Lessons from the boardroom

Lessons from the boardroom

Debra Anderson 

(Added 2 April 2019)

Tax Practitioners Board, numerous technology and industry advisory boards including the ATO’s Tax Practitioners Stewardship Group, STP for Micro-businesses, ATO’s Digital Implementation Group
Debra Anderson is an award-winning small business specialist, accountant, industry advisor, and one of Australia’s leading online accounting consultants for MYOB, Intuit & Xero.  Debra is the author of ‘Taking Care of Small Business’ and has several local and international awards for both small business advisory and accounting technology to her name. Read more

Kristie Atkins

(Added 8 April 2019)

Restaurant & Catering Industry Association Australia and HMRI Sydney Foundation
An inspirational senior executive who grows businesses by combining sophisticated change and general management, sales and marketing skills with a dynamic leadership style.  Kristie is accomplished in driving profitability and market share while retaining a focus on costs and creating environments in which people can flourish.  Broadly experienced in areas including business transformation, general management, driving innovation, sales, marketing, business development, communications, PR, event management and sponsorship. Read more

Monique Beedles

(Added 8 June 2018)

Asset Management Council & the Institute of Management Consultants.
An experienced board director for over 20 years, Monique has worked across commercial, government and not-for-profit organisations. Author of Asset Management for Directors. Read more


Jane Bell

(Added 29 August 2018)

UCA Funds Management, Monash Health, Jessie McPherson Private Hospital, Deputy Chair of Bio Medical Research Vic and Chair of Advisory Committee for Melbourne Genomics Health Alliance.
Non-executive director since 2002 serving on 11 Boards in funds management, insurance, OH&S, health, medical research and the water industry. Independent thinker well versed in corporate governance, setting strategy, risk management, stakeholder management, crisis management, corporate social responsibility, change management, renewing culture and growing shareholder returns. Read more

Wynne Bell

(Added 21 February 2019)

Job Centre Australia (JCA).
Wynne has actively supported boards and subcommittees across the not-for-profit sector. She has experience in advising board members on governance, operations and complex insolvency matters; and providing secretariat support to subcommittees. She is an experienced project leader both within and with the public and not-for-profit sectors. Read more

Babette Bensoussan

(Added 8 April 2019)

Sunshine Coast
Successfully operating as an entrepreneur, consultant, company director, board member, author, academic and business coach, Babette has served as an advisor to organisations and business leaders around the world. Her personal presence and communication skills, in addition to her other accomplishments, have awarded her the status of being one of the most internationally sought after corporate speakers on Competitive Intelligence and Strategy. Read more

Nicki Bowman

(Added 12 June 2018)

MME_Bowman_Nicki.jpgDress for Success Sydney Inc and Football South Coast Limited.
Non-executive director with blue-chip senior management experience across a number of disciplines. Strong focus on risk and governance built on several years of commercial and corporate legal practice, first in a top 10 law firm and later in-house with BHP and BlueScope Steel. Read more

Linda Bracken

(Added 13 August 2019)

The Australian Horse Industry Council and the Bobby Goldsmith Foundation.‚Äč
Linda Bracken is a leading digital strategy consultant and talent coach.
With a career spanning over 30 years in the media and digital sector, Linda has led some of the most innovative areas in the ABC as the Manager of Triple J, the Head of Content and Digital for ABC Radio across Australia and as the Head of Audience Strategy and Digital Experience for the organisation. Read more

Kathryn Brown

(Added 8 November 2018)

Girl Guides Victoria, St Kilda Mums Inc, Palliative Care Victoria and Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand.
Kathryn is a chartered accountant and has worked in New Zealand, Australia and the UK for Deloitte, Henderson Global Investors and ANZ Banking Group Ltd. Kathryn possesses a specialised knowledge of alternative asset classes including, private equity, infrastructure and property. Read more


Catherine Burrows, Dr

(Added 29 April 2019)

Regional Advisory Committee of TAFE NSW Western Region.
Catherine Burrows is a strategic thinker who brings forensic insight to problem solving. A reformer with sophisticated stakeholder management skills, she brings a collaborative ethos to her work. Her focus is on improving organisational performance at the individual, group and organisational levels.
Catherine is a member of the TAFE NSW Western Region Advisory Council. Prior to this she was a member of the Community Reference Group for the Centre for Health Record Linkage. Read more

