Gig Guide: Robyn Denholm joins SafetyCulture board

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Tesla and Tech Council of Australia chair Robyn Denholm has joined the board of local tech company SafetyCulture, after serving as an advisor since late 2021.

Ms Denholm joins the board of SafetyCulture in her capacity as operating partner of venture capital firm Blackbird Ventures, which was an early investor in the company. She replaces Blackbird co-founder and partner Rick Baker, who has been a strategic advisor and SafetyCulture board member for the past 10 years.

SafetyCulture chief executive and founder Luke Anear thanked Mr Baker for his contributions and said he is excited to welcome Ms Denholm to the board, who he described as “an incredible role model”.

“I’m incredibly grateful to have met [Mr Baker] and been on this journey with him. As one of our first investors, he has always believed in our potential and what we are trying to do. I can safely say that we wouldn’t be where we are today without him on our side,” said Mr Anear.

Robyn Denholm
Tesla chair Robyn Denholm also chairs the Technology Council of Australia

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Mark Sims. Image: LinkedIn

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Nadia Taggart. Image: LinkedIn

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