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Catherine Phillips & Sue Renkin

Catherine Phillips

Ultimate Frisbee | Australia


Catherine Phillips is as an engineering consultant at Arup, specializing in Energy and Resources. She holds a Bachelor of Science, a Diploma of Mathematics and Statistics, and a Master of Mechanical Engineering with First Class Honours from The University of Melbourne. She has received numerous university academic and sports awards, and was shortlisted for the 2016 Rhodes Scholarship. Catherine is passionate about using her engineering skills to contribute to Australia’s sustainable energy future, as well as other global issues that require collaboration between STEM, business and policy makers. She sees amazing scope for technology to facilitate change in the world, and approaches problem solving with a respectful, cooperative and positive attitude.

Catherine is a 7-time Australian representative in Ultimate Frisbee and has led numerous Australian teams. She also currently captains Ellipsis, the reigning back-to-back National Women’s Ultimate Champions. As a founder and captain of this club, Catherine has worked to build the foundations of an inclusive, growth-minded, and elite performance culture. This has been extremely successful, leading to a number of on and off-field firsts in Australian Ultimate. Catherine was also drafted to the Melbourne Football Club in the inaugural Women’s AFL season, successfully making the switch to playing AFL without any footballing background. Within months of her first game of football, she was able to make an impact for the Melbourne Demons, finishing second in their goal kicking and eighth in their Best and Fairest. Through her involvement with Sport and STEM, Catherine has developed a keen awareness of the barriers facing women in these fields. She is committed to empowering young women to strive for excellence, and as part of this, she enjoys regularly speaking at schools, attending youth sports events, and tutoring.

Sue Renkin

Managing Director | Executive Growth Australia

MENTOR | IWF Australia

Sue Renkin is an experienced business leader and company director who possesses in-depth understanding and strengths in the areas of executive coaching, corporate governance, strategic planning, business growth, fiscal management and risk management. Sue has been responsible for turning a number of businesses from loss making enterprises to profitable entities in her roles as Chief Executive. Sue now enjoys a portfolio career including non-executive directorships and executive coaching and currently holds several roles as Chair of the Board.

The skills that she brings to the table are accentuated by her experience in various Chief Executive Positions. In addition to the CEO’s usual operational responsibilities of business growth, people management, establishing business stability and the setting and guiding of strategic direction, she has experience across crisis management and media responsibility and reputational risk; organisational re-structure, change and union negotiation; property development and project management; management of high profile stakeholders and fiscal re-engineering to ensure business solvency.

Sue is an extraordinarily capable business networker and works comfortably with all levels of Business and Government, garnering respect from all with whom she works. She has also worked extensively in mentoring and coaching roles within emergency services, corporate sector, not-for profit entities and the university sector, and has a broad understanding of the challenges within each of these areas.

Sue is often called upon to assist CEO’s achieve growth in their own personal and professional development.

Sue was a finalist in the Women Chiefs of Enterprise International (WCEI) Business Leaders award (1995); awarded the Victorian and also the Australian Telstra Business Woman of the Year for private companies with more than 100 employees (1997); received the Monash University Distinguished Alumni Service Award (2012).

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Catherine Phillips & Sue Renkin
Catherine Phillips & Sue Renkin
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