Kathy Campbell

(Added 30 July 2018)

Uniting AgeWell, Brisbane North Primary Health Network
Kathy has held executive roles in healthcare for over 15 years including with public and private providers, consulting firms and vendors in Australia and Canada.  She worked in the finance industry for many years before moving into healthcare.  Kathy is the Principal of Ockham Consulting which provides specialised eHealth consulting to health services, government agencies and medical/research alliances. Read more

Julie Cotter, Professor (Emeritus)

(Added 8 June 2018)

Exercise and Sports Science Australia (ESSA), Darling Downs Hospital & Health Service, Australian Agricultural Company (AA Co) Scientific Advisory Board & others. A NED with experience in the health, education and agribusiness sectors. She is an Emeritus Professor of the University of Southern Queensland with expertise in accounting and finance, agribusiness, ESG, research and innovation. Read more


Amber Daines

(Added 8 June 2018)

MME_Daines_Amber_2.jpgWomen for Election Australia, International Football and Tennis School
A self-made CEO, trainer, podcaster, author and media addict who is a mother to two young boys. Amber has worked in communications for almost 20 years with experience across local and international in traditional media, PR, fundraising and relationship marketing in government, business and creative. Read more


Heather Disher

(Added 13 August 2019)

Pony Club Australia and Geelong Animal Welfare Society (GAWS)
Director, General, Operational, Transitional and Growth Manager that creates, oversees and develops sustainable operations, superior customer communication, cultural engagement and high growth while offering valuable solutions to the complexities of how businesses can thrive in a changing world. Read more

Julia Davenport

(Added 8 June 2018)

NED and Deputy Chair Children’s Book Council of Australia; NED Lindsay Dynan.
Julia is an energetic and innovative thinking board director who brings four years board experience in the private and not-for-profit sectors. A skilled strategic thinker, Julia worked at senior executive levels for many years in professional services (legal, accounting and management consulting), working with CEOs and boards and on various Executives, Not-For-Profit and local government committees. Read more

Ruth Faulkner

(Added 13 September 2018)

North Queensland Primary Health Network, Neami National, Mental Health and Wellbeing Australia, James Cook University Audit, Risk and Compliance Committee, Mareeba Shire Council Audit Committee and Australian Physiotherapy Association Audit and Risk Committee.
Ruth is an experienced and successful business consultant with extensive international experience of working with SME business owners, CEOs and boards. Read more

Kylie Gilbey

(Added 30 August 2018)

Non-Executive Director Ocean Gardens Inc, Member of Ocean Garden Audit and Risk Committee, Immediate Past Chair and current member of Freshwater Council. 
Kylie is an experienced non-executive director. She has many years’ experience in the banking and financial services sector, both in Australia and overseas. She brings skills in financial structuring, financial services, property and construction and general risk questioning and identification of risk/strategy areas. Read more 

Cate Grindlay

(Added 29 October 2018)

Your Community Health and Queen Elizabeth Centre (Ministerial Appointment)
Currently General Manager for mlcoa in Victoria (a MedHealth company), Cate is an experienced healthcare executive with expertise in change management, clinical governance and strategic leadership in clinical quality & safety. A background as a front-line clinician has provided an appreciation of the complexities faced by the health workforce, and the context in which healthcare organisations operate. Cate has recently received a Ministerial appointment to a public hospital board. Read more

Anita Hargreaves

(Added 10 September 2018)

Pro Musica Inc trading as Canberra International Music, Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand Disciplinary Tribunal
Anita Hargreaves is an experienced senior executive with a track record of successfully leading corporate divisions in various public service organisations and implementing strategic change programs who is transitioning to a portfolio career.  Read more 

Cheryl Hayman

(Added 30 May 2018)

Clover Corp & HGL Ltd, Chartered Accountants Aust/NZ, Woman on Boards, AIFST and others.
Professional independent NED, with current portfolio encompassing ASX-listed (CLV and HNG), public unlisted Chartered Accountants Aust/NZ, Women on Boards and AIFST. Cheryl has experience across Finance, Audit and Risk Committee as well as Remuneration & Nominations Committee. Read more 

