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2020 Corporate Public Affairs Executive Education Institute

Date 9 Nov 2020 to 13 Nov 2020
Location Melbourne
Price AUD 8400.00
Discounted Member Price AUD 7150.00

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One of the Centre’s signature executive education offerings, the Institute has been developed to accelerate the capability and careers of its graduates.

The only executive education program of its type in Asia Pacific, and offered just once a year, the Institute is a residential program, comprising five days of intensive learning and insights into best practice corporate affairs at Melbourne Business School.

Cited as the best program of its type internationally, the Institute is a must for mid-level practitioners looking to shift their capability to best practice, and for senior practitioners looking to refresh their engagement with best practice.

The Institute program embraces international best practice across the entire breadth of public affairs disciplines and activities, including practical application in the workplace. Its sessions are delivered by an international Faculty, and a Guest Faculty of the profession’s most senior practitioners from ASX 200 and Fortune 500 companies.

Guest Faculty include:
• Tanya Baini, Group Head of Sustainability & Government Relations – Coca-Cola Amatil
• Mary-Jane Bellotti, Chief Development Officer – WATPAC
• Christian Bennett, Head of Government Relations & Industry Affairs – Woolworths Group
• Cassandra Casey, General Manager, Communications and Community Relations, Transformation and Engagement – ANSTO
• Belinda Dennett, Director Corporate Affairs – Microsoft Australia & New Zealand
• Nicole Hodgson, Public Affairs Manager – Chevron Australia
• Jason Laird, Executive General Manager Corporate Affairs – National Australia Bank
• Guy Matthews, Head of Corporate Affairs, Australia and New Zealand – Citi
• Andrew McConville, CEO – Australian Petroleum Production & Exploration Association
• Liz McNamara, Executive General Manager Corporate Affairs – AGL Energy
• Melissa O’Neill, Global Director Corporate Affairs – Treasury Wine Estates
• Matthew Percival, Former Group Executive and Chief of Staff; Senior Fellow of the Centre for Corporate Public Affairs
• David Pullar, Head of Government Affairs and Public Policy – Roche
• Sam Stevens, Executive General Manager Corporate Affairs – Origin
• Gerry Tidd, Executive Vice President, Corporate Affairs – BlueScope Steel
• Amanda Wallace, Head of Corporate Communications – Insurance Australia Group
• Bay Warburton, Head of Stakeholder Relations – Mirvac
• Karen Wise, Manager Internal and Leadership Communications, Group Corporate Affairs – BHP

THE FACULTY

Wayne Burns, Director of Studies and Program Director
Wayne is the Executive Director of the Centre for Corporate Public Affairs. He is also an experienced management consultant in Asia Pacific. He has more than 30 years’ experience in corporate advisory, consulting, public policy, journalism and political advisory.

Wayne writes about public affairs internationally and teaches public affairs executive education in Australia, New Zealand, China, Singapore, and Hong Kong. His specialist areas of professional focus include corporate responsibility, issues management, reputation stewardship, social media and organisational effectiveness.

He has also developed and led six international best practice study tours on reputation stewardship, corporate responsibility, corporate communications, and issues management.

Wayne has worked in senior public affairs and management roles in leading corporations in Australia, and has also previously established and managed his own public affairs company. He sits on a number of community and statutory Boards.

Geoff Allen
Geoff Allen AM is the Chairman of the Centre for Corporate Public Affairs. Geoff pioneered research and teaching in Australia as Senior Research Fellow and adjunct professor at the Melbourne Business School before becoming co-founder and foundation CEO of the Business Council of Australia. He was also founder of the Allen Consulting Group and Centre for Corporate Public Affairs. He is a former consultant to most of Australia’s top 20 companies.

Geoff is past Chairman of a number of Commonwealth State advisory councils, past National Chairman of CEDA and director of a number of public companies.

Dr Jennifer J Griffin
Dr. Jennifer Griffin is Professor of Strategy and the Raymond C. Baumhart, S.J. Professor of Business Ethics at Loyola University Chicago’s Quinlan School of Business (Chicago, IL). Engaged at all levels of learning (e.g. executive, doctoral, graduate, and undergraduate including online and experiential study abroad courses) Jenn examines how firms continuously co-create value. Annually, she leads corporate strategy, social impact, and strategy-oriented CSR workshops for Australian, Chilean, and US executives as well as periodically in Brazil, India and Lebanon.

Professor Griffin, an award-winning educator, received the GW School of Business highest teaching award, the Teaching Excellence Award as well as numerous Faculty of the Year awards presented by the MBA Association. Eight times in the past decade (2016-2011, 2009 and 2007) doctoral students nominated her for the Peter J. Vaill Award for Best GWSB Doctoral Professor, while being nominated by millennials for the National Inspire-Integrity Award remains a special honor.

Douglas Pinkham
Doug Pinkham is President of the Public Affairs Council, the leading international association for public affairs professionals.

Doug was elected to head the Council in 1997. He has written numerous articles for trade/professional magazines and books and is a frequent speaker on public affairs, politics, communications and corporate management. He has been quoted widely in the print and broadcast media, including The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, USA Today, Fox Business News and NPR.

Before joining the Council, Doug was VP of Communications for the American Gas Association, a major trade association representing natural gas distribution companies.

Doug graduated with honors from the College of Wooster in Ohio. While at Wooster, he was elected to the Phi Beta Kappa society.

Doug serves on the board of the Institute for Public Relations and previously served on the International Advisory Board of the Boston College Center for Corporate Citizenship.

Peter Metcalfe
Peter is General Manager Government and External Relations at Woodside Energy Limited, having joined the company in June 2017. In this role he is responsible for Woodside’s engagements with governments, the media, and corporate reporting. Previously he was Director of Upstream External Affairs for BP Australia, working at BP for 16 years.

He is currently a Board Director and Company Secretary at CO:3, the Western Australian Contemporary Dance Company. He is a former member of Curtin University’s Animal Ethic Committee (2016-18); Chairman of the Deckchair Theatre Company (2004-6); and Chairman of the Perth Zoological Parks Authority (the Board of Perth Zoo) (2005-11).

Peter grew up in the United Kingdom and studied Politics and Parliamentary Studies at the University of Leeds. He moved to Western Australia in 2001.

Certification: 30 credit points towards a Graduate of the Centre for Corporate Public Affairs (GCCPA) is available to participant from member companies on completion of the Institute program. 40 credit points are required across 36 months to reach and maintain GCCPA certification.

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