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Inclusion and Diversity Advisory Panel


Rhonda Brighton-Hall FCPHR

Founder & CEO, mwah
Inclusion & Diversity Advisory Panel Chair, AHRI

Rhonda Brighton-Hall is recognised as one of Australia’s foremost experts in human resources, specialising in leadership, diversity and future of work, but she is more famous for keeping the ‘human’ piece front and centre. Her fundamental belief is that inclusion and good leadership are not only foundational for good people practices in organisations, but equally of more equitable and prosperous economies and communities.  

Her career has spanned four large multinationals − BHP, Sara Lee, Luxottica and CBA, living and working in Europe, Asia and the USA. She now works with entrepreneurs, businesses and leaders focused on improving the way we work, having founded “mwah – Making Work Absolutely Human” in late 2016.


Jacqui Abbott FCPHR

Principal, Jacqui Abbott Consulting

Dr Jacqui Abbott has extensive experience working across industries: in corporate roles at Allens, Shell, Orica, Arthur Andersen, EY, Grant Thornton; consulting partnerships at NBN and Newcrest Mining; and smaller consulting assignments in top 100 companies where she has created cultures that are supportive of diversity and inclusion.

Dr Abbott was an elected board member of Diversity Council Australia between 2012-2016 and remains on the research committee. The research for her PhD explored the latest thinking related to management and employee perspectives of work-life benefits in large multinational organisations, with specific reference to flexibility.


Sonja Braidner CPHR

Diversity Lead, Fire & Rescue NSW

Sonja Braidner is the Diversity and Inclusion lead at Fire and Rescue NSW (FRNSW). She brings a wealth of experience in Organisational Development and Diversity & Inclusion, having consulted across numerous corporate and business sectors for the past 20 years.

Prior to FRNSW Braidner worked at the University of Sydney, UNSW and Singtel /Optus in diversity leadership capacities. A creative and pragmatic Inclusionist, Her expertise lies in the tailored design and delivery of strategy and implementation plans to drive positive cultural change − enabling businesses and their people to share in the many successes afforded by inclusive and synergistic workplaces. Braidner was a founder and 1998 NSW Senate Candidate for an inclusive political party founded in response to societal issues pertaining to diversity.


Rose Clements FCPHR

Executive GM, People And Performance, Empired

Rose Clements has enjoyed a 25-year career as an HR executive, spanning blue chip organisations such as Westpac, Microsoft, PricewaterhouseCoopers and ACNielsen. A results-focused and highly strategic HR business leader with deep experience within multi-functional and multi-site national and international businesses, Clements has proven experience in all aspects of strategic people management. She was named "2012 Australian HR Director of the Year" at the Human Capital Awards and also received the prestigious "David Ulrich HR Leader of the Year" award from the Australian HR Institute in that same year.


Brooke Everett CAHRI

Taskforce Director, Victorian Public Sector Commission


Liz Griffin FAHRI

Head of Inclusion & Diversity, Commonwealth Bank of Australia (CBA)

Liz Griffin is a senior organisational development specialist with deep expertise in learning and development, diversity and inclusion and organisational change. Her background has included roles across several industries including financial services, professional services, airlines and education. Griffin has worked in global, regional and local roles based in Hong Kong and Sydney.

Griffin is an alumni of the Sydney Asialink Leaders program. In Hong Kong, she was an active member of the Australian and American Chambers of Commerce, playing significant roles in HR and Women of Influence Committees.


Cate Hathaway FAHRI

Group General Manager, HR & SHE, GrainCorp Operations Limited

Fiona Krautil

Fiona Krautil CPHR

Principal, Diversity KnowHow

Fiona Krautil works with employers to build diversity and inclusion capability to increase organisation engagement, innovation and profit. She develops and sharpens diversity and inclusion strategies to maximise return on investment. Krautil is also a mentor, coach, facilitator, speaker and author, and delivers diversity, inclusion, unconscious bias and inclusive leadership training that shifts mindsets and culture. Currently Fiona is the D & I Lead on the Science in Australia Gender Equality (SAGE) STEMM pilot, at the University of Sydney.

Krautil was previously the Director of the Equal Opportunity for Women in the Workplace Agency (1999-2004) where she founded the 'Women in Leadership Census'. She has more than 20 years of leadership, diversity and inclusion experience in a range of corporate, government and non-for-profit leadership roles.

