Carolyn Baker
General Counsel & Company Secretary

Stanford Interpersonal Dynamics

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Carolyn is an accomplished infrastructure senior executive with broad experience across ports, roads, and other regulated industries. She has extensive experience leading strategic projects, managing investor and government relations and capital project governance.

Carolyn currently forms the executive team with the CEO and CFO at ConnectEast Group, the privately owned infrastructure company that developed, operates and maintains the $2.5 billion 39 kilometre EastLink tollway in eastern Melbourne under a state government concession. Carolyn previously spent seven years at the Port of Melbourne, playing a key leadership role in transitioning the state-owned Port to a privately-owned organisation as part of the State’s $9.7 billion port lease privatisation. Post privatisation, Carolyn led major commercial, governance and cultural transition projects including the Port’s inaugural diversity and inclusion program.

Carolyn’s leadership and personal style is a humanistic and constructive, people-led approach. A natural optimist, she builds positive, influential relationships at all levels, from boards, shareholders, and government regulators, to staff at all levels of the organisation


Von Slater  
Executive Head of Development | Lifestyle Communities

Stanford Interpersonal Dynamics

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Von Slater is the Executive Head of Development at Lifestyle Communities, an ASX300-listed developer and operator of high-quality affordable communities for Australia’s ageing population. Von’s responsibilities span the development lifecycle from initial concept and design through to turnkey project completion.

Von is driven by innovation and thinking outside the box, resulting in constant evolution of product and an offering that evolves to exceed customer expectations.

With over 10 years’ experience in the property and construction industry, Von has worked in leadership roles across some of the state’s leading landmark developments.  Passionate about good design and leadership diversity, Von is a long-term contributor to the Property Council’s Diversity Committee and a Board member of Open House Melbourne and the Centre for Architecture Victoria.

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Sally Collins
Chief Operating Officer, Victorian Funds Management Corporation (VFMC)

INSEAD Advanced Management Program

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Sally joined VFMC as Chief Operating Officer in May 2017 with more than 20 years’ experience in financial services with NAB, CBA and AXA. Her more recent roles have been as General Manager Business Management/ COO for both MLC’s Wealth business and NAB’s Business Bank.

Sally brings to VFMC deep operations and services experience across investment operations, business performance, risk management and transformation. Her recent focus has been leading multiple functions to deliver improvements across customer experience, investment processes, first line risk management, data and analytics, and technology enabled transformation.

Sally holds a bachelor’s degree and Graduate Diploma in Psychology and a Diploma in Financial Planning. She is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and a non-executive director of Autism Awareness Australia. She is also a published author.

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MIT Sloan

Rachael Kay
Executive Director Capital Projects and Planning at Central Adelaide Local Health Network (CALHN)

MIT Leading Change in Complex Organisations

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Rachael Kay is Executive Director Capital Projects and Planning at the Central Adelaide Local Health Network (CALHN), an incorporated health network serving a community of more than 466,000 people.

In this role, Rachael has oversight of service planning for the largest local health network in South Australia and manages major capital projects in excess of $350 million. These projects are key to the network’s ability to deliver world-class care that meets the needs of the population. Her ability to successfully manage internal and external stakeholders through change around infrastructure projects is well recognised.

Rachael graduated as an Occupational Therapist (OT) from the University of South Australia in 2004 and is a practitioner member on the Occupational Therapy Board of Australia with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency. In addition, Rachael has completed the Governors Leadership Foundation program with the Leaders Institute of South Australia in 2012, and the Australian Institute of Company Directors Course in 2018.

Professionally, Rachael is passionate about supporting women in leadership, especially those in the public sector

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MIT Sloan

Liz Westcott
Executive - Energy, EnergyAustralia

MIT Leading Change in Complex Organisations

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Liz joined EnergyAustralia, one of Australia’s leading energy retailers, in July 2018.

As the Executive - Energy, Liz is responsible for the operation and development of the company’s generation portfolio, comprising around 5,000 MW of owned and contracted wind, solar, coal and gas power.

The Energy business unit has around 1,000 employees, spread across 7 sites and 3 states. Under Liz’s leadership, Energy oversee the operations, maintenance and engineering required to operate two coal fired power stations (Yallourn and Mt Piper) and four gas fired power stations (Tallawarra, Hallett, Newport and Jeeralang) providing reliable, affordable energy to around 1.7 million customers.

Before joining EnergyAustralia, Liz had a 25-year career with Esso Australia, the local arm of United States-based oil and gas business, ExxonMobil. During her time with ExxonMobil, Liz held roles spanning strategic planning, operations, project management, technical, commercial and safety leadership in Australia, the United Kingdom and Italy.

Liz is an experienced Non-Executive Director in the not-for-profit sector and is currently on the Board of Beyond Bank Australia.

She has Bachelor of Engineering and a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Melbourne and is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

CEW & Vincent Fairfax Fellowship

Belinda Duarte
CEO, Culture is Life

Vincent Fairfax Fellowship

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Belinda Duarte is a proud woman of Wotjobaluk, Dja Dja Wurrung, Polish and Celtic heritage who was born and raised in Ballarat, Victoria. She is the CEO of Culture is Life, an organisation that promotes Aboriginal-led solutions which deepen connection to Culture for Aboriginal young people to prevent suicide and advocates to reframe Australia’s relationship with its First Peoples.

Belinda holds a range of positions, including Director of Western Bulldogs, MCG trustee, Co-Chair Atlantic Fellowship for Social Equity and board member of the AnnaMilla Foundation.

