Verity Blackman was elected to the Board of UN Women Australia in November 2013 and appointed Company Secretary in November 2016.
Verity has a background in strategy, stakeholder management, corporate communications and fundraising for not-for-profit organisations. She is currently Chief Executive Officer at Life Education Australia, Australia’s largest provider of preventative health education to school children.
Prior to that, Verity was Chief Merger Officer at YWCA Australia, where she managed a major national amalgamation, transforming the YWCA’s federated structure into a single national entity and steering one of Australia’s oldest women’s organisations towards a new vision.
Previously, Verity was General Manager, Sustainability and Public Relations at Lifeline Australia, responsible for generating ongoing income to support Lifeline’s national operations, and overseeing Lifeline’s marketing, communication and media. Verity has more than twenty years’ experience in sponsorship and event management including ten years as commercial sponsorship manager and then corporate social responsibility manager at HSBC Bank Australia.
Verity has a Graduate Certificate in Marketing and Management from Macquarie Graduate School of Management, and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Sydney. She is a member and graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, and completed the Harvard Business School Annual Program for Leaders 2018, “The Future of Work in the Digital Age”, Harvard Club of Australia.