Dr Kirstin Ferguson
PhD, LLB (Hons), BA (Hons), FAICD
Kirstin is an independent, non-executive director with experience on ASX100, ASX200, private company, not-for-profit and government boards.
Kirstin currently sits on the boards of:
Kirstin has previously been a director of:
Layne Beachley’s Aim for the Stars Foundation
CIMIC Ltd (ASX:CIM)
Dart Energy Ltd (ASX:DTE)
Queensland Rugby Union
Queensland Theatre Company
Queensland Workplace Health and Safety Board
Kirstin was previously on the Advisory Panel of a female led tech startup incubator, SheStarts, and was the Chairman of the Women’s Agenda Leadership Awards judging panel. Kirstin has also been a mentor with the Science & Technology Superstars of STEM program.
Kirstin’s most recent executive role was as CEO of the international consultancy, Sentis. Providing cognitive based health and safety services, Kirstin led a team of psychologists with offices in locations including Australia, Canada, US and Europe. During her time as CEO, Sentis was named by BRW Magazine as the 5th Best Place to Work in Australia.
Prior to her role as a CEO, Kirstin spent many years in a professional services environment as a senior executive with the international law firm Norton Rose Fulbright (then known as Deacons). Kirstin’s was Director of Corporate Services and sat on the firm’s Executive Committee, and also worked closely with the CEO and board of directors on strategy development.
Kirstin began her executive career as an Administration Officer in the Royal Australian Air Force after graduating Dux of her Air Force graduating class as the Australian Defence Force Academy. On graduation, Kirstin was posted to an F-111 Squadron at RAAF Base Amberley.
Dr Kirstin Ferguson has a PhD in the field of safety governance and safety leadership and was awarded the QUT Colin Brain Governance Fellowship, as well as the Dr Eric Wigglesworth Medal by the Safety Institute of Australia, for the contribution of her research to the field of corporate governance and workplace health and safety respectively.
Kirstin is a sought after keynote speaker, panel member and MC. Kirstin speaks on a range of topics including leadership, diversity, social media, health and safety leadership and governance, mental health and #CelebratingWomen.
Kirstin has been awarded the following honours and awards:
Queensland Award for Excellence in Women’s Leadership (2018)
Safety Institute of Australia Dr Eric Wigglesworth Medal (2015)
Australian Financial Review 100 Women of Influence (2014)
QUT Colin Brain Governance Fellow (2012)
Australian Institute of Company Directors Talbot Scholarship (2012)
Australian Institute of Management Brisbane Young Manager of the Year (2005)
Sir Winston Churchill Fellowship (2003)
Australian Defence Medal (1998)
Australian Defence Force Academy Chief of Defence Force Air Force Prize (1993)
Kirstin has had a diverse academic career which includes the following University degrees:
Doctor of Philosophy – Queensland University of Technology
Bachelor of Laws (Honours) – Queensland University of Technology
Bachelor of Arts (Honours) – University of New South Wales
Kirstin is also an Adjunct Professor at the QUT Business School.