Belinda is inspired by her culture, collective leadership and transforming systems that create meaningful social impact.


CEW and Roberta Sykes Indigenous Education Foundation Scholarship

Dr Michelle Dickson
Academic Program Director, University of Sydney

RSIEF - Harvard Kennedy School - Women in Power

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Dr Michelle Dickson is a Darkinjung/Ngarigo (Aboriginal, NSW) academic in the Sydney School of Public Health, Faculty of Medicine and Health, The University of Sydney. She lives and works on Gadigal land and commenced at the University in 2010. Dr Dickson has worked in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health service delivery and health professions education for 25 years.

She is Academic Program Director of the Graduate Diploma in Indigenous Health Promotion program for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health professionals and provides leadership in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health and wellbeing within, and external to, her Institution and the Public Health sector. In 2016 the Council of Academic Public Health Institutions Australasia (CAPHIA) awarded her with recognition of her contribution to the Public Health profession.

As Chief Investigator on several state, national and international research collaborations, Dr Dickson focuses on privileging Indigenous ways of knowing, being and doing in health service delivery, health professions education and capacity building to improve health and wellbeing outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. Committed to mentoring and supporting future leaders, Dr Dickson provides strategic and cultural support to students and colleagues across government, non-government and community-controlled sectors.

Dr Dickson is a board member of the Far West Local Health District and the Australian Health Promotion Association and inaugural chair of the NSW Ministry of Health’s Cultural Reference Group. She has held numerous elected and nominated roles on committees that have strategic intent to develop the health and wellbeing of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians and First Nations Peoples, globally.

CEW and Roberta Sykes Indigenous Education Foundation Scholarship

Dr Leanne Holt 
Pro Vice-Chancellor (Indigenous), Macquarie University

RSIEF - Harvard Kennedy School - Women in Power

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Dr Leanne Holt is a Worimi woman with further connections to Biripai country and has over twenty years of experience in the higher education sector. Dr Holt is Pro-Vice Chancellor (Indigenous Strategy) and Adjunct Fellow at Macquarie University. She is President of the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Higher Education Consortium (NATSIHEC) and serves on a range of community and professional local, national and international boards, committees and government expert panels, focusing on the advancement of Indigenous higher education.

Dr Holt was previously at the University of Newcastle as co-Director of the Wollotuka Institute where she led Wollotuka, being the first in Australia to achieve international accreditation through the World Indigenous Higher Education Consortium (WINHEC) and is the current Deputy co-Chair of this organisation. Dr Holt holds postgraduate qualifications in business management and a PhD (Education) which traced the development of Aboriginal education policy in Australia through the voices of the National Aboriginal Education Committee (NAEC). In 2019, she was a finalist in the Telstra Women’s Business Awards recognising her passion and commitment to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander education and inspiring other upcoming leaders in this space.

CEW and Roberta Sykes Indigenous Education Foundation Scholarship

Kristy Masella 
CEO, Aboriginal Employment Strategy (AES)

RSEIF - Harvard Kennedy School - Leadership in the 21st Century

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Kristy Masella has dedicated her life to empowering Aboriginal communities. She has worked in Aboriginal Affairs for more than 25 years across many portfolios in both NSW, Queensland and the Northern Territory. Kristy is the CEO of the largest and most successful Indigenous recruitment and group training company in Australia, AES, which empowers Aboriginal people through employment and community development.  Prior to this role she was the head of Social Justice for Aboriginal Affairs NSW.

Kristy has been named one of Australia’s Top 100 Most Influential Women by the Australian Financial Review and Westpac and was awarded one of the Top 10 Category winners as Diversity Winner.

She studied Journalism at the University of Queensland and has been presented with a number of prestigious awards in her career such as the National Trust Print Media Commendation Award and the Australian Society of Archivists Mander Jones Award for her work as co-author of Connecting Kin. Kristy also holds a Masters in Human Rights Law and Policy at the University of NSW specialising in Indigenous rights and was nominated for the Law and Justice Foundation Aboriginal Justice Award.

Kristy spends her personal time supporting Aboriginal community boards such as Tranby National Indigenous Education and Training as Chairperson and Wunanbiri Aboriginal Preschool as Treasurer. She is a proud Murri and part of the inner Sydney and Central Queensland Aboriginal communities.

Bonnie Bozeman 2020 winner

2020 Bonnie Boezeman AO Leadership in Nursing Scholarship

Lisa Vilé 
Senior Nursing Officer, Western Australian Department of Health

Master of Healthcare Leadership at Southern Cross University

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Lisa is a Senior Nursing Officer within the Chief Nursing and Midwifery Office in the Western Australian (WA) Department of Health and brings over 20 years of nursing experience to this role.  

Throughout her career, Lisa has held senior nursing positions in Australia and the United Kingdom, expanding across clinical, education and corporate positions. The majority of these roles were within the critical care environment, an area of nursing which remains her first passion.

Having completed a Bachelor of Nursing in Melbourne, Lisa went on to complete a Postgraduate Diploma in Critical Care Nursing through Curtin University, WA. She has since undertaken further studies in project and corporate management and is keen to commence further education to support her current role and further build on her leadership skills.

As a trustee for the WA Nursing Memorial Charitable Trust, Lisa values the opportunity to support nurses and midwives wishing to undertake projects that enhance the quality of nursing/midwifery practice, management, education and research.

With a keen interest in policy development and reform, Lisa is a strong advocate for the development and recognition of the nursing and midwifery professions. She aspires to be in a position where she can lead meaningful change, enabling the growth and recognition of the professions and the delivery of high-quality and sustainable models of care.