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SUSAN REDDEN MAKATOA

DIVISION DIRECTOR, CORPORATE

Susan is one of Australia’s leading corporate communications practitioners with over 20 years’ industry experience providing advice to leaders across the business, government and not-for-profit sectors. At Temple, Susan focuses on finding outstanding candidates for our corporate clients and working with those clients to develop their team’s capabilities. Recent successful searches include senior positions for Rio Tinto, Lend Lease, the Commonwealth Bank, the Royal Flying Doctor Service and Accolade Wines.

Most recently, Susan was Group Managing Director – Corporate for Ogilvy Public Relations, one of Australia’s leading PR agencies, overseeing public affairs agency Parker & Partners, employee engagement firm Ogilvy Impact and Ogilvy’s Corporate practice. She was previously a partner at SenateSHJ, and held senior roles at Savage & Horrigan, ASIC and the NSW Business Chamber. Over the course of her career, Susan has been involved in the hire of over 100 people.

Dedicated to the growth and development of the communications profession, Susan is a Fellow of the Public Relations Institute of Australia and in 2018 was appointed as PRIA’s Honorary Secretary. In 2016 Susan was awarded the PRIA President’s Award for major industry contribution. She has also won four global IABC Gold Quills, five regional Golden Sabres and eight PRIA National Golden Targets. She has judged the PRIA Golden Targets, IABC Gold Quills and Mumbrella CommsCon awards and organised two PRIA annual conferences.

Deeply committed to diversity in the workplace, Susan was the author of the PRIA’s first diversity and inclusion policy in 2016. She has also been a speaker on the subject at TEDx, Macquarie University, IABC Global Conference, Women in Media and Communications and the CEO Institute.
Susan is an accredited member of the AICD and sits on the boards of Tresillian Family Care Centres, social philanthropy group Benojo and the Touched by Olivia Foundation.

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