Our vision is to see gender diversity valued and balanced at every level in operations.
Within traditionally male-dominated sectors we advocate for a target minimum of 40% female representation at every level, with a shared understanding that gender diversity is a desirable outcome that positively impacts business metrics.
NAWO supports people to lead more inclusively, provides a safe space to ask questions and have conversations that help achieve greater gender balance.
We support all women in achieving their career goals: providing meaningful connections, inspiring role models and offering development opportunities to activate their full potential.
We connect businesses through membership: facilitating dialogue, sharing ideas and progressing actions to achieve greater inclusion and gender balance in operations.
Our Intersectional Approach
We are respectful and inclusive of all diversity and intersectionality at NAWO. We acknowledge that different parts of a person’s identity or circumstances – such as age, race, culture, family responsibilities, physical and neurological diversity, chronic illness, gender, location or religion – intersect and combine to shape life experience and associated challenges, including that of discrimination.
The language we use at NAWO is inclusive of all intersecting identities, and respects all voices, experiences and opinions. By women, we mean anyone who identifies as a woman, along with non-binary and gender non-conforming people. We respect all voices, experiences and opinions.
We commit to taking responsibility to continue to educate ourselves and to examine our words and actions to foster positive change.
NAWO is resourced by an agile executive team and an active volunteer network. We are proud that our board and various committees are full of passionate operations professionals actively aligned to NAWO’s vision.
Our volunteers are integral to our impact. They are change makers who take meaningful action within their own workplaces, and extend their influence across the NAWO network to activate change.
The National Board is responsible for overall governance, verifying strategic direction and supporting the CEO and their team of paid and volunteer staff to effectively manage the organisation.
NAWO is an incorporated association under the auspices of Consumer Affairs Victoria and is licensed with ASIC to operate nationally. NAWO is registered with the Australian Charities and Not-For-Profit Commission (ACNC).
NAWO National Chair
Non Executive Director
Sophie is a Non-Executive Director and business owner who previously spent fifteen years as a corporate lawyer at PwC in Sydney and London. During her career, she acted for Australian and international operational businesses in sectors including pharmaceuticals, yeast manufacturing, pulp and paper processing, retail and consumer goods. Currently, Sophie is an executive director of her family’s agriculture and tourism business, Silos Estate. She is also Chair of RSL NSW; Deputy Chair of the Shoalhaven Women’s Resource Group; and a Non-Executive Director of Big Fat Smile Group and Peak Care Equipment Pty Ltd.
Customer Director, Versent
Kerry has extensive experience leading and transforming operations across a range of industries. She is passionate about helping people be their best selves and about equipping organisations to effectively support their people. In addition to her work with Versent, Kerry is an active coach and mentor, with a particular focus on upcoming female leaders.
Executive General Manager of Production, Logistics and Property, News Corp Australia
With more than 20 years in operational leadership, Marcus has a wealth of knowledge on driving cultural change and delivering sustained improved operational outcomes. He believes we need to hold ourselves and others accountable to ensure we provide opportunities free from bias.
Group General Manager – Beverage, Orora Limited
Simon joined Orora in 2014, bringing 25 years’ experience in leadership roles across the national food supply chain in consumer goods and agribusiness. He is driven by a passion for developing talent and building high performing and diverse teams.
Asset management professional
Matthew has extensive experience in senior asset management roles, across multiple countries in the oil and gas industry. He was the first male co-chair of the gender equality employee network of a large operating company, has worked with not-for-profit boards and committees, and published the book “Please Don’t Tell Me to Man Up”. In 2020 Matthew won the Women in Technology Outstanding Diversity Ally Award.
General Manager, Australia and New Zealand Commercial Operations, CSL Behring (Australia)
Loretta is responsible for CSL Behring’s Australia and New Zealand Commercial Operations. She is Chair of the Masters of Biotechnology Advisory Board for Melbourne University. Loretta sees her role on the NAWO board as a learning opportunity, where she can help navigate pathways for future female operations leaders.
