Our 2019 CEW Scholars

Danielle CoatesDanielle Coates – Paediatric Emergency Nurse Practitioner, Royal North Shore Hospital
Bonnie Boezeman AO Leadership in Nursing Scholarship

Danielle Coates is a Paediatric Emergency Nurse Practitioner at Royal North Shore Hospital. Danielle is a senior member of the emergency department and is recognised as a clinical leader.
Her nursing career spans over sixteen years and she has experience across a broad range of nursing domains including management, clinical and education roles.

In addition to attaining the Masters program for Nurse Practitioner, Danielle has also completed other qualifications including a Diploma in Child Health.

Danielle is a strong advocate for her paediatric patients and their families and ensures holistic family centred care. Informed by her years of clinical experience, Danielle endeavours to be in a position where she can inspire change and implement quality initiatives. In the future Danielle seeks to exert a greater influence within the healthcare setting with a focus on nursing.


Donna BridgeTerri Janke – Solicitor and Director, Terri Janke and Company
CEW & Vincent Fairfax Fellowship

Terri Janke is a Wuthathi / Meriam woman from Cairns.

She is a Solicitor and Director of Terri Janke and Company, an Australian law firm specialising in intellectual property and business law. Terri advises on legal matters including incorporation, joint venture, procurement, governance, employment and engagement with a diverse client base including Indigenous organisations, Australian companies, government and international agencies. She is an international authority on Indigenous Cultural and Intellectual Property (ICIP) and has written the protocols and ICIP models for the film, arts and museum and archival sector.

Terri Janke is the recipient of awards including NAIDOC Indigenous Person of the Year 2011, National Indigenous Legal Professional of the Year 2012 and the AFR Women of Influence 2013 (Business Entrepreneur).


Donna BridgeDonna Bridge – Principal, Fitzroy Valley District High School
Creating Collaborative Solutions, Harvard Kennedy School

Donna Bridge is a proud Yamatji woman from the Geraldton region.

Since 2011, she has been the principal of Fitzroy Valley District High School, a K -12 school in the remote town of Fitzroy Crossing, in the Kimberley region of West Australia. Having worked in schools and education since 1992, Donna is committed to improving educational outcomes for Aboriginal students, predominantly those in remote and regional centres. In her pursuit to improve outcomes and equity for Aboriginal students she has been awarded recognition as an outstanding educational leader both at a state and national level in 2009 and 2010 and she was the first Level 3 Indigenous classroom teacher in WA.

She was an inaugural director on the Australian Institute of Teachers and School Leadership (AITSL) board as the Commonwealth representative (2010 -2012), a member of the First People’s Education Advisory Group (2012-2013), and is currently a National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Principal Association director (NATSIPA). In 2004, Donna was awarded a Churchill Fellowship to investigate community capacity building and ways to succeed economically, socially and culturally.



Prof Jacinta ElstonProf Jacinta Elston – Pro Vice-Chancellor (Indigenous), Monash University
Creating Collaborative Solutions, Harvard Kennedy School

Professor Jacinta Elston is Pro Vice-Chancellor (Indigenous), at Monash University. She commenced this appointment in early 2018 after a leading the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander advancement, education, and research at James Cook University for more than two decades. Professor Elston holds a Master of Public Health & Tropical Medicine, and a Graduate Certificate in Rural Leadership.

Professor Jacinta Elston is an Aboriginal woman from Townsville, with cultural and family ties throughout north Queensland.

A Breast Cancer survivor of 15 years, Professor Elston is a board member of the Breast Cancer Network of Australia (BCNA) and, Chair of Cancer Australia’s Leadership Group on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Cancer Control. Over the last 25 years she has held numerous ministerial appointments and elected Indigenous community-controlled directorships in a career which has focused on improving the health and well-being of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.



Krista DunstanKrista Dunstan – Principal Policy Officer, Department of Planning, Lands and Heritage WA
Emerging Leaders Program, Harvard Kennedy School

Krista Dunstan is a Principal Policy Officer at the Department of Planning, Lands and Heritage WA and responsible for strategic land use management projects including divestment of the Aboriginal Lands Trust estate, the future of town-based reserves and remote communities in Western Australia and the development of native title policy.

Krista grew up in Esperance, relocated to Perth in 2008, and was admitted as a practicing solicitor in 2012. She is a board member of Celebrate WA,Richmond Wellbeing and the Noongar Charitable Trust and sits on a number of advisory committees.

In recognition of her work in social justice, Krista was inducted into the Western Australian Women’s Hall of Fame in 2011 and listed in the Australian Financial Review and Westpac’s 100 Women of Influence Young Leader category in 2013.

Professionally, Krista was a finalist in the Telstra Business Women’s Awards in both the Corporate and Private and Young Business Woman categories in 2015, Lawyer of the Year (under 5 years experience) in 2017 and Junior Woman Lawyer of the Year in 2018.


