Mark Burdack FGIA, GAICD, BA BLegS (HON)
Mark Burdack has an extensive background and experience in working with large and small companies in the areas of good governance, strategic planning, media and communications, stakeholder engagement and government relations.
He was corporate secretary at Charles Sturt University, Australia's largest regional university, for over a decade advising the Chairman and CEO on strategy, projects and major initiatives.
He has led major governance reviews and has been consulted by the higher education, SME and not for profit sectors on best practice in corporate governance including board performance, succession planning, policy, compliance, risk management and delegation. His work on the development of a corporate governance charter received a commendation from the Australia Universities Quality Agency.
He was also head of Charles Sturt University's corporate affairs program including responsibility for communications, media, stakeholder and government relations programs, generating over $150 million in new funding for major initiatives during his period, and undertaking major strategic projects reforms to enhance the University's linkages with business, professions, government, media and communities.
He is currently an independent non-executive director and Chair of the Western Research Institute Ltd, a not for profit company that conducts research in the field of regional social and economic development. He was appointed by the NSW Deputy Premier and Commonwealth Deputy Prime Minister as an independent non-executive director of Regional Development Australia Central West, a regional planning agency.
Prior to work in the higher education sector, Mark was a senior executive in the NSW Department of Justice and Attorney General and led major business and customer service transformation initiatives including the development of LawAccess NSW, CaseLaw NSW and the e-court initiative. LawAccess NSW and the e-court initiative were recognised in the NSW Premier's Awards.
He was appointed by the Board of the Australian Commercial Disputes Centre as Interim Chief Executive Office to undertake a major strategic review of the company's performance and implemented a range of reforms to improve it competitive performance in an increasingly complex market.
He has been on the Advisory Board of the NSW State Library Legal Information Access Centres, and a non-executive director of the Australian Minerals and Fossils Museum. He was also a investigator and mediator for 5 years in the field of human rights law, including conducting workplace investigations and mediations of workplace disputes.
He is a Fellow of the Governance Institute of Australia; Graduate Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors; and, a Member of Economic Development Australia.
Sally Kay BA LLB (USyd), GAICD, DipFinSer
Sally Kay is a Graduate Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, and holds degrees in Arts and Law from the University of Sydney and a Diploma in Financial Services. Originally admitted as a Solicitor of the Supreme Court she practised in a large Sydney firm as a commercial litigation solicitor for 5 years. She also has experience in project management, property development, financial services, environmental development and legal systems. She worked as an ICT adviser and Project Manager for the Law Society of NSW, a position that involved extensive consultation with Government and industry on joint projects such as LawAccess NSW; the introduction and trial of online hearings in the Land and Environment Court; advising on regulatory and professional issues relating to the use of Public Key Encryption to improve efficiency of transactions between profession and government.