Our Ambassadors

 

Liz Ritchie

Liz Ritchie is currently the General Manager Strategy and Partnerships at the Regional Australia Institute (RAI), which she joined in August 2018. For almost 20 years, Liz has worked with NFP’s and corporates to ensure organisations are preparing themselves for the future. Most recently Liz has held leadership roles with Westpac Commercial Bank (2016-18) and CEDA (2008-16) and during this time Liz has advanced her interest and advocacy in gender equality in Australia.

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Helen Badger

Helen Badger is currently a senior project manager with Manteena Security Pty Ltd and sees firsthand the challenges faced by women both at the front line and in the executive areas. Helens approach to advocating for women is to embrace everyone in the industry and encourage all levels of government, corporates, contractors and individuals (men and women) to create a workplace that reflects the community that we all live in.

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Helen Conway – Ambassador

Helen Conway was a founding Director and inaugural Chair of AGEC, and previously CEO of the Workforce Gender Equality Agency. Helen spent 10 years in private legal practice, including 7 years as a partner in a major law firm in Sydney, and then moved into the corporate sector where she worked as a senior executive in the insurance, transport, energy, retail and construction industries for 18 years. Helen is currently the Chair of YWCA Australia and YWCA National Housing and School for Life (an organisation providing education and related services in Uganda). She is a director of Westpac Life Insurance, Westpac General Insurance, Westpac Lenders Mortgage Insurance, Endeavour Energy, Catholic Schools NSW and ReachOut Australia, an online mental health service for youth.

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Catherine Fox

Catherine Fox is a leading commentator on women and the workforce, an award-winning journalist, author and presenter.

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Lea Vesic

Lea is the immediate past President of Women in Aviation Australian chapter and has been an active supporter of AGEC since its launch. Lea is a strong believer that “you can’t be what you can’t see” and a passionate advocate for youth engagement and women in the aviation and aerospace industries.  Lea enjoys motivating the next generation of aviation professionals to strive to be innovative, inspiring and to be empowered to make a positive difference in the world through leadership and aviation.

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Victoria Weekes – Ambassador

Victoria Weekes is a professional non-executive director with over 30 years’ executive experience in the financial services industry and now on boards in health, housing, financial services, government and cultural institutions. Victoria was a founding director and Chair of AGEC until Nov 2020. A vocal advocate for gender equality in the financial services sector for many years, Victoria led the development of FINSIA’s gender divide campaign. Victoria has worked closely with organisations like the Workplace Gender Equality Agency, Women on Boards (WOB), the Sex Discrimination Commissioner, Male Champions of Change, the AICD and the Governance Institute on gender equality initiatives and campaigns.

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Ann-Maree David – Ambassador and Former Board Member

Ann-Maree David was a founding Director of AGEC (2016-2020) and is the immediate past President of Australian Women Lawyers. Ann-Maree is an Executive Director of The College of Law, the largest provider of practice-focused legal education in Australasia. She has worked in the legal profession for over 30 years, in public and corporate sector roles and in private practice as a solicitor.

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Sandy Hutchison – Ambassador and Former Board Member

Sandy Hutchison was a founding Director of AGEC (2016-2020) and is the Founder and CEO of Career Money Life.  A disruptive and innovative, award winning marketplace business providing employees and organisations the power of choice in career transition, parental leave programs, transition to retirement, mental health & wellbeing services and financial advice.  Sandy’s commitment to gender equality is reflected in the fact that over 65% of her community of suppliers are women owned businesses.   She is also pleased to be recognised as part of the Femeconomy.  Before founding her own startup, Sandy was a Human Resource Director at a global professional services firm, and previously a Partner in a global human resources consulting firm. Sandy continues to consult with organisations on gender equality issues and works as a mentor to senior women.

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Rebecca Dickson – Ambassador and Former Board Member

Rebecca is in her second term as a Director on the National Association of Women in Construction (NAWIC) board, having joined NAWIC in 2010.  NAWIC is a founding member of AGEC and a proud contributor to the continuing fight for gender equality.

Rebecca has almost 10 years of experience advocating for increased opportunities for women in the construction industry, removing gendered pay gaps and changing institutional structures that discriminate against women.

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