Five years since leaving politics and starting a board career, Nicola Roxon has been appointed independent chair of HESTA, ready to take over from Angela Emslie at the end of the year.
Roxon has served on a number of boards since wrapping up her political career — which included being appointed Australia’s first female Attorney General. She is currently Chair of Bupa Australia and New Zealand, and the Cancer Council Australia, as well as a Non-Executive Director with Dexus and Lifestyle Communities, among other roles.
“I am excited to be joining HESTA at this important time for the superannuation industry more broadly,” Roxon said on her appointment.
Roxon was the Federal Health Minister before becoming Attorney General in 2003. She addressed the first Women’s Agenda Leadership Awards in 2013, where she spoke about the ‘buzz’ of her political career, and said that despite the lack of work life balance, it had been worth it. She stepped out of politics midway through 2013 to spend more time with her daughter and pursue the next chapter in the her career.
HESTA CEO Debby Blakey said on Roxon’s appointment: “We are delighted to welcome Nicola to HESTA. Her rich experience in health and governance will be a huge asset as we continue to focus on being leaders in the superannuation sector and making a real difference to the financial future of our members.”