General Manager People & Culture, Jewish Care Victoria
Melissa is recognised for her commitment to driving workplace diversity and inclusion. In 2017, she was named a Top 50 Global Diversity Practitioner and was a Winner of the Australian Human Resources Institute’s Indigenous Engagement Award and Finalist Gender Equality Award.
Chief Executive Officer, SAGE Group
Adrian is the CEO of SAGE Group including SAGE Automation, Nukon, Embedded Expertise and Skills Lab, and is responsible for developing and executing the strategic plan for the business. Adrian believes the role of SAGE in this digital age is to create a smarter future and a better world.
Senior Management Consultant, Dupont Sustainable Solutions
Tania has developed an in-depth understanding of Manufacturing and Supply Chain management and the important role they play in business efficiency and profitability. She is proud to support the next generation to bring new ideas, diverse thinking and embrace strength-based leadership for better balance.
Aviation Business Development Lead – Asia Pacific, Air BP
As Aviation Business Development Lead, Kartini is responsible for strategy and project development and implementation against a changing internal and external environment. Kartini is a keen mentor, and passionate about supporting people to achieve their professional goals.
Andrea has over 25 years in leadership and strategy roles in the resources industry, living and working in regional and remote locations around Australia. Andrea was recognised as the ‘Exceptional Woman in Resources’ in the 2016 Northern Territory Women in Resources Awards.
NAWO State Committees are made up of committed industry volunteers, each with a strong track record as professionals and leaders in operations, who work together to develop each state’s calendar of events.
Victoria State Committee Chair
Director, Jenny Gillam Consulting
Jenny is a Human Resource professional passionate about gender diversity and inclusion. She has worked in public, private and not for profit sectors and now runs her own Search consultancy in addition to chairing a Board. Jenny is focused on influencing and working towards a more inclusive society and workplace.
NSW State Committee Co-Chair
Director of Operations, ITW
Abby is a collaborative Director of Operations with a strong focus on Continuous Improvement. A background in SAP, Sales and Supply Chain, she leads business transformation initiatives including Continuous Improvement and Organisational Design projects. Abby has a focus on building customer value and unlocking the potential in an organisation.
NSW State Committee Co-Chair
Site Manager Wetherill Park – ITW Polymers and Fluids Asia Pacific
Kylie is a manufacturing professional with over 20 years’ experience in large international organisations within the consumer goods industries. She has deep experience in operations and was a finalist in the 2020 Women in Industry Awards for ‘Mentor of the Year’ and was selected for the “Superstars of STEM 2019/20” Science & Technology Australia program.
Queensland State Committee Co-Chair
Product Technical Representative, BlueScope Steel
Josephine has over seven years of experience in a range of roles across logistics, supply chain, manufacturing, technical and customer service. She is passionate about providing hands-on support and creative solutions to Queensland’s diverse customer base across booming manufacturing and building sectors.
Queensland State Committee Co-Chair
State Sales Manager – Distribution, BlueScope Steel
Jessica has held many roles in the manufacturing industry both in Europe and Australia. Most recently as QLD Sales Manager for Australia’s largest manufacturer, BlueScope. Jessica has been working with NAWO since 2015 and now co-chairs the QLD committee whilst on parental leave and is passionate about equal career opportunities.
South Australia State Committee Co-Chair
Regional HR Manager SA/NT/TAS, Bunnings
Rachel is a collaborative Human Resource leader supporting a network of more than 3500 team members. She is passionate about influencing her network of leaders to strive for equality and create an inclusive environment for all.
South Australia State Committee Co-Chair
Business Development Manager – Distribution, SA/NT, Bluescope Steel
In her day job Penny works for BlueScope Steel and has a fascination with the manufacturing process. Outside of this she has a drive to understand how people and societies work. She is passionate about supporting the positive growth of our communities for the greater good of all.
Western Australia State Committee Chair
Principal Advisor Inclusion & Diversity, Rio Tinto
Chantelle is responsible for the design and delivery of programs that help to drive an inclusive workplace across Rio Tinto. She is External Relations Sub-Committee Member and General Committee Member for Zonta House Refuge Association and is the Chair for the Family & Domestic Violence Workplace Response Industry Collaboration Group, facilitated by the Chamber of Minerals and Energy.
