Mele Maualaivao – Country Program Coordinator (Samoa), UN Women
Events: Melbourne, Brisbane, Canberra, Sydney
Mele Maualaivao is the Country Program Coordinator for UN Women based in Samoa, operating in four countries – Samoa, Cook Islands, Tokelau and Niue.
Under her leadership, UN Women has been able to develop partnerships with organisations such as the Samoa Judiciary to facilitate forums on “Family Law and Restorative Justice”. Mele has been instrumental in establishing the Ending Violence in Samoa Roundtable, a monthly discussion group which address issues of family violence featuring a range of guest speakers. Mele has also been closely involved in supporting projects focussed on women’s political participation and leadership in Samoa. She has been involved in post-cyclone response efforts to Tonga and Samoa where addressing gender in humanitarian action was key to interventions supporting women in urban and rural areas.
Prior to working for UN Women, Mele worked with the National University of Samoa in hosting forums on Domestic Violence, Women’s Political Participation and Women’s contribution to Samoan’s Political Development.
Sue Morphet – Chief Executive Women (CEW) President, Non Executive Director and Adviser
Sue Morphet has over 30 years of brand, consumer goods, manufacturing and retail management experience across Australia and New Zealand. Sue was CEO of Pacific Brands Limited from December 2007 to September 2012, following 12 years with the company. Most notably during this time she was group general manager of Bonds. Sue also chaired Manufacturing Australia from 2012 – 2014 and now holds non-executive directorships in Australia.
Brendon Gale MA, LLB, GAICD – Chief Executive Officer and Executive Director, Richmond Football Club
In a professional athletic career spanning 12 years, Brendon played 244 games of AFL football with the Richmond Football Club from 1990 to 2001. In January 2005, Brendon was appointed CEO of the AFL Players Association where he was responsible for representing the collective industrial interests of all AFL players.
In September 2009 Brendon was appointed as CEO of the Richmond Football Club. Brendon leads a diverse team of over 150 people, a budget of approximately $80 million and is responsible for the performance of all aspects of the organisation. Under Brendon’s leadership, Richmond’s iconic Punt Rd Oval headquarters has been transformed into an elite high-performance facility, and the Club has achieved record consumer and commercial growth year on year, resulting in well over 100% revenue growth since 2010.
Further, with the establishment of Aligned Leisure and the Richmond Institute of Sports Leadership Brendon has grown an increasingly diversified sports business. Importantly, the Club has competed in five of the last six AFL Finals Series, including the drought breaking 2017 AFL Premiership – Richmond’s eleventh overall. Brendon is a passionate diversity advocate and holds a number of directorships and also served on the Board of the Victorian Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission from 2009-2013. He is also an active participant in the Male Champions of Change program.
James Taylor – SBS Managing Director
James Taylor is a strategically-driven leader with more than 19 years’ experience across the media and telecommunications sectors. He was appointed to the role of SBS Managing Director in October 2018 having been with organisation for more than six years as its Chief Financial Officer.
During his time as CFO, James had oversight of the Finance, Corporate Strategy, People and Culture, SBS Media, Legal and Corporate Services teams. He has been central to the ongoing strategic direction, digital innovation and efficient operations of the public broadcaster as it connects with more Australians across four distinctive TV channels, an unrivalled multilingual offering in 68 languages and market leading digital services that reflect the changing needs of audiences.
James is a passionate advocate for inclusive working environments and is committed to ensuring SBS’s culture reflects the diversity of perspectives championed across its programming and services. As part of SBS’s Diversity and Inclusion Plan, James Chairs the SBS Inclusion Council, which provides governance and direction to drive SBS’s inclusion practices, most recently resulting in a new parental leave policy that better supports and reflects the diversity of parents.
The Hon. Dr. Sharmon Stone – Australian Ambassador for Women and Girls
The Hon Dr Sharman Stone commenced her appointment as Australia’s third Ambassador for Women and Girls (AWG) on 1 January 2017. The AWG advocates globally for Australia’s commitment to gender equality, with a focus on women’s leadership, women’s economic empowerment, and addressing violence against women. As AWG, Sharman has represented Australia at international fora including APEC, IORA, the Human Rights Council, Global Summit of Women, UN Commission on the Status of Women, and the ILO Women and the Future of Work in Asia-Pacific Conference. Sharman has visited multiple countries in the Indo-Pacific advocating for the rights of women and girls.
Prior to her appointment, the Hon Dr Sharman Stone was a member of the Australian Federal Parliament, including ministerial and parliamentary secretary positions. Sharman was elected the Federal Member for Murray in 1996 and retired from the seat in 2016. As a long serving member and Chair of the Australian Parliamentarians for Population Development Group, Sharman promoted the rights of women and girls in the region, including advocating for the elimination of child marriages, female genital mutilation, human trafficking, poverty and disease.
