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Welcome to Heads Over Heels

Heads Over Heels supports ambitious women entrepreneurs by opening up influential business networks.

The organisation was founded as a not-for-profit in 2010 with a mission to take practical steps to help eliminate gender discrimination and give female leaders the tools they need to grow their companies more quickly

This is where we come in.

At regular networking events in Sydney and Melbourne, they pitch ideas, discuss challenges and talk through their ‘Asks’ (what they really need to fast-track to the next level) and then establish invaluable personal connections with a targeted gathering of people who have the power to unlock tangible solutions and exciting opportunities.

The thousands of connections we’ve facilitated have led to some spectacular benefits, not just for our CEOs, but for the Connectors too. A 2019 report revealed that of the 25 chief executives appointed to run Australia's top 200 companies that year, only two were women. Overall, just six per cent of ASX200 businesses have a woman in the top jobTackling this imbalance requires direct, positive action to reduce deeply entrenched attitudes to allow female business leaders to thrive.

The Heads Over Heels model is simple and unique – events where carefully selected women (our Portfolio CEOs) outline their companies’ ambitions and challenges, and then explain their ‘Asks’ to an invited audience of prominent and powerful business leaders (Connectors). Interested parties then make connections and facilitate further introductions to relevant contacts in their address book.

That’s when the magic happens! Women who have been held back for so long by lack of opportunity can finally achieve new goals and fulfil their potential.

Our Strategy Council

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EGM, Global Financial Services at Xero;

Ex-Executive, Personal Banking NAB & NAB Ventures Investment Committee.  Chair Chunky Move Contemporary Dance, Director MTC Foundation, Human Rights Watch Committee.

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Sean West, Executive Director, Head of Wealth Management, Macquarie Group


Director and Advisor

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Non Executive Director of the Reserve Bank of Australia, EQT Holdings Limited, Trawalla Group, Qualitas Property Partners and Skalata Ventures. Co-Founder of Scale Investors, Founding Chair of Our Community and Women’s Leadership Institute Australia.

Our Board


Non Executive Director at Macquarie Group, Grant Thornton, Tennis Australia and Chair of The Hunger Project


Partner at Gilbert+Tobin - Corporate Advisory Group, Venture Capital and Private Equity


Chairman of Myer Family Investments

Pty Ltd., Board Director and Philanthropist


CEO of Lighter Capital; Ex-General Partner, NAB Venture; Angel Investor, Former Tech CEO, Stanford MA


Principal at BrandQuest

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EY Partner, Government Incentives and EY Private Start-up and Entrepreneurship Leader


Head of Startup Ecosystem in Australia & New Zealand for Amazon Web Services; Entrepreneur, Startup Advisor
B. Comm (UofC)

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Managing Director & Partner, BCG Digital Ventures; Co-Founder Open Agent, Stanford MBA

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Managing Director at TaxAssist Accountants;

Founder Club QT Media Agency, MAICD

Our National Ambassadors


Richard Enthoven

Founder and CEO of The Hollard Australia; Group Director of the Insurance Council of Australia. Ex-Advisory Council Member of Heads Over Heels.


Karen Enthoven

Medical Doctor, MBA; Project Manager of CIRCA at The Garvan Institute, Ex-CEO, Advisory Council and Board Member of Heads Over Heels​

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Rosanna Iacono

Managing Partner & Advisor at The Growth Activists

Andrew Kaldor AM

Business Leader and Investor.

Founder of the Kaldor Centre for International Refugee Law at UNSW.

Lynn Kraus

Strategy and Transactions Partner at EY;  Member of CEW; Ex-Advisory Council of Heads over Heels

Colin McNeil

Partner, Mergers and Acquisitions at EY;

Ex-Board Member of Heads Over Heels

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Helen Waldron

Head of NSW, Australian Industry Group

Renata Kaldor AO

Business Leader and Investor. Founder of the Kaldor Centre for International Refugee Law at UNSW. Ex-Advisory Council Member of Heads Over Heels.

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Ghazaleh Lyari

Co-Head of Investments at the Australian Business Growth Fund; Ex-Director of Champ Ventures, NED, Ex-Chair of Heads Over Heels

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Janet Menzies

Director, Category Leader at Amazon;

Ex-General Manager at Cochlear; Co-Founder of Heads Over Heels and Chair of Male Champions of Change.

Robert Kelly

CEO and Managing Director, Steadfast Group Limited. Ex-Advisory Council Member of Heads Over Heels.

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Bobbi Mahlab AM

Entrepreneur, investor, board member and philanthropist; Founder & Chair of Mahlab, Co-founder of Mentor Walks.

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Craig Tiley

CEO of Tennis Australia

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Our Executive

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Charmaine Chow

CEO of Heads Over Heels

Marketing and Communications Manager

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