Episode 19: Diane Smith-Gander AO, Chair DDH1, HBF Health & Zip Co
This episode really is an absolute ripper!
We are very lucky to have an awesome opportunity to spend some time in conversation with the wonderful Diane Smith-Gander AO who has built an amazing corporate career over many years covering a wide range of Directorships across different entities, industries and geographies.
She has inspired so many with her achievements, the roles she has played and her drive to make a difference.
Diane was recently appointed Chair of private health insurer HBF, is current Chair of leading drilling services company DDH1, is current Chair of buy now pay later company Zip Co, is National Chair of the Committee for Economic Development in Australia, is independent Chair of the Nominations Committee for the World Anti Doping Agency and former Director of companies such as Wesfarmers where she was a member of this board for some 11 years, and former President of pre-eminent women’s advocacy group Chief Executive Women representing senior women leaders from the corporate, public service, academic and not for profit sectors.
Diane was inducted into the WA Womens Hall of Fame in 2017 and in the 2019 Queens Birthday Honours, she was made an Officer of the Order of Australia (AO) in recognition of her “distinguished service to business, to womens engagement in executive roles, to gender equality and to the community”
This is such a wide-ranging conversation where Diane shares with us her experiences in life from growing up in Alfred Cove WA to school, education and the massive amount of accumulated experience she has learnt and gained through a hugely decorated corporate career – which is still going.