ExpiredWomen in Leadership Panel Hobart

Nic McBride

Event Phone: 03 6231 0755

  • Women in Leadership Panel Hobart
    8 August 2018
    11:45 am - 2:00 pm

This dynamic panel features three powerful Tasmanian women talking about managing through change, work-life balance, managing your Board and power dynamics.

Panel members:

  • Trisha Squires, CEO, AFL Tasmania
  • Alderman Heather Chong, Alderman, Director, Orchardist & mum
  • Rebecca Kardos, CEO, Aurora Energy
  • Kristie Johnston, Mayor, Glenorchy City Council

TasCOSS CEO Kym Goodes will host this unique networking and professional development opportunity.

Light Lunch provided.

Spaces are limited and RSVPs close strictly at 5pm, Thursday 2 August.

More about the panel:

Trisha Squires, CEO, AFL Tasmania

Trisha Squires was the 2006 Young Australian of the Year for her work in the aftermath of the 2004 Boxing Day Tsunami, an event which claimed the life of her husband, Melbourne Demons footballer Troy Broadbridge. She had previously served as chief executive for the REACH foundation and has most recently been

AFL Tasmania’s partnerships and community engagement manager. In February this year, Trisha became the Australia’s first female AFL state chief executive. 



Alderman Heather Chong, Alderman, Accountant, apricot grower, Alderman

Heather has had a varied career – from training as a Chartered Accountant and working at a Big 4 accounting firm to Treasury Accountant in a major construction firm in Hong Kong to apricot farmer (largest family owned apricot orchard in the Southern Hemisphere with some 48,500 trees) to Clarence City Alderman. A winner of the Telstra Tasmania Business Woman of the Year and Tasma

nian Rural Woman of the Year, Heather is also heavily engaged both in volunteering in the community and in Director and governance roles. She has held a number of Leadership roles in the Summerfruit industry, on a number of Government Business Enterprises and Panels as well as Local Government. Heather is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and has an MBA from UTas.


Rebecca Kardos, CEO, Aurora Energy


Rebecca Kardos, CEO, Aurora Energy

Rebecca is the Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer of Aurora Energy the Tasmanian State Owned energy retailer.  Rebecca has significant executive experience in the utilities sector in Australia and New Zealand in both the public and private sector.  Rebecca also has non-executive director experience in the not for profit sector and with industry bodies. Rebecca is passionate about creating and realising value for customers, organisations, employees, shareholders and the broader community.  She has proven performance in the creation and execution of strategy, which is supported by her strong ability to collaborate, constructively challenge, facilitate change and culture leadership. Rebecca holds a Masters of Business Administration, a Bachelor of Computer Science and is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.


Kristie Johnston, Mayor, Glenorchy City CouncilKristie Johnson, Mayor, Glenorchy City Council

Kristie was elected to Glenorchy City Council as an aldermen in 2011, and as Mayor in 2014 and 2018. She is a passionate about her community and proudly stood up for them against entrenched dysfunction, maladministration and misconduct of public officials. Kristie has guided the community and Council through tumultuous times and continues to advocate for better local government not only in Glenorchy but across the sector. Kristie is a qualified criminologist and lawyer and was admitted to the bar in 2004 upon completion of the Graduate Certificate of Legal Practice. She has an Arts/Law degree with a major in Public Policy. She also has a Post-Graduate Master Degree in Criminology and Corrections where she studied and researched transport and crime in the municipality of Glenorchy. She has spent time working in the community and private legal sector.





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154-156 Collins Street, Hobart, Tasmania, 7000, Australia


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