Introducing our mentors for the 2022 Platinum+ Emerging Leader program.
MEET THE MENTORS
Gillian’s worked at the intersection of media and politics for more than 25 years. She’s currently part of the team at Squiz Media but has been the Head of Strategy for ABC News, a Bureau Chief in the Parliamentary Press Gallery, a political reporter and senior consultant at a strategic communications firm. Through her own family experience with disability she’s also been heavily involved in various not-for-profits and advocacy work.
Kylie headed up the Cabinet Secretariat in the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet from 2010-2012, and then worked on Defence policy in PM&C, culminating as the head of the National Security Division. Kylie was formerly the Chief of Staff to the Secretary of Defence and is currently Chief Operating Officer for the Department of Industry, Science, Energy and Resources (DISER).
Prue's reporting and commentary has appeared in the Washington Post, the New York Times, The Guardian, Foreign Policy and the BBC. Prue also co-founded New Narratives, a non-profit supporting independent journalism and media innovation in Africa. Prue was a founding executive of the Judith Neilson Institute for Journalism.
Sharn Coombes is a criminal barrister, former Crown Prosecutor of Victoria, and two-time runner-up of the television program ‘Australian Survivor’. Sharn was one of the youngest barristers to be admitted in QLD at the age of 22, and then in Victoria at 23. Sharn has practiced criminal law for the past 21 years, including an appointment to the office of Crown Prosecutor for the State of Victoria in 2015.
Kellie is the former Editor-in-chief of Harper’s BAZAAR Australia. Today she consults to FinTech, digital start-ups and fashion brands locally and internationally. She is a Melbourne Fashion Festival Board Director and a Trustee of the Museum for Applied Arts and Sciences and St George Foundation.
Rachel is the General Counsel and Company Secretary of Nine Entertainment Co. She has worked with the Nine group for close to 15 years, having been a key external legal adviser as a partner at Gilbert + Tobin before joining Nine in January 2015. Over her 30 year legal career, Rachel has worked in the courts as a researcher, for government bodies, in private practice and in-house, so has experienced a wide range of industries and workplaces. In addition to her legal career, Rachel has been a director of a number of not for profit organisations, including Giant Steps Australia and the City Recital Hall in Sydney.
Helen is the Founder and Managing Director of Future Women. She has thirty years working across every media platform. She was deputy editor of the Sunday Telegraph newspaper, Night Editor of The Australianand editor-in-chief of The Australian Women’s Weekly. She holds a number of board roles for not-for-profits.
Ms Jodie McEwan is an Executive Level officer in the Australian Federal Police with a career focused on project and stakeholder management. In addition to her managerial positions, Jodie has broad experience undertaking roles in administration, training and international relations both in Australia and overseas. Jodie is currently the Coordinator of the National Missing Persons Coordination Centre and is also a Director on the Board of the Eastlake Football Club in Canberra.
Over almost 30 years in the Australian Public Service, Leonie has managed small and large teams in both program and policy areas. Leonie was a First Assistant Secretary in Department of Finance from 2015-2018 working in both Budget and Ministerial and Parliamentary Services areas of the Department. During this time she also held an appointment as the interim CEO charged with establishing the Independent Parliamentary Expenses Authority. She is currently Head of Cabinet Division in Prime Minister and Cabinet.
Niti is a senior in-house lawyer working in Melbourne. But more than being a lawyer, Niti is also a woman, a mother and a human being. As she has grown into her career and life has thrown challenges at her, including the juggle of motherhood, Niti has become an advocate for authenticity and vulnerability, mental health issues and DEI at her workplace, on LinkedIn and more broadly.
Anna-Maria has over 20 years’ experience in the science sector and is an experienced Chief Executive currently leading the Australian Academy of Science. In this role Anna-Maria has led significant reform in global science engagement, in science policy matters; and in addressing gender equity in science. She has held several senior executive positions in the science sector as CEO of Science and Technology Australia and Deputy Director at Questacon.
Monica is the Head of WeWork Labs for Australia, Southeast Asia, and South Korea, supporting startups and small business members to scale and prosper through accessing WeWork’s business acceleration services. With over 10 years of experience in both the private and public sector, as well as being a startup founder herself, she is uniquely positioned to articulate the interdependency of startups and the broader business community and to create innovative opportunities that are mutually beneficial. Monica is also a member of the Department of Industry, Innovation and Science's Women's Advisory Roundtable.
Georgina has spent the last 13 years working in a variety of risk and compliance, people leader, and management roles. In her latest role at Telstra as the Chief Compliance Officer she was responsible for building an enterprise-wide compliance community, and driving cultural and process changes to uplift performance across the organisation. She is currently completing an MBA.
Lizzie is one of the most senior female media executives in Australia. She has more than twenty years across content, marketing and commercial partnerships. She is currently Managing Director - Group Marketing and Local Markets at Nine. She is also a member of the Future Women board and is regularly named one of the most powerful women in media.
Terri’s career started in marketing agencies and TV, both in Sydney and London. Over time, she progressed to heading up and running businesses in the marketing, communication, education and NFP sectors. She currently runs a consultancy in four states that places marketing managers into businesses on a part time basis, thereby supporting her team’s work/life balance.
Louisa Graham is currently the CEO of the Australian Scholarships Foundation and was recently CEO of The Walkley Foundation for Journalism. She has worked in senior leadership roles for the Australian Institute of International Affairs, the Sydney Writers' Festival and UNWomen, and has led awareness campaigns for White Ribbon Day and the Australian Public Movement. Louisa is currently Chair of Word Travels and on the board of the Community Broadcasters Association of Australia.
Lisa Hutton has a wealth of experience in senior roles across a number of different industries. Lisa’s story is amazing and she has a bucketload of courage with next-level leadership skills. From farm girl to stockbroking to designing oncology labs, it’s safe to say she can turn her hand to just about anything. Lisa has a great understanding of people, and business, and is very supportive and generous in her approach to look for ways to encourage growth and development.