ESG: A Growing Issue for Boards

Webcast recorded 3 November 2021

In this WOBChat, Claire Braund spoke to a guest panel about environmental, social and governance or ESG


  • Kylie Charlton, Chief Investment Officer, Australian Impact Investments
  • Alison Rowe, Managing Director, The Nature Conservancy Australia


Psychological safety is a lead indicator and precursor of quality decision making in the boardroom.

The inaugural People + Science Boardroom Psychological Safety Benchmark 2020 -2021 (Australia), has found that psychological safety is a lead indicator and precursor of quality decision making.

Claire discusses psychological safety in the boardroom with the author of the Benchmark Report, Carolyn Grant and Helen Storckmeijer, Director of People & Culture at the Australian Computer Society

´╗┐Understand what Psychological Safety really means and how and why Boards need to be taking action on this issue.

Kylie Charlton

Chief Investment Officer, Australian Impact Investments
Venture Partner, Giant Leap Fund
Co-Founder and Managing Director, Unitus Capital
Chair, Australian Government supported Emerging Markets Impact Investement Fund

Member, BetaShares Responsible Investment Committee
Advisory Board Member, Impact Investment Summit Asia Pacific
Sessional Lecturer, Social Investment and Philanthropy, Centre for Social Impact

Kylie joined Australian Impact Investments in 2014 and has worked in Australia and internationally at the intersection of mainstream capital markets, impact investment and philanthropy for over 15 years. Kylie is a Venture Partner on the Giant Leap Fund, co-founder of Unitus Capital, Chair for RIAA’s Impact Investing Forum, working group member of the Australian Sustainable Finance Initiative and AFR 100 Women of Influence 2018. Prior to transitioning her career into impact investment, Kylie spent 11 years in commercial and investment banking.

Kylie graduated in Commerce at University of Canberra and has an MBA from the Saïd Business School at the University of Oxford in England.

Alison Rowe

Managing Director, The Nature Conservancy Australia
Chair, Infrastructure Sustainability Council of Australia (ISCA)
Non-Executive Director, TNC Limited
Non-Executive Director, Nature Conservation Water Fund
Non-Executive Director, Great Cumbung Unit Trust
Previous board roles include: Chair, Future Business Council and Non-Executive Director, Bioregional Australia, Climate Alliance, Environment Victoria and One in Five

Over the last two decades Alison has dedicated herself to environmental sustainability, including global responsibility for strategy development, delivering transformation programs, commercialising new business models, community development and advocacy.

Across her work in energy, transport, infrastructure and technology in the private, public and not-for-profit sectors, Alison has led with a strong focus on values, relationships and collaborative partnerships.

She is a Member of Women on Boards and the Australian Institute for Company Directors. She completed the Business and Environment program through Cambridge University, holds an Masters in Business Administration, Post Graduate Diploma in Technology Management and is a Williamson Fellow.