SAGE Ltd Governance and Structure

The SAGE Limited company was registered in November 2019. The SAGE Ltd Board of Directors and its Chief Executive Officer are fully responsible for the SAGE business, following a successful transition of its governance, financial and operational activities in October 2020.

The Board of Directors of SAGE Ltd is responsible for the corporate governance and strategic vision of the Company.

SAGE Ltd was established as a not-for-profit company limited by guarantee with the Australian Academy of Science and the Australian Academy of Technology and Engineering as its two founding company members (shareholders). This positions SAGE Ltd as an accreditation body that remains independent of the HER sector it accredits, but is underpinned by the reputations of the two founding Learned Academies.

The seven Non-Executive Directors of the SAGE Ltd Board were appointed, based on their skills, by the founding academies. The Chair of the Board is independent of the founding academies, while four Directors are academies-nominated directors. The Chief Executive Officer is an ex-officio Director. The SAGE Ltd Board membership was announced on 29 September 2020.

SAGE Ltd Board Members

Libby Lyons, Chairwoman

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Libby Lyons was the Director of the Workplace Gender Equality Agency from October 2015 to April 2021. She oversaw the statutory reporting process that gathers gender equality data from more than 10,000 employers, covering more than 4 million employees. Soon after taking up her appointment at the Agency, Libby initiated the development of a strategic plan focused on maximising the Agency’s world-leading dataset and expanding the reach and impact of gender reporting nationally and internationally.

As part of this strategic vision, Libby has travelled to Singapore, Chile, Argentina, Mauritius, Indonesia, Vietnam, The Philippines, South Korea and Japan to speak with government and private enterprise on the business case for gender equality and the Agency’s dataset. She also presented at the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women in New York in 2018 and 2019.

In leading the Agency, Libby focused on working closely with employers to achieve gender equality. She regularly took part in roundtable and speaking events where business leaders and their peers got together to share experiences, challenges and successes in creating workplaces where employees are equally recognised and rewarded for their skills, regardless of gender.

Libby has been featured in Apolitical’s 100 Most Influential People Working in Gender Policy and in 200 Women Who Will Change the Way You See the World. She is a member of Chief Executive Women and a proud Ambassador for Honour a Woman, a volunteer organisation working to achieve gender balance in the Australian honours system.

Prior to joining the Agency, Libby had a distinguished career in corporate affairs and government relations, including heading up BHP’s Olympic Dam corporate affairs division, as well as senior roles at Atlas Iron, CITIC Pacific Mining, Alcoa of Australia, the Western Power Corporation and Telstra.

Libby has a strong personal commitment to public service, having started her career as a primary school teacher. She also sat on the boards of non-profit organisations SIDS and Kids WA, and was Executive Chairman for Kalparrin, a charity that supports the families of children with special needs and disabilities.


Dr Bruce Godfrey FTSE, Non-Executive Director

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After completing a Bachelor of Engineering (Electrical) at the University of Queensland and a PhD in solar photovoltaics at the University of New South Wales, Bruce’s career has been built in business, innovation investment and technology development fields. He has focused on the advancement and commercialisation of technologies (particularly new energy technologies – renewable, enabling and low emission fossil), investment readiness of products and companies, and innovation policy and programs.

In addition to his full-time management, technical and consulting roles since 1980, Bruce has been a member of assessment committees for numerous Commonwealth and Victorian government R&D and innovation and deployment support programs across a wide range of energy technologies including solar, wind, geothermal, marine, biofuels, fuel cells, hydrogen, battery storage, enabling and distributed energy resources integration and brown coal utilisation. He understands well the opportunities and challenges for developers and suppliers of new and renewable energy technologies, products and services that are used in or could penetrate energy supply chains in Australia and overseas.

A Fellow of the Australian Academy of Technology and Engineering, he is a Director and Vice-President Diversity of the Academy. He has chaired Expert Working Groups for the Australian Council of Learned Academies (ACOLA) on Delivering Sustainable Urban Mobility (2015) and on Energy Storage (2017).


