The WOB Team

Supporting your journey into leadership and board roles.  

Our Team

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 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.

Claire Braund

Non-Executive-Director WOB Pty Ltd (appointed April 2006)
Executive Director, Women on Boards Australia (appointed February 2018)
Vice-Chair, Central Coast Conservatorium

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 and is a guest writer for several organisations including Shared Services Outsourcing Network.

Cheryl Hayman

Non Executive Director, Women on Boards Australia (appointed December 2018)
Formerly a director of WOB Pty Ltd (appointed October 2016)
Non-Executive Director Clover Corporation (ASX:CLV) and HGL Limited (ASX:HNG)
Chartered Accountants Aust/NZ
Peer Support Australia
Australian Institute of Food Science and Technology (AIFST)

Professional independent non-executive director (NED) for the past 12 years, with a portfolio encompassing ASX-listed, public unlisted, private and membership and industry bodies. Has held various Not-For-profit roles ranging from sport to education to food. Experience serving on finance, audit and risk committees and Chairing of remuneration & nomination committees.

Cheryl has an international and Australian corporate marketing background in consumer and retail organisations, focussed on customer strategies for revenue and the utilisation of branding, digital communications and innovation for business growth. She has significant expertise as a mentor and the ability to provide strategic marketing counsel across diverse industries.

Tom May

Company Secretary WOB Pty Ltd (apppinted January 2019)

Tom is an experienced lawyer and company secretary with a demonstrated history of working in the financial services industry focusing on managing governance issues, legal risk, regulators and all other stakeholders. He is committed to responsible investment and to enabling equality of access to opportunity. He has over 25 years of experience in the law having worked for government, in house and private practice in Australia, the UK and Japan.

Nicole Donegan

NicoleDonegan-(1).jpgChief 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.

Angela Bowen

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. 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.

Victoria Featherby

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.

Dan Liszka

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.

Ruth Jones

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.

Anita Hargreaves

WOB ACT Representative

Anita is a Chartered Accountant who is transitioning to a portfolio career from a diverse career in the private and public sectors in Sydney, Western Australia and Canberra. She has worked across public practice firms, international publishing and executive recruitment companies, and with local, state and Federal governments. Most recently Anita has held senior executive positions within the ACT Government and has been appointed as a Member of the Disciplinary Tribunal for Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand. Anita has built a strong reputation in strategy development, financial and human resource management, corporate governance, and transformational change.

Anna Hebron

WOB QLD Representative

Anna is a specialist consultant in governance and human resources and a trusted advisor and mentor. Following a career in local, state and Federal government, she is now  an Appointed Member of the Appeals Tribunal, Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand and a non-executive Director, Inala Primary Care. Anna holds strong business capability across human resources, corporate governance, ethical standards frameworks, health and safety, audit and risk, public policy, training and development, customer service, organisational change, multicultural affairs, business continuity planning and disaster preparedness.

Karen Hudman

WOB WA Representative

Karen has 19 years energy and resources experience, 14 of these being in executive search sourcing technical and corporate professionals, for oil & gas and heavy industry across the Asia Pacific Region. She has an MBA majoring in Oil & Gas and Post Grad Qualifications in HR from Curtin University and Robert Gordon University. Karen's clients include Operators, Service Providers, EPCM's and Consultancies across the oil & gas, mining, renewables, power generation, utilities, engineering, infrastructure, manufacturing and construction areas.

Wendy Teasdale-Smith

WOB SA Representative

Wendy is 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.


WOB UK Principals

Rowena Ironside

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 non exeucitve board member within the Cabinet Office. She also chairs the Judging Panel of the Nesta Open Up Challenge.

Fiona Hathorn

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.

Rachel Tranter

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.