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COVID-19 has triggered an economic crisis and unexpected disruptions to the way we live and work, creating new challenges and opportunities for board leadership.

The topics below, tailored to support non-executive directors, will help you explore the new reality to stimulate debate and thinking about recovery and what post-recovery might look like for boards.

Will we go back to business as usual? Or will we see behavioural changes borne out of crisis become central to the new normal?

For further insights visit the Board Leadership Centre or contact our team.

In conversation with Dr Ken Henry

4 December 2020

In this session Dr Ken Henry, a leading economist and Non-Executive Director, reflects on what has been a remarkable year and shares his thoughts on the path through recovery and the economic, social and environmental challenges we must tackle to shore up our nation’s future prosperity.

Ken discussed where we should focus our efforts as we turn the corner to 2021 and how we might use the lessons and experience of the crisis to re-set and start building towards a more inclusive, resilient and sustainable future.

Protecting consumer and business rights

20 November 2020

Australian businesses have been rocked by the ongoing pandemic, with its lasting impact still to be felt. Since March, concerns have been raised around pricing, supply chain, competition laws and consumer protection. As we move towards a COVID-normal, these issues will continue to be pressure points for businesses, consumers and policy-makers.

In this session Rod Sims, Chairman of of the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) discuss' the approach taken by the Commission in early response to COVID-19, how business and regulators have engaged throughout the pandemic (balancing intervention with support), and the reform agenda as industry and markets rebuild from the crisis.

Hacking the Boardroom

30 October 2020

In this session moderated by Matt O’Keefe, KPMG ASPAC Cyber Leader together with Karl Hanmore, First Assistant Director-General Cyber Security Services, ACSC, Kate Marshall, KPMG Head of Legal and Gordon Archibald, KPMG Australia National Cyber Lead, discuss the role of boards in cyber security.

The cyber threat to Australia escalated in 2020 and in response to this, the Federal Government announced in June that it will make the nation’s largest ever investment in cyber security, over $1.7 billion over the next decade. Government and regulators have made it clear that business has an important role and responsibility to play in preventing and responding to increased cyber threats.

In this heightened risk environment, boards cannot afford to make assumptions about the adequacy of an organisation’s cyber controls. In execution of their duties, boards must demonstrate visible oversight of cyber risk and controls, which we explore further in this session.

NOW of Work - The questions boards should be asking

13 October 2020

Dom Price, keynote speaker and resident work futurist at Atlassian, discusses the key questions non-executive directors should be asking when tackling the issue of work during and post-pandemic.

Dom explored how the current landscape opens up opportunities to embrace new ideas and challenge the status quo, whilst overcoming remote teaming, zoom fatigue and technological failures. He shared his personal experiences and insights for non-executive directors to consider as they reflect on their approach to the modern remote workforce and answers the burning questions on how to navigate the future ‘new normal’.

Corporate Culture: Are we doing enough?

25 September 2020

Gordon Cairns, Chairman of Woolworths Group and Origin Energy and a director of Macquarie Group and Macquarie Bank and Sally Calder, Partner in KPMG’s People and Change practice, who specialises in organisational culture explore the current and evolving issue of corporate culture.

Boards are on notice that they must elevate questions of corporate culture and conduct as part of their oversight role. Gordon and Sally explore the complexity and delicate balancing act facing boards.

They draw on case studies and personal experience to offer up some practical measures for non-executive directors to consider as they reflect on their approach.

Executive remuneration webinar

11 September 2020

In this session Ben Travers, Alice Bungey and Andrew Holland discussed executive remuneration and the challenges boards are faced with in the post COVID-19 reality. The following topics are covered:

  • Key themes and insights from the current reporting season, including impacts to executive fixed pay and FY20 incentive outcomes.
  • Key issues for boards in preparation for AGM season, including approaches to external stakeholder engagement in light of proxy adviser and investor 'hot spots', and issues impacting the notice of AGM.
  • Emerging trends in respect of FY21 incentives, including approaches to scorecards and target setting, as well as retention arrangements.
  • Whether COVID-19 will fundamentally change the executive remuneration landscape and lens through which boards make their decisions longer term.

If you have any questions regarding the content of our webinars and would like speak to someone from our team please contact us.


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