Our Board

Jennifer Morris, Founder and Chair

As a diversity and inclusion consultant, Jenny is a strong advocate for supporting female talent through structured and facilitated mentoring. 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 was awarded AFR 100 Women of Influence for “creating a bolder and more diverse future for all Australians”. She is a past co-president of NEEOPA, the NSW Council for NAPCAN and Women on Boards.

Joanne Yates, Deputy Chair

Joanne has a diverse and strong history of public policy development and advocacy, coupled with an ability to effectively grasp the nuances of any subject matter, within a values framework. She brings a deep knowledge of government and parliamentary processes, combined with significant experience working with boards and committees and operating in high volume, time restricted environments.

Brenda Santiago, Treasurer

Brenda is a strategist who engages with stakeholders across private, public, academic and non-profit sectors. She has developed and led major transformation projects in Australia, Europe, USA and Puerto Rico. She holds a Master of Business Administration (MBA) specialising in Strategic Management; a Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree in Biology and a Certificate in Economic Development. and has successfully completed the International Economic Development Council (IEDC) board certification (CEcD), one of the highest benchmarks of professional competence for a practising economic developer.

Karen Iles, Secretary

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With over ten years experience in the non-government sector, Karen has a strong grounding in how to create social change. Working on human rights, international development and labour rights Karen has lead teams of people to create successful campaigns and strategies to support the rights of individuals and groups.

Karen has broad experience in corporate responsibility and social change. She has lead  Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) in Australia and New Zealand, with responsibility for CSR strategy development, execution, reporting, stakeholder relationships and external relations.

Coleen Mackinnon

Coleen is an advocacy strategist and diversity specialist with a passion for accelerating progressive social change. She serves as Advisor 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 organizations committed to fast-tracking the representation of women on Boards and Executive committees.

Amber Daines

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 panelist, Amber understands the power of effective leadership from exceptional verbal and non-verbal communication

Licia Heath

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.

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.