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 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.
“We have some exciting events coming up in Perth starting with our Members’ Mid-Year Luncheon with Tracey Horton on 27 July at Kalis Bros in Leederville. Tracey is a highly respected executive professional and board director with 20 plus years' experience working for global organisations within the finance sector.
“Following that our WOBMeet on 23 August is with Fiona Payne, a dynamic leader, established business consultant and contemporary non-executive director with extensive governance experience in the human services sector.”
“In October we have Alison Gaines speaking at our WOB Director Lunch, sponsored by Clayton Utz. We look forward to seeing many of you at our upcoming face to face events.”
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.
Meet Anna and other Queensland WOBbers at the Members’ Mid-Year Lunch with Jody Currie on 27 July. With an extensive career in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health and human service delivery, Yugambeh woman Jody has been on various boards including non-government organisations and Hearing Australia - a corporate government entity.
Curious about Government Boards? Join this WOBMeet panel session on Government Boards on 25 August facilitated by Anna Hebron with guests Sarah Zeljko, Peta Irvine and Jon Hottot.
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.
Wendy says she is excited about the events coming up this year. “With the backing of our sponsor Andreyev Lawyers, we already have our next three events for the second half of 2022 organised. The first event is our Members’ Mid-Year Luncheon with Lelde Smits on 28 July. We are very lucky to be joined by Lelde who has a passion for empowering extraordinary entrepreneurs, innovators and investors.
“Following shortly after this event we have SAPOL Deputy Commissioner Linda Williams joining us for WOBMeet on 24 August.
“For the third of our events we will also joined by Miriam DeSilva on 11 October. As any of you will be aware, Miriam has been recognised this year as part of the Queen’s Birthday Honours and presented with an AM for her significant services to South Australia’s Multicultural community and women.”
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.
Both Nicole and Claire will be attending the Members Mid-Year Luncheon with Jodie Leonard on 27 July in Melbourne. Jodie is an ASX experienced, NED with expertise in financial services, consumer goods, technology/telecommunications, media/entertainment and travel/tourism.
On 20 July join Claire - along with other members of the WOB team - at the Members Mid-Year Luncheon with Marina Go in Sydney. Claire will also be hosting the Hunter/Central Coast Mid-Year Luncheon on 5 August.
Later in the year join Claire at our Director Lunch with Penny Winn, at Clayton Utz in Sydney on 21 October.
For all WOB events and workshops visit our EVENTS PAGE