Resources Centre

Articles and Information

Everyone needs access to good resources to make the most of opportunities that arise. Women on Boards has developed the following suite of offerings based on the many inquiries we have received from subscribers over the years. 

Gender lens on the budget

Each year the National Foundation for Australian Women (NFAW) conducts a careful, expert, non-partisan analysis of the Federal Budget and makes recommendations across a range of policy areas – workplace relations, health, education, housing, domestic violence, taxation, superannuation and more, as well as some related to machinery of government and data.

Superannuation & Financial Services | Click to Register

For those with an interest in / suitable skillset for board and committee roles in the ever growing financial services sector (banks, mutuals, credit unions, insurance companies, superannuation). 

Success Stories

Women on Boards subscribers discuss their board and committee appointments; the selection or election process, their challenges and their opportunities.

Getting your first serious board role can take time and we are delighted to share our members experience with you to provide some inspiration and support for your journey.

Thank you to all those who contributed their stories - we are always looking for more.

2018: WOB calls for 40:40 by 2020

Of the 15 sectors analysed only some state governments, the Federal Government, Not For Profits, Affordable Housing, some health boards and University boards made the 40% grade. WOB has advocated for a minimum of 40% of the under-represented gender to the target for all boards for at least 10 years. With the support of the mighty WOB network it has put thousands of women on boards

All Reports

Key reports collated by Women on Boards since inception with the express intention of providing insightful resources for you during your career leadership and boardroom years.

2016: Women on Boards celebrates years of hard work

WOB celebrated 10 years of hard work in 2016 with the numbers of women on serving on boards continuing its slow trend upward across most sectors.

Bain and Company Reports

Bain and Company have written numerous articles pertaining to gender parity. WOB have collated some of these for your review.

Articles

Access to high quality articles to support your career in the boardroom.

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Articles

Access to high quality articles to support your career in the boardroom. Includes how to write a board-ready CV and cover-letter and what to consider when applying for NED roles.  

Board Evaluation

A free trial of a board evaluation service that provides you with great access to a wide range of governance tools.

Gender Balance in Global Sport

In 2014 Women on Boards authored the inaugural Gender Balance in Global Sport Report, which was subsequently updated in 2016.

Board CV Development

Women on Boards works with a cadre of small businesses and individuals who provide niche services in areas we have identified as important to our subscribers. We will only refer and recommend people and companies with whom we partner with or have road tested at a course or event.

​Our most popular request is for personal assistance with your CV. The following three people are experts in this area and operate across Australia.

Please mention Women on Boards when you contract their services.

2015:  All except Government trending to greater gender balance

Women on Boards evaluated 1422 organisations from more than 10 sectors in its 2015 edition of the Boardroom Diversity Index.

Government | Click to Register

Thousands of State and Federal Government Board and Committee roles are on offer every year - many via WOB. They are suited to the first time and more experienced directors.

Director Insurance

Ensure peace of mind with this top-up individual Directors' & Officers' Liability Insurance policy.

Committees and Coalitions

Women on Boards works with a range of organisations and informal groups to maximise its contribution to policy development.

What Do You Pay Your Non-Executive Directors?

WOB board member, Mary Sue Rogers, is a member of the INSEAD International Directors Programme (IDP) Alumni, and has the opportunity to attend many excellent networking and educational events.  In May INSEAD hosted a webinar with Bill Reilly and Simon Patterson who are senior team members at Pearl Meyer, a consulting firm that specialises in executive compensation.  Pearl Meyer has been conducting compensation surveys for over 18 years on behalf of the NACD (National Association of Corporate Directors) in the USA making them one of the “go-to” firms for compensation advice.
 

Catalyst Reports

Catalyst is a global nonprofit working with some of the world's most powerful CEOs and leading companies to build workplaces that work for women.
Catalyst helps organisations remove barriers and drive change with pioneering research, some of which WOB has provide for your review.

Lord Davies Reports

Lord Davies of Abersoch, a former British banker and Labour government minister and currently a non-executive chair has written a number of reports regarding the FTSE and women on these boards in efforts to achieve female parity.

2013: Hope is not a business strategy’ for more women on boards

​The evidence is that sectors with measurable gender balance targets are moving ahead of those that rely on good intentions and rhetoric alone.

I would like to get a Non-Executive Director role 

By: Mary-Sue Rogers, WOB Non-Executive-Director
I have recently been to several networking events that focused on “how do I get on to a board as a non-executive”?  The supply of individuals, with significant experience and qualifications, outstrips the demand for non-executive directors (NED) especially at the listed company end of the market.  And the challenge for talented women to get appointed to an ASX board is even more of an uphill battle.  There are still 13 ASX 200 companies that have no women on their boards and over 60 that have only one and less than ten where the chair is female.  This makes it all the more challenging to secure an ASX NED appointment.  

Start-Ups & ESICs | Click to Register

For those with an interest in Start-Ups and Early Stage Innovation Companies, new and evolving business models and innovation.

Sport | Click to Register

Sporting organisations exist from community to national level and span club sports in all desciplines and the 104 National Sporting Organisations funded by the Australian Government.

Paid Parental Leave

Women on Boards was part of the coalition of women that lobbied for Paid Parental Leave in  2014 and then made submissions to the Senate reivew in 2016.  There is still some way to go on PPL and WOB advocates the following changes be made to the legislation:

2012: Small increase in percentage of women on boards

There have been small, but encouraging, signs that the recent gains in the number of female directors on the boards of ASX200 companies are being matched in other key sectors in the economy, according to findings from the latest WOB Boardroom Diversity Index (BDI).

McKinsey Women Matter Report Series & Others

McKinsey has conducted research to gain greater parity within corporations and presented their findings through reports such as their Women Matter series.







 

2011: 100th International Women's Day: Women still marking time in the boardroom

Australian boards are not becoming more gender diverse and we run the risk of sidelining this critical issue in the hype surrounding the ASX200, a leading advocate and broker for women into board roles warned today.

2010: A benchmark for gender diversity on boards

Australia’s first comprehensive index to track the performance of key sectors in our economy on gender diversity in the boardroom was released on International Women's Day, 8 March 2010.