CEW 2016 STEM Scholarship winners

Our 2016 CEW Scholars

Seraphine BraySeraphine Bray – CPB Contractors
Leading for Results program– INSEAD

Seraphine Bray is the Group Manager, Indigenous and Social Inclusion, at CPB Contractors. CPB Contractors is the CIMIC Group’s construction company, with a team of around 23,000 people working at operations across Australia, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, Asia and India. Seraphine is responsible for Indigenous participation and social performance strategic initiatives across the organisation.

Dr Rebecca Johnson, Australian MuseumDr Rebecca Johnson – Australian Museum Research Institute
Leading for Results program– INSEAD

Dr Rebecca Johnson is Director, Australian Museum Research Institute, Science and at the Australian Museum (AM). She leads a team of more than 120 scientists, researchers, educators and support staff, and is responsible for the vision and strategic direction of the AM’s science, collections, research vision, and education programs.

Maria Zappala, Anglo AmericanMaria Zappala – Anglo American
Leading for Results program– INSEAD

Maria Zappala is Head of Business Improvement (Coal Global) at Anglo American. She has functional accountability for business improvement strategy and programs across the Coal Business Unit, which consists of 18 mines in Australia and South Africa. Maria has 20 years’ experience in the resources sector in business improvement, leadership, cultural change, strategy development, governance and risk management.

Lee Savage, BHP BillitonLee Savage – BHP Billiton
Asian International Executive Program – INSEAD

Lee Savage leads the Sales and Operations function for BHP Billiton’s iron ore, based in the Singapore Marketing business. Her team is responsible for realising full product value in commercial agreements and managing the supply chain from Port Hedland in Western Australia to global markets with core focus North Asia. From the FY2016 Annual Report Western Australia Iron Ore sales were 257Mt with equity revenue of US$10.3 billion. Lee comes from an operational background working “at the coal face” as an underground miner in the Southern Coalfields of Australia prior to moving to logistics and commercial roles spanning Europe and Asia. Most recently Lee has led the integration of the Sales and Operations functions building a diverse team balanced in both gender and ethnicity, originating from Australia, Malaysia, China, Singapore and Brazil.

Stephanie Donaldson, BHP BillitonStephanie Donaldson – BHP Billiton
Learning to Lead – INSEAD

Stephanie Donaldson is Mine Services Supervisor at BHP Billiton’s Mining Area C. She is responsible for a team of 14 skilled operators and 15 pieces of large mining equipment including dozers, diggers and graders. Under Stephanie’s supervision the team has become one of the higher performing teams within the mining department. Stephanie comes from a Geology background, moving through various departments of the mine planning process. Recently, Stephanie has accepted a role as Mine Production Supervisor, in which she hopes to transfer the skills that she has learnt into a new team environment.

Casey Millward, Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet Casey Millward – Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet
Learning to Lead – INSEAD

Olkola and Kalkadoon woman, Casey Millward, is Director of the Indigenous HR Strategy Team at the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet (PM&C). In this role Casey guides the development and implementation of strategies to help recruit, retain, support, and provide career development opportunities for Indigenous employees across the department’s national workforce.

Rebecca Lowde, SalmatRebecca Lowde – Salmat Limited
International Management in Asia Program – INSEAD

Rebecca Lowde is CFO of Salmat Limited and has an extensive background in managing finance, contracts, strategy, mergers and acquisitions, budgeting and sales. She has managed large, multi-cultural teams from around the world including the EMEA and Asia Pacific regions. Rebecca previously held the position of Executive Director at Bravura Solutions, responsible for Legal, Information Technology and Human Resources. Prior to this, Rebecca was CFO & COO, Asia Pacific and Japan at SAP Business Objects and various other senior executive positions in Australia, Europe and Asia for Lexmark and Oracle. Rebecca holds a Bachelor of Business in Accounting and Computer Science at Charles Sturt University and is a member of the AICD.

Kate Axup, AllensKate Axup – Allens
International Management in Asia Program – INSEAD

Kate Axup is a partner at Allens, one of Australia’s largest corporate law firms. Kate practices in the firm’s energy, resources and infrastructure group, with a particular focus on renewable energy and advises clients on project developments, acquisitions, divestments and regulatory issues. Kate has spent almost half her career working in China with Allens, including in the firm’s Hong Kong, Shanghai and Beijing offices. Kate leads Allens’ China practice and is a Mandarin speaker.

