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BioBusiness Insights: Fundamentals of Corporate Governance

October 13, 2020 @ 9:00 am - 11:00 am AEDT

This is Session 1 in the BioBusiness Insights: Fundamentals of Corporate Governance series. Find out more about Session 2 and Session 3, and select a Full Series ticket below for a discounted rate. 

  • Are you an executive with strategic intent to develop, or re-structure, an effective and functional Board for your organisation?
  • Are you seeking to deepen your knowledge and understanding of corporate governance processes?
  • Are you considering your own personal pursuit towards directorship?

BioMelbourne Network’s Fundamentals of Corporate Governance program will provide early-stage companies, and career professionals on their path to directorship, with important insights on best practice for developing, managing, and maintaining Board efficiency.

The program, delivered across three unique workshops, will explore the role of the Board; practical strategies and ethical considerations for structuring and improving a Board; the importance of culture in achieving strong governance; key drivers for functional efficacy and; areas of risk and complexity that exist in corporate frameworks.

Informative presentations will be delivered, as well as case studies from industry executives, providing a unique opportunity to hear from leading industry experts and learn from the successes and challenges of others.

Session 1: Fundamentals of Corporate Governance will cover:

1.1. The Role of the Board – Jo Avasti, EY

  • Duties and responsibilities

1.2. Thinking Like a Director – John Harte, Integrity Governance

  • Governance processes and stakeholder relationships
  • Board alternatives: exploring the options

1.3. Hot Topics in Corporate Governance – Hannah Biggins, Allens

  • Regulatory focus on governance flowing from the Financial Services Royal Commission (including current guidance from the ASIC Corporate Governance Taskforce):
    • Oversight and management of non-financial risk
    • Variable executive remuneration practices
    • Corporate culture
  • Climate change disclosures

1.4. Panel discussion and Q&A

Event details for Session 1

Date: Tuesday 13 October 2020
Time: 9:00 – 11:00 am AEDT
Tickets: Single session: BioMelbourne Network and Life Sciences Queensland* Members AUD$35; Non-members AUD$45
Full series (three sessions): BioMelbourne Network and Life Sciences Queensland* Members AUD$75; Non-members AUD$105
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Jo Avasti, Partner, People Advisory Services, EY
John Harte, Managing Partner, Integrity Governance
Hannah Biggins, Managing Associate, Allens
Read more about our speakers below.

Thanks to our Sponsor for this series, the State Government of Victoria.

*We are pleased to offer Life Sciences Queensland (LSQ) Members a discounted ticket price for this event. Please select “LSQ Member” ticket options below, and when prompted to select your Member Organisation, please select “Non-Member”. 

Life Sciences Queensland

Cancellation Policy: 
Full refund given up to 3 days prior to the event.
No refunds within 3 days of the event.

Jo Avasti, Partner, People Advisory Services, EY

Joanne is a Partner in EY’s People Advisory Services practice in Australia and leads our Executive Remuneration practice in Oceania.
Her areas of expertise include developing remuneration strategy aligned to corporate performance, effective stakeholder engagement and governance.
Joanne works with Board Remuneration Committees and executive teams of large national and international organisations, predominantly ASX 100. Prior to moving to Australia in 2004, Joanne worked in the UK, advising FTSE100 companies.
Joanne holds both a Bachelor of Science majoring in business and law, as well as a Master of Science (Research) in law from Aston University (UK). She is a member of the Chartered Institute of Taxation (UK).

John Harte, Managing Partner, Integrity Governance

John is the Managing Partner of Integrity Governance. He specialises in working with businesses at a point of inflection, and boards and businesses under pressure due to change.
Prior to establishing Integrity Governance over 16 years ago, John worked across a range of industries and held chief executive, chairman and director roles in a number of companies around the world. John’s extensive experience means he’s equipped to help you navigate growth, new markets, mergers, acquisitions and crises; and the pressures of new ownership, generational, economic or legislative forces.
John is a core international facilitator for the Australian Institute of Company Directors, and is an in-demand speaker and thought leader on board effectiveness, practical governance and business disruption. He’s a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, the Institute of Directors (UK), a Board Leadership Fellow of the National Association of Corporate Directors (USA) and a member of the Chartered Institute of Public Relations. Originally trained as a veterinarian, John works with emerging and mature biotech businesses around the world combining knowledge of science, regulation and governance in a practical way.

Hannah Biggins, Managing Associate, Allens

Hannah is a Managing Associate in the Corporate department at Allens. Hannah specialises in mergers & acquisitions and corporate governance. Hannah has been advising clients on corporate governance matters for over 10 years, working closely with boards, in-house lawyers and company secretaries.
She is a key member of Allens' Head Office and Governance team, with significant experience advising on corporate governance matters, including restructures, directors duties, continuous disclosure and reporting obligations. Hannah's practice also focuses on risk and compliance matters.

Hannah works with clients across a broad range of business sectors, including agribusiness, industrials and technology. She has also worked in-house on secondment at a number of large ASX-listed clients, advising on a range of significant commercial and governance matters.
Hannah has recently assisted a number of clients in their response to the ASIC Corporate Governance Taskforce, which was established to address governance issues highlighted during the Financial Services Royal Commission.
Hannah has also acted as guest presenter for Chartered Secretaries Australia in respect of its graduate diploma course in Applied Corporate Governance, presenting on topics such as directors duties.


October 13, 2020
9:00 am - 11:00 am
$35 - $105
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