The Governors Program is a unique opportunity for senior executives to gain exclusive insights into the macro issues affecting your organisation. From business in Asia to technology and global markets, the Governors Program provides expert insights from leading practitioners that will allow you to maintain a globally strategic outlook.

ashley-governorThe program provides a monthly lunch with industry leaders from a range of industries with a focus on engineering and technology. Participation in the program provides direct access to all of The Warren Centre’s activities and events.

Networking with fellow senior executives and gaining insight for the latest innovation and trends yields genuine business dividends. The Warren Centre’s Governors Program provides a unique opportunity for technology facing business leaders to exchange ideas and meet informally in a non-competitive environment with C-level peers from industry, government, finance and academia.

Ashley Brinson, Executive Director, The Warren Centre

Recent speakers

Catherine Livingstone AO, President, Business Council of Australia

Since presenting the 2000 Warren Centre Innovation Lecture as the then Managing Director of Cochlear, Catherine has forged a career as an advocate for innovation. Her talk provided insights into more than 20 years engaging with industry and government and highlighted the vital next steps Australia needs to take to be both innovative and productive.

Dr Peter Holt, Associate, Energetics

Peter’s extensive experience in climate policy outlined Australia’s position relative to other G20
nations and how the upcoming COP21 summit might influence Australia’s current climate change policies and energy mix.

Giselle Roux, Chief Investment Officer, Escala Partners

As the former CIO at JB Were, Giselle has an undeniable pedigree in financial markets with almost 20 years working on both the buy and sell sides of the investment industry. Giselle gave a candid and detailed view on the market outlook for 2016.

Michael Edwards, General Manager, Technology and R&D, Boeing Australia

With the largest manufacturing facility outside North America located in Melbourne, Michael shared his insights into what drives innovation at Boeing and why advanced manufacturing makes good business sense in Australia.

Marc Vogts, Executive Director, John Grill Centre for Project Leadership

Marc highlighted a career as one of the world’s leading project managers with experience in complex projects located around the world. Marc shared his insights into what makes great project Leadership and his experience on the Olympic Dam project.

The Hon Gladys Berejiklian, NSW Treasurer

As the then NSW Minister for Transport, Minister Berejiklian gave an overview of the priorities in
NSW Transport projects and the opportunities these provide for engineering businesses.

The Hon Victor Dominello MP, NSW Minister for Innovation and Better Regulation

The innovation opportunity for NSW and how Australia is poised to grow. Highlighting the challenge of managing a diverse portfolio, the Minister shared his enthusiasm for streamlining regulation and ensuring an innovative future for NSW.

2016 Governors Program

17 February – Jim Betts, CEO, NSW Infrastructure
The Infrastructure Year Ahead

16 March – Scott Bouvier, Partner, King Wood Mallesons
Managing Innovation & Technology: Opportunities in Emerging Asian Economies

20 April – Chris Butler, Head of Division, AusIndustry
Government Delivery of Innovation Programs

18 May – Rob McInnes, Partner, DibbsBarker
Competing in the Global Ideas Economy

15 June – James Chin Moody, Founder & CEO, Sendle
Disruptive innovation in the global context

20 July – Mike Aitken, CEO, CMCRC
Big Data, Smart Systems and Business & Market Integrity

17 August – Bronwyn Evans, CEO, Standards Australia / Chair, MTPConnect
Priorities, Agendas & Opportunities: Industry Growth Centres

21 September – Giselle Roux, CIO, Escala Partners
Disruption, Brext, Trump and Consumer Confidence: A New Market Outlook

9 November – Andrew Lark, CMO, Xero Software
Marketing in the Modern Age

7 December – Ashley Brinson, Executive Director, The Warren Centre
Clean Technology, Asia’s Growth and the Future to 2030

How to become involved

To become a member of the Governors Program, please contact The Warren Centre’s Executive Director, Ashley Brinson, at or on 02 9351 3756.

The program is supported by a modest membership fee which covers all Governors events and attendance at other The Warren Centre events including the annual Innovation Lecture.

Download the Governors Program brochure for more information (PDF, 514 kB)

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