OUR
EXPERTISE

Our clients

Thoughtpost is a preferred supplier to the Australian Government.

We have 200 clients including APRA-regulated businesses, public and private companies, government owned entities and not for profit organisations. An independent view helps provide the Board with objective assessments of how it compares to its peers in the world of rapidly evolving standards in corporate governance.

Our People

Our networked team are all recognised specialists in corporate governance . Each has specific skills and sector expertise.
Andrew Donovan
BCom, FAICD

Andrew Donovan FAICD is a company director and board advisor specialising in organisations experiencing high levels of growth, change or complexity.

He developed the Four Functions of Directors model which goes beyond the traditional theories around “what” directors should be doing and focusses on the “how”. This in now the accepted benchmark in the category.

From 2004 to June 2019 Andrew was a senior facilitator for the Australian Institute of Company Directors in Australia and Asia and a facilitator for the advanced level programs, Mastery in the Boardroom and Board Ready. He has authored a number of AICD programs.

Andrew was recently appointed Chair of Moores, a specialist law practice. He is a member of the Independent Nominations Committees of Bank First, Defence Bank and Mildura Airport and the Independent Chair of the Murray Goulburn (Board) Candidate Assessment Panel. He is the former chair of Barker Trailers, Dairy Innovation Australia and Environment Victoria.

Andrew’s sector experience includes not for profit organisations, government statutory entities, joint venture companies, private and family companies and industry associations. Industry experience includes insurance, financial services, superannuation, manufacturing, healthcare, social services, water, sustainability and research and development.

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Tony Nippard
BA, B.Comm (Hons), MA, FCIS, FGIA, FCHSM, GAICD

As a former senior Victorian public service executive Tony is experienced in developing and implementing major policy initiatives, program management and corporate services. He established and ran the public sector governance program at the Victorian Public Sector Commission from 2008 to 2015.

Tony has over 25 years’ experience providing clear and concise advice to Chairs, CEOs, co-directors and executives on a diverse range of business and policy issues that affect an entity’s operational and financial performance and reputation. He brings to the table, a strong analytical and problem-solving focus with a unique insight into the practical problems boards confront in complex and sensitive environments.
He is currently Chair of Neami National, TAFE Gippsland, Victorian Regulations and Qualifications Authority, Mental Health and Wellbeing Australia Ltd, and Moreland Affordable Housing Ltd.

He is also a member of the Audit & Risk Committee for the Commission of Children and Young People.

With Andrew Donovan, he wrote the public sector component of the Company Directors’ Course for the AICD.

Tony a facilitator for the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Tony is a Fellow of the Australasian College Health Services Management, a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Secretaries, a Fellow of the Governance Institute of Australia and a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

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Nicholas L. Carr
B.Ec. LLB. MBA, GAICD

Nic is an experienced chair, director, consultant, and facilitator. He has had experience in many aspects of business development, stakeholder management, business operations and board governance, engagement and participation.

Nic has been a facilitator with the Australian Institute of Company Directors since 2010 delivering courses on Directorship, Governance, Risk, Strategy, Finance, Directors’ Duties and Responsibilities, and the Board legal environment.

He has direct experience in the private sector with Large Proprietary Companies as well as Unlisted Public Companies, Not for Profit organisations, Local Government organisations, Statutory Authorities and NGO’s.

Nic’s consulting expertise includes working with boards and businesses in developing strategies, formulating governance frameworks, developing risk management frameworks and providing advice on management and governance systems and procedures, including board reporting.

He also works with Boards reviewing their performance and developing personal development plans for individual directors and management personnel.

Nic has served on a number of Community and Not-for-Profit organisations both as a committee member and as Chair and Director. He was a director of the Geelong Football Club between 2006 and 2013.
Nic has an Economics Degree, a Bachelor of Laws, Masters of Business Administration and is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

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Jason Talbot
BSc (Hons), PhD, Grad Dip Acc, M App Fin, CA, GAICD

A corporate finance advisor, experienced non-executive director and insightful organisational strategist, Jason has a unique ability to cut through complexity to free the board to think more clearly to improve its performance.

His non-executive and advisory board portfolio includes private businesses, public companies and a variety of not-for-profit organisations both in Australia and the UK. His experience covers a wide range of sectors, including, retail, financial services, property, professional services, not-for-profit, community services and consumer products.

Jason is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and the Institute of Chartered Accountant Australia. He holds a Masters of Applied Finance from Macquarie University and a Graduate Diploma in Accounting, a Doctor of Philosophy and a Bachelor of Science from Monash University.

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Andrew Whittaker
FCA, GAICD

Andrew currently holds a number of non-executive director roles as well as independent committee roles in government entities.

