What does it mean to be a politically savvy board member? Is the context, and therefore the skills needed, different from those required in a leadership role?
In this first of the SA WOB Board over lunch series, Karlene Maywald will draw on her extensive political experiences as a Cabinet Minister and discuss what she thinks it means to be a politically savvy board member. Karlene’s professional career post her time as a Cabinet Minister is as fascinating as it is politically rich. As Managing Director of Maywald Consulting, she provides specialist advice to both the private and public sectors, in highly political contexts, including the oversight of major infrastructure planning and delivery and reform of governance processes.
Her passion and commitment to Australia’s water issues have meant she is a natural fit for roles such as SA Government appointed Strategic Advisor on International Water Opportunities, and board member of SA Water and as the Strategic Advisor to the International Water Opportunities Board Commission of the South Australian Government. However, as her board CV highlights, her strategic leadership skills, strengths as a negotiator and commitment to education have led her to roles as Chair of ICEWaRM, Australia’s leading broker of education, training and research and as Chair of ModMed, a provider of educational training and support systems for specialist medical education. Her more recent board roles reflect her growing interest in the mining industry. As such, Karlene brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to address the topic – Politically Speaking
Guest Speaker: Hon Karlene Maywald DUniv, GAICD, FTSE
Karlene Maywald is Managing Director of Maywald Consultants Pty Ltd, providing specialist advice to the private and public sector. Karlene has extensive experience in the area of water policy development and reform and was appointed Chair of the Australian, National Water Commission in 2012. She is an experienced company director and is currently a board member with SA Water and Chair of the International Centre for Excellence for Water Resource Management.
Elected to the South Australian Parliament between 1997 and 2010, she served as a Cabinet Minister from July 2004 until March 2010. Her ministerial responsibilities included: The River Murray, Water Security, Small Business, Regional Development, Consumer Affairs, Science and Information Economy, and Assisting the Minister for Industry and Trade. Ms Maywald was a Member of the Ministerial Council of the Murray Darling Commission for 6 years during the period of the Millennium drought. Ms Maywald is most noted for her significant contribution to progressing national reforms to the management of the Murray Darling Basin and setting the direction for long term water security in South Australia.
This is the first of intimate director 'Lunch Series' being held in Adelaide. Numbers are limited to 10 participants only. Book today to avoid disappointment.
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