2015 SWECO Judges

on Sunday, 02 September 2012. Posted in Sustaining Women's Empowerment in Communities and Organisations


 Sue Conde AM, fmr President of Unifem Australia

Sue Conde is the former President of Unifem Australia and currently, the Co-Chair, Sydney Chapter Australian National Committee for UN Women. Sue has held various Executive Leadership positions at State and National levels of Girl Guides Australia serving as Deputy Chief Commissioner from 1998-2002. International experiences include attending the UN General Assembly Special Session on Women in New York in 2000 and as a member of the Australian Government delegations; she has attended the UN Special Session on Children in 2002 and the Commission on the Status of Women in 2006 and 2010.  She joined the UNIFEM Australia National Committee in 2002 and was elected Vice President in 2005. From 2003-2007 she was actively engaged as a member of the National Leadership Group in UNIFEM Australia’s launch of the new Australian initiative – the White Ribbon Campaign.  Building on her strong engagement in the women’s NGO sector over the past 10 years, Sue has previously represented UNIFEM Australia on the Australian Women’s Coalition (AWC). Sue served as President of the AWC for three years from 2003-2006. In January 2005 Sue was appointed as a Member in the Order of Australia for service to the community through organisations and advisory bodies that promote the interests of women, to youth through the guiding movement and to the Uniting Church in Australia. She is also a member of the Council of Knox Grammar School.



Tanya Hosch official photoTanya Hosch, Deputy Campaign Director, Recognise

 Tanya is the Deputy Campaign Director for Recognise – the project to raise community awareness and support for constitutional change to recognise Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in the Australian Constitution. Prior to this, Tanya has been in advocacy and consulting roles with the aim of increasing philanthropic investment into Indigenous development. Tanya was an integral member of the team responsible for the model design and establishment of the National Congress of Australia’s First Peoples. Most recently Tanya worked with a steering committee to establish the Australian Indigenous Governance Institute. For the past 15 years Tanya has sat on a number of boards and committees. Tanya currently sits on the boards of the Australian Indigenous Governance Institute, Bangarra Dance Theatre, the National Board of the Australian Red Cross, and has recently been appointed as the Independent Chair of the new company Price Waterhouse Coopers Indigenous Consulting. Tanya is the Deputy Chair of the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Equality Council, and also provides support to Dr Lowitja O’Donoghue through her role with the Lowitja Institute, Australia’s Institute for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health research. In 2013 Tanya was named in the South Australian Women’s Honour Roll and for the past two consecutive years has been  recognised in the inaugural list of ‘100 Women of Influence’ Awards run by Westpac and the Australian Financial Review to recognise women who are achievers in Australian business and society.  



Maria DimopoulosMaria Dimopoulos, Managing Director MyriaD Consultants Pty Ltd

Maria Dimopoulos has over twenty years experience consulting in diversity and gender equality within Australia and gender in development contexts internationally.  Much of her work has focused on the intersections of diversity and the law.  She is an outstanding communicator and facilitator and possesses an extraordinary ability to captivate her audience.  She has a breadth of expertise in policy formulation for the Government and legal sectors, research and evaluation for social planning and in community education.Maria has also undertaken a range of international gender equality and gender mainstreaming projects in the Pacific region. Maria has worked extensively with issues concerning violence against women and in 2008-09 served on the Federal Government’s National Council to Reduce Violence against Women and their Children.  In 2011 she was appointed by the Federal Minister for Multicultural Affairs to the government’s Access and Equity Inquiry Panel to conduct an inquiry into government services to ensure they are responsive to the needs of all Australians. Maria sits on a number of boards including the Institute for Cultural Diversity, Australia.




 Terese Edwards, CEO, National Council of Single Mothers & their Children

Terese Edwards is CEO of the National Council of Single Mothers & Children Inc since 2009. She is also the Deputy President of ACOSS since February 2010. She is a Steering committee member of the Equality and Rights Alliance (National Women`s Alliance) since 2012 and the newly elected chair of the South Australian Women Services Network. She is a Member of the Economic Security for women since October 2012 and a Child Support National Stakeholder Engagement Group Member since 2009. Terese has a Masters in Public Administration, a Graduate Diploma in Management and a Graduate Certificate in Public Policy.  



