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Guests listed alphabetically by surname - or browse by topic further below

Kerrie Akkermans
CPAs talk to Claire Braund 
Claire Braund and Fiona Hathorn (UK Exec Dir)
Lisa Chung AM
Abigail Goldberg
Brynnie Goodwill
Jennifer Grech
Cheryl Hayman
Cheryl Hayman and Gina McClement
Christine Hawkins AM FAICD
Kelly Humphreys
Sarah Jane (S-J) Kurtini
Sally Macindoe
Carmel Macmillan
Gina McClement & Cheryl Hayman
Nadia Moffatt
Helen Moore
Megan Motto
Dr Liz Paslawsky
Anne Pleash
Kerryn Newton
Professor Shirley Randell AO 
Tracey Spicer
Georgie Somerset AM
Holly Stiles

Boards, culture, death threats, discrimination and standing up for yourself

In conversation with Tracey Spicer
November 2020 (24 minutes)
In this podcast Tracey Spicer talks to Claire Braund about her journey, including taking a major TV network to court, being sacked via email, her time on the NRMA board 20 years ago where death threats between board members had to be investigated by police, and how she became an activist  on pregnancy discrimination and wrote a book. Tracey and Claire also talk feminism, class factions, culture and what Tracey would say to her younger self. Listen 

Consciously un-partnering and leading the way in diversity and inclusion

In conversation with Sally Macindoe
November 2020 (30 minutes)
Sally Macindoe is Executive Counsel and Global Head of Diversity and Inclusion at Norton Rose Fullbright and Vice President at the MCC. But that's not how she started out.

In this podcast Sally talks to Claire Braund about her journey, from how she was appointed partner at Deacons (now Norton Rose Fullbright) while she was pregnant, was the first woman to be elected to their Board and later appointed Chair of their Board / Partnership council....and how she stepped back from it all.  Sally also talks about the challenges the MCC has faced during COVID and the sheer sadness and perspective that the empty stadium has brought.  They also discuss diversity and inclusion and how it extends to gender, race and now age, with four generations working in some firms. Listen

the pros and cons of government boards

In conversation with Abigail Goldberg
November 2020 (14 minutes)
Interested in a government board? Then this podcast is a must listen.  In this succinct discussion, experienced Chair and non-executive director, Abigail Goldberg talks about how she has developed her portfolio career and built an impressive catalogue of government boards.  She also provides an enlightening list of the pros and cons of being on government boards.  A definite must listen to those aspiring to or considering a government board.  Listen 

Building socially responsible business

In conversation with Brynnie Goodwill
November 2020 (36 minutes)

In this podcast, Brynnie Goodwill talks to Claire about the world of international corporate law, her reasons for pursuing a career in community advocacy and why following your passion, not necessarily your credentials, is the best way to the boardroom. She is committed to gender equality and cultural diversity at all levels of business and shares why she isn’t at all surprise by the state of affairs in her former homeland America from her organic farm in the lower Hunter of NSW. Listen

From barriers to redefining healthcare with all in mind 

In conversation with Dr Liz Paslawsky 
October 2020 (36 minutes)

Dr Liz Paslawsky’s journey to the boardroom has not been without barriers. Her family lived off a small organic farm in the Ukraine before the Second War World hit, forcing them to flee on a boat they thought was destined for Austria. Instead, they arrived on the shores of Australia. Today, Liz is a Telstra NSW Business Woman of the Year winner, serves on four international boards and has held CEO and senior executive positions in healthcare, banking and the not-for-profit sector. Find out why Liz is a self-confessed “barrier basher” in this podcast and hear her tips for thinking more strategically during the unpredictable time that COVID-19 brings and redefining healthcare as we know it. Listen

Making it her business to be an insider  

In conversation with Lisa Chung, AM
October 2020 (29 minutes)

In this podcast Lisa Chung AM, lawyer, experienced Non Executive Director and Chair, shares her journey to the boardroom and explores a range of insights, including how she overcame cultural and gender challenges, the important role her mentors have played, as well as providing advice on how to approach a board  interview – or "peer discussion", as she likes to call it. Lisa also talks about the benefits of being on multiple boards. Listen

Lessons Learned breaking into the boardoom

In conversaton with Jennifer Grech
September 2020 (16 minutes)

Jennifer Grech shares an honest account of her journey as someone relatively new to the board arena, including the systematic approach she has taken to learn about boards, how she has built her board collateral, and how she sees her eight applications as a learning process to help her define her board value. Listen

Authenticity, Political Life and Swimming The English Channel

In conversation with Anne Pleash, former Chief of Staff, The Hon Bob Katter
September 2020 (20 minutes)

