Rhonda Brighton-Hall FCPHR
Non-Executive Director, AHRI
A former HR Leader and Telstra Businesswoman of the Year and a current AHRI Director, Rhonda Brighton-Hall is recognised as one of Australia’s foremost experts in human resources and the people side of business, specialising in leadership, innovation and the future design of work. A champion of true workplace diversity, Rhonda’s fundamental belief is that inclusion and good leadership are not only the foundation of good people practices in organisations, but equally of more equitable and prosperous economies and communities.
Rhonda's career has spanned four large multinationals – BHP, Sara Lee, Luxottica and CBA – while living and working in Europe, Asia and the USA.
She now lectures part-time at Sydney University and works with entrepreneurs, businesses and corporations focused on improving the way we work. To this end, she is CEO and Founder of mwah (Making Work Absolutely Human) www.mwah.live
People & Culture – Talent and Change Director, LION
Jane Hill joined LION in 2003 as Global Marketing Director for its wine business. With over 20 years’ experience in marketing, sales and HR, Jane has built brands in Australia, the UK, the US and New Zealand in different businesses including KFC, Pfizer Pharmaceuticals, Schweppes-Cottee’s, Southcorp Wines and LION. In all her roles, a deep understanding of people and what motivates them has been front and centre.
Jane brings external, insight-driven thinking and a deep understanding of people and organisations, particularly in the FMCG industry. In her current role as Talent and Change Director, Jane ensures that LION continues to lead the way on talent, attracting and retaining a diverse workforce and shaping an environment in which everyone flourishes. She also business partners the Managing Director of LION’s Global Alcohol business in Asia and North America. Some recent initiatives include a change to LION’s Reward Strategy, introduction of a new flexibility policy for LION’s 7,000 people and a leadership development program focused on leading in complexity.
Jane has experience in different categories (drinks, food and pharmaceutical) and three degrees in different fields. Her undergraduate degree was Commerce from the University of NSW. Ten years later, she studied at the University of Adelaide achieving a postgraduate diploma in Wine Business and in 2014 she completed a Masters in Applied Science (Psychology of Coaching) at the University of Sydney.
Head of Human Resources, Australia and Global Head of Diversity, Lendlease
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).
Director, 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.
The Hon. Dr Kay Patterson AO
Age Discrimination Commissioner, Australian Human Rights Commission
Dr Kay Patterson was appointed the Age Discrimination Commissioner in July 2016, and brings to this role her strong involvement in issues affecting older people. That year she was also appointed an Officer of the Order of Australia.
Kay taught allied health science students for 11 years. After studying gerontology at the University of Michigan and Pennsylvania State University, she co-developed the first Victorian post-graduate diploma in gerontology and introduced gerontology into the undergraduate behavioural science courses.
Following her election to the Senate in 1987 Kay served on Senate committees, held various shadow portfolios. Appointed to Cabinet in 2001, Kay served in the Health and Social Security portfolios, and fought tirelessly for the removal of the compulsory retirement age of 65 from the Australian Public Service and statutory authorities.
Kay is a Director of the Brockhoff Foundation; a Professorial Fellow Monash University, in the Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences; and a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Diversity & Inclusion Manager, Aurecon
Abbie Wright is Aurecon's Diversity and Inclusion Manager, and has a background in human capital, cultural change and leadership development. Abbie's approach to diversity and inclusion is to "bring others on the journey" by influencing a work environment where everyone can feel safe and accepted regardless of difference.
Abbie leads and delivers a diversity portfolio that supports Aurecon's business strategy and respects client and staff expectations, including Employer of Choice targets. Abbie is a member of the Aurecon Australia and New Zealand leadership team, a mentor and role model for some of Aurecon’s high potential women, and a qualified executive coach.
Abbie sits on the Diversity Council Australia Board, and is the 2014 Australian HR Institute (AHRI) Diversity Champion. In 2015 Abbie led Aurecon’s AHRI award winning mental health program, Mind Matters, which was a runner up for the AHRI gender equality award. In 2016, Abbie led Aurecon’s inclusive workplace effort, leading to an AHRI Award and industry recognition via Aurecon's #Unconventional campaign. Abbie leads Aurecon Pride for LGBTI inclusion – placing Aurecon in the top 30 for LGBTI inclusive organisations as measured by Pride in Diversity’s annual index.
Abbie is a Property Council SA Division Diversity and Inclusion Committee member, and a regular panellist at women and leadership conferences and events. In 2016 Abbie led a partnership with Diversity Council Australia to deliver the Words@Work project to raise awareness on the power of inclusive language. Abbie is currently driving a focus on inclusive leadership within Aurecon, including the integration of attributes that will enable leaders to lead inclusively.
