You have just taken a huge step towards addressing your career challenges by learning from Australia’s most influential business women – so trust us when we say you’re in good hands!
On the day you will be grouped with a mentor and one other mentee in a private online meeting room. You will then talk for an hour discussing your career questions as a small group.
Each mentee must come with a question that they’d like to discuss with their mentor. You’ll be asked to submit this when you book your ticket.
If you ‘re not sure what to ask, here’s some ideas:
What makes a great leader?
I’m a start-up. How do I take my business to the next level?
I want to change my career. What steps should I take?
How do I ask for a pay increase?
Just know, there is no issue too big or too small. You can come to talk about anything!
COVID-19 UPDATE: Due to national health guidelines, all Mentor Walks will be virtual until further notice.
Friday, 20 March 2020
Friday, 8 May 2020
Friday, 24 July 2020
Friday, 11 September 2020
Friday, 13 November 2020
Each event brings together a group of mentors from diverse industries where they are already established role models. Our mentors can choose to be involved in this event as a one-time commitment or on a regular basis.
We recognise that our mentors lead very busy lives, which is why their names are not disclosed prior to each event and there is no obligation to share contact information outside of Mentor Walks.
Experienced senior executive with extensive background in all aspects of corporate affairs, general management, legal and regulatory compliance, finance, marketing and international business operations
Sectoral experience in mining and resources, automotive, manufacturing and energy.
Previous roles also include Managing Director of leading not-for-profit organisation, The Foundation for Young Australians and various Non-Executive and governance roles with high profile Boards and Committees, including leading industry superannuation fund, AustralianSuper.
Elizabeth Gaines commenced as Chief Executive Officer in February 2018. After joining Fortescue as a Non-Executive Director in February 2013, Elizabeth was appointed Chief Financial Officer and Executive Director in February 2017. She is a former Chief Executive Officer of Helloworld Limited and Heytesbury Pty Limited and has also held the position of Chief Financial Officer at Stella Group and Entertainment Rights Plc. A highly experienced business leader with extensive international experience as a Chief Executive Officer and group executive, Elizabeth has a proven track record in financial and operational leadership across several industries, including resources, construction and infrastructure, financial services and travel and hospitality. Elizabeth has significant exposure to the impact of the growth in Asian economies, particularly China, on the Australian business environment and economy as well as a deep understanding of all aspects of financial and commercial management at a senior executive level in both listed and private companies.
Elizabeth holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree and Master of Applied Finance degree. She is a member of Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand, the Australian Institute of Company Directors and Chief Executive Women.
Marion is the Chief Executive of the Committee for Perth, a private sector funded think tank. She has an MBA from Curtin Graduate School of Business. As an Adjunct Senior Research Fellow at The University of Western Australia, Marion is recognised for her on the ground research having studied more than 30 cities across the developed world. She has been named as one of Australia’s 100 Women of Influence and is a Telstra Business Women award winner.
Full-time company director in the resources, infrastructure, retail, technology and engineering services sectors. Mum to nine year old Chloe. Finance and strategy background. Executive experience in UK, Middle East and east coast Australia.
Meredith is a founding partner of the Perth office of global law firm, Allen & Overy. Meredith specialises in corporate, ECM and M&A work, with a focus on the energy and resources sector.
She advises on an extensive range of both local and international commercial transactions, including takeovers, mergers, acquisitions, disposals, capital raisings, shareholders agreements, joint ventures and mining operational agreements. She is bi-lingual in French and English, giving her the ability to contribute more than legal skills to international deals.
Meredith was included in the 100 Global Inspirational Women in Mining and is ranked in Chambers, Legal 500 and Australia’s Best Lawyers. She was awarded “Best in Energy & Natural Resources” at the Euromoney Asia Women in Business Law Awards in 2018 and is an integral part of the team that won “Energy & Resources Team of the Year” at the Australian Law Awards in 2018.
Meredith is Allen & Overy’s Perth partner representative on the pro bono and community committee which provides legal pro bono assistance, community support including volunteering and raises funds for local and international charities. A strong advocate for diversity and inclusion, Meredith established the Perth Female Lawyers Lunch Forum series and has previously been involved with the Women in Law Mentoring Scheme with the Blackstone Society at UWA. Meredith is also a regular guest lecturer on mergers and acquisitions at the University of Western Australia.
25 years’ experience in the mining industry in Australia, China and Tanzania, including 19 years in gold/copper working for Newcrest Mining, Sino Mining and Barrick Gold, and six years iron ore experience with Fortescue Metals Group.
