Sonja Braidner

Inclusion and Diversity Lead

Fire & Rescue NSW

Sonja Braidner

Inclusion and Diversity Lead

Fire and Rescue NSW

Sonja is the Inclusion & Diversity Lead at Fire + Rescue NSW (FRNSW).

She began her career as a stage electrician and rigger at the Sydney Opera House before working as a theatrical and theme park lighting designer in the UK and Europe.  After being lured into a career change brought about by an interest in industrial negotiation she moved into HR.   Sonja brings experience in Organisational Development, Executive Coaching and Inclusion & Diversity, having consulted across numerous corporate and business sectors for the past 20 years. Prior to FRNSW, Sonja worked as the Deputy Director Equity & Diversity Strategy for the University of Sydney and Manager Workplace Diversity at UNSW.

In the private sector, Sonja established the inaugural, global Inclusion and Diversity strategy for Singtel /Optus and worked in various inclusive leadership capacities within the Higher Education sector. Her passion for Human Rights saw her a founder and 1998 NSW Senate Candidate for a political party founded in response to societal issues pertaining to social inclusion and equity.

Sonja is a member of the Australian Human Resources Institute’s (AHRI) national Inclusion and Diversity Advisory Panel. She was the founder of the AHRI NSW Diversity Networking group and more recently has founded EMDIPPA for supporting inclusive practice across the Emergency Services and related industries; and formerly sat on the Executive of NEEOPA (NSW Equity Practitioners Association). Sonja holds post graduate qualification in Human Resources, commenced her studies in a Masters of Human Rights Practice, is an Alumni of Leading Together (Social Leadership Australia) and recently completed her CPHR accreditation.

In 2018 Sonja received a FRNSW Deputy Commissioner’s commendation for her work promoting diversity within the organisation; and is proud to be undertaking a Churchill Fellowship in 2019 to further delve into the multifaceted relationships between thriving workplace cultures and successful inclusion within Emergency Service organisations.

She is a regular speaker and contributor at conferences and is currently working collaboratively with researchers on a long-term Inclusion study within Australian Emergency Services.

A creative and commercially pragmatic HR practitioner, Sonja’s expertise lies in the tailored design of strategy and leading the adaptive delivery and implementation of actions to drive positive cultural change; enabling businesses and their people to share in the many successes afforded by inclusive and synergistic workplaces.

Simone Cook

Director of People and Performance

City of Canterbury Bankstown

Simone Cook

Director of People and Performance

City of Cantebury Bankstown

Simone is an experienced Human Resources practitioner in the local government sector. Following the amalgamation of Bankstown and Canterbury Councils in 2016, Simone has been leading the HR change and policy alignment process, to help create the new culture for the City of Canterbury Bankstown.  Simone’s philosophy of ‘putting people at the heart of what we do’ underpins her passion for her community, and for CBCity’s workforce. This year Simone was recognised in the NSW Local Government Minister’s Awards for Women in Local Government as Most Outstanding Senior Staff in a metropolitan council, and was also named on the NSW Top 50 Women in the Public Sector.

Catherine Davies

Director of Talent and Workforce Manager

Department of Justice NSW

Catherine Davies

Director of Talent and Workforce Manager

Department of Justice NSW

Catherine Davies is a senior executive with demonstrated strong strategic leadership and people management capabilities.  With extensive HR generalist experience as well as expertise in the provision of workforce planning, diversity, employee relations, work health and safety, leadership development, performance management systems and talent acquisition. She has significant experience in leading large operational teams and projects to deliver key initiatives that are aligned to organisational strategic goals and priorities.

Bridie Dawson

Chief People Officer

Australian Financial Security Authority

Bridie Dawson

Chief People Officer

Australian Financial Security Authority

Being the true Canberra native - Bridie Dawson has worked in Federal Government for just over a decade and is currently the Chief People Officer for the Australian Financial Security Authority.  With a reputation for being energetic, resilient and successfully leading change, Bridie has effectively delivered human capital reform across a number of government agencies.  Over the last 12 years Bridie has represented the Australian Government as an invitee by the World Intellectual Property Organisation (an agency of the United Nations) to form foundation human resource strategies for the Myanmar Intellectual Property Office and has accompanied Federal Parliamentarians in the Philippines, Laos and Myanmar as a member of an Australian Government delegation. 

