Guest speaker gives valuable insight to Women on Boards

Catherine Brenner (centre) was a special guest of Women on Boards Mid North Coast.
Catherine Brenner (centre) was a special guest of Women on Boards Mid North Coast.

WOMEN on Boards Mid North Coast (WOBMNC) hosted a wonderful dinner event with International boardroom keynote speaker Catherine Brenner.

Catherine was educated at Coffs High, and paid tribute to mentors who were present, Heather McKinnon, a senior lawyer Slater & Gordon and Tom Murray-Prior, local well-known local businessman.

Catherine is a daughter of former St Augustine's Principal Mike Hogan and his wife Diane.

Students from the high school as well as local business and professional women listened with rapt attention.

She detailed her life's journey from the time of her decision to gain her university degree as a lawyer to corporate executive, then onto making her way to the boardroom as a non-executive director on several companies, including not-for-profit organisations.

Catherine spoke of hard work, perseverance and focus as being great attributes to assist a person in following a chosen career path.

Catherine also provided worthwhile advice on the necessary qualities of a good non executive board member; including the ability to ask questions, a comprehensive understanding of the financial reports, and preparedness to understand the whole business, including taking up any opportunity to undertake site visits and meet employees.

So it was a great night to meet a local shining star.

As Georgia, one of the students remarked: "This has given me the motivation to pursue my chosen career in business". Coffs Harbour is proud to have such an inspirational former resident to remind our young women the heights to which they can aspire.

Women on Boards is an initiative of Zonta and Business & Professional Women of Coffs Harbour to assist local women to become board members through a comprehensive training program on Board related matters.

For further information on Women on Boards Mid North Coast, or to find out about our next event on 16th April, The Art of Negotiation, contact details e-mail: or visit the website:

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