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 Mostyn is a Non-Executive Director and sustainability adviser and speaker. She serves on the boards of Virgin Australia, Transurban, Citibank Australia, and Cover-More Group.
Before this, Sam was Group Executive, Culture & Reputation at Insurance Australia Group. Reporting to CEO Michael Hawker, she was responsible for the Human Resources, Corporate & Government Affairs, Internal Communications and Corporate Sustainability functions and served in this role for over six years.
In her time at IAG, Sam oversaw the development of a corporate, social and environmental sustainability plan for the company with particular focus on integrating the company's internal cultural issues and business planning with customer, corporate, community and environmental activities. In that time, IAG participated in the formation of the Australian Business in the Community Network, the launch of the Australian Business Roundtable on Climate Change, and the creation of the Business for Millennium Development board. The company also committed itself to carbon neutrality, and to creating a safe, diverse and flexible workforce.
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.
In 2005, Sam was appointed 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 currently serves on the boards of Australian Volunteers International, Carriageworks, and the Australia Council for the Arts. Sam is President of the Australian Council for International Development, and 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 DCA's Vice-Chair of the DCA Board
Stephen Barrow, Executive General Manager, People, Culture and Capability for National Australia Bank
Steve is currently the Executive General Manager for People, Culture and Capability at NAB. Since joining the Bank in 2009, he has held a number of senior people, change and communication roles.
Born and raised in London, Steve was educated in the UK and holds a BSc(Hons) in Management Science and an MSc in Organisational Psychology. Steve’s early career was in sales with Rank Xerox in London, followed by a ‘portfolio career’ including academic research, MBA lecturing and running a boutique consultancy focused on large scale organisational change. For 5 years during this period he was based in Dubai, working all over Asia and the Middle East.
In 1997 Steve was recruited by The Hongkong 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 Steve had a truly global role, working extensively in the US, Canada, South America and in Europe.
Steve 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.
Steve lives in Melbourne with his husband, Lawrence, and three dogs.
Steve is on the HR committee and Finance committee of the DCA Board
Alec Bashinsky has been with Deloitte Australia for 11yrs as CHRO – National Partner, People & Performance reporting directly to the CEO. He is also The Asia Pacific Talent Leader reporting into the Regional APAC CEO. In his role Alec is responsible for 46,000 employees in the APAC Region ( over 6500 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. This coupled with a strong focus on risk and governance in the People strategies has dramatically realigned the HR offering.
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, “Find Mind Like Minds’ employee referral program as well as building Talent pipelines, Succession planning for key leadership roles and defining Career Roadmaps for the Firm. More recently his team have embraced Social media into their internal Talent process as well as external branding & recruitment apps i.e.: Deloitte Facebook and iPhone application, coupled with the introduction of Yammer as a firm wide communications tool.
In October, 2011 Alec was again awarded the Best HR Director of the Year in the prestigious Australian HR Awards and 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 Genos – a start-up Emotional Intelligence provider.
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 is the Director of Corporate and Government Affairs for Cisco Systems Australia and New Zealand and is Chairman of Cisco’s ANZ Social Innovation and Corporate Social Responsibility Committee.
A part of Cisco’s Senior Leadership Team, Tim developed and implements Cisco’s three-year business transformation strategy with a focus on human capital development, healthy communities and economic innovation.
Tim also leads Cisco’s executive stakeholder engagement on productivity, innovation, workforce participation, the internet economy, public administration, infrastructure, sustainability and the environment.
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, the Make a Difference (MAD) Foundation, an Advisory Board Member of the Melbourne Networked Society Institute at University of Melbourne. He is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and is an Ambassador for the Snowdome Foundation.
He holds a Masters in Public Policy from the ANU, and degrees from LaTrobe University and the University of California.
Tim is on the IT committee of the DCA Board
Nick Fernando, General Manager, Retail Pricing & Distribution Analytics, Commonwealth Bank of Australia
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
Darren Fittler joined Gilbert + Tobin in June 2004 and is the lead partner in the firm’s Third Sector Advisory Group.
Darren specialises in the provision of legal assistance to charities and not-for-profit organisations including large and small charities, overseas aid agencies, community organisations, environmental and cultural organisations, corporate foundations, religious organisations and congregations, industry associations and private families and individuals.
Darren’s expertise in laws specific to charities and not-for-profit organisations and his generalist corporate and commercial law experience enables him to provide innovative, holistic, strategic and targeted legal advice and practical guidance.
