: Boardroom Conversation
Date Thursday, 01 August 2019
Time 01 Aug 17:30 - 01 Aug 20:00
Venue Holding Redlich Level 1, 300 Queen Street, Brisbane QLD Australia
Pricing Subscribed Member
$ 55 Subscribed Member
Corporate Member
$ 55 Corporate Member
Global Member
$ 55 Global Member
$ 55 Champion Member
Guests Allowed
Register by Tuesday, 30 July 2019
Women on Boards and Holding Redlich invite you to a special boardroom event with Non-Executive Directors, Paul Lucas and Andrea Staines and specialist infrastructure lawyer and industry board member, Suzy Cairney. Moderated by WOB Executive Director, Claire Braund, the discussion will cover a wide range of topics including: 
  • The attributes and skills that makes a director effective.
  • What creates a good board dynamic - and the do's and don'ts for prospective directors.
  • Current and emerging issues for boards in their sectors.
  • Risks of serving on boards in the current economic and political climate.
  • Sector specific advice for new and current board members.
There will be plenty of time for discussion and questions from the audience. Come with all your curly questions about boards and the boardroom environment.


The Honourable Paul Lucas

Paul Lucas is a former Queensland Government Minister who is now a consultant with Holding Redlich, adjunct professor at various universities and a non-executive director.

A solicitor by profession, Paul was elected the Member for Lytton in 1996 and served as a Minister in the Queensland State Government for 11 years and as Deputy Premier to Anna Bligh from 2007 to 2012 when he retired from politics. Paul’s Ministerial responsibilities included Infrastructure & planning, transport & main roads, local government, energy; health and Attorney-General.  He was involved in many large transport infrastructure projects in South-East Queensland, including: Springfield Rail Line; Varsity Lakes Extension; Salisbury-Kuraby Duplication; Inner-Northern Busway; Northern Busway; Boggo Road Busway; Eastern Busway; Tugun Bypass; AirportLink; and the Gateway Upgrade Project. He was also Minister responsible for the South-East Qld Regional Plan and was responsible for managing the State’s relationship with the Federal Government and Local Government on many of these projects.

Paul is currently Chair of Queensland Cross River Rail Delivery Authority and a board member at the Institute for Urban Indigenous Health and the Australian College of Optometry.  He lectures at a postgraduate level in strategic metropolitan and transport & infrastructure planning. He is an Adjunct Professor at Australian Catholic Universit and Bond University. He conducts training in/ for many parts of South-East Asia, Africa and the Pacific in his capacity as a Governance, Infrastructure and Public Policy Consultant with University of Queensland International Development.

Andrea Staines OAM

Andrea Staines is a full-time non-executive director on a range of service providers headquartered around Australia and New Zealand, operating in infrastructure, transport & logistics and retail service arenas. She has been a director on entities in the listed, unlisted, private, government, social enterprise and not-for-profit spaces. Andrea is often recruited to boards of companies planning significant transformation, bringing together her strategy, commercial, organisational and people management skills, and her international orientation.

Andrea is currently on the boards of Freightways (NZX:FRE), SeaLink Travel (ASX:SLK), UnitingCare, Tourism Australia and NDIS. Her former board roles include QIC, Aurizon (ASX:AZJ), Australian Rail Track Corporation, Gladstone Ports, North Queensland Airports, Allconnex Water, Goodstart Early Learning and Early Learning Services (ASX:ELS).

Andrea became Australia's first female CEO of a jet passenger airline, Australian Airlines, at the age of 38. Australian Airlines was a Qantas subsidiary flying between Asia and Australia, which Andrea co-launched in 2002. With this role, she was also a member of Qantas Group ExCo. Prior to Australian Airlines, Andrea was Qantas'‚Äč first female head of Global Revenue Management. During her time at the Qantas Group, she was sole-parenting two young children.  Prior to Qantas, Andrea worked in various financial roles with American Airlines at their Dallas headquarters.

Andrea has studied and worked in the US, Asia and Australia. She has a finance-focused MBA (with Distinction) from top-ranked University of Michigan and a B. Economics from University of Queensland, is a Fellow of AICD (Australian Institute of Company Directors) and is a Member of Australia's invitation-only CEW (Chief Executive Women). She is an occasional CEO mentor, Bond University business school lecturer, business speaker and SME facilitator in strategy, risk & governance.

Suzy Cairney

Suzy is a projects and commercial lawyer with particular experience in project development and operational contracts in the ports, water, civil and commercial construction and resources sectors. She has previously worked in-house as a European Counsel for an international port operator in Belgium, as Corporate Counsel for a Queensland water GOC and as in-house counsel on the feasibility stage of a major new coal project for an international miner.

Suzy advises government clients, principals, developers, contractors and operators on a wide range of major infrastructure projects. She serves on the board of Professional Engineers Queensland and Infrastructure Association of Queensland (where she is Deputy Chair) and  Deputy Chair - Infrastructure Association of Queensland and as a committee member of the Australian Logistics Council.