In this podcast Anne Pleash talks to Claire about public life, working with Bob Katter, her long built understanding of remote indigenous communities and how she was instrumental in introducing the Indigenous Art Code. She also talks about her board aspirations and the amazing story of how she swam the English Channel, eyeing off France after 13 hours! Listen

Flying by an alternate path - Insights into board recruitment and governance trends

In conversation with Kerryn Newton, Managing Director, Directors Australia
September 2020 (35 minutes)

In this podcast we hear about the interesting career path that has led her Kerryn Newton to this point, including serving in the Army Reserves for many years, briefly working as a lawyer and stumbling into a job in parliament, where she worked for 10 years across 25 parliamentary enquiries. Claire Braund explores how Kerryn joined her first board by accident and the key things she is seeing from her clients in the board recruitment space. Kerryn also provides her insights and advice for candidates applying for board. Listen

Governance explained and an unconventional dance to the top

In conversaton with Megan Motto, CEO The Governance Institute
September 2020 (18 minutes)

In this podcast Megan Motto, CEO of the Governance Institute provides a glimpse into her unconvenational background, her interpretation of "governance" and how she came to lead The Governance Institute, which has historically seen a legacy of older males at the helm. We also hear about Megan’s passion for diversity,  the value of governance training and how building a blended board and executive career makes you better at both roles. Listen

Lessons from the trenches –  how to prepare so you stand out in board interviews

In conversation with Christine Hawkins AM FAICD
September 2020 (25 minutes)

Christine Hawkins AM has had an illustrious board and executive career, being awarded an Order of Australia for her service to business in 2019. Her extensive experience on board selection committees has clearly shown her what separates board applications – what makes one attractive and another not. In this podcast Claire Braund talks to Christine about her career and board journey and the delve into Christine’s four key lessons for directors in the board application and interview process, including what not to say. Listen

The mentor experience uncovered - from both sides

In conversation with Cheryl Hayman and Gina McClement
August 2020 (31 minutes)

ASX Director Cheryl Hayman mentored Gina McClement in 2018-19 as part of Gina’s three step plan to gain and board role. In this podcast Claire talks to Gina and Cheryl to uncover why Gina wanted a mentor, how her journey changed once the process started and how the process ran. Cheryl discusses her mentoring philosophy and reverse approach, which is not as you’d expect. If you're thinking about a mentor or what you can do to further your career, this podcast will provide some great ideas. Warning, you're sure to be left wanting Cheryl as your mentor too!  Listen

Building a portfolio with purpose and passion

In conversation with Georgie Somerset AM
July 2020 (27 minutes)

Georgie Somerset has built an impressive board portfolio, currently sitting on the board of the ABC, AgForce Queensland, the Royal Flying Doctor Service and Red Earth Community Foundation. Georgie talks about her board progression, lessons learned and what inspires her, saying “my community foundation really feeds my soul” and “if you have the right framework and the right foundations, you can actually trust the process and the people to take you there". This is a great listen and will make you feel inspired.  Listen

Going full circle and building collegiality 

In conversation with Kerry Akkermans
July 2020 (19 minutes)

Claire Braund talks to Kerrie Akkermans about how her journey has taken her full circle, from being a young Girl Guide where her mother was a Girl Guide Commissioner, to now being CEO of Girl Guide’s SA. Founding her own business at just 32, Kerrie worked with iconic brands and became a sought-after speaker.

Kerrie discusses the impact major life changes had on her carrer, how she carved out her board career, how her career and board roles have been complementary, and how being on boards has helped her to become a much better CEO.  Listen

A true trailblazer, inspiration and exemplar of living a rich life 

In conversation with Prof Shirley Randell AO
July 2020  (32 minutes)

World renowned for her work with women in Rwanda after the genocide, Professor Shirley Randell AO has had a fascinating and eminent career as an educator, CEO and board director across the globe. Among her accolades, Dr Randell was recognised in the 2012 Inaugural Australian 100 Women of Influence Awards, the 100 World of Difference Awardees in 2013 by The International Alliance of Women and is an Officer of the Order of Australia.

In this fascinating podcast, Dr Randell talks to Claire Braund about how her career, from teaching in remote Aboriginal communities to communities across the globe in Papua New Guinea, Asia and Rwanda to advance female education and equality.

Appointed to her first board at age 34 in the 1960s, Shirley cut a lonely female figure around the boardroom table, teaching her the true value of mentors and working with other women. Still working and serving at age 80, Shirley is the epitome of success, grace and gratitude. Listen

From mature age student to the ASX

In conversation with Kelly Humphreys
June 2020 (24 minutes)

Growing up in country Victoria and shadowing her father at work as a teenager, Kelly Humphreys developed an interest in business that became etched within.  After leaving school she went straight to work in insurance, starting as a fresh-faced junior in a corporate. A move she says, in hindsight, was fundamental to her boardroom success today.