Susan Ferrier 2Susan Ferrier, National Head of People, Performance & Culture, KPMG

Susan joined KPMG, Australia in February 2011, as Head of People, Performance and Culture.  Susan is responsible for leading the design and implementation of the firm’s People Strategy and is a member of the senior executive team working closely with the CEO and other members of the senior team.  Susan is driving change to ensure KPMG achieves its aim of being the ‘Best Firm to Work for our People and our Clients’.  Prior to joining KPMG, Susan was the Director of the People & Development and a member of the firm Leadership Team at Allens Arthur Robinson.  Susan has more than 20 years of international experience working with boards and executive teams in professional services, technology and finance services organisations. She has held a number of global roles in companies with up to 250,000 employees in over 80 different countries, and has been Chief Executive of a small technology start up company. Leading large scale complex organisational change and building a high performance culture have been areas of focus throughout Susan’s career.  She combines her business knowledge, commercial acumen and strong management science to ensure people are central and deliver results to business strategy. Susan is a member of the Presidents Forum with AHRI, received the HR Leader of the Year Award from AHRI in 2010 and was a participant in the 2010 BCA Mentoring Scheme for women senior executives with potential to move into CEO like roles. Susan is married with four children.  She has a MBA from NijenrodeUniversity and an Arts/Law degree from SydneyUniversity.



carrieleesonCarrie Leeson, CEO, Lifeline Canberra

Carrie joined Lifeline Canberra earlier this year as their CEO after a 10 year period in the private sector.   Prior to becoming CEO, Carrie worked as a volunteer telephone crisis supporter for Lifeline and was a director on the board for the organisation.  She completed her degree in Psychology, and Diploma in Public Relations in South Africa prior to moving to Australia and running her own preventative health company. Carrie has used her experience and knowledge to create awareness around the importance of prevention, in both the physical and mental health arenas, and has worked with government, community, schools and businesses to generate sustainable health outcomes.




katy-mcdonaldKaty McDonald, National Director, People and Development, Minter Ellison

Katy McDonad has degrees in Arts and Law from the University of Melbourne and the University of Sydney. When she graduated in 1989, she worked as a judge’s associate for a judge of the Federal Court of Australia and the Human Rights Commission.  Katy worked in private legal practice for seven years as a commercial litigator at Barker Gosling in Sydney and then in the HR & IR practice at Minter Ellison.  She left private practice in 1996 to work at the University of Sydney as the Director of Equal Opportunity.  Katy joined Westpac in 1999 where she worked for ten years in the role of Head of Employee Relations Legal and then Head of Employee Relations, Diversity and Policy.  She has held a number of directorships for not for profits and is an accredited mediator.  She is currently Acting as National Director of People and Development at MInter Ellison Lawyers.  



Padma Raman - AHRC Padma Raman, Executive Director of the Australian Human Rights Commission

Padma Raman has a long and established career committed to protecting and advancing human rights. She is the Executive Director of Australia's national human rights institution, the Australian Human Rights Commission and came to the position after establishing the Victorian Law Reform Commission which she ran for nine years. During that time, Ms Raman was also a member of the Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission (VEOHRC) for 4 ½ years. She was instrumental in assisting the Victorian Government develop and implement the Victorian Charter of Human Rights and Responsibilities Act 2006. Prior to this, Ms Raman worked extensively in the community and academic sectors. She holds a Masters of Law by research, specialising in the experiences of immigrant and Indigenous women under the Australian legal system.






