Advisory Council on Corporate Responsibility

Melinda Cilento

Melinda Cilento is Co-Chair of Reconciliation Australia (since 2010) and a director of Australian Unity (since 2014) and Woodside Petroleum (since 2008). She is also a member of ASIC's external advisory panel.

Melinda has significant public and private sector experience having been Deputy CEO of the Business Council of Australia and having worked previously for the Federal Treasury, International Monetary Fund and County Investment Management (now Invesco).

Dr Leeora Black

Leeora D. Black, PhD, founder and managing director of the Australian Centre for Corporate Social Responsibility, is a globally recognised CSR and sustainability expert with more than 30 years’ experience in helping organisations adapt to their changing environments.

A driving force in the field of corporate social responsibility in Australia, Leeora works with senior managers and executive teams to create effective corporate and stakeholder strategies and build management capabilities. She is passionate about nurturing the development of the CSR profession, and is an experienced and highly sought-after speaker and facilitator of workshops and seminars on CSR. She is the author of The Social Licence to Operate: Your Management Framework for Complex Times, Do Sustainability Publishers, Oxford, 2013.

Leeora’s doctoral research at Monash University completed in 2003 pioneered new methods of CSR measurement, and established her reputation for application of rigorous social sciences research methods to the traditionally ‘soft’ areas of organisation-stakeholder relationship management.

Her experience spans the mining, oil and gas industries, banking, insurance and superannuation, FMCG, agribusiness, retail and consumer brands, utilities, telecommunications, renewable energy, property, automotive, transport, and government sectors. She is a member of the External Advisory Board of La Trobe Business School.

Gerard Brody

Gerard is CEO of the Consumer Action Law Centre, an independent, not-for-profit consumer organisation based in Melbourne. Consumer Action provides financial counselling, legal advice and representation to support vulnerable and disadvantaged Victorian consumers, and draws on its direct knowledge of the consumer experience to pursue consumer interest campaigns and policy reform at both state and national levels.

Gerard is also the Chair of Consumers’ Federation of Australia, the peak body for consumer organisations in Australia, representing a diverse range of consumer groups, including most national consumer organisations. Gerard represents consumer interests on a range of bodies, including the Australian Securities & Investments Commission External Advisory Panel and the Australian Competition & Consumer Commission’s Consumer Consultative Committee.

Gerard previously worked with the Brotherhood of St Laurence, leading its financial inclusion strategy and partnerships with the finance sector. Gerard has also worked as a lawyer and policy officer. Gerard is a Director of the Energy & Water Ombudsman (Victoria), and the Deputy Chair of the Yarra Energy Foundation, an independent organisation with a huge ambition—to achieve a zero carbon future in the City of Yarra by 2020.

Gerard holds a Masters in Public Policy and Management, Bachelor of Laws (Hons) and Bachelor of Arts (Hons) from the University of Melbourne. Gerard is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

John Brogden AM

John Brogden is the Managing Director & Chief Executive Officer of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD). The AICD is committed to excellence in corporate governance and is the nation’s leading organisation for directors. AICD is dedicated to making a positive impact on society and the economy by promoting professional director education and have a significant and diverse membership from across a wide range of industries.

John was previously the CEO of the Financial Services Council from 2009 to 2015 and the CEO of Manchester Unity from 2006 – 2008. From 1996 to 2005, John was the Member for Pittwater in the NSW Parliament. From 2002 to 2005 he was Leader of the Opposition.

John is the Chairman of Lifeline, Chairman of UrbanGrowth NSW and Chairman of Furlough House Retirement Village. John is also the Patron of Kookaburra Kids, Sailability Pittwater, Bilgola Surf Lifesaving Club and Avalon Beach Surf Lifesaving Club.

He was awarded the Officer of the Order of Australia for the significant service to the community through representational roles with social welfare organisations, particularly Lifeline, to the business and financial sectors and to the Parliament of NSW. He holds a Master of Public Affairs from the University of Sydney.

Patricia Faulkner AO

Patricia is a company director and business consultant with extensive senior executive experience across a range of sectors including health, welfare, telecommunications, government, superannuation, and professional services.

Patricia currently chairs the Boards of National Health Performance Authority, Public Transport Victoria, Jesuit Social Services and Telecommunications Industry Ombudsman. She sits on the Commonwealth Grants Commission, the St Vincent's Healthcare Board, the Committee for Economic Development in Australia Board, the Melbourne Theatre Company Board and the Melbourne Racing Club Committee. In 2015, she was appointed Deputy Commissioner to the Victorian Royal Commission into Family Violence.

