP 100 EVENT. CELEBRATING THE TOP GOVERNANCE PROFESSIONALS ACROSS THE COUNTRY AND SHINING A LIGHT ON A PROFESSION THAT WE ARE SO PROUD TO BE A PART OF.

NOMINATIONS OPEN MONDAY 16 AUGUST 2021 AT 10AM (AEST) AND CLOSE FRIDAY 8 OCTOBER 2021 AT 5PM (AEST).

Governance Top 100 is about highlighting the amazing talent and achievements of individuals that take their role in governance to the next level within their organisations. Governance as a profession is ever evolving and is made up of individuals from a variety of professional backgrounds across a range of entity, size and industry types which is why we are encouraging nominations from all governance professionals.

This event would not be possible without the commitment and support of our culturally aligned partners who are all champions of governance in their own right.

The Governance Top 100 event was launched in 2020 to emphasise the value and benefit that robust governance frameworks, and the individuals that are responsible for driving these initiatives, bring to an organisation.

Mahatma Gandhi famously said, "Be the change you want to see in the world", so on that note if you are a company secretary, general counsel, risk manager, CRO, CFO, CEO, director or other governance professional that is paving the way for governance in your organisation we want you to be part of Governance Top 100 in 2021!

 

Partners

Get to know our proud partners of Governance Top 100 for 2021

3YS Owls is a corporate governance firm and incorporated legal practice co-founded by Ainslie Cunningham and Deb Anderson following extensive careers in corporate governance, company secretarial, risk and legal roles with over 40+ years of combined experience between them predominantly from in-house roles. 3YS Owls specialise in providing a variety of services and solutions across corporate governance, company secretary, board advisory, strategy, risk and business consulting. They have a strong focus on governance - to create an ethical environment that supports an inclusive culture. Boards and leadership teams need to be cohesive, able to harness a diversity of views and foster good governance. They aim to align with clients who share the same values and their ultimate goal is to help directors and executives sleep at night knowing they have a trusted advisor that fosters good governance keeping all stakeholders happy.

3YS Owls hosted Governance Top 100 for the very first time in 2020 and are excited to be hosting the event again in 2021.

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One of Melbourne's first start-up technology companies, Computershare was grounded in the city's suburbs in 1978.

Computershare is the world's largest share registry, and has pioneered many of the securities industry's innovations to help companies build and maintain strong relationships with their investors, employees and customers. For more than 35 years, Computershare have grown rapidly in markets around the world to meet the evolving needs of their 16,000 clients.

Computershare remains a unique Australian success story, who built on their share registry business by successfully expanding into employee equity plans, stakeholder communications, corporate governance, fund services, class action administration, deposit protection and most recently, mortgage servicing.

When Computershare listed on the Australian Securities Exchange (ASX:CPU) in 1994, they had a market cap of AUD $36 million, managed around 6 million shareholder accounts and had about 50 staff. Now Computershare are a global business with a market cap in the billions, managing over 75 million shareholders, servicing 16,000 clients, with 12,000 staff across all major financial markets.

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Marsh is the world's leading insurance broker and risk advisor. With around 40,000 colleagues operating in more than 130 countries, Marsh serves commercial and individual clients with data-driven risk solutions and advisory services. Marsh is a business of Marsh McLennan (NYSE: MMC), the world's leading professional services firm in the areas of risk, strategy and people. With annual revenue over $18 billion, Marsh McLennan helps clients navigate an increasingly dynamic and complex environment through four market-leading businesses: Marsh, Guy Carpenter, Mercer and Oliver Wyman. For more information, visit mmc.com, follow us on LinkedIn and Twitter or subscribe to BRINK.

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McCullough Robertson is a leading independent Australian law firm with over 90 years' experience providing a range of legal services to our valued clients. Our large corporate practice has expertise across the resources and renewables; technology, media and telecommunications; life sciences; food and agribusiness; financial services; and not-for-profit industries.

We deliver tailored, practical advice to our clients in the small to mid-cap market, ensuring that they meet not only their regulatory obligations, but also the demands of shareholders, the community and other stakeholders. As advisers to boards, senior management, and legal/compliance teams, we advise on all legal aspects of corporate governance including directors' duties and liabilities; shareholder and investor relations; and annual reports, AGMs and EGMs.

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Nasdaq Corporate Solutions is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Nasdaq, Inc. Nasdaq's Corporate Services business empowers business leaders with technology and intelligence to innovate, grow and stay ahead of changing markets. We offer an integrated suite of market intelligence, analytics, and collaboration solutions that support investor relations and corporate governance professionals around the globe. More than 50% of the Fortune 500 use Nasdaq's board collaboration and Governance, Risk and Compliance (GRC) solutions and services.

