Andrew Wilson is the CEO of Ascender HCM, the leading HR, payroll and learning outsourcing provider in the Asia-Pacific and Middle East regions. Previously, Andrew was General Manager – Strategy, Planning & Innovation at Coca-Cola Amatil. He has also gained more than seven years of strategy consulting experience across a range of industries while working at Bain & Company. He has completed an MBA from London Business School.
Helen Conway is a non-executive director. She is a director of Westpac Life, St George Life, Westpac General Insurance, Westpac Lenders Mortgage Insurance, Endeavour Energy and Catholic Schools NSW, and is the Chair of Per Capita Australia, a progressive think tank. She is also an Honorary Fellow of the Australian Institute for Business and Economics at the University of Queensland and a mentor with Kilfinan Australia.
Helen had a successful career as a lawyer and senior executive. Following ten years in private practice as a lawyer, including seven years as a partner in a major law firm in Sydney, she moved into the corporate sector where she worked as a senior executive in a range of sectors over 18 years. From 2011 to 2015, Helen served as the CEO of the Australian Government’s Workplace Gender Equality Agency.
Aaron Green is the Senior Vice President and Head of SAP SuccessFactors, Asia Pacific and Japan. He joined SAP in 2016 and has two decades experience in People & Culture trends and technologies.
Aaron is incredibly passionate about the practice of human experience management and how organisations can deliver increased talent engagement as a lever to drive organisational outcomes. In addition to believing in the power of technology to transform workplaces, Aaron is a major proponent of a service-based approach to leadership and its potential to bring out the best in a company’s people and customer experience.
Prior to SAP, Aaron held senior leadership roles at Oracle over 12 years. His career spans roles at PeopleSoft, Lexmark, Logitech and Sun Microsystems, working across Australia, the US, China, Germany and Switzerland.
Alison Hughes is the Head of Technology at Velocity Made Good (VMG) Digital – delivering mobile optimised creative at scale. She was previously the Head of Digital at Virgin Money, where she was responsible for developing and executing the company’s digital strategy and enhancing its technical capabilities. She has also led teams to develop and execute digital strategies, campaigns and projects across leading brands, including Lion, Schick, National Foods and Optus. Alison has co-owned two digital agencies, one achieving a ranking of #31 on the 2012 BRW Fast Starters list.
Dianne James is the CFO, Strategy & Enterprise Services and Director Enterprise Portfolio Governance at the Westpac Group, responsible for leading the Financial Control and Business Partnering, including formulation and implementation of strategy, execution and outcome delivery.
Dianne originally joined Westpac in 2008 as Project Director for Finance merger activities and was the CFO for Westpac Retail and Business Bank from 2009 to 2013.
Dianne commenced her career at KPMG and has over 30 years’ experience in the financial services industry. She has previously held roles with MLC, NAB and State Street Australia across Transformation Programs, Finance, People & Culture, Strategy, Operations and Process Ownership.
Nigel Smyth joined our Board after retiring from Macquarie Group in July 2013, where he was the Group Head of Market Operations and Technology. He is a director of Middle Harbour Yacht Club and Gill Australia, and has held board positions with Pillar Administration, the Centre for Social Impact and livewire.org.au. Nigel now provides technology strategic consulting and executive coaching to IT executives for a number of companies.
Ian Thorpe AM
Ian Thorpe AM is Australia’s most decorated Olympian and one of the country’s most recognised and influential athletes. He has a strong commitment to the not-for-profit sector, having established his own charity, Fountain for Youth, to prevent and control illness in children, particularly Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders. He is also a passionate advocate for mental health through his various roles as Patron of ReachOut, Member of the AIS Athlete & Wellbeing Advisory Board and Ambassador for Invictus Games. Ian is also co-founder of Beon Performance, which helps to cultivate cultures that thrive under pressure while giving people the tools to eliminate self-induced stress and anxiety. Ian is a member of ReachOut’s Fundraising Committee.