The ANZLF Policy Group, co-chaired by Ann Sherry AO and Greg Lowe, meets every six to eight weeks to review progress on the policy agenda, discuss strategy and update on the Sector Group work programmes. The Policy Group is supported by the Australia and New Zealand Directors, who provide policy support and carry out the ANZLF strategy as directed by the Policy Group.
Currently, the ANZLF Policy Group is comprised of the Sector Group Co-Chairs, supporters and executive partners of ANZLF.
Greg has been CEO of the Beca Group since April 2012, responsible for business operations and delivery of strategic objectives group-wide. Joining Beca in 2004 as Wellington Regional Manager, he became Managing Director Australia in 2006 and was appointed to the Beca Group Board in 2010.
Greg has wide experience in large project delivery and multi-disciplinary consultancy services and previously held senior management roles in asset management and information technology consultancies. His early career with the Royal New Zealand Navy culminated in senior roles covering operations, policy and major project delivery.
Greg is an Officer of the NZ Order of Merit, a Fellow of Engineering New Zealand (IPENZ), a Chartered Member of the Institute of Directors in New Zealand and holds a Master’s degree and First Class Honours degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Auckland.
Ann Sherry AO
Ann is one of Australia's leading business executives with a career that spans Government, Banking and Cruise Tourism. She is currently the Chairman of Carnival Australia, the largest cruise ship operator in Australasia and a division of Carnival Corporation & Plc. After joining as Chief Executive Officer in 2007, she has transformed the industry and growth has been in double digits each year since.
Ann is the Chair of UNICEF Australia, a Council Member of Philanthropy Australia and currently holds non-executive roles with National Australia Bank, Sydney Airport, Palladium Group, Rugby Australia, Cape York Partnerships, Museum of Contemporary Art Australia and Infrastructure Victoria.
Ann is the Australian Co-Chair of the ANZLF and has been involved with the forum since 2002 when she moved to New Zealand as CEO of Westpac NZ.
Beginning working life as a radiographer, Ann became First Assistant Secretary of the Office of the Status of Women in Canberra before moving to the banking sector initially in HR roles, then in CEO roles with the Bank of Melbourne and Westpac NZ and Pacific.
The Australian Government awarded Ann the Centenary Medal in 2001 and in 2004 she became an Officer of the Order of Australia. In 2015, Ann was named as the overall winner of the Australian Financial Review 100 Women of Influence. Ann devotes considerable energy to her passion for women’s rights, currently convening the MCC STEM group, opportunity for Indigenous communities, philanthropy and to the arts.
Charlotte Jaques, who is hosted at the Business Council of Australia in Melbourne, has been Australia’s Director for the Australia New Zealand Leadership Forum since the Australian Secretariat was formed in 2017.
Before moving to Australia, Charlotte worked as the Private Secretary to former New Zealand Minister for Food Safety and Associate Primary Industries. Charlotte was responsible for briefing her on a variety of primary industry trade objectives and food safety issues, managing stakeholder relations, and supporting the delivery of the Minister’s work programme.
Charlotte’s career started in the public sector where she has worked in various policy roles, focusing on international policy and trade. Her roles at the Ministry for Social Development and Ministry for Primary Industries have had a trans-Tasman policy focus, where she has worked with a range of stakeholders across government and industry to develop policy advice and further New Zealand interests internationally. Charlotte holds a Bachelor of Arts (Hons) in political science and history from the University of Auckland.
Fiona Cooper is New Zealand Director for the Australia New Zealand Leadership Forum, a role she has performed part-time on behalf of BusinessNZ since 2011. Fiona is also Associate Director of the New Zealand International Business Forum and is Vice-Chair of the East Asia Business Council’s RCEP Working Group. From 2014-2018 she was also part-time Executive Director of the NZ-US Council.
Through her consulting company, Fiona advises clients on government relations, trade policy and communications, drawing on 31 years of experience in the private and public sectors. Fiona previously worked in the dairy and banking sectors and for the NZ Ministry of Foreign Affairs & Trade including a secondment to the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs & Trade in Canberra in 1989 and a posting to Washington DC from 1992-1996. She did her BA (Hons) in political science and history at the University of Canterbury.