Dr Jacqui Abbott

Dr Jacqui Abbott CPHR


Dr Jacqui Abbott CPHR 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.

Dr Susan Alberti AC

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.

Sonja Braidner

Sonja Braidner CAHRI

‎Diversity Lead, Fire and Rescue NSW (FRNSW)

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 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.

Rhonda Brighton-Hall

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 FCPHR 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

Elizabeth Broderick

Elizabeth Broderick AO

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.

Adam Davids

Adam Davids

Learning and Development Director, CareerTrackers

Adam Davids is a proud Aboriginal man and graduate from the University of New South Wales where he completed a Bachelor of Commerce with a double major in Business Law and Marketing.

In 2011 Adam joined CareerTrackers to support Indigenous University students to develop professional and leadership skills while undertaking tertiary education. He has since served as a director on the board of organisations focussed on supporting the community such as Clovelly Community Bank, Kool Purple Kookas and Blacademics.

Gina De George

Gina De George

Head of Diversity & Inclusion, Lendlease

Gina De George leads the diversity and inclusion team at Lendlease, engaging senior leaders and employees across the organisation to positively change where we work and how we work together with our colleagues, our industry and the broader community.

Lendlease is recognised for tackling key issues and driving change in the male-dominated construction industry particularly around gender equity, LGBTI inclusion and flexible work. The company is an WGEA Employer of Choice for Gender Equality, a Top 20 Employer for LGBTI Inclusion and is currently implementing game-changing initiatives for flexible work on construction sites.

Kevin Figueiredo

Kevin Figueiredo GAICD

General Manager Safety, Health and Wellbeing, Woolworths Group

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.

Heather Geary

Heather Geary

Oceania Diversity & Inclusiveness Leader, Talent, Ernst & Young Australia

As the Oceania Diversity & Inclusion Leader, Heather Geary is responsible for setting the regional diversity and inclusion strategy for EY, and consulting with business leaders to integrate inclusiveness goals and strategies into all business practices and processes.

Heather has ten years of inclusion experience across Australia and the Asia Pacific region in professional and financial services firms. She came to inclusion with a marketing and communications background and has spent nine years working internationally. Key areas of expertise include gender equality, inclusive leadership, cultural intelligence, management of workplace flexibility, LGBTI equality and disability support.

Elizabeth Griffin

Elizabeth 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.

Richard Griffiths

Richard Griffiths

General Manager Workforce Relations & Strategy, NSW Police Force

Richard Griffiths is the General Manager Workforce Relations & Strategy with NSW Police Force, and as a part of his portfolio, leads the Force’s cultural change, diversity, inclusion and Aboriginal employment portfolios.

Richard’s career has traversed a large part of the NSW Government public sector, having worked for over 20 years for a number of public health entities, vocational education and NSW Police in HR Director and senior HR manager roles. His focus has been to influence cultural change within the public sector.

NSW Police Force runs an award winning program for recruiting, developing and retaining Aboriginal employees in Sworn Police Officer, Special Constable and administrative and support employees.

Jill Hannaford

Jill Hannaford

Technical Services Leader – Australia, GHD

Jill Hannaford is the Technical Services Leader – Australia for GHD, one of the world’s leading engineering, architecture, environmental and construction companies.

Jill is responsible for driving GHD’s technical leadership and development. She is a member of the Australian Leadership Team. Jill pioneered GHD’s stakeholder engagement and social sustainability service offering and founded the International Association for Public Participation in Australia (IAP2). Jill strongly believes in the social and business benefits of an inclusive workforce and community. She champions GHD’s CareerTrackers partnership which she introduced to GHD in 2009 – a program that places Indigenous university students into corporate Australia.

Jane Hill

Jane Hill CAHRI

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.

Fiona Krautil

Fiona Krautil CPHR

Founder & Principal, Diversity Knowhow

Fiona Krautil CPHR 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

Chris Lamb FCPHR

Head of Human Resources (Australia) and Global Head of Diversity, Lendlease

Chris Lamb is a Fellow of the Australian HR Institute (FCPHR) and a member of the AHRI National President's Forum as well as AHRI’s Inclusion & Diversity Reference Panel.

Chris is a non-Executive Director of Diversity Council Australia and sits on the Advisory Board of Pride in Diversity.

Chris is a graduate of Cornell University's Centre for Advanced Human Resources Studies (CAHRS), INSEAD and completed postgraduate studies in Business at the University of Technology Sydney. He is also a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (GAICD).

Richard Oliver

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.

Kay Patterson

The Hon Dr. Kay Patterson AO

Age Discrimination Commissioner, Australian Human Rights Commission

The Hon. Dr Kay Patterson AO 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.

Susan Price

Susan Price CAHRI

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.

Natalie Slessor

Natalie Slessor

General Manager of Workplace and Change, Lendlease

Natalie Slessor is one of Australia's very few environmental psychologists. She has specific expertise on the workplace design of the future and its impact on cities, and is considered a Place User Experience expert.

Natalie has helped organisations use their workplace as a tool for transformational change for the past 20 years. For the past five years, Natalie has been General Manager of Workplace and Change at Lendlease.

Abbie Wright

Abbie Wright MAHRI

Diversity & Inclusion Manager, Aurecon

Abbie Wright, Aurecon's Diversity and Inclusion Manager, is a long standing employee and valued advisor on diversity and inclusion matters. With 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, as well as positioned Aurecon as a runner up for the AHRI gender equality award. In 2016, Abbie led Aurecon’s inclusive workplace effort which resulted in an AHRI award and industry recognition through the Aurecon #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 member of the Property Council SA Division Diversity and Inclusion Committee 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.

Additional speakers to be announced soon.