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. 

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

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 the first 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 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, and is on the advisory board for YBF Ventures.

Ming is the Deputy Chair of the DCA Board and is on the DCA Finance, Audit & Risk Committee

Stephen Barrow-Yu 

Executive Director, People & Change, KPMG

Stephen is the Executive Director, People & Chnage at KPMG.

Prior to this, from 2009 to 2017, he worked for NAB we he held a number of senior People and Change roles at the Bank.  His most recent 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) 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.

Stephen is on the HR & Nominations Committee of the DCA board

Alec Bashinsky

Managing Partner, Blackhall & Pearl 

Alec Bashinsky is currently the Managing Partner , Blackhall & Pearl Talent Services which focuses on HR/Culture Transformation, Future of Work, the Talent Experience and Diversity & Inclusion through the facilitation of advanced AI tools and insights across Asia Pacific.

Prior to this, Alec was with Deloitte Australia for 13 yrs as originally as CHRO – National Partner, People & Performance reporting directly to the CEO. He was also Deloitte’s Asia Pacific CHRO reporting into the Regional APAC CEO.  In this role Alec was 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 was 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 Boards for HR OnBoard, Nvoi Ltd and Career Life Money.

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 the unique challenge of being the HR Director for the market entry of Toys R Us into Australia.

Alec is Chair of the HR & Nominations 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 is Chair of the IT Committee of the DCA Board.

Tanya Ha

Director of Engagement, Science in Public

Tanya is Director of Engagement at the science communication agency Science in Public. She is also co-chair of the Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Sub-committee of Science & Technology Australia, which represents 70,000 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 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).

Elizabeth Hristoforidis

Lead Supervisor, Close and Continuous Monitoring Commission,  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 differences of thought and perspective to inform decision making and also has expertise and experience in 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 lead the implementation of a number of 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 Chair of the Finance, Audit & Risk 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 & Nominations 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 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 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 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.

Kate is the Chair of DCA's Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander External Advisory Panel

Abbie Wright

Diversity & Inclusion Leader Australasia, Arup

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 is committed to bringing about change within the engineering consultancy industry.  Her vision is an industry where organisations celebrate the benefits of diverse, creative talent, and where clients benefit from ongoing innovative design solutions. 

Abbie joined Arup as a Diversity and Inclusion Leader in 2018.  Previously Abbie was the Diversity and Inclusion Manager at Aurecon, delivering a successful D&I strategy in partnership with the leadership team, culminating in a Most Inclusive Workplace AHRI award.

Abbie was the 2014 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 is a member of the Male Champions of Change Consult Australia Implementation Leaders group and a previous member of the STEM group. 

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 has a passion for inclusive leadership, including the integration of attributes that will enable leaders to lead inclusively. 

Abbie is on the DCA Research Committee.