Andrew was a partner with PwC in Melbourne, held senior international roles with Unisys and G4S, and founded and ran the consulting division as a partner with Ferrier Hodgson.

Over the last 6 years Andrew has conducted numerous organization governance reviews,

Most notably he developed and ran a governance training course for union officials across Australia on behalf of the ACTU.

He is the Chair of Fenwick Software Pty Ltd, independent Chair of the ICT Governance Committee for the City of Greater Geelong, independent Chair of the Internal Assurance Committee for Service Victoria, an independent member of the Audit & Risk Committee of the Victorian Department of Premier & Cabinet, and a non-executive director of Canterbury and Surrey Hills Community Finance Limited.

Andrew is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales, a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand, and a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Andrew’s sector experience includes not-for-profit organisations, state and local government, SME businesses and large corporations. His industry experience includes government, IT, retail, transportation, security, trades unions and financial services.

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Cathy Bates
BENG, DIPMGT, DIPLCM

Cathy has over 30 years’ experience working with Boards, in Local and State government.

She is an experienced facilitator of public-sector integrity training programs for board induction.

Cathy is an independent member on a number of public-sector board recruitment panels.

She has excellent stakeholder management and negotiation skills.

She has extensive experience dealing with ministers, local government councillors, chairs of public sector boards, senior management of public-sector entities, Victorian government integrity agencies and senior representatives from industry groups and contractors.

She most recently worked in the Integrity and Advisory team of the Victorian Public Sector Commission., focusing on capacity building programs across the public sector.

She has demonstrated ability to develop new governance processes to significantly improve transparency, board skills, diversity and compliance with government policy. This includes working with board chairs to understand long standing issues that related to the governance framework of the enabling legislation and the Financial Management Act.

Cathy has extensive experience in stakeholder management, project management and the oversight and governance of subsidiary entities. She is known for her ability to develop strong stakeholder relationships, manage expectations and identify opportunities for mutual benefit, through transparent and clear communication.

Cathy has an Engineering Degree from Swinburne University, a Graduate Diploma in Public Sector Management from Victoria University, and a Diploma in Professional and Business Coaching.

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Pauline Brightling
BANSCI (HONS), BVSC (HONS), MVSC, MAICD

Pauline has over 20 years of experience in design, delivery, evaluation and review of Research, Development and Extension programs across the agricultural sector in Australia and overseas.

She is the principal of a consulting group which she established in 1997.

Prior to that she was an academic and Associate Dean at the Faculty of Veterinary Science, University of Melbourne.

Pauline has led a number of industry-wide change management programs including a national drought response initiative and a program to enhance on-farm human resource management.

She has designed leadership development strategies in the dairy, sheep and grain sectors. In 2013 she received the Australasian Pacific Extension Network bi-annual award for Excellence in Extension.

She has also done professional and pro bono mentoring in the community sector associated with workforce development for the NDIS rollout.

Pauline holds a Batchelor of Animal Science (Hons) and Batchelor of Veterinary Science (Hons) from the University of Melbourne and Master of Veterinary Science from the University of Saskatchewan. She is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

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Lisa Galbraith
BCom

Lisa has an innate ability to listen, observe, understand and articulate a situation thoroughly and thoughtfully and provide critical thinking and feedback. She has over 25 years’ experience in both in multinational corporations, and is a successful founder and innovator, specialising in technology companies.

Building success is her passion and she draws on her experience in building creative solutions and managing diverse, strong and effective teams to effectively coach and CEOs, directors and executives and to facilitate complex board discussions.

She has significant experience on both NFP and FP boards with a focus on developing governance frameworks and risk management strategies. She has a Bachelor of Commerce from University of Melbourne, Executive Development Program from Wharton, University of Pennsylvania, and Diploma of Applied Finance from the Securities Institute of Australia.

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Andrea Marmillic
BA, BCom

Andrea is Delivery and Performance Manager , with responsibility to drive our board evaluation and delivery programs.

Her role is to ensure there is a seamless interface between Thoughtpost and its clients.

She manages the ongoing relationship to ensure that agreed objectives are set and met over time.

Andrea has many years of experience working in Human Resource Management. She is highly focused and efficient and always operates with the utmost integrity and professionalism.

Andrea has a Bachelor of Commerce and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Melbourne.

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Gabriella Plummer
BA, BEd

Gabriella is Project Manager with numerous day to day tasks to ensure that each project runs smoothly and efficiently.

With a background in education, she is an advocate of lifelong learning and the continuous improvement philosophy of Thoughtpost. She has a clear and concise communication style that ensures that clients’ needs are understood, valued and met.

She has a Bachelor of Arts and a Bachelor of Teaching with majors in Maths and Science at Australian Catholic University as well as Certificate IV in Bookkeeping.

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