Syndicate chairs I Management Team

Meet the Team

Syndicate Chairs

A highly experienced ASX Chair or NED operates as each WOBSX syndicate chair. The Chair's role is to set the syndicate program of activities, with guidance and support from the WOBSX Program Director, and conduct the group and individual sessions. Chairs invite guest speakers from their own network which include some of Australia’s leading company directors.


Kerry Schott Syndicate, Sydney 2021 / 22

Leanne is a Non-Executive Director for several ASX listed companies, including Orocobre Limited, Quickstep LImited  and Midway Ltd  (ASX:MWY).  She is a director of the Australian Meat Processor Corporation  and a member of the NSW Council for Women's Economic Opportunity (NSW CWEO) provides specialist advice to the NSW Government on strategies aimed at providing women with greater economic opportunities.


Therese Ryan Syndicate, Melbourne 2021 & Margie Haseltine Syndicate, 2022

Zita is a Non-Executive Director for several ASX listed companies, including Starpharma Holdings Ltd, Pacific Smiles Group Ltd (Chairperson), Monash IVF Group Ltd, and Visioneering Technologies Inc.  She is also on the Board of The Hudson Institute,a not-for-profit medical research institute and of Haomokinesis Pty Ltd. Zita has also served on the board of Vision Eye Institute Ltd, 4Dx Pty Ltd, AirXpanders Inc. and Bionic Vision Technologies Pty Ltd. At leading global healthcare company Fresenius Kabi, Zita was Executive Vice President for South Asia Pacific, Managing Director for Australia and NZ and Chair of the Boards for Singapore, Malaysia, Australia and NZ. Zita was Vice President of Business Development at CSL Limited and has an extensive track record in M&A deals, licensing and commercialising products and technologies on a global scale.


Helen Lynch AM & Rosalind Dubbs Syndicates, Sydney 2018 & 2019

Jon Brett has extensive experience in the areas of management, operations , finance and corporate advisory. Jon was an executive director of Investec Wentworth Private Equity. Jon has served as the managing director of a number of publicly listed companies, including Techway Ltd. Jon is an experienced non-executive director and served on the board of Vocus Group Ltd and was an integral part in helping Vocus grow from a small cap ASX company to an ASX 100 company. He served as the non-executive deputy president of the National Roads and Motoring Association and has been Chairman of the Audit & Risk Committees for a number of different ASX listed companies. In the last three years Jon has been a director of Vocus Group Limited, Godfreys Limited and The PAS Group Limited.


Katherine Woodthorpe Syndicate, Sydney 2020

Kathleen is a professional Non-Executive Director (NED) and thought leader in operational improvement and strategy. She is a member of several boards and advisory committees. Prior to becoming a NED, Kathleen was a partner for seven years with The Boston Consulting Group with leadership roles in Asia Pacific Operations. In 2020 she serves on the boards of the following companies: NED REA Group, Chair of HR committee, member of audit committee; NED Lynas, Chair of the HR committee, member of Safety Health committee; NED Aristocrat, Chair of the HR committee, member of Audit committee; NED Bluescope Steel, Member of the ROC and audit committees; NED Benevolent Society, Chair of the HR committee; Member of AICD Corporate Governance Committee.

In her 20 years of professional consulting, Kathleen has assisted dozens of companies achieve increased shareholder returns through strategic and operational improvements in a diverse range of industries including food, packaging, paper, industrial products and health. She is one of the pre-eminent thought leaders in the area of operations and change management both in Australia and globally.


Adrienne Clarke AC Syndicate, Melbourne 2019

Kerry is an award winning corporate lawyer with over 25 years boardroom and senior management experience in Australia and internationally. Kerry is an NED of Gold Mining Group, St Barbara Ltd, a non-executive director of Trinity College in Melbourne and was a former senior executive of Incitec Pivot Limited and was a former NED of McAleese Transport, an ASX listed now privately owned and trading as Rivet Group. Kerry has been a professional Non-Executive director since 2012.


Margaret Jackson Syndicate, Melbourne 2020

David is currently a Board member and Partner at Pinsent Masons where his role is the development and management of Pinsent Masons' Australian business, connecting clients Director Led Peer Support for women seeking ASX Board roles WOBSX Jun 2020 into Asia Pacific. Prior to joining Pinsent Masons in March 2014, David was CEO of an Australian law firm where he was responsible for leadership, client and people strategies and management.

David has more than 25 years experience in the property industry where he has been engaged by developers, institutions and retailers not only as principal legal adviser but also on property and business strategy. His areas of practice included master planned community projects, property development, corporate real estate, institutional property, and shopping centre developments and leasing.

David is currently an NED on the Boards of Villa World and Sanctuary Living and is the Director of Hester Hornbrook Academy Ltd.


Susan Oliver Syndicate, Sydney 2020

Rob Shaw is an independent Non-Executive Director with extensive experience in business management in both executive and non-executive capacities. He has had repeated success in leading audit committees, restructuring company processes, training/motivating employees to achieve goals and optimising resources for company growth. Rob serves on the Board of Credit Corp Group Litd and has served on the Boards of Magontec Limited Insearch Ltd, Kwik Kopy Owners Association Ltd, and The Rugby Club Ltd. All these positions have resulted in chairing and /or being part of audit and risk committees. Rob is retained by Novus Capital Limited in a corporate advisory role where he has served for the past eight  years assisting clients in debt and equity raisings and M and A activities.


Diane Grady Syndicate, Sydney 2020

Mark is an experienced Chairman with a demonstrated history of working in the investment management industry. His skills include corporate development, mergers & acquisitions, corporate finance, strategic planning, and valuation. Mark co-founded Wolseley Private Equity in 1999 after 11 years at Bain & Company where he was a Partner responsible for clients across a range of industries in Australia and Asia, focusing on board effectiveness, CEO mentoring, business Strategy, and organisational frameworks.

His past and current Board roles include: Olivers Real Food, (ASX OLI), Chairman; Nexus Day Hospitals (Deputy Chairman); Byron Group Holdings (Chairman); Fa├žade Access Solutions (Director); PSG (Director); Cartridge World (Director); Stream Solutions (Chairman); Transonic Travel (Director);  The Jane Goodall Institute (Deputy Chairman);  Western Sydney University Foundation (Chairman).

Management team

Dan Liszka, Program Director

Dan’s unique skill is in encouraging people to learn, grow and be their best. In return, he is at his best when working with good people and teams in great cultures. Through multiple roles as a coach and adviser, he has built a large community of contacts who support each other. His background in equity raising also provides multiple contacts and allows him to steer opportunities to sector specialists and investors. Dan is currently an Executive Director at HUBB where he coaches and advises business owners, investors and boards on creating opportunities, solving problems and overcoming challenges. 

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