Join a league of extraordinary women
Women on Boards is a thriving network. Founded by Claire Braund and Ruth Medd (pictured left) in 2006 WOB has become a 'league of extraordinary women who come together to support women to achieve board and leadership roles.
Key to WOBs success is its invitation to anyone to be involved. Ruth, Claire and the team are inclusive and welcoming, supporting all women on their board and leadership journey and celebrates their success.
Since 2006 we have worked hard to improve gender balance on boards and in leadership roles across Australasia. With some degree of success.
Our Vision & Values
Our mission is to support women on their board and leadership journey
Our vision is to have gender balance and cultural diversity within board and leadership roles
Since our inception in 2006, WOB’s vision has been to increase the number of women on boards and in leadership roles to achieve a minimum of 40% women on boards. We welcome the fact that many other advocacy groups have since adopted our founding vision. Many boards across many sectors have achieved this 40% milestone.
However within gender we need to look more closely at cultural diversity on boards and raise awareness and create opportunities for culturally diverse women to connect, network and interact with boards.
WOB is a courageous and independent team supporting women. We operate from a basis of reciprocity, trust and respect with our partners and allies.
Why Join WOB?
WOB Membership is open to all. It's free to register as a Basic member, with a fee to join as a Full Member. You can also join in both the UK and Australia under a Premium membership.
Advantages of membership include:
- Access to full details of all board & committee positions on our Vacancy Board
- Support when applying for board roles
- Access to WOBShare, our member-only online community
- Up to 30% discount on WOB events & workshops
- Access to free member only events, such as WOBChat
- Information & resources to assist and motivate you
We also promise to inform, support, connect, mentor and encourage you in your directorship and career journey.
Click here to see the benefits of taking a membership of WOB
The WOB group (WOB Pty Ltd) comprises Women on Boards in Australia (WOB Australia 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
- Nicole Donegan, Chief Operating Officer
- Angela Bowen, Customer Service and Business Manager
- Victoria Featherby, Business Services Support Officer
- Eva Heist, Corporate Partner & Member Manager
- Geraldine Cardozo, Digital Content Manager
- Dan Liszka, WOBSX Program Director
- Ruth Jones, MyMentor Manager
- Anna Hebron, WOB Qld/NT Representative
- Wendy Teasdale-Smith, WOB SA Representative
- Kylah Morrison, WOB WA Representative
- Sheena Wilson, Women in Leadership Facilitator
- Mahjabeen Zaman, Cultural Diversity Committee Chair
Ruth Medd FCPA
Chair, WOB Pty Ltd (appointed April 2006)
Chair, Women on Boards Australia (appointed February 2018)
Chair, Health and Sciences Institute Pty Ltd
Chair, Australian Chocolate Pty Ltd
Ruth is a Certified Practising Accountant and former IT professional who has been pursuing a career as a Non-Executive-Director since 2000. She was the founding chair of Women on Boards and in this capacity has been instrumental in the growth of the business and supported many thousands of women to become board members. She maintains wide interests outside of WOB, including in the start-up sector and angel investing as well as her other board and committee roles. Ruth was previously the chair of Australian Ethical Superannuation, a member of the NSW Casino Control Authority and a director of 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.
Non-Executive Director, WOB Pty Ltd (appointed April 2006)
Executive Director, Women on Boards Australia (appointed Feb 2018)
Chair, Central Coast Conservatorium of Music
Non-Executive Director & Governance Committee Chair, Coast Shelter Emergency Accommodation Ltd
Claire is a social entrepreneur and businesswoman based on the NSW Central Coast. She co-founded Women on Boards in Australia in 2006 and in the UK in 2012 following a career in journalism and public relations. She is an experienced Non-Executive Director on small businesses and large Not-For-Profit organisations and has significant expertise on board governance in many other sectors. Claire is a highly respected facilitator and speaker on a range of topics in the area of board governance, equity and diversity. She is an informed and entertaining MC and presenter and well known for her courage, conviction, compassion and confidence; and as someone who looks for new ideas and opportunities. In 2011 Claire became a Churchill Fellow for her research into gender balance on boards in Norway, France and the UK. She is also a graduate of the Benevolent Society’s Sydney Social Leadership Program which has led to a lifelong interest in affordable housing and related social issues, particularly those impacting women and children.
Mary Sue Rogers
Non-Executive Director, Chair of HR Committee, Member Impact Investment Fund Board
Save the Children Australia
Non Executive Director, Deputy Chair & Member HR Committee East-West Seed
Advisory Board MemberAdvisory Board Member, AIIR Consulting
Non Executive Director, Women on Boards Australia (Dec 2018 - Current)
Formerly a director of WOB Pty Ltd (Oct 2016 - Dec 2018)
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.
