Date: Friday 9 March 2018
Time: Registration from 11:30am–12:00pm, Lunch 12:00pm–2.30pm
Venue: Ivy Ballroom – Level 1, Ivy Merivale Complex, 330 George St, Sydney NSW
Dress Code: Business/Smart Casual
Catherine McGrath Media
Catherine McGrath is an award-winning journalist and foreign correspondent. For 3 decades she has been one of Australia’s leading women broadcasters as Bureau Chief and Political Editor for SBS and ABC television, radio and online services. Earlier she was the ABC’s South East Asia Correspondent.
She passionately believes it is important for women to be supported in developing speaking and communication skills and that Australia must broaden the number and scope of women who speak in the media and at conferences and events.
In 2016 Catherine covered her last federal election leading the SBS political bureau and then opened her own business with a focus on communications training and events. Catherine presents conferences and facilitates events Australia wide. She also works with some of the country’s biggest companies and public-sector organisations in media and presentation training.
Catherine is a recipient of the Centenary of Federation Medal for Services to Society through Journalism. She is a member of the Canberra Convention Bureau, the Canberra Business Chamber and the National Press Club.
Catherine lives in Canberra and is a graduate of the University of Sydney.
CEO, Arcadis Australia Pacific
The CEO of Arcadis Australia Pacific, Greg Steele, joined the company in 2008 in a 25-year career that’s covered all aspects of engineering consulting, management, team leadership and client liaison.He has led work on some of Australia’s largest and most complex projects, bringing an impeccable reputation for creating high-performance teams and innovative project delivery frameworks to ensure seamless delivery. As the head of the company, Greg has focused on guiding the regional business towards a better alignment with the market and fostering a client-centric approach built on clear communication, shared goals and a strong relationship.
Greg is the Chair of Consult Australia’s ‘Champions of Change’, established to bring about change within the upper echelons a traditionally male-dominated industry. Greg is also a board member of the powerful industry association Roads Australia, and Chairman of Engineering Aid Australia.
|PROFESSOR SARAH MADDISON
Professor Sarah Maddison is the Pro Vice-Chancellor Academic Innovation and Change, leading strategic academic innovation and change, and supporting STEM transformation at Swinburne. She is a professor of astrophysics and leads the planets group in the Swinburne Centre for Astrophysics and Supercomputing.
Professor Maddison sits on a number of national and international committees, including the women in physics committee of the Australian Institute of Physics, the Square Kilometre Array ‘Cradle of Life’ Science Working group, the Australia Telescope National Facility (ATNF) Time Assignment Committee, and the Australian Research Council’s College of Experts.
Professor Maddison is the founder and past chair of the women in astronomy chapter of the Astronomical Society of Australia and the International Astronomical Union working group for women in astronomy, and is currently a member of the women in physics committee of the Australian Institute of Physics. She is the Swinburne lead for the Science Australia Gender Equity (SAGE) Pilot, run by the Australian Academy of Science and the Australian Academy of Technology and Engineering. She is also involved in a range of outreach activities, including the 3D AstroTour program at Swinburne and the CSIRO Scientists In Schools program.
Vice President & Executive Director – Strategic Growth – APAC & Middle East
Ross Jones is Jacobs’ Vice President Eastern, responsible for leading more than 700 engineers, planners, scientists and architects to deliver Transport, Water Environment & Spatial, Built Environment, Power Consulting and Project Management/Construction Management projects.
The Eastern Region is currently involved in iconic projects such as the Westconnex M5-East (for which Ross is on the Joint Venture governance committee), the Sydney Metro Northwest, the Sydney Metro Northwest to CBD, the Sydney Light Rail, the Parramatta Light Rail, St George and Blacktown hospitals and the proposed aerotropolis around Sydney’s 2nd airport. Ross is a Company Director of Jacobs, having been with the organisation for over 18 years.
Ross strongly believes that diverse teams strengthen our delivery to clients and, in an industry traditionally dominated by men, is committed to creating a more gender equitable region. He believes that we will subsequently deliver more innovative solutions that benefit our communities across NSW.
Jacobs has recently set women in leadership targets at 28%, with cascaded targets established in each area. Ross is responsible for delivering his local target over 5 years by overseeing a number of processes and programs to achieve greater gender equality, supported by his Eastern leadership team and an employee led diversity and inclusion network.
|LEUT Deb Tevelen
Defence Force Recruiting
Deb joined the Navy straight out of school proceeding to the Defence Force Academy where she graduated in 1994 and completed her BEng Mech 1995. After this she has served at sea and performed maintenance management roles ashore. As the wife of a serving Air Force member she chose to transfer to the Royal Australian Navy Reserve to spend time with her growing family until her youngest commenced school. Since that time she has juggled working at Defence Force Recruiting and life as a mum of 3 teenagers and their busy social lives, while occasionally keeping her hand in Asset Management acting as a consultant with an Asset Management company contracting back to Defence.
Deb really enjoys the opportunity her previous engineering experience and current role has provided to allow her to engage with young people, especially women, to consider STEM as a possible career path and to see them commence a long and fulfilling career in this space.