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Vanessa Beggs
General Manager, Organisational Development and Innovation Initiatives
Enterprise Services, Financial Services and Bankwest Human Resources
Commonwealth Bank of Australia

Vanessa has over 20 years’ experience in large corporations and has excelled in roles spanning: relationship management; logistics; workplace management; program management; employee engagement, cultural change and transformation programs.

A confident manager who uses a collaborative approach, Vanessa gains satisfaction from motivating others to achieve outstanding results. An active and visible leader, who is calm, resilient and maintains positivity in challenging situations.

Achievement focussed, Vanessa has demonstrated the ability to listen, interpret and deliver outcomes that meet the needs of multiple stakeholders with diverse needs.

Vanessa currently leads a team of 30 responsible for developing and implementing culture, diversity, talent, leadership and capability strategies, aligned to the people strategies of ES and FS businesses.

Over the past 14 years, Vanessa has led complex change and cultural transformations and most recently has developed an innovation strategy to encourage a culture of innovation that evolved into the introduction of core capabilities (Design Thinking, Experimentation, Agile, Data Analytics and Lean Productivity) and innovation initiatives such as Wired for Wonder, Innovation Festivals, Unleashing Innovation Fund and the Innovation Lab.

Prior to joining the Commonwealth Bank Group, Vanessa spent nine years in roles developing retail distribution strategies and network development plans for several retailers including: 7-Eleven Stores, the Sussan Group and Australia Post and the Australian Property Group as a Property Manager.

Vanessa holds a Bachelor of Applied Science (Land Economics) and had undertaken post graduate study in Project Management, Corporate Real Estate and Management practices.

Vanessa is married and has three young children - two daughters and a son.






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