Our board

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:

Lieutenant General (Retired) David Morrison AO,
Chair, DCA Board

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

Ming Long 
Deputy Chair, 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.

Ming is the Deputy Chair of the DCA Board

Stephen Barrow-Yu 

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 & Risk and HR committees of the DCA board.

Alec Bashinsky

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

Tim Fawcett

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.

Elizabeth Hristoforidis

Regulatory Transformation Leader, Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC)

Elizabeth is a collaborative leader with depth and breadth of experience across the public, private and ‘for-purpose’ sectors. She has expertise and experience in leadership, organisational strategy, transformational change, public and regulatory policy development, corporate and financial services regulation, and compliance, risk management and good governance.

Working at ASIC since 2003, Elizabeth is an active member of its Diversity Council and Pride in Diversity’s Executive Ally Network, and a former member of ASIC’s Multicultural Access and Equity Committee. As the inaugural Chair of ASIC’s Accessibility Committee she has lead the implementation of a number initiatives promoting increased disability awareness and confidence, including the launch of its first Accessibility Action Plan. She has also played a key role in providing strategic direction on ASIC’s broader Inclusion and Diversity Strategy, promoting a focus on inclusion and diversity activities in operational businesses planning processes, and mentoring emerging female leaders to help ASIC meet its gender targets. 

Elizabeth is currently Chair of the Board of Ensemble Offspring supporting its participation in the inaugural Indigenous Composers Initiative in 2017.  She is also a Director of KU Children’s Services, and Chair of their Marcia Burgess Foundation Committee, which focuses on supporting children with additional needs to benefit from early childhood education and care. 

Elizabeth is on the Finance & Risk Committee of the DCA Board.

Chris Lamb

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.

Amanda Revis

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.

Kate Russell

Director Diversity & Culture, NSW Department of Planning and Environment

A proud 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 is passionate about engaging Aboriginal people and communities to co-design programs and services by using international best practice to effect change in Indigenous policy.

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 a global outlook which has remained throughout her career. Returning to Australia in 2008, she worked in the community sector, focussing on Aboriginal employment and leadership development before joining the NSW State Government in 2016.

In her current role as Director Diversity and Culture, Kate provides strategic advice to over 8,500 staff across the Department of Planning and Environment Cluster. Her team is responsible for designing cultural change initiatives in partnership with senior leaders, to foster a diverse and inclusive workforce. She strives to ensure internal and external policies and services are inclusive and accessible for all peoples within the Cluster, across multiple state government agencies.

Her broad expertise and experience in diversity and inclusion, organisational culture, leadership, recruitment, learning and development, human resources and project management helps to develop programs that recognise the intersectionality of experience.

Kate is a graduate of Bachelor of International Studies (Distinction) and completed an MBA in 2013. She is currently completing an Executive Masters of Public Administration through Sydney University. She has previously served on the Glebe Youth Services and Rabbitoh’s Souths Cares boards.

Abbie Wright

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.  

Abbie is on the DCA Research Committee.