From public speaking specialist Wendy Teasdale-Smith in South Australia and resources expert, award-winning leader and podcaster Kylah Morrison in West Australia to governance guru and mentor Anna Hebron in Queensland and legal academic Dr Kath Hall in ACT, WOB has experts on the ground, offering face-to-face networking opportunities to our wide-spread cohort of members.
So let’s meet the WOB State Representatives and find out what is on their calendar for the year ahead.
Kylah Morrison, West Australia
Kylah Morrison is an experienced Chair, Non-Executive Director and multi-award winning leader with over 15 years’ experience working in private companies, indigenous organisations, not-for-profits, and start-ups. With substantial experience in the resources sector Kylah has a deep understanding of risks and challenges operating in remote and regional Australia, particularly in North Western Australia.
Kylah is General Manager for METS Ignited Australia, an industry-led growth centre for the mining equipment, technology and services sector. She also holds non-executive board and advisory positions for organisations addressing energy transition and future skills through innovative solutions.
With extensive experience working and leading in male-dominated industries, Kylah loves supporting women to uncover and leverage their strengths, build their assertiveness, and step into their power as a leader. She co-hosts the Real Women in Leadership podcast with Communications Expert Violet Dhu.
While based in WA, New Zealand-born Kylah recently headed back to Auckland to host a NZ WOBMeet and is looking forward to making more Kiwi connections for WOB in the future.
Anna Hebron, Queensland
Anna Hebron is an executive leader, NED, strategic advisor and mentor with a passion for good governance, inspiring people and teams to be their best and delivering purposeful outcomes with simple process.
With a senior career in governance, human resources and leadership spanning local, state and Federal government government, Anna’s career led her to work across the nation in Brisbane, Darwin and Canberra. Her roles were varied and included working for the Women’s Advisory Council and the Department of Immigration, where she was on the Detention Taskforce, attended Senate estimate committees to support the minister and escorted the Human Rights Commissioner’s tour of the Wimmera Detention centre.
Anna then returned to Brisbane to hold a number of leadership roles at Brisbane City council, including leading the Story Bridge’s 75-year commemoration, managing the Traffic Management Centre for the G20 leaders’ summit and heading disaster management during the flood crisis. It was here that Anna mastered leading from the front in a crisis, where says her passion for governance and process enabled her to simplify disaster management policies to facilitate good decisions under pressure.
She is the founder of Your Governance Guide, was appointed Member Appeals Tribunal, Institute of Chartered Accountants, Australia and New Zealand and a Fellow of Governance Institute of Australia.
Wendy Teasdale-Smith, South Australia
Wendy Teasdale-Smith is a Non-Executive Director of Road Safety Education Limited (RSE) and founder of the business ‘What the Stuff’, which specialises in public speaking. She is the President of Adelaide Toastmasters and a MBA Lecturer at Kaplan. Wendy has a successful background in the education industry and was previously the CEO of SATAC. Her motto is ‘Everyone deserves to overcome fear and be heard’.
“I love being the SA representative of WOB. I believe I was the first WOB member based in Adelaide. As SA representative I organise all the events in Adelaide. I really enjoy meeting WOB members at events. I always leave feeling motivated and inspired,” says Wendy. “I think WOB offers something extra and different than other organisations that support women – the areas of visibility, presence, and marking your mark in your industry are covered by WOB and I have never experienced this anywhere else."
Dr Kath Hall, ACT
Dr Kath Hall is an internationally recognised legal academic and writer. She has worked with and advised a number of leading international organisations including the United Nations Joint Inspection Unit, International Bar Association Anti-Corruption Committee, Safra Centre for Ethics Harvard University, Anti-Corruption Academy Vienna, and the International Standards Organisation (ISO).
Kath is also an award winning legal educator with significant experience teaching and mentoring law students. She was one of the first Australian academics to conduct empirical research on student wellbeing and was the Australian National University (ANU) College of Law's inaugural Director of Student Wellbeing. Kath is also the co-author of the Law Student Survival Guide (3rd ed) with Professor Claire Macken.
In 2020 Kath was appointed an Honorary Associate Professor at the ANU College of Law, and since that time she has continued to engage in academic research and writing. In 2021 Kath founded Law School Success to support law students around Australia in their studies and future careers.
This year, Kath is leading our new Legal Fundamentals for Boards - a foundational workshop covers the legal liability of directors. Designed for emerging and new directors, and a great refresher for current directors, the workshop provides a case-based and highly informative introduction to the key obligations of directors and board members of commercial, NFP and incorporated organisations in Australia. The first one is in March.
- You can also catch up with Kath at our WOBMeet Canberra (date TBC).
Meet Claire Braund and Nicole Donegan in Vic and NSW
In Melbourne members can meet and mingle with WOB’s COO Nicole Donegan while in NSW, WOB co-founder and Executive Director Claire Braund is a familiar face at events and workshops in Sydney and the Central Coast. Claire also frequently travels interstate, for a chance to catch up with members around the country.
For all WOB events and workshops visit our EVENTS PAGE