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.
Chair, DCA Board
Ming is a well-known and respected leader with non-executive experience in a broad range of industries including financial services, real estate, and member organisations. 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 global financial crisis.
Ming is the first woman with an Asian heritage to lead an ASX-100 or 200 listed entity in Australia. She led the establishment of the Property Male Champions of Change in 2015, was named as a 100 Woman of Influence, was a finalist in the Telstra Business Women’s Awards and in 2020 was named a Member of the Order of Australia for significant contribution to the financial and real estate sectors, and to diversity and inclusion. She is a Fellow of Chartered Accountants Australia & New Zealand, a Fellow of Finsia, a Graduate of Australian Institute of Company Directors and a member of Chief Executive Women. She is currently Chair of AMP Capital Funds Management Limited, and a non-executive director of QBE Insurance (Auspac), CEDA, Chartered Accountants Australia & New Zealand, and is an advisor on the University of Sydney Culture Council.
Ming is the Chair of the DCA Board
Assistant Secretary, Performance, Development and Safety, at the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT)
Stephen is Assistant Secretary, Performance, Development and Safety, at the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT). Immediately prior to this, he was Executive Director (Partner) of People and Change at KPMG.
Stephen’s long-term career has been within Financial Services. He was at NAB for many years, where he held a number of senior People, Change and Communications roles at the Bank. His final role was Executive General Manager, People, Culture and Capability across the NAB Group.
Stephen relocated to Australia in 2007, originally from the UK, he has also lived in Hong Kong and Dubai.
Prior to this, Stephen worked for the Hong Kong and Shanghai Bank (HSBC), based first in Hong Kong, where he led 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 is an inaugural Director on the Board of the Victorian Pride Centre (VPC), an initiative of the State Government of Victoria to build and run Australia’s first LGBTI Pride Centre. He also serves on the Advisory Board of the University of Sydney Business School, Work and Organisational Studies.
He holds a BSc. (Hons) in Management Science, and a Masters in Organisational Psychology. Stephen is married to Lawrence, and has a two-year old daughter, Charlotte.
Having served three terms, Stephen will retire from the Board of the DCA at the AGM in 2023. He is on the HR & Nominations, and Finance, Audit and Risk Committees of the DCA.
CIO, Cisco Australia & New Zealand
Julie Canepa is responsible for reimagining, reinventing and simplifying business processes, systems and data as the Chief Information Officer for Cisco Australia & New Zealand. She achieves this by focusing on customer and employee experience, operational agility and by driving an innovative and inclusive culture for Australia and New Zealand. Julie is proud to be named as one of the top 50 CIOs in Australia by CIO Magazine for the last five years running.
Julie has been in the IT industry over 25 years, leading IT initiatives across a broad range of global and regional roles. She has held several leadership positions at Cisco, specialising in driving innovation and exceptional experiences for sales, commerce, operations and through implementing future workplace technologies. Her strong focus on business outcomes and aptitude for partnering cross-functionally has resulted in great synergies between business and IT including Cisco Australia being named Best Place to Work 2020 & 2021.
Julie shares her passion for technology through her active engagement in the IT industry. Julie is regularly involved in speaking events, customer engagements and as an IT Advisor for several large Australian entities.
Julie is an active member of her community with a passion for promoting STEM education and championing women in technology. She is executive sponsor for Cisco’s ‘Women of Cisco’ program. Julie also supports the culture of Cisco as a board member for Cisco’s employee engagement initiative “Working @ Cisco in Australia & New Zealand” which seeks to enrich work life at Cisco, and is an active member of Cisco’s global “Inclusion & Diversity in IT” team. Julie is a member of the Industry Advisory Board at the University of Sydney’s School of Computer Science. Julie lives in Sydney, with her husband and three children.
Director of Engagement, Science in Public
Tanya is Director of Engagement at the science communication agency Science in Public. She is also Vice President of Science & Technology Australia, which represents 80,000 Australian scientists and technologists.
Tanya is an award-winning science journalist, environmental advocate, television presenter, author, speaker and sustainable living expert. Tanya’s current work includes media training scientists, managing media desks at scientific conferences, strategic communication planning for research organisations, and managing publicity for National Science Week. Behind the scenes, Tanya has worked with National Science Week stakeholders to improve the accessibility, diversity and inclusion of events. Her past work has included reporting for ABC TV’s science show ‘Catalyst’, her popular environmental guidebooks, and developing campaigns and acting as a spokesperson for Planet Ark.
