You know your Board matters. If your Board is operating smoothly and effectively, your organisation’s likelihood of success increases exponentially. But surprisingly, many organisations simply don’t know how to harness the power and the passion that their Board members possess.
At Board Matters, our experienced team works collaboratively with Directors to enhance organisational performance, striking the perfect balance between performance and conformance.
Over the last 20 years, Board Matters has built its reputation for informed practical and professional governance solutions. Our approach is to work WITH you to help develop governance solutions together rather than FOR you dictating what you should do.
We have over 20 years of experience in this area helping boards and executive teams think and act strategically. We help you reflect on where your organisation is, determine where it needs to be, and plan how to get there.
We believe that the best strategic plans don’t just sit in your bottom drawer but genuinely guide your business towards the future with a strong sense of purpose.
Our strategy work has been conducted for clients in a wide range of sectors including health, education, government, not-for-profit, agriculture, energy and professional services, in organisations of varying size, and throughout Australia.
While our approach will always be shaped by your needs, our strategic planning approach usually involves the following:
Our governance team all draw on extensive careers as practising legal professionals. The disciplined analytical thinking and technical understanding this brings enables us to offer a specialised suite of corporate governance legal services.
For over 20 years, Board Matters has provided professional, timely, meaningful and discrete governance advice and services to a wide range of organisations. With a highly sought-after combination of practical legal and governance expertise, we offer tailored governance solutions to:
Metallica Minerals Ltd recently used Board Matters to complete a board evaluation to assist the Company as it progressed its project developments. We found the whole process beneficial and thorough.
With close to 75 years board experience between the Consultants at Board Matters, they know the best practices in creating leading edge corporate governance solutions.
Their professionalism, technical knowledge and assistance in implementing or monitoring key recommendations has been at a level that most organisations only aspire to.
After more than ten years in private legal practice, Jennifer made the strategic career move to become a corporate governance consultant at Board Matters. Throughout her private practice career, Jennifer had been sitting on boards of many organisations, so she undertook business studies at QUT during which time Jennifer decided to make the leap into the world of corporate governance consulting.
Today, Jennifer is still a practicing lawyer, governance consultant and company director. Over the last 15 years, she has sat on or chaired a number of boards. Her board appointments include statutory bodies, public authorities, an APRA regulated superannuation fund, an ASIC regulated financial planning entity and many not-for-profit organisations.
Jennifer is currently Chair of the Defence Reserves Support Council Queensland and Deputy Chair of the Queensland Building and Construction Commission. Jennifer is the first non-pilot director on the board of Brisbane Marine Pilots in its 28 year history and she also chairs the Audit and Compliance Committee for Queensland Independent Schools Block Grant Authority.
Please refer to Jennifer’s CV for more information.
After more than ten years practising as a solicitor in Queensland, both in private practice and in public sector in-house roles, Kellie advanced into C-suite executive management which included being appointed as Acting Commissioner of the Queensland Building and Construction Commission (QBCC), the statutory authority which regulates Queensland’s building and construction industry.
Kellie has experience in providing confidential and high quality administrative, legal and corporate governance services and support in dynamic government and legal organisations. She has proven success at supporting boards and ministers to ensure organisations and business units operate efficiently and in accordance with statutory and corporate governance obligations.
Please refer to Kellie’s CV for more information.
In 2002, after almost 18 years as a corporate/commercial lawyer, including as a partner of national law firm Deacons (now Norton Rose Fulbright) and over 10 years as a practising director, Elizabeth founded Board Matters and its associated governance legal practice, Board Matters Legal. Today, over 18 years later, she is its Executive Chair, heading up a team of seven specialist governance, legal and strategy consultants.
Drawing together the strands of her career, Elizabeth has provided corporate legal and governance assistance and advice, with a real-life ‘practising director’ perspective, to a large range of companies, organisations, and industries for well over 25 years. This has included listed, private, public sector and not-for-profit boards.
She also maintains an active portfolio of directorships, presently with RACQ, Queensland Police Service, John Villiers Trust and the Pinnacle Foundation and Chairs the Board of Queensland Theatre. Her past directorships have also included the boards of over 20 organisations, for-profit and not-for profit, including as chair of a private company board in the UK and chair of a leading Australian professional services firm.
Please refer to Elizabeth’s CV for more information.
Sarah is a professional Non-Executive Director with extensive executive, operational, governance and advisory experience across large ASX listed, government and private corporations, having led a range of Boards, Committees and Executives through strategic and operational challenges.
Sarah is recognised for her commercial acumen and has an extensive executive career leading governance, risk, compliance, legal, insurance and internal audit teams. She has a history delivering revenue growth in large corporations through developing and executing corporate strategy, negotiating commercial agreements, capital raising, M&A and project management across complex multimillion-dollar transactions.
Please refer to Sarah’s CV for more information.
Rebecca is a successful corporate leader and lawyer with over 18 years’ experience providing strategic, legal and regulatory advice across a wide range of Board, CEO Leadership Team and Executive level issues. Focusing her current and extensive skills on managing and resolving high risk legal and commercial issues, Rebecca has acted for and against industry and federal regulatory bodies and is well versed in all aspects of corporate governance and legal risk management including Board, Audit & Risk Committee and CEO level advice and reporting.
