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Ms Birkensleigh joins Wide Bay following 24 years at PricewatershouseCoopers, where she was a global lead for governance risk and compliance, a national lead partner for risk and a controls solutions and service team leader for performance improvement.
She is currently the non-executive director of several companies, including MLC and Plum Financial Services.
Wide Bay said Ms Birkensleigh’s experience will be an asset in continuing to strengthen its risk management and compliance framework.
“We are pleased to welcome Sandra to the board as she is regarded as an industry expert in respect of the development and maintenance of compliance programs, particularly for financial services,” the company said.
“She is very familiar with many of the internal and external requirements and obligations that Wide Bay Australia must meet.”
Ms Birkensleigh will start her new role at the end of January 2015.