Inclusion and Diversity Reference Panel
Rhonda Brighton-Hall FCPHR
Founder & CEO, mwah
Non-executive Director and Inclusion & Diversity Reference 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.
Sandra Cormack, FAHRI
General Manager, Stakeholder Relationships, AHRI
Sandra Cormack provides strategic insight and input across the range of AHRI’s products and services, including building AHRI’s relationships and alliances. She manages the activities of the National President’s Forum − AHRI’s networking forum for senior HR Directors from Australia’s largest corporations and plays a lead role with AHRI’s Advisory Reference Panels.
Cormack has over 30 years’ experience working in professional development, management education, event programming, strategic and business development roles. Prior to AHRI, Cormack held roles with the Australian Institute of Management, Macquarie Graduate School of Management, Australian Business and the NSW Department of Education and Training.
Brooke Everett CAHRI
General Manager, People and Performance Branch, Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development
Brooke Everett has a wealth of experience in senior human resource roles in both government and the private sector. In her current role as the head of human resources at the Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development, Everett is responsible for diversity, workforce strategy, organisational development, employment terms and conditions, work health and safety, and recruitment.
Formerly she worked with the Australian Public Service Commission where she was responsible for Diversity Policy for the Australian Public Service. Everett holds a Bachelor of Business (Management and Accounting) and a Master of Business (Human Resource Management).
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
Former HR Director, Equifax
Cate Hathaway joined Veda, now Equifax, in July 2014, and has held senior executive positions across the banking, building resources and insurance industries for more than 20 years.
Before joining Veda, Hathaway was the HR director for St. George Banking Group, responsible for all aspects of HR and communications to 5,500 employees across the four brands. Previously with Boral for 12 years, Hathaway was responsible for HR, health and safety and sustainability in the Australian and Asian businesses and accountable for significant transformational change, leadership and talent management programs. Her early career involved 12 years in the insurance sector in line management roles.
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
Director Human Resources/Global Head of Inclusion & Diversity, Lendlease
Chris Lamb is Global Head of 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 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.
Richard Oliver FAHRI
First Assistant Secretary People Services, Department of Defence
Richard Oliver is the Head of People Services for the Department of Defence. He returned to Defence in 2012 after 15 years in a number of senior roles in various Australian Commonwealth Government agencies.
In his current role he is responsible for a wide range of People Services including Pay and Administration for both the Australian Defence Force and the Department’s civilian workforce, a range of HR support services, and Work Health and Safety. Oliver is also the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex (LGBTI) Champion of the Defence Department.
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.
Strategic Advisor, Male Champions of Change Institute
Executive Ambassador, Catalyst Australia
Troy Roderick has specialised in Diversity & Inclusion for around 20 years. He is a member of the Australian Human Rights Commission’s Working Group on Cultural Diversity & Inclusive Leadership; the Advisory Council for the “Diversity and Inclusion in Asia Network” of Community Business; and the global Expert Community of Catalyst’s Research Centre for Corporate Practice.
Roderick is also an active White Ribbon Ambassador and the Executive Ambassador of Catalyst Australia.
In 2015 and 2016, Roderick was recognised in The Economist’s Global Diversity List “Top 50 diversity professionals in industry”.
Barbara Taylor CAHRI
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 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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