Patricia was a previous National Partner-in-Charge, Health Sector at KPMG and a previous Secretary of the Victorian Government Department of Human Services. She held a number of roles with the Victorian Government over a period of more than 20 years. She has held a diverse range of high level positions, including Secretary, Department of Human Services (Victoria) from 2000-07, Director of Consumer Affairs (Victoria) and Director of Occupational Health and Safety. She is a Fellow of the Australian College of Health Services Executives and a National Fellow of IPAA.

Patricia's other previous positions of note include: Chair of the Board Peter Mac, Chair of the Australian Social Inclusion Board, Director of VMIA, member of the Companies and Securities Advisory Committee, Chair of the EPAC Enquiry into Childcare in Australia, Director, Vic Super, Superpartners, and the Melbourne International Arts Festival Board.

Patricia was made an Officer of the Order of Australia in 2008 for service to the community through the development and implementation of public policy relating to health, aged care, children's services, disability services and housing. In 2013 Patricia was recognised with an Honorary Doctorate from Monash University.

Christine Nixon

Christine Nixon is the Chair of Good Shepherd Microfinance, NAB’s microfinance partner, Chair of Monash College and Deputy Chancellor of Monash University. Christine is the former Chief Commissioner of Victoria Police. She was the first woman to become a police commissioner in Australia. From March 2009, Christine chaired the Victorian Bushfire Reconstruction and Recovery Authority, an authority created to rebuild communities following Victoria's Black Saturday Bushfires in February 2009. Since 2010, she has been an advisor to the Victorian Government on Bushfire Reconstruction and Recovery.

Christine is a fellow in various organizations, including the Australian Institute of Police Management, the Australian Institute of Management, the Australian New Zealand School of Government and the Institute of Public Administration Australia.

Christine consults, advises and presents keynote speech and workshops focused on change, diversity, women and leadership, emergency management and corruption.

Simon O'Connor

Simon is the CEO of Responsible Investment Association Australasia (RIAA), the peak industry body for responsible and ethical investors across Australia and New Zealand. RIAA represents 165 members who manage over $1 trillion of assets globally - ranging from large super funds and asset managers to financial advisers and research houses – and works to see more capital flowing into sustainable assets and enterprises.

Simon operates at the intersection of economics, finance and sustainability and has over 15 years of international experience as an economic adviser, investment analyst and environmental consultant. Prior to joining RIAA as CEO in early 2013, he spent over five years at the Australian Conservation Foundation (ACF) as their Economic Adviser. In particular he led the debate on issues such as financing the transition to a low carbon economy, climate change policy and broader economic reform issues. He played an integral role in the development of the $10 billion Clean Energy Finance Corporation.

Dr Chris Sarra

Dr Chris Sarra has had an extensive career in education. His passion has been the pursuit of more positive and productive educational outcomes for Indigenous children. Chris is the Founding Chairman of the Stronger Smarter Institute, which has existed for more than 10 years and continues to have a positive impact in Indigenous Education through engagement with principals, teachers, community leaders and Government.

Chris has completed a PhD in Psychology with Murdoch University. In the late 1990's Chris took on the challenges of Indigenous education as the Principal of Cherbourg State School in South East Queensland. Under Chris' leadership the school became nationally acclaimed for its pursuit of the Strong and Smart philosophy, espousing a strong and positive sense of what it means to be Aboriginal in today's Australian society and that Indigenous students can achieve outcomes comparable to other students.

Chris has been the recipient of many national and state awards and much recognition of his ideas, enthusiasm and vision have taken hold nationally and internationally. He is the co-chair of NAB’s Indigenous Advisory Group.

Peter Yates

Peter Yates is Deputy Chairman of The Myer Family Investments Ltd and a Director of AIA Australia Limited. He is Chairman of the Royal Institution of Australia, the Australian Science Media Centre, the Faculty of Business and Economics at Melbourne University, the Royal Children’s Hospital Foundation and the Shared Value Project and Deputy Chairman of Asialink. Peter is a Director of the Royal Children’s Hospital, the Centre of Excellence for Quantum Computation and Communication Technology at UNSW, the Australian Chamber Orchestra and the NHMRC Centre for Personalised Immunology at ANU.

From 2004-2007 Peter was Managing Director of Oceania Capital Partners and held the position of Chief Executive Officer of Publishing and Broadcasting Limited from 2001-2004. Until 2001 he worked in the Investment Banking industry including 15 years with Macquarie Bank. He holds a Doctorate of the University from Murdoch University, a Masters degree from Stanford University Graduate School of Business and a Commerce degree from Melbourne. In the June 2011 Queen’s Birthday Honours, Peter was awarded a Member of the Order of Australia for service to education, to the financial services industry and to a range of arts, science and charitable organisations.