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Women on Boards I Making it Real

Release Date: 08/14/2020

Premiership Winning Material: Gaye Hamilton and her Wild Ride show art Premiership Winning Material: Gaye Hamilton and her Wild Ride

Women on Boards I Making it Real

She’s spent years working with children and animals (a combination many of us would steer clear of) and yet Gaye Hamilton says the transferable skills gained in secondary science education and zoo management paved the way for her varied and fascinating career and board journey, including over a decade with the Western Bulldogs AFL club.

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Treading gently: Why mining executive Bobbie Foot is firmly grounded in community show art Treading gently: Why mining executive Bobbie Foot is firmly grounded in community

Women on Boards I Making it Real

What impact can I have, and how can I make the world a better place? It’s these questions which have driven Bobbie Foot; from growing up in a large rural Queensland farming family and qualifying as an occupational therapist to becoming head of Health, Safety and Environment at BMA Coal and being named one of the 2020 Global Top 100 Most Inspirational Women in Mining. In this podcast she talks about the importance of community, collaboration and ‘putting yourself out there’.

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Mind the gap: Mary Wooldridge on why we need to be ever vigilant about gender equality in the workforce show art Mind the gap: Mary Wooldridge on why we need to be ever vigilant about gender equality in the workforce

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Mary Wooldridge believes if you want change on the big social issues then you get engaged in purposeful action to get policy change and action taken. As Director of the Workplace Gender Equality Agency, the issues currently in her sights are gender inequality, including closing the 14.2% gender pay gap. In this podcast, Mary speaks to Claire about why the Liberal Party should implement quotas for women and why we need to be ever vigilant about gender equality in the workplace.

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Helen Croxford has a passion for inclusion and her goal is to become obsolete show art Helen Croxford has a passion for inclusion and her goal is to become obsolete

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On the Eve of the Paralympics Claire Braund talks to President of Sport Inclusion Australia, Helen Croxford about her vision for a fully inclusive sporting club system that welcomes athletes with an intellectual impairment with open arms, and why the media training that they’re running extends to training the media how to deal with people with an intellectual disability.

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From Rural Australia to Royalty: ASX Chair Gina Anderson on how she nailed networking show art From Rural Australia to Royalty: ASX Chair Gina Anderson on how she nailed networking

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Keeping in touch with her large network, as well as simply ‘being in the right place at the right time’, has seen experienced company director Gina secure many board roles - as well as “the job of a lifetime” as personal assistant to the Crown of Jordan in the early 90s. In this podcast, Gina talks about the importance of networking, describes what it was like going from struggling to find work during the recession to working for Jordanian royalty, and the reality of learning on the job.

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Michele Adair’s home truths on Australia’s affordable housing crisis, and the challenge boards face fixing the problem show art Michele Adair’s home truths on Australia’s affordable housing crisis, and the challenge boards face fixing the problem

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In the podcast Michele talks about being on the board of affordable housing organisations and of the joy of giving keys to a home to someone who desperately needs it. As Chair of CHIA NSW and CEO of affordable housing provider Housing Trust Michele’s goal is to ensure all Australians have access to the basic human right to somewhere to live.

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Dr Wendy Craik AM – A woman of many firsts. From the Great Barrier Reef, to the Murray Darling Basin to the RBA show art Dr Wendy Craik AM – A woman of many firsts. From the Great Barrier Reef, to the Murray Darling Basin to the RBA

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Dr Wendy Craik was the first female head of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority, the first woman to lead the National Farmers' Federation and the first woman Chief Executive of the Murray Darling Basin Commission. So how does someone who started out with a science degree and PhD in zoology wind up on the board of the Reserve Bank of Australia? Never one to turn down a challenge, Wendy admits it has been a steep learning curve but says it has been a fascinating journey along the way

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Libby Nankivell - From refereeing to tackling big decisions - on and off the rugby field show art Libby Nankivell - From refereeing to tackling big decisions - on and off the rugby field

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In May, Elizabeth ‘Libby’ Nankivell made history when she was appointed Vice President of Queensland Rugby Union, becoming the first woman to hold the position in 139 years. Libby acquired her love of the game from her late father, Darling Downs broccoli farmer and respected referee Paddy O’Brien, also following him into refereeing. Here the ‘self-confessed rugby tragic’ talks to Claire Braund about her passion for the game, and how that has translated into a meaningful career on rugby boards.

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Leading from the heart – how being a director at 27, a social conscience and failure shaped Suzie Riddell’s approach to making an impact show art Leading from the heart – how being a director at 27, a social conscience and failure shaped Suzie Riddell’s approach to making an impact

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Motivated and with clear vision, Suzie Riddell talks to Claire about why she decided not to pursue a career in accounting, despite winning the University medal, how she took a graduate role with Bain & Co and boldly deferred her start date TWICE, and how her failed volunteer experience in Guatemala shaped her approach.

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Tanya Cox: Building a portfolio career - how one board can lead to another, even when you don’t expect it. show art Tanya Cox: Building a portfolio career - how one board can lead to another, even when you don’t expect it.

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Today Claire talks to experienced NED & Chair, Tanya Cox, who discusses the power of connection and how one board can “surprisingly” lead to another. Tanya is now a portfolio director on 6 boards, including Chair of the World Green Building Council and Non-Executive Director of Cromwell Property Group (ASX:CMS), and says she has never been happier or more fulfilled. Tanya shares her journey and what she has learned along the way. Like any true success, Tanya is modest, understated and a true inspiratio

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Georgie Somerset has built an impressive board portfolio, currently sitting on the board of the ABC, AgForce Queensland, the Royal Flying Doctor Service and Red Earth Community Foundation.

In this conversation, Georgie takes us back to her boarding school days, which she says laid a solid foundation of resilience and taught her how to problem solve – starting with catching a bus from Brisbane to Melbourne for 16 hours to get to school.

Georgie’s board career started at the Queensland Regional & Remote Women's Network in 2009, where she was founding vice president, took a break, then returned as president for seven years. 

Throughout this time, she continued to build her experience by grasping as many volunteering opportunities as she could. Georgie says she cooked lots of cakes and flipped many burgers. She says it was this foundation that taught her how to work with other volunteers and the value of true collaboration.

Georgie talks about her board progression, lessons learned and what inspires her, saying “my community foundation really feeds my soul” and “if you have the right framework and the right foundations, you can actually trust the process and the people to take you there".

Listen to the full fascinating interview.

Georgie Somerset's current board roles
President, AgForce Queensland
Director Australian Broadcasting Commission (ABC)
Director Royal Flying Doctor Service (Qld)
Chair Red Earth Community Foundation
Director Children’s Health Queensland

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