New leaders backed for the Business Council board

Three of Australia’s most respected business leaders are set to add their expertise and experience to the Business Council of Australia’s board as it works to build a stronger future for all Australians.

Alison Kitchen (KPMG), Karen Dobson (Dow) and Susan Lloyd-Hurwitz (Mirvac) have been backed to join the Business Council board, Business Council President Tim Reed said. 

“These appointments will bring new perspectives from businesses across the economy as we work to ensure Australia’s recovery from the pandemic is fuelled by new investment and jobs.”

“Our goal is to help make sure Australians get the new jobs and higher wages they deserve and these passionate advocates for business will be an asset as we work to deliver on that promise.

“On behalf of the board and Jennifer I welcome all three to the BCA team.” Mr Reed said.

The three directors will join Tim Reed, Alison Watkins (Coca-Cola Amatil), Catherine Tanna (EnergyAustralia), Alan Joyce (Qantas), Peter Coleman (Woodside) and Danny Gilbert (Gilbert + Tobin), cementing the Council’s reputation as one of nation’s most influential policy and advocacy bodies.

KPMG National Chairman Alison Kitchen said: “Australia’s success in emerging from COVID and rebuilding our economy shows first-hand the benefits of working together, towards a common goal. 

“What a privilege to join the Board of the BCA at such a strategically important time. I am genuinely excited to be contributing to our future in this way.”

Dow Australia and New Zealand Karen Dobson said: “Australia’s recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic and building a resilient future will rely on vibrant businesses investing, expanding and employing more people, so I’m thrilled to be joining the BCA team working to position the country for the future.

“I look forward to bringing Dow’s perspective on manufacturing and industry to the board table, helping make Australia a more globally competitive place to do business, innovate and unlock new opportunities,”

Mirvac Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director Susan Lloyd-Hurwitz said: “I am delighted to join the BCA board and look forward to working with our members as we harness the potential of business to help drive a robust recovery.

“Our communities are best served when policy settings enable business to help position Australia for a job-fuelled, sustainable and equitable future.”

Newly appointed board members will take their positions from 1 March 2021.