Sustainability a Driver for Resilience & Financial Outcomes - Avril Henry interviews Ann Sherry AO
In this episode of AHAA! Moments, Avril Henry interviews one of her greatest friends and mentors, Ann Sherry OA, who is widely acclaimed as one of Australia's leading and most awarded business executives and a proven expert in sustainability strategy. Ann has performed a stellar career that span's Government, Banking and Cruise Tourism and is currently Chair of UNICEF Australia and ENERO and currently holds non-executive roles with the National Australia Bank, Sydney Airport, Palladium Group, Infrastructure Victoria, Cape York Partnerships, and the Museum of Contemporary Arts. Ann is the Australian Co-Chair of the Australia New Zealand Leadership Forum.Beginning working life as a Radiographer, Ann became First Assistant Secretary of the Office of the Status of Women in Canberra before moving to the banking sector initially in HR roles, then in CEO roles with Westpac NZ and Bank of Melbourne. She is an adviser, the former Chairman and CEO of Carnival Australia, the largest cruise ship operator in Australasia and a division of Carnival Corporation & Plc. After joining as CEO in 2007, she has transformed the entire industry and growth since and prior to COVID-19 has been double digits every year.The Australian Government awarded Ann the Centenary Medal in 2001 and in 2004 she was awarded an Order of Australia. In 2015, Ann was named as the overall winner of the Australian Financial Review 100 Women of Influence Award. Ann devotes considerable energy to her passion for women's right's (currently as convenor of the MCC STEM), supporting opportunity for Indigenous communities, personal philanthropy and the support of the arts. Avril and Ann deeply and broadly explore what the meaning of the often used phrase in business, sustainability, really means in the current era for business, society and leadership and why it is so fundamentally important strategically for organisations and the key to survival and even growth going forward.
Ann Sherry is a change maker who’s notched up so many extraordinary achievements during her decades long and inspiring career to date that it’s hard to know where to start. Suffice to say Australian women have a lot to thank her for as one of the many things she’s responsible for is introducing paid maternity leave to corporate Australia. She also transformed the cruise industry in Australia as CEO of Carnival Australia, notching up double digit growth every year despite having to deal with significant challenges. Today Ann sits on multiple boards including Carnival Australia where she is Chairman, she is also Chair of UNICEF Australia, and a Non Executive Director (NED) with one of the country’s biggest banks, National Australia Bank (NAB), as well as Sydney Airport, Rugby Australia, the Museum of Contemporary Arts Australia and Palladium. Ann has many accolades for her extremely varied career to date including a Centenary Medal, an Order of Australia and the overall winner of the Women of Influence award in 2015. In this episode you’ll hear: How having a baby with Downs syndrome at just 21 didn’t stop her from pioneering his care and returning to work when he was still young How she’s learnt to be resilient and not be phased by others judging her Why she thinks women need to take more risks And why she controversially bought a host of brightly coloured pant suits shortly after becoming one of the first senior women at a major bank. For listeners who outside of Australia, near the end of the episode we talk about how there’s recently been a Royal Commission in to banking in Australia - it’s basically a court-style public inquiry into misconduct which unearthed some serious misconduct across the industry. So please enjoy this fascinating discussion with the inspiring and truly entertaining Ann Sherry. Ann Sherry & her son Nick Links to Ann: Twitter Linkedin See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Hosts Jane and Catherine discuss a fairer deal for women. Executive Chairman of Carnival Australia and one of the country’s most admired businesswomen, Ann Sherry, discusses her successful push to develop a national policy on superannuation, the collective discomfort around the word “power” and why your career plan should be thrown out the window.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Benjamin Law, Ann Sherry & Tony Windsor - 'What's Wrong with Politics?' (Carnegie Conversations)
Ideas at the House
Australia, like other democratic countries, is seeing a dramatic decline in trust in government. We elect people we don’t like, and then have to rely on them for important issues such as health to national security. Do we have the politicians we deserve? How can we change the unhappy status quo? Benjamin Law, Tony Windsor and Ann Sherry look at where the mistrust is coming from and what needs changing.