Our Board

 
Coral Ross – Board Chair

Coral, a founding Director of AGEC, was appointed Chair in November 2020.  Coral has had an esteemed career in local government and was previously the National President of the Australian Local Government Women’s Association and ALGWA Victorian President – she is currently the National Vice President. A professional journalist with more than 20 years’ experience, Coral was a local government councillor at the City of Boroondara, in Metropolitan Melbourne for more than 18 years and served as Mayor of the City of Boroondara three times. Until October 2020 Coral was the President of the Municipal Association of Victoria – Victoria’s peak body for local government and is on the Board of the Australian Local Government Association, the peak body for local government in Australia. She has also served as a Director of the National Rural Women’s Coalition.

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Louise Weine – Board Member & Deputy Chair

Louise Weine was elected to the AGEC Board in November 2020 and appointed Deputy Chair in May 2022. Her passion is for truly inclusive workplace cultures. As National Director for the National Association of Women in Operations (NAWO) Louise leads a network of people who are activating positive change to strengthen the pipeline of female talent and remove systemic barriers to female success in order to achieve more gender balanced teams at all levels.  Leveraging experience gained over 26 years in HR, organisational design, and high performance team leadership in manufacturing and FMCG, Louise helps people to think differently about the future they are creating for each other, their customers and stakeholders.

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Associate Professor Dr Terry Fitzsimmons – Board Member & Managing Director

Dr Terry Fitzsimmons is a Senior Lecturer in leadership, human resource management and change management teaching into the MBA Program at the University of Queensland Business School. He is the Director of the AIBE Centre for Gender Equality in the Workplace. He is also a Chartered Accountant with over 30 years of experience. His PhD in Leadership examined successful attributes of CEOs and differing pathways to CEO roles for men and women. Dr Fitzsimmons has lead on several major reports into gender inequality in Australia including ‘Filling the Pool’ a major report into gender inequality in Western Australia with The Committee for Perth. ‘Hands Up for Gender Equality’ an examination of the origins of gender segregation in Australia’s Workforce with the Alliance of Girls Schools Australasia and ‘Employer of Choice for Gender Equality: Leading Practices in Strategy, Policy and Implementation’ detailing leading change practices towards workplace gender equality with the Workplace Gender Equality Agency. Dr Fitzsimmons has also published many papers in world leading journals exploring the issue of gender equality in leadership roles.

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Jilinda Lee – Board Member

Jilinda is a lifelong advocate for gender equality, continuously speaking up for equal choices, chances, and opportunities for women in their careers, and equal partnerships in their homes.

She is Founder and Chair of Elevate HER Australia, a national member-based social enterprise focused on enabling women across all sectors to rise up and revolutionise leadership roles, through providing peer circle support, networking opportunities, educational programs, and advocacy initiatives. She is also Network Leader of Lean In Queensland, a state-wide licensed network of the Lean In global foundation and leads the National Circle Leaders Alliance -Australia program. Jilinda has worked on gender equality initiatives with BPW Australia, ALGWA, UNWomen, IWD, and Queensland local and state governments. She enjoys collaboration and believes in the power of collectivism.

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Rechelle Leahy – Board Member

A strong leader and advocate, Rechelle is a principal sector specialist on social policy issues, her passion lies with gender equality, equity and improving policy outcomes focussed on the specialised needs of rural, regional and remote (RRR) women and girls.

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Vy PhamBoard Member

Vy Pham a collaborator and problem-solver with over 18 years’ experience and a portfolio of work completed in Australia and Asia that demonstrates a growth mindset and skills in delivering business and customer-centric objectives and delivered value in the private and not-for-profit sectors. Vy is currently a Senior Strategy Manager (Strategic Projects Portfolio) at Zurich Financial Services Australia.

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Tara Diamond – Board Member

Tara Diamond is an executive leader of Australian Resources and Energy Employer Association AREEA, and was elected to the AGEC Board in November 2020.  Reporting to AREEA’s Board and Chief Executive, Tara holds responsibility for a range of critical services and programs meeting the evolving workforce needs of AMMA members spanning the mining, oil and gas, and allied service sectors.  With a decade of diversity and inclusion workforce development experience, Tara leads resources and energy employers with programs and research to assist industry and employers build capability to increase female workforce and leadership representation.

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Jacqueline Graham – Board Member

Jacqueline Graham was appointed to the Board in May 2022. Jacqueline is currently President of Business Professional Women Australia, one of AGEC’s founding member organisations. Since 2021 Jacqueline has served as an executive member for BPW Melbourne, as Board Representative for Victoria, Director of Marketing, National Vice-President prior to becoming President.

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Victoria Weekes – Company Secretary & Treasurer

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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