Testimonials for the INSEAD IDP

Mary Sue Rogers 

Mary Sue is a non-executive director of Women on Boards Australia and the HR committee of the board for Save the Children Australia.  In addition to her board work, Mary Sue runs a business consultancy that focuses on focus on business transformation, governance, organisation design and M&A.  She is an advisor to several organisations across Asia in the area of HR and Talent Management services and technology.
Mary Sue has extensive global professional services experience having been a Managing Director at Talent2 leading their HR Managed Services line of business and at IBM and PwC where she was responsible for the HR portion of the Business Process Outsourcing (BPO)business unit that was circa 7000 staff worldwide.

In addition to her professional work, Mary Sue is involved in several NFP with a particular focus on organisations that support women and children.  She attended INSEAD’s IDP (International Directors Program) and became certified in 2016. She is a member of AICD.  
Spare time is travelling to places that offer great scuba diving, and she has been fortunate to obtain an advisory role for a recently merged leisure business that focuses on water sports, including diving.  Mary Sue has her blog at SaveHR and is a guest writer for several organisations including SSON (Shared Services Outsourcing Network).

Why did you take the INSEAD IDP?  

When I was looking for programmes that would help me shift from an Executive to a Non-Executive I considered several in Asia and Europe.  I picked INSEAD based on reviews and feedback from previous students, the calibre of the professors, the external speakers and maybe most importantly the types of individuals who attended IDP.  It was a very international group which is what I wanted.  There were 30 people in my graduation class and they came from over 20 countries.  The different country insights have been very valuable.

How has IDP benefited you?

First the learning – I think the programme is excellent for someone who intends to move from being an Executive with day to day responsibilities to a Non-executive where you need to take an entirely different approach and style to lead and govern.  Second is the network – I met some amazing people on the course and since graduation through the Alumni – and it is a network that is available to give advice, coaching or even great tips on holiday locations.

Would you recommend the programme to others?” 

Definitely yes.  Perfect for learning, building a network, critical thinking and the alumni program allows you to continue what you started. 

Read a full interview with Mary Sue on the INSEAD website.

Helen Gillies

Helen is a non executive director of the Monadelphous Group Limited, an ASX 200 engineering and maintenance provider.  She is also a non executive director of the Red Flag Group, a global integrity and risk service provider, headquartered in Hong Kong. She is currently the Australia and New Zealand Ambassador for the International Directors Programme at Insead, and is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Helen has undergraduate degrees in Commerce, in Law (Hons), a Master of Business Administration and a Masters of Construction Law.  She has also completed the Advanced Management Program at Insead and the International Directors Program at Insead, France. 
Helen won the Australian Corporate Lawyers Association award as In-House Lawyer of the Year (Corporate) in 2008.  In 2012, she was named as one of Australia’s Most Influential Women in the Board and Management category in the Australian Financial Review’s inaugural awards.  

Helen was appointed as a non executive director of the Civil Aviation Safety Authority (“CASA”) in July 2009 and served as a director until June 30, 2014.  CASA is Australia’s air safety regulator.  She was also a director of Sinclair Knight Merz Management (“SKM”) a global engineering consultancy with a turnover of over $1.3Billion, operating in over 40 countries from 2002 to 2008 and again from 2010 until the sale to the Jacobs group in 2013.

Why did you take the Insead IDP?  

I was fortunate that my employer, Sinclair Knight Merz, decided to sponsor me for this course.  Having already attended Insead for the Advanced Management Program I was just delighted to have the opportunity to attend this fantastic school again.  It is an outstanding experience attending Insead, for the world leading calibre of the teaching staff, and the opportunity to mingle and share ideas with truly global class mates.  Under the stewardship of Ludo Van Der Heyden and Tim Rowley, we had a fantastic opportunity to immerse ourselves in the leading edge of corporate governance thinking.

How has IDP C benefited you?

It is important, I think to complete the certification element of the course.  This gives you the opportunity to illustrate your understanding of corporate governance, in a real life example.  Once this is completed, you have great global access to colleagues and also the opportunity to attend monthly teleconferences, where global governance challenges are discussed.  You also have the opportunity to build great networks with other colleagues in your region.

Why would you recommend to others?

We spend most of our lives focussed on investing in our workplaces and in other parts of our lives, but we rarely focus on investing in ourselves.  From time to time it is important to remember that we need to do this.  Attending a fantastic school like Insead, with leading edge facility members and great global colleagues is a terrific opportunity to truly expand your horizons and I thoroughly recommend it to anyone.  I would be happy to answer any queries on this.

Denise North

Denise North is a business leader with three decades of experience understanding companies from the top down and the ground up. Across multiple sectors and industries, she has held board appointments, founded companies and led others as chief executive, and is an executive coach and strategic consultant.
Denise is currently Chair of Streetwize Communications Limited, President of the INSEAD Alumni Association for Australia and New Zealand, a member of the External Advisory Committee for the Department of Government and International Relations at the University of Sydney and Managing Director of Denise North Consulting Pty Limited.
Denise was previously an independent director (Commissioner) of the Australian Fisheries Management Authority and Chair of the AFMA Audit & Risk Committee, and Chair of the Council of International House at the University of Sydney.

Denise holds a BEc (Hons) from the University of Sydney, an EMBA from the AGSM and the IDP-C from INSEAD. She is a member of The Ethics Centre and an Honorary Fellow of the University of Sydney.

Why did I take the INSEAD IDP Program?

I’m a compulsive learner – I had planned with the Board my departure from a CEO role and was ready to accelerate my transition to a portfolio career. I had completed the CDC and Mastering the Boardroom with the AICD, and after a gruelling 18 months without a proper break, I was looking to combine study with travel. I typed “International Directors Program” into a search engine, and INSEAD came up first. I have no idea what came  second. 

How has being an IDP-C benefitted you?

Not everyone in this part of the world immediately knows what the letters mean – but they generate a great deal of interest, and the questions people ask give me the opportunity to talk about INSEAD and the program. I use the post-nominals all the time. Being an IDP-C has also given me entry to the INSEA Alumni community – one of the most wonderful there is, and more recently the privilege of holding office with the Alumni Association.

Why would you recommend to others?

There is a wide range of board related courses, workshops, events and programs – some great ones are offered by WOB – and they all have their place. The IDP is offered by one of the world’s leading business schools and so when you are looking at decision science you know that the session is built on leading edge academic research. Secondly, the composition of the people you study with is unparalleled. My cohort of just over 40 – 25% women – had participants from 5 continents.