Libby Lyons

Jayson Infante

Libby Lyons
CEW Member

Workplace Gender Equality Agency

Libby Lyons was appointed as Director of the Australian Workplace Gender Equality Agency by the Governor General of Australia in October 2015. Libby leads the Agency collecting and monitoring workplace data on progress towards gender equality, supporting Australian employers with tools and education, advocating and influencing change and publicly holding employers accountable for results. Libby has developed a strategic plan focused on maximising the Agency’s world-leading dataset and expanding the reach and impact of gender reporting. To this end, she has travelled internationally to speak with government and private enterprise on the business case for gender equality and the Agency’s dataset. She also presented at the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women in New York in 2018.

Prior to joining the Agency Libby had a distinguished career in corporate affairs and government relations, including heading up BHP Billiton’s Olympic Dam corporate affairs division, as well as senior roles at Atlas Iron, CITIC Pacific Mining, Alcoa Australia, the Western Power Corporation and Telstra. She has been a director on the boards of non-profits SIDS and Kids WA, and was Executive Chairman for Kalparrin, a charity that supports the carers of children with disabilities.

Libby holds a Diploma of Teaching (Primary) from the University of Melbourne.

Libby takes part in regular roundtable and speaking events with business leaders and has a strong personal commitment to public service, having started her career as a primary school teacher. Recently, Libby featured in “200 Women who will change the way you see the world” as well as Apolitical’s 100 Most Influential People Working in Gender Policy 2018 list.

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