Our 2017 CEW Scholars

Jo DooleyJo Dooley – Director, Client Services, SEEK
Wharton Executive Development Program

Jo joined SEEK in January 2016 as Director Client Services for the Australian and New Zealand business, and is a key member of the SEEK leadership team.

Prior to SEEK, Jo spent 16 years with IBM where she held leadership roles across strategy, client relationship teams, operations and marketing, across Australia, New Zealand and Asia Pacific. Jo was part of the IBM Australia board, reporting to the CEO and was also a member of the IBM diversity council. Jo’s last role before leaving IBM was Director of Mid Market and Digital.

Prior to IBM, Jo held positions across marketing and client services at Big W, Sony and Cartwright Williams (now part of Leo Burnett).

At SEEK, Jo’s current role is to lead the 200+ client sales and service team to solve hirers’ problems across the human capital marketplace. Jo manages the ANZ P&L and leads business development, account management, customer service, client training and operations. Jo is passionate about solving client business problems and all areas of digital transformation and technology.

Jo holds a Bachelor of Applied Science from University of Western Sydney. Jo is also a director on the Victorian Board of the Starlight Children’s Foundation.

Leigh O'NeillLeigh O’Neill – Executive General Manager, Business Direct and Small Business, National Australia Bank
Wharton Executive Development Program

As NAB’s Executive General Manager, Business Direct and Small Business, Leigh O’Neill leads a team comprising direct and digital business customer services and relationship management for NAB Small Business customers.

Leigh has more than 15 years’ experience in financial services across the UK, US and Australia, most recently holding the position of Executive General Manager, Micro and Small Business at NAB. In this role she established the NAB Small Business Customer Advocacy Council, a group of industry influencers, representatives and business owners who provide strategic advice on NAB’s small business customer strategy.

Leigh is a strong advocate for corporate responsibility and has been a proponent for many of NAB’s programs around diversity and financial empowerment for women. Passionate about the arts, she is currently Chair of contemporary dance company Chunky Move and a Director on Melbourne Theatre Company’s Foundation Board.

Leigh holds a Bachelor of Science (Hons) from Nottingham University, Financial Planning Certificates and an Australian Diploma of Financial Services.  She is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Tiffiny ValeTiffiny Vale – Principal Policy Officer, Department of Planning, Lands and Heritage WA
INSEAD Leading for results, Singapore

Tiffiny Vale is the Principal Policy Officer, Department of Planning, Lands and Heritage in Western Australia. A Whadjuk woman from the Noongar Nation in southwest Western Australia, Tiffiny has worked in the West Australian public sector for the past 16 years in the areas of justice, equal opportunity, and Aboriginal affairs.
In the last two years, Tiffiny has played a key role in managing Aboriginal heritage in Western Australia.

Tiffiny is passionate about protecting and promoting Aboriginal heritage and culture, achieving equitable outcomes for Aboriginal people and improving economic opportunities for Aboriginal communities.

Tiffiny has a post graduate certificate in Indigenous Sector Management from Edith Cowan University. Tiffiny is also an active member of Rotary International and volunteers on a variety of community projects in her local area.

Rebecca LannenRebecca Lannen – Regional Manager for Victoria and Tasmania, Indigenous Affairs Network, Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet
INSEAD Leading for results, Singapore

Rebecca Lannen is the Regional Manager for Victoria and Tasmania, Indigenous Affairs Network in the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet. Rebecca is of Papuan New Guinea and Torres Strait Islander heritage.

In 2009 she received the Secretary’s NAIDOC Excellence Award in recognition of excellence in service delivery to Indigenous Australians.
Rebecca started her Australian Public Service career in Canberra in 2002 as Executive Assistant to the Deputy Secretary for Social Policy in the Department of the Prime Minister in Cabinet. She was then promoted to Executive Officer (EO) in the Department of Families and Community Services in Childcare and held EO positions in Ministerials and Parliamentary Services where she redesigned the department’s senate estimates process.

From there she entered Indigenous Affairs as the EO for the newly formed Indigenous Housing and Infrastructure Branch assisting in the transition of policies, and staff and programs following the abolition of ATSIC. In 2007, Rebecca took up the position of Solution Broker for the Victoria Indigenous Coordination Centre (ICC) progressing to Deputy ICC Manager and then Manager of the Victoria ICC.
Rebecca holds a degree in arts with a double major in psychology and post graduate degree in governance and public affairs. She is a trained counsellor and adult literacy tutor.