Julieanne Alroe – Chair, Infrastructure Australia
Julieanne Alroe is the Chair of Infrastructure Australia. In addition to this role, Julieanne is a member of the University of Queensland Senate and was recently appointed to the Board of ERM Power and the Board of the
Queensland Ballet. She is also a Member of the Council of Governors of the American
Chamber of Commerce QLD (AMCHAM) and is the Inaugural President of the Queensland Futures Institute (QFI).
Julieanne Alroe retired in June 2018 from Brisbane Airport Corporation (BAC) where she held the position of CEO and Managing Director since 1 July 2009. With more than 40 years’ in the aviation industry, she was one of only a handful of women in the world to run a privatised airport. Julieanne has a Bachelor of Economics from the University of Queensland and was granted the Doctor of the Griffith University (honoris causa) in December 2016. She also is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and a member of the Chief Executive Woman (CEW).
Todd Battley – Chief Executive, AECOM Australia New Zealand
Todd Battley became chief executive in 2017 and leads a team of over 3,500 designers, engineers, planners, scientists, and project managers across 25 offices in Australia and New Zealand. He is a member of AECOM’s global Executive Committee and Asia-Pacific leadership team.
The traditional engineering consulting firm he joined as a civil engineering graduate of James Cook University in 1996 has changed significantly in the past 22 years.
Todd has a relentless focus on staff and client service excellence which has enabled him to build a resilient and dynamic business, despite the highs and lows of the Australian infrastructure market.
Most recently Todd led the cultural change that has made flexible work the norm at AECOM and helped launch Australia’s first term time contracts for professional engineers. He plays a leadership role in improving gender diversity across the infrastructure sector through his participation in the Male Champions of Change initiative and as a Pay Equity Ambassador for the Workplace Gender Equality Agency.
Elizabeth Gaines – Chief Executive Officer, Fortescue Metals Group
Elizabeth Gaines commenced as Chief Executive Officer of Fortescue Metals Group in February 2018.
A highly experienced business leader with extensive international experience as a Chief Executive Officer and group executive, Elizabeth has a proven track record in financial and operational leadership across a number of industries, including resources, construction and infrastructure, financial services and travel and hospitality.
After joining Fortescue as a Non-Executive Director in February 2013, Elizabeth was appointed Chief Financial Officer and Executive Director in February 2017. She is a former Chief Executive Officer of Helloworld Limited and Heytesbury Pty Limited and has also held the position of Chief Financial Officer at Stella Group and Entertainment Rights Plc.
Elizabeth has significant exposure to the impact of the growth in Asian economies, particularly China, on the Australian business environment and economy as well as a deep understanding of all aspects of financial and commercial management at a senior executive level in both listed and private companies.
A member of Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand, the Australian Institute of Company Directors and Chief Executive Women, Elizabeth holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree and Master of Applied Finance degree.
Elizabeth has previously held Non-Executive Director roles with NEXTDC Limited, Mantra Group Limited, Nine Entertainment Co. Holdings Limited and ImpediMed Limited.
Zara Fisher – Vice President of HSE in Iron Ore, Rio Tinto
Zara has worked within the mining industry for over 20 years. In her roles Zara has worked in and supported a range of locations both within Australia and internationally. Zara is currently Vice President of HSE in Iron Ore. Previous roles included General Manager Railway Operations within Rio Tinto Iron Ore in Western Australia; General Manager Health, Safety, Environment and Quality at Kennecott Utah Copper in the USA; Finance and Mining Executive for the Rio Tinto Energy and Minerals Group based in London, UK and before that a range of operational and functional roles in the Aluminium group Australia and New Zealand. Zara has worked across the functions of operations, maintenance, strategy, services and finance.
Zara is a non-executive Director of Energy Resources of Australia. She holds a Bachelor of Commerce from Masters of Applied Science (environmental management and restoration). Prior to Rio Tinto, Zara worked in Chartered accounting.
Zara grew up in Tasmania and is married with three boys, aged 10, 9 and 6. She together with husband Owen and children currently live in Perth, WA.
Frances Adamson – Secretary, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade
Frances Adamson has led the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade as Secretary since 25 August 2016.
Prior to her appointment as Secretary, Ms Adamson was International Adviser to the Prime Minister the Hon Malcolm Turnbull MP from November 2015.
From 2011 to 2015, Ms Adamson was Ambassador to the People’s Republic of China. She served in the Australian Consulate-General in Hong Kong in the late 1980s during the early years of China’s reform and opening. From 2001 to 2005, she was seconded as Representative to the Australian Commerce and Industry Office in Taipei.
Ms Adamson has twice served in the Australian High Commission in London, as Deputy High Commissioner from 2005 to 2008 and as Political Counsellor from 1993 to 1997.
She was Chief of Staff to the Minister for Foreign Affairs and then the Minister for Defence from 2009 to 2010.
Ms Adamson is President of the Institute of Public Administration Australia ACT Division. She is a member of the Efic Board, the Advisory Board of the Australian National University’s National Security College and the Asia Society Australia Advisory Council. Ms Adamson is a Special Adviser to the Male Champions of Change and a member of Chief Executive Women. She was awarded a Sir James Wolfensohn Public Service Scholarship in 2015.
