The Grace Papers Story

Grace Papers is a human rights award winning digital platform founded by lawyer and diversity strategist Prue Gilbert, designed to empower working parents to navigate career and family.

 


Our personal experiences in bringing 3 children into the world and seeking to navigate successful and meaningful careers for ourselves were indeed the inspiration for Grace Papers
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Our Advisory Board

Grace Papers is a human rights award winning digital platform founded by Prue Gilbert, designed to empower soon to be parents to manage their careers into parenthood. Through a series of consulting sessions with Prue, we devised a content strategy workshop for her new, geographically dispersed team, to help them own the pregnancy, parenthood and career management conversation online.

Paul

Paul Robertson AM

Paul Robertson is a Director of Grace Papers and Chair of our Advisory Board.

Paul is also currently Chair of St Vincent’s Health Australia Group, Chair of Trustees of St Vincent’s Hospital, Sydney and Chair of Social Ventures Australia. He is Founder and Director of Financial Markets Foundation for Children and Director, Telco Together Foundation.

Paul has extensive experience in banking including 27 years at Macquarie Bank/Hill Samuel where he was an Executive Director, Global Treasurer and Integrity Officer of the Bank. He was also a Director and CEO of Macquarie Risk Advisory Services. Paul is married with 2 adult children and recently became a very proud grandfather.

Wendy McCarthy

Wendy McCarthy AO

Wendy McCarthy is an experienced manager and company director who began her career as a secondary school teacher. She moved out of the classroom into public life in 1968 and since then has been an advocate, educator and change agent in Australia and internationally.

She currently chairs headspace – Australia’s National Youth Mental Health Foundation, Circus Oz, and McGrath Estate Agents, and is a Non-executive director of Goodstart Early Learning and IMF Bentham. In 1989 Wendy was appointed an Officer of the Order of Australia for outstanding contributions to community affairs, women’s affairs and the Bicentennial celebrations. Wendy also founded McCarthy Mentoring, now run by her daughter Sophie.

Portia

Portia Morgan

Portia is a Senior Business Development Manager at Roy Morgan Research. Since joining Roy Morgan Research in 2008, Portia’s worked with a range of clients including government bodies, automotive and financial services companies and now predominately with retailers and advertising agencies.

Prior to joining Roy Morgan, she was a lawyer at Herbert Smith Freehills in their equity capital markets and M&A team. Portia completed her Bachelor of Commerce/Law (Hons) at the University of Melbourne and her MBA (part-time) at NYU Stern School of Business. When she’s not working, Portia likes to spend time with her family and her husband, Christian, and to have a good laugh with friends.

Our Team

Prue

Prue Gilbert

CEO

Prue is an entrepreneur at heart, and a passionate human rights advocate.

Integrating her vast legal, leadership and social change experience, she co-founded Grace Papers to drive social change by challenging traditional stereotypes and providing empowering support for working parents.

Prue’s thought leadership drives change at both societal and organisational levels and was recognised by WGEA for Leading CEO for the Advancement of Women in 2010 (Corporate Express CEO Paul Hitchcock). Prue was also named a finalist in the WGEA Employer of Choice Awards 2010, a finalist in the NSW Women’s Lawyer’s Association in-house lawyer of the year in 2010, led Corporate Express  to win the [email protected] award for the Equal Advancement of Women in the Workplace in 2010, and the 2009 ACLA Sustainability Award.

Prue is a member of Jesuit Mission board, and has held non-executive positions on other not-for-profit boards. She is a member of key professional bodies, including Governance Institute Australia and Law Institute, Victoria.

Prue has a Bachelor Arts & Law, a Graduate Diploma in Applied Corporate Governance, and is a qualified Executive Coach with IECL. She is part way through an MBA which was interrupted to welcome the arrival of 3 small people she adores.

Ben

Ben Gilbert

Chief Operating Officer

Ben is a commercial strategist with a great interest in public policy.

