Our Board

The Board of Directors of the Global Compact Network Australia governs and oversees the strategies, operations and business plans of the organisation.

Catherine Hunter
Partner, Corporate Citizenship, KPMG

After more than a decade in the not-for-profit sector, Catherine joined KPMG Australia in 2005 in a new role for the firm.

As Partner of Corporate Citizenship, Catherine is responsible for the strategic development and execution of KPMG’s social and environmental initiatives, including the firm’s Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP).  KPMG’s recent RAP has been awarded Elevate status by Reconciliation Australia and the prestigious 2014 Human Rights Business Award.

Catherine is Chairperson of the Global Compact Network Australia and Australian Network Representative to the United Nations Global Compact.

Catherine was a member of the UN Global Compact Expert Group convened to develop the Business Reference Guide to the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.

A member of the Business Council of Australia’s Business Indigenous Network, Catherine is an external adviser on Lendlease’s RAP advisory council and an AIEF Ambassador. Catherine is an Australian Institute of Company Directors graduate.

Megan Christensen
Director and Chair, Sustainable Development Leadership Group
General Manager Stakeholder Engagement and Social Responsibility, Oil Search

As General Manager Stakeholder Engagement and Social Responsibility at Oil Search, Megan is responsible for leading and driving Oil Search’s Social Responsibility Strategy evolution, as well as functional leadership for stakeholder engagement and social performance.

Megan’s expertise in multi-stakeholder engagement and sustainability is grounded in 20+ years of experience in complex operating environments such as Papua New Guinea and the Middle East, as well as in the United States and Australia, across both the oil and gas, and construction and property development sectors.

She has been a Director of the Global Compact Network Australia (GCNA) for the past four years, and is an active contributor to social responsibility thought leadership as Chairman of the GCNA Sustainable Development Leadership Group (and formerly Chair of the Human Rights Leadership Group), and as a member of Oil Search’s Integrity Committee.

Megan has an MBA from the Australian Graduate School of Management (UNSW), and is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Dr David Cooke
Chairman and Managing Director, Konica Minolta Australia

David is Chair and Managing Director of Konica Minolta Business Solutions Australia. David first entered the IT industry in 1980 when he joined Rank Xerox and later worked in various management roles at Canon before joining Konica Minolta in 2005. David was appointed as the first non-Japanese Managing Director of Konica Minolta in Australia in 2013. He has served on the NSW committee of the Australian Information Industry Association and has been a national judge for the IT industry’s iAwards in the sustainability and community categories for the last five years.

In addition to his position with the GCNA, David is a non-executive director of anti-human trafficking organisation Together 1 Heart Cambodia. David is also a member of the Foreign Minister’s multi-stakeholder advisory group on implementation of the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights.

David holds an MBA from the Australian Graduate School of Management at the University of New South Wales and a Doctorate from Southern Cross University. David’s thesis was titled ‘The Philanthropic Contract: Building Social Capital though Corporate Social Investment’, and entailed research into the positive value for profit-making companies who form long term sustainable partnerships with the not-for-profit sector. David is also a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Sasha Courville
Director and Chair, Environment Leadership Group
Head of Social Innovation, NAB

Sasha is Head of Social Innovation at NAB, looking at how to address society’s needs and challenges through new funding and business solutions. This includes scaling up of NAB’s portfolio of Shared Value initiatives that deliver business value while also addressing social and environmental challenges including developing the impact investing ecosystem in Australia, Natural Value, Clean Energy Finance and NAB Assist, as well as embedding a culture of social innovation internally.  Previously, Sasha was Head of Corporate Responsibility Strategy at NAB, responsible for strategy development, non-financial performance and reporting and stakeholder engagement on ESG issues.  Sasha joined NAB to drive its Natural Value Strategy, managing natural capital risks, taking advantage of new opportunities and supporting agribusiness customers to do the same.

