Co-author of the Treasury, Heather McIlwain, is the Executive Director of CEW. A corporate lawyer for 17 years, Heather has worked for KMPG as Director of Talent Strategy and prior to that has held senior HR and legal roles at Allens and Linklaters in London.
Heather leads the operations of CEW on a daily basis and is responsible for coordinating external engagement activities with CEW’s business partners, corporate sponsors, government and other not-for-profit organisations which have similar objectives to CEW for the development of women leaders.
Co-author of the Treasury Case Study, Catherine Fox is a Journalist, author, feminist, public speaker and mother of three daughters. She joined the AFR in 1989 and held
a variety of positions, including marketing and Smart Money editor and is a former Deputy Editor of AFR Boss magazine.
Catherine is an author of several books. Her latest book, 7 Myths About Women and Work, was published in 2012.
It was a very male place where…there was one way of operating.External female
Walking into Treasury is like walking into a chess club. It’s a different kind of masculine culture.Male EL2
But historically, Treasury also had a reputation for employing a narrow cohort of professionals – the Treasury ‘type’. The workplace atmosphere, according to feedback from those both inside and outside Treasury, was perceived to be professional, conservative and very clubby, dominated by introverted intellectuals rather than alpha males.