He has over 20 years experience in corporate finance and strategy roles, gained from previous positions within public and private companies across regulated and deregulated industries, including and most recently at global engineering services company Sinclair Knight Merz (SKM). Ben joined Grace Papers after 7 years with SKM, where he was Group Manager, Strategy, responsible for building strategies across markets with the global business.

Ben’s strengths lie in developing and implementing strategy; building and developing profitable businesses across different markets and sectors that leverages his extensive management experience across commercial management, strategy and business development, business evaluation, M&A and joint ventures.

Prior experience was gained working in the telecommunications and utilities industries across a sales, marketing, commercial and strategy roles. Additional roles within industry have provided a thorough knowledge of the technologies and operational issues facing large telecommunication companies in areas such as sales, marketing, engineering and IT.

Ben holds a Bachelor in Arts (B.A.), Masters in Business Administration (MBA) and Masters in Applied Finance (MAppFin), and now loves the flexibility he has that enables him to participate in his children’s lives. You’ll find him up at school on Wednesday mornings where he loves doing the reading in his eldest son’s prep class.

Amanda

Amanda Meehan

Executive Coach & Lawyer

Amanda is passionate about every person having the opportunity to excel themselves to their full potential. In over a decade of legal experience Amanda has seen many dedicated, growth minded, brilliant women step back from their successful careers to focus on their most important project, motherhood. Empowering these dedicated women in their journey for balance in their lives keeps Amanda, mother to three gorgeous children, equally as busy.

Amanda graduated from the University of Sydney with an Arts (Honours) Law degree in 2000, a Masters of Law from UNSW in 2010 and has also completed the Institute of Coaching and Consulting Pyschology Professional Development Certificate Program. She started her career in a top 5 Sydney law firm and saw firsthand the small percentage of female partners across the Sydney firms.

This peaked her interest in making a change to empower people in both their parenting and professional roles, to increase the number female role models and mentors.

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Karen Rule

Executive Coach & Facilitator

Karen is a Psychologist and Coach specialising in leading individuals and organisations to reach their highest potential.  Karen believes passionately in the unique combination of talent possessed by every individual and works collaboratively with clients to create successful outcomes.  Karen is a master facilitator, readily engaging and building rapport with leaders and teams through her innovative learning workshops.

Karen worked in Organisational Development at Shell from 1999 until 2010 and since then has consulted for clients as diverse as BHP, Newcrest, Lendlease, bioCSL, ANZ, Simplot, AGL and WWF.  Karen is a registered Psychologist, holds an MBA from Cass Business School in London, and is a career-loving parent of three children.  She has twenty years of cross cultural workplace experience spanning London, Sydney, Melbourne and New York.

Simone

Simone Ball

Editor

Simone is a lawyer, writer and actor. She has spent a number of years working in the corporate and not-for-profit sectors as a lawyer, as well as appearing in a number of Australian television series and commercials.

More recently Simone has been developing her writing and editing skills, spending time with the girls at Show and Tell Online, and now at Grace Papers.  Simone is an advocate for women’s rights, both in the workplace and at home. She is a mother to Sambo and a wife to MikeTheOsteo.  She loves lollies, salads and yoga and wishes she was French.

Victoria

Victoria Park

Executive Coach & Lawyer

An experienced and strategic HR business partner with a passion for positive change aligned to business priorities. Using strong relationship skills and interpersonal intelligence to drive the people agenda and motivate individuals and teams to deliver high quality performance and results. Victoria is a qualified executive coach, and passionate about driving gender equality.

Tracy

Tracy Hibbert

Executive Coach & Lawyer

Tracy is an experienced HR professional and executive coach, with over 30 years experience in HR and change management across a range of industries including FMCG, Finance, Airlines, Logistics, Distribution, Sales and Marketing. Past 15 years holding senior roles reporting to CEO’s and the Board.
Commercial, strategic and pragmatic. Known for communication, influencing skills and ability to get things done in the most difficult, multi-layered and complex environments. A champion for Diversity and for business improvement and innovation. A collaborative operator who is able to mobilise teams to achieve objectives. Professional and trusted by stakeholders, peers and team members.