Society of Women Leaders Steering Committee
Kimberly Gire | Chair and Founding Patron
Kimberly is the Chair and Founding Patron of Australian Red Cross Society of Women Leaders - Tiffany Circle; a Member of the Tiffany Circle International Council; and Ex-officio Member of American Red Cross Tiffany Circle National Council. She has been an active philanthropist and not-for-profit Board Trustee for more than 14 years. In Australia, she has served as Chairman of the NSW Overseas Support Group for Australian Red Cross and acted as an Advisory Board Member and Ambassador for not-for-profit organisation, Stewart House.
Hailing from Southern California, Kimberly moved to Australia after graduating from the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA). A retired banker, Kimberly worked extensively in the international capital markets, as Head of Group Securitisation for Westpac and as a member of the Westpac Finance Top Team before acting as the Chief Financial Officer for the retail, business and private banking divisions of Westpac Banking Corporation. Kimberly, her husband and 5 children have also lived and worked in Hong Kong, Tokyo and most recently, Northern California.
Now settled in Australia, Kimberly was the first woman to join Australian Red Cross Society of Women Leaders - Tiffany Circle, taking up the role of Founding Chair. She accepted the position in order to give her philanthropy a voice.
"I choose to support Australian Red Cross because it is impartial and neutral, bringing assistance without discrimination, increasingly important at a time when humanitarian issues often get caught up in politics. My family is very fortunate, but so many in Australia and around the world are not. I want my children to see my commitment to humanity in action."
Kathleen Bailey-Lord | Founding Patron
Kathleen is a Founding Patron of Australian Society of Women Leaders. She is a full-time Independent Director and business mentor. Kathleen serves on the board of QBE Insurance (Australia, New Zealand and Asia Pacific). She is currently a Non-Executive Board Member of Australian Government Solicitor; Independent Member, Sydney Student Program Board at University of Sydney; Council Member of Chief Executive Women; and a Non-Executive Member at Trinity College, University of Melbourne. Kathleen was previously the Group General Manager, Global Shared Services at ANZ.
Hayley Baillie | Founding Patron
Hayley is a Founding Patron of Australian Red Cross Society of Women Leaders - Tiffany Circle. She holds a Bachelor of Art (Journalism) from Southern Cross University and is the Director of Baillie Lodges, operating three luxury lodges in locations of standout natural significance, appealing to the discerning global traveller and setting new benchmarks for experiential travel.
The daughter of Dick Smith, renowned entrepreneur, environmentalist, explorer and philanthropist, Hayley has always been exposed to Dick's passion for Australia, for preserving its natural heritage and showcasing it to the world - not to mention driving curiosity for the wild and beautiful planet around us.
Hayley was drawn to Australian Red Cross Society of Women Leaders by the idea of joining with other women who are passionate about supporting the lives of women in our society. Through our giving circle, Hayley feels she can be part of a collective voice that endeavours to make positive changes and can contribute with both a financial and hands-on commitment.
Jodie Baker | Founding Patron
Jodie is a Founding Patron of Australian Red Cross Society of Women Leaders - Tiffany Circle, and a non-executive director and consultant. With over 25 years' experience in investment and institutional banking, superannuation and funds management, she specialises in fintech and risk management and is well versed in financial markets, corporate lending and structured finance.
Jodie is currently a Director of Financial Executives Institute, Disability Sports Australia and Synergy and TaikOz. She is also a member of Mission Australia Finance Advisory Council and Social Enterprise Finance Australia Credit Committee.
Jodie's senior executive roles included Head of Business Credit Performance and Controls, ANZ Institutional Bank; Managing Director, Head of Client Credit Group, Societe Generale Australia; and Senior Vice President, Head of Credit BT Financial Group. Earlier in her career, Jodie worked in risk and front line roles at Westpac, Macquarie Bank, Bankers Trust Australia and Chase AMP.
Jodie has Bachelor of Commerce from University of Western Australia, a Diploma from FINSIA, is a Fellow of ASFA and a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Jodie was drawn to the Society of Women Leaders for a number of reasons, including the history and reputation of Red Cross and the chance to make a difference in a newly established giving circle.
