Erin is an experienced Company Secretary with over nine years experience for various ASX listed companies, unlisted companies, private companies and not for profits.
In addition to the Co-Sec work, one of her key focus areas is incorporating companies and business name registration.
Prior to this, Erin worked in Executive Support and Managerial roles across a number of sectors.
What boards AND COMMITTEES do you CURRENTLY sit on?
I am currently the appointed Company Secretary for the ASX listed company Dicker Data Limited and Women for Election. I also provided company secretarial consultancy services for several private companies.
When and why did you decide to PURSUE BOARDS?
Nine years ago I started working at Boardworx Australia who provide outsourced company secretarial services and the interest was sparked from there. I enjoyed the opportunity to sit in on board meetings for varying degrees of Company’s and see how they function and operate.
WHAT challenges and hurdles HAVE YOU HAD TO OVERCOME IN PURSUING BOARDS AND/OR SERVING ON BOARDS?
Making people and organisations aware of Company Secretary Australia and the niche services we offer. I think Sydney in particular is still a ‘networking’ city and often new business is secured through recommendations and introductions as opposed to standard advertising.
Have you had mentors and/or sponsors and have they helped you? if so, how?
The former owner of Boardworx Australia, Leanne Ralph has been a fantastic mentor and friend to me and I credit her for my knowledge of corporate governance in this ever evolving industry. We still use each other as sounding boards (no pun intended!).
How did WOB help you in your journey to the boardroom?
Joining Women for Election as the Company Secretary was a direct result of attending a WOB event where I met the CEO of WFEA.
ANY TIPS FOR WOMEN STARTING OUT ON THEIR JOURNEY TO THE BOARDROOM?
I think attending as many networking opportunities as you can and not being afraid to reach out to people you think can assist you in your journey.