Claire Braund talks to Kelly about how she returned to university as a mature aged student; her diverse career in senior executive roles; and how her breadth of experience ideally positioned her to make an impact. They explore the benefits of board programs and developing a network and how the WOBSX program helped Kelly navigate the ASX landscape and secure two ASX roles.  Listen

Finance, life after the Commonwealth Games and Moore

In conversation with Helen Moore
May 2020 (24 minutes)

Helen Moore was born in France, learning English as a second language as she grew up Yeppoon in central Queensland. By her mid-twenties she had met her husband, had two children and had enrolled to study accounting as a mature aged student -  which she blitzed with distinctions.

Claire Braund talks to Helen about her professional pathway, her most memorable role as CFO for the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games, as well as a range of issues, including the recruitment process, risk management, working on and with boards and more. Listen

 Following a plan and having a strong connection to your board

In conversation with Holly Stiles
May 2020 (16 minutes)

Holly Stiles is a highly experienced corporate finance partner with Grant Thornton. Holly decided to make the leap and look for her first board role once her children started school and she had a "tad" more time.

Claire Braund talks to Holly about the steps she undertook to achieve her first board role with Kids Giving Back (a great NFP that teaches kids about reciprocity), including how she set herself a timeframe, the courses she did and the actions she took to become board ready. Holly also shares key tips that helped her along the way. Listen

The launch and rise of Tinybeans

In conversation with S-J Kurtini
April 2020 (20 minutes)

Sarah-Jane “S-J” Kurtini and Stephen O'Young founded  Tinybeans in 2012. Claire Braund explores how SJ and Stephen built TinyBeans to have more than three million users, 100+ million memories, App of the Day three times, AND how they learned about governance, drew straws to be on the board, flipped the board and listed on the ASX. 

SJ gives a warts and all account of the eight year journey, which saw her move from Australia to New York (which she says was an amazing experience for her family) and now back to Australia's Central Coast, where she is now taking  step back and having a six month sabbatical as she ponders her next project. Listen

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The CPAs in conversation with Claire braund
March 2020

To celebrate IWD2020, Claire Braund was interviewed by Louise Roberts FCPA, Deputy Chair of the Victorian Women's CPA Committee.

Claire Braund, co-founder and Executive Director of Women on Boards, shares her career success story, discusses the challenges she faced in the Board ‘universe’ and how to take that next step in your career to secure a board position.  Listen

Transitioning from full time executive to full time director

The Savvy Director in conversation with Carmel Macmillan
March 2020

Carmel Macmillan, WOB Non Executive Director was special guest on the Savvy Director's podcast. Carmel shares how she has done it and what she has learnt along the way. Carmel didn’t see being a director in her future. She was a successful marketing executive who had built a career working for some of Australia’s biggest companies.  And then she was exposed to some inspiring directors around the board table and that changed all that. Listen

Building an ASX portfolio

In conversation with Cheryl Hayman
March 2020 (27 minutes)

As a highly successful marketer, Cheryl Hayman is a portfolio director currently sitting on three ASX boards as well as not for profits. Hear Cheryl's story, from wanting to be an actress to studying marketing somewhat by chance. Cheryl discusses how she built a successful marketing career and transitioned her marketing skills to the boardroom. Cheryl and Claire also explore the importance of culture, how to add value, how to know you're adding value and how to know when to move on. Listen

Overcoming challenges and leading by example

In conversation with Nadia Moffatt
March 2020 (15 minutes)

Claire Braund talks to Nadia Moffatt about how she overcame an acquired brain injury and is leading by example. Nadia has built a successful professional and board career as an experienced non-executive director, chair, committee member and advocate in the corporate, public and not for profit sectors across Australia. Current roles include: NED, Australian Communication Consumer Action Network;Member, My Health Record External Assurance Committee; Community Member, Governing Council, Northern Adelaide Local Health Network; Community Representative, SA Health Practitioners Tribunal; and NED, Brain Injury SA. Listen

How things have changed in the boardroom

Claire Braund and Fiona Hathorn in conversation (the two WOB CEOs)
March 2020 (27 minutes)

Join Claire Braund (Founder of Women on Boards and CEO of Women on Boards in Australia) and Fiona Hathorn (Founder and CEO of Women on Boards in the UK) when they get together to reflect how things have changed in the world of the boardroom since they first talked about launching in the UK in 2011. Listen