"I was attracted by the fact that we are working within a highly regarded international organisation, with fantastic principles of humanity, impartiality and neutrality, in a group that is 'by women for women and children.' I also love the fact that we are starting something new so there is a lot of opportunity to make a difference. We hear directly about the impact we are having and, importantly, it is a huge amount of fun."
Amanda Coombs | Founding Patron
Amanda is a Founding Patron and Steering Committee member who has worked in Financial Markets in London, Sydney and Melbourne. Based in Victoria, she currently works at Commonwealth Bank in the Private Office business. Amanda holds a BA from Monash University, Graduate Diploma in Applied Finance from FINSIA and an MBA from Melbourne Business School (formerly Mt Eliza).
Amanda came to Australian Red Cross Society of Women Leaders as a passionate advocate for Australian women in need. She also has a keen interest in assisting people with disabilities to gain work and maintain a strong sense of purpose in their day to day life.
"In joining the Society of Women Leaders and hearing the charitable program directors and international envoys speak of their experiences, I have gained a deeper insight into social issues in Australia and how communities are being impacted by geopolitical events around the world."
Suzette Corr | Founding Patron
Suzette is a Founding Patron of Australian Red Cross Society of Women Leaders. She is General Manager Human Resources Australia for ANZ and holds a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Western Australia and an MBA from the University of Queensland.
As a young woman she was exposed and gained respect for the ideals of Red Cross as an annual appeal volunteer and this has been cemented over the years particularly as she has travelled and lived in Asia and the Pacific. Seeing the impact first hand of the work of Red Cross she is delighted to be working with like minded women intent on having a positive impact on the lives of women and children in Australia and internationally.
"At a time of global disruption and turmoil for many, the Red Cross provides a true north in humanitarian principles of neutrality and impartiality. The culture of the Society of Women Leaders is inclusive and united led by strong, committed and giving women and I feel privileged to be amongst them".
Alexandra Coward | Founding Patron
Alex decided to become a Founding Patron of the Society of Women Leaders after 12 months as a Founding Member. During this time, Alex came to understand how powerfully important the contributions of women can be when they join together to support a common cause. Alex was first attracted to the Society of Women Leaders when she was invited to discuss ways that business women could be encouraged to participate in philanthropy. Since that first meeting, she has worked and played with this wonderful group of kind, generous and fiercely determined women; whose purpose is to make the lives of women less fortunate then themselves better.
Alex is the General Manager of Organisational Development at Metcash, where her primary role is to create transformational change in the people process and practices arena. Put another way, she is changing the way that Metcash attracts, develops and rewards its people, with the lofty ambition of making Metcash Australia's favourite place to work. Prior to this, Alex ran a successful HR consulting company and during this time she has helped a number of listed companies to achieve accolades such as Employer of Choice and Employer of Choice for Gender Equity. To this end, Alex is regularly invited to speak at events on corporate culture, diversity and employee engagement.
On a personal level, Alex lives on the beautiful Central Coast with her husband and two dogs. She has a lifelong passion for learning and has recently completed a counselling degree. This opened her eyes to the stigma and challenge some of the most marginalized people face, most notably those who struggle with mental illness and victims of violence. That the Society of Women Leaders are actively engaged in activities to address the root cause of some of these challenges is another reason why Alex is deeply attracted to its cause.
Caroline Furlong | Founding Patron
Caroline was introduced to Australian Red Cross Society of Women Leaders - Tiffany Circle through our Chair, Kimberly Gire. She lives on the Northern Beaches of Sydney with her husband, Marcus Blackmore, and her 22 year old daughter.
Caroline graduated from the Fashion Design Studio and worked in the industry for over 20 years. Her last position was as General Manager of the Apparel Group. More recently, Caroline, on a volunteer basis, has worked as a presenter at schools throughout Sydney for Camp Quality and The Cerebral Palsy Alliance. She is currently training to teach swimming to disabled children.
"I joined the Society of Women Leaders to be part of an eclectic group of women who are grateful for what they have and who want to make a difference in their community. My daughter Imogen has also joined the circle as a Youth Member, and I hope this will contribute to setting her on a philanthropic pathway for life."
