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Garth Callendar

Chair, Bravery Trust

Garth was the first Australian seriously wounded in the war in Iraq when his armoured vehicle was targeted by an insurgent bomb attack. What is extraordinary about Garth’s story is his ability to overcome both the physical and mental trauma and re-deploy to warzones again and again. After leaving the full-time Army Garth wrote After the Blast, which chronicles the events in his deployments that make them anything but ordinary - from combat on the streets of Baghdad, to the harsh deserts of Afghanistan; from technical roles as an intelligence operator chasing insurgent bomb makers, to training leadership teams about to deploy to war zones.

In 2016 the book won the Nib Military History Literary Prize. In October 2020, Garth was appointed Chair of Bravery Trust. In 2017 Garth was appointed to the Board of the Sydney Harbour Federation Trust. He was appointed by the Baird Government to spearhead the first NSW Government Veterans Employment Program. Garth is the Managing Director of Trebuchet Pivot. He continues to be active in the Australian Army in a part-time capacity - he is Commanding Officer of the University of NSW Regiment.

Shelley Cable

Chief Executive Officer, Generation One, Minderoo Foundation

Shelley is a Wilman-Nyoongar woman from Perth, and the CEO of Generation One, part of Minderoo Foundation established by Andrew and Nicola Forrest. Generation One has a mission to create employment parity, with and for Indigenous Australians, in one generation.

Shelley was previously a senior consultant at PricewaterhouseCoopers’ Indigenous Consulting. She is passionate about Indigenous economic empowerment through employment, business and financial literacy.

In 2017, Shelley was invited to attend the United Nations and presented to the UN’s Expert Mechanism on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, on how financial empowerment can help protect and express human rights. Shelley was also a delegate to the Uluru Convention on Constitutional Reform, which resulted in the Uluru Statement of the Heart. She is a Certified Practising Accountant, one of less than 75 qualified Indigenous accountants in Australia.

Melinda Cilento

Chief Executive Officer, CEDA

Melinda is the CEO of CEDA. She is also a non-executive director of Australian Unity and Co-Chair of Reconciliation Australia. Melinda is also a member of the Parliamentary Budget Office panel of expert advisors.

She was previously a non-executive director of Woodside Petroleum, a Commissioner with the Productivity Commission and Deputy CEO and Chief Economist with the Business Council of Australia.

Melinda has also previously held senior roles with the Federal Department of Treasury, Invesco and the International Monetary Fund. Melinda’s executive and director experience covers the corporate, government and not-for-profit sectors and she has a strong track record of working collaboratively across sectors. Melinda’s professional qualifications include a Masters of Economics (Australian National University), and Bachelor of Economics (Hons) and Bachelor of Arts (Psychology), (Flinders University, SA). She is a graduate of the AICD Company Directors Course.

William Cox

Chief Executive Officer, Aurecon

Prior to becoming CEO in February 2019, Bill was eight years in the role of Managing Director, Australia and New Zealand, and has held senior operational positions within Aurecon throughout his over 30 years with the company. Bill’s engineering expertise has been focused on major transport infrastructure projects which he has been involved in across the Asia Pacific and the United Kingdom.

Bill is a member of the Aurecon Group Board and is Chair of the Global Health and Safety Committee. He also sits on the University of Technology Sydney Faculty of Engineering and IT Industry Advisory Board.

Bill is passionate about equality and diversity in all forms and is a member of the Male Champions of Change Science, Technology, Engineers and Maths (STEM) group.

Bill was recognised by Engineers Australia as one of the Top 100 most influential engineers in 2015 and was appointed as a Fellow of Engineers Australia and the Australian Academy of Technology and Engineering in 2019. 

Greg Dickason

Managing Director Pacific at LexisNexis

Greg leads LexisNexis’ businesses in Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific Islands with a focus on helping customers in the Pacific region advance the practice of law through innovative information, technology and analytics solutions.

Greg brings to LexisNexis Pacific a combined twenty years of professional experience in technology, solutions and product operations, with a strong focus on product development, strategy and operational initiatives. Prior to joining LexisNexis, Greg was the Chief Technology Officer and Head of Product & Solutions at CoreLogic RP Data and has previously held senior management positions at Virgin Mobile UK and Unisys.

Greg is also a contributor to the Australian Financial Review and other industry news websites. He is passionate about thinking outside the box to achieve strategy efficacy and innovate better through use of technology and data.