 

Breda Diamond

Director – Organisational Change, Capability and Development

Service NSW

Breda Diamond

Director of People and Policy

Service NSW

With a career spanning 25 years across public, private and not-for-profit sectors Breda has led the successful delivery of people and change leadership in complex operating environments. Breda operates from the belief that employees in the value chain are a key driver of organisational performance and that workforce performance is most effective when underpinned by alignment of culture, policy, legislative frameworks and manager capability. 

She strongly believes that valuing and developing our people as well as promoting inclusion and collaboration improves branding and positing as an Employer of Choice. 

Kevin Flack

Director of Strategic HR

Department of Justice NSW

Kevin Flack

Director of Strategic HR

Department of Justice NSW

Kevin Flack is an experienced Human Resources Director with a demonstrated history of leading teams to deliver a range of Human Capital Management (HCM) solutions. His current role is the design and delivery of the Success factors Talent management solution to support and improve workforce planning and service delivery to the Department of Justice (1600 employees).

Stephen Grieve

Head of People Support and Development

National Gallery of Australia

Stephen Grieve

Head of People Support and Development

National Gallery of Australia

Steve is and has been an HR leader and practitioner in the Commonwealth public sector for more than 20 years.  Currently with the National Gallery, prior to this he worked for Indigenous Business Australia.  This is balanced by private sector experience with BHP. 

An HR generalist, grounded in workplace relations, he has a breadth of experience in negotiating change, as well as individual and collective agreements, and dispute resolution.

Other strategic level achievements include rebuilding HR teams and functions under the umbrella of overarching people strategies, focusing on HR infrastructure, enhancing individual and collective capability, and supporting health and wellbeing. 

Adeline Hough

Director – People and Culture
Department of Health QLD

Adeline Hough

Director - People and Culture

Department of Health QLD

Adeline Hough is the Director of People and Culture for eHealth Queensland.

Adeline takes an active leadership role in promoting excellence in people management in eHealth Queensland. Adeline is passionate about drawing connection between people and purpose – understanding the potential impact on Queensland’s communities when people are motivated to create real change.  

From a background in social work supporting children and families, Adeline has built a longstanding career in Queensland Government agencies focused on empowering people to achieve outcomes. Utilizing expertise in workforce strategy and capability development Adeline is now leading transformational change in eHealth Queensland – a critical component of the future of digital healthcare in Australia.

Adeline is a strong promotor of diversity and inclusion initiatives, and utilizes her position as a woman in leadership to promote the benefits of a diverse workforce and how this drives organizational development, capability, and engagement.

Paul Landy

Chief People and Transformation

QSuper

Paul Landy

Chief People and Transformation

QSuper

Joining QSuper in December 2010, Paul Landy is currently the Chief of People and Transformation. He is responsible for providing both strategic and operational advice across a broad spectrum of human resource management and internal communications activities, as well as managing all QSuper Group change activities.

Paul and his team design business aligned people and internal communication strategies to support the QSuper strategic direction and ensure future capability needs are met.

With 15 years of experience in human resources and people management, Paul provides advice and support to the Board, executives and management across the QSuper Group of companies. Paul holds a Bachelor of Business from QUT, a post Graduate Certificate in Marketing from Monash University and is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. Paul is also a graduate of the Program for Leadership Development from Harvard Business School.

Prior to QSuper Paul worked throughout Australia and Europe for a number of companies including, National Australia Bank, Suncorp, Accenture and QIC.

 

Corinne McDevitt

Training and Development Manager

NSW Department of Education

Corinne McDevitt

Former Training and Development Manager

NSW Department of Education

Corinne is an international licensed provider and facilitator of Process Communication Model ®, a communications and behavioural management course which NASA selected over 30 years ago to train their astronauts on how to maximise mental wellbeing and improve working relationships whilst in space as well as how to best communicate with them when in distress.

PCM is also used by the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons who have endorsed PCM as a validated tool to support surgeons and medical staff and eliminate mistakes in surgery.

Corinne is one of the few national certified trainers to teach Process Communication Model ® (PCM) to Australian federal and state government, corporates and general public.  World-wide PCM has been highly rated by Apple, BMW, GM Financial (General Motors), Woolworths, McDonalds, Microsoft, Coca Cola, the White House and more.

She has a deep interest in empowering youth to be their own leaders and know how to effectively manage bullying and self-esteem.  Has run anti-bullying programs at TAFE and due to the programs’ success was interviewed by the Daily Telegraph.

