Securing Great Directors, Joining Great Boards (Panel Discussion)

Better Boards is pleased to present "Securing Great Directors, Joining Great Boards (Panel Discussion)" in partnership with Alicia Curtis (Panel Moderator), Founder @ Alyceum.

Is your board seeking new directors or are you a prospective director who is thinking of making the move from executive to a board?

Join our expert panellists for a session where they will discuss considerations applicable to both prospective directors and existing board members looking to recruit new directors.

This panel will give both groups a deeper understanding of what the other is looking for and how they can both create value for organisations.

Key discussions in this panel include:

  • How to prepare for and find your first board role.

Board members will gain an appreciation of what prospective directors are looking for and hear tips to ensure they can attract great board talent. Prospective Directors will gain an understanding of what boards are looking for and insights on how to find and secure a board role.

  • Why the first 90 days are critical for both boards and their new directors.

The first 90 days of a new director's appointment is an important time for both the new director and the board. Discover how you can ensure that the new director will drive real value for the board. Prospective directors will gain an understanding of how they can ensure they can contribute effectively to the board as soon as possible.

  • How to bring greater diversity to your board and the value this creates.

Discover how looking outside of the stereotypical pool of board directors and bringing diversity to your boardroom drives value for the organisation and how diversity in the boardroom benefits both future directors and the boards they join.

Join Alicia, Hilary, Lisa and Paul to gain insights on what boards can do to improve their chances of securing great directors, and prospective directors will gain valuable insights to help land their first board role.


Alicia Curtis – Founder @ Alyceum (Panel Moderator)

Alicia is one of Western Australia’s most inspiring social and business entrepreneurs as an award winning speaker, leadership facilitator and community change maker. She is passionately driven by her purpose to ignite leaders to transform the world for the better. Her leadership programs have always been at the cutting edge of increasing diversity in leadership including her online course - Greater Good Collective, the Engaging Young Leaders on Aged Care and Community Boards program with Southcare, Young Women’s Leadership Programs with the Muslim Women’s Support Centre, Aboriginal Leadership Programs with high schools as well as speaking at a range of conferences over the last 19 years. In 2016, Alicia co-authored the book, Difference Makers: A Leader's Guide to Championing Diversity on Boards. In 2014, she co-founded 100 Women, a collective giving circle which inspires everyday people to become powerful philanthropists. Over that time, 100 Women has granted nearly $840,000 and impacted over 10,500 women and girls in over six different countries. Alicia is also the Patron of Girl Guides WA, an organisation which empowers young girls and women to discover their potential as leaders of their world. Alicia is also mum to two energetic kids! She loves dancing, theatre, travel and reading books.

Paul Smith - Founder @ Future Directors Institute (FDI)

FDI is on a mission to create board directors who are fit for their future, and the world’s. Over the past 7 years, Paul and his team have equipped and connected thousands of diverse directors of all stripes, not just pinstripes. Paul believes that the best directors are students and FDI’s unique learning-based community platform is disrupting the way directors learn, connect and grow - from the beginning of their board journey to the end. Paul has been described as a ‘boardroom futurist’ and one of the leading global thinkers on the where next of board governance. He speaks around the world on the themes of board diversity, inclusive decision-making and the role of ‘Future Director’. He is an award-winning author with his first book Right Seat Right Table and is currently working on his second, Leave your ego at the door: a guide to impact & influence inside the boardroom. For over 10 years, Paul has served as Chair and NED on a number of boards in Australia and Europe.

Lisa Cook - Managing Director @ Get on Board Australia

Lisa Cook is the Founder and Managing Director of Get on Board Australia, supporting aspiring, new and existing board members and boards to thrive. She has twelve years of experience serving on boards from a range of organisations in the private, public, and not-for-profit sectors in Adelaide, Sydney, and across Australia, including Shooting Australia, Inclusive Sport SA, West Beach Community Bendigo Bank, and Western Business Leaders. Along with writing and commenting regularly on governance, board members, and boards, Lisa hosts the Board Shorts Podcast; sharing insights, lessons, and advice from her experience in the boardroom and from subject matter experts across the world. Lisa holds a degree from Charles Sturt University in business management and marketing, has completed the Foundations of Directorship program through AICD, and is currently studying a Master of Business Law at the University of Adelaide

Hilary Callaghan - Chair @ Disability Justice Australia

Hilary is passionate about driving systemic change for vulnerable people, they believe the key to this is having vibrant, representative boards with lived experience. Hilary is a queer, disabled woman living with chronic illnesses and caring responsibilities. While still early in her board career she was recently voted in to chair the board of disability advocacy organisation Disability Justice Australia and has recently joined the nomination committee for YWCA Australia. Day to day she works for Australian technology company Canva. Hilary lives on the land of the Cammeraygal People of the Eora nation.


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