An Australian of Chinese and British heritage, Tanya has been an early Asian face on mainstream TV and a strong female voice in the environment movement. She is also involved in Science & Technology Australia’s Superstars of STEM program, raising the profile of diverse Australian female scientists, technologists and engineers.
Tanya holds a science degree (Chemistry major), a postgraduate certificate in Scientific and Technical Writing, and a Master of Environment. In 2010 she won the United Nations Association of Australia Media Award for Environmental Reporting.
Tanya also serves on the board of Westernport Water and the advisory groups of the ARC Centre of Excellence in Exciton Science, the Wave Energy Research Centre and the Banksia Sustainability Awards. She is an associate of the Melbourne Sustainable Society Institute and part of the Science Gallery Melbourne’s Leonardo Group. She is also a past board member of the state government agency Sustainability Victoria and Keep Australia Beautiful (National Association).
Tanya is on the IT Committee of the DCA Board.
Managing Director of Insight Consulting
Amanda Revis is a global executive with 37 + years of commercial experience across Financial Services, Consulting, Television and Manufacturing.
Amanda is currently Managing Director of Insight Consulting, a consulting business focussed on advising organisations on cultural change, organisation development, leadership and talent. She is also a coach of individuals and teams. Previously, Amanda was Group Executive with the Suncorp Group for over 10 years, reporting to the Group CEO and a key member of the Executive Leadership Team.
In her most recent role as Group Executive People and Culture at Suncorp, Amanda led an operating model transformation, delivering new ways of working, including organisation design and capability development to support Suncorp’s digital and customer strategy.As Chief People Experience Officer at Suncorp, Amanda had accountability for Group-wide Human Resources, Real Estate, Automation and Strategic Partnering.
Amanda was instrumental in the development of the Suncorp culture which promotes caring for others, doing the right thing and being courageous. This has involved development of leadership and talent, consolidation of people systems, processes and policies, establishment of a Group-wide Enterprise Agreement, and development of the workforce and workspace for the future.
Amanda is an advocate for diversity and inclusion. She 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. Amanda was a founding member of Suncorp’s Diversity Council and a strong advocate for the development of a work culture that supports flexible working, fairness and equity. Suncorp has been named as an Employer of Choice for Gender Equality for eight consecutive years, achieved the Australian HR Award for Best Workplace Flexibility in 2015 and the AHRI Mature Age Award in 2019 and has been recognised in 2021 as a leading ASX company in achieving gender balance in Australia.
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 is on the IT Committee & HR Committee of the DCA Board.
Senior Policy Analyst, Australian Academy of Technology and Engineering
Harry Rolf (PhD) is a policy analyst, higher education researcher and advocate with an interest in how digital technology is reshaping society, particularly on issues of gender, sexuality and culture. He pursues his interest in diversity and inclusion through his work, study and involvement in community and not-for-profit organisations. As a member of the LGBTIQ+ community these issues are important to both his personal and professional life.
Harry is working as a Senior Policy Analyst at the Australian Academy of Technology and Engineering (ATSE) where he contributes to the Academy's policy and advocacy work across a breadth of critical policy domains from digital technology to infrastructure, education, health, industry, and innovation. Prior to this Harry worked as Communication and Policy Officer at the Council of Australian University Librarians (CAUL) and has worked for over a decade as an independent website and information designer.
Harry has a PhD in information science from the University of Tasmania. His research investigated the everyday challenges faced by international students and how they used digital technology to accessing information and support while living in Australia. His research has been used to helped improve institutional and state support for international students staying in Australia.
Following his PhD Harry has continued to pursue his interest in higher education research at the ANU Australian Studies Institute where he is a Research Associate. Recently, he has published an article in the journal of Teaching in Higher Education on the use of data feminism to examine power in doctoral education.
Harry has prior experience volunteering as a director on the boards of not-for-profit and higher education organisations, and he has also played an active role as a student leader at the Tasmania University Union (TUU) and Council of Australian Postgraduate Associations (CAPA). Harry is currently volunteering as a custodian of NECTAR, the Network for Early Career Academics at ANU.
Kate Russell, Director Office of the Group Deputy Secretary-Place, Design and Public Spaces, Dept of Planning, Industry and Environment
Aproud Aboriginal woman, Kate is committed to empowering her community. She draws on her extensive background in working across all tiers of government and community sectors to promote opportunities for Aboriginal peoples. Kate promotes an intersectional perspective in all programs, policies and initiatives. She is passionate about engaging Aboriginal people and communities to co-design programs and services by using international best practice to effect change in policy.
