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Launching each week through October and November 2020, guests share their pathway to becoming a director, key influences, roles models and lessons learned along the way - including the one piece of advice they wished they had known before embarking on a leadership career.

Since first launching in November 2019 last year, Board Level has attracted a global audience – with thousands of downloads by listeners across 27 countries.

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Episode 15 - Alex Sloane and Nicki Kenyon on forging a path to the boardroom

This episode, Catherine interviews Nicki Kenyon, an executive and board director who has worked in leadership positions across the travel, finance and tech industries in Australia and internationally. Catherine also interviews Alex Sloane, the Director of Customer Marketing at Facebook.

They knew each other professionally but reconnected when Alex reached out to Nicki for some advice on whether to join a board. This conversation has some remarkable reflections on taking up opportunities, leading with purpose and getting your timing right.

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Episode 14 - Pip Marlow on the perspective gained with an executive and board role

This episode, Catherine interviews Pip Marlow, the CEO of Salesforce ANZ & ASEAN, and previously the CEO of Customer Marketplace for Suncorp Group and Managing Director of Microsoft. Pip is also a non-executive director of Rugby Australia, sits on the Vice-Chancellor’s Advisory Board at UTS and is a member of the Chief Executive Women.

Pip discusses her blend of executive and board roles, on ensuring her diary and values are in alignment, and the glacial movement on gender diversity in leadership positions around Australia.

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Episode 13 - Dr Marlene Kanga on lifting STEM expertise across the board

This episode, Catherine interviews Dr Marlene Kanga, a Non-executive Director of Sydney Water Corporation, Standards Australia, Air Services Australia, and Business Events Sydney. She is also President of the World Federation of Engineering Organisations.

Marlene is an Honorary Fellow of the Institution of Engineers Australia, the Institution of Chemical Engineers [UK], Fellow of the Academy of Technology Science and Engineering [Australia], the Australian Institute of Company Directors and a Foreign Fellow of the ASEAN Academy of Engineering and Technology. She has been listed among the Top 100 Engineers in Australia and the Top 100 Women of Influence in Australia.

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Episode 12 - Su McCluskey and Hannah Wandel on regional Australia’s vital voice on boards

This episode, Catherine interviews Su McCluskey and Hannah Wandel.

Su is currently Commissioner of the National COVID-19 Advisory Board, the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research, Director of the Australasian Pork Research Institute, the NSW Marketing Board and the Australian Unity Limited.

Hannah is the Acting Executive Director, Drought Policy and Programs of the National Drought and North Queensland Flood Response and Recovery Agency, CEO Advisory Panel Member of the Commonwealth Bank and Chair and CEO of Country to Canberra.

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Episode 11 - Dr Kirstin Ferguson on the opportunities a board career offers

This episode, Catherine interviews Dr Kirstin Ferguson. She is an award-winning leadership expert and shares how opportunities in board careers can drive change. She is the Deputy Chair of ABC, and a Director at SCA Property Group, EML and Hyne Timber.

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Episode 10 - Professor Megan Davis on standing up and speaking out

This episode, Catherine interviews Professor Megan Davis. She is the winner of the AFR Women of Influence Award; she is the UNSW Pro Vice-Chancellor Indigenous and a Professor of Law, UNSW Law. The UN Human Rights Council to UNEMRIP elected her in 2017. She shares her experience and thoughts on being an Aboriginal woman in the UN, the Australian Rugby League, ATSIC, and the Uluru Statement from the Heart. She emphasises the importance of standing up and unapologetically speaking out to get the job done.

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Episode 9 Part I - Sam Mostyn on opening doors to women on boards


Episode Part 2 - Sam Mostyn on opening doors to women on boards

This episode, Catherine interviews Non-Executive Director and Sustainability Advisor, Sam Mostyn, one of Australia’s most experienced female board directors and chairs with experience that spans business, government, sport, the arts and community organisations. Sam talks about the responsibility of being a trailblazer, why she’s not concerned about being a quota appointment to a board and why women should worry less about why they’re asked to go on a board and think more about the skills they bring to the table.