With a reputation for her exceptional ability to develop excellent rapport and respect quickly, Rebecca has worked across and within a large and diverse range of organisations, including the Australia Competition and Consumer Commission and, most recently, Telstra Corporation Ltd. Experienced as a lawyer, a commercial manager and regulatory advisor both domestically and internationally, Rebecca brings a strong and savvy approach to issues management and is able to appreciate (and work effectively with) the array of different perspectives that stakeholders inevitably bring.
A proactive, inspiring and approachable advisor, Rebecca’s longstanding expertise traverses all aspects of corporate governance and legal compliance including education/training across organisational levels, incident management and regulatory enforcement actions/litigation. A seasoned corporate operator, Rebecca has recent, direct and longstanding involvement in negotiating and implementing some of Australia’s most complex commercial infrastructure and regulatory arrangements.
Please refer to Rebecca’s CV for more information.
Michael Goss is an innovator in the commercial strategy space, combining advisory board and governance skills with expert legal counsel to guide sound strategic outcomes for business owners and companies.
With clients in a range of industries including the agribusiness, aged care and banking sectors, he specialises in working with privately and family owned or closely held businesses facing complex challenges or dealing with growth or change.
Michael is passionate about preserving family and stakeholder relationships, while seeking to ensure the commercial sustainability of a business enterprise.
He has three decades of commercial legal experience, primarily in banking, finance and insolvency law, and has worked for top tier, mid tier and boutique firms.
As a lawyer, he has been featured in the key professional directories of leading practitioners, including Doyle’s Guide for Leading Agribusiness Lawyers for 2016 and 2017. His peers have included him in Best Lawyers Peer Review Australia for Banking and Finance Law since 2014. Michael has acted in Australia and internationally for the World’s preeminent agribusiness banking institution, Rabobank, continuously for nearly 30 years.
He is a Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, holds a Bachelor of Laws from QUT and is admitted as a Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Queensland.
Please refer to Michael’s CV for more information.
Stephen is a qualified lawyer and governance professional who has also used his corporate governance expertise as Company Secretary with a large not-for-profit superannuation fund.
Working across all types of organisations, Stephen has assisted clients with a broad range of issues providing assistance such as governance reviews and restructures, constitution and policy documents development and revision, and company secretarial support.
Stephen is a former Board Member of Museums & Galleries Qld and Lutheran Community Care, a Member of the Queensland Law Society Not-for-Profit sub-committee and a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
For more information see Stephen’s Curriculum Vitae.
Christina joined Board Matters after 25 years as a human capital executive specialising in organisational and leadership development, executive review and coaching, and workplace conflict. She has had a successful corporate career leading the human resource management functions of a number of global and national companies, as well as consulting to a range of private and public sector organisations. Christina has post graduate qualifications in HRM, law, and business coaching, and is currently researching leadership coaching for her doctorate at QUT. She has held a number of roles on the Boards of public, private and NFP organisations including Sportsgirl, UnitingCare, Australian Human Resources Institute, Footprints Inc, Logan TAFE, and Defence Reserves Support Council Queensland. Christina is a Past President and Fellow of the Australian Human Resources Institute, a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Management, a Graduate Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, and an Approved Qld Supreme Court Mediator.
June assists the team of experienced consultants with a various range of governance services such as board performance evaluations, governance and constitution reviews, workshops, and strategic facilitation etc. One of her proudest achievements is formulating a performance assessment tool to evaluate board performance for 2 to 3 years period.
Being an aspiring and fresh governance practitioner, June happily accepted the appointment to be the Company Secretary of Girl Guides Queensland from 2019. She completed the Graduate Diploma of Applied Corporate Governance from the Governance Institute of Australia in 2017, with a DUX Award in financial accounting. She holds a Bachelor of Business majoring in Event Management from Griffith University. She continues growing her governance knowledge and experience more practically.
Before her role at Board Matters, June has worked in Brisbane and Hong Kong as an event organiser and administrative assistant in both private and public sectors. She has strong time management and organisational skills, with creative capacities. With her Hong Kong Chinese heritage, she is confident communicating in English, Cantonese and Mandarin.
Please refer to June’s CV for more information.
Jocelyn is a lawyer and PhD student with experience in the strategic, legal and regulatory issues that face the food and bioscience industries. Drawing upon her background in agricultural science and current research on the regulation of native foods, Jocelyn has been involved in ongoing law reform initiatives at the State and Federal level, particularly in advising on the regulatory issues that affect the commercialisation of biodiscovery research.
With a reputation for strong problem-solving and people management skills, Jocelyn has worked across a diverse range of organisations, including The University of Queensland, and the not-for-profit, Out for Australia. Immediately prior to joining Board Matters in 2019, Jocelyn tutored in corporate law (LAWS3100) in the Faculty of Business, Economics and Law at The University of Queensland. She was a summer clerk at Thomson Geer Lawyers in 2013, working in their Intellectual Property and Information Technology team.
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