We inspire leaders

We’re a highly skilled team drawn from a wide range of backgrounds. Working both within Australia and globally, we bring deep experience and expertise in high-level strategic consulting and transformation, particularly in the areas of gender equality, diversity and cultural renewal. We step up beside courageous leaders as they build the organisations of the future.

Our rigorous approach shifts whole system thinking to achieve:

  • Sustainable organisational change,
  • Social innovation,
  • Government policy development and implementation, and
  • Human rights based approaches.

We have a strong track record, influencing and supporting leaders across many sectors including the military, police, private corporations, professional services, academia, government, and sport.

Working in unique and complex environments (often male dominated), we inspire action at the highest levels by taking personal stories to the heart of power.

We listen to learn. We build a momentum for change. We establish deep relationships and create environments for new ideas. We pave the way for lasting cultural change. We challenge established norms. We inspire leaders to take action, combining powerful advocacy with a thorough understanding of their perspective. We understand that the collective is greater than the individual. We use our networks to influence and connect powerful, decent women and men.

Elizabeth Broderick

Who we are

Elizabeth Broderick AO – Principal

 Elizabeth has brought together captains of industry, governments and Defence Force chiefs to address gender inequality in Australia and beyond.

As Australia’s longest serving Sex Discrimination Commissioner (2007-2015), Elizabeth worked tirelessly to break down structural and social barriers faced by women and men, and to promote gender equality.

Her review into the treatment of women in the Australian Defence Force led to sweeping cultural reforms.

She established and convenes the globally recognised ‘Male Champions of Change’ strategy, enlisting a ‘who’s who’ of powerful male leaders to tackle workplace gender inequality. She is a powerful and influential voice in the struggle for gender equality, enlisting both women and men as agents of change.

She is currently leading a review into culture in the Residential Colleges at the University of Sydney.

On 29th September 2017, Elizabeth was appointed by the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva as its Special Rapporteur and Independent Expert on the issue of discrimination against women in law and practice. She represents the developed nations of the world.

Elizabeth is a member of the AFP Advisory Board and the Victorian Police Advisory Board. She is also a member of the Council of the Order of Australia.

In 2016 Elizabeth was appointed an Officer of the Order of Australia and was named 2016 NSW Australian of the Year. She holds Honorary Doctorates of Law from the University of Sydney, University of New South Wales and University of Technology Sydney and Honorary Doctorates from Deakin and Edith Cowan Universities.

Brinsley Marlay

Brinsley Marlay – Director, Media and Communications

Brinsley has more than 15 years’ experience working in strategic communication.

For over six years, Brinsley was Media Advisor to Elizabeth Broderick in her role as Sex Discrimination Commissioner at the Australian Human Rights Commission, as well as to the President and four other Commissioners. During this time he worked on the national Review into the Treatment of Women in the Australian Defence Force, Male Champions of Change, as well as immigration detention, freedom of speech and other sex, race, disability and age discrimination issues. 

Brinsley is currently Media and Communications Manager at UNICEF Australia and prior to this was at The  Climate Institute. Preceding these roles, he held media, communication and publicity positions at the Office of Film and Literature Classification, Brisbane Festival, Brisbane International Film Festival and Australian Business Register

Brinsley holds a BBus: Marketing and an Associate Diploma in Applied Biology from QUT and has a lifelong interest in equality, environmental and animal welfare issues.

Lynette Garrick

Lynette Garrick – Director, Operations

Lynette brings to the team her extensive experience in managing business operations across a diverse range of settings and industries. With a background in accounting she has worked in the financial services industry, the not for- profit sector, with the School of Medical Sciences at UNSW, and more recently at the Australian Human Rights Commission. Before this, Lynette ran her own small business for 10 years.

In 2011, she began working with Elizabeth Broderick – the then Sex Discrimination Commissioner. Over this time, she was responsible for overseeing the logistics of a highly functioning, fast paced and effective team.

Lisa Pusey

Lisa Pusey – Director, Projects

For more than a decade, Lisa has led complex gender equality projects, both in Australia and internationally.

Working overseas for six years in several international women’s human rights organisations, Lisa worked closely with United Nations expert bodies to advance gender equality.

More recently, she was adviser to Elizabeth Broderick, and worked with her on several major projects during her five years at the Australian Human Rights Commission. She led the National Review into Discrimination in the Workplace (relating to pregnancy, parental leave, and return to work), and also led key sections of the review into the treatment of women in the Australian Defence Force.

Lisa also worked closely with Elizabeth and the Program Director on Male Champions of Change to support, grow and execute the strategy and is currently Project Leader of the Property Male Champions of Change.

Alexandra Shehadie

Alexandra Shehadie – Director, Projects

Alex brings to the team her considerable experience leading major projects that have resulted in key reforms across a range of areas. She led the team at the Australian Human Rights Commission (supporting Sex Discrimination Commissioner, Elizabeth Broderick), which examined the treatment of women in the Australian Defence Force (ADF). This work led to a major reform program for Australia’s military, and Alex assisted the ADF to embed this cultural reform across the organisation. Alex has worked with NATO on a multinational project on women, peace and security.

In previous roles, Alex has led significant social policy projects on domestic violence, crime prevention, suicide, advocacy for children and young people, juvenile justice, imprisonment, and Aboriginal affairs. She developed key strategic policies for government and other key stakeholders.

In 2014, Alex was named one of Westpac and the Australian Financial Review’s ‘100 Women of Influence’.

Jane Latimer

Jane Latimer – Director, Research

For more than two decades, Jane’s high quality research leadership has helped create practical solutions for community issues. Her work with Aboriginal leaders in remote North Western Australia, in collaboration with the Australian Human Rights Commission and University of Sydney, improved the lives of children living with fetal alcohol spectrum disorders. With significant input from Elizabeth Broderick and Mick Gooda, Australia’s Social Justice Commissioner, the project raised awareness of this condition throughout Australia, influencing Government policy and health practice.

Jane’s expertise in research design comes from leading many large-scale, peer-reviewed, nationally funded projects and delivering on time and on budget. She has attracted over $12.5 million in funding, and published over 150 papers in the world’s leading health and medical journals.

Jane is also a Principal Research Fellow at The George Institute for Global Health, and a Professor in the Sydney Medical School at The University of Sydney.

In 2014 she was named as one of ‘Australia’s Most Powerful Part-Timers’ by Women’s Agenda.