The Effective Governance Advisory Team

Effective Governance is part of the HopgoodGanim Advisory Group and is the largest and oldest specialist corporate governance advisory firm in Australia. Effective Governance provides advice on corporate governance, strategy, risk management and corporate sustainability to clients in Australia and New Zealand. Our team provides a unique blend of people with extensive experience as directors, senior managers, management educators, facilitators and management researchers.


James Beck Managing Director at Effective Governance

James Beck

BSc (Hons), RMC Duntroon, GAICD, FLIP, FBA Accredited Advisor

Managing Director

James leads the team of governance professionals at Effective Governance. He has substantial experience in delivering governance, strategic and risk solutions to address requirements of listed, private, not-for-profit, government and family business clients. As a partner at PricewaterhouseCoopers, he previously held the role of Education Leader for 5 years. James is a nationally accredited facilitator (FILP), conference speaker, author of numerous governance papers, and co-author of Directors at Work: A Practical Guide for Boards.

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Zac Zahner CEO at Effective Governance

Zac Zahner

B.Bus, CA, GAICD

CEO

Zac works closely with boards and management teams to deliver improved governance structure and set strategic objectives. Zac has previously worked with professional chartered accounting practices, as CFO of retail and rental companies and more recently as CEO in a Brisbane-based rental company. Zac specialises in providing advice to medium to large enterprises encompassing board structures, skills and assessments, CEO assessments, operational and strategic matters, and the identification of key business drivers and establishment of effective internal control systems to drive ongoing improvements.

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Stephen Howell Principal Advisor at Effective Governance

Stephen Howell

FCPA, FAMI

Principal Advisor

Stephen is the Principal Advisor for Effective Governance Pty Ltd, a corporate governance consultant, forensic accountant, company director and former company secretary, external auditor, corporate regulator and CFO with a focus on contributing to the professional development and governance of corporate Australia. He has 26 years’ experience as a governance professional with expertise in board governance, corporate regulation, compliance, risk management, administrative, criminal and civil law and applied corporate governance.

Stephen is a fellow of CPA Australia; a fellow of the Australasian Mutuals Institute; and is the recipient of an Australian Day Medal for service to corporate governance in Australia and South East Asia. With strong financial management qualifications and experience, he is a formally acknowledged and demonstrated corporate governance expert in Australia.

Stephen consults predominantly to boards, having a wide practice around Australia. He conducts board reviews and evaluations and individual director evaluations and assists boards with director skills analysis and development.  He also provides boards with director remuneration advice and provides professional development to directors and senior executives in applied corporate governance.

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Mark Watson CSC

BA (UNSW), MBA (UNE), Grad Dip of Strategic Studies (ADC), Grad Dip of Applied Corporate Governance (CSA), Grad Dip of Resource Management, Dip of Logistics Management, Diplôme supérieur de français des affaires (CCIP), FGIA, FCIS, FAIM

Senior Advisor

As well as having led public sector and not-for-profit organisations at a senior level, Mark possesses an extensive background in governance including having held senior positions as the principal private secretary to the head of a large Commonwealth organisation, board director, chair of a Commonwealth statutory authority and HR governance advisor in a Commonwealth agency. He is a Chartered Secretary and MBA graduate. He has also obtained post graduate qualifications in strategy, planning and international relations at the Australian Defence College in Canberra and the École Militaire in Paris.

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Melissa Grundy

BComm (Acc), FGIA, GAICD, CPA, FAIM

Senior Advisor

Melissa has a strong governance background as an experienced accountant and company secretary in the financial services profession. She is a member of the Queensland State Council of the Governance Institute of Australia (GIA) and lectures in governance for the GIA.

Melissa also has over 15 years’ experience with the Australian Stock Exchange (now ASX Limited) addressing continuous disclosure, corporate governance and listing rule compliance issues as well as ASX policy development.

Melissa has been a company secretary for ASX-listed companies in Australia and has a B.Comm (Griffith), Grad Dip in Applied Finance & Investment (SIA) and a Grad Dip in Applied Corporate Governance (CSA).

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Garth Paton

B Comm (Finance), LLB (UNSW)

Principal Advisor (NSW)

Garth assists clients by providing policy, regulation, compliance, governance and legislative expertise to Boards and executives. He commenced his career as a solicitor with Minter Ellison and then moved into management consulting across a variety of industries and sectors such as finance, resources, property, legal, technology and advertising.

In past leadership roles, he has been successful in developing new markets and growing revenue for organisations. Previously he was an independent consultant and co-founder of Timberco and National Manager Business Improvement for Link Market Services.

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Jennifer Tunny

BA (Hons), UQ

Senior Research Advisor

Since joining the firm in 2001, Jennifer has assisted in the preparation of books and academic and practitioner articles and has played a key role in research and in the development and preparation of teaching materials used in AICD courses. She has assisted in a number of Board reviews and workshops to assist clients evaluate and improve their governance processes. Jennifer has also broadened her expertise into the area of strategic management has been involved in a number of strategic planning projects. Jennifer is co-author of Directors at Work: A Practical Guide for Boards.

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Cameron Beck

BBus (Int’l Bus/Mgt)

Advisor

Combining his practical experience in information technology working with IBM’s Asia Pacific Delivery Centre and his learning in completing a Bachelor of Business majoring in International Business and Management, Cameron provides support in the strategy and governance assignments. He also develops technologies to provide new methodologies in the implementation of governance and strategy services.

