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Webinar - The Rise of Advisory Boards

Louise Broekman:

CEO & Founder of the Advisory Board Centre

Louise Broekman is an award-winning entrepreneur, researcher, and business advisor with industry and government recognition for her contribution to the Australian business sector. Louise has the unique advantage of having been on both sides of the table; in the shoes of a founder and that of a chair of multiple advisory boards.

After establishing an advisory board in 2005 for her own business, Louise recognised first-hand how a well-run advisory board can positively impact CEOs and the business at large. Upon exiting her multinational business, Louise served as chair for commercial advisory boards before starting her
second business.

Now, as the founder and CEO of the Advisory Board Centre, Louise facilitates leading executive education programs for incredibly ambitious, progressive, and committed advisory board members, supporting their professional development and in turn, the businesses that they serve.

Jacinta Whelan:

Partner, Interim Executive

An author, thought leader and popular speaker on the concept of Interim Executive, Portfolio Careers and future ways of working. Jacinta has more than 25 years’ experience starting and leading Interim businesses in Hong Kong, New York and Australia. Jacinta advises corporates and governments and is regularly asked to work with Boards and business leaders looking to stay abreast of the way organisations are engaging executive talent.

Jacinta is the lead partner for Watermark Melbourne and focuses on Interim Executive appointments in both public and private sectors. The roles are C-Suite and include CEOs and other executive level positions.

Jacinta has a BA Bus, is an GAICD (2008) and a Harvard Business School Alumni (2018).

Donna Burr:

Partner, Interim Executive

Donna’s background combines a career of 25 years in chartered accounting, assurance, advisory and human resources partnering with businesses.

Her passion for seeing businesses thrive and solving problems has led her to her role at Watermark. She has local and global experience across financial services, manufacturing, utilities and the not-for-profit sectors. Her curiosity, authenticity and a passion for making things better, has seen her involved in major transformational and performance work for many corporates. She is an advocate for-purpose-led business management and economic empowerment for women.

Donna has been a partner at Watermark since 2018, deploying senior level interim executives in both private and public sectors. She has a particular focus on CEOs, CFOs, COOs, HR Executives, and change and turnaround professionals. She has successfully completed interim search assignments across a diverse range of industries including Financial Services, Government agencies, Peak Member and Regulatory bodies, Not-for-Profit, Healthcare, ASX listed, Energy and Utilities.

Donna is a qualified chartered accountant (1996), affiliate of the AICD (2021) and Melbourne Business School alumni (2007). She is passionate about health, fitness and wellbeing with a particular focus on nutrition (pursuing further studies in this area).

Lisa McAuliffe:

Partner, Interim Executive

Lisa has over 20 years’ experience in HR related services specialising in recruitment, career transition and leadership development in both Europe and Australia.

During her career, Lisa has been successful in the management and growth of three start-up recruitment companies, managing teams and clients nationally. She has extensive experience in partnering with business leaders across multiple industries including Banking and Finance, Professional Services, Legal, Media, Telecommunications, FMCG and Retail. A natural relationship builder, Lisa has been a trusted advisor to many organisations experiencing major transformational change working alongside them to find the best solutions for their needs.

In her previous capacity as a coach, Lisa has assisted Senior Executives from a variety of industry sectors and functional roles, transition successfully into a portfolio career. Some of her most recent Interim assignments include CFOs, CIOs, CISOs, CTOs, Senior HR, Marketing and Operations roles.

Caroline McAuliffe:

Senior Partner

Caroline has over 25 years broad commercial experience gained in the UK and Australia working closely with executive teams of large corporate international businesses and since 2005 has specialised in Interim Executive placements.

As a founding, Senior Partner of the Watermark Interim Executive practice since 2011, Caroline leads the Interim Executive team in Sydney, deploying numerous senior C-suite Interim Executives, with deep functional and leadership experience, into a diverse range of organisations, across a number of industry sectors.

Sector expertise: ASX 300, Government, For Purpose (NFP), Human Services, Higher Education, Infrastructure, Transport, Energy, Utilities, Industrials, Manufacturing.

Functional expertise: CEOs, CFOs, HRDs, COOs, CIOs, CROs, General Counsel.

Caroline is currently completing a Bachelor's Degree, Social Sciences (Psychology) through Swinburne University and has a Post Graduate Certificate in Career Education and Development through RMIT University. Caroline has completed an Advanced Professional Development Certificate in Executive Coaching from the Institute of Coaching and Consulting Psychology, Sydney.

Co-Author: The Rise of The Interim Executive (