Nicola Roxon is a non-executive director on listed, unlisted and not-for-profit boards across health, professional services and property. She is a non-executive director with Dexus, BUPA and Lifestyle Communities and Chairman of Cancer Council Australia, the Accounting Professional and Ethical Standards Board and the Sir Zelman Cowen Centre at Victoria University.
From 2007 to 2011, Nicola was Federal Minister for Health and Ageing, overseeing one of Australia’s largest and most complex portfolios. In that role, she drove major reforms to the public hospital, primary care and preventative health systems. Her leadership in introducing plain packaging for tobacco has earned her numerous national and international awards.
Nicola was appointed Australia’s first female Attorney General in 2011. As the Federal Attorney General, she presided over all Commonwealth legislation, the courts and domestic security and intelligence agencies, including ASIO and the Federal Police.
As a lawyer and in Parliament, Nicola has contributed enormously to empowering women in various fields – running discrimination cases, recognising the skill of nurses and midwives in the Medicare Schedule, legislating to significantly broaden the definition of domestic violence to better protect women, as well as overseeing the establishment of the Royal Commission into child abuse in institutions.