Corinne also rebranded the NSW Department of Education’s Microsoft Office templates to meet mandatory accessibility WCAG 2.0 requirements and ensure people with vision, hearing and mobility impairments have a better communication experience.

Corinne enjoys ocean swimming, has lived and worked in America, Japan and Britain and is open to life’s opportunities.

Christalla Michael

Head of HR

City of Parramatta

Christalla Michael

Head of HR

City of Parramatta

Christalla Michael is the Head of Human Resources at City of Parramatta Council who has an extensive career in Human Resources. Principally in technology implementation, change management and strategic and tactical leadership, where she has over 12 years’ experience.

 

With a passion in providing HR solutions through technology, compliance and people, Christalla has a wealth of experience obtained through various industries including aviation, telecommunications, financial services and local government, both within Australian and overseas.  

Her broad human resource background across different industries has provided a platform to deliver a wide variety of strategic projects such as digitisation of employee files, recruitment and performance management processes. Through this she has designed, developed and embedded policies, programs, systems and practices to address workforce compliance risks and drive improved business efficiency and effectiveness.

Having a keen interest in workforce analytics, she is currently working on enhancing this capability within the local government space.

 

 

Jeremy Moore

Assistant Commissioner – Workforce Strategy and Change

Australian Taxation Office

Jeremy Moore

Assistant Commissioner - Workforce Strategy and Change

Australian Taxation Office

Jeremy Moore is the Assistant Commissioner, Workforce Strategy, at the Australian Taxation Office.

The ATO’s Workforce Strategy portfolio encompasses several functions including workforce planning, job and organisational design, diversity initiatives, workforce analytics, graduate and other entry level programmes.

Jeremy has broad experience in strategic planning activities within the Commonwealth public sector environment and the Australian Defence Force.

Previously, Jeremy worked in Centrelink, Medicare and the Department of Human Services in various roles. Prior to this, Jeremy was with the Australian Army in a range of strategic management and HR roles both within Australia and overseas.  This has given him some unique insights into how other organisations, countries and cultures treat a range of strategic workforce and diversity issues.

Danielle Neale

Entrepreneur in Residence

Faculty of Engineering, UNSW

Danielle Neal

Entrepreneur in Residence

UNSW Sydney

Danielle has been starting, leading and advising successful businesses and innovative programs for over 20 years. Her entrepreneurial and innovation experience ranges from start-up founder to coach, mentor, consultant, advisor, advocate and board member. She has represented Australia at the G20 Summit, been a Finalist for Women in Technology’s Entrepreneur of the Year, championed the iAwards Young Innovator as the Chief Judge and led innovative, state government initiatives. 

 

In her current role as Entrepreneur in Residence at UNSW Engineering, she represents the university in the Innovation Central Sydney Alliance and the UNSW Techconnect initiative which is funded by the NSW Department of Industry's $18M, "Boosting Business Innovation Program". She also supports staff and students to develop commercial ventures and knowledge exchange opportunities and led the 2017 pilot initiative for UNSW The Maker Games which recently won the Australian Financial Review's Innovation in Higher Education, Industry Engagement Award. 

Sarah Proudford 

Director of National Recruitment

Australian Bureau of Statistics

Sarah Proudford

Director of National Recruitment

Australian Bureau of Statistics

Sarah has been at the ABS for over 18 years and has worked in a diversified range of roles from front line customer service, statistical, engagement, data operations and for the last 9 years Human Resources. Within the Human Resources area Sarah has worked in roles across Workforce Strategies, Diversity and Inclusion as well as Recruitment. She is passionate about developing HR strategies that have clear links to business outcomes, are practical and are supported by data. Sarah is also the ABS Implementation Leader for the Male Champion of Change STEM Group, supporting the Australian Statistician in his role as a male champion of change.

 

Dr Sue Williamson

Senior Lecturer – HR Management

UNSW

Dr. Sue Williamson

Senior Lecturer - HR Management

UNSW

Sue Williamson is a Senior Lecturer in Human Resource Management at the University of NSW, Canberra. She is an expert on gender equity in the workplace and is currently examining how public sector organisations can create and sustain gender equitable workplaces. Sue is the current President of the Association of Industrial Relations Academics of Australia and New Zealand. In 2017 Sue was a Telstra Business Women of the Year finalist, due to her research on gender equity.  

 

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