New South Wales
The Advisory Committee is made up of a diverse group of stakeholders brought together to provide valuable input and feedback to inform NAWO’s decision-making and strategy. The role of this group is to give considered advice and recommendations regarding the intersectionality of the NAWO strategy, operational plan and related activities.
Board Member, Civil Aviation Authority
Marilyn has held senior leadership, board and advisory positions with a range of training and aerospace entities. She is a consultant, board member and a lecturer at Griffith University and actively mentors the next generation of leaders.
Operations Director, Competitive Capabilities International (CCi)
Selena is a change management professional with 20 years experience leading business improvement initiatives in heavy industry, FMCG and corporate environments. As the Australasian Operations Director for CCi she facilitates organisational transformation. Selena is a chemical engineer, with post-graduate Psychology qualifications. As a mother Selena is passionate about female empowerment.
Founder of Chronicles of a Female Engineer & Career Empowerment Coach
Brenda is a chemical engineer with extensive experience in mining and manufacturing in global organisations. Brenda is dedicated to de-mystifying engineering and empowering women in STEM to enjoy and excel in their careers. She is passionate about women’s roles in shaping our world and being a visible change agent.
Principal Geophysicist Operations, Fortescue Metals Group Ltd
Emma is a passionate wife and mother, with over 15 years experience as a geoscientist across the mining industry. She is a strong advocate for fully celebrating each person’s unique identity and understands the positive outcomes that can be achieved when this is accomplished.
Director at Inclusion Group, Australian Public Service Commission
Karyn is an experienced, passionate and multi-disciplined public service leader and strategic thinker, who enjoys sharing her wealth of knowledge on how to achieve dynamic federal, state and territory government outcomes. Karyn’s agile and innovative solutions approach is grounded in kindness, collaboration, empowerment, inclusion, respect, accountability and continued learning.
Engineer, Woodside Energy
Emily is a Perth based process engineer working for Woodside Energy. Emily has championed the creation of, and chairs, Woodside’s newly formed Neurodiversity Advocacy Community. She also provides a millennial perspective to the intersectionality committee.
Senior Manager – Business, NBN Co.
Divya has extensive experience in telecommunications and her passion is working with dynamic teams in telco operations, leading complex business transformations. Divya sits on two boards supporting the arts and multiculturalism. Her focus is building diverse and inclusive workplaces for women, inspired by collective leadership to create social impact.
State Manager, Victorian Transcultural Mental Health
Anita brings two decades of experience in the health, forensic, and academic sectors, most recently with Victorian Transcultural Mental Health. She combines a love of jazz percussion with a deep commitment to restorative dialogue on structural dynamics and identity intersections using diversity, inclusion and equity principles.
NAWO HQ is based in Melbourne and we are proud that our team works completely flexibly and remotely. The NAWO executive team supports and works in collaboration with our committed volunteer community to deliver NAWO events, programs and resources for members.
Louise is a leader, change maker and facilitator with more than 25 years’ HR management and leadership experience in large global organisations, in her own consulting practice and in the not-for-profit sector. Her passion for women’s equality is linked to her desire to see workplaces thrive, with inspired, innovative and engaged people.
Fiona is a communications professional with a background in fundraising and marketing in the corporate and NFP sectors, both in Australia and abroad. With lived experience of diversity, Fiona is committed to achieving inclusive workplaces and tackling unconscious bias.
Member Relations Manager
Sharon is a member support specialist with a background in corporate finance in Australia, London and New York. Based in Melbourne with her family she is actively supporting change in workplace culture.
NAWO Mentoring Program Manager
Leanne Hart has over 18 years’ experience in people and culture leadership consulting across manufacturing, corporate, privately-owned and for-purpose organisations globally. Leanne manages the NAWO Mentoring Program and is passionate about creating meaningful personal and professional development, especially for people new to leading a team.
