Perspectives, Challenges and Responses for 2021: A CEO Panel Discussion Webinar

Over the course of 2020, the world has learnt a hard lesson through experiencing economic, social and health related difficulties. While companies are continuing to navigate this uncertainty, we are now better placed and have become more resilient to respond to upcoming challenges.

Following on from our last panel discussion on risk, resilience and adaptation, we will hear three energetic CEOs to discuss their perspectives on the challenges for 2021.

Bevington Group’s Managing Director, Roger Perry, will be facilitating the discussion.

Guest speakers:
  • Bernard Dwyer (Chief Executive Officer, Spirit of Tasmania)
  • Ged Foley (Chief Executive Officer, Sonic Clinical Services)
  • David Marshall (Chief Executive Officer, Defence Bank)

An overview of the session can be viewed here

The recording of the webinar can be viewed here

Please send your questions, comments and feedback to: webinar@bevingtongroup.com

The previous webinar in this series can be found here

The next webinar in this series can be found here

Read more of our resources here.


Panel of experts

Roger Perry
Managing Director, Bevington Group

Roger has provided productivity improvement services for many of Asia Pacific’s most respected companies and institutions including: ANZ; AMCOR; Downer; NAB; Perpetual; Qantas; Red Cross Blood Bank; Shell; University of Melbourne; University of Sydney; Virgin Australia; and Westpac.

Roger has been an assignment Director and Steering Committee member on over 60 transformation programs. 

Roger has published widely on productivity improvement and restructuring including in Boss Magazine, CEO Magazine, Management Today, Retail World, Marketing Magazine, and The Institute Journal.

He is an experienced company Director having sat on the Boards of a range of enterprises including: E*TRADE Australia; ANZ International Ltd (Singapore); Greenfleet; Lean Planning Services Pty Ltd; and Bevington Consulting Pty Ltd. 

He is also a very active contributor to Australia’s charitable sector as Chair of the World Vision Business Advisory Councils in both Melbourne and Sydney, and as Chair of Greenfleet’s Business Advisory Council.

Prior to joining the Bevington Group, Roger was a Group Senior Executive with the ANZ Bank, responsible for financial performance management (Head of Group Performance Management), as well as having major project governance accountabilities (Head of Group Project Centre of Excellence).


Bernard Dwyer
Chief Executive Officer, Spirit of Tasmania

Bernard Dwyer has been the Chief Executive Officer TT-Line Company Pty. Ltd. since 3 November 2014.

Bernard serves as a Director of the Tourism Industry Council Tasmania, a member of the Brand Tasmanian Board and a member of the Tasmanian State Government’s Access Working Group with significant experience in the Tasmanian tourism sector, working in various senior management positions with the Federal Group, including nearly nine years as its Director of Tourism.

During his tenure at Federal Group,  Bernard oversaw the development of the Saffire property on the east coast and assisted in developing the Federal Group’s tourism portfolio under the nationally awarded Pure Tasmania brand.

Prior to joining the Federal Group in 2000, Mr Dwyer worked as a management consultant for KPMG Tasmania and Price Waterhouse Coopers in Sydney and in various senior management roles with the former Trust Bank and SBT Bank – Tasmania.


Ged Foley
Chief Executive Officer, Sonic Clinical Services

Ged obtained his medical degree at the University of Liverpool, UK, in 1988. 

Having moved to Australia, Ged initially held the position of Chief Medical Officer at IPN, a role that supported GPs working with IPN through a collaborative approach to clinical advice, mentoring and on-going training. 

Ged became CEO of IPN Medical Centres in 2015, bringing an extensive knowledge of rural and metropolitan general practice, both in Australia and abroad. 

In May 2017, Ged was appointed as CEO, Sonic Clinical Services. 


David Marshall
Chief Executive Officer, Defence Bank

David Marshall commenced as CEO at Defence Bank in February 2018.

Since joining Australia’s Defence Bank, David has initiated a people-led, technology-enabled transformation program to deliver highly relevant products and services and to reduce member effort at every touch point. 

Previously, David was CEO at Hume Bank, a regional customer-owned bank based in New South Wales (NSW) and Victoria (VIC). He continues to be a passionate and influential advocate for the member-owned banking sector and its leadership role within the contemporary financial services landscape within Australia. 

David spent more than 30 years in the financial services sector in New Zealand and Australia where he led major divisions in retail and business banking at national and regional banks. 

As CEO of Australia’s Defence Bank, David continues to build on the bank’s partnership and bond with the Defence community. “It is with a high degree of pride and honour that our members entrust us to serve those who protect us, and we are deeply committed to ensuring members are provided their banking needs when they want it, where they want it, how they want it.” 

David grew up on a farming property in the South Island of New Zealand and has three adult children all living in Australia. David has studied at Lincoln College (Canterbury University), London Business School and Wharton Business School.