General Manager Safety, Health and Wellbeing, Woolworths Limited
Kevin Figueiredo was born in Kuwait, went to boarding schools in India, studied at West Virginia University, USA and now lives in Sydney, Australia with his wife and two kids. As the General Manager of Safety, Health and Wellbeing at the Woolworths Group, he is responsible for the safety of 200,000 team members and over 23 million customers each week.
Kevin has served on the Australian Network on Disability board since 2006, as well as the Woolworths Employee Credit Union board. Prior to Woolworths, he was the Group Head of Health, Safety and Wellbeing at Westpac Banking and various safety, health and environmental roles at Goodman Fielder.
Kevin is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, the American Society of Safety Engineers and the Safety Institute of Australia. He has a Bachelor’s degree in Chemistry and a Masters in Safety Management. With over 20 years’ experience in leading culture change, Kevin is passionate about the wellbeing and inclusion of all people.
Dr Susan Alberti AC
Chair, Susan Alberti Medical Research Foundation; Retired Vice President, AFL Western Bulldogs Football Club, philanthropist
Dr Susan Alberti AC is one of Australia’s pre-eminent philanthropists, having donated millions of dollars to medical research and other charitable causes over her successful business career. When Susan’s only child, Danielle, died from complications arising from Type 1 diabetes, her commitment to raising funds towards preventing, treating and curing Type 1 diabetes became a dedicated mission, and led her to focus on medical research more broadly.
Susan was awarded the Companion of the Order of Australia (AC) Award in 2016 in recognition of her community service and philanthropy towards medical research and education. Susan was also awarded an AO (Officer of the Order of Australia) on January 2007 and an AM (Member of the Order of Australia) in 1997 for her contributions towards diabetes research.
Susan is Chair of the Susan Alberti Medical Research Foundation, the DANII Foundation and the Victoria University Foundation; Director of the Western Health Foundation, the Western Bulldogs Forever Foundation, the AFL National Women’s League Advisory Group and the National Australia Day Council; (Alma Mater) Patron of Siena College Camberwell; and Governor of the Siena Philanthropic Society. Susan was featured on ABC Australia Story: A league of their own aired on 29 August 2016.
Liz Griffin FAHRI, MBA, Bach. Ed., Dip. Teach
Head of Diversity & Inclusion, CBA
Liz Griffin is a senior organisational development specialist in learning and development, diversity and inclusion and organisational change. Her background includes a variety of roles and responsibilities across several industries including financial services, professional services, airline and education. She has worked in global, regional and local roles based in Hong Kong and Sydney, and as a result, is experienced in operating in complex matrix structured environments in both mature and emerging markets, especially across Asia Pacific.
Liz is a 2002 alumni of the Asialink Leaders program and a member of the Sydney Asialink Alumni Committee. She is also a 2000 alumni of the Benevolent Society’s Sydney Leadership program. In Hong Kong, Liz was an active member of Australian Chamber of Commerce and American Chamber of Commerce, playing significant roles in the HR and Women of Influence Committees. Liz started her career as a school teacher and ballet teacher.
Former Sex Discrimination Commissioner, Convenor of the Male Champions of Change, Special Advisor to the Executive Director of UN Women
Elizabeth Broderick AO has brought together captains of industry, governments and Defence Force chiefs to address gender inequality in Australia and beyond.
As Australia’s longest serving Sex Discrimination Commissioner (2007–2015), Elizabeth worked tirelessly to break down structural and social barriers faced by women and men, and to promote gender equality.
A key advocate for Australia’s paid parental leave scheme, Elizabeth influenced changes to regulations to increase the numbers of women at decision-making level, and to elevate the voices of women in marginalised communities.
She also established and now convenes the globally recognised ‘Male Champions of Change’ strategy, enlisting a ‘who’s who’ of powerful male leaders to tackle workplace gender inequality. Her review into the treatment of women in the Australian Defence Force led to sweeping cultural reforms. She is a powerful and influential voice in the struggle for gender equality, enlisting both women and men as agents of change.
Elizabeth is special adviser to the Executive Director of UN Women on Private Sector Engagement, and co-chair of UN Global Compact’s Women’s Empowerment Principles Leadership Group. She is a member of the Australian Defence Force Gender Equality Board, the Australian Rugby Union Board, and formerly a member of the World Bank Gender Advisory Council. She is senior advisor to the Australian Federal Police Commissioner on cultural change.
In 2016 Elizabeth was appointed an Officer of the Order of Australia and was named 2016 NSW Australian of the Year. She holds Honorary Doctorates of Law from the University of Sydney, University of New South Wales, and the University of Technology Sydney.
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