Michaela is a Journalism and Arts Graduate from the University of Wollongong. With a major in Sociology and a minor in Gender Studies, she is enthusiastic about researching and investigating various social and cultural topics. Her vision is to contribute to a future where women and men are equally valued and represented across all realms of society.
Honorary NAWO Members
NAWO honorary members are people who have contributed significantly to NAWO in a strategic volunteer capacity and who continue to be ambassadors for change in line with our vision.
President, CHEP Asia Pacific, Brambles
Chief Executive Officer, Armaguard
General Manager, Bulk - Iron Ore and Central, Aurizon
Kathryn Fagg AO
Chair, Boral Ltd.; Deputy Chair, CSIRO; Non- Executive Director, NAB
Non-Executive Director, Rabobank; TASSAL Group; APA Group
Director & Head of Operations, Ward Air
On Career Break
President Consumer & Healthcare Group, Linfox
Chair, National Stock Exchange of Australia; Isignthis Ltd
Kathy Hirschfeld AM
Chair, Powerlink; Director, Central Petroleum Ltd; Qld Urban Utilities; Tellus Holdings; Exec Mentor
Chief Executive Officer
Director, Human Resources ANZ - Kraft Foods, Mondelez
General Manager Quality, Fonterra
Executive General Manager, CHEP Australia, Brambles
On Career Break
Owner, Pleiades Consulting
Rebecca McGrath FAICD
Chair, Oz Minerals Ltd; Non-Executive Director, Macquarie Group
GM People, Australian Steel Products, BlueScope
Managing Director, Bunnings Group Ltd
Head of Procurement, SPC Ardmona
Director, Global Supply Optimisation, Treasury Wine Estates
President, Global Manufacturing and Corporate, HSE; Incitec Pivot Limited
We are fortunate to have the support of some great industry associations, collaborating on events, industry research and insights. Our partners share our commitment to gender diversity, bringing our members engagement opportunities, value and expertise relevant to their industries.
NAWO is a proud member of the Australian Gender Equality Council (AGEC). AGEC’s mission is simple: to achieve gender equality in Australia. Through high profile national awareness campaigns, advocacy and research, AGEC aims to drive a cultural shift in Australia, so that women have the same pay, same superannuation, same rights, same everything.
AGEC is currently developing a number of projects which in time will assist in the development of policy, raise awareness for gender equality and establish AGEC further as the authoritative and independent voice for gender equality in Australia. The work that AGEC does is vital to taking women, and Australia, forward from a cultural and economic perspective.
Established in Australia in 1963 as a not for profit organisation, Australasian Supply Chain Institute (ASCI) is the Professional Accreditation Body for Supply Chain Management in Australia. Within the Professional Accreditation Scheme, ASCI provides Professional and Practitioner Registration and pathways to Registration through education, training and continued professional development.
The Best Practice Network supports businesses to learn and improve by facilitating networking visits, in person and virtual events, and activities to provide valuable insights, feedback and identify practical and effective improvement ideas. The Best Practice Network connects organisations and people to share knowledge, expertise, experience and resources.
Check out the events on offer here. Limited (free) tickets are made available to NAWO Members to most events.
Ducere Global Business School delivers Australia’s most innovative online degrees, together with its university partners.
With Ducere, you will gain insights from a global faculty of 250+ world leaders including Presidents, Prime Ministers, billionaires, philanthropists, Fortune 500 CEOs, and Nobel Peace Prize Winners. You will gain practical skills by delivering real-world projects with our industry partners such as KPMG, PwC, Disney, ATO, Telstra, LinkedIn, United Nations, Make-A-Wish and many more. No Exams – Benefit from our practical project-based curriculum where you’ll apply everything you learn to real-world situations and solve legitimate business challenges that will transform your career.
Limited scholarships are available to NAWO Members.
We are a member of Femconomy, and organisation that educates consumers, budget owners and business owners on how their purchasing decisions create gender equality. Whether you are a female consumer, woman in the workforce or business owner, you can choose Femeconomy approved brands to create gender equality. The criteria to be a Femeconomy approved B2B or B2C brand is to have at least 30% of women on the Board of Directors or be 50% female owned. Femeconomy approved companies are invited to submit their brand to Femeconomy.