Lisa Edwards

President and COO, Diligent Corporation

Lisa Edwards is President and COO of Diligent Corporation, the largest governance, risk and compliance (“GRC”) SaaS provider serving over 23,000 organizations around the globe. Named one of the fastest growing private companies in Deloitte’s “Fast500”, the company’s software is used by over 65% of the Fortune 100, 90% of the FTSE 100 and 83% of the ASX 200 to improve their governance, monitor and mitigate risk, and keep pace with stakeholder expectations. Lisa assumed her role in October 2020 and is responsible for commercial growth and performance, including global sales, marketing, customer success, services, partners & alliances, and worldwide support. She ensures that these teams build meaningful relationships with clients while helping them derive value from Diligent’s modern GRC platform which provides a holistic view of risk, audit, information security, ethics and compliance across an organization including the board room. Lisa joined Diligent from Salesforce where she was most recently EVP of Strategic Business Operations, after running Global Corporate Services (GCS). Prior to Salesforce, Lisa led global strategic partnerships for Visa, Inc.

as SVP/Head of Global Strategic Alliances and Global IP Strategy, and earlier served in an operations role as Head of Global Corporate Services. Earlier in her career, Lisa was a serial entrepreneur, serving as CEO of KnowledgeX, a database startup that she led in a sale to IBM. She also co-founded Valubond, an online fixed income exchange and subscription service, serving as President, COO, and head of the ATS (Alternative Trading System) prior to the company’s acquisition by Knight Capital. Lisa received a bachelor’s degree from Stanford University and an MBA from Harvard Business School. She serves on the Board of Directors of Colgate-Palmolive Company, and is deeply involved in two non-profits where she previously served on the board: Playworks and the Presidio YMCA.

Sean Gordon

Managing Director, Gidgee Group

Sean Gordon is the Managing Director of Gidgee Group, a 100% Indigenous owned business. A Wangkumarra/Barkindji man, Sean is a strong advocate of self-determination for Indigenous communities, and for social, cultural and economic empowerment. Sean was Chief Executive Officer of Darkinjung Local Aboriginal Land Council for nine years. Under Sean’s leadership Darkinjung has built combined assets in excess of $55 million, and is currently developing innovative land use initiatives, and affordable housing and home ownership models.

As an educator, Sean developed and implemented vocational education and employment programs with the TAFE NSW Hunter Institute, and was instrumental in the establishment of the Aboriginal Employment Strategy. He was inaugural Chair of the Barang Regional Alliance is Chair of the Empowered Communities: Empowered People Leadership Group, facilitating sustainable reform through strategic partnerships between Indigenous leaders, governments and industry. Sean is a Director and Chair of the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Dance Academy, Inaugural Atlantic Fellow for Social Equity - Melbourne University and Member - Commonwealth Bank Indigenous Advisory Committee. He was named one of the AFR Boss True Leaders 2018.

Peter Hearl

Non-executive Director, Telstra and Santos Ltd

Peter Hearl is an experienced company director with substantial international experience as a senior executive in the fast-moving consumer goods sector. He is a Non-executive Director for Telstra and Santos Ltd. He is the Chairman Elect of Endeavour Group Limited.

Peter served in senior executive roles with Yum! Brands Inc from 1997 to 2008, including global Chief Operations and Development Officer for Yum! Brands from 2006 until 2008 and President of Pizza Hut from 2002 to 2006. He previously worked for PepsiCo Inc in Sydney and London reaching regional vice-president level, as well as in various roles with Exxon in the United States and Australia.

He is a former director of Treasury Wine Estates (2012-2017), Member, UNSW’s Australian School of Business Alumni Leaders Group, Trustee of The Stepping Stone Foundation (from 2020) and member of the Stepping Stone Foundation’s Investment Committee (from 2018). Previously he was honorary Chairman of the US-based UNSW Study Abroad-Friends and US Alumni Inc.

John Lydon

Senior Partner (Managing Partner Australia and New Zealand, 2013-2019).McKinsey & Company

John’s purpose is to help Australian business lead the transition to creating more societal, environmental and shareholder value together with all stakeholders.John works with the CEOs, Boards and executive teams of leading companies and institutions to help them understand, embrace, capture and sustain the potential for their organisations. His work includes senior executive counselling, defining their purpose, vision and strategy, through to building capability, culture and courage to transform, disrupt and grow.

