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National law firm Slater and Gordon today paid tribute to Anna Booth, upon her appointment as a Deputy President of Fair Work Australia.

Ms Booth has today resigned as Chair and a non-executive member of the Slater and Gordon board, to take up the new government-appointed position, effective 16 March.

Slater and Gordon Managing Director Andrew Grech congratulated Ms Booth on her appointment and thanked her for her leadership and governance work.

“While it is regretful that Anna has had to resign as Chair, we are proud to have a member of our board appointed to such an important position,” Mr Grech said.

“Anna is a workplace relations specialist who is highly skilled in facilitation, collective decision-making and mediation and we know that she will fill the role of Deputy President with great knowledge, expertise and enthusiasm.”

Mr Grech said Ms Booth, who had been the Chair of Slater and Gordon’s board since the law firm listed on the Australia Securities Exchange (ASX) in 2007, had overseen a period of substantial growth at Slater and Gordon.

“Anna brought a broad knowledge of government and corporate environments, particularly in the banking and financial services sector, to our board at a critical time,” he said.

“Anna performed a key leadership role over an historic period for our law firm.

“At the time that Anna took on her role our firm had just over 400 employees across 26 locations, today we have more than 1100 staff across 61 locations in Australia, with plans for expansion to the UK.”

“Along with growth in staffing numbers and locations, we have also undertaken many strategic initiatives, such as the diversification of our legal areas to ensure that our business is in a good position.”

Ms Booth said it had been a difficult decision.

“I am proud of the company that Slater and Gordon has become. It is a firm that values its history, its clients and its staff, and I wish all staff, management and the board all the best,” Ms Booth said.

“It has been a privilege to have been a part of such a transformative time at Slater and Gordon and to have worked with such a good board and management team. It is difficult to leave at this point in time, however opportunities of this significance only come along once in a lifetime.”

Mr Grech said the board would commence a recruitment program to select and appoint a new non-executive board member immediately.

Anna Booth background

In 1987 Anna became the first woman National Secretary of the Clothing and Allied Trades Union of Australia and upon amalgamation, the Textiles, Clothing and Footwear Union of Australia. She has been a vice president of the Australian Council of Trade Unions (“ACTU”) and a member of the boards of the Commonwealth Bank of Australia and NRMA. She was also a member of the Sydney Organising Committee for the Olympic Games (“SOCOG”). Anna is a non-executive director of Industry Super Holdings Pty Ltd, along with subsidiary Industry Funds Management and now de-merged ME Bank. She is also an executive director of CoSolve Pty Ltd where she consults in workplace relations. Ms Booth commenced her position as Chair of the Slater and Gordon board just prior to the firm’s listing on the ASX in May 2007.

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