What's next for boards to consider in the ongoing COVID pandemic
Directors have a responsibility for the health of their people, the continuity of service to their clients and customers, and to the health of their business.
What can boards reasonably expect of their employees? Can employers mandate vaccinations? What role can business play to get people back and ensure business continuity?
Join Claire and guest panelists as we discuss what's next for boards to consider in the ongoing COVID pandemic.
Michele Adair - Chief Executive Officer, The Housing Trust
Chair of the peak body for community housing in the state, Community Housing Industry Association (CHIA)
Michele was appointed CEO of The Housing Trust in July 2017. The company, based in Wollongong, builds and manages affordable homes for people on very low to moderate incomes. They currently have 1,100 and plan to double the portfolio in 5 years. She has 45 staff, revenue of $18m and there’s $142m in net assets on the balance sheet.
Michele is an experienced company director and on the board of Local Government Super and Learning Links. She has Master’s degrees in Management and in Public Advocacy & Action, and she’s a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Greg Keith - Cheif Executive Officer, GrantThornton Australia Limited
Greg has led the firm as CEO for the last 6 years, having been a partner in the Restructuring team since 1996 in Melbourne, Sydney and Hong Kong. Greg has always been outspoken in support of diversity and inclusion, which led to him being recognised in him winning the Restructuring Industry Champion of Change award.
During his tenure as CEO the number of women partners has almost tripled, we now have three highly skilled women NEDs including our Chair, we introduced market leading 26 week paid parental leave and family friendly “GT Flex Appeal” in 2016, half of our Managers and Directors (our future leaders) are women, since his appointment Greg has undertaken Gender Pay Gap analysis, we are currently seeking accreditation for Family Friendly Workplaces, we are introducing Circle In to support our people and we are creating a Gender Equity Action Plan.
Moving forward Greg is committed to the development of a diverse pipeline of talented leaders, creating an inclusive culture and ensuring every person is appreciated for their unique strengths and can reach their full potential.
Dr Ian Norton - Founder & Managing Director, Respond Global
Dr Ian Norton, founder and Managing Director of Respond Global, is a specialist emergency physician and passionate humanitarian with a wealth of experience in coordinating emergency health responses to disease outbreaks and disasters.
Ian was head of the WHO’s Emergency Medical Team (EMT) Initiative in Geneva from 2014-20. During this time, he led responses to Ebola, Diphtheria and Measles outbreaks as well as to earthquakes, cyclones, and war zones.
Previous to the WHO, Ian led the creation of disaster response teams in Australia and was the Director of Disaster Preparedness and Response at the National Critical Care & Trauma Response Centre (NCCTRC) in Darwin. Ian established the Australian Medical Assistance Teams (AUSMAT) framework and designed the field hospitals that are today used for international disaster and infectious disease responses.
Ian established Respond Global in early 2020 with the aim of empowering others to be able to plan, prepare and respond to health emergencies in their own countries. He and his team are currently assisting numerous organisations during the COVID pandemic, providing strategic and practical operational support about how to be COVID-Safe now and into the future.
MC - Claire Braund
Non-Executive Director, WOB Pty Ltd (appointed April 2006)
Executive Director, Women on Boards Australia (appointed February 2018)
Deputy President & Building Committee Chair, Central Coast Conservatorium of Music
Non-Executive Director, Coast Shelter Emergency Accommodation Ltd
Claire is a former journalist and public relations manager who used her high level advocacy skills to co-found Women on Boards in Australia. She is a highly respected speaker on gender balance and related business issues, Claire an informed and entertaining presenter, a renowned networker and skilled at building relationships for common benefit. She became a Churchill Fellow in 2011 for her research into the effect of gender quotas on public listed company boards in Norway, the UK and France which led to the establishment of Women on Boards in the UK in 2012. Claire is a director of the Central Coast Conservatorium (of Music), a past director of the Foundation for Australian Agricultural Women and The Women's Club and a graduate of the Benevolent Society’s Sydney Social Leadership Program.
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