After starting his career at Citibank in London, John has spent the last 25 years at McKinsey. He has worked across Europe, USA, Americas and Asia as well as Australia. He has held leadership roles including founding McKinsey Implementation globally and then leading our Australia and NZ Practice. In these roles, as well as in John’s personal client service with companies that have shaped their industries, he has been passionate about innovating ways of working, including new areas of client service and creating an unrivalled and inclusive environment for diverse talent. As a result our Australia and NZ practice grew three-fold during his tenure to over 450 consultants.In late 2019, after completing his term as Managing Partner of McKinsey Australia and NZ, John took a year-long sabbatical to explore how business can create more value for all stakeholders and society, studying and gaining experience in the system in which business operates. This included serving as an Industry professor at the University of Technology Sydney, as founding co-Chair of the Australian Climate Leaders’ Coalition, and learning from global experts in ESG, social impact, purpose and leadership.

John is a member of McKinsey’s global Senior Partners’ committee, works or has worked with several Business Council of Australia committees, the University of Technology Sydney’s Vice Chancellor’s Industry Advisory Board and the founding group of Male Champions of Change. He is also Chair of Generation Australia, an innovative Not For Profit focusing on creating sustainable jobs in Australia.John has an MBA from INSEAD, France, and a Bachelor degree from the University of London. He is married to Carrie with two teenage sons and lives in Sydney.

Sally Pitkin AO

Super Retail Group, Chair

Sally is Chair of the Super Retail Group and Non-executive Director of The Star Entertainment Group Limited and Link Administration Holdings Limited.

Sally has more than 20 years’ experience as a Non-Executive Director in the listed, private, public and non-profit sectors, including experience in international markets, and more than 15 years’ experience as a non-executive director of ASX200 companies. She is a lawyer and former partner of a national law firm with banking law, corporate law and corporate governance expertise. Sally holds a Doctor of Philosophy (Governance), a Master of Laws and Bachelor of Laws.

Lisa O'Brien

Non-Executive Director, Bupa Australia

Dr Lisa O’Brien was appointed as a non-executive director of the Bupa ANZ Group in 2014. Dr O’Brien was appointed as Chair of the Bupa ANZ Group Board Clinical Governance Committee in 2015. Dr O’Brien has over 25 years’ experience in leadership roles in private and public sector health care, community services, the bio-medical and information technology sectors.

From 2011 until 2021, she was the Chief Executive Officer of The Smith Family, Australia’s largest education focused children’s charity. The Smith Family’s programs support over 100,000 disadvantaged Australian children and young people each year. Dr O’Brien is a non-executive director of the Community Council for Australia, a member of Chief Executive Women Inc and former CEO of the Skin and Cancer Foundation Australia. Dr O’Brien was also appointed to the Gonski 2.0 panel to examine how to ensure the boost in school resources leads to better student results. 

Vicki Robinson

Executive General Manager, Company Secretariat, Wesfarmers

Vicki was appointed Executive General Manager, Company Secretariat in March 2020 and is the Company Secretary of Wesfarmers. Prior to this, Vicki was General Manager, Legal (Corporate) and has played a key role in many of Wesfarmers’ key M&A transactions over the years. Vicki joined Wesfarmers in July 2003 as a Legal Counsel with the Corporate Solicitors Office. In 2007 Vicki moved to the role of General Manager for enGen, and returned to the Corporate Solicitors Office in 2009.

Vicki holds a Bachelor of Laws (Honours) and Bachelor of Commerce from The University of Western Australia and was admitted to practice as a barrister and solicitor in 1999. Vicki chairs the Advisory Board of Curtin University Law School, is a member of the Advisory Council of the Curtin Faculty of Business and Law and the Methodist Ladies College Council, and was a director of the Black Swan State Theatre company from 2009 to 2018.

Anil Sabharwal

Vice President, Product Management, Google and Non-executive Director, Wesfarmers

Anil Sabharwal is a non-executive director for Wesfarmers. He is Vice President of Product Management at Google and the company’s most senior product and engineering leader in Australia and New Zealand. He is also an advisor to venture capital firm, AirTree Ventures. Anil’s 12 years at Google have included leading the strategy and team behind the launch of Google Photos in 2015, which reached more than one billion monthly active users within four years. He later led product, design and engineering for Google Chrome, one of the world’s most popular web browsers.

Before joining Google, Anil co-founded online learning company Desire2Learn, headquartered in Canada, and was General Manager of the knowledge management division in Australia for human resources company, Talent2.

Lindsay Tanner

Non-executive Director, Suncorp Group and Virgin Australia International

Lindsay Tanner is a director of Suncorp Group, chairman of Certane Group, director of Virgin Australia International and recent former President of Essendon Football Club. He was Federal MP for Melbourne 1993-2010 and Minister for Finance and Deregulation 2007-2010.

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