Sit down to lunch with WOB and Australia’s leading female directors


From an award-winning journalist and the head of Airbnb in Australia to leading experts in superannuation and mining boards, Women on Boards is inviting you to sit down to lunch with leading female directors throughout May.


WOB is once again holding the popular Director Lunches series, with six guest speakers lined up for events in Sydney, Canberra, Brisbane, Adelaide, Melbourne and Perth. 

These lunches are an excellent opportunity to hear from a current director about challenges and learning from their board journey, their tips for aspiring directors and opportunities as well as other current topical issues in their sector. The Director Lunches follow on from WOB's Boards on Your Horizon workshops (except for Canberra).

The first cab off the rank is our Perth event on 5 May when WOB’s WA rep Kylah Morrison and Executive Director, Claire Braund, will be joined by accomplished Chair and Non-Executive Director Pauline Gately, who has experience across a portfolio of Board positions in the mining and resources, FMCG, financial technology, and not-for-profit sectors. Pauline is Non-Executive Chair of Kalgoorlie Gold Mining Ltd, Interim Executive Chair of The Sustainable Nutrition Group Ltd where she is leading the company through a merger, and NED of Ardiden Ltd where she chairs the Audit and Risk and Remuneration and Nomination Committees. 

On 11 May, WOB will be joined by outgoing WOB Chair and co-founder Ruth Medd in Adelaide where she will talk about her board journey and the contribution she has made to making boards more gender diverse over the years. 

The following day, May 12, Claire will host the Sydney Director Lunch with Susan Wheeldon, Airbnb Country Director for Australia, New Zealand and Oceania. Also a NED with Centuria Capital limited, Susan has joined Airbnb from Google and has more than 20 years of experience across the technology, e-commerce, legal, travel and property sectors. Susan has held previous positions as Vice President of Groupon, Head of Brand & Retail at AMP Capital and is also an advisor with start-up venture capital fund No Brand.

On 17 May WOB’s ACT rep, Dr Kath Hall will be joined by award-winning journalist and gender equity advocate, Virginia Haussegger AM. Director of 50/50 by 2030 Foundation at the University of Canberra and Deputy Chair of Public Interest Journalism Initiative, Virginia was also 2019 ACT Australian of the Year, patron of the Canberra Rape Crisis Centre and has served on a number of boards and committees including UN Women Australia, Snowy Hydro SouthCare Trust, Our Watch Media Advisory Committee and Women in Media, Canberra.

In Melbourne, Julie Green will be our special guest speaker on 19 May at the lunch with Claire and WOB COO, Nicole Donegan. A portfolio director, Julie is currently a NED with RACV, Bendigo Health and Greening Australia and is an Advisory Board Member with RedGrid, Symphony 7 and ClimateWise Association. Experienced in change management in both the public and private sectors across diverse industries including professional services, healthcare, transport, and infrastructure. Her portfolio career builds on her many years as a senior executive reporting to boards, including as a business advisor with chartered firms in the UK and Australia, including Ernst  & Young.

Our final Director Lunch will be held in Brisbane on 26 May, where Claire will be joined by professional NED Justine Hickey. Independent Director of Equip Super, Justine also chairs the board of fund manager DNR Capital, and a NED with Australian Council of Superannuation Investors and Chair of RSPCA Queensland. Previously, she was a director of the GPT Metro Office Fund, Australian Ethical Investment Ltd, Flagship Investments Ltd and an expert member of Sunsuper’s Investment Committee.

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