With over 20 years’ experience across the corporate sector, Vanessa is a strong leader who uses a collaborative approach and gains satisfaction from motivating others to achieve outstanding results. Vanessa has held a number of executive roles in strategy, change management, cultural transformation and organisational development predominantly with the Commonwealth Bank of Australia. Vanessa cites her key achievements as leading the creation of new workplaces and new ways of working at CommBank, including innovation practices such as design thinking and experimentation.
With a constant thirst for learning, Vanessa has carved a unique career path through creating opportunities, taking measured risks and backing herself. After 15 years with CommBank, Vanessa is currently on secondment with the YWCA, leading their transformation and major projects as they grow their voice on all issues relating to the empowerment of women and girls, particularly equality, respect and safety.
Vanessa is also a mother of 3 young children, an avid reader and participates in several advisory boards and panels to progress her passion for progressing gender equality and encouraging participation in STEM learning and careers.