Australia-ASEAN Council Board

Christine Holgate  

Ms Christine Holgate – Board Chair

Group Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director, Australia Post

Christine Holgate joined Australia Post as Group Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director on 30 October 2017, after nearly 9 years as the Chief Executive Officer of Blackmores Ltd. Christine has more than 30 years of diverse international leadership experience in highly regulated industries, including healthcare, media, telecommunications and finance. She has more than 20 years of public board experience as either a non-executive director or CEO and has held senior management positions in Asia, the Americas and Australia.

Christine is the inaugural Chair of the Board of the Australia-ASEAN Council (which supports the development of trade and cultural relations between Australia and the 10 member countries of the ASEAN region). She also serves on the board of the Collingwood Football Club. Christine’s past appointments include time as a non-executive director of Ten Network Holdings Limited.

 

Ms Lesley Alway  

Ms Lesley Alway

Arts Management/Policy Consultant

Ms Alway is an arts manager with extensive experience in cultural organisations within government, the not for profit and private sectors. She has expertise in arts collaborations between Australia and South-East Asia. Most recently she was Director, Asialink Arts from 2010-2017. Previously she has been Managing Director Sotheby’s Australia. Ms Alway has a BA (Hons) in Fine Arts and BEd from the University of Melbourne, and an MBA from Monash University.

 

Professor Alice Woodhead  

Professor Alice Woodhead

University of Southern Queensland

Professor Woodhead is an award winning agricultural / social systems scientist. Her current role is Professor of Value Chains at Australian Centre for Sustainable Business and Development, University of Southern Queensland. As a value chain specialist, she has looked at the many challenges Australia faces as an exporter of commodities and value added products, such as exporting perishable food produce to Asia. Professor Woodhead has worked with the agriculture and rural sectors for over 25 years, both as a social scientist and in the development of industry and natural resource management policy.

 

Dr Imran Lum  

Dr Imran Lum

Director, Islamic Finance, NAB

Imran is a Director at the National Australia Bank and his primary responsibility is building the bank's Islamic finance capability. He serves as an Advisory Board Member of the Islamic Museum of Australia and is an Honorary Research Fellow at the Institute for Religion, Politics and Society at the Australian Catholic University. Imran is also the Founder of an online Arabic learning platform called arabicmadeinchina.com and in 2017, Imran was ranked in the top 500 who make the global Islamic Economy by ISLAMICA 500.

Imran completed his undergraduate degree from the University of Adelaide, a Masters in Islamic Studies from the University of New England and a PhD from the University of Melbourne.

 

Mr Greg Earl  

Mr Greg Earl

Editor and writer

Mr Earl’s interest in Asia began as a high school student studying Indonesian, followed by a year in the Philippines as an exchange student. He has more than 20 years’ experience working as a business/political reporter and editor in Australia, Asia and North America. In 1994-99 he covered South-East Asia for The Australian Financial Review from a base in Jakarta. He was also the deputy editor, Asia Pacific editor, opinion editor and Japan correspondent of the AFR. He studied journalism at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology and economics at the Australian National University. He was a board member of the Australia-Japan Foundation, the ANU Indonesia Project advisory board and the Jakarta Foreign Correspondents Club. He is now a columnist for the Lowy Institute for International Policy’s The Interpreter and an editor.

 

Ms Gabrielle Costigan  

Ms Gabrielle Costigan

Chief Executive, BAE Systems Australia

Ms Costigan has had a distinguished 25-year career within the defence, aviation and logistics industries. She was appointed in October 2017 as the Chief Executive for BAE Systems Australia. BAE Systems is a global defence, aerospace and security company. BAE Systems is a FTSE 100 company and its wide-ranging products and services cover air, land and naval forces, as well as advanced electronics, security, information technology, and support services. Previously, Ms Costigan spent over three years as the CEO for Linfox International Group. In this role she focused on transforming the Linfox International logistics business with an emphasis on strong customer service and the highest standards in safety and integrity across the region. Ms Costigan had a twenty year career in the Australian Army and has led logistic operations for both the Australian and US governments internationally. Ms Costigan has been honoured for her military service by the Australian and US Governments and NATO. In 2016, Ms Costigan was a finalist in the Telstra Women’s Business Awards in Asia. Ms Costigan is married to Simon and has two children, Honey and Lucas.

 

Ms Tamerlaine Beasley  

Ms Tamerlaine Beasley

Founder and Managing Director, Beasley Intercultural

Ms Beasley is an adviser with over 25 years' experience in cultural intelligence, global collaboration and leveraging diversity with a focus on the Asia region. She is a member of the NSW Government Multicultural Business Advisory Panel, was on the steering committee for the Diversity Council of Australia 'Cracking the Cultural Ceiling' Project, and served as National President of the Australia Thailand Business Council.

Ms Beasley was also on the NSW Asia Business Council and the Australian Mekong Resource Centre Advisory Board at the University of Sydney. Ms Beasley has studied Asian studies, Thai and Lao languages at the ANU, and was an exchange student in Thailand at Chulalongkorn University Demonstration School.

 

Mr Richard Maude  

Mr Richard Maude

Deputy Secretary, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade

In 2017, Mr Maude was head of the cross-government taskforce which supported the preparation of the Australian Government’s 2017 Foreign Policy White Paper.

Mr Maude was Director-General of the Office of National Assessments from May 2013 until November 2016. ONA reports directly to the Prime Minister and provides all-source assessments on international political, strategic and economic developments affecting Australia’s national interests.

Before taking up the position of Director-General ONA, Mr Maude was the senior adviser on foreign policy and national security issues in the Office of the Prime Minister.

Mr Maude has worked extensively on international security and Indo Pacific affairs as a career foreign service officer in Australia’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

He has served overseas in Malaysia, where he was Deputy High Commissioner, Singapore and as the Liaison Officer for the Office of National Assessments in the Australian Embassy in Washington DC.

Mr Maude holds a first class honours degree in politics from the University of Adelaide and a Master of Arts (International Relations) from the Australian National University. He is married with three daughters.

 

Last Updated: 31 January 2018