Succeed in the boardroom: Director lunch with Helen Wiseman - Sydney
Date Friday, 13 October 2023
Time 13 Oct 12:30 - 13 Oct 14:00 AEST
Venue Clayton Utz Level 14, 1 Bligh Street Sydney NSW 2001 Australia
Pricing Full Member
$ 60 Full Member
Corporate Member
$ 60 Corporate Member
Premium Member
$ 60 Premium Member
Champion Member
$ 60 Champion Member
Guests Allowed
Register by Friday, 06 October 2023

You are invited to attend our Clayton Utz partnered lunch. This lunch is an excellent opportunity to hear from a current director about challenges and learning from their board journey, their tips for aspiring directors and opportunities as well as other current topical issues in their sector.

Come along with questions - we look forward to seeing you face-to-face again.

Limited places available to WOB full members and their guests only.

NB: Registrations close Monday 7 August for catering purposes.

Guest Speaker: Helen Wiseman

President, INSEAD Internation Directors Network
Independant Chair and Non-Executive Director, Elixinol Wellness Limited (ASX:EXL)
Principal Coach & Co-Founder, Nine on Purpose
Non-Executive Director & Audit Committee Chair, Bid Corporation
Director, Imalia


Helen Wiseman is a seasoned board Chair and Non-Executive Director, recognized for her expertise in audit committees across listed (JSE, ASX) and unlisted multinational groups. Holding dual UK and Australian citizenships, Helen's professional influence extends globally, with a diverse industry background encompassing food, pharmaceuticals, professional services, as well as mining and energy sectors.

With a previous role as a partner at KPMG, Helen boasts credentials as a Chartered Accountant and certified Director from both INSEAD and the Australian Institute of Company Directors. Her extensive repertoire includes proficiency in finance, risk oversight, governance, and an intricate understanding of growth enterprises, mergers and acquisitions, capital mobilization, transformation endeavors, and turnarounds. Furthermore, she has amassed insights into the realm of ESG through her active involvement in the Bid Corporation Social and Ethics Committee.

Approaching audit committee responsibilities with a strategic and pragmatic mindset, Helen's deep comprehension of business operations and her remarkable emotional intelligence serve as foundational assets. Her educational accomplishments also comprise the completion of the INSEAD Certificate in Corporate Governance and Leading from the Chair programs in 2019. Notably, Helen's leadership acumen has led her to the esteemed role of President within the INSEAD International Directors Network (IDN), an INSEAD Global Alumni Club. Her dedication is evident through her consistent facilitation of the IDN global director mentoring initiative over the past three years. 

Drawing from her 15-year tenure as a facilitator, mentor, and coach to CEOs and senior executives, Helen has earned recognition as an ICF Professional Certified Coach and former counselor. She offers a valuable external perspective for decision-makers, driving transformative agendas. Her Gallup Clifton strengths in Strategic, Ideation, Maximiser, Futuristic, and Learner attributes enhance her ability to navigate intricate stakeholder landscapes. Whether in high-stakes scenarios or during times of turnaround, Helen remains a composed thinker, adept at swift assessments within ambiguous and rapidly changing environments. 

Beyond her professional commitments, Helen's commitment to the charity SHINE for Kids since 2004 underscores her deep passion for supporting children with incarcerated parents. Her remarkable journey includes being honored as a 2014 Australian Financial Review and Westpac 100 Women of Influence. Helen's distinctive career trajectory not only embodies her zest for global exploration but also her dedication to nurturing others' development. Known for her vibrant energy, sense of humor, and appreciation for wine, she leaves an indelible mark in various spheres of her life.

Hosted by: Claire Braund 

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

As the co-founder of Women on Boards, both in Australia (2006) and the UK (2012) it goes without saying that Claire has a wealth of experience in working with women who are seeking board roles. She is an informed,  entertaining and engaging presenter who brings the world of boards across a wide range of sectors alive to participants and is able to quickly connect the dots and match people to areas aligned to their skills and interests. Claire is an experienced Non-Executive Director on small businesses and large Not-For-Profit organisations and has a deep understanding of the board environment across a wide range of sectors.

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