Lisa is a chartered Accountant with 30 years experience in Commerce, industries include corporate travel, residential property, recruitment & accountancy.
What boards AND COMMITTEES do you CURRENTLY sit on?
Goldman Group Director (Executive) since April 2013
State Emergency Services (SES VIC) Board Member since Feb 2017
SES VIC Risk & Audit Committee (Chair) since Mar 2019 (Member since Mar 2017)
Board of Governors Maccabi Australia since Dec 2014
When and why did you decide to PURSUE BOARDS?
I have always played competitive sport (still do) and I started sitting on Not for Profit Boards over 25 years ago, as a way of giving back to the Sporting community, to gain different experience, and make new connections.
The C-Suite jobs I was applying for often came with Board Appointments/ opportunities.
Other opportunities arose due to word of mouth referrals or simply being in the right place at the right time.
WHAT challenges and hurdles HAVE YOU HAD TO OVERCOME IN PURSUING BOARDS AND/OR SERVING ON BOARDS?
I found that being young and female presented challenges. I targeted Boards where my Chartered Accountant qualification/ expertise was in demand. I also narrowed my search down to industries that really interested me.
If asked something and I didn’t know – I didn’t pretend, but instead offered to do some research.
All too often I have seen really capable people be “written off” because they were all talk. It might be a cliché, but you only get to make a first impression once. I have also learned to say no to requests to serve if I am not sure about organisational culture, vision, goals, or my willingness to properly commit to the role.
Have you had mentors and/or sponsors and have they helped you? if so, how?
I have had some amazing mentors. It is so refreshing to be able to talk with someone who has no vested interest in an outcome. Just articulating an issue often provides greater clarity. I don’t necessarily want a mentor to tell me what to do, but I do appreciate the opportunity to share and learn from their experience and come to my own decision.
How did WOB help you in your journey to the boardroom?
I joined WOB when I was looking for a new full time Executive Role in 2013. The CV writing service was invaluable to me . I had not compiled a proper CV since University days, as typically I had been “head hunted” to different roles rather than applying through traditional methods. The Board vacancy subscription is also a great resource.
ANY TIPS FOR WOMEN STARTING OUT ON THEIR JOURNEY TO THE BOARDROOM?
“No one can make you feel inferior without your consent” said Eleanor Roosevelt. Follow this maxim and really you cannot go wrong. I have seen many young women starting their career, who think they need to “apologise” for doing things well. Don’t! This does not mean you should be arrogant, but remember to trust your own instincts, and be true to your values. Above all work in a career that you enjoy.