Meet the Team
ROLE OF SYNDICATE CHAIR: A highly experienced ASX Chair or NED operates as the ‘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.
UPCOMING syndicate Chairs 2020/21
Chair, upcoming Melbourne 2021
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.
Chair, upcoming national online 2020/21
Tanya is an accomplished director, who serves on the boards of Cromwell Property Group (ASX-CMW) and Other Levels Holdings (ASX:OLV), serving on the Remuneration and Audit and Risk Committees for both organisations. Her other directorships include The World Green Building Council, The Green Building Council of Australia and Equiem Holdings Pty Ltd. Tanya’s executive experience as a financial services professional spans more than 25 years, including 11 years as COO of Dexus Property Group, one of Australia’s largest real estate companies. She is a member of Chief Executive Women, St James Ethics Centre, the Governance Institute of Australia and the AICD. Register
Chair, 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.
Chair, 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.
Chair, 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.
Managing Director and CEO at Ridley Corporation and a highly experienced Non Executive Director. He has an extensive background in senior management in the agribusiness, food, resources, automotive and packaging industries across Australia, New Zealand, Europe and Asia. He came to Ridley from Sugar Australia and Sugar New Zealand, where he was Chief Executive Officer for eight years. Tim Chairs iSignthis Limited (ASX:ISX, DE:TA8), is a Patron of not for profit National Association of Women in Operations (NAWO) and is a Director of Enactus (SIFE). He has also been the Chairman of AFGC Agribusiness Forum, Deputy Chairman of the Australian Food & Grocery Council, Chaired the Corporate Affairs Committee and was a Director of the World Sugar Research organisation.
Chair, 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.
Chair, 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.
Chair, 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); Façade 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).
James is an Australian VC investor, award-winning entrepreneur and company director. He is the Chairman of Airtasker, Chairman of Silver Heritage Group, non-executive director of Indoor Sky Dive Australia Group and CEO and co-founder of MHOR asset management. In 2007 James founded Vocus Communications and went on to become the youngest Australian to create and lead an ASX100 company. His achievements at Vocus saw him saw him feature three times on the BRW young rich list and two-times as a EY Entrepreneur of the Year winner. In 2018 he was inducted into the CommsDay Edison Awards Hall of Fame and recently was announced as the first ambassador for the Women on Boards WOBSX program.
Program Director - Dan Liszka
Dan is a long term WOB friend and supporter, business coach & mentor who leverages his significant advisory expertise and access to knowledge, networks and capital to the project. Dan has a background in equity capital raising with a strong focus on small companies and corporate innovation. He is currently the CEO of HUBB Sydney, a community of business owners dedicated to peer support and business growth.
Email Phone: 0413 616 538
Ruth Medd, Chair
Ruth is a chair of Women on Boards and of Australian Chocolate Pty Ltd (Charley's) and a trustee of the NSW Historic Houses Trust and a director of the National Foundation for Australian Women. Some of her former roles are chair of Australian Ethical Superannuation, a member of the NSW Casino Control Authority and a director of the Infants Home at Ashfield. Ruth provides strategic advice to the program.
: 0419 407 231
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