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About us

Our Board

Fiona Reynolds

CHAIR

Fiona Reynolds was the CEO of Conexus Financial. She served as the CEO of the Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI) for over nine years, stepping down at the beginning of 2022. As part of her role in the UK, she was on the board of a number of organisations including UN Global Compact, Climate Action 100+, the UK Green Finance Institute, the Greening the Belt and Road Global Committee, and the Asset Owners Net Zero Alliance 

Fiona has 25 years’ experience in the financial services and pension sector. She joined the PRI from the Australian Institute of Superannuation Trustees (AIST), where she spent seven years as CEO. 

Fiona was named one of the 20 most influential people in sustainability globally by Barron’s magazine and has twice been named one of Australia’s one hundred women of influence by the Australian Financial Review. 

Fiona also serves on the Board of Frontier Investment Consulting, the investment Committee of the Laudes Foundation and Advisory Boards of Quinbrook Infrastructure Partners, PWC, Affirmative Investment Management and the Advisory board of BASF.

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Kylie Porter

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, un global compact network australia
chair, regional network council, asia-oceania
co-chair, global network council, un global compact
board member, un global compact

Kylie Porter is the Executive Director of the UN Global Compact Network Australia (UNGCNA); the Australian Local Network of the United Nations (UN) Global Compact. She is also a board member of the UN Global Compact and holds the positions of Co-Chair of the UN Global Compact’s Global Network Council and Chair of the Regional National Council for the Asia Oceania region.

Kylie is an experienced and well-regarded sustainability leader with 20 years’ of experience in the corporate and international development sectors. She holds expertise in advising and managing environmental, social and governance (ESG) reputation risk for business and leading on and integrating responsible business initiatives into company strategies and operations. This includes initiatives associated with decarbonisation, the just transition, the application of human rights standards and frameworks including modern slavery, and the implementation of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

As Executive Director, Kylie leads a team of experts across the fields of business and human rights, climate change, anti-bribery and corruption and sustainable development. During her tenure, participation in, and grant funding for, the UNGCNA has more than doubled, with the organisation growing from a team of one to a team of ten within three years. Prior to joining the UNGCNA, Kylie worked in the financial services sector for National Australia Bank (NAB), ANZ Banking Group and Standard Chartered Group including expatriate work in the United Kingdom, Singapore, Nigeria, Switzerland, France and South Africa. She also worked in professional services for KPMG Australia and in international development for Save the Children Australia.

Kylie is a member of the Australian Government’s Modern Slavery Expert Advisory Group. She holds a Bachelor of Business (Management) and Bachelor of Arts (Philosophy) from Monash University, and a Masters’ Degree in Social Science (International Development) from RMIT University. Kylie is also a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD) Company Director’s Course and an alumnus of the Cranlana Executive Ethics Programme.

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Pru Bennett

INDEPENDENT DIRECTOR and chair, financial risk and audit committee

Pru joined Brunswick Group in April 2019. Pru is a Fellow of the Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand and currently holds the following positions:

-Chair of the National Foundation for Australia China Relations,
-Board member of the Value Reporting Foundation,
-Board member UN Global Compact Network Australia,
-Council member of the Monetary Authority of Singapore’s Corporate Advisory Council,
-Council member Asian Corporate Governance Association,
-Council Member Oasis Capital.

Until January, 2019, Pru Bennett was a Managing Director at the world’s largest asset manager, BlackRock, and Head of BlackRock’s Investment Stewardship team for the APAC Region based in Hong Kong. AT BlackRock Pru was responsible for leading a team engaging with BlackRock’s investee companies on ESG issues. Pru also oversaw the proxy voting process.

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

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Laura McManus

DIRECTOR 
HUMAN RIGHTS MANAGER, WOOLWORTHS

Laura is a business and human rights practitioner with a keen interest in how companies develop and embed meaningful human rights due diligence in global supply chains. 

Beginning her career in the NGO sector, Laura has worked in issues of child rights and youth participation in peacebuilding in Nepal and the Netherlands. As a researcher, she co-authored Tackling Modern Slavery in Supply Chains, a publication by the Walk Free Foundation, where she harnessed an interest in the role of business in human rights.  

