The theme for the 2019 FEAL Forum was ‘Organisational Health: How to maintain a healthy organisation amidst change and growth’.
At the Fund Executive Forum dinner on Wednesday 6 March we were delighted to have Dianne McGrath as our guest speaker.
Dianne is one of seven Australians shortlisted Mars One astronaut candidates in the remaining Mars 100. She is also one of Australia’s most highly regarded experts on sustainability. She is a Masters program lecturer, PhD researcher, biohacker, blogger, experimenter and director. Dianne has a special interest in sustainable food systems, something that will be critical in a completely new environment for human habitation.
We were pleased to have Matthew Tottenham KPMG, Risk Strategy and Technology as our keynote speaker at the Fund Executive Forum on Thursday 7 March.
Prior to joining KPMG, Matt has had 25 years of strategic change experience in both industry and management consulting. He specialises in Risk Transformation and Investment Banking, overseeing change projects in New York, London, Hong Kong, Singapore and Sydney.
Matt’s most recent experience was as lead Principal for the APRA Prudential Inquiry into CBA, where he led the consulting team advising and supporting APRA (previous employer).
There was a panel discussion on the challenges of maintaining a healthy organisation for large and fast growing operations with Debby Blakey, CEO, HESTA, Lorraine Berends, Non-Executive Director and Kate Mason, Group Director, People and Culture, Coca-Cola Amatil.
In the afternoon there was a Q and A on ‘Lessons learnt from a crisis – how to maintain a healthy team during and after a crisis‘ with Harry Moore, CFSGAM and Dr Simon Longstaff AO, Executive Director, The Ethics Centre.
Simon commenced his work as the first Executive Director of The Ethics Centre in 1991. Simon is a Fellow of CPA Australia and in June 2016, was appointed an Honorary Professor at the Australian National University – based at the National Centre for Indigenous Studies. Formerly serving as the inaugural President of The Australian Association for Professional & Applied Ethics, Simon serves on a number of boards and committees across a broad spectrum of activities.
He was formerly a Fellow of the World Economic Forum. In 2013, Dr Longstaff was made an officer of the Order of Australia (AO) for “distinguished service to the community through the promotion of ethical standards in governance and business, to improving corporate responsibility, and to philosophy.
We also heard from Geoff Martin, Associate Professor of Strategy, Melbourne Business School and Katherine Teh, Managing Director and Founder of Futureye.
Geoff spoke on ‘The risks of an unhealthy organisation‘.
Geoff joined Melbourne Business School in 2012. As a strategy consultant and charted accountant, Geoff is actively involved in advising and consulting to Boards and Senior Management of numerous private and public institutions, in Australia and internationally, on issues ranging from strategic decision making, executive compensation, finance, risk and corporate governance.
Katherine spoke on ‘How to retain a social Licence to operate amidst increasing regulatory and technological challenges‘.
Katherine Teh, former journalist and public policy specialist, is the founder of Futureye, leading social licence consultancy. Futureye provides innovative solutions for the development and management of public policy, risk communication, and strategic planning through the identification and management of ‘outrage’ – the underlying psychological factors that people use to build an intuitive sense of ‘risk’.
Futureye assists national and international organisations manage their internal culture, building capacity to competently handle the challenges of reputation in a fast-changing world where community expectations, rather than technical risks, play an ever more potent role in political and regulatory risk.