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

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 is the Chair of the DCA Board

 

Sam Mostyn

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 a Director on the Boards of The Pinnacle Foundation, a charity which provides scholarships and mentoring to ‘Help young LGBTIQ people to realise their full potential’, and the Melbourne Midsumma Festival.

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, National Partner, People & Performance, Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu 

Alec Bashinsky has been with Deloitte Australia for 10yrs as CHRO – National Partner, People & Performance reporting directly to the CEO. In his role Alec is responsible for approx. 6500+ employees and a team of 95+ 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.

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, Executive General Manager Corporate Affairs at Cisco Systems Australia

Tim Fawcett is the Executive General Manager Corporate Affairs for Cisco Systems Australia and New Zealand and is Chairman of Cisco’s ANZ Social Innovation and Corporate Social Responsibility Committee.

Tim’s role in the ANZ Senior Leadership Team is to develop and execute Cisco’s three-year business transformation strategy which includes a three pillared National Engagement Plan focussed 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 positioning Cisco as an employer of choice with a strong focus on diversity, inclusion and workplace flexibility, which Tim views as a cornerstone of the sustainability of modern businesses. 

Tim has actively led policy and process change at Cisco especially programs 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. 

Tim represented Cisco on the Australian Government’s Advisory Panel on Teleworking and is an occasional public speaker and media commentator. 

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 company director of his own business advisory firm, Tim Fawcett and Associates Pty Ltd, is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and is an Advisory Board Member of the Melbourne Networked Society Institute at University of Melbourne. 

He is also a director of the not-for-profit children’s charity, Make a Difference (MAD) Foundation and is an Ambassador for the Snowdome Foundation which raises funds for research into the treatment of blood cancer. 

Tim is married with three children, is a keen golfer and a Hawthorn Football Club member.

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, Partner, Gilbert + Tobin Lawyers

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, Head of Human Resources, Australia and Global Head of Diversity at Lend Lease

Chris Lamb is Human Resources Director for Lend Lease in Australia and their Global Head of Diversity & Inclusion. He has been with Lend Lease for more than seven years and is responsible for 11,000 employees across 12 operating businesses. In 2009 Chris established Lend Lease'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 practices. Lend Lease’s Diversity & Inclusion strategy has a particular focus on the areas of gender equity, flexibility, reconciliation and LGBTI. In 2009, Lend Lease 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. In 2012 Chris became a Member of the Australia Institute of Company Directors (MAICD).

Prior to Lend Lease, 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. One of his final initiatives in the UK before returning to Australia was to implement paid parental leave for the first time in American Express UK employees - positioning the company as a leader in the Financial Services Industry.

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 and he completed postgraduate studies in Business at the University of Technology Sydney in 1999.

Chris is Chair of the Human Resources Committee of the DCA Board

 

Kate McCormack, Director People, Learning & Culture, Mercy Health

Kate McCormack has over 20 years’ experience in Human Resources across retail, logistics and health. She holds a Graduate Diploma and Masters in Human Resource Manager/Industrial Relations and has studied at both London Business School and Harvard University.

Kate provides strategic advice to the Chief Executive Officer and Executive Group. Kate is responsible for the development and implementation of the overall Group Human Resources Strategy. Her work involves driving initiatives such as Recruitment and Retention, Diversity and Learning across the organisation to engage employees and connect our mission, vision, values and strategic direction.

In addition Kate is responsible for Communications/media, Marketing, Events Management and the Mercy Health Training Institute.

Career achievements

  • Winner 2014 AHRI R U OK? Workplace award
  • Winner 2014 AHRI Age Diversity in the workplace award
  • Finalist for HR Executive of the Year award 2014
  • Achieved Employer of Choice for Women citation 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013
  • Citation for Employer of Choice for Gender Equality 2014 – Workplace Gender Equality Agency (WGEA)
  • Winner Diversity and Inclusion Champion (Large Organisation) - [email protected] Awards 2009
  • Winner Best Workplace Diversity Strategy - HR Leadership Awards 2009
  • Winner Leading Organisation for the Advancement of Women (800+ employees) - EOWA Business Achievement Awards 2009
    • Winner Fair and Flexible Employer Recognition Award 2010
    • Winner HR Partners Award for Best HR Leader – HR Leader Compass Awards 2010
    • Winner Diversity Leader for the Advancement of Women – EOWA Business Achievement Awards 2010
    • Recommended Employer – Australian Business Awards 2011
    • Winner Sir Ken Robinson Award for Workforce Flexibility – Australian Human Resources Institute (AHRI) Awards 2011

Kate has two daughters, Madeleine 18 and Isobel 17, with husband Russell. She enjoys travelling and spending time with family, friends and dog Tash. Kate is also a Board Committee Member of the People & Culture for Environmental Protection Authority.

Kate is on the HR committee of the DCA Board

 

Abbie Wright, Diversity & Inclusion Manager, ANZ and Asia, Aurecon

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.

 

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