Alumna named most influential woman

26 Oct 2015

Alumna and CEO of Carnival Australia, Ann Sherry AO (Bachelor of Arts, ’78) has been named Australia’s most influential woman in the 2015 Australian Financial Review and Westpac 100 Women of Influence Awards.

Chosen from a field of 500 entrants across 10 categories, Sherry was chosen for her corporate leadership and promotion of diversity and female representation during her nearly 30-year career.

Vice-Chancellor and President of the University of Queensland Peter Høj AC congratulated Sherry on the well-deserved award.

Prior to joining Carnival Australia in 2007, Sherry spent 12 years with Westpac, including as CEO, Westpac New Zealand and CEO of Bank of Melbourne.

At Westpac (which owns Bank of Melbourne), Sherry was a driver of cultural change, driving initiatives to introduce paid maternity leave and flexible working practices.

She also created the Jarwun project to connect skilled corporate volunteers with business run by Indigenous communities.

Before joining Westpac, Sherry was First Assistant Secretary of the Office of the Status of Women in Canberra, advising the Prime Minister on policies and programs to improve the status of women. She was also Australia’s representative to the United Nations forums on human rights and women’s rights.

Sherry was awarded a Centenary Medal is 2001 for her work on providing banking services to disadvantaged communities.

In 2004, she was awarded an Order of Australia for her tireless promotion of corporate management policies and practices that embrace gender equity, social justice and work and family partnerships.