Melbourne Business School News Rebecca McGrath joins Board of Melbourne Business School

Rebecca McGrath joins Board of Melbourne Business School

One of Australia's most respected directors will bring her expertise in leadership, gender equity and operations to Melbourne Business School.

Rebecca McGrath board member

Rebecca McGrath is a former Australian Financial Review 100 Women of Influence, a Non-Executive Director of Macquarie Group and President of the Victorian Council of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

She is also a speaker, mentor and adviser in a range of industry and professional forums, who volunteers her time to mentor charity and for-purpose CEOs through Kilfinan Australia, acts as an ambassador for the National Association of Women in Operations and is also a member of Chief Executive Women.

This month, she will also take a new position on the Board of Melbourne Business School.

"I admire Melbourne Business School. I know a lot of the alumni and people speak very highly of it," says Rebecca, who hails from Sydney but now lives in Melbourne.

"I aspire to be around thought leaders and I think Melbourne Business School has a really important role there."

As the Chair of ASX 100 company OZ Minerals, Rebecca has led a significant push on gender equity and sustainability, including a commitment to halve its direct emissions by 2027.

Last year, the company increased its overall female workforce participation by 14 per cent, its female leadership by 19 per cent and reduced its gender pay gap from 2.3 to 0.9 per cent for all Australian employees – leading it to be ranked #1 in the industry for gender pay equity by the Workplace Gender Equality Agency and endorsed as an employer of choice for women by Work180.

Ross Barker, Chairman of Melbourne Business School, said: "As one of Australia’s most influential business leaders, Rebecca brings with her a wealth of experience and strong track record in pushing for gender equity and sustainability in some of Australia's biggest companies.

"Her presence on the Board ensures that Melbourne Business School continues its long tradition of being deeply connected to industry while being at the forefront of academic thinking."

Throughout her career, Rebecca has invested deeply in both award and executive education at some of the world's most prestigious institutions.

She holds degrees in planning and project management from the University of New South Wales and RMIT University, and has completed executive management programs at Harvard Business School, Cambridge University, INSEAD and MIT.

"Education is a field I’ve been interested in for some time," Rebecca says.

"The unique role that business schools play in executive education is something I've been the beneficiary of."

Rebecca is also the Chair of real estate investment firm Investa Property Group and a Non-Executive Director with Macquarie Group and Macquarie Bank.

Prior to her non-executive career, Rebecca spent 23 years as an executive with the multinational oil and gas company BP, where she held business line, corporate and functional leadership roles in Australasia, Europe and the United Kingdom.

She will officially commence her new role with Melbourne Business School later this month.

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