Melinda Cilento


Melinda Cilento
CEW Member

Non-Executive Director - Woodside Petroleum and Australian Unity
Commissioner - Productivity Commission

Melinda Cilento is a Company Director and experienced senior executive. Melinda’s experience covers the corporate, government and not-for-profit sectors and she has a strong track record of working collaboratively across sectors.

She is a current Non-Executive Director of Woodside Petroleum Ltd and Australian Unity Ltd, and a former Board member of Wesfarmers General Insurance Ltd.

Melinda is a Commissioner of the Productivity Commission, which provides independent research and advice to Government on economic, social and environmental issues affecting the welfare of Australians.

Melinda began her career in the Public Service at the Department of Treasury. She then became Technical Assistant to the Australian Executive Director of the International Monetary Fund.

Melinda was Deputy Chief Executive of the Business Council of Australia between 2006 and 2010. She worked closely with Australia’s leading CEOs to set the strategic agenda of the BCA and to drive the organisation’s government relations and strategic communications. She oversaw the BCA’s operations and budget. Melinda was directly involved in key policy developments related to corporate governance, taxation, industrial relations and immigration as well as driving broader policy change to drive a more competitive business sector. Prior to joining the Business Council, she was Head of Economics at Invesco Australia.

Melinda’s professional qualifications include a Bachelor of Economics (Hons) and Bachelor of Psychology from Flinders University, and a Masters of Economics from the Australian National University. Melinda is also Co-Chair of Reconciliation Australia and Co-Chair of National Australia Bank’s Advisory Council on Corporate Responsibility.

A key priority for Melinda is to promote genuinely inclusive workplaces by advocating for flexible working arrangements, building workplace cultures that enable and respect diversity, and challenging biases that exist in workplace policies and practices.

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