Leanne Heywood

(Added 8 June 2018)

Orocobre – ASX200 Lithium Miner, Australian Meat Processor Corporation – The Rural Industry Research & Development Corporation Supporting Meat Processors in Australia and others.
Leanne is an experienced NED, marketing and finance professional who brings extensive international marketing, stakeholder management and team leadership experience in China and Japan, Mongolia and Singapore, India, and South America. Read more

Amanda Heyworth

(Added 4 September 2018)

Ingenia Communities Group Ltd, People’s Choice, UniSA Ventures, Centennial Park and the Commonwealth Innovation Investment Committee
Amanda is a professional company director who serves as a board member or board adviser on listed and unlisted boards in Sydney, Canberra and Adelaide. Her board career has spanned property, technology, finance, not-for-profit and Government business enterprises. Read more

Trina Hockley

(Added 2 April 2019)

TAFE Qld, Ohana for Youth, Arcadia College, The Spot Academy, Sports Gold Coast, Gold Coast Sporting Hall of Fame, OZ Esport
Trina is a well-respected business owner of the L & M Group of Companies and an experienced, qualified non-executive director with a background in training, education, sport, employment, retail and governance (BHMS, GMQ, FAICD JP (Qual)). Trina’s business interests are located on the both the Gold and Sunshine Coasts and Wollongong. Read more

Dominique Hogan-Doran SC

(Added 7 September 2018)

Formerly a non-executive director of several not-for-profit foundations and associations including the Menzies Foundation, National Foundation for Australian Women, Australian Women Lawyers and Club Plus Super.

Dominique Hogan-Doran is a well-regarded Senior Counsel at the independent Bar in Australia, specialising in commercial disputes resolution, regulatory investigations & enforcement, and public inquiries involving governance or integrity issues. She is also experienced in policy development, directorships, and a broad range of committees. Read more

Evelyn Horton

(Added 13 June 2018)

Centuria Life, Motor Accidents Insurance Board, Tasmanian Public Finance Corporation, Mission Australia and others.
Evelyn is a full-time company director, specialising in public policy, risk management and finance. She spent thirty years as an executive: 12 years at the Reserve Bank and the Commonwealth Treasury; and 15 years in investment banking. Read more 

Kelly Howlett

(Added 6 November 2018)

Bloodwood Tree Association Inc., Care for Hedland Environmental Association Inc., WA Country Health Service, WA Country Health Service Audit & Risk Committee, WA Primary Health Alliance Country Community Advisory Council Establishing Committee.
Kelly has lived in Port Hedland for nearly 19 years. During that time, Kelly has demonstrated leadership in raising the awareness and profile of the social and natural environment in Port Hedland and the Pilbara. Kelly has served as the Mayor of the Town of Port Hedland and the Pilbara, the youngest mayor in WA. Kelly is also a passionate advocate for Aboriginal affairs and the environment. Read more

Julie Hyam Elliott

(Added 8 June 2018)

P & N Bank, Australian Invoice Finance, Investment Committee – NSW Trustee & Guardian & Audit & Risk Committee, NSW Department of Industry.
Julie has a diverse commercial background developed through senior management positions in global corporations and with pivotal roles on high profile Public Sector Boards. Read more

Justine Jarvinen

(Added 18 September 2018)

Milton Corporation Limited, Wattwatchers and Pollinate Energy
Justine Jarvinen (JJ) has more than 24 years of experience spanning the energy, finance, charity and university sectors, and has held technical, commercial, strategic, advisory and board roles across the energy value chain. She has been employed by ExxonMobil, Shell and AGL Energy, and was a leading energy equity analyst at JBWere. She is currently Chief Operating Officer of the University of NSW Energy Institute and co-founder of Finncorn Consulting. Read more

Laura Jeffery

(Added 15 October 2018)