Nicole Donegan GAICD
Chief Operating Officer, Women on Boards Australia
Director, Women on Boards Australia (appointed Nov 2022)
Formerly Non Executive Director Triathlon Australia, Foundation 49 and Start Foundation.
Nicole is an experienced board member, COO and business adviser and business owner. She has diverse industry and leadership expertise, spanning government, association management, not for profit, tertiary education, retail and professional services sectors. Based in Melbourne, Nicole joins WOB to enhance the subscriber journey, support business growth and manage strategic initiatives.
Business and Customer Services 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. Angela is responsible for the development and management of WOBShare. 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.
Business Services Support Officer
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.
Corporate Partner & Member Manager
Eva has extensive experience in HR project management across start-up and corporate in Australia and overseas. She believes in the importance of focusing on the individual to create a value adding member experience. Eva currently serves as a committee member and consumer representative on the Central Coast Local Health District. Eva joined Women on Boards Australia to support our corporate partners to maximise their membership and provide project management support.
Digital Content Manager
Geraldine is a journalist and editor with more than 25 years' experience in newspaper and magazine publishing, both in Australia and the UK. She has written for a diverse range of titles including London's Evening Standard, Professional Photographer, Belle, House & Garden, Inside Out, Out & About with Kids and The Senior. Based on the NSW Central Coast, Geraldine joins WOB to manage content for the WOB website, newsletters and social media channels while helping increase engagement, brand awareness and membership.
WOBSX Program Director
Dan is a long term WOB friend and supporter, business coach & mentor who leverages his significant advisory expertise and access to knowledge, networks and capital to the project. Dan has a background in equity capital raising with a strong focus on small companies and corporate innovation. He is currently the CEO of HUBB Sydney, a community of business owners dedicated to peer support and business growth.
Ruth 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.
Anna is an executive leader, NED, strategic advisor and mentor with a passion for good governance, inspiring people and teams to be their best and delivering purposeful outcomes with simple process. She is the founder of Your Governance Guide, was appointed Member Appeals Tribunal, Institute of Chartered Accountants, Australia and New Zealand and a Fellow of Governance Institute of Australia.
Wendy is a Non-Executive Director of Road Safety Education Limited (RSE) and founder of the business ‘What the Stuff’, which specialises in public speaking. She is the President of Adelaide Toastmasters and a MBA Lecturer at Kaplan. Wendy has a successful background in the education industry and was previously the CEO of SATAC.
Kylah is a Perth based, experienced board member and multi-award winning leader with over 14 years’ experience working in private companies, indigenous organisations, not-for-profits, and start-ups. With substantial experience in the resource sector Kylah has a deep understanding of risks and challenges experienced by corporates, government, local businesses and indigenous organisations operating in remote and regional Australia, particularly in North Western Australia.
Women in Leadership Program Facilitator
Sheena is a highly accomplished business leader, talent executive and accredited career coach, with multi-disciplinary experience on a global scale. She is also a professional Non-Executive Director and Foundation Trustee, and Director and Co-Founder of Parents on Leave Pty Ltd. Sheena is Deputy Chair of a large professional services firm, and Chairs the Board’s People, Performance, Nominations and Governance Committee. She is a Mentor and Leadership Consultant for Women on Boards Australia; a member of the Nominations Committee for Basketball Australia; and coaches Board members and executives from multiple sectors in Australia and internationally. Sheena’s international business career included many years working overseas at The Bank of New York Mellon (BNY Mellon) where she was a member of the firm’s global Operating Committee. She was BNY Mellon’s Head of HR - International for five years; CEO of BNY Mellon India for three years; and Global Head of Talent Strategy for five years. She is an international awardwinning expert in Inclusion & Diversity; and has worked on the ‘people aspects’ of many M&A deals globally. Sheena has lived and worked extensively in Australia, New Zealand, India, the USA and Europe in a range of sectors: Banking & Finance; Management Consulting; Engineering; Social Enterprises and Higher Education among others.
Cultural Diversity Committee Chair
Over 17 years of experience in financial services has helped Mahjabeen develop a deep understanding of investment markets and a wide professional network, both in Australia and Internationally. Mahjabeen's experience in managing Sub-institutional clients and Ultra High Net Worth individuals/families across various geographies including Singapore, Indonesia, Indian subcontinent, UAE, UK and Australia, has embedded her with a global mindset and approach to managing complex investment solutions, portfolio management and relationship building. Mahjabeen is passionate about diversity and inclusion. She is a member of the Citi Women’s Network Committee and member of the NSW State Leadership Committee for Women in Banking and Finance - Australia (WiBF).