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Selection Committee

The Selection Committee will select winners from a range of different categories and sectors to showcase examples of best practice, and provide inspiration for other companies in the region and further afield to adopt shared value principles.

Selection Committee Members

  • Ramana James, General Manager, Safer Communities, IAG, 2017 Shared Value Trailblazer
  • Sandra Martinez, CEO, Nestlé Oceania
  • Ann Sherry AO, Chair, Carnival Australia
  • Steven Spurr, CEO, Edelman Australia (Selection Committee Chair)
  • Peter Yates AM, Chair, Shared Value Project

About the Selection Committee

Ramana James, General Manager, Safer Communities, IAG

Ramana has a long career in sustainability and shared value. He established the Corporate Responsibility function at Vodafone Australia in 2003 and led environmental practice across 26 countries for Vodafone Group during two secondments as the Group Environment Manager, based in the UK.

Ramana then transitioned across to the property industry where he worked
 with Stockland for more than 5 years. He led a team responsible for an 
integrated sustainability strategy and the introduction of shared value across commercial property, residential development and retirement living.

He joined IAG in mid 2014 as the Head of Group Shared Value and now leads a team within Group Strategy that is responsible for developing and executing IAG’s organisational wide shared value activity.

Sandra Martinez, CEO, Nestlé Oceania

Sandra is the Chief Executive Officer of Nestlé Australia Limited, appointed in April 2018. She is a Director of the Nestlé Australia board and Market Head of the Nestlé Oceania Region.

Sandra joined Nestlé in 1988 as part of the ‘Business Trainees’ program in Nestlé Ecuador. She developed in different finance and marketing roles mainly in the Cocoa Export department and the Confectionery division. In 2001, she transferred to Switzerland for the Confectionery

Strategic Business Unit as Marketing Manager for the Americas and in 2003, moved to Venezuela as the Business Executive Manager for the Confectionery Division. Nominated as President of the Nestlé Confectionery Business in Canada and moved to Toronto in 2006.

In 2010, Sandra was appointed President and CEO of Nestlé Venezuela, where she delivered outstanding results in a highly complex and volatile environment. In 2012, appointed as Head of the Confectionery Strategy Business in Nestlé headquarters in Vevey, Switzerland, responsible for chocolate, biscuits and sugar, globally.

Born in Ecuador in 1964, Sandra graduated from the Polytechnic School of the Army, where she received the title of Commercial Engineer and completed studies in Computer Sciences. Sandra has attended various IMD Executives programs in Switzerland: Advanced Corporate Strategy and AEDP (Accelerated Executive Development Program).

Sandra is married, has three children and speaks Spanish, English and French.

Ann Sherry AO, Executive Chairman, Carnival Australia

Ann is Executive Chairman of Carnival Australia, the largest cruise ship operator in Australasia and a division of Carnival Corporation & Plc.

After joining as CEO in 2007, she has transformed the industry and growth has been in double digits each year since.

Prior to this, Ann was with Westpac for 12 years as CEO Westpac New Zealand, CEO Bank of Melbourne and Group Executive, People and Performance.

In addition to her executive role, Ann holds a number of non-executive roles including Sydney Airport, ING Direct (Australia), ING Group, The Palladium Group, Australian Rugby Union, Cape York Partnerships, Infrastructure Victoria and the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia.

In 2001, Ann was awarded the Centenary Medal by the Australian Government and in 2004 was awarded an Order of Australia for her contribution to the Australian community.  In 2015, Ann was named as the overall winner of the Australian Financial Review and Westpac 100 Women of Influence Award.

Steven Spurr, CEO, Edelman Australia

Steve joined Edelman in 1998 and became CEO, Australia in March 2016.

As CEO, Australia he has been involved in encouraging the discussion about trust in Australia with the release of the annual Edelman Trust Barometer.

He has more than two decades of consultancy and in-house experience on brand and corporate assignments and has worked in six different Edelman offices. Most recently he was COO of Edelman UK & Ireland, leading the day-to-day operations of over 600 staff across three offices.

As Edelman Australia’s CEO, Steve leads an award-winning team of 120 communications and content consultants across Sydney and Melbourne.

Steve combines his passions in economics, anthropology and science to deliver strategies to drive trust in today’s low trust world.

Peter Yates AM, Chair, Shared Value Project (Chair, 2018 Shared Value Awards Selection Committee)

Peter Yates AMPeter Yates is Deputy Chairman of The Myer Family Investments Ltd and a Director of AIA Australia Limited.  He is Chairman of the Royal Institution of Australia, the Australian Science Media Centre, the Faculty of Business and Economics at Melbourne University, the Royal Children’s Hospital Foundation and the Shared Value Project and Deputy Chairman of Asialink. Peter is a Director of the Royal Children’s Hospital, the Centre of Excellence for Quantum Computation and Communication Technology at UNSW, the Australian Chamber Orchestra and the NHMRC Centre for Personalised Immunology at ANU.

From 2004-2007 Peter was Managing Director of Oceania Capital Partners and held the position of Chief Executive Officer of Publishing and Broadcasting Limited from 2001-2004.  Until 2001 he worked in the Investment Banking industry including 15 years with Macquarie Bank.  He holds a Doctorate of the University from Murdoch University, a Masters degree from Stanford University Graduate School of Business and a Commerce degree from Melbourne. He speaks Japanese, having studied at Keio University in Tokyo.

Peter has been a director of Publishing and Broadcasting, Crown Ltd, Foxtel Ltd, The Nine Network, Ninemsn, ticketek, Veda Ltd, Oceania Capital Partners Ltd, the National Portrait Gallery, The Melbourne International Arts Festival, Centre for Independent Studies, MOKO.mobi and the Australia-Japan Foundation. In the June 2011 Queen’s Birthday Honours, Peter was awarded a Member of the Order of Australia for service to education, to the financial services industry and to a range of arts, science and charitable organisations.