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Alicia Beck Advisor Support at Effective Governance

Alicia Mackie

BCreatInd (Drama/Integrated Marketing Communication)

Advisor Support

Alicia provides support to our teams in Queensland, New South Wales and Victoria. Through her developed knowledge in completing a Bachelor of Creative Industries and Integrated Marketing Communication, Alicia develops client proposals, deliverables, and is integral to our marketing efforts; Alicia is also responsible for the day-to-day operation and financial management of Effective Governance. She is also responsible for providing administrative leadership for the office and acting as liaison between the Effective Governance team and respective clients.

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Helen Shorrocks

Advisor

Helen is the longest serving member of our team and coordinates our advisors’ projects and activities. Helen administers and coordinates our online Board evaluation services and generates the findings reports from those evaluations. Her knowledge of governance and strategic planning has grown in her time here and she makes significant contributions to the services we provide our clients including the development of reports, presentations and educational materials.

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Sean Titmarsh Advisor at Effective Governance

Sean Titmarsh

Advisor and IT Specialist

Currently completing a Bachelor of Information Technology at The University of Queensland, Sean brings aptitude and enthusiasm for Information Technology to the team. He assists in the development and production of board evaluation surveys and client deliverables while also supporting the Effective Governance teams throughout Australia by designing various software and hardware solutions.

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Robert Newman Specialist Advisor at Effective Governance

Robert Newman

BA, PG PSYCH, MAPS

Specialist Advisor

Rob is a managing partner with Change Focus Group, a firm that provides organisational psychology services in the areas of human and organisational assessment, group facilitation, team development and organisational change. Since 1991, Change Focus has been designing change programs for individuals, groups and organisations – each one customised to suit specific organisational needs, cultures and environments.

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Michael Willis

BEcon, FAICD, SFFin

Specialist Advisor

Michael is a company director, with twenty-five years of experience in corporate governance in industry, financial services, industry peaks and the not-for-profit sector.

He currently chairs the Boards of West Moreton Hospital and Health Service and Boyce Chartered Accountants. He is the Honorary Treasurer of Independent Schools Qld. He has chaired an ASX-listed company, and served in governance and management of listed and regulated businesses, industry bodies and non-profits. Michael is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and a Life Member of FINSIA, the Financial Services Institute of Australasia. He is a Past President of FINSIA, and led FINSIA’s participation in developing the ASX Corporate Governance Principles.

His expertise includes: assisting boards in evaluating board and director effectiveness; reviewing governance structures, policies, processes, skills and dynamics; developing governance policies and solutions to assist boards in implementing sound governance practices; assisting boards in areas of risk management, compliance, financial oversight and strategy; and providing targeted professional development on corporate governance, financial oversight and risk management.

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Garth Fountain-Smith Principal Advisor at Effective Governance

Garth Fountain-Smith

LL.B, Grad Cert Leg Prac, Grad Dip App Corp Gov, FGIA, FCIS, MAICD

Specialist Advisor (Vic)

Effective Governance retains the services of Fountain-Smith Lawyers and Governance Pty Ltd in Victoria to provide the services of Garth Fountain-Smith.

Garth has extensive experience as both a director and Chair. His current director portfolio, includes appointment to the National Board of Governance Institute of Australia Ltd of which he is a Fellow. He is a Chartered Secretary and holds Post-graduate qualifications in Applied Corporate Governance. Garth has executive management experience as director, Chief Operating Officer and General Counsel in the Information Technology sector. His areas of practice enable him to advise boards and senior managers on directors’ duties, corporate governance, board performance and review, risk management and ASIC regulatory compliance. He has held senior positions at ASIC as a lawyer in its law enforcement directorate and as a Manager and Legal Counsel in its operations directorate.

Garth is also admitted as a Barrister and Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Tasmania and is a practitioner of the Federal Court and High Court of Australia. He has appeared as advocate in a range of commercial, regulatory and criminal matters.


Denise Morton CEO at Effective Governance

Denise Morton

MBA (UQ), GAICD

Specialist Advisor

Denise has had extensive experience in working with Boards to enhance the governance of their organisations. In particular, in conducting Board-as-a-whole and director evaluations and working with chairs to ensure the evaluation meets the needs of the organisation. In addition to conducting Board evaluations, Denise is actively involved in our strategic planning and governance services, including providing governance advice, the preparation of Board charters, and developing CEO evaluation processes and Board and director development programs.

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Gene Tunny

Gene Tunny

BEcon(Hons) (UQ)

Specialist Advisor

Gene is the Principal of Adept Economics and is a former Commonwealth Treasury manager with experience in industry, budget policy and macroeconomic advice and development. He is an accomplished speaker and regular economics commentator for ABC and commercial radio and television current affairs. Gene graduated from the University of Queensland in 1996 with first class honours in economics, and he was a University Medalist. He is the current Secretary of the Economic Society of Australia (Qld).

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Professor Geoffrey Kiel

Professor Geoffrey Kiel

BCom (Hons) PhD (NSW) FAIM FAID FAMI FANZMAC

Emeritus Chairman

Geoff has had a distinguished career as a management consultant, senior manager, management educator and academic researcher. He has extensive personal experience working with clients in areas of strategic planning, marketing planning, marketing strategies, organisational design and development, marketing research and economic feasibility studies and is well known for his work in corporate governance. Geoff is the co-author of the major Australian practical guide to governance, Boards that Work, Directors at Work: A Practical Guide for Board and Board, CEO and Director Evaluation. He is also a core facilitator for the AICD

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