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Ann-Maree
Moodie

Corporate governance through leadership.

Profile

Dr Ann-Maree Moodie FAICD FGIA FCIS is a corporate governance professional and qualified company secretary with 15 years’ experience advising Boards, CEOs and senior executive teams.

Dr Moodie has a depth and breadth of experience and expertise gained from Board assignments with ASX100 companies ranging from mining, fast-moving consumer goods, funds management, infrastructure, property, REIT, rail freight operations and banking.

Dr Moodie’s professional qualifications equip her particularly well for a thoughtful, methodically rigorous Board Review, and to deliver a report that conveys the findings and Recommendations with clarity and insight, so that the Board can act effectively on the results.

Dr Moodie was awarded her doctorate from Macquarie University for her research on “independence and conformity in Board decision-making”. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree (Journalism and Japanese) (RMIT), a Post-Graduate Certificate in Editing and Electronic Publishing (Macquarie University) and a Graduate Diploma of Applied Corporate Governance (Governance Institute of Australia). She is also a Graduate of the AICD’s Company Directors Course. She contributes to governance leadership in Australia as the Chairman of the Communications Committee of the Governance Institute of Australia and is a member of the Governance Institute’s Subject Advisory Committee for its flagship Graduate Diploma of Applied Corporate Governance.

Dr Moodie is also the Chairman of Life’s Little Treasures Foundation, a national charity which supports the parents and families of sick and premature babies. She joined the LLTF Board in August 2013 and was elected Chairman 12 months later.

Expertise
Talking Points

Leading For Diversity in the Boardroom

For the first time in the history of Australian business, the composition of company boards is becoming increasingly diverse. In the past 18 months, approximately 75 women were appointed to ASX 200 boards in order to meet new gender diversity guidelines and to combat the real threat of introducing quotas.

Listed company boards, for so long composed and led by men of a certain age and background, are changing as gender and other dimensions of diversity, such as age and ethnicity, become factors in board composition. This presents an important question: what additional skills will be required to lead diversely-composed boards?

This keynote address will examine:
• the background to the gender diversity debate in Australian boardrooms;
• why mixed groups make more effective decisions;
• new styles of chairmanship to lead diverse boards;
• creating a boardroom culture that embraces argument and debate.
Feedback
I recently participated in board roundtable discussion on Corporate Governance arranged and facilitated by Ann-Maree Moodie. Ann-Maree clearly has a strong background in, and knowledge of, the issues surrounding corporate governance. She is also an excellent facilitator with an uncanny ability to encourage openness and participation from all attendees. Baron Partners Limited

As our workshop facilitator, Ann-Maree Moodie successfully joined with each of us individually and had a clear direction of where to take us collectively. The teaching components of the workshop were very relevant and provided stimulation around the use of power and authority and decision-making process issues. It caused me to reflect on my behaviour within the group and how I might choose to act differently on occasions. Ann-Maree's encouragement for us to argue an alternative position with evidence was very helpful and she was able to lure us outside of our comfort zones. Importantly, Ann-Maree managed to keep us on task to achieve the outcomes established on the first morning.

Anglicare Sydney

As Chairman of the Sydney Turf Club, The Ted Noffs Foundation and a number of private companies, I felt the need to be made fully aware of my Corporate Governance responsibilities. I was introduced to Ann-Maree Moodie and have engaged in her role as a 'sounding board' to chairmen. Her knowledge, solutions and explanations on Corporate Governance have been a revelation, and have had a marked affect on my business and professional dealings. Ann-Maree's enthusiasm, energy and easy manner make our engagement highly informative and enjoyable. I have no hesitation in recommending Ann-Maree Moodie to anybody wishing to expand their knowledge on Corporate Governance.

The Ted Noffs Foundation

We engaged the services of Ann-Maree Moodie from The Boardroom Consulting Group Pty Ltd to manage an Executive/Board strategic planning day. The independence she brought to the day, her skills in preparing individual board members and executives prior to the conference to be able to participate to their full capacity, and her facilitation of the day itself, were excellent. Ann-Maree delivered on her promise.

travel.com.au

Ann-Maree Moodie has an extraordinary talent of researching her subject and drawing out a side of them that they didn't even know they had. With the skill of an investigative journalist, she masterfully engages her interviewee with thought provoking questions. Ann-Maree carefully guides her interview session as if you are having a private intimate conversation in front of hundreds of listeners.

Robert P. Miles, author, "The Warren Buffet CEO"
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