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
- Carmel Macmillan, Non Executive Director
- Nicole Donegan, Chief Operating Officer
- Angela Bowen, Customer Service and Business Manager
- Victoria Featherby, Business and Events Support Officer
- Eva Heist, Corporate Partner & Member Manager
- Dan Liszka, WOBsx Program Director
- Ruth Jones, MyMentor Manager
- Anna Hebron, WOB Qld/NT Representative
- Wendy Teasdale-Smith, WOB SA Representative
- Sheena Wilson, Women in Leadership Facilitator
- Mahjabeen Zaman, Cultural Diversity Committee Chair
- Our Extended Team
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
Trustee, NSW Historic Houses Trust
Board Member, National Foundation for Australian Women
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 February 2018)
Deputy President & Building Committee Chair, Central Coast Conservatorium of Music
Non-Executive Director, Coast Shelter Emergency Accommodation Ltd
Claire is a former journalist and public relations manager who used her high level advocacy skills to co-found Women on Boards in Australia. She is a highly respected speaker on gender balance 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 The Women's Club and a graduate of the Benevolent Society’s Sydney Social Leadership Program.
Mary Sue Rogers
Non Executive Director, Women on Boards Australia (appointed December 2018)
Formerly a director of WOB Pty Ltd (appointed October 2016)
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.
Non Executive Director, Women on Boards Australia (appointed December 2019)
Carmel is an experienced Chair and non-executive director with extensive expertise in marketing and corporate strategy. Her board portfolio encompasses corporate, family and not-for-profit organisations in property, disability, health and until recently, the arts sectors. She has +25 years fast moving consumer goods management experience and is the Principal of CM Strategy Consulting, a consulting firm that delivers results for organisations in the areas of corporate strategy, marketing and branding strategy.
Chief Operating Officer
Nicole is an experienced general manager, business adviser & owner and Board Member (currently on Triathlon Australia) who 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
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.
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.
WOB Qld Representative
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.
WOB SA Representative
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 has also had a successful background in the education industry and was previously the CEO of SATAC.
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).
Our Extended Team
WOB Australia is fortunate to be supported by many fabulous women and men. Below we list members of our extended team who each support us in different ways in our mission to build a sustainable organisation to support women who need information and advice on their way to the boardroom.
WOBsx Chair, Helen Lynch AM & Rosalind Dubbs Syndicates, Sydney 2018 & 2019
Jon has extensive experience in the areas of management, operations , finance and corporate advisory. Jon was an executive director of Investec Wentworth Private Equity. Jon has served as the managing director of a number of publicly listed companies, including Techway Ltd. Jon is an experienced non-executive director and served on the board of Vocus Group Ltd and was an integral part in helping Vocus grow from a small cap ASX company to an ASX 100 company. He served as the non-executive deputy president of the National Roads and Motoring Association and has been Chairman of the Audit & Risk Committees for a number of different ASX listed companies. In the last three years Jon has been a director of Vocus Group Limited, Godfreys Limited and The PAS Group Limited.
WOBsx Chair, Katherine Woodthorpe Syndicate, Sydney 2020
Kathleen is a professional Non-Executive Director (NED) and thought leader in operational improvement and strategy. She is a member of several boards and advisory committees. Prior to becoming a NED, Kathleen was a partner for seven years with The Boston Consulting Group with leadership roles in Asia Pacific Operations. In 2020 she serves on the boards of the following companies: NED REA Group, Chair of HR committee, member of audit committee; NED Lynas, Chair of the HR committee, member of Safety Health committee; NED Aristocrat, Chair of the HR committee, member of Audit committee; NED Bluescope Steel, Member of the ROC and audit committees; NED Benevolent Society, Chair of the HR committee; Member of AICD Corporate Governance Committee.
In her 20 years of professional consulting, Kathleen has assisted dozens of companies achieve increased shareholder returns through strategic and operational improvements in a diverse range of industries including food, packaging, paper, industrial products and health. She is one of the pre-eminent thought leaders in the area of operations and change management both in Australia and globally.
WOBsx Chair, Adrienne Clarke AC Syndicate, Melbourne 2019
Kerry is an award winning corporate lawyer with over 25 years boardroom and senior management experience in Australia and internationally. Kerry is an NED of Gold Mining Group, St Barbara Ltd, a non-executive director of Trinity College in Melbourne and was a former senior executive of Incitec Pivot Limited and was a former NED of McAleese Transport, an ASX listed now privately owned and trading as Rivet Group. Kerry has been a professional Non-Executive director since 2012.
