MEDIA RELEASE - Appointment of two new directors to the ABC Board
Ferguson from Queensland and Ms Donny Walford from South Australia have been
appointed as non-executive directors to the Australian Broadcasting Corporation
(ABC) Board, bringing strong business and financial management skills to the
is a well-respected independent company director of ASX, private company and
government boards who brings corporate experience and expertise in risk and
compliance, corporate governance, remuneration and human resources and
strategy. Dr Ferguson is based in Queensland.
Ms Walford is
an experienced non-executive director and CEO of public unlisted companies and
community organisations with specific expertise in strategy, finance, strategic
marketing and building businesses. Ms Walford is based in South Australia.
congratulate Dr Ferguson and Ms Walford on their appointments and look forward
to the expertise they will contribute to the ABC Board.
important that the ABC Board reflects both gender and geographic diversity and
the addition of Dr Ferguson and Ms Walford
will achieve these objectives.
Government’s gender diversity targets
are 40 per cent female, 40 per cent male and 20 per cent of either gender on
Australian Government boards. With the appointment of Dr Ferguson and Ms
Walford, the ABC Board will have a gender composition of four women (44.4 per
cent) and five men (55.6 per cent) compared to three women (33.3 per cent) and
six men (66.7 per cent) previously.
The geographic representation is now
also better balanced, with new representatives from Queensland and South
Australia joining representatives from New South Wales (four members), Victoria
(one member), Tasmania (one member) and Western Australia (one member).
for ABC Board appointments set down in the Australian Broadcasting
Corporation Act 1983 (the Act) includes an independent Nomination
Panel submitting candidates for consideration to government.
I thank the
Nomination Panel for the diligent and professional performance of their
participated in the Nomination Panel process and was considered ‘Very Suitable’
for the appointment, the Panel’s highest rating. Due to other commitments, she
withdrew before the Panel made their recommendations, but was subsequently
invited by the Government to reconsider and accepted the offer to become a
Board Member effective 12 November 2015.
was not assessed by the Panel, but was identified by the Government as having
the requisite skills to be a suitable appointment to the Board. Her appointment
will take effect from 24 November 2015.
I would like
to thank Steven Skala AO, who served as a non-executive director for the
maximum two five-year terms, for his decade of service to the ABC Board and
also Cheryl Bart AO, whose five-year term as a non-executive director concluded
in June 2015.
contact: Justine Sywak | 0448 448 487 | Justine.Sywak@communications.gov.au