GOVERNANCE
TOP 100

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FINALISTS ANNOUNCED
FOR 2020

Finalists

THE JUDGING PANEL

Judging Panel
 

GOVERNANCE TOP 100

WE ARE VERY EXCITED TO ANNOUNCE THE INAUGURAL 2020 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 17 AUGUST 2020 AT 10AM (AEST) AND CLOSE FRIDAY 2 OCTOBER 2020 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 ongoing commitment and support of our culturally aligned partners who are all champions of governance in their own right.

We hope you are as excited as we are to be part of the very first Governance Top 100 event 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!

 

Partners

Get to know our proud partners of Governance Top 100 for 2020

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 are excited to be hosting the Governance Top 100 for the very first time in 2020.

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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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With a membership of over 7,500 company secretaries, governance leaders and risk managers from some of Australia's largest organisations, Governance Institute of Australia is the only fully independent professional association with a sole focus on governance excellence.

For 110 years, our education, research, advocacy, and support networks have provided cutting edge governance and risk management advice to Australian business leaders from all walks of life. We celebrate Australia's successes, and challenge it to be even better.

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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

Ainslie Cunningham

Ainslie Cunningham

Co-Founder & Director, 3YS Owls

Byron Loflin

Byron Loflin

Global Head of Board Engagement, Nasdaq

Catherine Maxwell

Catherine Maxwell

General Manager, Policy and Advocacy, Governance Institute of Australia

Rachel Sakurai

Rachel Sakurai

General Manager - Australia, Computershare

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 Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators 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 17 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® Certificate as a CPRA® Certified Practising Risk Associate. Ainslie is an Approved Advisor with the Advisory Board Centre specialising in the key areas of: Corporate Governance; Company Secretary; and Risk Management.

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Byron leads board assessments and boardroom training for Nasdaq Governance Solutions. He is the founder and former CEO of the Center for Board Excellence (CBE) - acquired by Nasdaq in 2019 - and is architect of CBE's unique board assessment and advisory platform. Byron is recognized in the governance community for developing unique products that address board dynamics, corporate culture, accountability and performance. His experience and expertise are in the design and administration of assessments and advising board chairs, boards, committees, directors and executive management in a full range of corporate governance matters including strategic alignment, best practices, board refreshment, diversity, structures and corporate planning. He and his team have performed several hundred third-party board, committee, peer and CEO self-assessments for organizations of all structures and sizes.

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Catherine has a strong background in governance and policy gained at the Australian Prudential Regulation Authority, the ASX Corporate Governance Council, ASX, the Australian Institute of Company Directors and the Financial Services Council. Qualified as a lawyer, she has also held roles as a company secretary with The Cancer Council NSW, NPP Australia Limited and Father Chris Riley's Youth off the Streets Limited.

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Rachel has built a strong and diverse career as a business leader across the corporate, business, sports and NFP community. She is currently a National General Manager within Computershare, is a recognised mentor to elite female athletes, sits on the Board of World Youth International and Chairs the Foundation of St Aidans Anglican Girls School. Rachel recognises that good governance is at the heart of every successful business, regardless of it's size, sector or ownership structure. She's delighted Computershare is in a position to be part of 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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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

Alicia Morris

Alicia Morris

General Counsel & Company Secretary, Australian Vintage Ltd

Andrew Heath

Andrew Heath

Deputy Board Secretary, Airservices Australia

Andrew Selim

Andrew Selim

General Counsel and Company Secretary, Home Consortium

Angela Watson

Angela Watson

Company Secretary, CS Energy

Anthea Gargett

Anthea Gargett

Legal Counsel, Corporate and Compliance and Assistant Company Secretary, Thiess Pty Ltd