Founded as a social network in 2017, IWIMRA has evolved into a membership based organisation with the aim to build an online community to lead the conversation primarily with Indigenous women across the mining and resources industry, with the core aim to identify gaps for career progression and opportunities to improve for the Indigenous workforce. IWIMRA encourages initiatives to promote culturally safe professional development tools, access to a community concept of mentoring, quality opportunities and brokering greater relations with key industry stakeholders.
NAWO partners with PATH4 on Project i – a project based, paid internship program for female university students. This initiative aims to attract talented women to operational careers, and participants are hosted by our members. Each NAWO Employer can identify a suitable project within their organisation that a specially selected intern will work on for a defined duration. The project will be unique with clearly defined outcomes and objectives and will provide flexibility for the intern to complete their studies in conjunction with the project.
PATH4 Graduates work with leading organisations to provide great Internship and Graduate job opportunities. As experienced Graduate Specialists within the Global Logistics, Business and Engineering Sectors, Path4 aligns new emerging talent from universities with real and exciting jobs.
WORK180 is a global jobs network that an advocates for working women and provides job applicants with a transparent directory of endorsed employers who support diversity, inclusion and equality.
With a purpose to empower every woman to choose a workplace where they can thrive, WORK180 shares information around pay equity, flexible working, paid parental leave, equal opportunities and a range of other important criteria. Before an employer comes on board, they take park in a pre-screening process and on average about 80% of companies who apply pass the criteria.
We are proud to endorse relevant subject matter experts who also support gender balance in operations. In agreement with these providers, we offer members discounts and specifically tailored programs. We recommend the following providers if you are seeking specialist support for your diversity and inclusion strategy, and exceptional development opportunities for your talent.
Aileen Armstrong is passionate about assisting leaders and organisations in creating and developing leadership and behavioural change through individuals and high performing teams.
Her sessions are interactive, practical and engaging and Aileen provides methods which ensure the insights you gain become a concrete behavioural change.
Aileen is one of Western Australia’s most experienced and acclaimed facilitators. She is a trainer and coach with over 25 years’ experience in private and state funded companies in corporate, project and business units.
As a professional People Whisperer, Author and Speaker, (and one of YMag’s Top 10 Women to Watch in 2019) Anneli supports women to increase their visibility, confidence and personal power for greater professional impact (especially in male-dominated industries).
Anneli has inspired women across Australia to step in, speak up and stand out. Through a focus on building presence, improving visibility and strategically managing the right professional impact, women have gained the tools and strategies to take control of their careers, on their own terms.
Conor helps leaders transform the way they learn, lead and know themselves which is achieved through Conor’s Transformative Coaching Program – Observe | Choose | Act.
Conor is an accredited Ontological Practitioner, Professionally Certified Coach with the ICF and Qualified Mental Health First Aider and an ex supply chain executive of 20 years who has ‘been there’ in the NAWO domain of leadership.
Culturise deliver innovative, highly practical tools that create great places to work. Founder and Chief Culturiser Jo Marshall has led in senior and executive operational roles, often in complex and challenging industries and teams. Be it keynote, workshop or change program, Culturise lead in practical tools for implementing people and culture initiatives. Clients regularly report success in achieving sustainable change in developing Cultures of Adaptability, Change, Resilience, Safety and Diversity, Inclusion and Equity.
Rebecca Hopkins is a Senior Consultant, Leadership Coach (PCC) and Certified Dare to Lead™ Facilitator with over 20 years of corporate experience.
She works with leaders and organisations to create an inclusive workplace culture and a healthy human work experience.
Rebecca gets her results by combining her engaging stories, unrelenting curiosity and down to earth style with her deep communication, emotional intelligence, coaching and project delivery skills.
