Simela is a Non-Executive Director, Committee Member, former Committee Chair, Consultant and Lawyer with over 27 years of executive and board level experience across the public, commercial and not for profit sectors both internationally and domestically with particular experience in the legal profession.
At board level some other highlights include: Member of the Advisory Board of matX (matX is a tool supporting a commercially driven circular economy by focusing upstream on resource reuse); former Non Executive Director of Breast Cancer Campaign (now Breast Cancer NOW – the UK’s largest breast cancer charity); and Executive Mentor at Barnardo’s Children’s Charity.
In an executive capacity she is a Consultant to Pinsent Masons, formerly having been a founding Partner of Pinsent Masons (Australia) – providing advice to global clients to assist in the development of business strategies in Australia.
Prior to this she was a Partner with White & Case in London, one of the biggest law firms in the world. Simela played a key role in building the infrastructure / public-private partnerships practice into new and emerging geographies including the Middle East, Africa and Turkey. In this role she was also a member of a number of global committees and initiatives including the Global Diversity Steering Committee and the Global Women’s Initiative.
Simela has a Bachelor of Commerce (Honours) (Majoring in Macro Economics) and a Bachelor and Master of Laws from the University of Melbourne. She is also a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. Married with two children, Simela is also a bereaved parent.