Rebuilding public trust in our institutions

Rebuilding public trust in our institutions

Oct 3
Join CEDA CEO Melinda Cilento and business leaders as we unpack results from our inaugural Company Pulse 2019 survey exploring community expectations of business and challenges facing business leaders.
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Melinda Cilento, Chief Executive, CEDA
Alison Kitchen, National Chairman, KPMG
Rachel Nicolson, Partner, Allens
Ken Smith, Chief Executive Office and Dean, Australia and New Zealand School of Government

Event Overview

How confident can the community be that institutions and organisations operate responsibly and not only in their interests?

The decline of community trust in business has been much talked about. Rebuilding trust will be difficult without understanding the expectations that underpin trust, and how and where those expectations intersect with strategic business priorities.

Company Pulse is a nation-wide survey of the general public and business leaders. It seeks to better understand community expectations of business; and the challenges facing business leaders as they seek to sustain business performance and respond to changing community expectations. 

Join CEDA and our expert panel to explore the evolving significance of trust and how institutions and how organisations can lead cultural reform to foster trust with the community.

Event presentations

Melinda Cilento, CEDA MP3

Alison Kitchen, KPMG Australia MP3

Moderated discussion MP3

Delegate handout PDF


Meet the speakers

Melinda Cilento
Chief Executive, CEDA

Melinda is a company director, economist and experienced senior executive. She is a non-executive director of Australian Unity and Co-Chair of Reconciliation Australia. Melinda is also a member of the Parliamentary Budget Office panel of expert advisors.

Melinda was previously a Non-Executive Director with Woodside Petroleum, Commissioner with the Productivity Commission and Deputy CEO and Chief Economist with the Business Council of Australia. Melinda has also previously held senior roles with the Federal Department of Treasury, Invesco and the International Monetary Fund.

Alison Kitchen
National Chairman, KPMG

Alison Kitchen is the National Chairman of KPMG Australia and also serves as a member of KPMG’s Global and Regional Boards. Alison has held a variety of management and governance roles within the partnership as well as serving as External Audit Partner for a range of major ASX listed companies. Alison has worked in geographically diverse and complex operating environments providing advice on a range of topics including audit, risk management, internal controls, business processes and regulatory change across a diverse range of industries including energy, mining, transport and consumer goods and financial services.

Meet the panel

Rachel Nicolson
Partner, Allens

Rachel is a Partner at Allens and leads its Governance, Risk and Compliance and Business Crime practices. Rachel is also a board member of the UN Global Compact Network Australia.  The UN Global Compact is the world's largest business led sustainability initiative and focuses on capacity building of business in relation to their human rights, labour, environment and anticorruption impacts.  Rachel is also recognized as a leading lawyer in Australia on anti-bribery and corruption matters as well as in business human rights obligations. Rachel's work increasingly has focused on the spectrum of stakeholder expectations on business - from legal compliance through to alignment with industry or internationally accepted standards through to community expectations of corporate conduct; and how this spectrum of expectations informs business risks and mitigation of those risks, as well as informing opportunities for corporates.

Ken Smith
Chief Executive Office and Dean, Australia and New Zealand School of Government

Ken is Dean and CEO of the Australia and New Zealand School of Government (ANZSOG) and was the Agent General for Queensland based in London. He has headed the Queensland Departments of Premier and Cabinet, Infrastructure, Education, Arts, Employment and Training, Family Services and Housing Local Government and Planning. He has taken a public policy and administration leadership role at state and national levels. Ken is a Fellow of the Australian College of Educators and Educational Leadership, an Enterprise Professor at University of Melbourne and held numerous adjunct professorial positions. He is a board member of companies and authorities.

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