Professor Shirley Randell AO

Professor Shirley Randell AO, PhD was educated at Perth Modern School and the Universities of Papua New Guinea, Canberra, New England and London. As a leading expert in public sector and institutional reform, teacher education, gender mainstreaming and human rights in developing countries, Prof. Randell has provided specialist technical assistance to governments in the Asia Pacific Region and in Africa over the last 18 years. After working with UNDP and the Ministry for Women’s Affairs on a gender mainstreaming training program for senior public servants in 2004-5 in Bangladesh, Prof. Randell has returned to Dhaka in 2014 on a three year project with ADB and the Ministry of Education as Pre-service Secondary Training Program Specialist, Bangladesh Teacher Quality Improvement Project ll, with Development Strategists International Consulting. In 2009 she established and directed the Centre for Gender, Culture and Development at the Kigali Institute of Education, now the Centre for Gender Studies at the University of Rwanda. Over 100 Rwandans have graduated with Master of Gender and Development degrees since the Centre’s inception. She is the author of numerous journal articles and books and is a renowned international speaker. Prof Randell was one of Australia’s 100 Inaugural Women of Influence in 2012 and one of the International Alliance for Women’s 100 World of Difference Awardees in 2013. She is a Distinguished Alumni of the University of Canberra and University of New England Armidale, Patron of the Australian Centre for Leadership for Women and Sunshine Foundation Australia, and the Global Ambassador- Rwanda for The International Alliance of Women,    



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Graham West, National Vice President St Vincent de Paul Society NSW & Consultant

Graham is a National Vice president of the St Vincent de Paul Society, Management Consultant in the NFP sector and former CEO of St Vincent de Paul Society in NSW. Graham was a Member of Parliament in NSW for 10 years representing the Campbelltown area, and held a number of Ministerial positions including Juvenile Justice and Youth, Volunteering, Gaming and Racing and Minister Assisting the Premier on Veterans Affairs. Graham has been active at a board level in the community sector for many years, especially in community development and youth drug and alcohol education and support, and is an advisory board member with CentaCare Wilcannia-Forbes, and a director of SHINE for Kids co-operative, and Interrelate. In addition, Graham has a continuing interest in community engagement policies, environmental strategies at the local level, and issues concerning indigenous youth, especially in the areas of employment and education. Graham has written on youth engagement in decision-making using social networking and Web 2.0 and is a regular speaker on the importance of community development. Graham holds a Bachelor of Commerce in Management, a Master of International Studies, is an Advanced Fire Fighter with the NSW Rural Fire Service, and a Chartered Member of the Institute of Logistics and Transport. He is married with three kids, two dogs, eight chickens and three alpacas.


Nareen Young, Strategic Adviser - Fexibility, Westpac

nareen-young-2Nareen Young is one of Australia's leading workplace practitioners and thinkers and managed, with enormous success, in the not for profit sector for over 15 years. She has received numerous awards and acknowledgements for this work, including the inaugural 100 Women of Influence honour for Diversity. Nareen is currently Strategic Adviser - Flexibility at Westpac, a mentor for the AFR Boss Emerging Leaders Program and utilises her knowledge as a reporting CEO for 15 years through governance. She is non-executive Director of Indigenous Business Australia, Netball Australia and the Institute for Cultural Diversity and the Chair of Groundswell Arts NSW. As CEO of DCA from 2007-2014, Nareen led the transformation of DCA into a flourishing independent, not-for-profit workplace diversity advisor to business with significant influence and expertise. Her strategic capacity, relationship building and collaborative working skills, tenacity and leadership transformed DCA, creating a new organisation aligned to the productivity needs of Australian workplaces and able to lead the creation of the workplace of the future. As DCA CEO, Nareen was appointed Chair, National Work/Life Balance Awards Judging and Accreditation Panel by then Deputy Prime Minister Julia Gillard in 2008. She is a Board member of Netball Australia, Indigenous Business Australia and the Institute for Cultural Diversity and a member of the Lend Lease Reconciliation Action Plan Advisory Panel. In 2012, she was named by the Financial Review and Westpac Group as one of Australia’s 100 Women of Influence and received the top honour in the diversity category, and was named one of the 'Twenty Most Influential Female Voices of 2012' by 'Daily Life'