The WOB group comprises Women on Boards in Australia (WOB Pty Ltd) and the UK (WOB UK Ltd). In both enterprises, a number of the directors work in the business alongside a small but effective team of employees and contractors who lend specialist support.
- Ruth Medd, Executive Chair
- Claire Braund, Executive Director
- Mary Sue Rogers, Non Executive Director
- Cheryl Hayman, Non Executive Director
- Angela Bowen, Business and Office Manager
- Michelle Benson, Marketing and Corporate Engagement Manager
- Victoria Featherby, Business Services Support
- Ruth Jones, My Mentor Manager
- Sheena Wilson, Presenter
- Mariette Rups-Donnelly, Presenter & Partner
- Dr Margaret Byrne, Presenter & Partner
- Dr Grant Robertson, Presenter & Partner
- Presence at Work, Presenters & Partners
Chair, Women on Boards Australia & Non Executive Director, Women on Boards UK
Ruth is a Certified Practising Accountant and former IT professional who has been pursuing a career as a non executive director since 2000. She is immediate past chair of Australian Ethical Superannuation, a director on the National Foundation for Australian Women and a former director of the NSW Casino Control Authority and the Infants Home at Ashfield. Prior executive roles include executive director of the Australian Association of National Advertisers and senior positions with Telstra, the Australian Broadcasting Tribunal and the Federal Government.
Appointed April 2006
Executive Director, Women on Boards Australia & Non Executive Director, Women on Boards UK
Claire is a former journalist and public relations manager who uses her high level advocacy skills to lead Women on Boards in Australia. A highly respected speaker on gender diversity and related business issues, Claire an informed and entertaining presenter, a renowned networker and skilled at building relationships for common benefit. She became a Churchill Fellow in 2011 for her research into the effect of gender quotas on public listed company boards in Norway, the UK and France which led to the establishment of Women on Boards in the UK in 2012. Claire is a director of the Central Coast Conservatorium of Music, a past director of the Foundation for Australian Agricultural Women and a graduate of the Benevolent Society’s Sydney Social Leadership Program.
Appointed April 2006
Mary Sue Rogers
Non Executive Director, Women on Boards Australia
Mary Sue is a seasoned executive with more than 30 years of leadership positions from CEO to Partner in global professional services organisations such as Talent2, IBM and PwC. She has a strong focus on business strategy and transformation and is considered an expert in the HR and Talent market, with significant experience and track record in strategy, outsourcing, consulting, technology services, mergers and acquisitions. Mary Sue sits on the HR Committee of the Board of Save the Children Australia and provides pro bono consulting and serves on the board of a newly merged Diving and Travel Services organisation. She has her blog at SaveHR.com and is a guest writer for several organisations including Shared Services Outsourcing Network.
Appointed October 2016
Non Executive Director, Women on Boards Australia
Cheryl is a professional non executive director on Clover Corporation, an ASX-listed company, and on the Houston’s Farm Board. She has served on the boards of numerous non-profit organisations, and is currently on Peer Support Australia and Australian Institute of Food, Science and Technology and an advisory board member for HerBusiness and Kidpreneur, fostering and training primary school age children in the art of entrepreneurship. In her professional life, Cheryl has strong understanding of social media platforms; is a writer of blogs, and provides online training and mentoring through webinars and podcasts. Prior to establishing her own business Cheryl's lengthy corporate career encompassed big brands in major multi-national organisations such as Unilever, George Weston Foods and Yum Restaurants, both in Australia/NZ and the UK.
Appointed October 2016
Business and Office Manager
Angela has worked for many years in business administration, with a focus on the education and services sectors. In her role with Women on Boards, Angela brings her high level expertise in the provision of administrative support and business management. She is particularly involved with subscriber relations and management of nationwide events. She ensures the WOB member network runs smoothly and helps to build and sustain connections with members. Angela has become known for her efficiency, warmth and attention to all those little details that contribute to a great client experience.
Marketing and Corporate Engagement Manager
Michelle is a sales and marketing professional with experience in medical and pharmaceutical sales, brand, product management and business to business marketing. She brings this expertise to the Women on Boards marketing portfolio and her skills in relationship management and business development to her role recruiting and managing Women on Boards' large range of corporate members. Michelle also supports the extensive training and development activities of Women on Boards in Australia.
Business Services Support
Victoria grew up in Spain and after living in London for five years moved to Australia in 2011. Victoria joined Women on Boards in early 2016 to provide business service and support. She brings more than 15 years’ hospitality and administration experience in both large and small organisations in Spain and the UK, including large hotel chains where she was in direct customer facing roles. Victoria brings diversity and cross-functional experience to the WOB team.
Presenters and Partners
My Mentor Manager
Ruth Jones has an extensive background leading national and international nonprofit organizations in Australia and the US. For 10 years, based in Seattle, USA, she was CEO of the Social Venture Partners Network, the largest network of engaged donors operating globally. Before this, Ruth held senior roles at Community Foundations of Canada and Philanthropy Australia. In her personal capacity, Ruth is a director of two nonprofits - the Ten20 Foundation and Abbotsford Convent Foundation - and a member of Social Venture Partners Melbourne. For six years she was a director of Worldwide Initiatives for Grantmaker Support, a US nonprofit operating internationally.