Julie holds a double major in Extractive Metallurgy & Chemistry from Murdoch University. She commenced with Fortescue as General Manager at Cloudbreak Mine in 2013, and transferred to General Manager at Fortescue’s Solomon Mine in 2015.
Julie has received numerous accolades including 2011 Australian Mine Manager of the Year, 2012 West Australian Business Woman of the Year, she is listed in the 2013 WIM(UK) 100 Global Inspirational Women in Mining, and one of the 2014 Australian Women of Influence.
Julie is a Fellow and Chartered Professional of the Australian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy (AusIMM), is a Graduate Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD), on the International Committee of the Society of Mining Metallurgy & Exploration (SME), and a Member of the Mining & Metallurgical Society of America (MMSA). Julie also serves on the AusIMM Council for Diversity & Inclusion. She has attended Harvard Business School and INSEAD Business School, holds several Diplomas in Financial Markets and Management, and sponsors the Julie Shuttleworth Prize in Mineral Processing at Murdoch University.
Kristen is an experienced international executive with a strong track record of driving P&L growth in the technical services sector.
She is skilled in turnarounds, acquisitions and divestments, corporate marketing, establishing greenfield sites, developing partnerships with start-ups and managing large geographically-spread businesses. Kristen is known for driving and executing strategy, building client relationships and engaging teams.
She has ten years experience managing a large P&L in ASX-100 company, ALS Limited. Kristen is a member of Chief Executive Women and holds a Bachelor of Science in Engineering from the University of Michigan and a Master of Business Administration from Warwick Business School.
Paula has been State Director of CEDA for almost 4 years and prior to that worked in marketing comms leadership roles in aged and community care and for a global legal firm. She has been an advertising sales director for a global publishing company, publisher and CEO of an events business.
Originally from Ireland, she spent much of her career prior to Perth in London. She is a mother of two young adorable men and LOVES living in Perth.
Paula is passionate about stakeholder engagement, communications and the power of media including social. Leadership is a journey that we are all learning from every day.
Ms Morris is a former Partner in the Consulting Division of Deloitte, where she specialised in complex large-scale business transformation programs and strategy development. She currently holds a senior position at the Minderoo Foundation as Chief Executive Officer of Walk Free.
She has senior corporate governance experience and is currently a Commissioner of the Board of Australian Sports Commission. A former Director of the Fremantle Football Club and Western Australian Institute of Sport, Ms Morris also served as Chairperson of the Board of Healthway – the WA Government’s peak health promotion body.
A former member of the Australian Women’s Hockey Team, Ms Morris won Olympic gold medals at the Atlanta 1996 and Sydney 2000 Olympic Games. In 1997, she was awarded a Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM).
Her various roles in elite sport and the corporate world allows Jenn to provide significant demonstrated experience in the areas of leadership and high performance.
Ms Morris is a Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, a Fellow of Leadership WA, and a member of the Vice Chancellor’s List, Curtin University.
She holds a Bachelor of Arts (Psychology and Journalism) received with Distinction and has completed Finance for Executives at INSEAD.
Remuneration and People Committee (Member)
Audit and Risk Management Committee (Member)
Linda O’Farrell is a senior executive with extensive experience in the Western Australian resources sector. Linda has shaped people strategy for leading resource companies and since 2013 has led the People and Infrastructure Services teams for Fortescue Metals Group (FMG).
After gaining a Bachelor of Economics (Honours in Industrial Relations) from the University of Western Australia, Linda commenced her career with CCIWA. Moving into the resources sector sparked her interest in leadership development, Aboriginal employment and building workplaces which support people and families.
In 2015 Linda was honoured to be awarded the CME Women in Resources Champion award and has continued to contribute to empowering women through her involvement with Dress for Success WA (2017) and Chief Executive Women. Linda joined the Board of the Australian Institute of Management WA in 2018 and in 2019 took up the role of Vice President of AMMA, Australian Resources and Energy Group.
Gail McGowan is the Director General of the Department of Planning, Lands and Heritage, the State Government agency responsible for planning and managing land and heritage throughout Western Australia.
Gail has held senior positions across Government including at Worksafe and the former Department of State Development. She is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and member of Chief Executive Women of Australia, CEOs for Gender Equity, Murdoch Vice Chancellor’s External Advisory Board, Western Australian Planning Commission, Pastoral Lands Board and Transport Infrastructure and Station Precinct Executive Committee.