Managing Director and CEO at Ridley Corporation and a highly experienced Non Executive Director. He has an extensive background in senior management in the agribusiness, food, resources, automotive and packaging industries across Australia, New Zealand, Europe and Asia. He came to Ridley from Sugar Australia and Sugar New Zealand, where he was Chief Executive Officer for eight years. Tim Chairs iSignthis Limited (ASX:ISX, DE:TA8), is a Patron of not for profit National Association of Women in Operations (NAWO) and is a Director of Enactus (SIFE). He has also been the Chairman of AFGC Agribusiness Forum, Deputy Chairman of the Australian Food & Grocery Council, Chaired the Corporate Affairs Committee and was a Director of the World Sugar Research organisation.
WOBsx Chair, Melbourne 2021
Zita is a Non-Executive Director for several ASX listed companies, including Starpharma Holdings Ltd, Pacific Smiles Group Ltd (Chairperson), Monash IVF Group Ltd, and Visioneering Technologies Inc. She is also on the Board of The Hudson Institute,a not-for-profit medical research institute and of Haomokinesis Pty Ltd. Zita has also served on the board of Vision Eye Institute Ltd, 4Dx Pty Ltd, AirXpanders Inc. and Bionic Vision Technologies Pty Ltd. At leading global healthcare company Fresenius Kabi, Zita was Executive Vice President for South Asia Pacific, Managing Director for Australia and NZ and Chair of the Boards for Singapore, Malaysia, Australia and NZ. Zita was Vice President of Business Development at CSL Limited and has an extensive track record in M&A deals, licensing and commercialising products and technologies on a global scale.
WOBsx Chair, Margaret Jackson Syndicate, Melbourne 2020
David is currently a Board member and Partner at Pinsent Masons where his role is the development and management of Pinsent Masons' Australian business, connecting clients Director Led Peer Support for women seeking ASX Board roles WOBSX Jun 2020 into Asia Pacific. Prior to joining Pinsent Masons in March 2014, David was CEO of an Australian law firm where he was responsible for leadership, client and people strategies and management.
David has more than 25 years experience in the property industry where he has been engaged by developers, institutions and retailers not only as principal legal adviser but also on property and business strategy. His areas of practice included master planned community projects, property development, corporate real estate, institutional property, and shopping centre developments and leasing.
David is currently an NED on the Boards of Villa World and Sanctuary Living and is the Director of Hester Hornbrook Academy Ltd.
WOBsx Chair, Diane Grady Syndicate, Sydney 2020
Mark is an experienced Chairman with a demonstrated history of working in the investment management industry. His skills include corporate development, mergers & acquisitions, corporate finance, strategic planning, and valuation. Mark co-founded Wolseley Private Equity in 1999 after 11 years at Bain & Company where he was a Partner responsible for clients across a range of industries in Australia and Asia, focusing on board effectiveness, CEO mentoring, business Strategy, and organisational frameworks.
His past and current Board roles include: Olivers Real Food, (ASX OLI), Chairman; Nexus Day Hospitals (Deputy Chairman); Byron Group Holdings (Chairman); Façade Access Solutions (Director); PSG (Director); Cartridge World (Director); Stream Solutions (Chairman); Transonic Travel (Director); The Jane Goodall Institute (Deputy Chairman); Western Sydney University Foundation (Chairman).
WOBsx Chair, Susan Oliver Syndicate, Sydney 2020
Rob is an independent Non-Executive Director with extensive experience in business management in both executive and non-executive capacities. He has had repeated success in leading audit committees, restructuring company processes, training/motivating employees to achieve goals and optimising resources for company growth. Rob serves on the Board of Credit Corp Group Litd and has served on the Boards of Magontec Limited Insearch Ltd, Kwik Kopy Owners Association Ltd, and The Rugby Club Ltd. All these positions have resulted in chairing and /or being part of audit and risk committees. Rob is retained by Novus Capital Limited in a corporate advisory role where he has served for the past eight years assisting clients in debt and equity raisings and M and A activities.
WOBsx Program Ambassador
James is an Australian VC investor, award-winning entrepreneur and company director. He is the Chairman of Airtasker, Chairman of Silver Heritage Group, non-executive director of Indoor Sky Dive Australia Group and CEO and co-founder of MHOR asset management. In 2007 James founded Vocus Communications and went on to become the youngest Australian to create and lead an ASX100 company. His achievements at Vocus saw him saw him feature three times on the BRW young rich list and two-times as a EY Entrepreneur of the Year winner. In 2018 he was inducted into the CommsDay Edison Awards Hall of Fame and recently was announced as the first ambassador for the Women on Boards WOBSX program.