Paula Benson


Paula is a leading Corporate Affairs professional and Non Executive Director with almost twenty years experience in large Banking & Financial Services, Media, Education and Resource sector organisations. She has extensive knowledge of communications and issues management, government relations, community and stakeholder engagement.

Paula is currently the Executive General Manager Corporate Affairs at National Australia Bank (NAB) and has held senior roles in business and the media including: General Manager, Corporate Responsibility, NAB (2011 – 2014), General Manager Corporate Affairs at Alcoa of Australia (2006 – 2009); Manager Corporate Affairs, Alcoa of Australia (2003 – 2005); Manager Public Affairs, RMIT University (2000 – 2002) and Producer, A Current Affair, Channel 9 (1996 – 2000).

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

Paula has also managed her own consulting business and provided strategic advice to corporations, small business and NFPs on Government Relations, Corporate Communications & Issues Management, Community & Stakeholder Engagement, and Corporate Responsibility.

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 married to Senator Stephen Conroy and they have a daughter, Isabella.