The syndicate will be Chaired by highly accomplished board Chair, Non Executive Director (NED) and thought leader, Kathleen Conlon.
WOB Chair Ruth Medd said Kathleen Conlon is one of the most connected people in NED land in Australia. After two years of trying to find a space in her busy schedule, we have been able to sign her up as our next WOBSX Chair. This is a huge win for the program participants who will have the privilege of learning from Kathleen, having their Board career influenced by her and becoming known in Kathleen's extensive network".
The syndicate is named in honour of vastly experienced Chair and NED, Dr Katherine Woodthorpe AO, who has extensive experienc in innovation, technology and healthcare. She has served for more than two decades on the boards of a variety of organisations and currently holds the following positions:
- Chair, Antarctic Science Foundation
- Chair, Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC
- Chair, Fishburners
- Council Member, National Health and Medical Research Council
- NED, Olivier Newton John Cancer Research Institute
- NED, Bioplatforms Australia Ltd
- NED, Vast Solar Pty Ltd
She was previously CEO of the Australian Private Equity and Venture Capital Association (now AIC), Chair of the HEARing CRC, Chair of the National Climate Science Advisory Committee, Chairman of the Antarctic Climate and Ecosystems CRC, NED, Sirtex Ltd (ASX) (sold for $2b) and a NED at the Australian Renewable Energy Agency ARENA.
In 2017, Katherine received an Order of Australia for ongoing service to research and technology innovation in Australia and is an experienced glider pilot.
*How we name our Syndicates
To differentiate our WOBSX syndicates, we name each in recognition of a female director who has made a significant contribution to women ASX board roles or in governance in corporate Australia.
Two syndicates currently taking registrations