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Episode 8 - Catherine Fox on the vital role of women's leadership

Catherine, our podcast host, is an award-winning journalist, author, presenter and leading commentator on women and the workforce.

In this episode, we turn the tables on Catherine. She speaks about some of the experiences from her career that shaped her passion for gender equality, and the work still to be done in broadening the view of what effective leadership looks like.

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SPECIAL EPISODE - Lisa Sthalekar on leadership on and off the field

Lisa Sthalekar is a former Australian cricketer and is on the boards of the Chappell Foundation and the Federation of International Cricketers' Assocations.

In this special episode to celebrate International Women's Day and the T20 Women's Cricket World Cup, Lisa talks about how leadership in sports translates to the wider world, what she admires in a leader, changing the inherent bias in cricket language and the growing diversity of the sport.

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Episode 6 - Jillian Broadbent on building your board career

Jillian Broadbent AC FAICD is one of the most experienced directors in Australia.

Currently chair of Swiss Re Life and a director of Woolworths, Jillian has also previously held positions on the boards of the Reserve Bank of Australia, the ASX, Coca-Cola Amatil, SBS, Qantas, Westfield Property Trusts and Woodside Petroleum. She has also been on numerous arts boards, including the Australian Brandenburg Orchestra and the Sydney Theatre Company.

Here Jillian talks about how she built her extraordinary career, the best chairs she has worked with, how she stays across so many sectors, her advice to those starting out on their director journey and what's next for her.

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Episode 5 - Melanie Willis on finding the right board

Melanie Willis GAICD is a director of Challenger Limited, Southern Cross Austereo, PayPal Australia and Chief Executive Women. Previously, she was CEO of NRMA Investments  and a director of Deutsche Bank.

Here Melanie talks about finding the right board, how to have your voice heard at the board table, the importance of listening and making the transition from your executive career to the boardroom.

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Episode 4 - Robin Low on finding your feet on a board

Robin Low GAICD is on the boards of Appen, AUB Group Limited, CSG Limited, IPH Limited and she is the deputy chairman of the Auditing and Assurance Standards Board. She is also on the boards of not-for-profits Public Education Foundation and Primary Ethics. Prior to this, Robin was a partner at PwC for more than 17 years.

Here Robin talks about finding your feet on a board, preparing for a director career and managing your workload as a director on multiple boards.

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Episode 3 - Louise Thurgood Phillips on getting across your value proposition

Louise is on the boards of Advance, an organisation connecting Australians around the world, HVAC solutions provider Orion Mechanical Services and chair of Hanrob Pet Hotels. In her executive career, she worked in banking, finance and infrastructure at Macquarie Bank, Deutsche Bank and Babcock & Brown.

Here Louise talks about the search process for boards, how to navigate the system and avoiding 'imposter syndrome'.

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Episode 2 - Jackie McArthur on the best kept secret of being a director

Jackie McArthur MAICD is on the boards of poultry producer Inghams, seafood producer Tassal, and funeral services provider Invocare. She is also a former director of Blackmores and in her previous executive life was a supply chain executive at McDonalds.

Here Jackie, a former engineer, talks about moving from management into the boardroom, working with board recruiters, the importance of mentoring and... she reveals the best kept secret of being  director.

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Episode 1 - Sally Evans on taking the first steps in your board career

Sally Evans FAICD is on the boards of ASX200 Healthcare provider Healius, New Zealand retirement village operator Oceania Healthcare and chair of social enterprise LifeCircle Australia. In 2018, she was one of the Australian Financial Review's 100 Women of Influence.

Here Sally talks about how she got started in her director career, what she would have done differently and her advice for those looking to step up to the boardroom.

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Episode 0 - Coming soon...

Board diversity and gender balance deliver better outcomes for shareholders, consumers, employees and the community. Join Catherine Fox, award-winning journalist, author and presenter, as she interviews women making an impact in the boardroom that inspires action. This latest AICD podcast, powered by CommBank’s Women in Focus, aims to help shift the balance. 

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