Nicola Wakefield Evans

Introducing the Annual Dinner 2017 Keynote Speaker: Nicola Wakefield Evans

Register now for the Annual Dinner to hear about Nicola’s experiences!

For more information about the Annual Dinner, please visit the Facebook event.


Nicola Wakefield Evans

Nicola is an Independent Non-Executive Director of the Lend Lease Group, Toll Holdings Limited, Macquarie Group Limited, Macquarie Bank Limited, BUPA Australia & New Zealand and the Australian Institute of Company Directors. Nicola is a member of the Audit Committees of Macquarie, Lend Lease and BUPA, the Sustainability Committee of Lend Lease, and chairs the Audit Committee at Toll Holdings, the Board Governance and Compliance Committee at Macquarie and the Risk Committee at BUPA.

Nicola is also a Member of the board of Asialink and Asialink Business (University of Melbourne), the University of New South Wales Foundation Limited and the Takeovers Panel.

Nicola is a lawyer and spent nearly 30 years at King & Wood Mallesons (20 years as a partner). Nicola has extensive experience as an equity capital markets and M&A lawyer and has been involved in a number of significant and ground-breaking M&A transactions and has advised some of the largest companies in Australia, Asia and globally. Nicola had several management roles at King & Wood Mallesons including Partner in Charge (Sydney), Managing Partner, Practice (Australia) and Managing Partner, International (Hong Kong) and has lived and worked in Sydney, Perth, Melbourne, New York and Hong Kong.

Nicola was selected in 2009 as a member of Advance Asia 50 – a group of the most influential Australians living & working in Asia and was selected in 2011 as a member of Advance Global 50 – a group of leading Australian women working outside Australia.  Nicola was named in 2013 as one of the inaugural 100 Women of Influence by the Australian Financial Review

Nicola is married to Kym Evans and they have 4 sons.  Nicola’s interests include sailing, walking, music and theatre.

International Women’s Day Breakfast

What a wonderful morning of celebration! On 10 March, UNSW’s Capital W, UTS’ Women in Business, Macquarie’s Women Entering Business, and USYD’s Network of Women collaborated to create an event where men and women came together to ‘Take a Stand’ and #BeBoldForChange. Our panel consisted of:

  • Cindy Hook: CEO at Deloitte
  • Stewart Brentnall: Chief Investment Officer at ANZ
  • Verity Firth: CEO of the Public Education Foundation and former MP
  • Yolanda Beattie: Principal and practice leader for diversity and inclusion practice for Mercer in Australia
  • Scott Wharton: EGM of Strategy and Performance in Enterprise Systems at CBA

Facilitated by Catherine Fox (journalist and former columnist of ‘Corporate Women’ at the AFR Boss Magazine), the panelists discussed the importance of gender equality in the workplace, shared measures their workplaces were taking to obtain this goal, and answered questions from the audience. This was followed by a networking session where students had the chance to ask our panelists questions one on one and meet representatives from our combined 21 sponsors across the four societies.

Head over to our gallery to relive the event. If you loved our International Women’s Day Breakfast, or would like to attend something similar, register for our Annual Dinner coming up on 4 July!