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Graeme Samuel AC ‘provokes’ at the IELP Alumni Dinner

Professor Graeme Samuel AC makes his remarks at the IELP Alumni Dinner as guest ‘provocateur’

Professor Graeme Samuel AC makes his remarks at the IELP Alumni Dinner as guest ‘provocateur’

On Thursday 11 July 2019, IPAA Victoria held the second Integrity and Ethical Leadership Program (IELP) Alumni Dinner. Professor Graeme Samuel AC was the guest ‘provocateur’ for the evening drawing on his experience as — among other roles — a regulator and member of the review committees of the Commonwealth Bank of Australia (CBA) and the Australian Prudential Regulation Authority (APRA).

The IELP Alumni comprises senior, experienced public purpose leaders who have completed IPAA Victoria’s flagship IELP, the Senior Executive IELP. They are drawn from Victoria’s diverse public purpose sector, across local, Commonwealth and state government.

Professor Samuel spoke about governance, accountability and culture as foundations for strong corporate governance integrity, irrespective of sector. He said that the Hayne Royal Commission, the APRA review of the CBA and the capability review of APRA are essential reading for all boards and senior executives. He contended that the challenge is not to become complacent and that leaders need a continued focus and vigilance on integrity.

Guests considered several questions in a plenary discussion facilitated by EY associate partner, Michael Rafferty, including:

  1. What lessons can be learned from the recent history of ethical failures in the Australian financial industry?

  2. How do we, as public purpose leaders, guard against ethical complacency?

  3. What do you believe the role of the regulator should be in supporting and facilitating public purpose integrity and ethics?

  4. How can we cultivate and sustain a public purpose culture of integrity and ethics?

  5. What is the relationship between ethical practice and power?

  6. How do you as public purpose leaders plan to broaden and strengthen the conversation around ethics?

Professor Samuel challenged guests to ask themselves and others, “Not can I or we do this, but should we do this?”

Photos of the evening can be found below. The APRA Capability Review (June 2019) can be found here.

IELP Alumni events are designed to simulate and build on the Senior Executive IELP’s commitment to ethical leadership and creating positive public purpose integrity cultures. The Senior Executive IELP — our flagship program for senior, experienced public purpose leaders — will be delivered twice in 2020. To find out more about the IELP, click here, and the Senior Executive IELP and expressions of interest, click here.

Left to right: IELP strategic advisor Jane Brockington with IELP alumni Greg Leach (MFB), Catherine Myers (VCGLR) and Scott Arbuthnot (Victoria Police)

Left to right: IELP strategic advisor Jane Brockington with IELP alumni Greg Leach (MFB), Catherine Myers (VCGLR) and Scott Arbuthnot (Victoria Police)

Left to right: IELP alumni Warwick Gately AM (VEC) and Vijaya Vaidyanath (City of Yarra)

Left to right: IELP alumni Warwick Gately AM (VEC) and Vijaya Vaidyanath (City of Yarra)

IPAA Victoria’s president, Kym Peake, interacts with alumni

IPAA Victoria’s president, Kym Peake, interacts with alumni

Left to right: IELP alumnae Anne Congleton (DHHS); IPAA Victoria’s Sue Woodward; and IELP alumnus Nigel Cadywood (Cinitex)

Left to right: IELP alumnae Anne Congleton (DHHS); IPAA Victoria’s Sue Woodward; and IELP alumnus Nigel Cadywood (Cinitex)

Kym Peake, IPAA Victoria president, addresses guests and alumni

Kym Peake, IPAA Victoria president, addresses guests and alumni

Left to right: Prof Graeme Samuel AC with IELP alumni Claire Ferres Miles (City of Melbourne), Arron de Rozario (CPVV) and Chris Keating (DET)

Left to right: Prof Graeme Samuel AC with IELP alumni Claire Ferres Miles (City of Melbourne), Arron de Rozario (CPVV) and Chris Keating (DET)

Left to right: Nick Conigrave (EY) and IELP alumna Rebecca McKenzie (Glen Eira City Council)

Left to right: Nick Conigrave (EY) and IELP alumna Rebecca McKenzie (Glen Eira City Council)

Michael Rafferty, EY associate partner, facilitated a plenary discussion with guests and alumni

Michael Rafferty, EY associate partner, facilitated a plenary discussion with guests and alumni

Guests and alumni dissected Prof Graeme Samuel AC’s remarks in a facilitated discussion

Guests and alumni dissected Prof Graeme Samuel AC’s remarks in a facilitated discussion

Left to right: IELP alumnae Alison O’Brien PSM (VGSO) and IELP steering committee member Julia Griffith (VPSC)

Left to right: IELP alumnae Alison O’Brien PSM (VGSO) and IELP steering committee member Julia Griffith (VPSC)

Left to right: IELP alumnus Tony Bates PSM (DET); Louise Rolland (EY); and IELP alumnus Simon Cohen (DJCS)

Left to right: IELP alumnus Tony Bates PSM (DET); Louise Rolland (EY); and IELP alumnus Simon Cohen (DJCS)