Carolyn Hewson graduated in Economics with Honours (BEc Hons) from the University of Adelaide and subsequently completed a MA in Economics at Cambridge University.
Carolyn has had over 30 years experience in the financial sector. She joined Schroder Darling investment bank in 1981 and worked in the areas of financial markets, risk management and investment management. She was an Executive Director of Schroders Australia and remained on the board there until she moved from executive work to non executive roles in 1995.
Carolyn is now a non-executive Director of two listed Australian companies- BHP and Stockland Corporation. She is currently a Panel Member on the Federal Government's Financial System Inquiry. She has also served as a Director on the boards of Westpac, AGL and AGL Energy, AMP, BT Investment Management, CSR Limited, South Australia Water and the Economic Development Board of South Australia.
Carolyn has always been very involved in the not- for –profit sector, her involvement has included board roles with The Ted Noffs Foundation, Girl Guides Australia, Lyn Wrigley Breast Cancer Research, the St George Foundation, Chair of The Westpac Foundation, and the YWCA of NSW, the Australian Charities Fund and the Neurosurgical Research Foundation of Australia.
In 2001 Carolyn was awarded a Centenary Medal for "service to Australian society in business leadership" and in the Queen's Birthday Honours list in 2009 she was made an Officer in the Order of Australia for her "services to the community, especially the YWCA, and to business".