Brad Bowes

Brad Bowes

Group Company Secretary, RACQ

Chris Grier

Chris Grier

Vice President, Legal and Risk, Abt Associates

Christine Hayward

Christine Hayward

Chief Financial Officer, Mantle Group Hospitality

Christine Mushaya

Christine Mushaya

Principal Risk, Compliance & Governance, Townsville City Council

Craig Manson

Craig Manson

Interim Chair, Alex Corporation

Damien Donlon

Damien Donlon

Assistant Company Secretary, Volt Corporation Limited

Darryn Hammond

Darryn Hammond

Chief Risk Officer and General Counsel, RACQ

Dhawal Gadani

Dhawal Gadani

Company Secretary, Commonwealth Bank of Australia / Colonial First State

Frances Finucan

Frances Finucan

Company Secretary, Collins Foods Limited

Francesca Dickson

Francesca Dickson

Head of Corporate Governance and Risk, BPAY Group Pty Ltd

GananathaMinithantri

Gananatha Minithantri

Assistant Company Secretary, Perpetual Limited

Georg Chmiel

Georg Chmiel

Executive Chair, iCarAsia Ltd

George Paramanathan

George Paramanathan

Executive Director, ParamCo

George Southgate

George Southgate

General Manager Legal Services & Group Company Secretary, Vita Group Limited

Greg Hanigan

Greg Hanigan

CRO, Tasplan Pty Ltd

Gregory Seeto

Gregory Seeto

Executive - Governance, Integrity & Legal, Life Saving Victoria

Jacqueline Bayles

Jacqueline Bayles

General Counsel and Company Secretary, Herron Todd White

Janelle van de Velde

Janelle van de Velde

Executive Director, Uniting Church in Australia Queensland Synod

Jennifer Cox

Jennifer Cox

APAC and Oceania Entity Compliance and Governance Leader, Ernst and Young

Joanne Khoo

Joanne Khoo

General counsel & company secretary, Cairns Airport

John Bryant

John Bryant

Finance Director, Australian Bay Lobster Producers Limited

John George

John George

Corporate Advisor, Standard Edge Corporate Advisory

Kayla Schembri

Kayla Schembri

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

Kylie Sprott

Kylie Sprott

Non Executive Director | Chief Transformation Officer, QANTM IP Ltd

Leah Fricke

Leah Fricke

Non Executive Director

Leanne Dreves

Leanne Dreves

Chief Financial Officer and Company Secretary, Act for Kids Limited

Luci Badge

Luci Badge

Deputy Company Secretary, AnglicareSA

Malcolm Shroff

Malcolm Shroff

Chief Financial Officer, Essence Group Pty Ltd

Marcin Firek

Marcin Firek

Company Secretary, Woolworths Group Limited

Maria Vesic

Maria Vesic

Company Secretary, Frasers Property Australia

Michael Somes

Michael Somes

General Counsel, Chi-X Australia Pty Ltd

MimaWirakara

Mima Wirakara

Assistant Company Secretary, Macarthur Minerals Limited

Nick Hassett

Nick Hassett

Director, Dynamic Consulting Pty Ltd

Patricia Russell

Patricia Russell

General Counsel, Company Secretary, Business Conduct Representative, Thiess

Penny MacRae

Penny MacRae

Company Secretary, Committee Secretary Board Risk Committee and Executive Risk Committee, National Australia Bank Limited

Robert Bonotto

Robert Bonotto

General Manager Corporate Affairs and Group Company Secretary, Fuji Xerox Australia

Russell Redsell

Russell Redsell

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

Samantha Einhart

Samantha Einhart

Company Secretary, Maurice Blackburn Pty Ltd

Sarah Marshman

Sarah Marshman

Non Executive Director & Vice President, Gymnastics Western Australia

Stephen Kennedy

Stephen Kennedy

Company Secretary & Head of Risk & Compliance, Technology One Limited

Sylvie Dimarco

Sylvie Dimarco

Company Secretary, Perpetual Limited

Tawanda Mutengwa

Tawanda Mutengwa

Company Secretary, SG Fleet Group Limited

Tim Lyons

Tim Lyons

Board and Governance Manager, National Injury Insurance Agency Queensland

Todd Hopwood

Todd Hopwood

Senior Manager Governance and Customer Service, Wollongong City Council

Vicki Coles

Vicki Coles

Manager Risk, Law Mutual

Wendy Shang

Wendy Shang

General Counsel and Assistant Company Secretary, Prime Super

ZohebRazvi

Zoheb Razvi

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 2020 Announced

The date which the finalists for Governance Top 100 for 2020 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 2020 will receive an award and a prize which is a complimentary ticket to the Governance Institute of Australia's National Conference to be held on 7 and 8 December 2020.

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