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Kerrie Akkermans
Professor Shirley Randell AO 
Helen Moore
Holly Stiles
S-J Kurtini
The CPAs talk to Claire Braund
Carmel Macmillan
Cheryl Hayman
Nadia Moffatt
Claire Braund and Fiona Hathorn (UK Ex Dir)


Going Full Circle and Building Collegiality - in conversation with Kerrie Akkermans

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 gratitude, service and living a rich life - in conversation with Prof Shirley Randell AO

July 2020

Professor Shirley Randell AO - PhD, Hon.DLitt, FACE, FIMLANZ, FAICD, FIPAA, AIE, MEd, BEd, DipDiv, DipREd

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 host Claire Braund about how her career, from teaching in remote Aboriginal communities with her husband at age 18, having four children by the age of 24, returning to study, divorcing and building her illustrious career as an educator, activist, CEO and board director.  After which, she returned to work in remote 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 (she counts Joan Kirner, Jenny Blackburn and Susan Ryan amongst her mentors and colleagues) as well as the importance of working with men to achieve results for women.

Still working and serving hard 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

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

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

 Getting started - follow a plan and have a strong connection to your board - In conversation with Holly Stiles

May 2020

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

Sarah-Jane “S-J” Kurtini and Stephen O'Young founded  Tinybeans in 2012.  After moving to Australia with her husband and small daughter, SJ built a reputation as a savvy social media strategist while taking on part time work that she could do while her daughter was napping.  This led to an introduction to Stephen O’Young.

Stephen had the idea for TinyBeans as he sought to track his second son's developmental milestones. Finding that no one would take him seriously as an Asian male trying to launch an App for children, he was looking for a female business partner with marketing expertise. He outlined his concept to SJ, who was sold on the idea after a 30-minute meeting. And the rest they say is history.

Claire Braund explores how Stephen and SJ 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

HowCPA-Podcast.jpeg to Land a Board Role‚Äč - 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 - presented by the savvy director

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 cheryly hayman

March 2020

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

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.

How things have changed in the Boardroom - claire braund and fiona hathorn in conversation (the two ceos)

February 2020

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.