Linda Martin | Founding Patron
Linda is a Founding Patron of Australian Red Cross Society of Women Leaders - Tiffany Circle. She is Principal of "The Possible Group" which specializes in helping women join the leadership ranks in their chosen field. Linda has worked extensively in financial services, with a number of these years spent as an Executive Vice President at BT Financial Group, managing over 200 people. She is an Associate Certified Coach (International Coach Federation) and a Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Currently living in Sydney with her husband and two children, Linda is the author of two books on how to make sense of financial matters and has penned a popular weekly column for "Women and Money" in the Sun Herald newspaper. Linda was compelled to join the group as she saw it as a unique opportunity to be able to support and help improve the lives of other women around the world.
"This group of extraordinary women are committed to act as advocates for change on important issues facing women globally. I feel immensely privileged to be a part of Australian Red Cross and to be able to give back in a way that is not just financial."
Anita Pahor | Founding Patron
Anita commenced in the newly created role of Senior National Philanthropy Executive at Red Cross in February 2016. In this role, she works alongside Chair and Founding Patron of Society of Women Leaders, Kimberly Gire and the national steering committee to ensure a coordinated, seamless approach to our female philanthropy strategy and execution.
Prior to this, Anita had six years of service to Red Cross in a number of roles including Senior Communications and Media positions, a secondment as Head of Strategic Services and International, was deployed numerous times to support disasters across Australia and represented Australian Red Cross at the IFRC Global Emergency Activation conference in Geneva where she co-designed a new and innovative crisis communication activation model.
Prior to joining Red Cross, Anita held a number of executive roles across the renewable energy and not for profit sectors in Australia, UK and USA. She has a Bachelor of Economics and a professional background in Human Resources, Industrial Relations, Community Engagement, Philanthropy and Communication. She has also led the development of a high net worth female philanthropy program in the microfinance sector spending significant periods of time in India and the Philippines.
Anita has long been a philanthropist herself and in addition to being the Red Cross lead for the Society of Women Leaders she is also a proud Member of the inspiring and unique giving circle.
"I joined this tribe of philanthropists because of the calibre of the women, the pooled funding model and the mandate of Red Cross; a perfect formula for positive impact."
Anne Pike | Founding Patron
Anne is a Founding Patron of Australian Red Cross Society of Women Leaders - Tiffany Circle. She lives in Sydney with her husband and teenage daughter and works full time as a homemaker. In between working on her golf and tennis swings, she volunteers with the Mater Hospital.
When the opportunity arose to join Australian Red Cross Society of Women Leaders and become part of a group which was not only committed to philanthropy but was also looking for the active participation of its members, she felt drawn to the cause.
"I am committed to doing what I can to better the lives of those who need help. What motivates me is to be able to work alongside like-minded women, pooling not only our money but our talents too in order to make a worthwhile contribution."
Lorraine Tarabay | Founding Patron
Lorraine is a Founding Patron of Australian Red Cross Society of Women Leaders and a Member of the Steering Committee. She is also an Australian delegate to the Red Cross Tiffany Circle International Council. In addition, Lorraine is currently a director of family investment companies, she is on the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia's Foundation Council, the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia's Director's Council, the Advisory Council of Studio A and the Biennale of Sydney Board's BEC Committee.
Lorraine is a retired investment banker having worked in the industry in both Sydney and New York, specialising in all aspects of corporate advisory including mergers, acquisitions, capital raisings, privatisations, divestitures and cross-border deals. As Vice President at J.P. Morgan New York, she acted as corporate adviser to many of Wall Street's largest companies including multinationals such as PepsiCo/Quaker Oats, Kellogg, Procter & Gamble, Gillette and Colgate-Palmolive. Similarly, in Australia she has advised a diverse range of clients (public and private), as well as advising on various government privatisations.
Lorraine has undergraduate and post graduate degrees in Business (Finance and Economics) from the University of Technology, Sydney. She lives in Sydney (her hometown) with her husband and two children.
Lorraine joined Australian Red Cross Society of Women Leaders because of her desire to be involved with an organisation that is humanitarian-based, impartial and neutral.
"I am a strong believer in active philanthropy and being part of this Society offers the opportunity to be involved in decision making with respect to which programs my giving is directed. I believe in the strength of women coming together to make a difference and on this front I have had the great pleasure of meeting an incredible group of like-minded, capable women from varied backgrounds."
