Rufus Black joins Corrs Board

10 November 2010

Corrs Chambers Westgarth has appointed Rufus Black to its Board as its second external director.

Rufus Black is currently the Master of Ormond College and a Principal Fellow in the Department of Philosophy at the University of Melbourne, and Chair of the Board of Teach for Australia. An ethicist, theologian and strategic adviser, he writes and works on ethical and public policy issues. Prior to becoming Master of Ormond, Rufus worked at McKinsey & Company for nine years, where he was a partner and played leadership roles in the firm’s Asia Pacific Organisation.

His strategic work included a Report for the Secretary of Defence and Chief of the Defence Force on improving governance and accountability in the Department of Defence, the development of corporate strategies for professional services firms and creating a reform agenda to improve the performance of a commercial legal system. Rufus has also led the design and delivery of a program to develop leaders for a network of 20 large companies in Asia and the design of a major cultural transformation program for a multinational financial institution.

His work on ethics and public policy issues includes chairing the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute’s Human Ethics Research Committee, and serving on the Board of Committee for the Economic Development of Australia (CEDA) and the advisory council of McDonald Centre for Theology, Ethics and Public Life in Oxford. Rufus holds degrees in law and politics from the University of Melbourne and completed a Masters and Doctorate in Theology at the University of Oxford, where he studied as a Rhodes Scholar.

Corrs Partner and Chairman of the Board, John Kelly, welcomed the appointment. “Rufus’ deep knowledge of cultural change programs and expertise in ethical and public policy will be an asset to our business. We are very pleased to have been able to attract him to our Board. His knowledge and expertise adds an external point of view of the highest calibre.”

Rufus joins former Secretary of the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet, Dr Peter Shergold AC who was appointed as an external director in June 2009.

Rufus Black’s appointment to the Corrs Board commences in October 2010 and is for a three year term.


For further information, contact Natasha Stevenson on +61 7 3228 9307 or Kate Piper on +61 2 9210 6854.