WOBSX Graduate Achieves ASX Success

Women on Boards was delighted when Jim Askew, the Chair of Syrah Resources, announced in his AGM address on 24 May 2019, that “Ms Sara Watts has consented to act as a Non-Executive Director. 

It was a red letter day for WOB and Sara – who is the second graduate of the prestigious WOBSX program to achieve ASX success. Leanne Heywood, who achieved recent ASX success on Quickstep and Midway was the first. Both were members of the same syndicate under the guidance of the tough and experienced chair, Jon Brett.

WOB founders, Claire Braund and Ruth Medd, congratulated Sara on her hard work, tenacity and commitment to achieving an ASX board role less than six months after graduating from the WOBSX program.

“It takes a lot of determination, cups of coffee and worn out shoe leather to achieve your first ASX board role,” Braund and Medd said.

“We are delighted that Sara has been appointed to Syrah and look forward to seeing her in the AGM announcements of ASX companies in the future.”

“We are delighted that Sara has been appointed to Syrah and look forward to seeing her in the AGM announcements of ASX companies in the future.”


Braund and Medd, who have grown WOB from a start-up in 2005 to in international company, also paid tribute to Jon Brett, who is now chairing his second syndicate and working extremely hard to further our shared goal of increasing the number of women on ASX Boards.

“The program has created very strong cohorts of highly experienced and skilled women who support each other to achieve ASX roles. We are hopeful their collegiate approach will yield even more roles in years to come.”

Sara Watts

Sara is an experienced Non- Executive Director and Audit and Risk Committee Chair who brings international financial and operational acumen with more than twenty years of technology transformation experience. She is a Non-Executive-Director on; BagTrans, a specialty transport company providing a national palletized less than full truck load service for time critical and high value products in the food and pharmaceutical industries; Literacy Planet, an Australian software company founded in 2007; Trustee and Chair of the Audit and Risk Committee for the Australian Museum; and a member of the Audit and Risk Committee for the Independent Broad-based Anti-Corruption Commission and Vision Australia.

Syrah Resources Limited (ASX code: SYR) is an Australian-based industrial minerals and technology company. Syrah owns and developed the Balama Graphite Project (Balama) in Mozambique. Balama transitioned to operations with sales and shipments to a global customer base including the battery anode producers, from the start of 2018. Syrah produced over 100,000 tonnes of natural graphite in 2018 and is largest and first major new natural graphite operation developed outside of China. Balama will be the leading global producer of high purity graphite. Balama production is targeted to supply traditional industrial graphite markets and emerging technology markets. Syrah is also progressing its downstream Battery Anode Material strategy with first production of spherical graphite achieved in December 2018 from its plant in Louisiana, USA. Syrah has successfully completed extensive product certification test work with several major battery producers for the use of Balama spherical graphite in the anode of lithium-ion batteries. For further information, visit www.syrahresources.com.au  


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