Karen Morley is a highly sought after Executive Coach, helping women to increase their personal success, and leaders in general to be more inclusive. She is a thought leader on strategies and tactics to achieve gender-balanced leadership and create inclusive cultures. She has particular expertise in bias, and how to overcome it through better decision-making practices.
Karen’s D&I consulting insights and practical training programs have helped senior leaders in organisations including Bunnings, CSL, Department of Education, Downer, Fulton Hogan Australia, HASSELL, Melbourne Water, QBE, Officeworks, SBS and the University of Melbourne.
Founded by Andrea Clarke, Future Fit has a team of expert facilitators to master skills to realise our reputation capital in the market, present with impact, be hyper-adaptable, accelerate trust with remote teams, take a new approach to networking and find ways to manage our energy.
A new type of business environment requires a new breed of leader: an individual who is a catalyst for transformation, someone who can adapt swiftly to change and keep teams engaged and delivering in a complex and demanding environment.
This platform is a driving force for gender equality, championing a future for workplaces where women and men can confidently balance career and care – equally.
We partner with some of the world’s smartest companies to promote workplace inclusion and flexibility and we are dedicated to empowering women and men with evidence-based support strategies through pregnancy, parental leave, returning to work and flexibility.
In addition to the delivery of key data and insights that help businesses set and measure gender equality strategies and metrics, Grace Papers offers 1:1 coaching, consulting, workshops, a self-led professional development platform and real-time support for both employees and managers.
Leanne Hart is on a mission to change the way wellbeing is supported in the workplace.
She helps organisations do this through designing and implementing wellbeing programs that are inclusive, accessible and underpinned by heartfelt leadership to increase engagement, connection and collective wellbeing. Leanne draws on her 18 years in global people and culture leadership and combines it with her experience in management, health and safety, fitness and trauma-informed yoga practices to create wellbeing programs that are integrated and embedded across the entire organisation.
Mim Bartlett is the creator of ChangeUp, high impact leadership and wellbeing program focused on providing managers and executives with the tools to unlock the potential of their personal and professional success. Her programs inspire and support personal transformation, authentic leadership and empowering individuals to lead with greater confidence. She is also a devoted advocate for gender equality and empowerment.
Simon will work with you on re-organising your work to maximise your strengths, bringing awareness to your blind spots and reducing the negative effects of your weaknesses, developing your network of sponsors and advocates and shining the light on your strategic thinking ability (not just your productivity!)
As a Coach, he prides himself on being a good listener, supportive, encouraging and as a trusted sounding board he’s there to pose the questions that help propel you on a path to realising your absolute potential. He reads extensively – from Business and Science to Spiritual material like Buddhism and Zen. Why?
Providing tailored learning and development solutions, the Talkforce focus is on advancing Communication and Leadership in the workplace through innovative and progressive learning methodologies, across four main areas: leadership, communication, coaching and facilitation.
Our role, in partnership with our clients, is to unlock human potential by enhancing the skills of your team. We provide specific and relevant solutions aligned with your strategies and goals.
Some of the key areas we cover are: Leadership Development, Negotiation Skills, Presentation Skills, Influencing Skills, Building Resilience, Understanding Self and Others and Coaching for Performance.
An entrepreneur, motivational speaker and financial educator, Tracey spends her time sharing the knowledge, experience and passion she has helping professional women achieve financial independence.
Tracey believes that unlocking your financial confidence, is the key to unlocking your confidence in life. Her specialised program “Money Mastery” has changed the lives of hundreds of women over the last five years. Tracey continues to deliver this life changing program with the belief that the future female will have the confidence, clarity and control to live a life on their terms.
Wendy is a highly regarded expert and coach in the field of culture, leadership and inclusion. Her depth of expertise comes from hands on experience in senior executive roles as well as significant consulting assignments over her career. She works with leaders and People and Culture specialists helping them to create a culture of inclusion that promotes respect, trust, innovation, productivity, humanness and belonging.
Her one on one coaching and inclusion programs are forward thinking, dynamic, engaging, and challenging. Delivered either virtually or in person they provide participants with new perspectives and practical tools enabling them to take action and make a difference immediately.