Meet the line-up of renowned governance experts
Meet the experts who make up the panels for BoardPro's webinar programme. Each are thought leaders, innovators, and trailblazers in their categories, and eager to share their insights with you. Engage in compelling discussions, gain fresh perspectives, and learn about the latest governance trends and solutions.
Steven Bowman is Managing Director of Conscious Governance and brings a great depth of experience with board reviews and strategic planning. Steven has a wealth of executive and governance experience and has written over 14 books on governance and strategy.
Graeme Nahkies co-founded BoardWorks in 1997, Australasia's first specialist governance consultancy. Since then the company has worked with over 600 clients across all sectors. Graeme came from a series of senior roles in local and central government. He is now BoardWorks Practice Leader ensuring BoardWorks stays at the forefront of contemporary practice.
Lisa Cook is the Founder and Managing Director of Get on Board Australia, supporting aspiring, new and existing board members and boards to thrive. She has thirteen years of experience serving on boards from a range of organisations in the private, public, and not for profit sectors in Adelaide, Sydney, and across Australia, including Shooting Australia, Inclusive Sport SA, West Beach Community Bendigo Bank, and Australian College of Professionals.
Leaning on 20 years of international governance and board appointment experience, Simon Telfer offers practical, real world governance advice. He has served on multiple privately owned business boards across sectors including construction, hospitality, software, digital and pharmaceutical. Simon is founder of the 18,000+ member Appoint Better Boards community and has made over 180 board appointments via Stimulus Consulting.
Chris Mene our guest presenter today brings over 25 years’ experience as a board member, chair, independent facilitator, and engagement practitioner. Chris is a director of Mene Solutions and has held governance roles across governmental, commercial, not-for profit and philanthropic sectors. Chris is a member of the New Zealand Institute of Directors and a Licensed Trainer for the International Association for Public Participation Australasia.
Brett Herkt is CEO and Cofounder of BoardPro. Brett is a serial entrepreneur, building several high growth businesses over the last 20 years. He's created $10M exit value in an ICT business, persevered through to a modest exit on his first startup and carried the lessons into BoardPro's burgeoning success. Brett brings tenacity, a strategic mindset, strong generalist business skills and enduring curiosity to the table.
Giselle McLachlan ChFInstD
Giselle McLachlan is a governance specialist, with an eye on the strategic horizon as well as on the ground just ahead. Giselle is all about down to earth governance and business advice, and thrives on building sustainable businesses alongside healthy leaders and lives..
Lynda Carroll is CEO of Align Group. Lynda has over 20 years’ governance experience combined with over 30 years’ experience working with Boards, CEOs and senior managers aligning strategy, governance, culture and performance. Lynda’s experience spans the wider state sector and not-for-profit sector boards and she is also an accredited Foresight Practitioner through the Institute fo.r the Future, California, USA
Kerryn Newton is the CEO of Directors Australia, a national board consulting and non-executive director recruitment firm. In this capacity, Kerryn advises a wide range of businesses on how to improve board and organisational performance through strategy, board structures, board composition, risk and governance systems and practices.
Debra Hall is an independent director, an angel investor, and a mentor of entrepreneurs. A successfully exited business founder herself, she now applies her strategic insights to guiding companies to build effective governance, that supports future success.
Jen Butler of Absolute Gems is a professional board secretary in both the public and private sectors. Working across a variety of industries, business types and organisations of all sizes, Jen brings a fresh and collaborative approach to governance organisation, planning and administration.
Paul has been described as a ‘boardroom futurist’ and one of the leading thinkers on the where next for board governance. He speaks around the world on the themes of board diversity, inclusive decision-making and the concept and role of the ‘Future Director’.
Sonya Beyers is Director of Governance by Design, a leading consultancy and advisory firm guiding boards to evaluate the governance, processes and legal frameworks in their organisation, redefine the director-board relationship and foster leadership from the boardroom.
Dauniika Puklowski is an experienced and award-winning Company Secretary with experience in legal, health, and financial services. Dauniika is a Chartered Member of the Institute of Directors and sits on the Board of Takapuna School and is the founder and Director of Board Administration Services.
Dr Susan Mravlek
Dr Susan Mravlek is a Principal in Insync's Board Advisory Practice, whose career objective is to help boards and top teams realise their organisational aspirations. Susan's expertise is in deep qualitative research that gets to the heart of what destabilises board/organisational culture.
Lloyd Mander MBA CMInstD
Lloyd Mander leads DOT Scorecard, a consultancy that works with boards, executive teams and other decision-making groups to understand potential for wide-ranging diversity of thought and develop the decision-making culture that is required to realise diverse thinking
Jo Kelly is a highly experienced Company Secretary who has worked across a range of industries including private companies, publicly listed companies, public-sector, not-for-profits, and several of New Zealand’s largest major sporting events. Jo is also a Director of University and Tertiary Sport New Zealand (UTSNZ).