Governance Top 100 Winner 2023

We are thrilled to announce the Winner and Outstanding Achievers for Governance Top 100 for 2023

Alicia Morris, the General Counsel & Company Secretary, Australian Vintage Limited, has been named the 2023 winner of Governance Top 100 which was launched by 3YS Owls Governance Consultants in 2020.

Ms Morris was chosen from an elite field of corporate governance professionals across a range of ASX-listed companies, not-for-profit groups, government and government owned corporations, private and unlisted public companies.

Ms Morris is recognised for creating governance frameworks at global wine and drinks company Australian Vintage, which she joined in 2010.

Ms Morris said she has been with the innovative wine and drinks company, Australian Vintage for over thirteen years and leads their legal team and governance portfolio and was incredibly proud of the governance journey she has been able to drive with the board of directors and broader team.

“I am so proud of my efforts to create governance frameworks for Australian Vintage to support and drive our powerful ESG ambitions, which will ensure our business is thriving for many years to come. Our sustainability roadmap incorporates our vision for the net positive impact we would like to create in our business and industry, with the intention of putting more back into the environment, society and economy than we take out. By creating governing frameworks, alongside goals and programs, we can move towards this positive future.”

Deb Anderson, co-founder and director of 3YS Owls, said Ms Morris is a worthy winner chosen from a high calibre of outstanding achievers and finalists for this year that represent a broad range of industries including local Councils, agriculture, banking and financial services, and a good mix of diversity.

“Each of the nominees should be proud of the contribution that they have made and will continue to make to governance within their organisations. This award truly emphasises the value and benefit of robust governance frameworks and the individuals that are responsible for driving these initiatives. Alicia is a true example of that, being named a finalist for both 2020 and 2023 as well as taking out this year’s award for winner of Governance Top 100 2023.”

Congratulations to Alicia Morris, winner of the 2023 Governance Top 100 award, outstanding achievers: Rahul Roy, Anthony Ingegneri, Beau-Jane De Costa, Erin O’Connor, Kirsten Anderson Llewellyn, Allison Ferres-MacDonald, Greg Jacobson, Andrew Heath, Gregory Seeto, Joshua Little, and Jeremy Leong, and all the finalists. I’ve had the privilege of being on the judging panel since its inception in 2020, and it has been wonderful to see these Awards grow year on year, and to read the stories of so many high calibre applicants from a diverse range of organisations. Good governance is critical for many reasons, including to support and foster a corporate culture of compliance and ethical decision making. This has shone through in every application, together with a strong understanding of the ever-evolving ESG landscape, and it has been inspiring to see this demonstrated so consistently. Thank you to 3YS Owls, and our fellow sponsors, Hays; Nasdaq Governance Solutions; and Computershare Australia, for another exceptional celebration of the governance profession.

Reece Walker, Partner, McCullough Robertson Lawyers

The judging panel for Governance Top 100 received nominations from governance professionals right across Australia. In recognition of the quality of submissions from this year’s finalists the following individuals were celebrated as outstanding achievers:

  • Allison Ferres-MacDonald – Deputy General Counsel (Legal Services Manager), Ipswich City Council
  • Andrew Heath – Board Secretary, Australian Pesticides & Veterinary Medicines Authority
  • Anthony Ingegneri – Executive Manager, Listed, Insurance Australia Group Limited
  • Beau-Jane De Costa – Head of Governance & Enterprise Risk, Inner West Council
  • Erin O'Connor – Group Company Secretary, Orica Limited
  • Kirsten Anderson-Llewellyn – Group Company Secretary, Orica Limited
  • Greg Jacobson – Company Secretary, Perth Airport Pty Ltd
  • Gregory Seeto – General Counsel & Company Secretary, Kilcoy Global Foods
  • Joshua Little – Chief Risk Officer, Aveo Group
  • Jeremy Leong – Chief Risk Officer & Head of Compliance, Taishin International Bank, Brisbane Branch
  • Rahul Roy – Executive Manager, Listed, Insurance Australia Group Limited

2023 Governance Top 100 Outstanding Achievers
2023 Governance Top 100 Outstanding Achievers (pictured)

The judging panel was impressed by the high standard of the submissions and appreciate that Governance professionals are humble and can find it challenging to promote themselves. Some of the attributes that stood out amongst these outstanding governance professionals included an increased focus on key ESG issues, working towards net zero emissions targets, climate-change related financial disclosures, modern slavery reporting, an increased utilisation of artificial intelligence (in an ethical manner) and cyber security to manage compliance with regulatory, governance and risk frameworks. Congratulations everyone and thank you again for your continued effort to enhancing governance within your organisations.

Deb, Co-Founder and Director, 3YS Owls

2023 Governance Top 100 winner Nasdaq NYC Times Square Alicia Morris
Alicia Morris (pictured), Nasdaq MarketSite, Times Square, New York

Ms Morris added, I’m humbled to be recognised alongside the many talented governance professionals in our industry and having my face on a billboard in Times Square New York is an unexpected career highlight for a girl from Adelaide.

If you are a company secretary, general counsel, risk manager, CRO, CFO, CEO, director, chair or other governance professional that is paving the way for governance in your organisation we want you to be part of Governance Top 100 in 2024. Click here to register your interest.

Governance Top 100 has been made possible through the ongoing commitment and support of culturally aligned partners who are all champions of governance in their own right. The partners include Computershare, Hays, McCullough Robertson Lawyers and Nasdaq Governance Solutions.

Congratulations to the 2023 winner, outstanding achievers and all of the finalists which can be found here: Governance Top 100

The winner and outstanding achievers were announced via a webinar presentation which also showcased our sponsors.

If you would like to find out how to become a Nominee, or would like to be a Sponsor for the event, for 2024 call us at 1300 3YS OWLS (397 695) or get in touch.

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