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.

Ian Anderson
Pro Vice-Chancellor, University of Melbourne

Professor Ian Anderson is Pro Vice-Chancellor Engagement and Foundation Chair, Indigenous Higher Education at the University of Melbourne. He was also co-Chair of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Higher Education Council.

In Ian’s current position, he has a leadership role in the development of academic strategy and practice in relation to the University’s engagement agenda.

Ian has held a number of academic, policy and practice roles – including appointments to over 90 boards, governance, steering and academic committees – over a thirty year period, including Director of Research for the Lowitja Institute, Chair of the National Indigenous Health Equality Council and a Council Member for the National Health and Medical Research Council.

With a professional background in medicine and social sciences, Ian has also written widely on issues related to Aboriginal health, identity and culture. Ian’s family are Palawa Trowerna from the Pyemairrenner mob in Tasmania which includes Trawlwoolway and Plairmairrenner and related clans.

Ian’s qualifications include a Bachelor of Medicine / Bachelor of Surgery and a PhD in anthropology and sociology.

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.

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.

Kate Hughes
Chief Risk Officer, Telstra

Kate Hughes is Chief Risk Officer for Telstra with global responsibility for the enterprise wide risk management, security, investigations, privacy and compliance functions.

Kate has led international teams for 10 years and she has broad risk management, compliance, safety and governance experience in many sectors, including financial services, agribusiness, retail, manufacturing, public administration and telecommunications.

Kate has had direct experience leading ethical sourcing teams across Asia and has developed deep operational experience in implementing ethical behaviour frameworks in large corporations. Kate is a key member of a number of Telstra’s governance committee’s including the group’s whistleblowing oversight committee and executive risk committee.

Prior to joining Telstra, Kate held senior risk, compliance and governance roles with the Australian Securities and Investments Commission, AWB and Pacific Brands. Kate has also provided risk management and compliance consulting services on trade practices, employment and environmental issues.

Kate holds tertiary qualifications in commerce, applied finance and OH&S.

Terry Hughes
CEO, Solaris Paper

Terry Hughes is Chief Executive Officer of Solaris Paper (Australia) and Cottonsoft (NZ), divisions of Asia Pulp and Paper (APP).

Prior to joining Solaris Paper and Cottonsoft, Terry held senior executive role with a number of major companies including Unilever, Coca-Cola, Nike, Goodman Fielder, Mars and SC Johnson. Terry began his working career with Unilever in Australia and China, and remained with the company for over 15 years. During that time, Terry attended a number of senior executive programs including the Unilever General Management Program which was driven by Harvard and INSEAD lecturers and the Darden Business School Australian Executive Management Program.

Terry’s responsibilities in past roles have informed the strategic direction of sustainability and CSR initiatives implemented by the companies he has worked for, and he continues to drive the sustainable business strategy for Solaris Paper and Cottonsoft.

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.