Liz Ellis AO
Liz Ellis is one of Australia’s highest-profile and most successful netballers. She was captain of the Australian Diamonds and Sydney Swifts, and holds the record for most test matches played for Australia. She holds a Bachelor of Arts/Law from Macquarie University and was admitted as a solicitor in 1996.
Ellis’s on-court highlights include three World Championship gold medals, two Commonwealth Games gold medals and four national league premierships.
In 2009, Ellis became a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) and in 2018, she was elevated to an Officer of the Order of Australia (AO) for distinguished service to netball as an elite player and coach, for support and advocacy for young women, as a contributor to the broadcast and print media industries, and as an outstanding contributor to the community.
Kate Jenkins is Australia’s Sex Discrimination Commissioner and a member of the Australian Human Rights Commission. Her purpose is to advance gender equality, consistent with the Sex Discrimination Act and the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women.
Jenkins is leading several projects including the National Inquiry into Sexual Harassment in Australian Workplaces and the Commission’s collaborative project on cultural reform with the Australian Defence Force. She is also the Co-Convener of the national Male Champions of Change group, and the Co-Chair of Play by the Rules, a joint project between human rights agencies, governments and peak sporting bodies to make grassroots sports safe, fair and inclusive.
Before joining the Commission, Jenkins spent three years as the Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commissioner, 20 years as lead equal opportunity partner with Herbert Smith Freehills and many years serving on the boards of Berry Street Victoria, the Heide Museum of Modern Art and Carlton Football Club.
Wendy Machin is an experienced Chair and Non-Executive Director with expertise in government and member-owned businesses.
She currently Chairs the Board of Reflections Holiday Parks, a New South Wales (NSW) government portfolio of holiday parks and the NSW Road Reclassification Panel. Machin is a Director of Heritage Bank, the largest mutual bank in Australia and is a voluntary Director of Golf Australia and Vice Chairman of the NSW National Party.
Machin was previously Chair of the Australasian New Car Assessment Program, Chair of the Customer Owned Banking Association, and Chair of NRMA Motoring & Services from December 2008 to June 2014.
Machin has served on several boards over the last 20 years including the NSW Forestry Corporation, AAA, the peak body for all motoring clubs in the country, Destination NSW, the National Occupational Licensing Authority and was an advisory committee member for the ANZ (Olympic) Stadium in Sydney.
From 2004 to 2008 Ms Machin served as a Federal Government appointed Member on the Migration and Refugee Review Tribunal. She spent 11 years as a Member of the NSW Legislative Assembly, was the first woman elected to represent the National Party in the NSW Legislative Assembly and was a Cabinet Minister in the Fahey government.
Joe Pollard is a Non-Executive Director at Greencross Ltd and a Senior Advisor to Andrew & Nicola Forrest’s commercial operations, Tattarang and their philanthropic arm, Minderoo Foundation. She is also a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and Chief Executive Women.
Pollard has 30-plus years’ experience in Chief Executive, brand and customer management and media and digital/technology roles. She has worked across a broad range of industries including telecommunications, technology, media, marketing communications and sport.
Her previous roles include the Chief Marketing Officer and Group Executive Media at Telstra, CEO of Publicis Mojo, CEO of Ninemsn and Sales and Marketing Director for Nine Entertainment Co. Pollard also spent ten years at Nike Inc in the United States running its global media investments, e-commerce channels and branded content divisions.