National Advisory Board

The Women & Leadership Australia initiative is supported by a 16 member, National Board of Advisors comprising an esteemed line-up of Australian experts from academia, government and industry. The purpose of the board is to provide ongoing advice and support across various key elements including the highly acclaimed Advanced Leadership Program.

  • Tracey Spicer

    Journalist, newsreader and TV personality

  • Catherine Fox

    Journalist, Author, Former Financial Review Corporate Woman Columnist

  • Tina Brothers

    Executive Director, The Reibey Institute

  • Dr. Graeme Russell, BA, PhD

    International Researcher

  • Damien Farrell

    Chief Executive Officer, Australian School of Applied Management

  • Kate Southam


  • Captain Jennifer Wittwer, CSM, FAHRI, RAN

    Director National Action Plan for Women, Peace and Security in the Office of Chief of Defence Force

  • Robert R. Orth

    Director of Human Resources, IBM Australia/New Zealand

  • Sandy Hutchison

    Former Asia Pacific Human Resource Director, Marsh & McLennan Companies

  • Dr Polly Parker

    Senior Lecturer in Leadership, The University of Queensland

  • Dr Jacquie Hutchinson

    Lecturer, UWA Coordinator, Consortium for Diversity at Work

“This initiative provides an outstanding foundation for high potential women to aid their professional and leadership development in their chosen fields. Through robust and intensive engagement and participation, and developmental experience, women are strengthening their skills, experience and opportunities for senior leadership positions, and thus contribute to improving the gender balance in previously underrepresented and non-traditional areas and roles. Programs such as the Advanced Leadership Program are critical to Australia’s ongoing business and economic health and future, and maximize the potential of Australia’s growing, but currently underutilized, pool of talented and high-potential women”.

Jennifer Wittwer,
Director National Action Plan for Women, Peace and Security in the Office of Chief of Defence Force


“Our economy, companies and society all benefit from more women in leadership. From an increase in organisational and economic performance and from an equality point of view the move toward gender diversity is inevitable. The differences between men and women should be harnessed to improve team outcomes across industries. Courses that directly target harnessing the leadership potential of women help achieve this goal and WLA is at the forefront of education and empowering women to advance to leadership positions”.

Tina Brothers,
Executive Director, The Reibey Institute

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