DCA has a prestigious Board of Directors representing diversity leaders in Australian business with extensive experience in the fields of business, HR, law, management and accounting. Our directors are:
David Morrison served as an officer in the Australian Army for over 36 years, retiring in May 2015. His final appointment was as Chief of Army, a position he held for four years. During his military career, he saw operational service in Bougainville and East Timor and held a broad range of leadership and management positions. He was appointed as an Officer in the Order of Australia in 2010.
During his tenure as the Chief of Army, David took a strong public stand on matters of military culture especially those related to increasing gender and cultural diversity in the Army. He is committed to improving the opportunities for men and women to reach their potential through developing a greater appreciation of the benefits of more inclusive and diverse societies. Since 2013, he has been a member of the Male Champions of Change, a group of male leaders advocating for and acting to advance gender equality.
David was appointed Australian of the Year for 2016.
David is the Chair of the DCA Board
Sam is a Non-Executive Director and sustainability adviser and speaker. She is the Chair of Citigroup and serves on the boards of Virgin Australia, Transurban, and Mirvac. In April 2018 Sam was appointed Chair of ANROWS, the National research organisation on preventing violence against women. Sam also served on the Global Commission on Business and Sustainable Development from its inception in 2015 until its end in early 2018.
Before this, Sam was Group Executive, Culture & Reputation at Insurance Australia Group. Prior to joining IAG, Sam held senior executive positions with Optus Communications in Sydney and Cable & Wireless Plc in London, and between 1994 and 1996 she was a policy advisor to two Federal Communications Ministers before joining the office of the Prime Minister Paul Keating as a senior communications policy advisor.
Sam joined the board of the Sydney Swans in 2017, after over a decade serving as a Commissioner with the Australian Football League.
Sam's other board and advisory roles continue to encompass a broad range of interests. She previously served as President of the Australian Museum and a board member of Reconciliation Australia. She is Chair of Carriageworks and previously served on the board of the Australia Council for the Arts. Sam was President of the Australian Council for International Development for 4 years until late 2017, and is a member of the NSW Climate Change Council. She serves on the advisory board of ClimateWorks Australia and the Climate Council. Sam served a term as a Commissioner with the Federal Mental Health Commission, and was an inaugural member of the National Sustainability Council.
Sam is a member of Chief Executive Women, and served on the Review of Treatment of Women in the Defence Force led by the Federal Sex Discrimination Commissioner, Elizabeth Broderick.
Sam is Vice-Chair of the DCA Board
Stephen joined NAB in early 2009, and held a number of senior People and Change roles with the Bank. His most recent role was Executive General Manager, People, Culture and Capability across the NAB Group. Stephen left the NAB at the end of 2017, and is currently contracting as Chief People Officer with an AI start-up.
In 1997 Stephen was recruited by The Hong Kong and Shanghai Bank (HSBC) to lead the regional performance management, talent and organisational development agendas across Asia. He returned to London with HSBC in 2001, taking on a number of group-wide roles, most notably as Global Head of People Strategy, Talent and Resourcing. During this time Stephen had a truly global role, working extensively in the US, Canada, South America and in Europe.
Stephen relocated to Australia in 2007 and assumed the position of Executive Director, HR with Telstra.
He is also an inaugural Director on the Board of the Victorian Pride Centre, an initiative of the State Government of Victoria to build and run Australia’s first LGBTI Pride Centre.
Stephen holds a BSc. (Hons) in Management Science and a Masters in organisational psychology.
Stephen is on the Finance and HR committees of the DCA board.
APAC CHRO, Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu
Alec Bashinsky has been with Deloitte Australia for 13 yrs as originally as CHRO – National Partner, People & Performance and now as ANZ Talent Advisor reporting directly to the CEO. He is also The Asia Pacific CHRO reporting into the Regional APAC CEO. In his role Alec is responsible for 55,000 employees in the APAC Region ( over 7000 employees in Australia) with offices in more than 120 cities in over 20 countries and a team of over 200 people
His mandate is to drive a Performance Culture and build Leadership capability through establishing Leadership development, Talent Identification, Performance Culture, Diversity, Employee Engagement and Shaping the Workforce of the Future as part of innovating the People strategy for Deloitte. His APAC Talent strategies include a strong focus on Mobility throughout the Regional along with driving one ‘Asian Voice.’
He has significantly realigned the Deloitte HR offering including differentiated & segment Talent, globally optimize Talent practices and Predictive and Analytical Data Integration with the Business functions.
He has initiated a number of successful People strategies for Deloitte such as the Inspiring Women strategy, D. Academy (for Graduates), Cultural Diversity, Design Thinking, Wisdom Workers as well as building Talent pipelines, Succession planning and more recently he has project lead the ‘Re-Inventing of Performance Management’ framework globally for Deloitte. His team have embraced Social media into their internal Talent process as well as external branding & recruitment apps and have also developed Deloitte’s Open Talent Platform under the Workforce of the Future strategy.
In October, 2011 Alec was again awarded the Best HR Director of the Year in the prestigious Australian HR Awards an award he also won in 2006. In March 2006, Alec was also awarded the “Human Resources Leader of the Year” at the National Human Capital Leadership awards.