Monika Tu | Founding Patron
Monika Tu is a Founding Patron of Australian Red Cross Society of Women Leaders, Founder and Director of Black Diamondz Property Concierge, and sits on the advisory board of Laser Corporation, an Australian-owned IT and electronics solution provider she established in 1987, boasting a catalogue of over 500 products.
Referred to as the Chinese super agent at the forefront of a revolution in the Australian luxury property market, Monika and her impeccable reputation is internationally renowned as an accomplished facilitator for international buyers. She holds multiple sales records in numerous Sydney suburbs and in 2014 was the winner of the 'Success Story Award' granted by the Federation of Hong Kong Business Association, Worldwide. CCTV World News says, "Calling Monika Tu just another realtor is like saying Michael Jordan is just another basketballer."
Monika Tu's appeal and approach is to not only sell properties, but to also offer strategic lifestyle and business relationships as a bridging between cultures.
Her passion, heart, resourcefulness and ongoing commitment to help wherever and whenever possible has seen Monika spread her philanthropic touch to a wide and varied scope of charitable causes.
"I stand tall in our sisterhood, beside each and every one of our Society of Women Leaders. I am energised and overwhelmed by our collective capacity to make both small and large change to women and children in all corners of our world."
Yang Yang | Founding Patron
Chinese born Yang moved to Sydney in 2010 to experience the Australian lifestyle and culture she has always admired and respected from afar. Along with her academic son Joe, she enjoys spending time on the harbour, has a great passion for the arts and is very proud to call Australia home.
As a new Australian, Yang has been very committed to an ongoing support of multiple charitable causes within the community. She is a true believer that giving is the greatest gift and is grateful to unite with the wonderful collective that is the Australian Red Cross Society of Women Leaders.
"I am inspired by the Australian Red Cross Society of Women Leaders and humbled to stand beside such passionate women for such a worthwhile cause."
Virginia Herlihy | Member
Virginia Herlihy is a member of Australian Red Cross Society of Women Leaders - Tiffany Circle. She is the CEO and founder of How Do You Do It - a business which specialises in supporting organisations across Australia and EMEA to support their working parents to combine their dual roles successfully. Their in- house programmes are designed to make a real difference to the lives and careers of working parents, as well as the culture and success of the organisations that employ them. She founded How Do You Do It soon after becoming a working mother, when it became clear to her that there were few support programmes for parents managing responsibilities at work and home, and that these programmes were needed. Virginia is also an experienced, accredited and in demand senior executive coach, corporate facilitator and speaker.
Joining the Society was an easy decision once she had spent some time with the other members and realised that she could contribute in a way that was meaningful. "These women have a great deal of heart combined with a strong intelligence and a fierce commitment to making the lives of others less fortunate than them better in whatever meaningful way they can. They, along with the incredible women and men of the Red Cross, who deal with the unthinkable and the difficult daily made my decision an easy one. I particularly wanted to use my skills on the Steering Committee, which I am doing and I love the fact that as a member you can choose how and where you would like to contribute."
Tracy Noon | Member
Tracy Noon is an international executive coach, leadership team facilitator, business transformation consultant and Chief Executive Officer of Twelve Ten Consulting, a firm specialising in individual leader performance, leadership team effectiveness and culture and business transformation.
Prior to this, Tracy served as Chief Corporate Services Officer for Hudson Global (NASDAQ: HSON), a global talent solutions company with expertise in leadership, recruitment process outsourcing, talent management and contracting solutions.
Tracy has worked extensively in the human resources field holding several senior executive roles based in New York, London and Australia. She is an alumni of the University of South Australia with a Bachelor of Business, an accredited executive coach and a Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
She also serves on the Advisory Board of Life in Flight Training, a company designed to assist leadership groups and their teams develop and strengthen soft skills in customer service, leadership, teamwork and conflict resolution.
Tracy joined Society of Women Leaders in 2016 and is a passionate member of the Steering Committee. Tracy has had a lifelong concern for fostering social justice and compassion. As a firm believer in the value of the neutrality and practical work performed by Australian Red Cross, Tracy has been a financial supporter for many years.
'When I discovered the Society of Women Leaders, I found a way to directly contribute to improving the lives of women in need with a group of like-minded, philanthropic women who make things happen.'
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