Megan J. Lavender, Governance Director
Megan J. Lavender is a transformational leader of organisations – with a focus on stakeholder engagement – and has served as a Director of Gridiron Australia since 2018.
An experienced public company director and government board member, she is also peer recognised as one of the Asia Pacific’s best third sector CEOs – having held senior executive roles in the corporate, government and third sectors.
Megan presently serves as a federal government appointed board member of the Australian Clinical Dosimetry Service and a state government appointed board member of the NSW Ministry of Health Centre for Health Record Linkage and has been commissioned by the NSW Minister for Lands as deputy chairman of the 107-year-old Gosford Showground Crown Lands Trust.
In addition to these three government board appointments, she also currently serves on a further thirteen boards, including as national chairman of Road Sense Australia, independent chairman of the University of Sydney Union Finance Committee, as the first female treasurer of the 116-year-old Royal Automobile Club of Australia, as company secretary of Naturopaths and Herbalists Association of Australia, and a director of Special Olympics Australia, Children’s Book Council of Australia, Mainly Music International, Australian Ice Racing, Anywhere Theatre Festival, Swimming NSW Aquatic Management, Friends of First Government House Site and the Bankstown Harness Racing Club.
Megan has served as an independent board member of the NSW Government appointed racing industry controlling body, as chairman of the Victorian based sporting social enterprises, Boots For All and Sport For All, and as a director of multiple public and private companies, associations and charities, including Comtax Credit Union, Co-Op Bookshop, Australian and New Zealand Third Sector Research, Australian Institute of International Affairs, Pathology Awareness Australia, Sport NSW, Women Sport Australia, Independent Living Centre NSW, Five Dock Leisure Centre, Macquarie University Union, Cancer Council Relay for Life, Ethnic Communities’ Council of NSW and the Australia Indonesia Association.
She currently operates her own management and strategic consultancy business and has previously served in several senior executive roles. Megan has also served as an elected city councillor on the City of Canada Bay Council and as ministerial advisor to the Australian Minister for Sport, Minister for Tourism and Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for the Sydney 2000 Games.
Megan is peer recognised as one of the Asia Pacific’s best third sector chief executives and among a select few people conferred with a full fellowship by the Australasian Society of Association Executives – the professional industry association where she previously served as state chairman.
She is an arts, education, speech and drama graduate of Macquarie University and Trinity College, London.