Alec is a current Board Member for the Diversity Council of Australia, a Board Member of the Deloitte Foundation and is also a business advisor and sits on the Board for HR OnBoard .
Alec’s previous role was as Senior Director Human Resources – Japan & Asia Pacific for PeopleSoft Inc. Originally recruited into the role to manage the smooth acquisition of the JD Edwards Organisation which made PeopleSoft the second largest software solutions provider in the world.
Prior to this, Alec was the Group Manager - Human Resources for Cisco Systems for Australia /New Zealand for 3.5yrs and during his time at Cisco, Alec has also achieved unique back to back Hewitt Best Employer status in 2002 and 2003 along with the ‘outstanding Contribution to HR’ award again at the Australian HR Awards.
Prior to this Alec was the Asia Pacific HR Manager for 3Com and amongst his other achievements saw him tackle unique challenge of being the HR Director for the market entry of Toys R Us into Australia.
Alec is on the HR committee and IT committee of the DCA Board
Executive General Manager Corporate Affairs, Cisco Systems Australia
Tim Fawcett is the Director of Corporate and Government Affairs for Cisco Systems Australia and New Zealand and is Chair of Cisco’s ANZ Social Innovation and Corporate Social Responsibility Committee.
In addition, Tim is the co-chair of Cisco’s Working @ Cisco initiative which is tasked with helping Cisco to become an employer of choice through a focus on diversity, inclusion and workplace flexibility, which Tim views as a cornerstone of the sustainability of modern businesses.
Tim is a Director of LaunchVic, Vice-Chair of the Melbourne Networked Society Institute at University of Melbourne and an Ambassador for the Snowdome Foundation.
He holds a Master of Public Policy from the ANU and an honours degree from LaTrobe University. He is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Tim Chairs the IT Committee of the DCA Board.
Head of Consumer Deposits and Everyday Banking, Westpac Group
Nick Fernando is a highly accomplished, results-oriented Senior Executive who combines strong leadership capabilities with high calibre general management skills. He has over 12 years of Retail Banking experience in strategy, business development, leadership framework design, pricing, distribution analytics and product management including P&L management of retail lending products generating ~$3.5B revenue pa. Nick also has cross-sector experience across Engineering, Telecoms, Consulting and Financial Services.
Nick is currently the General Manager of Pricing & Distribution Analytics in the Retail Bank. Before that, Nick was Head of Home Lending Products through the Global Financial Crisis and has also worked in Group Strategy at the CBA. Prior to joining the Bank, Nick was a management consultant at Bain & Company working primarily with Financial Services and Telecommunications companies. He has also worked as a Senior Engineer designing major buildings and tunnels in different countries.
Nick is also currently the Chair of Commonwealth Bank’s cultural diversity network, Mosaic and actively champions cultural diversity with the CEO and Group Executives. He brings to the table an understanding of contemporary diversity and inclusion issues, particularly Cultural and Gender diversity and has a unique perspective as a first generation Asian Migrant in a senior corporate role.
Nick holds a First Class Honours degree in Engineering, a Doctorate (PhD) in Engineering and a Masters degree in Business Administration.
Nick is Chair of the Finance committee of the DCA Board
Head of Human Resources, Australia &
Global Head of Diversity, Lendlease
Chris Lamb is Global Head of Organisational Development at Lendlease. He has been with Lendlease for more than ten years and is responsible for Learning & Development, Talent Management, Strategic Resourcing and Diversity & Inclusion. In 2009 Chris established Lendlease's Australian Diversity Council and in 2012 Lend Lease’s first Global Diversity Council with a goal to lead the Property & Construction industries in diversity practice. Lendlease’s Diversity & Inclusion strategy has a particular focus on the areas of gender equity, flexibility, reconciliation and LGBTI. In 2009, Lendlease became foundation members of Pride in Diversity with Chris joining the PiD Advisory Board and chairing their annual conference for several years. Chris has been a member of the Australian Human Resources Institute (AHRI) for over 15 years. He is a Certified Practising Fellow (FCPHR) and member of the AHRI National President's Forum and a member of AHRI’s Inclusion & Diversity Reference Panel. In 2015 Chris received AHRI’s Diversity Champion Award.
Prior to Lendlease, he spent seven years working for American Express, the last three of which were in London with responsibility for the UK, Ireland & Eastern Europe. During his time in the UK he established American Express' first Diversity Council outside the US as well as the first Employee Network groups for LGB and Women in the Workplace. He also worked closely with Stonewall UK, giving American Express the opportunity to participate in the Workplace Equality Index for the first time. Chris spent the first 10 years of his career at Westpac, initially in Retail Banking and then in senior Human Resources and Corporate roles.
He is a graduate of Cornell University's Centre for Advanced Human Resources Studies (CAHRS), INSEAD (Fontainebleau) and he completed postgraduate studies in Business at UTS (Sydney) in 1999. Chris is also a graduate of the Australia Institute of Company Directors (GAICD). In 2018 Chris commenced further postgraduate education in Aboriginal Studies.
