Australia-ASEAN Council Board

Christine Holgate

Ms Christine Holgate – Board Chair

Group Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director, Australia Post

Ms 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. Ms Holgate 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.

Ms Holgate 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. Ms Holgate’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

Dr Alice Woodhead

Agribusiness and systems scientist

Dr Woodhead has more than 30 years of interdisciplinary research and leadership experience in agriculture, food, technology and logistics. She has led agribusiness and value chain research in both Asia and Africa, as well as Australia and Europe.

Dr Woodhead has looked at the many challenges Australia faces as an exporter of commodities and value added products and also the cultural and environmental challenges. She is currently advising the CIMMYT farm mechanisation program, farming and advising food export startups. Her past roles include Professor of Value Chains at Australian Centre for Sustainable Business and Development, University of Southern Queensland, Bureau of Rural Sciences, OECD Fellow and a range of international consultancy and research roles.

Dr Imran Lum

Dr Imran Lum

Director, Islamic Finance, NAB

Dr Lum 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. Dr Lum is also the Founder of an online Arabic learning platform called Arabic Made in China and in 2017, Dr Lum was ranked in the top 500 who make the global Islamic Economy by ISLAMICA 500.

Dr Lum 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 Southeast 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.

Mr Earl 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 Tamerlaine Beasley

Ms Tamerlaine Beasley

Founder and Managing Director, Beasley Intercultural

Ms Beasley is an expert presenter and facilitator who enables effective collaboration and communication in diverse and global workplaces. Ms Beasley leads a team of consultants working across Australia and the Asia-Pacific region for multinational corporate clients, international NGOs, and federal and state governments. Ms Beasley’s keynote presentations, advisory services and training programs are described by clients as ‘transformational’ and ‘game changing’.

Ms Beasley speaks Thai and has studied Lao and Bahasa Indonesia. She has studied Asian Studies at the Australian National University, International Business at Penn State University and Thai at Chulalongkorn in Thailand. She lectures at Australia’s leading Universities with a focus on global and cross-cultural leadership and communication. Ms Beasley is also a fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

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: 18 October 2019