Our client base spans across all industries. Our client list includes listed companies across all exchanges, including small-to-large cap ASX-listed issuers, large and small private companies, non-profit organizations, hospitals, colleges and universities. Our Australia-based team is located in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane, and are supported by a team across Asia-Pacific and around the world.

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Judging Panel - 2021

Ainslie Cunningham

Ainslie Cunningham

Co-Founder & Director, 3YS Owls

Craig Claughton

Craig Claughton

Managing Director and Head of Financial and Professional Services (FINPRO), Pacific - Marsh

David Maffescioni

David Maffescioni

Senior Manager - QLD, Computershare

Phil Neiswender

Phil Neiswender

Head of Board Engagement for APAC and Americas, Nasdaq

Reece Walker

Reece Walker

Chair of Partners, McCullough Robertson Lawyers

 

Ainslie is a qualified company secretary and risk manager, a fellow of the Governance Institute of Australia and the Chartered Governance Institute and is a Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and Risk Management Institute of Australasia. Ainslie has held various corporate governance, company secretarial and risk management roles over the past 18 years with global ASX publicly listed companies predominantly in the resources, retail and financial services sectors. Ainslie also holds a Certified Practising Risk Manager CPRM®. Ainslie specialises in the key areas of: Corporate Governance; Company Secretary; and Risk Management.

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Craig is the Managing Director of Marsh's FINPRO Practice, a specialist practice within Marsh dedicated to helping businesses anticipate, model, and manage threats. Craig has a demonstrated history of working in the insurance industry. Skilled in Financial Risk, Professional Liability, Risk Management, Employment Practices Liability, and Indemnity. People oriented professional with a Bachelor of Business focused in Insurance from Charles Sturt University. Craig is a Member of the Marsh Inclusion and Diversity Committee and NIBA Broker of the Year (NSW/ACT) - 2021.

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David has over 14 years' experience in the financial services industry, working as a Senior Manager within Computershare. Over David's tenure, he has worked in the share registry and employee share plans divisions having managed some of Australia's largest equity scheme and retail focused clients. David is thrilled that Computershare has continued its partnership with the Governance Top 100 Awards and proud to work for an organisation that links objectives, behaviour and decision making to a strong governance framework.

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Phil helps boards and executive teams address board composition and effectiveness, strategic board-management alignment, and other corporate governance and compliance matters. Prior to Nasdaq's acquisition of the Center for Board Excellence (CBE) in 2019, Phil was a founding investor and advisor, president, and board member. Phil also served as Executive Vice President for Operations & Corporate Development and Chief Legal Officer at Xevo, Inc., Chief Operating Officer at Garagiste, Inc., and General Counsel and Vice President of Legal at BSQUARE Corporation. Phil obtained his J.D. from the University of Virginia and his B.A. from the University of Washington. Phil is a member of the Washington State bar.

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Reece is a leading capital markets lawyer and has extensive transactional experience in public and private capital raisings, mergers and acquisitions and restructures. Reece's broad experience includes applying his knowledge of the Corporations Act and ASX Listing Rules as well as advising on governance, stakeholder management, employee share and option plans and general commercial issues. Reece has been consistently rated as a leading capital markets and corporate M&A lawyer, by Asia Pacific Legal 500 providing high quality advice and being committed to the clients' needs. Since 2017, Reece has been ranked in the Corporate Law Category of Best Lawyers Australia. His work has covered the life sciences, technology, telecommunications, travel, food and agribusiness, engineering and resources sectors. His clients include multi-national corporations, ASX listed companies and early stage companies with high growth potential. Reece is Chair of Partners and a member of McCullough Robertson's Executive Leadership team.

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Winner of Governance Top 100 for 2020

3YS Owls Governance Top 100 Winner 2020

Frances Finucan

Frances Finucan

Company Secretary, Collins Foods Limited

Good governance looks effortless and often underestimated. Winning would help profile the importance of governance professionals outside the governance industry.

Fran Finucan

 

Finalists - 2021

 Allan Gibson OAM

Allan Gibson OAM

Governance & Risk Professional, 2126 Business Services

Amanda Gawne

Amanda Gawne

Head of Legal and Compliance, Company Secretary, Chief Risk Officer, Generation Development Group