Chris is a frequent keynote speaker and panellist on diversity and inclusion topics.
Chris is Chair of the Human Resources Committee of the DCA Board.
Non-Executive Director, Chartered Accountants of Australia & New Zealand
Ming is a professional director with almost a decade of board experience in real estate, funds management, education and professional associations. She deep experience in funds and capital management, property development and over twenty years experience in financial management. Ming has held senior executive and leadership positions, including CEO and CFO roles, in listed and unlisted companies through organisational restructure, M&A and was pivotal in leading Investa Property Group through the financial crisis.
Ming is currently the only woman with an Asian heritage who has led an ASX-100 or 200 listed entity in Australia. She led the establishment of the Property Male Champions of Change in 2015 and recently convened the 2017 National group, was named as a 100 Woman of Influence, was a finalist in the Telstra Business Women’s Awards and is a member of Chief Executive Women. She is currently on the board of AMP Capital Funds Management Limited, Chartered Accountants Australia & New Zealand, is a Member of the Finance & Audit Committee at the University of Sydney and is on the advisory board for YBF Ventures.
Chief People Experience Officer, Suncorp Group
Amanda Revis is the Chief People Experience Officer of the Suncorp Group. Since joining Suncorp in August 2010, Amanda has led the Human Resources function and been a member of the Senior Leadership Team. Since March 2017 Amanda also has responsibility for Suncorp’s Real Estate, Partnering and Robotics strategies and operations.
Amanda has been instrumental in the development of the “One Suncorp” culture and operating model to align to Suncorp’s customer focussed strategy. This has involved a focus on the development of leadership and talent, the consolidation of people systems, processes and policies, and development of the workforce and workspaces for the future.
Amanda is an advocate for diversity and inclusion, and has led Suncorp’s Diversity and Inclusion strategy to create a culture and environment where everyone is able to be themselves and feel valued, involved and respected for their perspectives and contribution. This has involved the establishment of Suncorp’s Diversity Council, developing an environment that supports flexible working and the recent sponsorship of the Inaugural DCA Suncorp Inclusion Index. Suncorp has been named as an Employer of Choice for Gender Equality for five consecutive years and has achieved gender balance across the leadership community.
Before joining Suncorp, Amanda worked with Lloyds Banking Group leading the people aspects of the sale of BankWest to the Commonwealth Bank of Australia and the integration of the retained businesses into the Lloyds Banking Group. Prior to this she was the Chief Executive Human Resources and Corporate Affairs for HBOS Australia.
Amanda was General Manager People and Performance in Westpac Retail, Business and Institutional Banking, led the people aspects of the start-up and early growth of FOXTEL and for eleven years worked in HR and Finance roles with the Mars Group in the UK, Middle East and Asia.
Amanda is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (GAICD) and a Member of Chief Executive Women.
Amanda Revis was appointed Chief People Experience Officer of the Suncorp Group in March 2016. Prior to that, Amanda was the Group Executive for Human Resources, since joining Suncorp in August 2010.
Before joining Suncorp, Amanda worked with Lloyds Banking Group leading the people aspects of the sale of BankWest to the Commonwealth Bank of Australia, the separation of the retained businesses from BankWest and the integration of Lloyds International (previously HBOS Australia) into the Lloyds Banking Group. She held the role of Chief Executive Human Resources and Corporate Affairs at HBOS Australia. Amanda was General Manager People and Performance in Westpac Retail, Business and Institutional Banking, led the people aspects of the start-up and early growth of FOXTEL and for eleven years worked in HR and Finance with the Mars Group in the UK, Middle East and Asia.
At Suncorp, Amanda has been instrumental in the development of our One Company Many Brands culture. This has involved the establishment of a Group-wide Enterprise Agreement, consolidation of people systems, processes and policies and a focus on the development of talent to successfully deliver the business strategy. She is an advocate for diversity and has overseen Suncorp becoming an Employer of Choice for Women.
Amanda is on the IT Committee & HR Committee of the DCA Board.
Diversity & Inclusion Manager, ANZ and Asia, Aurecon
Abbie Wright, Aurecon's Inclusion Manager, is a long-standing employee and valued advisor on diversity and inclusion matters. With a background in human capital, cultural change, executive coaching 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, valued and accepted regardless of difference.
Abbie sits on the Diversity Council Australia Board, and is the 2014 Australian Human Resources Institute (AHRI) Diversity Champion. In 2016, Abbie led Aurecon’s inclusive workplace effort which resulted in an AHRI award and industry recognition through the Aurecon #Unconventional campaign. Abbie is a recipient of the South Australia National Association for Women in Construction (NAWIC) Crystal Vision Award in recognition of the work she champions towards gender equality. Abbie leads Aurecon Pride for LGBTI inclusion including Aurecon’s participation in the annual Australian Workplace Equality Index administered by Pride in Diversity.
Abbie is a member of the Property Council SA Division Diversity and Inclusion Committee, and an Implementation Manager on both the Male Champions of Change STEM and Consult Australia groups.
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 driving a focus on inclusive leadership within Aurecon, including the integration of attributes that will enable leaders to lead inclusively.