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New members strengthen White Ribbon Australia board

Friday, 16 August 2019 – White Ribbon Australia has today announced the appointment of two new non-executive directors, Sophie MacIntosh and Julian McPherson.

Ms MacIntosh is the Chief Legal Officer and Company Secretary of Smartgroup (an ASX200 company), and Mr McPherson is Partner in Charge of KPMG’s Audit and Assurance practice in Sydney.

Chair of White Ribbon Australia, Tony Pearson, commented that the appointments reflect an ongoing commitment to strengthening White Ribbon’s governance, and bring extensive leadership in finance, risk and legal skills to the board.

“I’m delighted to welcome Sophie and Julian, and look forward to their contributions, particularly as we continue our work on White Ribbon’s strategic review.”

Mr Pearson also acknowledged the contributions of current board members Bernie Pearce and Carole Molyneux who have indicated their desire to retire from the board.

“Bernie has played an important role in championing the work of White Ribbon through his leadership of the many community activities and programs that support our mission.

“Carole’s commitment to White Ribbon extends back many years, where she was one of White Ribbon’s earliest supporters during her time as CEO of Suzanne Grae, before joining the board over six years ago in 2013.”


Sophie MacIntosh

Sophie is an experienced legal and governance professional with over 20 years’ experience working across top tier global law firms, Ashurst and DLA Piper, and global corporates. Sophie is currently the Chief Legal Officer and Company Secretary of Smartgroup Corporation, an ASX200 company, which provides salary packaging, fleet management and other employee management services for organisations across Australia, with a particular focus on the Not for Profit sector.

Sophie holds a Masters in Law from the University of Sydney, and a Bachelors of Law (Honours) and Bachelors of Business (Finance) from The University of Technology, Sydney  and is a Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Julian McPherson

Julian is an experienced finance and accounting professional. He is currently Partner in Charge of KPMG’s Audit and Assurance practice in Sydney. Julian has worked for KPMG for over 22 years in the UK, US and Australia. His experience with KPMG has covered a broad range of clients including leading the audits of a number of ASX100 companies.

Julian is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia and a Registered Company Auditor.


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