Our Board & Advisors
Everyone on the WFEA Board is passionate about getting more women into our parliaments and public service.
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.”
Brynnie Goodwill, Deputy Chair
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 Aves, Treasurer
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.
Karen Iles, Secretary and Director
Karen leads her own consultancy working with businesses and not-for-profit organisations that are looking for ways to connect to a purpose benefiting our communities and environment. Her contributions across multiple industries in both the corporate and community sectors have impacted organisations, social institutions, employees and individuals for significant transformation. Under her leadership corporate social responsibility initiatives have been recognised as leading the field. Karen has a deep commitment to, and understanding of, gender equality. Throughout her career she has had the opportunity to shape and lead diversity and inclusion initiatives and has held non-executive director roles for a number of women-centred community health organisations.
Amber Daines, Director
Amber is a former print and TV journalist turned PR powerhouse, author, podcaster, speaker and crisis communications consultant. With over 20 years of media and strategic communications expertise in Australia, Hong Kong and Europe, she has worked with hundreds of household-name company CEOs, boards, executives, entrepreneurs, government spokespersons and other leaders. Her sweet spot is in shaping and refining complex PR strategies, teaching media skills and imparting public speaking expertise in a wide range of forums. Amber is passionate about actively supporting women of all ages, varied life stages and with diverse backgrounds to enter and succeed in public life. She is a non-executive board director at the Central Coast Sports College.
Kat Henaway, Director
Kat has enjoyed a diverse and varied career within large multi-nationals, local and federal government, start-ups and academia in Australia and the UK. A proud Torres Strait Islander woman of Meriam Mer and Kalau Lagau Ya heritage, Kat is passionate about Indigenous advancement, particularly in the business sector. With over 20 years’ experience in business administration, relationship management, business development and Indigenous community engagement, Kat enjoys the challenge of bringing diverse people and organisations together to solve Indigenous social and economic problems. She has executed fundraising activities for UN Women Sydney Chapter, UNAA Peace Program and currently works for First Australians Capital and consults to Women & Leadership Australia.
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.
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 several 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.