Playgroup Australia, Non-Executive Director and Chair, Finance Risk & Audit Committee Alyangula Daycare Incorporated, Chairperson
Laura is a qualified accountant distinctively skilled in strategic financial management, asset life-cycle planning, stakeholder engagement, governance and financial modelling. She has demonstrated success in a diverse range of roles across Finance, Remuneration & Benefits, Maintenance, Major Projects and Analysis & Improvement within the world’s largest resources companies including BHP and South32. Read more

Fiona Lang

(Added 13 September 2018)

BBC Studios Australia and New Zealand, UN Women National Committee and Football NSW.
Fiona brings deep, well developed skills, including the following key ones: (1) experience in the board room gained from sitting at the board table for reputable and key international corporates, including the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) and the United Nations agency, UN Women National Committee here in Australia. She understands the complexity of balancing various stakeholders and world leading brands and positions. Read more

Dominique Layt

(Added 13 August 2018)

Somerville House Foundation.
Currently, as Head of Stores & Specialty Banking Delivery at Suncorp Group, Dominique oversees the performance and insights, operational management, help desk support, sales and business development frameworks and coaching, and executive reporting. Her commitment to leadership and mentoring has seen Dominique Chair the inaugural Suncorp Women Connect, an Employee Resource Group focussed on gender equality. Read more

Penny Lee

(Added 3 May 2019)

Central Coast Conservatorium
A highly proficient legal professional with strong leadership skills and extensive experience in governance. Penny has devised robust policies and implemented significant strategic operational procedures for the NSW government. Presently one of only three female mining inspectors in NSW with a proven ability to influence and negotiate with key stakeholders. Read more

Sally Macindoe

(Added 24 May 2019)

Melbourne Cricket Club Committee, Melbourne Cricket Clud Foundation Pty Ltd, Melbourne Cricket Club Heritage Limited.
Sally Macindoe is Executive Counsel and former partner and past Chairman of Norton Rose Fulbright Australia.  In addition to her Planning & Environment practice Sally continues to lead the strategic discussion concerning Diversity and Inclusion with the national and global executive of the firm and more broadly within the business community and legal services industry. Read more

Carmel Macmillan

(Added 6 November 2018)

Mater Foundation, MS Queensland, Lagberry Pty Ltd, Piovesan Nominees, Queensland Poetry Festival, Philanthropic Relations Committee MS Queensland, Mater Foundation’s Lotteries & Community Faundraising Committee
Carmel is the Principal of CM Strategy Consulting, a consulting firm that delivers results for organisations in the areas of corporate strategy, marketing and branding strategy.
As a board Chair and non-executive director, Carmel is active in the not-for-profit and commercial sectors adding specific value to governance, strategy, marketing and fundraising discussions. Read more

Caroline McGuire

(Added 17 August 2018)

Australian HR Institute (AHRI) Board and Re-think Re-engage Australia.
Caroline is an HR Specialist and Coach at Clariti Consulting. She is also the Queensland State President and a non-executive director at the Australian Human Resources Institute (AHRI). Caroline uses neuroscience and coaching methodologies to deliver leadership development, coaching and HR consultancy services. Read more 

Priscilla Nguyen

(Added 3 September 2018)

Perth International Women’s Day (IWD) Committee
I came to Australia as a boat person with my younger sister when I was 18 years old. Since then, I overcame many obstacles including battling the difficulties of a new language, adopting a new culture and supporting myself and my younger sister while studying without parental guidance at a young age.  I graduated with an Electrical Engineering Degree from UWA and on graduation, was employed as an engineer with Telstra. Read more

Sandi Orleow

(Added 26 September 2018)

Statewide Super Investment Committee, Infrastructure Capital Group, ACT Treasury Investment, Women in Super and Audit and Risk and formerly NSW WIS.
Sandi has worked globally and locally in financial services for over two decades, with a focus on superannuation, investment management, consulting and research. She has the benefit of having worked across business functions so has relevant experience in management, sales, marketing, accounting and investing. Read more

Darshana Parekh

(Added 10 September 2018)

SkyBuys and Welcome Dinner Project (formerly Joining the Dots)
Darshana is a lawyer who moved from practicing insurance litigation in Brisbane to moving her career into an in-house role in Sydney. Darshana works closely with the board at work, advising on all commercial matters across Australia and New Zealand. The exposure to business decisions led her to enrol in the MBA with the University of Sydney. Darshana recently joined her first board and in between, she keeps fit by doing Pilates. Read more

