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Inclusion and Diversity Reference Panel


Rhonda Brighton-Hall FCPHR

Founder & CEO | mwah.
Non-Executive Director and Inclusion & Diversity Reference Panel Chair | AHRI

Rhonda 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.


Dr Jacqui Abbott CAHRI

Consultant | 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. Jacqui was an elected board member of Diversity Council Australia between 2012-2016 and remains on the research committee. The research for Jacqui’s 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 CAHRI

Diversity Lead | Fire & Rescue NSW

Sonja 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 Sonja worked at the University of Sydney, UNSW and Singtel /Optus in diversity leadership capacities. A creative and pragmatic Inclusionist, Sonja’s 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.  Sonja 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

Consultant | Rose Clements Consultant

Rose 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, Rose 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

Sandra Cormack, FAHRI

National Manager, Strategic Development | AHRI

Sandra 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.

Sandra has over 30 years’ experience working in professional development, management education, event programming, strategic and business development roles. Prior to AHRI, Sandra 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 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, Brooke 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. Brooke 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 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. Liz has worked in global, regional and local roles based in Hong Kong and Sydney.

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

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Lyn Goodear FAHRI

CEO and Managing Director | AHRI

Lyn Goodear is the Chief Executive Officer of the Australian Human Resources Institute. She was appointed to the role in December 2012. Lyn was formerly National Manager, Professional Development at AHRI, a position she held from 2005 to 2012. Previously she held leadership and management roles within the education sector at Southwest Institute of TAFE and Deakin Australia, in addition to accounting roles within the mining and engineering industries located in the United States and Australia. She has also managed her own consulting business. Lyn has a Bachelor of Business and a Master of Education (Leadership and Management). She is an alumnus of the Mt Eliza Business School Leadership Program and the Advanced Human Resources Executive Program of the Ross Business School, Michigan, USA.


Cate Hathaway FAHRI

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, Catherine 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, Catherine 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. Catherine's early career involved 12 years in the insurance sector in line management roles.

Fiona Krautil

Fiona Krautil CAHRI

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. Fiona 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.

Fiona 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.

Fiona’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 Fiona launched her book Diversity unplugged – How leading CEOs champion workplace inclusion.


Chris Lamb FAHRI

Director Human Resources/Global Head of Inclusion & Diversity | Lend Lease

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

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

Kristy Macfarlane

Kristy Macfarlane CAHRI

Senior Manager, 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, Kristy is leveraging her talent, capability, culture and leadership experience to ensure inclusion is at the heart of NAB’s culture. 

Kristy 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, Kristy’s tenacity with numbers and passion for people is translating in NAB’s ability to build a high performance inclusive culture.

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Richard Oliver FAHRI

First Assistant Secretary People Services | Department of Defence

Richard 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. Richard is also the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex (LGBTI) Champion of the Defence Department.

Susan Price

Susan Price CAHRI

Global Head, People and Organisation | PwC

Susan Price established PwC’s Diversity and Inclusion consulting practice. She works with organisations to manage and capitalise on the differences in their people, whether that be gender, age, culture, thought or any other dimension of difference. This work ranges from a  compliance/reporting perspective, through to working with senior leadership teams to develop policy settings and measure outcomes.  Susan is also the Diversity and Inclusion leader for the People & Organisation service line, and advises PwC on its own diversity strategy.

Susan is a board member of Epilepsy Action, and was recognised as a NSW Woman Lawyer of the Year in 2015 for her work in advancing women in the legal profession.


Troy Roderick

Global Head of Diversity & Inclusion | Telstra 

Troy Roderick has specialised in Diversity & Inclusion for around 20 years, joining Telstra in April 2007. 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.

Troy is also an active White Ribbon Ambassador and the Executive Ambassador of Catalyst Australia.

In 2015 and 2016, Troy was recognised in The Economist’s Global Diversity List “Top 50 diversity professionals in industry”.


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