Elizabeth has over thirty years’ experience working in senior positions in both the private sector and the Commonwealth public sector. She conducts a consulting practice working in governance, strategic and business planning, change management, risk and assurance.
Elizabeth has extensive experience in Commonwealth public administration. In particular, she has CEO and Board experience in regulation, natural resource management, scientific research governance, human services delivery, financial services, financial intelligence and IT governance.
Elizabeth was the first and, to date, only woman to lead a Commonwealth law enforcement agency being a former Chief Executive Officer of AUSTRAC. She was Head of Australia’s Delegation to the OECD-based Financial Action Task Force on money laundering and counterterrorism financing. Prior to becoming CEO of AUSTRAC, Elizabeth was a Commonwealth Senior Executive Service Officer leading regulatory policy development at ASIC.
In the private sector, Elizabeth was a senior Solicitor and senior Consultant practising in financial services with King &Wood Mallesons, formerly Mallesons Stephen Jaques, one of Australia’s leading law firms. She is a Solicitor of the Supreme Court of New South Wales and admitted to the High Court Register of Practitioners.
Elizabeth has a portfolio of non-executive independent positions and she is currently the Chair and Member of various Commonwealth audit and audit and risk committees.
Elizabeth was awarded the Centenary Medal for services to the Commonwealth. She is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, a regular speaker at AICD conferences and seminars and contributor to AICD publications. She is a past recipient under the AICD’s Board Diversity Scholarship Program. She is registered on the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet’s BoardLinks database of suitably qualified women for appointment to Commonwealth boards.
Elizabeth has been a Mentor under the AICD’s Public Sector Board Diversity Mentoring Program. She is a Member of the New South Wales Advisory Group for Jesuit Social Services. She is an operational fire fighter and Member of the Executive Committee of a New South Wales Rural Fire Service Brigade.