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Lessons from the trenches – how to prepare so you stand out in board applications and interviews with Christine Hawkins

Women on Boards I Making it Real

Release Date: 09/04/2020

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Women on Boards I Making it Real

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Christine Hawkins AM FAICD has had an illustrious executive and board career. In 2019 she was awarded  Member of the Order of Australia (AM) in recognition of her long-standing service to business, commerce and primary industry.

Among her many roles, Christine was the co-founder of the Grains and Legumes Nutrition Council, serving as the inaugural chair 2005-2009, and is currently the Managing Director of Cinnabar International, a corporate advisory business. She was the deputy chair for Grains Research and Development Corporation 2002-2005, where she prepared for the deregulation of the wheat industry, as well serving numerous other boards and committees.

Christine’s potential was identified early by the Reserve Bank of Australia, awarding her a university scholarship and then taking her on after graduating, where she worked for 10 years, interspersed with academic placements after the birth of her first child.

In this podcast, Christine draws on her extensive experience as a board director and Chair to provide invaluable advice on exactly what to include in your application, how to prepare for an interview and how to interview well - including what not to say.

Christine generously shares and discusses her “Director skills - lessons from the trenches”, explaining four answers you need to have prepared before any interview (a must for all current and aspiring board directors) and why it’s so important to be authentic.

Christine Hawkins AM FAICD
Managing Director, Cinnabar International PL
Chair, Australian School of Accounting
NED, Chair Fred Hollows Foundation Kenya
NED, Kimbriki Environmental Enterprises PL
Member, EPA NSW
Founder, Wheat Quality Australia PL
Chair (co-founder) Grains & Legumes Nutrition Council, 2005-2009
Deputy Chair, Grains Research & Development Corporation, 2002-2005

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