Becky WoodSharon Cowden – Assistant Commissioner, Ethical Standards Command, Queensland Police Service
Authentic Leader Development, Harvard Business School

Sharon Cowden is the Assistant Commissioner, Ethical Standards Command in the Queensland Police Service. She is a member of the Queensland Police Service Executive and has state-wide responsibility for driving ethical behaviour, discipline and professional practice in the Queensland Police Service through deterrence, education and system improvements.

As an Executive member of Queensland Police Service, Sharon brings a proven track record in long-term strategic thinking, organisational transformation, governance and accountability. She is responsible for contributing to the delivery of strategic and operational targets of Queensland Police; representing Queensland Police with state government and key external stakeholders; and the implementation of significant strategic initiatives.

Sharon has experience in operational policing, investigations, emergency management, corporate and project management roles. Sharon has also had experience leading the Family Violence Command, People Development Command, and the North West Metropolitan Region of Victoria Police.



Becky WoodBecky Wood – Global Service Leader, Rail & Mass Transit, Aurecon
Interpersonal Dynamics, Stanford Graduate School of Business

Becky Wood is the Global Service Leader, Rail & Mass Transit for Aurecon. A rail infrastructure delivery specialist, Becky is responsible for direction and delivery of major projects particularly in Asia, including Auckland City Rail Link, Gold Coast Light Rail, Mauritius Metro Express light rail, Melbourne Metro, and several Sydney Metro projects such as Sydenham Station Junction.

Becky joined Aurecon from Transport for NSW where she was the Executive Director, Fleet Program Delivery, responsible for the AUD6 billion program of new heavy rail rolling stock and ferry vessels for the State.

Becky is a fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of England & Wales, and a graduate of the Said Oxford Business School Major Projects Leadership Academy & Executive Leadership in Major Projects program with the John Grill Centre for Project Leadership at the University of Sydney.

In 2018, she was named one of the top 50 public sector women in NSW.



Karen BozicKaren Bozic –
Advanced Management Program, INSEAD France

Karen is an experienced retail executive, with a background in finance, strategy, operations and leading organisations through complex and transformational change. She was most recently the General Manager of Retail Operations, Caltex Australia, responsible for the operation of Caltex’s 800 sites and a driving force in Caltex’s transformation to become a convenience retailer.

Having commenced her career in Andersen and later Ernst & Young, Karen joined Rebel Sport Limited as CFO overseeing a period of great growth and multiple ownership changes. Karen then joined Woolworths Limited as the General Manager of Strategy for BIG W, then Acting Managing Director of BIG W and later General Manager of Replenishment for the Woolworths Food & Liquor businesses. Karen joined Caltex Australia Limited as the General Manager of Retail Operations, responsible for the operation of Caltex’s 800 sites and has been a driving force in Caltex’s transformation to become a world class convenience retailer. Karen is passionate about retail, people (particularly diversity) and sport.



Jackie KhooJackie Khoo – General Manager | SEO | Customer Channels & Enterprise Operations, NBN Co
Leading Change in Complex Organisation, MIT Sloan

Jackie Khoo is General Manager, Customer Channel and Enterprise Operations, heading up a specialised team managing nbn’s various interactions with Residential and Business Segment Customers and as well as enabling a broad range of corporate Enterprise customers.

At nbn, Jackie holds a multi portfolio role, she sits at the helm of Project Evolve, a program dedicated to improving the gender diversity for Systems Engineering Operations and encouraging greater participation of young women and girls into STEM.

Jackie has also held a number of key internal leadership roles including General Manager, IT Service Assurance.

She is passionate about people development and actively sponsors and coaches a number of talented women in technology both within and outside of nbn.

Prior to joining nbn Jackie was Manager, Service Delivery Disciplines Unisys Asia Pacific, where she held a pivotal role establishing the company’s global managed services centres in China and India, before taking a 4 year career break to be a full time mum to her 2 children.

Jackie holds a degree in Economics and Business Law from Macquarie University. She is also a certified Prosci Change Practitioner.



Sussanah OsborneSussanah Osborne – General Manager | Production | BHP Operations Services
Leading Change in Complex Organisation, MIT Sloan

Sussanah Osborne has more than 15 years’ experience as a strategic, operational and project management professional in the mining, quarrying and construction industry.

She has a strong track record of delivering results in the areas of Business Optimisation and Transformation from both an operational and commercial perspective.

Sussanah has a wealth of global experience having lived and worked in North and South America, Mongolia, Singapore, Australia and New Zealand.

Sussanah is a passionate leader who is committed to developing capability and building and retaining talent. She has led a diverse range of multi-disciplinary teams within the areas of business transformations, operational optimisation, procurement and operations.