Gail is committed to collaborating across all levels of government, industry and the community to ensure outcomes deliver economic and social benefits to the State, now and in the future.
Gail was awarded a Public Service Medal in the 2019 Queen’s Birthday honours for her outstanding public service to land use, planning and industry development in Western Australia. She also received a Distinguished Alumni Award from Murdoch University in 2019 to recognise her career achievements and demonstrated leadership qualities
Dr Vanessa Guthrie is an experienced Executive and Director with a career spanning thirty years in the resources sector, in a variety of diverse minerals and energy resources. Vanessa has qualifications in geology, environment, law and business management including a PhD in Geology. She was awarded an Honorary Doctor of Science from Curtin University in 2017 for her contribution to sustainability, innovation and policy leadership in the resources industry.
Vanessa is on the board of a number of organisations, including listed companies Santos Limited, Adelaide Brighton Limited, and Tronox Holdings PLC; the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, Curtin University and the WACA where she is Deputy Chair. She is an active member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and Chief Executive Women (CEW), and a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering (ATSE).
Vanessa’s contribution to the mining industry has been recognised both in Australia and globally, including being recognised as one of the world’s Top 100 list of inspirational women in mining.
Andrea brings 25 years of operational, technical and corporate experience with Rio Tinto and was the head of health, safety, security and environment services in her previous role. Andrea served as Chief Executive and Managing Director of ERA from 2013 to 2017. Andrea is currently a non-executive director at ERA and board member of Infrastructure WA.
Celina Chew was President of the Bayer Group in Greater China from 1 September 2014 to 30 June 2019. She joined Bayer as a lawyer in 1997 and became Head of Legal for Bayer in Greater China from 1998 to 2011. During this time, Celina was a member of the Bayer Greater China Leadership Team where she also had special responsibility for topics such as Sustainability.
In 2011, Celina moved to a management role and became Country Group Head for Bayer in the North ASEAN Region and Managing Director at Bayer Thai Co. Ltd, responsible for Bayer’s operations in Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos and Myanmar. She returned to Bayer in Greater China in 2014 as President of Bayer, Greater China, with overall responsibility for Bayer’s operations in Greater China, as well as building bridges to China’s local innovation capabilities, including through Bayer’s start-up incubator programs like G4A, digital health communities such as STEM4Health and social entrepreneurship initiatives. Celina is deeply interested in connections – connecting ideas, connecting people, connecting cultures and connecting the dots. Celina was named in the Forbes China Top 100 Businesswomen in China Lists for 2017 and 2018.
Alison is an experienced CEO, of a private company, and previously CEO of the Law Society of WA.
She is an active non executive director and is currently President/ Chair of the Australian Institute of Manager (WA), Director on the APAC/ME Council of AESC and on its global subcommittee, and Governor of the College of Law Ltd.
Annabelle is a dynamic investment director with more than 20 years’ experience in global infrastructure investment and funds management. In her current role as head of investment execution at Westbourne Capital, Annabelle is responsible for the negotiation and execution of investments in mezzanine and senior debt issued by infrastructure businesses located globally.
Throughout her investment management career Annabelle has focussed on cross-border debt and equity investments, having negotiated and executed investments in >20 jurisdictions with total value exceeding $15 billion.
Prior to Westbourne Capital, Annabelle was a Managing Director at Macquarie Group in London and headed the legal team for Macquarie’s infrastructure funds business in Europe, Middle East and Africa. Annabelle has recently completed an executive Masters of Business Administration at INSEAD (France). Annabelle is passionate about supporting women to succeed in traditionally male dominated professions in the finance industry.
Megan is Head of Loans & Specialised Finance, Western Australia, where she leads a multi-disciplinary team to deliver complex financing solutions to large corporates across a range of industry sectors. She is an experienced leader in setting and achieving strategic objectives whilst fostering a strong and engaged team culture that develops and inspires people to achieve their career aspirations.
Megan has enjoyed a diverse banking career with over 25 years’ experience working in a variety of roles across the resources, energy, infrastructure and property sectors. She has worked in and led team across Perth, Sydney, USA and Japan.
Sue Pember is a passionate entrepreneur who has a knack for finding opportunities everywhere she looks. She constantly challenges herself to make a difference in the lives of friends, clients and her community. This path has led her from working as a stage manager at the ABC, to founding two companies based on her values of people, passion and personal touch- Aussie Orientation Services and Mi Casa Property Boutique.
