Everyone on the WFEA Team is passionate about getting more women into our parliaments and public service.
Licia Heath, Chief Executive Officer
With over 19 years’ experience in the financial services and asset management sector; Licia Heath has worked in several 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.
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.
Kat Henaway, Director
Kat is a descendant of the Meriam and Mua people of the Torres Strait Islands who has gained significant experience working in multinational organisations in Sydney, London & Edinburgh over the past 20 years. She has worked for some of the world’s largest private sector companies including Vodafone Hutchison, Arthur Andersons, ABN Amro, Société Générale, Ernst & Young and Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer. In the public sector, Kat has worked for The City of Edinburgh Council, the UK Pensions Regulator, City of Sydney, UNSW and UTS.
In the women’s development space, Kat worked with UN Women Sydney Chapter and is currently Board Director for Women for Election Australia. Her latest venture is Women’s Business, an enterprise that connects women of colour to leadership opportunities. Kat is passionate about empowering marginalised women and believes that “Investing in women and girls is the most powerful way to change the world!”
Coleen MacKinnon, Director
Coleen is a diversity consultant and advocacy specialist with a passion for accelerating progressive social change. She is the Founder of Sydney-based InQ (Inclusivity Quotient), an agency dedicated to co-creating more inclusive companies and communities. She serves as Adviser to the Consult Australia Male Champions of Change and is the co-creator of #Engaging Men, an empathetic approach to authentically involve male leaders in accelerating workplace gender equality.
Deeply committed to increasing the representation of women in parliament, she has worked on a number of political campaigns, both in her native Canada and here in Australia. She strongly believes that our parliaments should reflect the diversity of the country in which we live.
Kriti Colless, Director
Kriti’s professional career started in marketing, moving rapidly into strategy, planning and digital transformation across IT&T, Management Consulting, Financial Services, Education, Government, Not-for-Profit and Professional Services. Kriti has a strong commercial background having worked across the globe with organisations like McKinsey & Co, Accenture, Telstra, Westpac and British Telecom. In addition to serving on the board of WFEA, Kriti is also part of the Central Coast Sustainability Association and the millennial think tank, What About Tomorow.
Philip Busfield, Director
Philip Busfield M.A. (Hons) Cambridge University (Mathematics) is a risk and finance consultant to the Private Equity and banking industry. He has three decades of experience in various senior executive roles in merchant banking and investment.
Philip has founded and chaired a charity for Parkinson’s sufferers, been actively involved in local community regeneration projects, and is the Treasurer of Dying with Dignity NSW and Your Last Rights Australia, as well as various roles including Co-Chair, Treasurer & Board member of Twenty10 Incorporating GLCS, NSW largest LGBTIQA+ youth charity.
Born and raised in the UK, he now calls Australia home, and in March 2018 became an Australian citizen!
He is driven by his passion for Human Rights and particularly the rights of individuals to freedom of expression, speech, and life choices. To that end he has welcomed the opportunity to recently join the Board of Women for Election Australia (Incorporated ) as Treasurer
Andrew Butler, Director
Andrew is a communications specialist and runs the Corporate Affairs agency, Wilkinson Butler.
With a background in political campaigning and policy development, Andrew has provided strategic and tactical communications support to organisations from a large variety of industry sectors, including not-for-profits.
Much of his focus is on managing complex issues and long-term reputational challenges.
As Chair of the PR & Government Relations Committee, Andrew brings to WFEA, expertise in strategic communications, campaigning, media engagement, government relations and strategy and stakeholder engagement.
Cecilia Timm, Director
Cecilia is a marketing professional, website designer and illustrator who works with small to medium companies and not-for-profit organisations. With a background in Science and the entertainment industry, Cecilia’s experience is broad and varied. She makes a point of working with organisations that share her core beliefs of equality and the need for action on climate change.
Cecilia is an ardent feminist and firmly believes that gender parody within our government will go a long way to addressing gender inequality within our society.
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.
Susan Tracey, Advisor
Susan’s background is diverse and ranges from her creative origins in PR, marketing, design, arts and media to a focus now on creating great places that are inclusive, vibrant and sustainable. She has worked in the public, private and not-for-profit sectors specialising in infrastructure and place development and is a specialist in community engagement.
Susan is passionate about helping women achieve their goals and equipping them with the skills and know-how to become leaders in their fields. Her vision is to see more women in decision-making roles to ensure our society reflects and celebrates all of its people.