2016 Queensland Australian of the Year
Over a career in the Australian Regular Army spanning 40 years, she held a wide variety of regimental and staff appointments. She was awarded the Order of Australia on 26 January 2012 for her exceptional service to The Australian Army.
Head of Human Resources, Australia and Global Head of Diversity, Lendlease
In 2009 Chris established Lendlease's Australian Diversity Council and in 2012 Lendlease’s first Global Diversity Council with a goal to lead the Property & Construction industries in diversity practices.
Executive General Manager, Organisational development
As a senior business executive Deb Howcroft has led business turnarounds, been involved in business start ups and has worked within a corporate centre to affect the changes required to align businesses with customer needs.
Managing Partner, Human Capital, PwC
Debra Eckersley is the Managing Partner for Human Capital at PwC Australia and is therefore responsible for the people agenda including alignment with the Firm's business priorities with a strong focus on the attraction, retention, engagement and development of our people in order to optimise our service to clients.
Dr Graeme Russell is an internationally recognised consultant, researcher and writer. Graeme has worked extensively on Diversity & Inclusion and Flexibility strategies in a wide range of global organisations over the past 25 years.
Manager Advisory Services, KPMG Australia, President of the Board, UN Women Australia
Elizabeth Shaw works as a Manager in KPMG’s Advisory practice. She also holds leadership roles in the not-for-profit sector, currently serving as the President of the Australian National Committee for UN Women and the Deputy Chair of Inclusion WA.
Director of equity and diversity strategy, Sydney University
Fiona Krautil spent 20 years leading and implementing diversity policy and strategy in some of Australia’s largest organisations, including ANZ, Esso Australia and Westpac.
British High Commissioner to Australia
Menna Rawlings joined the Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO) in 1989 and has served in a wide range of Diplomatic Service roles. She was mostly recently a member of the Foreign and Commonwealth Management Board as HR Director.
Founder & Director, Psynapse Psychometrics
Jennifer Whelan is a former academic and internationally recognised thought leader and consultant specialising in corporate diversity.
Executive Officer, Rape & Domestic Violence Services Australia
Karen has worked in the field of violence against women for over thirty years. She is clear that it is every person’s human right to live their life free of violence and that when violence occurs, it is every person’s right to receive compassionate professional assistance.
Adjunct lecturer Centre Gender Related Violence Studies, School of Social Sciences, UNSW
Ludo McFerran has been an activist in the Australian domestic violence sector since 1978. She has worked in most aspects of the sector and was the first chair of the national peak body. She pioneered policy on support systems to enable women and children to stay safely in their homes, and the introduction of domestic violence rights and entitlements in Australian industrial and discrimination instruments.
Founder & CEO, CareerTrackers
Michael Combs is a graduate of the University of Northern Colorado where he earned a degree in Business Administration with a major in finance, marketing and a minor in legal studies.
Author and journalist
Narelle has held senior roles with Australia’s leading media groups, including the ABC, the Australian Financial Review, SBS TV and in the Parliamentary Press Gallery with BRW Magazine.
Global Talent Manager, Telstra
Nicole Tzavaras has worked in human resources within the telecommunications industry since 2006, joining Telstra in 2008. Her deep experience as an HR generalist and talent specialist has been most recently applied as the lead of Telstra's global talent strategy.
Rhonda Brighton-Hall has 25 years' experience in senior human resources, communications and line leadership roles across Australia, Europe, Asia and the USA. Most recently, Rhonda was the executive general manager of organisation development with the Commonwealth Bank of Australia following a period as general manager of human resources of the Retail Bank.
First Assistant Secretary People Services, Department of Defence
Richard Oliver is the First Assistant Secretary People Services for the Australian Department of Defence. Until late in 2015, he was the Head/First Assistant Secretary of People Policy and Culture, also for Defence.
Head of Sustainability, Virgin Australia
Robert Wood heads up the Sustainability department for the Virgin Australia Group of Airlines. Robert is a member of the Group People Culture & Sustainability senior leadership team.
Managing Director, Rodin Genoff & Associates
Rodin Genoff is an award-winning, globally recognised innovation and clusters specialist, who has developed practical collaboration tools that bring companies together to fast-track new products and services for global markets.
Executive Manager, Group Diversity & Inclusion, Commonwealth Bank of Australia
Ryan Burke is the Executive Manager of Group Diversity & Inclusion at the Commonwealth Bank, and has been instrumental in developing the Group's new 3 year Diversity & Inclusion Strategy.
National Managing Partner of People, Performance & Culture, Australia, KPMG
Susan Ferrier is responsible for leading the design and implementation of the Australian firm's People Strategy. She holds over 30 years of international experience working with boards and on executive teams in large global financial services organisations, professional services firms and a technology start-up.
Director, Workforce & Information Services, City of Sydney
Susan Pettifer has worked as an executive director with large health and public sector institutions and has designed strategy, leadership and workforce development tools.
Director, People and Organisation, PwC
Susan leads PwC’s Diversity and Inclusion consulting practice and 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.
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