Transitioning to the corporate sector, Laura first worked with Konica Minolta Australia to develop and implement its Ethical Sourcing Roadmap and Human Rights Position Statement. For this work she was recognised by the Australian Institute of Management as NSW Young Leader of the Year in 2017. 

Today, Laura is Human Rights Manager at Woolworths Group, where she oversees the implementation of the company’s human rights and anti-modern slavery programs.

Laura holds a Masters in Human Rights and Democratisation from the University of Sydney and is currently completing the AICD Company Directors Course.

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Karen McWilliams

DIRECTOR AND CHAIR, NOMINATIONS AND GOVERNANCE COMMITTEE 
BUSINESS REFORM LEADER, CHARTERED ACCOUNTANTS AUSTRALIA AND NEW ZEALAND

Karen McWilliams is the Business Reform Leader in the Advocacy and Professional Standing team at Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand. She is responsible for shaping and influencing business reform issues of relevance to Chartered Accountants, including insolvency, corporate governance, anti-money laundering, corporations law and sustainability matters.

 Karen represents CA ANZ on the Advisory Board of the Deakin Centre for Integrated Reporting and ASX Corporate Governance Council and chair of the financial committee of the Climate Measurement Standards Initiative.

With over 20 years’ experience in a variety of business and advisory roles, she started her career in the specialist field of audit and has held positions with Worley Parsons, Ernst and Young, and Deloitte in London.

She is a Fellow Chartered Accountant with the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales, a member of Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand and holds a Master of Arts in Mathematical Sciences from the University of Oxford.

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Howard Wigham

INDEPENDENT DIRECTOR

Howard Wigham is a Non-Executive Director of the Banksia Foundation.  He is also the Executive Director of Navigate Business Advisory, which helps micro, small and medium enterprises to excel by assisting them to navigate various business, organisational and personal challenges.

Howard has enjoyed a successful corporate career as a divisional CEO and subsidiary board member in a variety of sectors, including chemicals, technology, information management and supply chain logistics.  His executive career has spanned more than 25 years, spending 14 years with Brambles where his roles included Managing Director Chep UK & Ireland, President of Recall Australasia and President of Chep Asia-Pacific.  Howard has lived in Australia, the United Kingdom and Germany, and has worked extensively in Asia, Europe and North America. 

Howard supports various sustainability causes and is an investor in early stage companies with social and environmental purposes. 

Howard holds an honours degree in Chemistry and German from Aston University in the United Kingdom, has completed employer-sponsored management programmes at the London Business School and INSEAD, and is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

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Vanessa Zimmerman

DIRECTOR AND CHAIR, BUSINESS and HUMAN RIGHTS 
CEO, PILLAR TWO

Vanessa Zimmerman has been a Director of the UN Global Compact Network Australia since 2013. Vanessa chairs the GCNA’s Human Rights workstream and Modern Slavery Community of Practice. She is also a member of the Nominations and Governance Committee.

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 UN Global Compact Network Australia, Vanessa holds various expert advisory roles including as a member of the Global Reporting Initiative’s Technical Committee on Human Rights Disclosure, the Law Council of Australia and International Bar Association’s Business and Human Rights Committees, the Australian National Roundtable on Human Trafficking and Slavery, the Australian Border Force Modern Slavery Expert Advisory Group 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.

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Anna Stewart

INDEPENDENT DIRECTOR  
head of sustainability REPORTING & engagement, coles group

Anna has more than 13 years’ experience in corporate sustainability roles in ASX listed companies, and brings deep experience in ESG reporting frameworks and stakeholder engagement. She was recently appointed to the role of Head of Sustainability Reporting and Engagement at Coles and will commence on 9 May.

Anna spent eight years at ANZ and, until April 2022, was the Head of ESG Governance and Reporting, responsible for the bank’s external ESG disclosures (including the annual ESG Supplement), responding to external ESG assessments and supporting the bank’s key ESG governance bodies – the Board Ethics and ESG Committee and the executive Ethics and Responsible Business Committee.

Prior to joining ANZ Anna spent almost ten years at AGL, primarily in the regulatory affairs team where she focused on energy and climate policy, before moving into sustainability reporting and community investment.

Anna started her career as lawyer, working in both the corporate and community sectors, and holds a BA(Hons)/LLB(Hons) from the University of Melbourne.

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