Andrea KellyAndrea Kelly – Director, Indigenous Strategy Team, Department of Education and Training
INSEAD Leading for results, Singapore

Andrea Kelly is a Larrakia and Warumangu woman from the Northern Territory.

She has over two decades experience working in the Australian Public Service. Currently, Andrea works with the Department of Education and Training leading the Indigenous Strategy Team, responsible for the development of robust strategic policy and advice to ensure the needs of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples are explicitly recognised and addressed in all mainstream education policy.

Andrea is an active member of the Education and Training Department’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Employee Network and as one of the Department’s most senior Indigenous employees, she uses the forum to provide guidance and support to other members, and encourage peer support and mentoring to promote career development for other Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander employees.

Andrea previously worked in the Northern Territory holding senior roles across a number of Commonwealth agencies. She has extensive leadership experience in policy development and program implementation and delivery, and a proven ability to work across a number of inter-related social policy portfolios, ranging from community and family services, early childhood education and schooling, and Indigenous employment.
Andrea holds an Executive Master of Public Administration from the Australian National University.

Jahna CedarJahna Cedar – Executive Officer, Gumala Aboriginal Corporation
INSEAD Leading for results, Singapore

Jahna Cedar is the Executive Officer of Gumala Aboriginal Corporation. Jahna is a Nyiyaparli/Yindjibarndi woman from the Pilbara region of Western Australia and is recognised as a strong Indigenous community leader. Her corporate experience includes 12 years in business, human resources management and consultancy, in both the not-for-profit and private sectors.

Jahna has spent over 18 years advocating for equal rights and reconciliation of Indigenous people. She has represented her people at the United Nations in New York in relation to children’s rights and equal access to employment, education and training for women. When she returned in March 2017, she advocated for the inclusion of Indigenous empowerment at the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women.

As well as having obtained a Bachelor of Business, Jahna is qualified in training and assessing, Indigenous leadership, career development and employability services. Jahna is a current board member of Pilbara Aboriginal Corporations and Enterprises (PACE), Forum for Directors of Indigenous Organisations (FDIO), WA Country Arts and the Curtin University Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Advisory Committee.

She is an Associate fellow of the Australian Institute of Management and a Fellow of Leadership WA.

Melanie GatesMelanie Gates – Chief Executive Officer, Albury-Wodonga Private Hospital
INSEAD Leading for results, Singapore

Melanie Gates is the Chief Executive Officer for three of Ramsay Health Care’s hospitals across the NSW/Victoria border. As a hospital CEO, Melanie’s focus is to provide leadership and strategic direction for the hospitals, establishing and maintaining strong links with the medical and local community and ensuring that the facilities provide excellent patient care whilst meeting operational and business objectives.
Prior to this role Melanie was an Executive Manager in a large Public/Private Ramsay hospital and was responsible for strategic planning and improvement activity.

Melanie’s background as a management consultant with KPMG created the key building blocks for her recent roles, with her focus being to assist organisations to improve their performance through the implementation of tactical and transformative change.

Melanie is an innovative, outcome-oriented leader with a track record of delivering successful and lasting outcomes in organisational improvement. She is passionate about building constructive and empowered workplace cultures and supporting future generation of leaders.

Fiona LangFiona Lang – Chief Operating Officer, BBC Worldwide (ANZ)
INSEAD Leading for results, Singapore

Fiona Lang is the Chief Operating Officer of BBC Worldwide Australia & New Zealand (ANZ).
In this role, Fiona is responsible for Strategy, Business Development, Operations/ IT, and Legal and Business Affairs, along with all large commercial negotiation dealings of BBC’s media operations in the region.

Fiona has worked both locally and overseas; at Herbert Smith Freehills and Gilbert + Tobin (Sydney), and Hogan Lovells (Berlin), where she specialised in mergers and acquisitions, corporate advisory, and commercial work for a number of Australian and overseas corporations. Fiona also established a start-up business ‘Kindergallery’, which she has subsequently sold.

