Victoria Weekes

Victoria Weekes with Rose De Freycinet's letters, shot on Level 2, SRL building


Victoria Weekes is a professional non-executive director with more than 30 years’ experience in the financial services sector. Victoria is currently the Independent Chair of OnePath Custodians and a director of the ASX listed URB Investments. Victoria is also Chairman of the NSW Treasury Audit & Risk Committee, Deputy Chair of Sydney Local Health District and Deputy Chair of SGCH, one of NSW’s largest community housing providers. Victoria is President of FINSIA and a member of the ASIC Markets Disciplinary Panel. Victoria was appointed inaugural Chairman of the Australian Gender Equality Council in 2018, and is the immediate past Chair of the Library’s Audit & Risk Committee.

What inspired you to take this role?

In my past role as the Library’s Audit & Risk Committee Chair, I developed a deep affection for the Library and all it has to offer the community.  The Library’s collection continues to inspire me with its incredible depth and breadth, which is ever changing and evolving. I have a passion for lifelong learning, and the many and varied dimensions that can take. I am a firm believer that the Library should be accessible to and connect with everyone in the community - even those who may not consider themselves traditional library-goers. I am privileged to be able to continue to play a role in its future.

Photo: Victoria Weekes is photographed with Rose de Freycinet’s journal, September 1817 - October 1820. In 1817, Rose’s husband, Louis de Freycinet was given command of the Uranie to lead a major scientific and exploring expedition of the Pacific. While it was against regulations for women to be on board,  Rose slipped aboard to join the expedition and her descriptions of the voyage and their visit to Sydney provide a significant counterpoint to the published expedition accounts.