AIM for the Future: New Members Aligned With Board Culture

AIM Qld & NT Board
Left to right: Michael O'Hagan FAIM, Christine Cornish FAIM, Julie Boyd FAIM (Deputy Chair), Richard Boys FAIM,
Rolanda Ayling AFAIM, Grant Dearlove FAIM (Chair), John Cotter FAIM, Bob Bishop FAIM, David Conry FAIM.

AIM chairman Grant Dearlove FAIM last month announced the appointment of five new directors, each one recruited because of their skill sets and to achieve the Institute's 2012 goals.

Rolanda Ayling AFAIM, RACQ Executive General Manager People, Youngcare founder and mining services executive David Conry FAIM, information and communications technology expert Christine Cornish FAIM, financial officer Richard Boys FAIM and Flinders Group chairman John Cotter FAIM are the directors filling casual vacancies.

Mr Dearlove said the new directors reflected the Institute's rich culture of professionalism and added their appointments meant the board now had a full complement of nine directors.

"It's not a passive role. There's a lot of time, commitment and devotion required for these roles and we deliberately recruited people who could meet the demands," he said.

"We've not had a full complement of directors on the board in the past five years and now we have the right people to meet the demands of the future and share the load.

"Our intention was to pursue a number of female directors to meet our current views that there is a greater need for female presence and gender equity at boardroom level.

"We also viewed the skills matrix of the board and addressed the areas where further expertise was required."

Mr Dearlove said the goals for the next 12 months were clear and concise – increased membership, share of voice and an unrivalled and unmistakeable presence in the field of management.

"We addressed the discipline of membership and identified Rolanda Ayling as the perfect candidate to enhance our membership proposition," Mr Dearlove said.

"Rolanda is a senior exectuive at RACQ, Queensland's biggest member-based organisation and she brings invaluable skills to AIM.

"We wanted someone with a vast and rich background in the finance sector and in Richard Boys we found all of that and more.

"He has a lifetime of experience in senior, chief financial officer roles within major corporations and his appointment is a coup for AIM.

"We also wanted someone with skills in the ICT space to complement TheCyberInstitute and Christine Cornish fits the bill perfectly. "We identified a need for a candidate with a background in the mining and not for profit sectors and David Conry was a strong choice.

"His history in creating Youngcare and his knowledge of the mining services industries is second to none," Mr Dearlove said.

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