Amelia Jalleh

Amelia Jalleh

Company Secretary & General Counsel, Cooper Energy Limited

Andrew Heath

Andrew Heath

Deputy Board Secretary, Airservices Australia

Andrew Selim

Andrew Selim

Group General Counsel and Company Secretary, Home Consortium

Anne-Marie Paterson

Anne-Marie Paterson

Chief Risk Officer - Governance and Integrity Office, AMP Ltd

Anne-Marie Paterson

Annette O'Hara

General Counsel & Company Secretary, Shine Justice Ltd

Ceri Clark

Ceri Clark

General Counsel & Company Secretary, Retail Zoo

Clair Applewaite

Clair Applewaite

Board Secretary and Business Manager, Rockhampton Girls Grammar School

Craig Manson

Craig Manson

Chair, Galilee Solicitors Pty Ltd

Damian Jeffree

Damian Jeffree

Senior Director, Australian Financial Markets Association

Dan Wall

Dan Wall

Company Secretary & Senior Legal Counsel, Infomedia Ltd

Dhawal Gadani

Dhawal Gadani

Company Secretary and Head of Corporate Governance, HSBC Bank Australia Limited

Elizabeth Potts

Elizabeth Potts

Assistant Company Secretary, Infrastructure Capital Group

Erin O'Connor

Erin O'Connor

Group Company Secretary (Joint), Orica Limited

Fiona Zafirakos

Fiona Zafirakos

Group Manager Corporate Governance and Legal Counsel, Pact Group Holdings Limited

Francesca Dickson

Francesca Dickson

Head of Corporate Governance & Risk, BPAY Group

Freya Smith

Freya Smith

Group General Counsel & Company Secretary, Claim Central Consolidated Pty Ltd

George Southgate

George Southgate

Chief Legal & Risk Officer | Group Company Secretary, Vita Group Limited

Greg Jacobson

Greg Jacobson

Company Secretary, Perth Airport Pty Ltd

Gregory Seeto

Gregory Seeto

Executive - Governance, Assurance, Integrity & Legal | Company Secretary, Life Saving Victoria

Hannah Westaway

Hannah Westaway

In House Legal Counsel, Cash Converters International Limited

James Lawton

James Lawton

Company Secretary, MercyCare Ltd

James Nguyen

James Nguyen

Chair, Westmead Hospital Foundation

Jane Onley

Jane Onley

Head of Governance & Risk, Army & Air Force Canteen Service

Jay Stephenson

Jay Stephenson

Director, Forest House Pty Ltd

Jennifer Robertson Boardmatters

Jennifer Robertson

Managing Director, Board Matters Pty Ltd

Jessica McKinnon

Jessica McKinnon

General Counsel & Company Secretary, BSR Australia Limited

Joanne Khoo

Joanne Khoo

General Counsel and Company Secretary, North Queensland Airports Group

Joanne McDonald

Joanne McDonald

Company Secretary & Head of Corporate Affairs, IGO Limited

John Bryant

John Bryant

Finance Director/CFO, Australian Bay Lobster Producers Limited

Joshua Little

Joshua Little

Chief Risk Officer, Aveo Group

Karen Grumley

Karen Grumley

Lead Counsel - Compliance & Corporate Governance, Pacific National

Kate Williams

Kate Williams

Deputy Company Secretary, Vicinity Centres

Kathleen Hill

Kathleen Hill

Company Secretary and Executive Assistant to CEO, Opportunity International Australia

Katie Newton-John

Katie Newton-John

Group Company Secretary and Corporate Counsel, Allianz Australia

Katrina Brigham

Katrina Brigham

General Counsel & Company Secretary, Elabor8

Katrina Johnson

Katrina Johnson

G roup General Counsel, WiseTech Global

Kayla Schembri

Kayla Schembri

Paralegal, FOI Coordinator, Privacy Officer & Governance Support, Horizon Power

Kennan Herkiloglu

Kennan Herkiloğlu

Assistant Company Secretary / Governance Coordinator, Tokio Marine Management (Australasia) Pty Ltd

Kirsten Anderson Llewellyn

Kirsten Anderson Llewellyn

Group Company Secretary (Joint), Orica Limited

Kobe Li

Kobe Li

Company Secretary, Imricor Medical Systems, Inc.

Kylie Sprott

Kylie Sprott

Chief Transformation Officer, QANTM IP Ltd

Laith Jammal

Laith Jammal

Senior Officer Governance, Risk and Compliance - NSW TrainLink, NSW TrainLink

Lisa Benneworth

Lisa Benneworth

Executive Director, Legal, Governance and Risk, Children's Health Queensland Hospital and Health Service

