Julie Hyam Elliott
Business Growth Strategist | Director
Diverse commercial background developed through senior management positions in global corporations and pivotal roles on high profile Public Sector Boards. Have demonstrated an ability to formulate and operationalise strategy to increase shareholder value while balancing the diverse stake- holder needs. Improved operations to elevate the customer experience, optimise efficiency and deliver superior commercial outcomes. Have established and led high performing teams across dispersed and diverse geographies in challenging environments by fostering a spirit of collaboration, trust, respect, commitment to performance and quality founded on a strong set of values.
What boards do you sit on currently?
P & N Bank, Australian Invoice Finance, Investment Committee – NSW Trustee and Guardian and Audit and Risk Committee, NSW Department of Industry.
When and why did you decide to become a director?
From the 1990’s it was something that I knew I would do later in my career – then in 2000 I was approached to join the Board of the Metropolitan Fire and Emergency Services Board – earlier than I anticipated but I said yes to the opportunity and made it work alongside my full time Executive role. You have to take the opportunity when it is there -there is never a right time.
What are your short and medium-term board aspirations?
Short term goal is to increase the number and industry mix of my boards, medium term is to sit on a listed Board.
outline your career background.
Please refer to my resume
outline the challenges and hurdles that have presented themselves, either being on or getting onto a board, and how you overcame them?
The hurdles were of my own making - that internal voice in your head that tells you that you aren’t good enough or you can’t do it – I learnt to control the voice by believing that if others thought I could do it I should have that same belief in myself.
Are there any directors/leaders you look up to? Why?
Gail Kelly, she was a trailblazer and led the Bank through the GFC – a time as tough as it gets.
Have you had mentors and sponsors and how have they helped you in your career?
Not across roles but within roles yes definately. They helped me have the confidence to seize the opportunity and to have a go.
What’s the diversity like on your boards?
Improving from a low base. My Boards are addressing the issues of general diversity and gender there is still a distance to go on both aspects.
How did WOB help you in your journey to the boardroom?
It builds your skills and confidence and gives you a place to find out about roles.
Any tips for women starting out in their career?
When opportunity knocks embrace it and have a go – what’s the worst that can happen?
Interview published: June 2018