Krautil's roles have included Head of Diversity & Inclusion at the University of Sydney, ANZ, Westpac, Esso, and Department of Agriculture. Her clients include universities, financial services, mining, power, retail, and policing. In 2014 Krautil launched her book Diversity unplugged – How leading CEOs champion workplace inclusion.


Chris Lamb FCPHR

Group Head of Talent & Organisational Development, Lendlease

Chris Lamb is Group Head of Talent & Organisational Development for Lendlease. In 2009 Lamb established Lendlease's Australian Diversity Council and in 2012 Lendlease’s first Global Diversity Council with an aspiration to lead the property and construction industries in diversity practices.

Since 2010 Lamb  has been a Non-Executive Director of Diversity Council Australia (DCA) and he currently chairs DCA’s HR committee. He is also a foundation member of the Pride in Diversity Advisory Board. In 2015 Lamb was named AHRI’s HR Diversity Champion at their annual industry awards. He is also a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (GAICD).

Kristy Macfarlane

Kristy Macfarlane CPHR

Head of Diversity & Inclusion, National Australia Bank (NAB)

Kristy Macfarlane is Head of Diversity & Inclusion at NAB, with a focus on building an inclusive culture amongst NAB’s people, with NAB’s customers and in the community. Having been with NAB for seven years, Macfarlane is leveraging her talent, capability, culture and leadership experience to ensure inclusion is at the heart of NAB’s culture. 

Macfarlane is also a qualified Chartered Accountant with more than 16 years’ experience, spanning finance and HR roles with Ernst & Young in Australia and the UK. With a double degree in Commerce and Organisational Behaviour, her tenacity with numbers and passion for people are translating into NAB’s ability to build a high performance inclusive culture.

Caroline McGuire

Caroline McGuire FCPHR

Non-Executive Director and QLD State Council President, AHRI 
HR specialist and Coach, Clariti Consulting 

Caroline McGuire is a commercially focused, strategic and passionate senior human resources professional with over 20 years of experience across a range of industries. She has broad human resources, operational and management experience, and her key strengths include strategic thinking, interpersonal skills and emotional intelligence. She is a passionate champion of developing people through coaching and mentoring and enabling organisations and individuals to achieve win/win objectives. Caroline is also the President of the Queensland State Council of AHRI and sits on the Board of Management Re-think Re-engage Australia. She is an and a proud FCPHR.

Victoria Park

Victoria Park CAHRI

Diversity & Inclusion Program Director, PwC Australia

As the Diversity & Inclusion Program Director for PwC Australia, Victoria Park works with the firm’s executive board, external diversity advisory board, and diversity and inclusion leadership team to design and implement the firm’s diversity and inclusion strategy.

Park is focused on how to bring about organisational change in a market leading company, and how to work with the challenges that conflicting societal values present where we have deep seated gender roles at home, and a desire for equal opportunity for all at work.

In her role as Diversity & Inclusion Program Director, Park has led the design and delivery of Inclusive Leadership Workshops; implementation of gender and diverse cultural background targets for new partner admissions; diversity and inclusion surveys; implementation of ‘All roles flex’; gender pay gap reporting and analysis; and a family and domestic violence support policy and training.

Barbara Taylor

Barbara Taylor CAHRI

Former Head of Talent, Inclusion & Diversity, KPMG

Barbara Taylor is an HR executive with extensive experience leading HR strategy and delivering HR services in professional services, insurance and banking. She is passionate about delivering business performance and creating a place where people want to work and give their best. In her current role with KPMG, she leads the development and implementation of the Inclusion and Diversity strategy as well as leading talent management and talent acquisition.

Sam Turner

Sam Turner CAHRI

Head of Inclusion & Diversity, Westpac Group

Sam Turner is Head of Inclusion & Diversity for Westpac Group. She recently stepped down as the Chair of GLOBAL, Westpac’s LGBTI Employee Action Group. During her time as Chair, Turner led Westpac to be named Employer of the Year for LGBTI Inclusion at the 2016 AWEI Awards. She has also held various senior roles at NAB, BHP and Deloitte. Turner was the Overall Winner for the 2016 Internal Westpac Women of Influence Awards.


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