Anna Phan

(Added 13 May 2019)

BaptistCare NSW / ACT
Anna is the Executive Officer at Erina Baptist Community Care, a not-for-profit company which supports the local community through the provision of services including an Early Learning Centre, a Men's Shed, and a Counselling division. In 2018 Anna was also appointed to serve as a Non-Executive Director on the board of BaptistCare NSW / ACT. Read more

Keri Pratt

(Added 10 September 2018)

The Junction Works and CIMA Society of Australia and formerly Gymnastics Australia and Women in Super.
Keri is a professional with significant experience in investment sales & marketing, management, superannuation & business consulting and strategy, and is an experienced company director. She sits on several finance industry association committees/ boards and has developed extensive networks in the industry. She is also involved in industry advocacy for women and fund raising. Outside of the finance industry, she is a NED on a national sports board and a disability services business. Read more

Judy Pridmore

(Added 15 May 2019)

Director of Family Life, Melbourne Community Television Consortium Ltd and the Australian Transformation and Turnaround Association.
Acknowledged C-suite executive with a track record of building start-ups and multi-national businesses in the digital and technology space, including News Limited, Westpac and Southcorp. Broad industry experience leading business transformation through to developing e-commerce and marketplace businesses across sectors, including banking, media, education, sport and global FMCG food & beverage. Read more

Sophie Ray

(Added 8 June 2018)

Big Fat Smile, Shoalhaven Women’s Resource Group, Director of Silos Estate Winery
Sophie is an experienced company director who has worked in Australia and internationally across private and public businesses, professional services, and not for profits. Previously, Sophie sat on the Board of the PricewaterhouseCoopers Foundation and spent fourteen years as a corporate lawyer in Australia & the UK. Read more 

Sarah Richardson

(Added 10 September 2018)

Director of ACT Public Cemeteries Authority, UniSport Australia, Community Options Australia and Job Centre Australia; a member of Australian Institute of Architects People/Culture/Governance committee, Pharmaceutical Society of Australia Finance/Audit/Risk committee and Northern Beaches Council Audit/Risk/Improvement committee.
Seasoned board and executive leader in charities, SMEs and multinationals in Australia, France and US. Consult across for-purpose, government, resources, tourism, consumer/b2b, franchising, industrial and technology sectors. Read more

Kerry Skellern

(Added 5 April 2019)

Galvin Engineering Advisory Board, Bendigo Community Bank and Avondale Golf Club.
Kerry Skellern is a Chair, Non-Executive Director, Business Adviser and Mentor.  She has particular experience in the industrial infrastructure, healthcare, building, technology and chemical industries.
Kerry has an engineering and science background, beginning her career in petrochemical manufacturing.  She transitioned through Environment, Health & Safety management to Strategic Sales & Marketing, including product commercialisation and innovation. Read more

Hannah Smith

(Added 5 April 2019)

Shop! Association ANZ, formerly known as POPAI ANZ
Hannah is a Sales and Marketing leader with extensive experience in Category Management across many categories and multiple channels. She also has extensive experience in education and training and is an excellent presenter. Read more

Andrea Staines

(Added 2 April 2019)

SeaLink (ASX), Freightways (NZX), UnitingCare, Tourism Australia, NDIS.
Andrea Staines has been a professional Non-Executive Director for over a decade and is currently on the boards of ASX-listed SeaLink Travel, NZX-listed Freightways, Tourism Australia, UnitingCare and NDIA (the NDIS Agency). She was formerly on the Boards of QIC, ASX30 Aurizon, Australian Rail Track Corporation (ARTC), Gladstone Ports, North Queensland Airports, Allconnex Water and ASX-listed Early Learning Services (now G8). Read more

Mary Sue Rogers

(Added 8 June 2018)

Save the Children Australia, Women on Boards Australia and advisory board positions.
Mary Sue is a seasoned executive with more than 30 years of leadership positions from CEO to Partner in global professional services organisations such as Talent2, IBM and PwC. She has a strong focus on business strategy and transformation and is considered an expert in the HR and Talent market, with significant experience and track record in strategy, outsourcing, consulting, technology services, mergers and acquisitions. Read more

