Alex Badenoch

Alex Badenoch

Alex is Group Executive Transformation, Communications and People at Telstra. She has worked with the organisation since 2016 and is accountable for the transformation roadmap and orchestrating the delivery of Telstra’s key priorities with a focus on transforming the way employees work. Prior to Telstra, Alex was the Director of Human Resources, Corporate Affairs and Customer at Asciano, Australia’s largest rail and ports operator, and brings a wealth of experience dealing with a highly diversified and international workforce.

What inspired you to join the Board?

I am passionate about the development of digital skills in Australia. Technology skills shortages were already an urgent issue before the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. We now need to boost numbers at a much faster rate to support our nation’s transforming businesses and the digitisation of our economy.  Fewer new students in Australia currently enter STEM degrees than in other OECD countries, and this needs to change. It is critical that we provide learning avenues for both new entrants to the job market and people who need to re-skill to align to areas where there is job growth. Being on the Board is a great way to play an active role in this important national agenda.

What do ‘digital skills’ mean in your life and business?

I am passionate about the development of digital skills in Australia. Technology skills shortages were already an urgent issue before the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. We now need to boost numbers at a much faster rate to support our nation’s transforming businesses and the digitisation of our economy.  Fewer new students in Australia currently enter STEM degrees than in other OECD countries, and this needs to change. It is critical that we provide learning avenues for both new entrants to the job market and people who need to re-skill to align to areas where there is job growth. Being on the Board is a great way to play an active role in this important national agenda.

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