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

Andrew is widely recognized as a thought leader on board performance and corporate governance in Australia and internationally.

He is the author of the Thoughtpost Four Functions of Directorship and was a senior facilitator and contributor to the development of directorship theory with the AICD for more than a decade. 

He is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, a graduate of the Company Directors Course (Order of Merit) and holds a Bachelor of Commerce from the Australian National University.

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

Sarah -Jane Walsh

Sarah-Jane is a company director and lawyer, with over 20 years experience.

She is a facilitator with the Australian Institute of Company Directors and was a Senior Fellow at Monash University lecturing on directors’ duties and corporate governance. 

She has significant experience as a non-executive director, and for four years an Ombudsman with the Financial Ombudsman Service.

Sarah-Jane holds a Bachelor of Economics and Bachelor of Law from Monash University and a Master of Law and Master of Business Administration from The University of Melbourne and is a fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. 

She advises on legal and governance issues across all sectors, with a particular focus on the not-for-profit organisations. 


Tony Nippard

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 operational and financial performance and reputation. 

He has many years of experience dealing with executives and boards in government and non-government organisations, not only developing and implementing policy but also with program management and corporate services.  

Tony is a facilitator for the Australian Institute of Company Directors and conducts induction and training programs for board directors and executives.

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.

Pauline Brightling

Pauline has over 20 years’ experience in the 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 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.

Nicholas L. Carr

Nic is an experienced chair, director, consultant, and facilitator.

He has experience in many aspects of business development, stakeholder management, business operations and board governance, engagement and participation. He has worked in the private sector with Large Proprietary Companies as well as Unlisted Public Companies and Not for Profit organisations, Local Government, Statutory Authorities and NGO’s.

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 works with boards and businesses in developing strategies, formulating governance frameworks, developing risk management strategies and providing advice on management-governance systems and procedures. This includes working with Boards to review performance and producing personal development plans for individual directors and senior management.

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

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

Jason is a corporate finance advisor, experienced non-executive director and insightful organisational strategist with a unique ability to cut through complexity to free the board to think clearly and improve 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 Accountants.  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.

Andrea Marmillic
B.A, B.Comm

Andrea project manages the Thoughtpost programs

Her role is to ensure there is a seamless interface between Thoughtpost and its clients by managing numerous day to day tasks and logistics to ensure each project runs smoothly.

Andrea is very experienced in the management of the finance and people functions in government organisations and public and private companies.

For more than 10 years she owned and operated an Owners Corporation management company.

She also has many years of experience working in Human Resource Management.

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


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