With extensive international experience as an business journalist, Joanne is editor of BOSS, a leadership and strategy magazine inserted monthly in the Australian Financial Review and afr.com.
She has spent more than half her career in Australia with the Australian Financial Review in senior editorial and writing roles, but has also been Bureau Chief, Bloomberg News in Switzerland, managing editor of Asiamoney in Hong Kong and Washington Correspondent for the AFR.
Ainslie van Onselen (LLB MAppFin GAICD) is the Executive Director of Women’s Markets, Inclusion and Diversity for the Westpac Group. She is the Deputy Chairperson of the Insurance Commission of Western Australia, a Commissioner of Legal Aid NSW and is a judge of the annual NSW Government Human Rights Awards. Before joining Westpac as Brian Hartzer’s Chief of Staff in 2013 she had an almost 20 year career in the law.
Lucy Hughes Turnbull AO is an urbanist, businesswoman and philanthropist with a longstanding interest in cities, and technological and social innovation. She chaired the Committee for Sydney from 2012 to 2015 and has been appointed Chief Commissioner of the new Greater Sydney Commission, tasked by the NSW state government to assist in delivering strong and effective strategic planning for the whole of metropolitan Sydney.
She is Chairman of Prima BioMed Limited, an ASX- listed biomedical company undertaking clinical development for an immuno-therapeutic cancer treatment and is a board member of the Grattan Institute. She was the first female Lord Mayor of the City of Sydney from 2003-4 and in 2011 she became an Officer of the Order of Australia for distinguished service to the community, local government and business. In 2012 she was awarded an honorary Doctorate of Business by the University of NSW.
Christine Parker (BGDipBus HRM) is Group Executive Human Resources and Corporate Affairs for the Westpac Group.In this role, Christine is a member of Westpac Group’s Executive Team and holds leadership responsibility for the Human Resources and Corporate Affairs and Sustainability functions across the Westpac Group.Her portfolio includes responsibility for the Westpac Group’s human resources strategy and management, including reward and recognition, safety, learning and development, careers and talent, employee relations and employment policy.
Robert Wood is a Professor at the Australian Graduate School of Management, Director of the Centre for Ethical Leadership and Honorary Professor at the Florey Institute of Neuroscience & Mental Health.
His prior appointments include Deputy Vice-Chancellor at the University of Western Australia and visiting Professor at the Kellogg School, Northwestern University.
Robert is a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences – Australia, the Australian and New Zealand Academy of Management; the American Psychological Association (Division 14) and the International Association of Applied Psychologists. He currently sits on the Executive Boards of the Academy of Social Sciences Australia and the International Association of Applied Psychology.
Robert conducts research into problem solving and learning, unconscious bias, cognitive functions, leadership and diversity. He is interested in human brain plasticity and the malleable features of personality and intelligence, the highs and lows of ethical decision making in very senior leaders and creating and delivering programs in organisations that enhance cultural and gender diversity.
Alison Deans (BA, MBA, GAICD) is currently a non-executive director of Insurance Australia Group and Westpac Banking Group. Previously she played key roles in building some of Australia’s leading Internet businesses. She was the first managing director of eBay Australia and New Zealand, responsible for launching and building the eBay business in Australia. She was also Chief Executive Officer of ecorp, a technology-focused listed investment company which built a portfolio of digital businesses including ninemsn, eBay, Ticketek and Wizard. Most recently, she was CEO of netus, a technology-based investment company focused on building consumer web businesses in Australia.
Ann Sherry is Carnival Australia’s Executive Chairman. Ann was instrumental in introducing paid maternity leave into the private sector, started the Jawun project to connect corporate volunteers with Indigenous communities and transformed the cruising industry into one of the fastest growing areas of tourism.
Ann has tenaciously designed, delivered and supported the promotion of corporate management policies and practices that embrace gender equity, social justice and work and family partnerships.
Paul Robertson is currently the Chair of St Vincent’s Health Australia. He is also Chair of Social Ventures Australia and Alzheimer’s Australia (NSW).
He is the founding Director of the Financial Markets Foundation for Children and a director of Telco Together Foundation.
He has recently been appointed as a director of the Sydney Theatre Company Foundation. Paul had extensive banking experience including over 20 years at Macquarie Bank as an Executive Director, Global Treasurer and Integrity Officer.
Elizabeth has brought together captains of industry, governments and Defence Force chiefs to address gender inequality in Australia and beyond. As Australia’s longest serving Sex Discrimination Commissioner (2007-2015), Elizabeth worked tirelessly to break down structural and social barriers faced by women and men, and to promote gender equality.
A key advocate for Australia’s paid parental leave scheme, Elizabeth influenced changes to regulations to increase the numbers of women at decision-making level, and to elevate the voices of women in marginalised communities.
She also established and convenes the globally recognised ‘Male Champions of Change’ strategy, enlisting a ‘who’s who’ of powerful male leaders to tackle workplace gender inequality. Her review into the treatment of women in the Australian Defence Force led to sweeping cultural reforms. She is a powerful and influential voice in the struggle for gender equality, enlisting both women and men as agents of change.
Elizabeth is Special Advisor to the Executive Director of UN Women on Private Sector Engagement, and Global Co-Chair of UN Global Compact’s Women’s Empowerment Principles Leadership Group. She is a member of the Australian Defence Force Gender Equality Board, the Australian Rugby Union Board, and formerly a member of the World Bank Gender Advisory Council. She is Senior Advisor to the Australian Federal Police Commissioner on cultural change.
In 2016 Elizabeth was appointed an Officer of the Order of Australia and was named 2016 NSW Australian of the Year. She holds Honorary Doctorates of Law from the University of Sydney, University of New South Wales, and the University of Technology Sydney.
Leonie Walsh was appointed to the inaugural role of Victorian Lead Scientist in mid-2013. Leonie chairs the newly announced Victorian Government Innovation Expert Panel, has been a contributing member on the the Future Industries Ministerial Advisory Council, provides contributions to the Education State activities and STEM plan via the Tech Schools STEM Future Industries Advisory Panel and the STEM advisory committee, represents Victoria on the Forum of Australian Chief Scientists and participates on a range of advisory committees and funding assessment panels spanning innovation, education and advanced manufacturing.
Leonie had accumulated more than 25 years of technology leadership experience with companies such as Dow Chemical, Visy and Henkel in a broad range of industrial applications both locally and globally with a focus on the development and commercialisation of technology. Complementary to the Lead Scientist role Leonie Walsh held the honorary role of President of the Australasian Industrial Research Group (AIRG) from 2011 to 2015 with the recent transition to a number of Executive level positions. In this role Leonie established international collaborations through a new World Federation of Industrial Research Associations and as a founding partner of the Australian Governments SME to Researcher collaboration (CAESIE) between Australia and the European Union.
Additional honorary board appointments include Chairman and President of the Fight Cancer Foundation and Non-Executive Director of the Australian Bone Marrow Donor Register and Cord Blood Bank.