Shirley Chowdhary


Non-Executive Director
AFR 100 Women of Influence

Shirley Chowdhary’s current portfolio aims to create commercially sustainable and inclusive services for all members of our community. Her work aims to ensure that every member of our community is represented through our organisations and government institutions, and she believes that the best future for Australia is through Reconciliation and Constitutional recognition for First Nations people.

Through her work, Shirley aims to create a strong connection between people, place and purpose. She is a passionate advocate for Indigenous empowerment, gender diversity and inclusion and this work was recognized when she was selected as one of the 2019 AFR 100 Women of Influence.

Shirley is an internationally experienced executive leader with diverse experience across law, financial services, the NFP sector and journalism. She is admitted to practice law in Australia and New York and has worked in the corporate and for-purpose sectors across Asia and Australia.

She is the Chair of the Royal Australian Institute of Architects and Women for Election, and a Non-Executive Director on the boards of Northrop Engineering and the Australian Associated Press. She also sits on the Advisory Boards of Propel, an organisation that protects and enhances digital reputation, and Mentor Walks, providing accessible mentoring for women in Australia, New Zealand, Canada and Singapore.

Shirley Chairs a peer-to-peer CEO mentoring group with the Leadership Think Tank, and consults and volunteers with a number of charities.

She is a speaker, MC and facilitator and is available for bookings through Saxton Group.


Article | 7 October 2022 | Commonwealth Bank

A workplace that is more inclusive, that truly embraces diversity of thought, background and experience, is the workplace of the future, explains diversity advocate and non-executive director Shirley Chowdhary.

Article | 11 June 2016 | Huffington Post
The research is now unequivocal. Diversity of all kinds (but not too much) - of gender, culture, age and experience - creates better leadership, better company boards, a more creative and more productive workforce, and it adds to the bottom line.
Article | 28 Sept 2016 | Huffington Post
As you approach your final school exams EVER, there is so much I want to share with you. So many lessons that I want you to take on your journey - lessons which I learnt too late and, in some cases, those I still grapple with.
Article | 25 November 2015 | Huffington Post
Until we remove the stigma that comes with the biological fact that women carry the children and give birth, we aren't going to have a level playing field. Men should be encouraged to take time away from their careers to share the privilege of being with their children in those precious first few years of life. In return, their partners could return to the workforce earlier, or at least have the choice to do so.
Chair & NED | Shareholder Value + Purpose | Corporate Governance | Lawyer NY & Australia | AFR 💯Women of Influence
Internationally Experienced Executive Leader
Talking Points: Diversity & Inclusion as a Driver for Change; Reconciliation from a Non-Indigenous Perspective; A Non-Indigenous Perspective: Voting in the 2023 Referendum on Voice to Parliament

Get in touch with Shirley

For all enquiries, including to enquire about joining Shirley’s CEO mentoring group, please fill in the contact form.

For all MC, speaking and facilitation enquiries, please get in touch via Saxton Speakers.