DCA’s Research Advisory Committee is an external group that oversees DCA’s research.
Members include leading academics and researchers with a knowledge of diversity and inclusion theory and practice.
The Committee meets approximately four times a year to provide strategic direction to DCA’s Research function.
DCA's Research Advisory Committee assists DCA deliver on its research vision to work in partnership with members to generate ground breaking diversity research that enables Australian organisations to fully leverage the benefits of diversity and inclusion.
Committee members provide expert guidance to DCA about our direction and collaborations with industry.
More specifically, this involves:
- Reviewing DCA research vision, research priorities and research projects
- Identifying ‘ahead of the curve’ research topics and emerging issues for possible future research projects
- Assisting in identifying appropriate research partnership and sponsorship opportunities
The DCA Research Advisory Committee is comprised of:
- Abbie Wright, DCA Board Director
- Dr Jane O’Leary, DCA Research Director
- Dr Graeme Russell
- Dr Jacqui Abbott
- Dr Raymond Trau
- Dr Dimitria Groutsis
- Cathy Brown, DCA Research Manager
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 groups 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.
Graeme has worked extensively in a range of organisations over the past 25 years (e.g. ABC, ADF, AGL, Alcoa, AMP, ANZ, APN NZ Media, ATKearney, Australian Super, BHP Iron Ore, Boral, Boston Consulting Group, Brookfield Multiplex, Caltex, Campbell Arnotts, Chevron, Colgate-Palmolive, Commonwealth Bank, Freehills, Graincorp, IAG, IBM, Johnson & Johnson, KPMG, Leighton Holdings, Lend Lease, Mallesons, Merck Sharp & Dohme, NAB, Nestle, Origin Energy, PwC, SAP, Shell International, Unilever, Singapore Government, Westpac), and in different countries (e.g. Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, China, United States, Japan, Korea, United Kingdom, The Netherlands). He is a regular presenter to Australian and Global Conferences on gender, flexibility and diversity (most recently at a conference in Sweden in May 2013). Graeme has recently conducted research and written reports on Work/Life and Flexibility in China, Japan and Korea for Multinational Enterprises. He has also conducted major workforce, cultural diversity and flexibility projects with DCA – Get Flexible! and Men Get Flexible!
He was a member of Implementation Advisory Group for the Workplace Gender Equality Act, and has conducted numerous projects for the WGEA (and the previous EOWA), the most recent of which was the design of a Gender Target setting tool. He was previously a Board Member of DCA.
Jacqui has worked across a broad range of industries in corporate roles, as a coach and consultant covering: professional services; energy; resources; aged care; transport; manufacturing; mining; health; technology; banking; retail and education. Jacqui has held corporate roles at: Allens; Arthur Andersen; Orica; Ernst & Young, Grant Thornton, Newcrest Mining, NBN; Shell Australia and the Ford Motor Company and was a board member of Diversity Council Australia from 2013-2016. Passionate about mainstreaming of flexibility within organisations and pursuing more flexible career paths, flexibility in organisations was a major focus of Jacqui’s PhD.
Raymond Trau is a lecturer in the School of Management at RMIT University. His research focuses on stigma and stigmatisation (particularly LGBTI related issues) in the workplace, workplace diversity, mentoring, and corporate social responsibility. He is currently collaborating with researchers from Australia, Singapore, the United States, the United Kingdom and Canada. Raymond’s research has been published in a number of international journals such as Human Resource Management and British Journal of Management. Additionally, the Financial Times (in London), The Australian, HR Monthly, ABC News and ABC Radio have interviewed or mentioned his research.
Raymond holds a PhD from Monash University. Prior to joining RMIT, Raymond worked as a research fellow at University of Queensland, University of Sydney, University of Western Australia and Curtin University focusing on diversity and social impact research projects. In 2010 and 2011, Raymond served as an academic/research advisor for Pride in Diversity and participated in the development of the first Australian Workplace Equality Index (AWEI).
In his spare time, Raymond enjoys cooking, wines and travelling to other parts of the world (he has travelled to 24 countries so far). He hopes that his regular travels in Asia will improve his Vietnamese (a language that he is most fluent in), Cantonese (his mother tongue) and Mandarin.
Dr Dimitria Groutsis is the Program Director of the Dalyell Scholars Stream and Senior Lecturer in the Discipline of Work and Organisational Studies at the University of Sydney Business School.
Dimitria is a leading scholar in the field of migration, labour mobility and cultural diversity in the business context. Her work has appeared in leading national and international peer review journals, book chapters and she has co-edited and co-authored several books. Her consulting role sees her working with the Diversity Council Australia, the Australian Human Rights Commission, the Australian Institute of Company Directors, large corporate sector partners and key stakeholders in the government and non-government sectors. Dr Groutsis has received a number of competitive external research grants, with total funding in excess of 1.5 million dollars. Along with Professors Collins and Reid, she is the recipient of an ARC Linkage grant, examining Syrian-Conflict refugees: settlement, employment and education outcomes.
She currently serves as the Associate Editor of the European Journal of Management, and is an Advisory board member of the Journal of Immigrant and Refugee Studies. She has served on the advisory board of the Diversity Council of Australia (DCA), consulting on their cultural diversity in leadership project and is on the DCA’s Research Committee. She has also been working closely with the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) on preserving a large migration archive.
Dimitria is the Convenor of the Migrants@Work Research Group at the University of Sydney Business School. Established in 2011, the Research Group provides an important platform for researchers and policy makers to present, discuss and debate research on migration and diversity management in the business context, bringing together a broad audience including: academics, the business community, and representatives from government.