Prior to joining NAB, Sasha was Executive Director of the London-based ISEAL Alliance, the global association for sustainability standards and assurance systems. She has also worked as an international consultant on social justice and environmental sustainability issues in soft commodity sectors, and as an academic, based at the Regulatory Institutions Network at the ANU. Sasha was deeply involved in setting up the Fairtrade labelling system in Australia and New Zealand.

Sasha has a PhD on coffee from the ANU, an MSc from the London School of Economics and a Bachelor of Environmental Studies from York University in Canada.

Rachel Nicolson
Director and Chair, Anti-Corruption Leadership Group
Partner, Allens Linklaters

Rachel is a Partner at law firm Allens Linklaters (Allens), specialising in Commercial Litigation & Dispute Resolution. Before joining Allens, Rachel spent several years managing law reform and other World Bank and Australian government-funded development projects in the Asian region.

Rachel has particular expertise advising on global risk and compliance issues, including foreign corrupt practices, sanctions, trade and investment laws, corporate human rights obligations and the social and environmental impacts of major projects and community/landowner issues.

Rachel’s experience includes advising on legal issues in Australia and internationally, including the US, China, Indonesia, Malaysia, Vietnam and Papua New Guinea. Rachel has developed expertise in advising on litigation prevention, where the potential risk of litigation is identified either by a client or by Allens as its external lawyers. This has involved advising on strategic steps that clients can take to foresee disputes that may arise, and to resolve disputes before proceedings are filed.

Celia Reynolds
Group Head of Internal Audit, Lendlease

Celia has been with the Lend Lease Group for 15 years in various Finance roles across a number of businesses and regions in which Lend Lease operates, including extended secondments in both London and New York. Celia’s current role is Group Head of Internal Audit and in this role she leads an international team across Lend Lease’s four main offices globally.

From leading investigations to assisting in the implementation of anti-bribery and corruption processes to general operational project reviews this role has allowed Celia to develop both operational and commercial skills across the property and infrastructure spectrum.

Prior to undertaking this role Celia worked in Lend Lease’s Investment Management business as a Finance Manager for a number of retail assets in the UK, and as a Management Accountant in the Development and Investment Management businesses in the UK.

Celia commenced her career within the Lend Lease Building business on the Lend Lease Finance Development Program. Celia completed a double degree Bachelor of Economics/Bachelor of Commerce at the ANU and later completed her CPA. She currently holds a non-executive director position on the Global Compact Network Australia Ltd of which Lend Lease is a member.

Vanessa Zimmerman
Director and Chair, Human Rights Leadership Group
Group Advisor Human Rights, Rio Tinto

Vanessa is Group Advisor Human Rights for Rio Tinto, where she leads the development and implementation of the company’s human rights policies, procedures and commitments at a global level. Vanessa chairs the group’s internal Human Rights Working Group, and also advises on broader sustainability related policy issues within the Asia Pacific region.

Vanessa is a recognised business and human rights expert, and has worked with leading initiatives in this space including the Institute for Human Rights and Business, the Global Business Initiative on Human Rights and the Harvard Corporate Social Responsibility Initiative. Through this work, she has advised Australian businesses from a number of sectors, including banking, telecommunications, retail and energy, as well as several civil society organisations. Between 2006 and 2011, Vanessa was a Legal Advisor to Professor John Ruggie, the author of the internationally recognised UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights, in his capacity as the UN Secretary-General’s Special Representative on Business and Human Rights.

Vanessa has been Expert Advisor to the GCNA’s Human Rights Leadership Group since its establishment. Vanessa’s other advisory positions include membership of the International Bar Association’s Corporate Social Responsibility Committee, the Law Council of Australia’s Business and Human Rights Working Group, the Developments in the Field Panel of the Cambridge University Press Business and Human Rights Journal and the Australian Attorney-General’s Department’s Supply Chains Working Group. Vanessa has also worked as a corporate lawyer for King & Wood Mallesons and Telstra. Her qualifications include a Masters of law from Harvard University.