Jacqui McGill, BHP BillitonJacqui McGill – BHP Billiton
Executive Development Program – Wharton Business School

Jacqui McGill runs BHP Billiton’s Olympic Dam mine at Roxby Downs in South Australia. She leads a team of 3,000 people to safely produce over 200,000 tonnes of copper and over 2,000 kg of uranium annually. Olympic Dam is the fifth-largest copper deposit, the third-largest gold deposit and the largest uranium deposit in the world. Jacqui is also an active mentor for women in the resources industry. Under her leadership, Olympic Dam has the first ever gender balanced Asset Leadership team in BHP Billiton.

Elena Kells BluescopeElana Kells – Bluescope
Women in Leadership Program – AGSM @ UNSW Business School

Elana Kells is Logistics Manager, Warehouse Operations at BlueScope’s Port Kembla steelworks. She manages a team of 30 people across a high-volume warehousing network and has responsibility for strategic development, cost reduction, maintenance, quality, industrial relations and cultural change in a heavy industry environment.

Victoria Jones NguyenVictoria Jones-Nguyen
Women in Leadership Program – AGSM @ UNSW Business School

Victoria Jones-Nguyen is Head of Business Initiatives within the Business Lending portfolio (Products and Markets) at NAB.
Alongside her team, she provides consulting and project delivery support across a portfolio of strategic initiatives within the bank.

CEW Scholarships winner Zara FisherZara Fisher – Rio Tinto
Advanced Management Program – INSEAD Fontainebleau

Zara Fisher is General Manager Railway Operations within Rio Tinto Iron Ore in Western Australia. She is accountable for operational and safety leadership of teams across the Pilbara and in Perth, integration of new technologies, and future and innovation studies for the heavy haul railway. Zara has worked in the mining industry for over 20 years both in Australia and internationally.

Marni Oaten WorleyParsonsMarni Oaten – Worley Parsons
Vincent Fairfax Fellowship – Centre for Ethical Leadership, Ormond College, University of Melbourne

Marni Oaten is the Director of Corporate Responsibility at WorleyParsons, an ASX-listed professional services consultancy for the energy & resources industry. She leads the company’s global corporate responsibility activity across 43 countries, which includes the WorleyParsons Foundation, energy efficiency and diversity & inclusion programs, as well as reporting progress against broader ethical and sustainability commitments.

Eloise Wett, ASZEloise Wett – ASX
Women’s Leadership Forum – Harvard, Boston MA

Eloise joined the Australian Securities Exchange (ASX) in 2003 and is currently the Executive General Manager, Customer Experience. In this role Eloise is responsible for the main customer-facing functions across ASX and for the development and delivery of the ASX customer experience. Eloise is also the Acting Group Executive Operations, responsible for the effective management of ASX’s markets. Prior to this, Eloise has held a number of key General Management (GM) roles within ASX. These included GM Market Operations, ASX Project Management Office, Business Planning, Settlement and Digital Services and Business Transformation. Prior to joining ASX she worked with NASDAQ OMX in Europe managing cross border teams and markets across the UK, Belgium and Germany. Eloise is an energetic, highly engaged and committed financial services professional with a successful track record of leading teams across a broad range of disciplines. She has a proven ability to lead through periods of significant change and drive team performance. Eloise has completed the Company Directors Course at the Australian Institute of Company Directors (Order of Merit) and the International Executive Programme at INSEAD.

Sam Apps, GWFSamantha Apps – George Weston Foods
Negotiation Dynamics Program – INSEAD, Singapore

Sam is Group Procurement Director at George Weston Foods (GWF), home to iconic household brands such as Tip Top®, Abbotts Village Bakery®, Burgen® and Don®. She partners with the business across Australia and New Zealand, and globally with her colleagues in the Associated British Foods group, to deliver outstanding commercial results whilst building pathways to sustainable value creation. In her first year, procurement benefits increased year on year by 130%; this was integral to the group’s opex result and recognised via the 2015 Weston’s Best Team Achievement Award. Prior to GWF, Sam spent eleven years with Origin Energy, initially establishing their governance, risk and compliance framework. She led the transformation of the national Corporate Services team, with cross-group accountability for procurement, property (including capital works), facilities and fleet. Sam has also worked at PwC, where she serviced a diverse client portfolio, specialising in utilities and consumer goods; a highlight was her key role in the successful privatisation of British Energy plc. After PwC, she spent an enjoyable and challenging two years with ASX listed conglomerate Email, driving integration and divestment outcomes following acquisition by Electrolux and OneSteel. In addition to her Chartered Accountancy qualification and Bachelor of Accountancy (joint honours with Economics), Sam is a PRINCE2 qualified project manager and graduate member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Kristie Keast, BlueScopeKristie Keast – BlueScope
Leading Change in Complex Organisations (HR Winner) – MIT Sloan

