Heather Ridout

Heather Ridout AO


Heather Ridout is a company director with a long history as a leading figure in the public policy debate in Australia.

Heather is the immediate past Chair of AustralianSuper, the largest industry fund in Australia; a Director of ASX Ltd; Director of Image Networks Holdings Pty Ltd and a Director of Sims Metal Management, the world's largest publicly listed recycling company.

Her other appointments include member of the Boards of: the Australian Chamber Orchestra; Asialink; Advance Australia Advisory Board; L.E.K. Consulting Advisory Board, Note Printing Australia; RAND Australia Advisory Board and is a member of ASIC's External Advisory Panel.

Up until 30 April 2012, Heather was Chief Executive of the Australian Industry Group - a major, national employer organisation representing a cross section of industry including manufacturing, defence, ICT and labour hire.

Her previous appointments include: member of the Reserve Bank Board; member of the Henry Tax Review panel; board member of Infrastructure Australia; member of the Business Roundtable on Climate Change; member of the National Workplace Relations Consultative Committee; member of the Prime Minister's Taskforce on Manufacturing; co-Chair of the Australian-Canada Economic Leadership Dialogue and a delegate to the B20 which is the key business advisory body to the G20.

In June 2013, Heather was awarded the rank of Officer of the Order of Australia (AO) in the general division for distinguished service to business and industry through significant contributions to the development of economic and public policy.