Fiona is a Non-Executive Director of the Australian National Committee for UN Women. She is a mentor for The Women’s College at The University of Sydney, and the media industry body ASTRA, and is a regular speaker at conferences on the subject of leadership, strategy, culture, and gender.

Tennealle O'ShannessyTennealle O’Shannessy – Strategy Director International, SEEK
MIT|IMD Driving Strategic Innovation, MIT Sloan

Tennealle is the Strategy Director – International at SEEK, and is responsible for leading the international strategy function and supporting SEEK by setting the strategic direction and growth agenda for all of SEEK’s international employment businesses spanning 14 geographies and several continents.

Prior to joining SEEK, Tennealle spent five years working at A.T. Kearney, a global tier-one management consulting firm, focusing on strategic and operational CEO-agenda issues.  She has also held various strategic and operational roles at the Department of Infrastructure and Patrick (Toll) Group.

Tennealle is a director of Online Education Services Pty Ltd (OES),  an online university providing a student-centric approach to education. OES was awarded the 2015 BRW Fast 100 winner for growing 383% p.a. in its first three years.  She was also previously a non-executive director on the board of the YWCA (Victoria).

Tennealle holds an MBA (Deans List), First Class Honours from the Melbourne Business School, a Bachelor of Laws (Honours) and Bachelor of Business (Management) from Monash University and is a graduate of the AICD Company Directors Course.  She was previously a recipient of the AICD National Diversity Scholarship and the Department of Infrastructure ‘Women in Freight, Logistics and Marine Management’ Scholarship.

Kirsten RoseKirsten Rose – Head of Low Emissions Technology, BHP
MIT|IMD Driving Strategic Innovation, MIT Sloan

Kirsten Rose was appointed Head of Low Emissions Technology for BHP in 2016.

Kirsten’s professional career has spanned over 25 years in a variety of industries and general management roles in the US, UK, and Australia. Prior to BHP, Kirsten was the West Australian State Manager for the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD).

A key highlight of Kirsten’s career was serving as the Chief Executive Officer for the Sustainable Energy Association of Australia, a peak body in the sustainable and renewable energy industry.

As Head of Low Emissions Technology, Kirsten’s focus is on developing and deploying technology solutions to drive greenhouse gas emissions reductions from BHP operations as well as from the downstream use of BHP products.

She has previously served on several not-for-profit boards and is currently a Non-Executive Director at Bloom, the student-led entrepreneurship organisation in Western Australia. She is a former Director of the Perth Chapter of Founder Institute, a Silicon Valley-based entrepreneur training and start-up launch program.

Kirsten is based in Perth and she holds a BA in Art History from Northwestern University in Chicago.

Mary-Anne CurtisMary-Anne Curtis – Deputy Under Treasurer Agency Performance Group, Queensland Treasury
Harvard Business School Authentic Leadership Development

Mary-Anne Curtis is the Deputy Under Treasurer for the Agency Performance Group within Queensland Treasury. In this role, she is responsible for providing advice and analysis to the Queensland Government on public policy, fiscal and economic issues. Mary-Anne also leads the inter-governmental relations function and in this role is responsible for providing advice on fiscal arrangements with the Commonwealth Government.

Previously, Mary-Anne was the Deputy Under Treasurer for the Economics Group where she was responsible for the economics functions of the department including macroeconomic forecasting, microeconomic policy and Government Owned Corporations oversight. Prior to that Mary-Anne spent more than a decade working on infrastructure projects and commercial transactions.

Mary-Anne commenced her career in 1997 as a graduate with Queensland Treasury. She is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and holds a Bachelor of Laws from Queensland University of Technology and a Bachelor of Commerce (with Distinction) from the University of Southern Queensland. She was also awarded a University Medal from the University of Southern Queensland.

Virginia NelsonVirginia Nelson – City Patrol Group Inspector, Queensland Police
Harvard Business School Authentic Leadership Development

With more than 27 years in policing, Virginia Nelson is the Inspector in charge of a police patrol group of stations in Capricornia Police District, Central Queensland.  She has worked at the Operations Support and State Crime Operations Commands, followed by a period in the Office of the State Coroner (Queensland) as the senior coronial officer.

