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Flying by an alternate path - Insights into board recruitment and governance trends with Kerryn Newton

Women on Boards I Making it Real

Release Date: 09/18/2020

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Women on Boards I Making it Real

Ian Pollard joins Claire in today’s episode. Since the age of 25, Ian has served on countless boards and has passionately coached senior executives in roles of leadership for more than 20 years. His deepest single interest however, is how people, teams and organisations grow, starting with the individual. Hear why Ian thinks Australia needs to improve its diversity stance and why corporations should be investing in their human capital.

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With more than 40 years’ experience in the marketing sector and 15 years as a Non-Executive Director, Carmel Macmillan’s CV is impressive, but it is the lived experience of caring for her son with many extraordinary abilities that has shaped her value proposition. In this episode, Carmel shares her journey, how WOB helped her to confidently articulate her story and what boards are really looking for.

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Claire speaks with Arabella Douglas, who has traditional ties to far North NSW and South East QLD. A specialist in diversity and indigenous insights into social and economic value, Arabella has served on boards for more than 10 years. Her heart work though is Currie Country, a cousin consortium consisting of her large extended family of 3000 people. Hear why Arabella thinks it’s important to steer away from your C Suite strengths in the boardroom and why connection to land is not an Aboriginal monopoly.

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Fittingly released on Anzac Day, this podcast is from a fascinating WOBChat we held on 11 November 2020 (WOBChats are our fortnightly online member learning and networking events).

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Once upon a time, this full-time NED for various ASX listed companies, worked one week a month in Mongolia in minus 40 degrees when she was the General Manager for Rio Tinto’s Global Copper Concentrate. Today she is often battling 40 degrees heat from her 1600-acre farm in Western NSW. Leanne latched onto the mining industry at a time when it wasn’t common for women and discrimination was overt. Leanne launched her portfolio career through hard work and preparation, and by not taking feedback personall

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Julie is one of those women who knows, deeply, what she is here to do. In this podcast, Julie shares her story of advising chartered firms in the UK and Australia for 10 years, including Ernst & Young, before changing career paths. She realised her core purpose was to use her financial acumen to promote healthier communities and today serves as NED for RAVC, Greening Australia and Loddon Mallee Waste & Resource Recovery Group Board, among other significant roles.

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Kerryn is the Managing Director of Directors Australia, a national board consulting and non-executive director recruitment firm.

In this podcast Kerryn shares her diverse background, what she’s seeing in the recruitment space and offers advice for candidates.

With her early career aspirations to fly jets not possible, Kerryn wanted to work in the control tower, but on the guidance of her father ended up studying law, albeit unenthusiastically.  She tempered this by joining the Army Reserves in her first year of university to fulfil her desire to serve.

Kerryn ‘served’ for many years in various capacities while studying and working, where she excelled, winning the Sword of Honour as top student of her training regimen.  She credits her time in the army as the foundation of her deep leadership and management experience.

After graduating from university Kerryn worked as a lawyer for only a short time, before literally stumbling across a job in parliament. Her initial contract was for two months on the Fitzgerald Inquiry and she ended up staying for 10 years, ascending to senior management and working at the cutting edge across 25 parliamentary enquiries.

After 10 years in parliament and separating from her husband, Kerryn moved into consulting to help her balance family and work. She purchased the name ‘Directors Australia’ knowing it was what she wanted to do and has grown the business consistently ever since. 

Kerryn discusses how she joined her first board by accident and the key things she is seeing from her clients in the board recruitment space.  She provides advice for candidates on the things they need to clarify when applying for a board role, including 'what value will you bring to a board?' and 'how will you brand yourself?' - which she says candidates typically don’t do well.

Kerryn Newton
LLM, MBA, MA, Grad Dip (Applied Finance and Investment), FAICD, FGIA, FIML

  • Chief Executive Officer, Directors Australia
  • Board of Trustees, Brisbane Grammar
  • NED, Energy Queensland

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