Rachel Rees FGIA has been appointed as President of Governance Institute of Australia — the leading professional membership association for every one with governance or risk management responsibilities. Rachel will take on the role from 1 January 2019.
Ms Rees takes the reins at a critical time as Governance Institute continues to push for a greater commitment to good governance and risk management structures from boards and executives. “I am thrilled to take on this role at such a significant time for the organisation. We have a new CEO, Megan Motto, joining us and the organisation is at a fundamental point in its growth,” said Rachel Rees.
“There is so much public attention on good governance and our most recent Ethics Index results show Australians have lost faith in corporate ethics in wake of banking scandals. I’m honoured to drive a strategy to educate and support governance professionals to be the best they can be,” continued Ms Rees.
“I thank Warren Baillie for his leadership. He led the board during a year of transformation of our website and development of a new digital Resource Centre as well as supporting the growth of new alliances and improvements in our professional development events,” concluded Ms Rees.
Rachel Rees is Chief Financial Officer & Company Secretary at Lionel Samson Sadleirs Group. She is a results-oriented senior executive and chartered accountant with extensive strategic leadership experience in multinational and listed corporations. Rachel was appointed to the board in 2013 and previously she was Chair of the South Australian Regional Council. She is a Fellow member of Governance Institute and completed its Graduate Diploma of Applied Corporate Governance. She will be supported in her new role by vice-presidents John Mazengarb FGIA and Andrew Leake FGIA.