Paula Benson

Paula Benson, Chair
MA (Journalism), UTS and BA (Spanish & Latin American Studies), UNSW

Paula joined the board of Ovarian Cancer Australia in 2007 and was elected chair in 2010.

Paula is a leading corporate affairs professional and non-executive director with almost twenty years’ experience in financial services, media, resources, infrastructure and the education sector. She is currently Executive General Manager Corporate Affairs at National Australia Bank and has held senior roles in business and the media including General Manager, Corporate Responsibility, National Australia Bank; General Manager Corporate Affairs at Alcoa of Australia; Manager Public Affairs, RMIT University; and Producer, A Current Affair, Channel 9.

Paula is a former Director of the Port of Melbourne Corporation, the Royal Women’s Hospital Foundation and Regional Arts Victoria.

Paula holds a Master of Arts in Journalism from the University of Technology, Sydney and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of New South Wales.

Paula is an ovarian cancer survivor. She was diagnosed in 2003 and underwent a radical hysterectomy at age 34. She feel very fortunate that her cancer was caught early and she is able to use her skills and experience to make a contribution to Ovarian Cancer Australia.

“I am absolutely passionate about achieving our mission to save lives and ensure no woman with ovarian cancer walks alone. To the women of Australia diagnosed with ovarian cancer, my commitment to you is that I will walk with you and together we will change the ovarian cancer story.”