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How to improve board performance and the governance of your organisation

Women on Boards I Making it Real

Release Date: 03/26/2021

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

Women on Boards I Making it Real

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

Women on Boards I Making it Real

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

Women on Boards I Making it Real

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.

Women on Boards I Making it Real

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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Don’t get lost in the crowd: ASX boards, mentoring and marketing your board CV to your skillset show art Don’t get lost in the crowd: ASX boards, mentoring and marketing your board CV to your skillset

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Claire speaks with Jon Brett, a highly esteemed NED originally from Johannesburg who is also Chair to 2 of our WOBSX Syndicates. Throughout his impressive career, Jon has had a hunger for challenging and complex problems and has mobilised his skills to serve on a range of mostly ASX listed Boards. Hear about Jon’s most notable takeaways from mentoring WOB’s highly qualified and powerful members and how to market your CV specifically to your skillset.

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Diversity of Experience: Networking, human resources and many firsts show art Diversity of Experience: Networking, human resources and many firsts

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Mary Sue Rogers has a proven track record both as an international senior executive and non-executive director. She’s a seasoned senior executive, having held positions with blue chip companies like IBM, PwC and Talent2 that span more than 25 years and across 20 countries. Claire speaks with Mary Sue about her global leadership skills in HR technology, agriculture and membership-based organisations, and delves deep into the true meaning of diversity at the board table

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

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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

Women on Boards I Making it Real

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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Affordable Housing: Creating respectful unrest Affordable Housing: Creating respectful unrest "housing is an economic issue affecting all Australians"

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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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In this episode, Claire speaks with Maryanne Puli Vogels, the Chair of Timboon and District Healthcare Services about Australia’s leading online solution for building governance performance. The service is known as the Governance Evaluator and organisations across sectors and disciplines are innovating the way that they function, predict risks, identify gaps, create reports and generate insights through this technology.

Maryanne has a long history in online education dating back to the early 1980s and when she joined the Board of Timboon and District Healthcare Services some four years ago, it was a baptism of fire. She had never been on a Board before and five months into her role, was elected as Chair. The government had recently introduced the new term rule of nine years, which also meant the Board lost six of its existing members and therefore, a lot of history. Maryanne found herself chairing a brand new team who were just as ‘green’ as her.

Maryanne discovered that the organisation had an existing license with Governance Evaluator, yet the service hadn’t been properly utilised or leveraged. It was music to her ears. She dived into the technology and found access to a world of information and knowledge that would not only improve her personal ability to Chair, but to service the multi-purpose organisation and its increasingly growing community.

Each Board member completed an online questionnaire to help identify their insights into the organisation and then worked with a convenor to understand their strengths and areas for growth. A dynamic report was then produced that detailed the organisation’s risks, skills, strategies and gaps, and particularly highlighted how to improve its clinical governance. Four years on and Maryanne can only speak highly of the platform that is intuitive, easy to use, enables simple reporting and is invested in supporting the organisation in the long-term with ongoing data and acumens — not just the current Board members.

As a WOB partner, all WOB members receive preferential member pricing for the Governance Evaluator. 

Find out more about Governance Evaluator here

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