Dr Rosalind Dubs FTSE FAICD, Non-Executive Director

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Dr Ros Dubs has had a diverse international business career, holding senior executive and board roles in publicly listed, private and government companies. She is a non-executive director of ASC Pty Ltd, Astronomy Australia Ltd, ANU Enterprise Pty Ltd, the SmartSat CRC Ltd and the Taronga Conservation Society. She is a former NED of Aristocrat Leisure Limited and the Australian Academy of Technology and Engineering.

Trained as a scientist, Dr Dubs’ executive career gave her wide-ranging commercial and international experience in the aviation, transport and defence industries, and she specialised in the management of large engineering organisations. As part of multinational electronics company Thales SA, she was the Paris-based Operations Vice-President of its global air traffic management business, and prior to that Managing Director of the navigation aids business in Stuttgart, Germany. Her most recent executive position was Deputy Vice-Chancellor (External Relations) at the University of Technology Sydney, where she fostered engagement between academia and business.

Dr Dubs chaired the Australian Space Industry Innovation Council from 2010 to 2012. She has also been Director of Operations Support for Airservices Australia, Registrar of the ANU, and served in CSIRO’s senior executive service during 1983-85.


Professor Marilyn A Anderson AO FAA FTSE, Non-Executive Director

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Professor Marilyn A Anderson has over 30 years’ experience in scientific research in the area of plant biochemistry and genetics. After completing a BSc Honours at The University of Melbourne and a PhD in Biochemistry at La Trobe University, Professor Anderson spent seven years in the United States working on diabetes at the University of Miami and oncogenes at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory.

She is a Professor of Biochemistry in the La Trobe Institute of Molecular Science at La Trobe University and is a Member of the Australian Academy of Science Council. She is a founding scientist of the biotechnology company Hexima and was appointed Hexima’s Chief Science Officer in July 2009 and to the board of directors on 23 November 2010. Professor Anderson was a director at South East Water Limited for over 10 years prior to a 6-year term on the board of City West Water.

She is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science, of the Australian Academy of Technology and Engineering and of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Professor Anderson was made an Officer of the Order of Australia in the 2016 Australia Day Honours list.


Professor James A Angus AO, Non-Executive Director

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James Angus is now an Honorary Professorial Fellow and Professor Emeritus in the Department of Pharmacology and Therapeutics in the Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences (MDHS), University of Melbourne.

In July 2013 he completed a 10 year term as Dean of the Faculty of MDHS at the University of Melbourne. Before becoming Dean, he was Professor and Head of the Department of Pharmacology and Deputy Dean of the Faculty of MDHS. At the University of Melbourne, Professor Angus has been President of the Academic Board (2000-2001), Pro Vice-Chancellor (1999-2001) and member of University Council (1999-2001)

Professor Angus was awarded the Gottschalk Medal of the Australian Academy of Science (1984), is a Fellow of the Academy and has been a member of its Council. He is an Honorary Fellow of the Australian Academy of Health and Medical Sciences. In 2003 he was awarded Australia’s Centenary Medal for contribution to Pharmacology and the Community.

Professor Angus was a First Vice-President of the International Union of Pharmacology (IUPHAR) and was President of the Australasian Society of Clinical and Experimental Pharmacologists and Toxicologists. From 2009-2011 he was President of Medical Deans Australia and New Zealand.

His current roles include: Director, National Stem Cell Australia Foundation; Chair, Melbourne University Sport Advisory Board; Director, Jack Brockhoff Foundation; Director, Royal Children’s Hospital Foundation; Chair, Campus Council at RCH; President of the National Stroke Foundation; Chair, Australian Advisory Council on the Medicinal Use of Cannabis; Director, Science in Australia Gender Equity Ltd; and member of the Melbourne University Publishing Advisory Board.

He was appointed an Officer of the Order of Australia in 2010 for distinguished service to biomedical research, particularly in the fields of pharmacology and cardiovascular disease, as a leading academic and medical educator, and as a contributor to a range of advisory boards and professional organisations both nationally and internationally.

Ongoing Engagement

SAGE will seek to engage external expertise and skills to inform key priorities. This will see even closer engagement with the SAGE community through specialist working groups on, for example, the SAGE data framework and data for benchmarking. Another area of focus will be on providing direct advisory support and training to SAGE subscribers.


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