Kristie Keast CEW Scholar 2016
Kristie was recently appointed to the position of GM People, BlueScope Australia and New Zealand & Pacific Islands, and is accountable for leading the HR, Communications, Health and Safety Organisation Development and Business Improvement functions across BlueScope’s largest business, employing 8,000 employees. Kristie joined BHP in 1994, which subsequently became BlueScope Steel, in 2002. Prior to her recent appointment, Kristie held senior business safety roles in Australia and the US, including managing the corporate health and safety function before moving into an expanded role with responsibility for diversity, talent and succession, learning and development, business performance interventions and governance of the corporate HR systems and processes. Kristie has over 20 years’ experience, primarily working in OH&S across a range of industries and geographic regions. Her strengths are in change management and leading integration activities in newly acquired businesses and joint ventures, driving cultural change at all levels. Kristie has a strong focus on diversity and sits on the BlueScope Diversity Council, which is chaired by BlueScope’s Managing Director & CEO and aims to develop and implement strategies to foster a more diverse and inclusive workforce at BlueScope. A program she is most proud of is a twelve month pilot program designed with the Australian Institute of Sport that aims to create more corporate opportunities for female athletes and improve gender diversity in sport and business. Kristie is active in sharing her experiences, both within BlueScope and in industry, to help advance other women so they can perform to their highest potential and thrive in business.

Professor Julie BernhardtProfessor Julie Bernhardt – Florey Institute
Leading Change in Complex Organisations (STEM Winner) – MIT Sloan

Julie is the Head of the Stroke Division and Leader of the AVERT Early Intervention Research Program at the Florey Institute of Neuroscience and Mental Health. She is a Senior Principal Research Fellow and clinician researcher. Working in a large multidisciplinary team of researchers, the focus of Julie’s group is the development and testing of new exercise and rehabilitation interventions that aim to reduce the burden of stroke related disability. Julie is Australia’s leading stroke rehabilitation trialist, recently completing the largest, international trial of early mobility based rehabilitation ever conducted (AVERT), which included over 2000 patients from five countries. Julie is also Director of the NHMRC Centre of Research Excellence in Stroke Rehabilitation and Recovery that outlines an interdisciplinary program of work from bench (discovery) to bedside (implementation). This program aims to transform how we do stroke recovery research in Australia. Julie is also committed to improving the retention of women in science and she founded the Women in Science Parkville Precinct collective impact initiative.

Deanna Lomas, TelstraDeanna Lomas – Telstra
Leading Change in Complex Organisations (STEM Winner) – MIT Sloan

Reporting to the CPO & Executive Director Procurement and Supply Chain, Deanna was appointed as the Director of Supply Chain at Telstra in April 2014. With responsibility for the Telstra supply chain, her role includes leading a centralised team responsible for the consumer product supply and distribution operations to primarily support the Telstra retail business. Deanna joined Telstra from MMG, a mining company with operations in Australia, Africa and Asia, where she led the centralised team supporting the in-bound and out-bound goods and services supply chain for mining operations globally. She was accountable for supply risk management, commercial & operational planning, inventory and warehouse operations. Prior to joining MMG, Deanna was the General Manager Supply Transformation for Carlton United Breweries, leading the design of a capital infrastructure plan and the implementation of a manufacturing efficiency program across the supply chain. Prior to CUB, she spent over fifteen years with BP in a variety of operational and commercial roles in the Refining, Lubricant, Bitumen and Aviation businesses. Her last role at BP was a global role reporting to the Strategy & Portfolio Director, with responsibility for evaluating partnership opportunities for alternative aviation fuels and the commercialisation of emerging technologies. Deanna holds bachelor degrees in Engineering, Business and Arts and a Masters of Business Administration completed at Melbourne Business School.