Ms Adamson has a Bachelor of Economics from the University of Adelaide and was a recipient of a 2014 Distinguished Alumni Award. She joined the then Department of Foreign Affairs in 1985.
She is married with four children.
Dr Martin Parkinson AC PSM FASSA – Secretary, Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet
Martin Parkinson commenced as Secretary of the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet on 23 January 2016.
Prior to this Martin was a professional Non-Executive Director, serving on the boards of ORICA, O’Connell Street Associates, and the German-Australian Chamber of Industry and Commerce. He also served as a member of the Policy Committee of the Grattan Institute and on the Australian Federal Police Future Directions Advisory Board.
From March 2011 to December 2014, Martin served as Australia’s Secretary to the Treasury. Prior to this, he was the inaugural Secretary of the Department of Climate Change from its establishment in December 2007. Between 1997 and 2000 he worked at the International Monetary Fund on reform of the global financial architecture.
Martin is a member of the Male Champions of Change and has previously served as: a member of the Board of the Reserve Bank of Australia; Chair of the Board of the Australian Office of Financial Management; and as a member of Prime Minister Abbott’s Business Advisory Council and Prime Minister Gillard’s Australia’s Asian Century Strategic Advisory Board. He has also served as a member of the Board of Infrastructure Australia, the Council of Financial Regulators, the Board of Taxation, and the Board of the Sir Roland Wilson Foundation.
In 2008, Martin was awarded the Public Service Medal for his contribution to the development of economic policy. In 2017 he was awarded a Companion (AC) in the Australia Day Awards for eminent service to the Australian community through his public sector leadership roles. He is a life member of the Australian Business Economists, National Fellow of the Institute of Public Administration of Australia, Fellow of the Australian National Institute of Public Policy, recipient of the ANZSOG Institute of Governance Public Sector Award for Excellence, and was awarded the Australian National University’s inaugural Alumnus of the Year in 2013.
Martin holds a Ph.D and a M.A. from Princeton University, a M.Ec from the Australian National University and a B.Ec (Hons 1) from the University of Adelaide. In May 2015, Martin was awarded the degree of Doctor of the University (honoris causa) by the University of Adelaide.
Senator the Hon Marise Payne – Minister for Foreign Affairs
Marise Payne was appointed Australia’s Minister for Foreign Affairs on 28 August 2018.
A Senator for NSW since 1997, she has more than two decades’ parliamentary experience including 12 years’ membership of the Joint Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade. She is a former Minister for Human Services, and has held several shadow ministries.
The Senator was appointed Minister for Defence in September 2015. In this time, she delivered the 2016 Defence White Paper, the Integrated Investment Plan, and Defence Industry Policy Statement. She oversaw a major renewal of the Australian Defence Force’s capabilities and led the organisation’s increased international engagement program with allies and partners.
She has been a member of the Liberal Party since 1982, serving on the NSW State Executive for 10 years, and was the Young Liberals’ first female President.
The Minister holds a Bachelor of Laws and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of NSW.
She and her partner, NSW Minister for Western Sydney, WestConnex and Sport, Stuart Ayres, live in western Sydney.
Sam Mostyn – Non Executive Director and Sustainability Adviser
Sam Mostyn is a non-executive Director and Sustainability adviser, with a long history of governance roles across business, sport, the arts, policy, and NFP sectors.
Her current board roles include Mirvac, Transurban and Virgin Australia, and she is the Chair of Citi Australia. She joined the board of the Sydney Swans in 2017, after over a decade serving as a Commissioner with the Australian Football League.
In 2005 she was the first woman to be appointed to the Commission where she was an advocate for the Respect & Responsibility Policy for the inclusion of women at all levels of the AFL. She was an advocate for the creation of the AFL Women’s league and is the 2018 AFLW Cup Ambassador. In 2009, Sam was a member of the Crawford Review expert panel which examined sports funding in Australia.
Her corporate roles have encompassed human resources and culture change, corporate and government affairs, community engagement and corporate sustainability. Sam has served on the boards of Reconciliation Australia, the Australian Museum, the Sydney Theatre Company and now chairs Carriageworks and between 2013-2017 was President of the Australian Council for International Development. Sam has served on the Business & Sustainable Development Commission, and was recently appointed Chair of ANROWS, the Australian National Research Organisation for Women’s Safety.
Clive Stiff FAICD – Chief Executive Officer, Unilever Australia and New Zealand
Clive Stiff is Chief Executive Officer of Unilever Australia and New Zealand. His passion lies in promoting an agile, results-driven environment, while helping to build a more sustainable, diverse and inclusive future through Unilever’s brands and broader influence.
Clive is also Chairman of the Australian Food and Grocery Council, and sits on the Advisory Boards of the University of New South Wales Business School and the Australian Graduate School of Management. He serves on the Male Champions of Change movement, and is personally committed to helping women advance into positions of leadership.