In 2008, Virginia was promoted to the commissioned rank where she has undertaken duties as a Projects Officer, Staff Officer and Traffic Coordinator and is now the Inspector in charge of Capricornia District’s largest patrol group.

In 2014 Virginia successfully completed the University of Queensland Leadership for Executive Women Program and was awarded the Bronze Award for Excellence in Leadership at the QPS Awards for Excellence.  In 2015 Virginia was Visiting Fellow (QPS representative) at the Australian Institute of Police Management in Manly, NSW.

In 2016 Virginia was recognised for her leadership and work in developing women in leadership in policing with the Bev Lawson Memorial Award, the Australasian Council of Women and Policing’s most prestigious award.

In 2017, Virginia was promoted to the rank of Superintendent, taking up the position of South Brisbane’s Assistant District Officer.

Preeti BajajPreeti Bajaj – Vice President, Strategy & Commercial Operations of Schneider Electric
Harvard Business School Advanced Leadership Development

Preeti’s current role is Vice President, Strategy & Commercial Operations for the global energy management and automation specialist, Schneider Electric. Drawing on her entrepreneurial spirit, Preeti believes motivating and building high energy, high performance teams is the most effective way to deliver on results. Preeti is passionate about diversity and inclusiveness and is particularly interested in mentoring and inspiring young women in business.

Her career has spanned roles in business development, general management, operations, strategy and transformation for multi-nationals and start-ups including Brookfield Multiplex, Metcash, Intuit Real Estate Solutions, Vision Software and Schneider Electric.

In 2011, Preeti won the AFR’s Young Executive of the Year award. In 2016, Preeti became the Australian Chair for CoreNet Global, an organisation focused on driving productive outcomes for the users of the commercial built environment.

Preeti is passionate about smart cities and currently leads the smart city practice for Schneider Electric Australia. This covers a broad spectrum of solutions that can change the outcomes of where we live, play and work, and a view on future sustainability thinking focused on the implication of enabling technologies such as internet-of-things, connectivity and ubiquitous sensors.

Preeti has completed her MBA in Corporate Finance and has recently completed a Masters of Applied Finance.

Dr Noelle Sunstrom, 2017 CEW ScholarDr Noelle Sunstrom – Founder and CEO of NeuClone
Harvard Business School Disruptive Innovation

Noelle obtained her PhD from McGill University, Montreal, Canada, after which she moved to Australia to pursue post-doctoral studies at the John Curtin School of Medical Research, ANU. Noelle began her academic research career at the UNSW and led a Bioengineering and Production team in the Department of Biotechnology. There she developed novel expression systems and designed processes for large-scale commercial production of protein therapeutics called biopharmaceuticals.

She co-founded Acyte Biotech, a spin-off of the University of NSW, and while collaborating with large US and European pharmaceutical companies, she and her team developed novel ways to produce complex biopharmaceuticals for commercial production.

Noelle obtained her Executive MBA from the Australian Graduate School of Management in 2007 and applied her scientific knowledge and business skills to start NeuClone, focusing on the huge potential of the bio-generics industry now known as biosimilars. She is Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and the Royal Society of New South Wales.

Leanne McDonald, 2017 CEW ScholarLeanne McDonald – Group Manager, Organisational Capability, Allianz
MIT Sloan Leading Change in Complex Organisations

Leanne is a senior HR professional with deep expertise in organisation development, diversity and change management. Her career has spanned both consulting and corporate roles across a wide range of industries such as energy and resources, financial services, IT and telecommunications, manufacturing and public sector, including both global and Australian firms.

As Group Manager, Organisational Capability at Allianz, Leanne is responsible for developing and driving the ‘Future Workforce’ strategy which aims to build the workforce capability and diversity needed for Allianz to achieve its ambitious, group-wide transformative change agenda. Leanne has a Bachelor of Science in Psychology (Hons) and a Master of Commerce specialising in Organisational Behaviour.

Jodie Haydon, 2017 CEW ScholarJodie Haydon – General Manager Human Resources, Viva Energy Australia
MIT Sloan Leading Change in Complex Organisations

Jodie Haydon is accountable for developing and implementing the People Strategy with the Viva Energy CEO and executive team. Viva Energy Australia is the exclusive supplier of Shell Fuels and Lubricants in Australia. Assets in Viva Energy Australia’s portfolio include the Geelong refinery, 1000+ retail service stations, an extensive supply chain and a terminal network around the country.

