I am delighted to announce that Ms Serena Lillywhite has been appointed as
the new CEO for Transparency International Australia, following a national
and international search.
Serena brings a wealth of experience as a highly experienced and respected
leader in corporate accountability. She has fifteen years’ experience in
responsible business conduct, particularly: governance, due diligence,
transparency, tax, gender, labour rights, resettlement and human rights.
Serena has led Oxfam Australia’s mining program for the past six years, and
during this time has worked closely with TI in Australia, and directly with
chapters in Mozambique and Cambodia, among others.
She has worked on the EITI, with Publish What You Pay, and with Transparency
International Australia on the G20, facilitation payments and disclosure of
beneficial owners. Serena has been an adviser to the OECD since 2002, and is
one of Australia’s leading experts on the OECD Guidelines for Multinational
Enterprises and related investment frameworks.
Serena has been a member of the Australian Tax Advisory Board, and a leader
in calling for profits to stay in countries where they are earned. She is a
regular speaker at corporate accountability forums. Serena has worked
closely with senior executives in the private sector, particularly financial
institutions, legal and accounting firms, and the mining sector.
Our new CEO is highly respected for her capacity to manage relationships and
sensitive issues. She has held positions on the Board of the University of
Queensland Centre for Social Responsibility in Mining (CSRM), the Advisory
Board of The University of Melbourne, Asian Law Centre, and high level
working groups at the OECD, among others.
Serena has previously been the Director of the RMIT University campus in
China, and is currently in Cambodia as the Responsible Business Conduct
Adviser to the Cooperation Committee for Cambodia. Serena holds a Masters in
Serena will commence her role in early March. Serena will lead Transparency
International Australia at an important time in our growth as an
organisation, building on the developments of the last few years. Serena
will continue to work closely with your organisation, other partners,
members and stakeholders.
We are delighted to be progressing with organising the National Integrity
Conference 2017, to be held in Brisbane on 16th-17th March. At the
conference there will be opportunities to meet with and hear from Serena, so
we hope to see you there.
Anthony Whealy, QC
Chair Transparency International Australia