Mrs Fiona Balfour

Mrs Fiona Balfour (BA(Hons) 1980)

Fiona Balfour (nee Meyer) (BA(Hons) 1980) has had a distinguished career in the information technology industry and is currently a professional non-executive director for: Metcash Limited (ASX:MTS), Salmat Limited (ASX:SLM), TAL Dai-ichi Life Australia, Airservices Australia; is Treasurer and Councillor of Knox Grammar School, Wahroonga; and is Chair of the St James' King Street Conservation Appeal. She is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Mrs Balfour completed a Bachelor of Arts (Hons) majoring in renaissance history before beginning her career as a graduate recruit in the Victorian Public Service. From 1985-1991 Mrs Balfour worked in management consulting, initially with WD Scott, then Coopers and Lybrand and finally the DMR Group. During this time she completed a Graduate Diploma in Information Management and an MBA.

Fiona has more than 34 years executive experience in the services sector – across aviation, information technology and digital solutions, telecommunications, health administration, financial services, supply chain management, education and not-for-profits.

Her functional expertise is information and communications technology with particular expertise in enterprise systems transformation and customer-facing technology.

Her executive career culminated in her appointments as Chief Information Officer of Qantas (2001-06) and member of the Qantas Executive Committee; and Chief Information Officer of Telstra (2006-07). She is a former Director of SITA SC, Geneva (2001-06), a former Trustee of the National Breast Cancer Foundation (2007-11) and is a long time Member and former Councillor of Chief Executive Women.

In 2003 she was awarded the Australian Telecommunications Users Group's Award for Excellence in Management and was a NSW finalist in the Telstra Business Woman of the Year Award. In 2006, she was awarded the National Pearcey Medal for lifetime achievement to the information technology industry.

In 2010 she became a Fellow of Monash University.