Chair: Mrs Catherine Walter AM
Mrs Walter is a Solicitor and Company Director. She practised law for 20 years and was Managing Partner of one of the major law firms in Melbourne and thereafter a Commissioner for the City of Melbourne. Mrs Walter has chaired and participated in government think tanks in the areas of education, the Arts and corporate and financial regulation. For nearly 20 years she has been a non-executive director on Boards spanning the private sector, not-for-profit and government sectors and across a range of industries: resources and energy, funds management, banking, insurance, superannuation, telecoms, education, the Arts and health services. Mrs Walter is currently Chairman of the Australian Synchrotron, a Director of the Reserve Bank’s Payment Systems Board, Australian Foundation Investment Company, Victorian Opera and Walter & Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research. Mrs Walter holds a first class Honours Degree in Law, a Masters Degree in Law and a Masters of Business Administration from the University of Melbourne. She is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Board Member: Ms Louise Staley
Ms Louise Staley is a Research Fellow and Director Food and Environment Unit at the Institute of Public Affairs, a company director and a grain farmer. Louise is also a director of Grampians Medicare Local and East Grampians Health Service. Prior to relocating to rural Victoria, Louise was a senior portfolio manager at AXA Australia where she specialised in telecommunications investment. She has previously been Deputy Chair of the Australian Film Commission and a board member of the Australian Institute of Family Studies. Louise holds an Arts Degree, a Postgraduate Diploma in Finance from the University of Melbourne, and a Masters in Public Policy from Flinders University. She is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and a Chartered Financial Analyst.
Board Member: Ms Kathleen Wilson
Kathy is Special Counsel with Aitken Partners and has extensive experience in all matters in relation to wills, trusts and estates, including deceased estate disputes and succession planning. She represents clients pro bono, particularly advising people with disabilities regarding VCAT Guardianship List matters. She is the Chair of the Law Institute of Victoria Succession Law Section, Past President of the Institute of Legal Executives (Victoria) and (Australia) and an is an active member of a range of law related bodies and advocacy groups.
Board Member: Ms Laura Anderson
Laura is an independent Company Director, Corporate Advisor and Philanthropist. Laura is Chairman of SVI Global Pty Ltd, L’Oréal Melbourne Fashion Festival, The Good Foundation, the CEO Circle and the Foundation for the Advancement of Science and Technology in Schools. She is an active member of a number of Boards and Councils spanning Corporate, Government and Philanthropic sectors. She has also been honoured as an Australia Day Ambassador since 2010 and was honoured as an Ambassador of International Women’s Day on its 100th anniversary in 2011. She is a Governor and was previously a member of the Victorian Board of the American Chamber of Commerce. Laura was the National Partner in Charge of Strategy and Development for KPMG Australia and was the founding Partner of KPMG Australia’s Risk and Advisory Services for Industry Practice. She has received many awards for her contributions to industry including transport, manufacturing, defence, and high technology industries. Laura has been a key advisor on Industry and Strategy to the Australian Department of Defence and to the US National Defense University Industrial College of the Armed Forces (ICAF) in Washington DC. Educated in the United States, Laura holds a Bachelors Degree from Southern Methodist University with concentrations in English and Applied Mathematics. She is a fellow of the Chartered Institute of Transport.