Bev Dyke


Bev Dyke
CEW Member

Bev has experience in industry advocacy, as a Board Director and in building businesses.

She has led and established industry lobby groups, developed a substantial public affairs consultancy business, has been a director on listed public, private and government boards and acted as a professional mentor. In 2003, she was awarded a Centenary Medal for business leadership. She was the inaugural Chief Executive of Research Australia, an organisation chartered with making health and medical research a higher national priority in Australia and to encourage greater investment and philanthropy into the sector. In establishing the organisation there was an immediate imperative to secure funding and to develop its advocacy programs for interest groups. As Executive Director of the Advertising Federation of Australia (AFA), she led the advertising agency industry through deregulation in a case brought against the media and agencies by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission. In preparing the agency industry for a new environment, she drove an agenda, which involved establishing a Code of Practice and furthering standards in advertising content and effectiveness. Aside from its representation activities, the AFA provided a suite of services to its members. At board level, Bev has been a non-executive Director of a public company in the Recruitment sector. She also acted as a member of three Federal Government Boards - Trade-in-Services, Australia Indonesia Relations and Youth. At the NSW Government level, she was a Board member in Education export. In her role with the Advertising Federation of Australia, Bev was on numerous boards and committees. Bev's business background is in public affairs consultancy. She founded Issues Australia, a company that pioneered a new communications philosophy of scanning public and interest group opinion and analyzing policy and business implications. Issues Australia serviced major corporate and government clients, advising organisations on managing their communication and adjusting their policies in the face of interest group and community opinion. Clients were in diverse sectors, including financial services, transport, mining, retailing and health. During that period she was a speaker at many industry conferences. In 2002, she acted as a Judge in the NSW Enterprise Workshops, a training and award program for business leadership. Bev has a BA majoring in Political Science from Macquarie University. She was a founding member of Chief Executive Women and a past Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. While no longer in the corporate mainstream, due to personal choice, she is active in research and writing and family business interests. Corporate Advertising Federation of Australia Issues Australia Pty Limited Research Australia Limited Government Trade in Services Board Australian Indonesian Institute NSW Education Export Advisory Committee Australian Youth Foundation Not for Profit Research Australia Limited

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