Heather Ridout AO


Heather Ridout AO
CEW Member


Heather is Chair of AustralianSuper - the largest industry fund in Australia; a Reserve Bank Board member; a Director of Sims Metal Management - the world’s largest publicly listed recycling company, a Director of ASX Ltd and a Director of Image Networks Holdings Pty Ltd;.

Her other appointments include member of the Boards of: the Australian Chamber Orchestra; Asialink; Advance Australia Advisory Board and L.E.K. Consulting Advisory Board.

Heather has a long history as a leading figure in the public policy debate in Australia; She is also co-Chair of the Australian-Canada Economic Leadership Dialogue and member of the B20 Leadership Taskforce which is the key business advisory body to the international economic forum and will includes business leaders from all G20 economies. Ms Ridout is also a longstanding member of the American-Australian Leadership Dialogue, a high level forum including very senior representatives from the US and Australia drawn from politics, public service, business and journalism.

Heather has been an Ambassador to the Australian Indigenous Education Foundation since 2009.

Up until 30 April 2012, Heather was Chief Executive of the Australian Industry Group - a major, national employer organisation representing a cross section of industry including manufacturing, construction, defence, ICT and labour hire.

Her previous appointments include: member of the Henry Tax Review panel; board member of Infrastructure Australia; Australian Workforce and Productivity Agency; member of the National Workplace Relations Consultative Committee; and member of the Prime Minister’s Taskforce on Manufacturing.

In 2014 Heather was made an Officer (AO) in the general division of the Order of Australia (for distinguished service to business and industry through significant contributions to the development of economic and public policy).

Heather holds a BEc (hons) from the University of Sydney, an honorary Doctor of Business (honoris causa) from both Macquarie University and The University of Ballarat . She is married with three children.

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