Lisa Deramond

Lisa Deramond

Company Secretary Manager Legal and Compliance, Melbourne Business School

Louise Lane

Louise Lane

Executive General Manager - Legal, Risk and Compliance, Racing Victoria Limited

Malcolm Shroff

Malcolm Shroff

Chief Financial Officer & Company Secretary, Essence Group Pty Ltd

Maria Vesic

Maria Vesic

Company Secretary, Frasers Property Australia

Mark Anning

Mark Anning

General Counsel and Company Secretary, Tritium Pty Ltd

Michael Antaw

Michael Antaw

General Counsel & Company Secretary, Nestlé Australia Ltd

Michael Somes

Michael Somes

General Counsel, Chi-X Australia Pty Ltd

Minali Gamage

Minali Gamage

Manager Risk & Assurance, Fortescue Metals Group

Minas Frangoulis

Minas Frangoulis

Deputy Company Secretary, Australia and New Zealand Banking Group Limited

Nick Hassett

Nick Hassett

Executive Director, Dynamic Consulting Pty Ltd

Nick Hornstein

Nick Hornstein

Senior Legal Counsel, Openmarkets Group Ltd

Nicole Graham

Nicole Graham

General Counsel, Head of Corporate Affairs and Company Secretary, NSW Land Registry Services

Penny Daly

Penny Daly

Founder and CEO, The Welcome Group Inc

Peter Harding-Smith

Peter Harding-Smith

CFO / Company Secretary, Audeara limited

Philip Ware

Philip Ware

General Counsel, Stanwell Corporation Limited

Rachel Launders

Rachel Launders

General Counsel & Company Secretary, Nine Entertainment Co. Holdings Ltd

Rachel Sinclair

Rachel Sinclair

Governance Support Officer, BPAY Group Pty Ltd

Rahul Roy

Rahul Roy

Company Secretary, Insurance Australia Group Limited

Robert Bonotto

Robert Bonotto

General Manager Corporate Affairs, Group Company Secretary, FUJIFILM Business Innovation Australia and Company Director, FUJIFILM CodeBlue

Russell Redsell

Russell Redsell

Executive General Manager - Legal, Compliance and Regulatory Affairs, Youi Insurance

Sahar Shahin

Sahar Shahin

Business Governance Officer, City of Parramatta Council

Sam Nimkar

Sam Nimkar

Company Secretary - Subsidiaries, The Hospitals Contribution Fund Australia Ltd (HCF Health Insurance)

Samantha Charlton

Samantha Charlton

Governance, Risk and Corporate Planning Manager, Willoughby City Council

Samantha Einhart

Samantha Einhart

Company Secretary, Maurice Blackburn Pty Ltd

Sean Ward

Sean Ward

Deputy Group Company Secretary, Jardine Matheson Holdings Limited

Shauna Woodward

Shauna Woodward

Company Secretary, Landcom

Simon Every

Simon Every

Head of Government & Stakeholder Relations, Clean Energy Finance Corporation

Sophie Pettigrew

Sophie Pettigrew

Company Secretary, Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Community Health Service Brisbane (ATSICHS)

Stephen Adeleke

Stephen Adeleke

Specialist Risk Governance, BHP Mitsubishi Alliance

Stephen Kennedy

Stephen Kennedy

Group Company Secretary / Head of Governance, Risk & Compliance, Technology One limited

Sylvie Dimarco

Sylvie Dimarco

Company Secretary, Perpetual Limited

Tawanda Mutengwa

Tawanda Mutengwa

Company Secretary, SG Fleet Group Limited

Terry Natsia

Terry Natsia

Assistant Corporate Secretary, Sydney Water and Company Secretary & Director, Doctors for Nutrition

Todd Hopwood

Todd Hopwood

Senior Manager Governance and Customer Service, Wollongong City Council

Tom May

Tom May

General Counsel & Company Secretary, Australian Ethical Investment Limited

Tony Lynch

Tony Lynch

Chief Commercial Officer, FinClear

Valerie King

Valerie King

State COVID Coordinator and Program Manager, The Uniting Church in Australia Queensland Synod

Vanessa Davidson

Vanessa Davidson

Senior Governance Officer with Alexandrina Council, Alexandrina Council

Vicki Coles

Vicki Coles

Manager Risk, Law Mutual (WA)

William Rosewarne

William Rosewarne

Company Secretary, CVGT Australia Limited

Zoheb Razvi

Zoheb Razvi

Group Company Secretary, Ventia

 

Key Dates

Nominations Open

The date which nominations for Governance Top 100 open at 10am (AEST).

Nominations Close

The date which nominations for Governance Top 100 close at 5pm (AEST).

Governance Top 100 For 2021 Announced

The date which the finalists for Governance Top 100 for 2021 will be published on the website.

Judging to be Completed

The final date which judging is to be completed.

Winner to be Announced

The date which the winner will be announced via a live webinar. Register here in advance for the webinar. The winner will also be announced via the website and notified direct.

Award for the overall winner

The overall winner for Governance Top 100 2021 will receive an award and a prize which is their choice of an Apple iPad plus AirPods or a reMarkable 2 plus a Marker.
 

Nominations

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