Jodie has played a lead role in the transition and transformation of the company into a standalone local Australian company.

Jodie joined Shell after graduating with a Bachelor of Economics and a Postgraduate Diploma in Japanese from Monash University. She worked in various IT and Project Management roles before moving into and finding a passion for HR. Jodie is a commercial HR leader with deep experience in delivering HR outcomes aligned to the business strategy, and experienced in delivering significant change.

Dr Kate Liley, 2017 CEW ScholarDr Kate Liley – National Research Manager, Goodstart Early Learning
AGSM Women in Leadership Program

Dr Kate Liley has responsibility for research leadership across Goodstart’s portfolio of commissioned and collaborative research and evaluation. As Australia’s largest provider of early learning, Goodstart’s size and scale presents a unique opportunity to advance the field of early childhood education research to the benefit of children and families everywhere. Kate works closely with Goodstart’s Thought Leadership Group – comprising the leading international thinkers, academics and practitioners in early childhood education, child development and economics – to strengthen the evidence base for policy, high quality practice and child and family outcomes.

Kate is also responsible for leadership and coordination of Goodstart’s Reconciliation Action Program that works to create the conditions for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander advantage. Being part of a Torres Strait Islander family drives Kate’s personal and professional commitment to social justice and equity.

Kate is Goodstart’s Partner Investigator on two current Australian Research Council (ARC) Linkage Grants and has a PhD from Griffith University.

Linda Soars, 2017 CEW ScholarLinda Soars – Director of Integration Partnerships and Enablers, Western Sydney Local Health District, NSW Health
AGSM Women in Leadership Program

Linda leads the Western Sydney Demonstrator site for the NSW Integrated Care Program and is leading over 60 staff to build new models of health care with GPs for people with chronic and long term health conditions.

Formerly a Nurse Consultant, Linda builds on her clinical strengths and management expertise to initiate clinical redesign processes in South Eastern Sydney for key cohorts such as the aged care stream, the early diabetes management stream and people with long term conditions in vulnerable youth and homeless populations.

Linda now influences over 600 staff in the Integrated and Community Health Directorate in Western Sydney and considers ageing trends in the Australian population and the implications for society to grow greater leadership expertise in the health workforce.

Anna Green, 2017 CEW ScholarAnna Green – CEO, ANZ Bank (Lao) Limited
Negotiation Dynamics Program – INSEAD

Anna Green has worked in the world of banking and finance across 4 geographies for over 15 years. As the CEO of ANZ in Lao she regularly works with blue chip companies to provide solutions for their local and cross border financing needs and recently led the ANZ Lao team in winning the “Friends of ASEAN” award at the ASEAN Business Summit Awards.

Prior to joining ANZ, Anna practiced in international banking and finance law in Sydney and in London and has lead several high performance teams in her career, including complex project teams in private legal practice and end to end business banking teams at ANZ.

Anna has also worked extensively with international organisations and government, holding an advisory position with the Attorney General’s Department in Vanuatu covering policy and legislative reform.

Lucia Grambalova, 2017 CEW ScholarLucia Grambalova – General Manager Hotel Investments MULPHA Australia Limited
Negotiation Dynamics Program – INSEAD

Lucia Grambalova is responsible for sourcing hotel acquisitions and third party co-investment capital, establishing strategic capital partnerships as well as seeking opportunities for organic growth across Mulpha’s hotel and resort portfolio.

Lucia’s fifteen year career in the hotel industry has been diverse in both the nature of her roles and locations. During her nine years at the InterContinental Hotel Group she initially undertook a range of finance roles in Sydney, Melbourne and Darwin. Her final role in hotel operations was as Acting General Manager of the five star InterContinental Hotel, Melbourne.

Lucia transitioned from hotel operations to hotel investment in 2011, initially with Mirvac Group and then with the Singapore based Ascendas Group. As a Portfolio Manager she was responsible for driving investment performance across multiple portfolios with over twenty hotels located throughout Australia, comprising major three star hotels together with upscale and five star hotels, with combined value of close to $1 billion.