Ann Burns

Non-Executive Director. Joined March 2023

Member – External Relationships Committee 

With almost 30 years working experience with over 25 years as a senior executive, Ann is renowned for her ability to think strategically, navigate through disruptive industry changes and develop compelling narratives that inspire and drive transformational change. She is a mentor, strategist and an ‘imagineer’ bringing great ideas and contagious energy to all that she does. She was at Accenture for over 25 years and was on the ANZ Executive team and the Global Leadership Council. Her life as a corporate executive of a NYSE listed global entity provided a wealth of unique perspectives on guiding organisations through complex market dynamics, seismic changes in digital technology and the need for fundamental reinvention. Her advice is always simple, straight forward and fearless.  She has worked extensively across Asia Pacific and is often asked to coach executives (here and overseas) as they navigate through complex transformation programs.

Ann is a passionate advocate for sustainability, learning and true inclusion. She is widely published on her views on the energy transition and specifically ‘Triple Zero’ (Zero Loss, Zero Harm and Zero Waste) in Mining and Energy industries. Ann’s passion is for leadership development, especially in the evolution of the next generation of women leaders. She is the Chair of Chief Executive Women’s Leadership Development Committee and an active Facilitator in their Executive and Leaders Programs. She is also the host and author of the popular podcast series ‘Driving The Equality Agenda’ exploring topics that drive progress towards gender equality. Her advocacy for women and facilitating greater participation in the workforce is one of several areas that drive her to participate in roles where she can make a significant impact in making a fairer society a reality.

She was an Architect, has an MBA, GAICD and is a qualified GALLUP Coach. At home, she is married with three step-children and is the very proud custodian of one of the nation’s oldest Hill Station Gardens in the beautiful surroundings of Mount Macedon, Victoria.