Darren was the recipient of the 2014 Human Rights Commission Law Award in recognition of his long term commitment to assisting not-for-profit and charitable organisations. Darren is the author of two chapters in the Thomson Reuters NFP Best Practice Manual and the chapters on not-for-profit organisations and NSW incorporated associations in the NSW Lawyers Practice Manual. He is a director of Media Access Australia and also attended meetings at the United Nations in New York, helping in the development of an international convention on the rights of people with disability.
Darren is Company Secretary of the DCA Board
Chris Lamb is Global Head of Organisational Development at Lendlease. He has been with Lendlease for more than nine 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 from 2011-2013. Chris has been a member of the Australian Human Resources Institute (AHRI) for over 15 years. In 2009, he became a Fellow (FAHRI) and member of the AHRI National President's Forum and in 2015 joined AHRI’s Inclusion & Diversity Reference Panel. Also 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).
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
Kate has over 25 years’ experience in Human Resources across retail, logistics and healthcare. She holds a Masters of Business in Industrial Relations and Human Resource Management from RMIT University/Grenoble Ecole de Management in France and has also studied at both the London Business School and Harvard University. Kate provides strategic advice to the Group Chief Executive Officer as well as the Board and wider Executive team. Kate is responsible for the development and implementation of the overall Group Human Resources Strategy across Mercy Health (7500+ employees). Her work involves driving initiatives such as Recruitment and Retention, Diversity, Learning and Organisational Development across the business to engage employees and connect to Mercy’s Mission, Vision, Values and Strategic Direction.
Employer of Choice for Gender Equality citation
- Workplace Gender Equality Agency (or equivalent) 2008 – to current
Winner Best Use of Technology for Recruiting Award
- 7th Asia Best Employer Brand Awards 2016
Winner Employer of Choice
- The Australian Business Awards 2015
Finalist Best Workplace Flexibility Program
- Australian HR Awards 2015
Finalist Employer of Choice (Public Sector & Not for Profit)
- Australian HR Awards 2015
Finalist Employer of Choice (Greater than 1,000 Employees)
- Australian HR Awards 2015
Finalist Best Use of Technology
- Australian HR Awards 2015
Winner R U OK? Workplace Award
- Australian Human Resources Institute (AHRI) 2014
Winner Age Diversity in the Workplace Award
- Australian Human Resources Institute (AHRI) 2014
Finalist – HR Executive of the Year Award 2014
Winner Recommended Employer
- The Australian Business Awards 2012
Winner HR Leadership Award
- 2nd Asia Best Employer Brand Awards 2011
Sir Ken Robinson Award for Workplace Flexibility
- Australian Human Resources Institute (AHRI) 2011
Winner Fair and Flexible Employer Recognition Award 2010
Winner HR Partners Award for Best HR Leader
- HR Compass Awards 2010
Winner Diversity Leader for the Advancement of Women
- Equal Opportunity Workplace Agency (EOWA) 2010
Winner Best Workplace Diversity Strategy
- HR Leadership Awards 2009
Winner Diversity & Inclusion Champion (Large Organisation)
- Diversity @ Work Awards 2009
Winner Leading Organisation for the Advancement of Women (800+ employees)
- The Business Achievement Awards 2009
Aon Consulting Award for Best Workplace Diversity Strategy
- HR Leader Compass Awards 2009
Kate has two daughters, Madeleine and Isobel, with husband Russell. She enjoys travelling and spending time with family, friends and dogs Tasha and Ralphie
Kate is on the HR committee of the DCA Board
Abbie Wright is Aurecon's Diversity and Inclusion Manager. Abbie 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, valued 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 and a qualified executive coach.
Abbie was integral to Aurecon’s Christchurch earthquake response team as Family Liaison Officer and is the 2014 Australian Human Resources Institute (AHRI) Diversity Champion award recipient. In 2015 Abbie was part of the leadership team that led Aurecon’s AHRI award winning mental health programme, Mind Matters, as well as positioned Aurecon as a runner up for the AHRI gender equality award.
Abbie has influenced cultural change in Aurecon that has seen the implementation of Aurecon’s Reconciliation Action and Indigenous Procurement Plans, as well as Aurecon Pride for LGBTI inclusion – placing Aurecon in the top 30 for inclusive organisations as measured by Pride in Diversity’s annual index. With significant support from the leadership team, Abbie introduced all positions flex into Aurecon in 2016 under the Yes Flex initiative, and delivers Ascend, Aurecon’s leadership advancement programme for high potential women.
Abbie is driving a focus on inclusive leadership within Aurecon, including supporting the integration of attributes that will enable leaders to lead inclusively through their behaviours and language.