Marina Go: How I've launched the next stage of my career plan Featured

18 Nov 2016
Marina Go with the Autosports Group board at the ASX this week, including Chair Tom Pockett (second from left) and CEO Nick Pagent (holding the plaque). Marina Go with the Autosports Group board at the ASX this week, including Chair Tom Pockett (second from left) and CEO Nick Pagent (holding the plaque).

A big welcome back to Marina Go, our founding publisher who rejoins us as a regular contributor -- sharing tips and anecdotes from her portfolio career which includes a new start-up called The Daily Siren, as well as a number of board positions including chairing the West Tigers and her latest, joining the board of the just listed Autosports Group. 

I am a seasoned career planner. Very little of my career has occurred due to chance or luck. And so I have never sat back and hoped for that. But timing has always been critical in successfully executing each next stage.

The final chapter in my book Breakthrough begins with the assertion that new beginnings are liberating and should be embraced. When I wrote that in January this year, I was thinking about when, rather than if this would happen. My youngest son had completed high school and had been offered a place in his dream tertiary course, my oldest son had just graduated from university with a Commerce degree. I begin to feel as though the timing could be ideal for a new beginning to my career.

Anyone who has read my book will know that I have spent the past decade working towards this next stage of my career. The seeds of my plan for a board portfolio career one day were planted shortly after I graduated with an MBA in 2003.  

I have spoken at great length about the fact that it has taken me a decade to achieve my plan to join an ASX board. I have worked hard to develop a skill-set that would offer value to boards and I have networked to build my profile with the business community. I have also attended relevant courses, conferences, seminars and participated in the Australian Institute of Company Directors Chairmens Mentoring program.

And although my first board appointment, The Apparel Group, was paid, for the first decade of my career sitting on not-for-profit boards in the sport, arts and health sectors, there was barely more than expenses paid.

But the experience gained was priceless and worth every hour of my time.  

As the result of all of that, about six weeks ago I was offered the opportunity to join the board of a company that was about to list on the Australian Stock Exchange. 

Two weeks ago that decision caused me to take the leap from a 30+-year executive career to begin the next stage of my career as a non-executive company director. 

And this week the board that I joined, Autosports Group (ASX: ASG), listed. It was an extraordinary event to be a part of and an experience that has launched my next career in the best possible way.

I have fully embraced the new experience, transforming the way that I work, where I work and even how I travel to meetings. Its early days, but it would be hard to think that I will be looking back anytime soon.


Marina Go

Marina Go is Chair of the Wests Tigers NRL Club, a non-executive director of Autosports Group and author of the business book for women, Break Through: 20 Success Strategies for Female Leaders. She was previously GM of Hearst Australia at Bauer Media. Boss magazine named her as one of 20 True Leaders of 2016.  Marina has over 25 years of leadership experience in the media industry, having started her career as a journalist. She was appointed Editor of Dolly magazine at the age of 23, before spending the next decade editing a number of leading women's magazines. She has held senior leadership roles at Fairfax, Pacific, Emap, Bauer and Private Media, where she was CEO and founder of the career website Women’s Agenda.  

She is a director of digital startup Daily Siren, and also a member of the Advisory Boards of the Walkley Foundation, The Australian Republican Movement and Women’s Agenda. She is a former director of Netball Australia, Odyssey House,  Sydney Symphony Vanguard and The Apparel Group. She lectures on digital media at the University of Technology, Sydney, is a Mentor with the Women In Media and NRL Women programs and a UNSW Alumni Leader and Ambassador. She has an MBA from The Australian Graduate School of Management, a BA (Mass Communications) from Macquarie University and is a member of the AICD. She is a mother of two young men and passionate about diversity and equality. 

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