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Corporate Directors Colloquium

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As the world becomes more volatile, uncertain and complex, the role of Directors of large organisations has never been more challenging or more important. The Australian Graduate School of Management (AGSM) sponsored by King & Wood Mallesons and the Business Council of Australia, is launching the Corporate Directors Colloquium in 2019.

Program participation is carefully curated through an application process to ensure that a cohort of experienced Directors learn together, build a strong network and discuss real challenges in confidence.

What you'll learn

The Program will focus on:

  • Providing an immersive environment for Directors to tackle some of Australis’s most significant challenges in the Boardroom
  • Presenting cases for review from some of Australia’s most significant corporate boardroom challenges
  • Understanding how to remain up to date within the broader contextual environment
  • How to withstand pressure to make short term decisions
  • How to manage the tension between individual accountability and collective decision making
  • How to maintain reputation in the public domain while under constant scrutiny
  • How to address the lack of diversity in thinking
  • Effective crisis management
  • Challenging the respective roles of Boards and management, and establishing productive and constructive engagement and ways of working together
  • Challenging and refining the Board's legal and regulatory context and remit
  • Creating an environment in which management and boards can engage for mutual success
  • Ensuring the simultaneous delivery of sustainable shareholder and customer value
  • Building an open and transparent organisational culture that is positive, values driven and retains the best and brightest management talent
  • Best practice governance
  • Organisational performance and strategy development and execution
  • Digital disruption and the implications, investment and decision making, for business and operating models
  • Resolving remuneration challenges to ensure the attraction and retention of senior management (pay for performance)
  • Managing the risk of becoming “stuck in the weeds” of operations
  • Working through opportunities for growth
  • Reputation and brand management; the role of the Board in communications and shareholder relations

How you'll learn

Through a blend of facilitated discussions, local, relevant and current case studies and experiential activities, such as scenario modelling, you will complete the program equipped with the insights, practical tools and frameworks ready for immediate use in your role as a Director of a large organisation.

You will hear the personal experiences of senior industry leaders who have witnessed and managed crises and realised opportunities first hand. Your program journey will be managed by the Program Director who will ensure that your personal objectives are achieved and who will remain on-hand throughout the program.


The role of the Board and effective discharge of its responsibilities

  • Activist shareholders and proxy advisers
  • Driving sustainable and value-led executive performance
  • Balancing a focus on opportunity and not mitigating risk alone
  • Remuneration design to attract and retain senior management
  • Meeting and managing stakeholder expectations
  • Employee value proposition, organisational culture and integrity
  • Crisis management and dealing with rapidly changing contexts
  • The role of the Board and its Directors in 2030
  • Successfully dealing with external advisors

Risk, regulation and the legal environment

  • Risk management
  • Regulatory compliance
  • Duties and liabilities of directors and immunity from prosecution
  • Financial reporting issues and challenges; knowing how and when to ask the important questions
  • Information flow and Board reporting – understanding lead and lag indicator and setting the appropriate ‘watchtowers’
  • Reputation and brand management; effective stakeholder communications

Strategy and decision making

  • Effective collective decision making; balancing constructive debate and challenge with decision making
  • Finding the line between growth strategy for the long term and immediate priorities to deliver shareholder value
  • Digital disruption and emerging technology, how to engage and support management to take sustainable investment decisions
  • Learning how to know ‘just enough’ technical expertise to ask informed questions without requiring deep subject matter expertise
  • Broader conceptualisations of sustainability
  • Board succession planning

Who should attend

This program has been developed by the AGSM specifically to build the expertise of:

  • Current board members of public companies
  • Current board members of public sector and state-owned corporations
  • Directors from regional organisations currently or seeking to do business in Australia


An accomplished strategist, with years of commercial and business experience, Jeffrey works with organisations to improve customer experience and increase revenue growth by transforming the way they do business. He is a thought leader on innovation and collaboration, and his work is being applie...
Professor Pamela Hanrahan is Professor of Commercial Law and Regulation. She is one of Australia's leading authorities on financial services law and regulation. In addition to her academic career at the UNSW Business School and, previously, the Melbourne Law School and as a Visitor at the Centre ...
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