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
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
Deputy Chair, DCA Board
Ming is an influential director with over decade of board experience in a broad range of industries including financial services, real estate, and member organisations. She has deep experience in funds and capital management, property development and over twenty five 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 global financial crisis.
Ming is the first woman with an Asian heritage to lead a ASX-100 or 200 listed entity in Australia. She led the establishment of the Property Male Champions of Change in 2015 and 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 Chair of AMP Capital Funds Management Limited, and a non-executive director of QBE Insurance (Auspac), Committee for Economic Development of Australia, Chartered Accountants Australia & New Zealand, and is an advisor on the University of Sydney Culture Council.
Ming is the Deputy Chair of the DCA Board and is on the DCA Finance, Audit & Risk Committee
Executive Director, People & Change, KPMG
Stephen is the Executive Director, People & Change at KPMG.
Prior to this, from 2009 to 2017, Stephen worked for NAB 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 and assumed the position of Executive Director, HR with Telstra.
Prior to this Stephen worked for The Hong Kong and Shanghai Bank (HSBC), based first in Hong Kong where he 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 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. He lives in Sydney, is married to Lawrence, and has a one year old daughter, Charlotte
Stephen is on the HR & Nominations Committee of the DCA Board
Head of Government Affairs, Australia and New Zealand, Cisco Systems Australia
Tim Fawcett is the Head of Government Affairs for Cisco Systems Australia and New Zealand and is Chairman of Cisco’s ANZ Social Innovation and Corporate Social Responsibility Committee.
Tim is responsible for Cisco’s three-year $100m national engagement plan which is focused on human capital development, healthy communities and economic innovation.
Tim leads policy and process change at Cisco to boost female participation in IT, making Cisco a disability confident organisation, recognising and ameliorating the impact of mental health in the IT sector and delivering Cisco’s Reconciliation Action Plan.
Before joining Cisco, Tim led a strategic government relations and market research consultancy and has over 20 years of federal and state public and private sector experience.
Tim is a current director of Diversity Council Australia and chairs the Board’s Information Technology committee. He is also a director of Launchvic, the Victorian Government’s lead entrepreneur and startup support agency, and chairs the finance, audit and risk committee.
Tim supports cancer research not-for-profit the Snowdome Foundation and is former Vice President of the Make a Difference Foundation.
Tim is Chair of the IT Committee of the DCA Board.
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.
Lead Supervisor, Close and Continuous Monitoring, Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC)
Elizabeth is a collaborative, authentic, strategic, performance-oriented leader with strength in cultivating networks and partnerships and engaging effectively with stakeholders in dynamic, multifaceted environments to effect change. She has depth and breadth of leadership experience across the public, private and ‘for-purpose’ sectors with proven accomplishments in setting strategic direction, executing organisational strategy, and leading transformational change. She is deeply committed to inclusion and diversity, actively promoting diversity of thought and perspective to inform decision making and also has expertise and experience in organisational culture, governance, risk management, compliance and public and regulatory policy development.
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 lead the implementation of a number of initiatives promoting increased disability awareness and confidence through ASIC’s 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. In 2019, Elizabeth became a Dr John Yu Fellow in Cultural Diversity and Leadership.
Elizabeth is currently Chair of the Board of Ensemble Offspring supporting its unwavering commitment to traditionally under-represented composers and musicians, including women and First Nations’ peoples. 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 Chair of the Finance, Audit & Risk Committee of the DCA Board.
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. In March 2017, Amanda also became responsible for Suncorp’s Real Estate, Partnering and Robotics strategies and operations. Amanda has been instrumental in the development of a culture that promotes caring for others, doing the right thing and being courageous, and an operating model to deliver Suncorp’s customer-focused strategy. 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 a workforce and workspace for the future.
Amanda is an advocate for diversity and inclusion. She 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 sponsorship of the DCA Suncorp Inclusion Index. Suncorp has been named as an Employer of Choice for Gender Equality for seven 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.
At Suncorp, Amanda has been instrumental in the development of a purpose driven culture, focussed on the community, 9 million customers and 13,000 employees. 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.
Director Business Operations, Department of Regional NSW
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 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 to ensure equal outcomes and representation for the diverse communities of regional NSW. A new Department set up in 2020, Kate plays a key role in establishing the agency and is charged with optimizing processes, promoting knowledge sharing and building a collaborative culture. 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. She 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 and 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 Diversity and Inclusion, Culturel and People Development, Department of Defence
Shawn has spent the past 15 years working in government and sport to address discrimination and enhance inclusion focusing on 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’s work across government has included:
- Director of Diversity and Inclusion at the Department of Defence responsible for enterprise-wide strategies, policies and programmes to build Defence capability through inclusion
- Director of Service Systems Reform at the Department of Premier and Cabinet in Victoria reform policies and strategies to improve the social service system for individuals with complex problems facing entrenched and intergenerational disadvantage
- Director of Strategy and Development at Aboriginal Victoria with responsibilities for supporting the Aboriginal community through the treaty process in addition to managing strategic planning, business operations, policy implementation, and aligning strategy and culture for high performance within and across the organisation.
Shawn’s work across sport has been within the AFL industry in Victoria and Queensland with his final appointment as Head of Diversity, Community and Strategic Projects at the Carlton Football Club. His focus included developing strategies and policies that sought to:
- advance reconciliation with Australia’s First Peoples
- foster social inclusion and cohesion across the broader community
- eliminate racial and religious vilification, while asserting the right to free speech
- address gender inequity and its insidious links with the prevalence of family violence
- empower people at risk of entering the justice system to change their behaviours.
Shawn has volunteered extensively over the years including on the committees of the Frankston Bombers Football Netball Club and Templestowe Football Club and as an Assistant Coach at the Fitzroy Stars Football Netball Club. Shawn focus was on developing welcoming and inclusive local environments so that the club became places of belonging where people can connect, feel valued and enhance their health wellbeing.
Shawn’s undergraduate studies were in Business and he holds 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 Committee.