Shirley is the CEO of the GO Foundation and the Deputy Chair of YMCA NSW.
A member of the International Women’s Forum, the New York Bar and the Risk and Audit Committee of the YMCA, Shirley has spent the bulk of her career working as a banking and finance lawyer.
Shirley started her career as a lawyer at the New York law firm of Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton. She worked in Japan and across Asia for 8 years, as an Associate at Cleary Gottlieb and as Regional Counsel for JP Morgan Investment Management.
After working on a number of community initiatives, including writing a biography for a World War 2 Prisoner-of-War, Shirley returned to banking and finance joining the legal team at BT Financial Group and Westpac Banking Corporation. Prior to joining the GO Foundation, Shirley was Counsel in the Treasury team at Westpac.
Shirley believes fiercely in the power of diversity and inclusion and is an advocate for increasing diversity amongst corporate and not-for-profit boards, and senior management. She is also a strong advocate for a Reconciliation and the strength that all Australians can all draw from Indigenous Australia and its heritage and culture, the oldest living culture in the world.
The GO Foundation provides scholarships to Indigenous day students from primary school through to university. Scholarships are provided in a collaborative Ecosystem where GO works with partner organisations to provide cultural mentoring, corporate mentoring, employment and internship pathways, STEM training, leadership training and access to a broad variety of opportunities.