About us

Our Board

Dr. David Cooke

CHAIR

David is Chair and Managing Director of Konica Minolta Business Solutions Australia. He 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 was a national judge for the IT industry’s iAwards in the sustainability and community categories over a five-year period. Under his leadership Konica Minolta was awarded the Freedom Award by Anti-Slavery Australia and the Human Rights Award in the business category, by the Australian Human Rights Commission.

In addition to his position with the Global Compact Network Australia, David is an Adjunct Professor at UTS Business School and a Non-Executive Director of Sustainalytics Australia and Chair of the Australian Human Rights Institute Advisory Committee at UNSW. David was also a member of the Foreign Minister’s multi-stakeholder advisory group on the implementation of the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights.

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

Megan Saussey

DEPUTY CHAIR AND CHAIR OF NOMINATIONS AND GOVERNANCE COMMITTEE

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 more than 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.

Kylie Porter

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
GLOBAL COMPACT NETWORK AUSTRALIA

Kylie is a sustainability expert with over 18 years of experience in corporate affairs, sustainability and strategy roles across a broad range of industries. During her career, Kylie has helped numerous companies develop and implement responsible business strategies, managed reputation risk for environmental, social and governance (ESG) issues and wrote and managed policies across various thematic areas including climate change and human rights.

Kylie’s career includes working for ANZ Banking Group, National Australia Bank (NAB), Standard Chartered, KPMG and Save the Children and expatriate work in London, Singapore, Nigeria, Switzerland, France and South Africa.

Kylie was also a member of the Climate Principles — a set of principles for the management of climate change within the financial services sector — and Chair of the Project Finance and Corporate Banking Working Group.

Before joining the Global Compact Network Australia, Kylie was the Stakeholder Engagement Manager for Corporate Responsibility at NAB where she held responsibility for internal and external engagement on NAB’s corporate responsibility strategy and management of reputation risk issues.

Kylie also served on the Corporate Affairs team for the Royal Commission into Misconduct in the Financial Services Industry where she held particular responsibility for NAB’s engagement and relationship with consumer advocacy groups.

Kylie holds a Bachelor of Business, Bachelor of Arts and a Master’s degree in Social Science majoring in International Development. She is also a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and is finalising the Company Director’s Course.

Pru Bennett

INDEPENDENT DIRECTOR

Pru Bennett is an independent corporate governance consultant assisting Australian corporate clients on issues relating to stakeholder management, ESG strategies and stakeholder communications. Pru is a Senior Advisor to the Brunswick Group in Hong Kong providing strategic ESG advice for their clients and also a Senior Advisor to Morrow Soldali in Australia.

Until January 2019, Pru Bennett was a Managing Director at BlackRock and Head of BlackRock’s Investment Stewardship team for the APAC Region based in Hong Kong. In that role Pru led a team that responsible for engagement and proxy voting activities in relation to the companies in which BlackRock invests on behalf of clients.

Before taking on her BlackRock role in August 2010 Pru was head of Corporate Governance at institutional advisor Regnan Governance and Research until 2010. From 1998 to 2009 Pru was a director of Australian proxy advisor Corporate Governance International, which was acquired by Glass Lewis & Co in 2006 and is now known as CGI Glass Lewis. Prior to working in the area of corporate governance Pru was Investor Relations Manager for Qantas Airways Limited.

In 2018 Pru received the Asia Industry Leadership Award from 100 Women in Finance. In 2013, Pru was named as one of Australia’s top 10 Women of Influence in Corporate Governance.  Pru holds a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of New South Wales, is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand and a graduate of the AICD.

Sasha Courville

DIRECTOR AND CHAIR, ENVIRONMENT
GENERAL MANAGER, CORPORATE RESPONSIBILITY, NAB

Sasha was appointed as the General Manager, Corporate Responsibility at NAB in December 2018. Prior to this role Sasha was the 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, BRIBERY PREVENTION & GOVERNANCE

Rachel is a Partner at 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 Asia region.

Rachel has particular expertise advising on global risk and compliance issues including anti-bribery, sanctions, trade and investment laws and corporate human rights obligations. She works with clients on the impact of these risks on company stakeholders including regulators, employees, customers, the community and civil society. Rachel has particular expertise in resolving disputes with regulators or third parties in a manner that maximises stakeholder relationships.

Rachel’s experience includes advising on legal issues in Australia and internationally, including the US, China, Indonesia, Malaysia, Vietnam and Papua New Guinea.

Vanessa Zimmerman

DIRECTOR AND CHAIR, BUSINESS & HUMAN RIGHTS

Vanessa is the CEO of Pillar-Two and a recognised global and domestic corporate sustainability expert focusing on human rights.

Originally an anti-trust lawyer, Vanessa was a Legal Advisor to the UN Special Representative on Business and Human Rights, Harvard Professor John Ruggie and part of the core team drafting the internationally recognised UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights. She then managed the implementation of  Rio Tinto’s human rights strategy for 7 years, including leading its response to the UK and Australian modern slavery legislation. In 2018, Vanessa founded Pillar Two, an advisory firm helping businesses take a principled, integrated and practical approach to managing their human rights risks. In 2016 she was recognised as one of 100 Australian Women of Influence and in 2018 was highly commended in the Agenda Setter of the Year category in the Women’s Agenda Leadership Awards.

In addition to her work at the GCNA, Vanessa holds various expert advisory roles including as a member of the Global Reporting Initiative’s Technical Committee on Human Rights Disclosure, the Australian National Roundtable on Human Trafficking and Slavery and the Department of Treasury’s Governance and Advisory Board to the Australian National Contact Point.  She is also a research fellow at the Institute for Human Rights and Business.

Vanessa holds a Master of Laws from Harvard University as well as a Bachelor of Laws (Hons) and Bachelor of Arts (Japanese) from Monash University, Australia.