Lyndal Thorburn, Dr

(Added 16 May 2019)

Capital Health Network Ltd, Viria Pty Ltd, Enabled Employment Pty Ltd
Dr Lyndal Thorburn has over 30 person-years’ experience on the boards and councils of 9 private companies, not-for-profits and industry associations.  She has founded two companies and has been Managing Director/CEO of four organisations.  She has also had 6 advisory roles for government and research agencies.  As a Board member, Lyndal has held roles as committee member and chair in finance and risk, HR and strategy as well as board chair. Read more

Cris Topfner-Rigby

(Added 20 August 2018)

Australian Women in Payments, Australian Red Cross National Board and Friends of Coolart.
Cris is an advisory board member and senior executive with expert knowledge of digital technology and transformation across payments, real time systems, business transformation, IT privacy, data management and security. Worked in heavily regulated environments – military and financial services ­ managing risks and compliance. Drives performance through strategic management, culture change, operational re-engineering, business process and complex digital technology transformation. Read more

Deanna Varga

(Added 12 September 2018)

Sydney Improvised Music Association Board, Biz Events Asia – Editorial Advisory Board Member and Arts Tasmania and Screen Tasmania – Cultural and Creative Industries Expert 
Director of a boutique consultancy with 25 years’ experience in sales and marketing. Specifically, revenue generation and strategy for cultural attractions, media, global hotels (specifically Accor), convention bureaux (Sydney and Melbourne), destination marketing organisations (Tourism Australia) and previously Executive of the Australian National Maritime Museum. Read more

Mary Verschuer

(Added 3 April 2019)

Maxitrans ASX:MXI, The Infants Home, Tafe NSW Sydney Region Advisory, Nuplex ASX:NPX
Experienced non-executive director with a background as an international CEO. Core skill set aligned to global industrial B to B sector, in particular packaging, chemicals, mining services and building products. Extensive international strategic, operational, R&D and governance expertise including time on the ground in Asia. Strong track record of leading and growing businesses through difficult economic and cultural challenges, with a focus on new product development and integrating acquisitions successfully. Read more

Ali Wastie

(Added 13 August 2018)

Alexandra District Hospital
With degrees in Arts, Education and a Masters of Business Administration (Diplomacy and Trade), Ali has held executive positions within the Victorian Public Service and Local Government. She is  an accredited and experienced executive coach and mediator and has successfully filled the role of Director on numerous boards across a range of areas including tourism and marketing, not for profit, health and community services. Read more

Shan Welham

(Added 29 August 2018)

Heartbeat Bendigo and Maldon Hospital
Shan is a skilled and experienced technology manager and leader.  Shan’s career has been characterised by management of major outsourcing contracts and telecommunications networks for large Australian corporates, both on the vendor and client side, and team leadership of communications professionals.  Shan is currently both the Head of Network Services and the Commercial Manager for NAB’s Telstra Network Services Agreement (NSA). Read more

Susan Wilson

(Added 2 April 2019)

Innovation & Business Skills Australia, Australian Training Products and Advisory Boards – Start up Muster and Agrifutures Australia Emerging Industries Panel (Deputy Chair).
Building on an international, cross-functional executive career in start-up to multinational companies across the agri-food, health, biotechnology and manufacturing sectors, Susan’s work has extended across academia, Federal and International Government portfolios in governance and C-suite operations; building innovation capability in precinct development, strategic commercial partnerships, workforce skills, commercialisation, entrepreneurialism, trade and investment. Read more

Hilary Winchester, Professor (Emeritus)

(Added 20 June 2018)

Chair of the Academic Board of the Australian Institute of Business, and a member of their Board of Directors.
Emeritus Professor Hilary Winchester specializes in Higher Education Quality Assurance following her academic career which culminated in her role as Provost of Central Queensland University 2012-2016 and Interim Vice-Chancellor July-Oct 2016. She is a highly experienced Board member, quality auditor and reviewer, a finalist in the Queensland Telstra Business Women's Awards 2016 and winner of the Australian Higher Education Quality Award 2011. Read more

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