Seminar helps directors hone productivity

The Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD) is offering senior business leaders in the Illawarra an opportunity to learn how to improve and measure board productivity.

The lesson will take place in an evening seminar, part of the institute’s Directors Briefing series, in Wollongong on April 8.

The last briefing, held on November 19 at Wollongong City Gallery, discussed digital strategy and social media in the boardroom. It was sponsored by KPMG, Kells and Wollongong City Council.

The speakers were Internetrix managing director Daniel Rowan, AICD member and marketing services general manager Iggy Pintado, and Immediate Solutions chief executive officer Rosemary Sinclair.

KPMG Wollongong partner Warwick Shanks said their presentations were followed by a panel-led group discussion to identify and discuss issues and opportunities.

The April8 seminar and ongoing Directors Briefings are part of a commitment by AICD to offer development programs for professional directors in regional growth areas.

Next month’s forum will provide directors with new methods for increasing board effectiveness and productivity.

Key speakers are Peoplecare Health Insurance chief executive officer Michael Bassingthwaighte and Streamwise Learning managing director Dr Melinda Muth.

AICD NSW state manager Karen Rennie said the organisation was keen to keep running activities and events in Wollongong.

‘‘We recognise that company directors aren’t just located in Australia’s capital cities and it’s important that regional business leaders have the opportunity to attend the same programs without travelling long distances,’’ she said.

‘‘Strengthening the skills of community leaders is essential to long-term economic prosperity for the area.’’

Ms Rennie said the Directors Briefing in April would be attended by industry leaders from the public, private and non-profit sector. 

A company directors’ course will be held in late May in Wollongong, where they can discuss current issues affecting governance and directorship.

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