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RKWN Webinar: Are you board ready?

  • When: Tuesday 5 October 2021
  • Time: 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm AEDT
  • Where: Online via Zoom using your PC or mobile
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This webinar is for women who are interested in finding and taking up board positions for the first time, or who may have recently taken up a position and are interested in finding out more about their duties and responsibilities.

Australian boards need more women and serving on a board can bring enormous personal and professional satisfaction. But how do you know when you are ready to apply for board positions?

In this webinar, our panel, consisting of Chaya Lal, Partner at accounting and business advisory firm PKF, Jaqueline Wilson, Associate at Russell Kennedy who has extensive experience serving on numerous different boards, and Janet Young, non-executive director of HealthShare Victoria and Chair of the Finance, Audit and Risk Management Committee – as well as being Chief Operating Officer at Russell Kennedy - will provide practical insight and discussion into how and when to apply for board positions.

Our expert panel will discuss:

  • The benefits and challenges of serving on a board
  • How to find a board position
  • Key aspects to consider when weighing up a particular role
  • How you can prepare to make yourself ‘board ready’
  • The key responsibilities and risks that should be on your radar

Chaya Lal will also be providing a crucial overview on financial statements, and the key information that every director needs to know.

Opportunity to submit your questions to be answered in the live Q&A

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Webinar Details

We are utilising Zoom to run this webinar. Zoom is free to download and can be viewed from your PC/mobile device. 

The live webinar is free to attend and attendees will be sent a link to log into the live webinar room 15 minutes before the scheduled start time.

DATE: Tuesday 5 October 2021

TIME: 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm AEDT

COST: This webinar is free to attend but bookings are essential as places are limited.

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Please join our panel:

Chaya Lal

Chaya LalPartner, PKF

Chaya is a Partner working in the Business Advisory practice of the PKF Melbourne office.

Chaya’s diverse experience includes advising new businesses in relation to structuring and advising on major restructure strategies and complex tax issues in our ever-changing environment.

With a specialisation in the Property Development and Construction industry, Chaya is an industry expert in this area facilitating her clients with immense knowledge and experience.

Chaya also has in-depth experience with owner-operated supermarkets, professional service firms and medical practices.

Although her main areas of focus are tax and business structuring advice to high net worth individuals and large family groups, Chaya is now increasingly working with business owners and entrepreneurs who have ‘outgrown’ their current service providers and are often in need of help.

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Jaqueline WilsonAssociate, Russell Kennedy

Jaqueline works broadly across the commercial sector advising a range of clients in public, private, not-for-profit and social purpose enterprises. She advises on a range of corporate transactions, commercial agreements and governance issues.

Prior to practicing law Jaqueline was an accomplished senior executive, trusted adviser, consultant, non-executive director, and chartered secretary with wide-ranging executive and directorship experience spanning the manufacturing, IT, education, health and community care sectors, in public, private, not-for-profit and social purpose enterprises.

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Janet Young, Chief Operating Officer, Russell Kennedy

Janet has over 30 years of international financial, strategic, and operational experience with leading companies primarily in the professional services sector – accounting, management consulting and legal.

Janet is currently a director of HealthShare Victoria which was established on 1 January 2021 as an independent public sector and commercially-oriented provider of supply chain, procurement and corporate services to partner with Victoria’s public health services and suppliers in delivering best-value health-related goods and services. She is Chair of the Finance, Audit and Risk Management Committee and a member of the Remuneration Committee.

She is also the Chief Operating Officer of Russell Kennedy, with previous roles including COO/CFO with law firms Herbert Smith Freehills and Minter Ellison. Her responsibility includes all the business functions of the firm including strategy, finance, human resources, information technology, legal operations and business development. In these roles she was a member of the firm’s executive leadership team and attended board meetings as a permanent ex-officio invitee.

Janet is a Chartered Accountant, Company Secretary and is a member of AICD. She is also a member of the Financial Executive Institute, a mentoring organisation for high potential accountants, and has been a mentor for the past 15 years.

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Your Russell Kennedy Women's Network host:

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Gina TresidderSpecial Counsel, Russell Kennedy

Gina is a Special Counsel in Russell Kennedy's Corporate and Commercial team, specialising in all aspects of intellectual property (IP) and IT. She acts for clients in a diverse range of industries including fast moving consumer goods (FMCG), medical products, healthcare, industrial and automotive products, software development and IT, media, marketing, food and hospitality, property development, franchising, fashion, insurance, financial services, government and technology.

Gina has been a member of the RKWN since first joining Russell Kennedy, and she regularly presents at seminars and conferences on a range of legal topics for clients and industry groups.

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