Business Sydney

PROFessor FRED HILMER AO Inside the Boardroom: Rethinking Corporate Governance


Tuesday, 10 October 2023

5:30 pm to 7:30 pm



MinterEllison offices



Business Sydney Members & Guests

At this reception, Professor Hilmer AO discussed his views regarding the pinch-points of corporate governance and how best to navigate towards better practices and solutions to improve productivity and outcomes in the corporate sector. He also highlighted some best practice methods found in his best-selling book What’s Wrong with Boards: Rethinking Corporate Governance.

Joining Professor Hilmer for an insightful Q&A discussion was professional company director and chairman Graham Bradley AM, and Pauline Vamos, Non-Executive Director and Chair of the Governance Institute of Australia facilitated the Q&A. 


Professor Fred Hilmer was Vice-Chancellor and President of the University of New South Wales from 2006 - 2015. Prior to taking up this position, he was Chief Executive Officer of John Fairfax Holdings Limited from 1998 – 2005. Professor Hilmer was appointed an Officer of the Order of Australia in 1998 for his service to management education, competition policy, and workplace reform.

Fred has served as Director, TNT, Coca-Cola Amatil, Macquarie Bank, Chair of Pacific Power and Deputy Chair of Fosters Brewing Group and Westfield Holdings and related companies.

Professor Hilmer has written extensively on strategy, organisation and economic reform and is the author of a number of books, including: When The Luck Runs Out, New Games/New Rules, co-authored Strictly Boardroom, Working Relations and Management Redeemed, and, most recently, The Fairfax Experience — What The Management Texts Didn’t Teach Me.

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Chair, Governance Institute of Australia

Pauline is a non-executive director of Mercer Superannuation Australia Limited and Chief Executive Women and is the Chair of Interaction Disability Services and K2fly limited. Pauline is also the President and Chair of Governance Institute of Australia and a member of the International Council of The Chartered Governance Institute.  

Pauline is recognised as an expert in broad financial services, governance, risk management and public policy.

She has over 30 years’ experience in the financial services industry, including as a senior regulator with ASIC, various directorships on listed and fiduciary entities, CEO positions and as an international adviser on pensions governance. 


Graham Bradley AM

Professional Company Director and Chairman

Graham Bradley is a professional company director and is currently Chairman of United Malt Group, Infrastructure NSW, Shine Justice, Virgin Australia International Holdings and Waveconn Group Holdings. He is a director of Tennis Australia and chairs Ensemble Theatre and O’Connell Street Associates.

Graham was Managing Director of Perpetual Limited from 1995–2003. 

Prior to joining Perpetual, Graham was National Managing Partner of national law firm, Blake Dawson (now Ashurst).  Before this, Graham was a partner of McKinsey & Company.

Graham was President of the Business Council of Australia from 2009–2011 and Deputy President of the Takeovers Panel.  Graham also devotes time to a range of non-profit organisations, including the State Library of NSW Foundation and the Ensemble Theatre.

Graham was made a member of the Order of Australia in 2009 in recognition of his contribution to business, medical research and the arts.  He was Australian Institute of Company Directors Distinguished Fellow for 2012.   Graham has been a member of the AICD Corporate Governance Committee since 2005 and has presented the AICD’s annual Essential Director address for the past four years.  



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