With a central focus on flexibility, family and tailor-made customer service, Sue opened Aussie Orientation Services in 2010. Aussie is an Australian owned and operated Global Mobility Consultancy company that specialises in relocation programs, cultural training and ongoing support programs to provide workers and their families a smooth transition to Australia.
Through the success of Aussie, in 2013 Sue was awarded WA Today Female Entrepreneur of the Year and recognised as one of the top 40 under 40, also receiving the people’s choice award. She was also a WA region nominee for the coveted Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award.
With Aussie doing well, Sue began to think of her next business adventure. Mi Casa Property Boutique is the brainchild of what can happen if you’re willing to put the client first, and the magic of tapping into the skills of women who have left the workforce to have kids. Sue launched Mi Casa Property Boutique in 2015 with her longtime employees now business partners the uber talented Renee Jefferys and Susan Lam.
Denise McComish is a partner at KPMG Australia, one of the world’s largest and most respected professional services firms. Denise provides audit and advisory services to major companies in a variety of industries across mining, infrastructure and financial services. She has recently served as a KPMG’s National Mining Sector leader and a member of KPMG’s National Board.
Denise has been a partner with KPMG for 30 years. She has a reputation within the industry as a premier audit partner with outstanding technical knowledge.
Denise was a member of the Australian Accounting Standards Board, where she successfully contributed to the board’s intellectual property for a six-year period.
Denise has contributed to ensuring KPMG continues to win the accolade of Employer of Choice for Gender Equality by the Workplace Gender Equality Agency. She has acts as a mentor both informally, which have included the formal programs for McKinsey’s ‘Remarkable Women’ and UWA MBA mentor program.
Denise is a Board member of Chief Executive Women and has recently been appointed to the Board of Beyond Blue Limited. She was appointed to the Takeovers Panel in 2013 and was formerly a member of the Corporations and Markets Advisory Committee (2011 – 2014). Denise was a Pro-Chancellor at Edith Cowan University and currently chairs ECU’s Advisory Board for the School of Business and Law.
Denise was awarded a Doctorate in Business Honoris causa from Edith Cowan University in 2016. Denise was recognised in the Top 100 Global Inspirational Women in Mining in 2018.
Geraldine supports professionals to find their voice, develop themselves consciously and progress their lives and careers. She offers Gestalt influenced leadership coaching, mentoring, pastoral care, and participation at her Conscious Self Leadership – A Journey of Discovery women’s program.
Her work is inspiring and transformational, supporting individuals to overcome what’s holding them back, to find their flow and flourish. Geraldine is an accredited IECL Executive Coach, an Advanced Leader as Coach, and a third year Gestalt Masters student with many years of business experience and conscious wellbeing training. Her approach is heart- centred, authentic, insightful, experiential and evidence-based.
Michelle is an experienced leader in financial services who connects with large multi national companies on employee benefits and has had extensive experience with leading divisions of Mercer in Sydney and Melbourne.
Michelle has recently relocated to Perth and is leading the Mercer business as well as serving on the executive team for MMC.
Jody has worked in governance, management, marketing, communications, stakeholder engagement, events, sponsorship and film production for over 25 years and brings a wealth of experience from international and local roles.
Jody has worked with some of the Western Australia’s leading organisations including Perth International Arts Festival, ScreenWest (state agency for film and television) and Lotterywest (state lottery and grant maker).
In her current role as State Manager at the Australian Institute of Company Directors she leads the team to ensure relevance of member services, supporting Directors to focus on excellence in governance.
Having had the privilege of working at some of the world’s leading cultural organisations, including the Victoria and Albert Museum (UK), Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Really Useful Group (UK) and the Edinburgh International Arts Festival (Scotland), Jody brings a breadth of international experience and perspective to her work.
Jody has completed her Executive Masters in Business Administration at The University of Western Australia and is a Graduate of the AICD Company Directors Course. Jody studied her undergraduate at WAAPA (Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts) graduating with a Bachelor of Arts (Arts Management).
Suzanne Ardagh has a diverse career which has spanned diplomacy, corporate affairs, tertiary education, membership organisations and global governance. She has lived and worked in Europe, Latin America and Asia.
Now in a Perth-based role, she supports emerging and established Directors on their career pathways and provides advice to Boards. She is passionate about supporting others – in particular women – to achieve their career goals.
She is on the board of the Cancer Council WA and the West Coast Fever.