Introducing our mentors for the 2021 Platinum+ leadership program.


In these group mentoring sessions you will have the opportunity to connect with expert mentors and an advisory board of like-minded women to solve a professional challenge.

The next round of Platinum+ mentoring will be in October, 2021. Platinum+ members will be invited to register when places become available.



  • Stop, collaborate and listen. We encourage all mentees to contribute to the discussion and learn from other Platinum+ members who take part in the session.
  • We know your time is valuable. These sessions have been designed to be an impactful and speedy 90 minute commitment.
  • Once you register, mark your diary and ensure you can attend the session. Last minute cancellations are extremely disruptive.
  • After the session you will be invited to connect with other Platinum+ members who attended your session.
  • Sessions are held on Microsoft Teams.


Sharn Coombes

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.

Niti Nadarajah
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.
Georgina Wind
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.
Leonie McGregor
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.
Alicia Stephenson
Alicia is a former Telstra Young Business Woman of the Year for Victoria and AIM 30 under 30 emerging leader. After successfully building her company, Alicia became a leading authority and popular speaker on inclusive strategies toward equality, including Generational Dynamics in organisations. She has appeared in The Age and on ABC radio.
Alys Gagnon
Alys is a media and communications specialist with a background in politics, advocacy and journalism. She has served on the staff of numerous federal and state Labor politicians and the ALP National Secretariat. In between stints in politics, Alys was an editor at Mamamia Women’s Network and Kidspot.
Kylie Bryant
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).
Helen McCabe
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.
Kellie Hush
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.
Lizzie Young
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.
Hilary Holmes
Hilary Holmes is an Entrepreneur and a very pragmatic leader. Hilary is very authentic and has tremendous insight into overcoming challenges working for yourself, work life balance, resilience, networking and communication.
Having had a long and successful makeup career spanning 12 years across the UK and Australia, Hilary brings a different approach to the way in which she works in the beauty industry. Hilary owns and runs Holme Beauty.
Prue Clarke
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.


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