Our 2021 Annual General Meeting was held on 27 May 2021 – online and back to the standard Corporations Act time-frames. In our view, this is another sign how the “new normal” of online/remote working is proliferating throughout the knowledge-work domain.
President Klaus Veil the introduced the members of the Office of the CEO to the meeting attendees:
- Dr Ruth Ferraro PhD MBus MAdultEd BA Fellow ARPI – Head of Professionalism and Ethics
- Dr Asheley Jones BA PhD GAICD – Head of Education, Accreditation, Micor-Credantila and Empluoyabilty (EAMCE)
- Mark Lowy MBA MPM B.Sc PMP PgMP – Head of Professional Organisation Transformation and Development
- Angelina Pillai BA FAIM – Head of Diversity, Culture and Inclusion Portfolio
The President then introduced the members of the Office of the Chief Professionalist Prof. Dean Sanders OAM to the meeting:
- Tanya Stephens BVSc MSc (IAWEL) MANZCVS FRCVS – Expert, Office of the Chief Professionalist
- Philip Argy BCom LLB FACS FRI MAICD – Expert, Office of the Chief Professionalist
The Meeting then noted the major initiatives and activities of the 2020 reporting year as well as further progress since 1 January 2021.
The Members then received and approved the Directors’ and Financial Report for the financial year 2020 and re-appointed Accountability Pty Ltd as the Auditor for 2021.
The voting Members then elected the following Directors:
- Dr Julie Strous BVSc PDM GAICD (Executive Director – Australasian Veterinary Boards Council)
- Dr Simon Eassom MA B.Ed (Executive General Manager Education – CPA Australia)
- Rupert Grayston BE MEngMgt (Chief Executive Officer – Australian Computer Society)
- Simon Hann BCom LLB (Group Executive Education & Learning – Chartered Accountants ANZ)
- Steven Turner BBus CAHRI CMC (National President – Institute of Management Consultants)
The Chair thanked all for their active participation in the AGM business items and then invited ACoP Chief Professionalist Prof Deen Sanders OAM to give the AGM address on ‘Who can we trust? How to halt Trust-Erosion and redefine the Authority and Value of Professionals‘. Deen emphasised the importance of professional and ethical conduct as the essential basis for maintaining the trustworthiness that is one of the hallmarks of professionals. He also foreshadowed that later in 2021, ACoP will hold a number of events to deepen our thinking on these issues.