Since 2015 Deirdre has been Chief Operating Officer at Arts Centre Melbourne, Australia’s largest and busiest performing arts centre where her responsibilities include Finance, IT and digital, Facilities Management, Strategic Planning, Risk Management, Legal and Governance.
Prior to joining ACM, Deirdre has held executive roles in health and financial services for more than 25 years in the private, public and not for profit sectors in Australia and overseas, mainly in large, complex multi-site organisations.
After qualifying as a Chartered Accountant Deirdre built a commercially focused finance career, primarily at BUPA where she was CFO of the expatriate health insurance business before relocating to Melbourne to create and lead the Finance function of BUPA Australia.
Deirdre was Executive Director Finance at Alfred Health from 2009-12. As CFO and Acting CEO, Deirdre then led Ansvar Insurance during a major transformation and performance turnaround.
Deirdre has particular interests in strategic leadership and transformation, risk management and governance and in values-based commercial sustainability.
Deirdre has held a number of Board roles, and was a member of Cancer Council Victoria’s Finance, Risk Management, Audit and Compliance Committee from 2012 to 2018.
In 2017 Deirdre was appointed to the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre Board She is also Chair of the Audit and Risk Management Committee and is a member of the Community Advisory and Remuneration Committees.