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Succeed in the boardroom: WOBMeet Far North Queensland
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Date Wednesday, 22 March 2023
Time 22 Mar 17:30 - 22 Mar 19:30 AEST
Venue BDO Level 1, 15 Lake Street Cairns QLD Australia
Pricing Full Member
$ 35 Full Member
Corporate Member
$ 35 Corporate Member
Premium Member
$ 35 Premium Member
Champion Member
$ 35 Champion Member
Basic Member
$ 55 Basic Member
Guests Allowed
Register by Wednesday, 22 March 2023

Women on Boards is returning to far North Queensland after an absence of some years.

Join WOB Directors, Ruth Medd and Claire Braund plus panel members to:

  • see how WOB can assist you 
  • talk about the challenges facing directors in 2023
  • network with Women on Board members
  • enjoy a drink and a chat.

This is a great opportunity to bring a  friend / colleague and for those who are new to WOB to be introduced to our terrific network. 

To bring a guest, please register your guest when checking out in the shopping cart. Friends will be charged at the member rate. If you have already registered and would like to bring a guest, please email WOB at wob-aus@womenonboards.net.

Tickets include light catering. 

Panelists

Tara Diversi

Entrepreneurship Facilitator, Y(E)P Entrepreneurship Facilitators
Program Director and EIR, LaunchFNQ
Consultant | Facilitator, Health Leadership Australia
President & Chair, Dietitians Australia
Board Member, Torres and Cape Hospital and Health Service
Deputy Chair, Northern Queensland Private Health Network
National Dietetic Clinical Adviser, Australian Government Department of Veterans'​ Affairs 

Tara is an Accredited Practising Dietitian (APD) who has worked in almost all fields of dietetics. She has worked extensively in nutrition and dietetics within the private sector, as a teaching-focussed academic, policy consultancy, communications, and in her current role as CEO of Sophus Nutrition, a digital health company.

Tara holds a Master of Nutrition and Dietetics along with an MBA, PGradDipPsyc, PGradCertPsyc, GradCertEducation and is a Graduate of AICD. As a member of Dietitians Australia since 2003, Tara was awarded the Young Achievers Award (in memory of Joan Mary Woodhill) in 2009, and has previously served as a Dietitians Australia media spokesperson and as the convenor of the Dietitians in Private Sector Interest Group (DIPSIG).

She is the National Dietetic Adviser to the Department of Veterans' Affairs. Tara regularly presents workshops, webinars and lectures for Dietitians Australia, the health sector and corporations and is the author of 3 books on communication for health professionals. She is the co-author of The Good Enough Diet and co-author of the text, Totora’s Anatomy and Physiology.

Margaret Maunsell 

Partner, Tax & Advisory, BDO

Margaret is a Tax & Advisory Partner with BDO (Nth Qld) and is based in the Cairns office. It is Margaret’s professional and consistent approach that allows her to build strong long term client relationships.

Margaret consults across issues that have a direct impact on profit and business prosperity, including management practices, structure, strategic planning and family issues. She works closely with a number of family owned businesses, supporting their business and succession planning. Margaret has also advised on the restructure of assets for non-residents, and has significant board level experience with building societies and credit unions.

Margaret joined BDO on 1989, and was appointed Partner in 1993. Prior to joining BDO, she was operations manager for two major tourism companies in Cairns, gaining valuable experience in factors influencing business performance (including administration, staff and public relations management). Early in her career, Margaret worked in the mining industry.

Hosted by

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)
Chair, Central Coast Conservatorium of Music
Non-Executive Director & Governance Committee Chair, Coast Shelter Emergency Accommodation Ltd

Claire is a social entrepreneur and businesswoman based on the NSW Central Coast. She co-founded Women on Boards in Australia in 2006 and in the UK in 2012 following a career in journalism and public relations. She is an experienced Non-Executive Director on small businesses and large Not-For-Profit organisations and has significant expertise on board governance in many other sectors. 

Claire is a highly respected facilitator and speaker on a range of topics in the area of board governance, equity and diversity. She is an informed and entertaining MC and presenter and well known for her courage, conviction, compassion and confidence; and as someone who looks for new ideas and opportunities. 

In 2011 Claire became a Churchill Fellow for her research into gender balance on boards in Norway, France and the UK. She is also a graduate of the Benevolent Society’s Sydney Social Leadership Program which has led to a lifelong interest in affordable housing and related social issues, particularly those impacting women and children.

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