Our Guest Speaker

Wendy Simpson OAM is an experienced, versatile global business leader and company director. At present, she is Chair of Wengeo Group, a private investment group, which invests in industrial and commercial property developments. She is also part of Sydney Prayer Breakfast organising comittee.

Springboard Enterprises, which she Chairs is an NFP which recruits, coaches, supports, and promotes investment-ready, high-growth companies led by women. Wendy has pioneered many roles – first woman Senior Vice President of Alcatel Asia Pacific responsible for a sales budget of $Euro 4.2 billion, implementing sales of major mobile and broadband services to 17 countries, while based in Shanghai.She was one of the team to bring the internet to China. Other firsts include first woman as Vic Govt Chief Rep and Trade Commissioner for North Asia; first woman to freight operations in the TNT International network. She was a co-founder of IWFCI and ACOB.

Finalist 3 times in Telstra Businesswomen’s Awards QBE Insurance, Alcatel and Westpac. Finalist in the Shanghai Business Women of the Year Awards. Chair of Sir John Monash NSW Pane. Order of Australia Medal (OAM) for her work with disadvantaged young people and a range of women’s groups. Appointed to the Board of World Vision Australia. Her qualifications include –, B.Soc. Sci (RMIT) FRMIT , Grad. Dip. Ed. (Melb U) B. Litt (Deakin) Mt Eliza Executive Management Program, MBA ( AGSM) FAICD.

Over the years, Wendy and her husband, Geoffrey, have provided a range of help to others including long-term fostering a number of young people in their home. They are also active members of their local church in Darlinghurst, Sydney.