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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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She’s kicked goals, smashed glass ceilings and debunked gender stereotypes at every turn during her substantive career. This week Claire Braund in conversation with Rebecca Frizelle, pioneer for Australia sports and passionate ambassador for the motor industry. She’s the Chief Operating Officer of Frizelle Prestige, was first female Chair in the NRL code and just last year, was awarded an Order of Australia for her contributions to the Motor Industry and Rugby League.

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Zita Peach discovered early in her career the importance of both actively seeking Board opportunities, actively networking and becoming known in the Board community. That’s how she transitioned from CSL Limited to Fresenius Kabi, while accepting two Board positions with ASX listed companies. Her story starts in Eastern Europe, takes her to studying BioMed at university and sees her today successfully heading multiple ASX listed companies.

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Andrea Staines, Australia’s first female airline CEO, OAM and full-time Non-Executive Director, may be highly sought after for her incomparable commercial, strategy, risk and people skills, but securing her first board role didn’t come without hustle despite her impressive CV.

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Kerry Ryan, experienced Non-Executive Director, has seen it all. An unorthodox law career led to an unplanned board profession and today she is NED at Richmond Football Club, Aligned Leisure, Retail Food Group (ASX listed), Mental Health First Aid International, Kids First Australia.

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In this podcast, Margot Foster talks to Claire Braund about the very real challenges that face sports boards today from corporate governance, to best practice, to competing state and national interests, to the evolving responsibilities of directors.

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Marina Go is a journalist come full-time Non Executive Director (NED). She has led a formidable career with gender equality as her key motivator. She was the founder of Women's Agenda and has smashed stereotypes and barriers throughout her career.

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In this podcast Tracey Spicer talks to Claire Braund about her journey, including taking a major TV network to court, being sacked via email, her time on the NRMA board 20 years ago where death threats between board members had to be investigated by police, and how she became an activist on pregnancy discrimination and wrote a book.

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Sally Macindoe is Executive Counsel and Global Head of Diversity and Inclusion at Norton Rose Fullbright and Vice President at the MCC. She was the first female Chair of the Board / Partnership Council at Norton Rose but chose to step back from partnership.

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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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