She became CEO of Carnival Australia in 2007 and led the transformation of the cruise industry which resulted in a remarkable growth trajectory with more than a million Australians a year now taking cruise holidays. She was recently named the overall winner of the 2015 Australian Financial Review and Westpac 100 Women of Influence Awards from more than 500 entrants for her corporate leadership and promotion of diversity and female representation.
Prior to Carnival Australia, Ann spent 12 years with Westpac including roles as CEO of Westpac New Zealand, CEO of the Bank of Melbourne and Group Executive, People & Performance. She was a driver of cultural change, pushed for paid maternity leave and flexible working practices, and created the Jarwun project, to connect skilled corporate volunteers with Indigenous communities. Before joining Westpac, Ann was First Assistant Secretary of the Office of the Status of Women in Canberra, advising the Prime Minister on policies and programs to improve the status of women and was Australia’s representative to the United Nations forums on human rights and women’s rights.
“Ann is passionate about the arts and culture and has been recognized for her sustained work for women, minority groups and the arts,” said Simon Mordant AM, MCA Chairman. “She will be a fantastic addition to our passionate and driven board.”
“All institutions should have engaged and passionate community members to take on board roles in order to assist them realise their ambitions,” Mordant continued. “We look forward to Ann joining our Board to support our vibrant community programs, bring our tourism strategy to the next level and showcase great Australian and international contemporary art to our broad and growing audiences.”
In addition to her executive role, Ann holds a number of non-executive roles including ING Direct (Australia), The Myer Family Company Holdings Pty Ltd, Australian Rugby Union and Jawun. She is the Chair of Safe Work Australia, Deputy Chair of the Tourism & Transport Forum and an ambassador Australian for the Indigenous Education Foundation (AIEF). In 2004, she was awarded an Order of Australia for her contribution to the Australian community through the promotion of corporate management policies and practices that embrace gender equity, social justice and work and family partnerships.
“I am thrilled to be part of MCA,” Ann Sherry commented. “I look forward to working with the Board and Director Elizabeth Ann Macgregor OBE to continue to connect a diverse public with the work of Australian living artists, foster creativity and critical thinking, and further position this remarkable institution as an iconic Sydney destination for local, interstate and international art lovers.”