Diverse line-up of speakers at WOBMeet networking events


From a First Nations leader and global anti-slavery expert to Australia’s first female Crown Solicitor and a ‘decision-making maverick’, Women on Boards is pleased to be hosting a diverse line-up of guest speakers at WOBMeet networking events across the country in June.


The seven WOBMeet events - in Sydney, the Sunshine Coast, Brisbane, Canberra, Melbourne, Perth and Adelaide - will be hosted by WOB’s state representatives and include presentations from guest speakers.

“These events are a great opportunity to meet like-minded WOB members, make new connections and learn from industry leaders and board directors,” said Women on Boards Executive Director, Claire Braund. “We are also looking forward to welcoming our guest speakers and panellists to the events to share their insights.”

Here is a rundown of the WOBMeet dates, locations and guest speakers.

Sydney, 20 June | Rachel Riley 

Rachel is a NED and Chair of the Audit and Risk Committee with Interaction Disability Services. She is also the co-founder and Head of Strategic Operations of ASX-listed tech company, Ansarada Limited (ASX:AND). 

Register HERE

Sunshine Coast, 20 June | Babette Bensoussan

Babette Bensoussan, Advisory Board Member of the Council of Competitive Intelligence Fellows, will be discussing the importance of a well-written cover letter and the difference between a resume and a Board CV. The ‘Decision-Making Maverick’, Babette is an inspirational speaker who has presented to hundreds of audiences both large and small. She has served as an advisor to organisations and business leaders around the world. Previous board roles include President and Chair of the Board of Directors, Volunteering Sunshine Coast;  Non-Executive Board Member, Eastside Radio 89.7FM; Board Member, NSW Board of Adult and Community and National Australia Day Council

Register HERE

Canberra, 21 June | Fiona David

Fiona is a NED with ACCESS-NRI, Trustee and Non Executive Director of Coolaroo Foundation and Alternate Governor & Member of Scholarships Selection Committee, Forrest Research Foundation.

A globally renowned executive, board member and thought leader in the field of systemic change and social policy reform Fiona is a lawyer and anthropologist by training, and has worked internationally for more than two decades at the intersection of justice, human rights and migration, with UN organisations, aid organisations, government agencies and universities. As the first member of staff at the Walk Free Foundation, Fiona led the development of the Global Slavery Index, from 2014 – 2018. 

Register HERE

Melbourne, 21 June | Robin Buckham

Robin is a NED with Law Institute Victoria, Southern Metropolitan Cemeteries Trust, Rice Growers Australia (RGA) and Chair/NED with Gippsland Ports Committee of Management. Robin has had a varied career across the commercial and academic sectors. Most recently, she has been an interim executive, with roles at Bendigo Kangan TAFE, and the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons. Robin was the CEO of Family Business Australia, a not-for-Profit dedicated to sustaining and growing family businesses.

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Perth, 27 June | Lisa Palmer, Emma Garlett & Cinzia Donald

WOB’s WA rep, Kylah Morrison, will host a panel discussion with Rugby WA board member Cinzia Donald, Activ Foundation NED Lisa Palmer and  First Nations legal and business social commentator, Emma Garlett.

Cinzia is a lawyer who has acted on many large WA litigation disputes, and is also a legal expert for WA Leaders North Metro and a former director of Acacia Living Group.

Lisa is a commercial CFO and Principal of Auxilia, with more than 20 years’ experience in executive management positions in finance, strategy, risk and compliance, governance, internal and external audit and corporate finance advisory at BHP, Woodside, Deloitte and PwC in Australia and the UK.

Emma is a First Nations leader who holds and has held roles in the private sector, minerals industry, legal services, and academia. Previously, Emma practised as a solicitor at a top-tier law firm in Perth.

Emma is an Industry Fellow at the Sustainable Minerals Institute at the University of Queensland. She is an Adjunct Professor and advisory board member at the National Centre for Reconciliation, Truth and Justice at Federation University, and has a casual appointment at Curtin Law School. 

Register HERE

Adelaide, 28 June | Chancellor Catherine Branson AC KC

The Hon. Catherine Branson was the first female Crown Solicitor in Australia and first female permanent head of a Government department in South Australia and served for more than 14 years as a judge of the Federal Court of Australia. She was also President of the Australian Human Rights Commission for four years.

Throughout her career Ms Branson has been active in the community, holding senior board positions in numerous organisations involved in human rights as well as her other interests in areas such as the law, health, education and the arts.

In 2018 she was awarded the Companion of the Order of Australia (AC) for eminent service to the judiciary and to the law as an advocate for human rights and civil liberties, to judicial administration and professional development, and to governance roles in tertiary education.

Register HERE

There will also be WOBMeets in Brisbane, 21 June. Speaker to be confirmed.

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