Gail Kelly holds a number of international roles: Senior Global Adviser to UBS, Director of Singapore Telecommunications and the Bretton Woods Committee, and a Member of the Group of Thirty and Australian American Leadership Dialogue Advisory Board.
Within Australia, she is Chair of the Optus Advisory Committee, a Director of Australian Philanthropic Services, an Adjunct Professor at the University of New South Wales,Chair of the Council at Ravenswood School for Girls, Patron of the Alliance of Girls’ Schools Australasia, and Ambassador for Women's Empowerment for CARE Australia.
In addition, Gail is the author of Live Lead Learn: My stories of life and leadership which was published in 2017. She retired as CEO of the Westpac Group in February 2015, which marked the culmination of her 35-year executive career in banking.
The inaugural Kingsley Laffer Memorial Lecture was given in 1993 by the Hon Bob Hawke. Laffer Lecturers have also included:
At the time of his retirement from the University of Sydney in 1976, Kingsley Laffer was Associate Professor and Head of the Department of Industrial Relations within the Faculty of Economics. Kingsley was the founding editor of the Journal of Industrial Relations for 18 years. He also helped establish the Industrial Relations Society of NSW, which later became a national organisation.
Born in Western Australia on 28 February 1911, Kingsley Laffer became an external student of Economics at the University of Western Australia while working in the country. He was the first external student to be awarded the Hackett Bursary. After graduating with first class honours, he taught briefly at the University of Melbourne and then joined the University of Sydney in 1944. He was a member of the academic staff at Sydney for more than three decades. After his retirement, Kingsley became the first Fellow of the Nepean College of Advanced Education (now part of the University of Western Sydney) where he helped develop academic programs in industrial relations.