The Resolution

Introducing five new authors and six new events for 2018

There’s no doubt that being a director is a demanding role that’s becoming more complex with each passing year. Technology, information and regulatory change are moving at a breakneck pace, giving directors less time to stay on top of...

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There’s no doubt that being a director is a demanding role that’s becoming more complex with each passing year. Technology, information and regulatory change are moving at a breakneck pace, giving directors less time to stay on top of what matters. This combination makes it more challenging to achieve good governance.

While there’s always been good resources available to new and aspiring directors in Australia, established directors have few opportunities to learn from their peers and discover new ways to confront the complex challenges they face.

Directors no longer have to grapple with these issues alone. The Resolution is committed to providing quality, practical and in-depth resources that help directors deal with the wide-ranging aspects and consequences of their role.

We draw on the institutional knowledge of experienced directors who have shaped companies to share how they have confronted their hardest challenges. This information was generally only accessible in private conversations, but it is now available to all directors in an open and equal forum.

Put simply, The Resolution is an independent, peer-to-peer learning platform for directors, by directors. And we have a lot planned for 2018: 

Introducing five new authors

Next year, The Resolution will continue to feature content from prominent and experienced directors. This year our authors have included Russell Yardley, Diane Smith-Gander, Susan Oliver and Lindsay Tanner. In 2018 we will add a number of prominent new authors including:

  • Peter Hay, currently Chairman of Newcrest Mining and Vicinity Centres. He has also been a director of GUD Holdings, ANZ and Myer;
  • Launa Inman, an experienced CEO who has sat on the boards of large listed companies including Super Retail Group, Precinct Properties, Bellamy's and CBA 
  • Ken Lay brings his experience from the public sector, now as Chair of Ambulance Victoria and previously as Chief Commissioner of Victoria Police;
  • Jane Hemstritch’s experience as a director covers a broad range of businesses including Telstra, Lendlease, CBA, Tabcorp and the National Library of Australia; and
  • Graeme Samuel, who will share his vast regulatory expertise from roles that have included Chair of the ACCC, APRA Panel of Inquiry Member and Chair of Data Governance Australia.

Each of these authors, will share their deep thinking around what it will take to lead in Australian boardrooms in 2018 and into the future.

Through these authors, The Resolution will continue to focus on ideas that you won’t find in a management or governance textbook. We strive to put forward ideas that challenge conventional thinking about how to lead and govern large organisations.

We also plan to highlight directors and experts who may be early on in their career and have divergent opinions or ideas on how directors can deal with the complex issues facing boards today. In addition, we recognise that not every director will have deep expertise in every issue that comes before them, so we will identify professionals with deep technical expertise in important issues. We’re confident that these perspectives will provide directors with resources to consult and broaden the depth of their understanding.

Six new events across Melbourne and Sydney

This year we held two Melbourne based events that gave practising directors unparalleled insights and training into key areas of governance today - cybersecurity and how a board replaces a CEO.

These events were well received and we are developing six new events to be held across Melbourne and Sydney in 2018. The planned events will focus on issues that are relevant and top of mind for boards in Australia today including:

  • How to deal with unexpected disruption in your industry;
  • Navigating substantial discrepancies identified in the due diligence process for an M&A transaction; and
  • How boards should prepare for and respond to class actions.

Share your thoughts and feedback

We’re committed to providing practical resources that help directors confront the challenges of governance in an increasingly complex environment. If you have any areas that you would you would like us to cover or if you would like to contribute to The Resolution, please feel free to reach out to me directly via

On behalf of the whole team at The Resolution, I wish you and your family an enjoyable festive season and restful break. We look forward to seeing you next year for an exciting 2018.

Steve Pell
Managing Editor
The Resolution