In her current role Kate works across multiple projects and policy areas to support the delivery of outcomes and community benefit. Prior to this she was the Director Diversity and Culture at the Department of Planning, Industry and Environment where she oversaw the design and delivery of inclusion programs across a portfolio of agencies and over 15,000 staff. Her broad expertise and experience in diversity and inclusion, organisational culture, leadership, human resources and knowledge and project management helps to develop programs that recognise the intersectionality of experience.
Kate commenced her career at the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade in Sydney and Canberra. From 2008 to 2012 she worked in Spain for the Catalan Department of Education which greatly enhanced her insight and knowledge of minority nationalism at an international level. This experience provided her with a global outlook which has remained throughout her career. Returning to Australia in 2008, she worked in the community sector, focusing on Aboriginal employment and leadership development before joining the NSW State Government in 2016.
Kate is a Board Director at NSWALC Employment and Training and Interrelate. She is a graduate of Bachelor of International Studies (Distinction), completed an MBA in 2013 and graduated with an Executive Masters of Public Administration in 2020. She has previously served on the Glebe Youth Services and Rabbitoh’s Souths Cares boards.
Kate is the Chair of DCA's Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander External Advisory Panel and is on the HR & Nominations Committee.
Director of Diversity and Inclusion, Department of Defence
Shawn is a diversity and inclusion specialist, who has over 15 years experience working in government and sport to address discrimination and enhance inclusion for individuals and communities experiencing intersecting forms of exclusion, discrimination, inequity and injustice. He is passionate about bringing business, government and the community together to create shared value and collective impact.
Shawn is currently the Director of Diversity and Inclusion at the Department of Defence, responsible for enterprise-wide strategies, policies and programmes to build Defence capability through inclusion. Previously, he served in executive roles at the Department of Premier and Cabinet in Victoria, as the Director of Service Systems Reform and Director of Strategy and Development. His main responsibilities included enhancing the social service system for individuals with complex needs facing entrenched disadvantage and supporting the Aboriginal community through Australia’s first treaty process. Shawn held additional responsibilities including strategic planning, culture development and business operations.
Prior working in government, Shawn held a range of roles across the AFL industry the most recent of which was an executive position with the Carlton Football Club as Head of Diversity, Community and Strategic Projects. In this role, Shawn worked to drive gender equality across the organisation, advance reconciliation with Australia's First Peoples, and foster social inclusion and cohesion across the broader community.
Shawn has previously sat on the committees of local AFL clubs, where he has worked to develop welcoming and inclusive local environments to ensure clubs are places of belonging where people can connect, feel valued and enhance their wellbeing.
Shawn holds an undergraduate degree in Business, and Masters in Public Administration, and Business Administration.
Diversity & Inclusion Leader Australasia, Arup
Abbie Wright is a well-known and respected leader of social inclusion and workplace diversity. Abbie joined Arup in November 2018 to continue the evolution of Arup’s inclusive culture having previously led the delivery of Aurecon’s inclusion and diversity strategy.
Abbie has held senior diversity roles and received accolades for her work including the Australian Human Resources Institute (AHRI) Diversity Champion, and, 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 brings a deep understanding of the positive outcomes from creating a work environment where everyone feels valued and respected, regardless of difference, and is encouraged by visible, inclusive leadership. Abbie is a member of both Arup’s Australasian Diversity and Inclusion Executive and Arup’s Global Equality, Diversity and Inclusion working group. Abbie works closely with teams on strategies to pursue inclusion and diversity across a range of diversity portfolios, and, supports leaders to develop inclusive cultures that enable inclusive leadership.
Abbie proactively raises the profile of inclusion and diversity within the engineering, infrastructure and design industries to influence a more inclusive industry. She is an Implementation Leader for the Male Champions of Change (MCC) Consult Australia group and has previously sat on the MCC STEM group. In 2016, Abbie led Aurecon’s inclusive workplace effort which resulted in an AHRI Most Inclusive Workplace award and industry recognition through the Aurecon #Unconventional campaign. Abbie was previously a member of the South Australian Property Council Diversity Committee and contributed to the South Australian Male Champions of Change group.
Abbie sits on the Board of the Diversity Council of Australia (DCA) and the DCA Research Committee. Abbie has proactively contributed to and supported both the DCA Words@Work and Cracking the Cultural Glass Ceiling research programs.
Abbie is on the DCA Research Advisory Committee.