Sheena is highly accomplished business executive, with multi-disciplinary experience on a global scale as a management consultant and career development specialist. She is now a professional non executive director and deputy chair of a large private enterprise. Sheena's international business career has included many years living and working in the USA, Europe and Asia - 12 at one of the world’s leading financial institutions in lead executive roles in international HR and Global Talent Strategy, and as CEO of the corporation’s India entity. She is an international award-winning expert in Diversity and Inclusion; has worked on the ‘people aspects’ of many M&A deals globally and has built two successful businesses from scratch.
Presenter on the Next Generation of Corporate Female Leaders Program & Words, Voice, Action workshop
Mariette has taken her years of experience as a leading actor and teacher of actors and combined it with an astute business understanding to create programs that go to the core of presence, presentation skills and business performance. She draws her expertise from a national and international career as a leading actor/singer in major theatrical productions and as a teacher in some of Australia’s foremost acting institutions including NIDA, WAAPA, Uni of Western Sydney and The Actor’s Centre. Through her company Powerhouse Presentation she runs a wide variety of one on one programs, and customised workshops for executives and corporations and is particularly valued for her understanding of language and how to use the voice and body for maximum impact.
Dr Margaret Byrne
Presenter on the Next Generation of Corporate Female Leaders Program, Successful Goal Setting and Getting to the C Suite
Margaret has a BA and MA from Oxford, and postgraduate qualifications in adult learning from Bristol University. In 2005, she completed her PhD, exploring how leadership potential is identified in meetings in ways that can disadvantage women’s career progression. She holds three awards for innovation in the design of executive development and change management programs. Margaret is known for the way she balances intellectual rigour with a passion for practical outcomes that make a measurable difference to leaders and their organisations. She has worked and consulted in China, Indonesia, Hong Kong, Japan, Malaysia, Vietnam, Singapore, UK, USA, New Zealand, France and Italy, as well as in four Pacific nations. She is a qualified and highly experienced executive coach. As well as consulting, Margaret conducts research and has published widely in print, film and online formats. Margaret has held senior executive roles in two international organisations. In 2007, she was ACT winner of the Telstra Business Women’s Awards in the Corporate Sector Category and a National Finalist. She has had a career-long commitment to developing women leaders.
Dr Grant Robertson
Presenter on Getting to the C Suite
Grant has a PhD in leadership, having focussed his thesis on distributed leadership. He also holds an MBA and Master of Electronic Commerce, and initially completed a Bachelor of Social Science, as well as an Honours Degree in Psychology.
Grant was born in South Africa, where he held a wide range of positions in the corporate, public and education sectors. In each, he envisioned, championed and led strategic projects that resulted in significant organisational change. He is also deeply interested in strategic thinking and complexity and consults in these fields. Grant also has extensive experience in designing and delivering development programs for executives and high potential leaders. He is known for his energetic and engaging presentation style. He is an experienced executive coach.
Presence at Work
Presenters and coaches for the Next Generation of Corporate Female Leaders Program
Presence at Work is a collective leadership development consultancy dedicated to supporting corporate leaders to create environments that foster human creativity and fulfillment, and which tap into the collective wisdom that is needed to solve today's business challenges. It creates learning and development that inspires leadership teams to collaborate and innovate together more effectively, managing through change, growing in resilience and building an engaged and high performing workplace. WOB works with co-founder, Jane Weber, and facilitators/coaches, Ruta Asimus and Maggie Lawlor.
WoB UK principals
Chair, Women on Boards UK
Rowena spent 25 years as an executive in the ICT sector before completing the Sloan Masters at London Business School and subsequently developing a second career as a non executive director, angel investor and consultant. She has been executive chair of Women on Boards UK since its launch in 2012 and she is a non executive director at the Digital Catapult and a City Fellow (trustee) of Hughes Hall College, Cambridge.
Managing Director, Women on Boards UK
Fiona is Managing Director of Women on Boards UK and a trustee of the charity Fight for Sight. She is a former investment analyst and director for Old Mutual Asset Management and Hill Samuel Asset Management, running the Global Equities and Emerging Markets Desks respectively. In the past Fiona has advised the board of Thai Euro Fund and been the director responsible for Pension Fund asset allocation for Old Mutual Asset Management's Employee Pension Fund.
Director, Women on Boards UK
Rachel is a founding director of Women on Boards UK. She spent 18 years as an international corporate tax consultant working with PriceWaterhouseCoopers. After leaving in 2008 she joined Cardio Direct Ltd, a medical provider of cardiac services. Rachel studied at the University of Birmingham and has a Bachelor of Commerce. She is also a member of the Chartered Institute of Taxation, ATII qualified.