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The changing landscape of Sports Boards

Women on Boards I Making it Real

Release Date: 01/08/2021

Investing in human capital and improving diversity  with Ian Pollard show art Investing in human capital and improving diversity with Ian Pollard

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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Owning Your Story: How a mentor gave Carmel the courage to own her own story and share her secrets show art Owning Your Story: How a mentor gave Carmel the courage to own her own story and share her secrets

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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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Robert Pradolin's message is clear: housing is not a social issue — it’s an economic issue.

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Challenge yourself as a leader: Aboriginality, diversity and executive coaching show art Challenge yourself as a leader: Aboriginality, diversity and executive coaching

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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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Defying All Odds: Increasing female tradies, smashing assumptions and leading with courage show art Defying All Odds: Increasing female tradies, smashing assumptions and leading with courage

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Crushed by a 600kg horse in 2017 when training to qualify for the World Equestrian Games, doctors told Hacia Atherton she’d never walk again. Four years and 14 operations later, Hacia tells us how she has transformed her trauma into triumph. A CPA, CCO for her family’s manufacturing business, Committee Member for the CPA Australia Emerging Leaders Network and Advisory Board Member for Real Time Learning Australia, Hacia is passionate about increasing female tradies and smashing assumptions

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Ros Kelly, the former MP and OAM, joins Claire this week and shares the intimate story of her upbringing and professional life. Ros was elected the first woman member of the Australian Capital Territory House of Assembly, later became the first Labor woman federal minister in the House of Representatives and the first to give birth while holding office. Hear why it’s important to take opportunities, to know who you are and to choose the right partner, because we all need someone who has our back.

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Have you heard of the Governance Evaluator? If you’re on a Board or a Committee, it’s time you had. In this episode, Claire speaks with Maryanne Puli Vogels, Chair of Timboon and District Healthcare Services, about the Governance Evaluator — an intelligent technology solution with expert governance consultants. By baptism of fire, Maryanne became Chair and without GE, she and her Board would not be able to predict risks, identify gaps, create reports and generate insights for the future of their commu

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How Julie Green moved into board roles and found her core purpose – Membership, rural communities and Greening Australia show art How Julie Green moved into board roles and found her core purpose – Membership, rural communities and Greening Australia

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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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In this podcast, Margot Foster AM OLY 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.

Margot is the Director of The Lyceum Club, NST Member Selection Advisory Committee member of National Sports Tribunal Australia, Governance and Integrity Consultant at SIGPA and inaugural Chair of the World Athletes Election Oversight Panel (formerly IAAF), among her many roles.

A former Olympian and a lawyer, Margot has a finely honed understanding of team dynamics, high performance, attention to detail and excellence.

She won Gold in rowing at the 1986 Commonwealth Games in Edinburgh, Scotland, and holds the title till this day. Her rowing profession came to a brutal end in 1988 when a panel of male selectors unilaterally decided they wouldn’t send any female contesters to the Seoul Olympics.

While the doors closed on her professional sporting career, Margot has remained at the strategic heart of countless sports boards since she was 18 and hasn’t looked back.

In 1989, Margot was appointed to the Melbourne Olympic Bid Committee for 1996 Games, which exposed her to power brokers lobbying to host the Olympics. It was at the time when no one talked about governance and Margot had to find her way autonomously. It taught her invaluable lessons and equipped her with the grit and determination needed to navigate the terrain of sport boards.

The challenges have been vast and varied, Margot admits, and governance remains at the peak of the list. Sports boards are driven by peoples’ passion and love for the game, but this is deeply rivaled by shifting government requirements, increasing risks, professionalization across the sector and changing television rights. Margot explains this is why the type of director required for sports boards is evolving amidst the inevitable and persistent challenges of member-based bodies, the federated model, and the fraught field of integrity.

In this podcast, Margot cautions sporting organisations that if you ignore history, you peril. 

Margot Foster - AM, OLY, Non-Executive Director

  • Director of The Lyceum Club
  • NST Member Selection Advisory Committee member of National Sports Tribunal Australia
  • Governance and Integrity Consultant at SIGPA
    Inaugural Chairman of World Athletes Election Oversight Panel (formerly IAAF)
  • Director and Vice President of Motorsport Australia
  • Founder and Director of Talk the Talk Consulting
  • Committee Member and Former President of Olympians Club of Victoria

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