Jennifer Morris, Founder and Chair
As a diversity and inclusion consultant, Jenny is a strong advocate for supporting female talent. She has been providing human resource advice and training to organisations since 1986 and founded The Orijen Group in 2000. Since then, Jenny has been responsible for the research, design and implementation of a range of bespoke coaching and mentoring programs in corporations, government and non-government organisations.
In 2014 Jenny received the AFR’s 100 Women of Influence award for her contribution to “creating a bolder and more diverse future for all Australians.”
With a background in international law and advocacy, Brynnie is passionate about building healthy, sustainable organisations and communities where quadruple bottom-line values – economic, social, environmental, cultural – underpin decision-making and where business is engaged as a valued, responsive and supportive partner with community. She brings a deep knowledge of governance, combined with significant experience working with boards and committees.
Sally is an experienced leader across the private, public and not for profit sectors; her career has focused on delivering high profile programs which depend on stakeholder collaboration, often within critical time frames and a compliance framework. An economist, Sally has enjoyed an extensive and varied career within large multi-nationals, start-ups, local government and academia in the UK, New Zealand and Australia
Dannya Hu, Secretary
Dannya has a strong background across various departments and agencies in the Australian Public Service, both as a public servant and a consultant. She is passionate about helping organisations improve their corporate governance, with a particular focus on business planning, risk management, committees and business continuity.
Coleen Mackinnon, Director
Coleen is an advocacy strategist and diversity specialist with a passion for accelerating progressive social change. She serves as Adviser for Consult Australia’s Male Champions of Change where she provides support and strategic guidance to a network of CEO’s committed to shifting the numbers of women in their firms. Prior to migrating to Australia, Coleen was Catalyst’s Regional Director in Quebec, where she provided ‘D and I’ research and counsel to FP500 member companies. She co-founded Ensemble vers la parité (Together towards Parity), a cross-sector network of leaders and organisations committed to fast-tracking the representation of women on Boards and Executive committees.
Amber Daines, Director
Amber is a former print and TV journalist turned PR powerhouse, author, speaker, media trainer and business consultant. With almost 20 years of communication industry expertise in Australia and abroad, she has enjoyed a successful career in media, PR and entrepreneurship. As a guest speaker, lecturer, MC and panellist, Amber understands the power of effective leadership from exceptional verbal and non-verbal communication
Licia Heath, Director
With over 19 years’ experience in the financial services and asset management sector; Licia Heath has worked in a number of capacities including analytical, retail and institutional roles at firms such as Deutsche Bank and Credit Suisse in both London and Australia. As an active member of CLOSE (Community for Local Options in Secondary Education), Licia has developed a keen interest in improving the quality and availability of public high schools in Sydney’s inner city and eastern suburbs.
Imogen Boas, Director
After nearly 30 years of management experience in publishing, advertising, information technology marketing and her own business; Imogen is now devoting her energies to teaching ethics, being a board member, business mentor and helping women get elected to representative office. Using her skills to effect political and social change is proving very challenging but also rewarding.
Sarah Gatehouse, Advisor
Sarah has over 20 years’ experience in Human Resources and has most recently been involved in driving meaningful organisational change and transformation. Her passion to encourage and empower women, is the result of having been mentored herself, by a strong female leader. Sarah’s experience in recruiting for senior roles has enabled her to see first-hand, how few women even apply for these roles. Seeing her female peer network achieve career milestones is her focus as she helps women back themselves and have the courage to step up.
Elizabeth Crouch, Advisor
Elizabeth spent 16 years with the Federal government before moving into the private sector where she held various positions, including the role of Chief Executive of the Housing Industry Association. Elizabeth holds positions as Deputy Chancellor of Macquarie University, non-executive Director of SGS Economics and Planning, and Trustee of the Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences. She was previously on the Board of Chandler Macleod Group prior to its sale to Recruit Holdings. Elizabeth chairs a number of audit committees including for the City of Sydney, Health Infrastructure and Railcorp and is a member of the Office of Environment and Heritage audit committee.
Sonia Palmieri, Advisor
Sonia is an expert in gender and political participation, with an emphasis on parliaments. She has 15 years’ combined experience supporting parliaments as well as women’s access to, and participation in, political institutions. She is the author of seminal reports on women in parliament, including the IPU’s (2012) Gender-Sensitive Parliaments: A Global Review of Good Practice, and the OSCE ODIHR’s (2013) A Comparative Study of Structures for Women MPs in the OSCE Region. Having developed effective tools to promote gender equality in the work of parliaments, Sonia has facilitated parliamentary self-assessments in Uganda and Rwanda. She has strong UN experience, having worked with both the UNDP in Viet Nam and UN Women in New York.