Our expertise is workplace culture

We provide high-level strategic analysis, assessment, advice, and planning to organisations that wish to transform and strengthen their practices and workplace culture, particularly in the areas of equality, inclusion and diversity. We step up beside courageous leaders, and their employees, as they build the organisations of the future.

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

We have a strong track record of success, supporting leaders and their employees across a host of sectors, including the military, police, private corporations, professional services, academia, government, the arts, and sport.

Our highly skilled team, with a wide range of backgrounds and deep experience, consult in Australia and globally.

Through our rigorous, proven approach, we have repeatedly shifted whole system thinking to achieve:

  • sustainable organisational change;
  • workplace social innovation;
  • government policy development and implementation; and
  • human rights based approaches.

We listen to learn. We build 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 action, combining powerful advocacy with a thorough understanding and a deeply informed perspective. We understand that the collective is greater than the individual.

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Elizabeth Broderick

Who we are

Elizabeth Broderick AO – Principal

Elizabeth is Principal of EB&Co., a specialist consultancy focusing on high-level strategic consulting and transformation, particularly in the areas of gender equality, diversity, inclusion and cultural renewal, particularly in male dominated environments.

She was Australia’s longest serving Sex Discrimination Commissioner (2007-2015). One of her major achievements was the development and implementation of a gender equality blueprint for the nation, based on listening to the voices of Australians.  She played a significant role in the introduction of Australia’s national paid parental leave scheme and progressed major law reform including in the area of sex discrimination and sexual harassment. She established the nation’s data set on the prevalence of sexual harassment data, and built trend data which continues to inform evidence based policy today. Her review into the treatment of women in the Australian Defence Force led to sweeping cultural reforms.

In 2017 Elizabeth was appointed by the United Nations in Geneva as a Special Rapporteur and Independent Expert of the UN Working Group on discrimination against women and girls. In this role, she carried out UN country missions and had a global mandate to issue official UN communications to nation states drawing their attention to human rights violations, particularly against women and girls. Elizabeth’s 6 year term concluded on 31 October 2023.

She is the Founder and Convenor of the Champions of Change Coalition (formerly the Male Champions of Change), a globally recognised, disruptive strategy for achieving gender equality, advancing more and diverse women in leadership, and building respectful and inclusive workplaces. Comprising seventeen groups of over 270 national and international CEOs covering every major sector of the economy.

Elizabeth is Chair of Gender and Disaster Australia Expert Advisory Committee and a member of the Global Institute for Women’s Leadership Advisory Council, Kings College London.

In 2016, Elizabeth was appointed an Officer of the Order of Australia and was named 2016 NSW Australian of the Year.

Somali Cerise
Somali Cerise

Somali Cerise – Lead Consultant

Somali Cerise is a gender equality and human rights expert with 20 years’ experience leading initiatives across Australia and globally. She has a track record of designing innovative tools and influencing change at the highest levels. She has been responsible for several major global gender equality initiatives, including the OECD Social Institutions and Gender Index, UN Women’s global report on gender equality and the Sustainable Development Goals, and the UN Secretary General’s 20 and 25-year review of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action. 

In 2021, Somali led the team at the Australian Human Rights Commission conducting the Independent Review into Commonwealth Parliamentary Workplaces. She currently works on a range of gender equality initiatives with EB & Co., UN Women, and the University of Sydney.  With EB & Co she has been involved in cultural reviews across several sectors including mining, professional services, aviation and the university sector.  

Somali is on the advisory committee for the National Women’s Safety Alliance and a board member of ACON. She is an Honorary Associate Professor at the Australian National University with the Gender Institute.  

Darren Saunders
Darren Saunders

Darren Saunders – Senior Research Consultant

Darren is a Eureka Prize winning scientist, with over 20 years’ experience in cancer biology and neuroscience in Australia and North America.  He is an Adjunct Professor of Medical Sciences at the University of Sydney and has held senior roles in peak professional bodies, leading policy and regulatory reforms in science and technology.

Darren has worked with Elizabeth Broderick and Co since 2017 as a
Senior Research Advisor and data expert on numerous cultural reviews. He led the quantitative analysis for the Rio Tinto review together with the Social Research Centre at the ANU, and facilitated many listening sessions informing the qualitative data. Darren is a regular commentator on television and radio, and resident scientist on ABC TV’s The Drum and Channel 7’s Daily Edition.

Prabha Nanda
Prabha Nandagopal

Prabha Nandagopal – Senior Consultant

Prabha is a leading human rights and discrimination lawyer with over 17 years of broad experience across Government, NGOs, United Nations and private legal practice.

Prabha has significant experience leading high profile inquiries and human rights investigations. For twelve years Prabha held various senior positions at the Australian Human Rights Commission including Director of Human Rights Law and Policy and Director of Business and Human Rights. In 2021, she was the Director of Legal for the Independent Review into Commonwealth Parliamentary Workplaces. In 2020, she was a senior legal advisor to the Respect@Work National Inquiry. In 2014, she led the landmark National Inquiry into Children in Detention. Prior to the Australian Human Rights Commission, she was a lawyer at the Human Rights Law Centre.

She is widely recognised for her ability to combine her deep understanding of legal, policy and political dimensions to develop practical and innovative solutions to complex social issues. Prabha’s recent work has focused on prevention and response strategies to sexual harassment, bullying and discrimination in parliaments, organisations and industries. Prabha is also a respected leader and advocate for asylum seekers and refugees. She is highly regarded for her deep expertise in domestic and international refugee law and policy and has extensive experience monitoring the conditions of immigration detention facilities in Australia as well as litigation in landmark migration cases in the High Court of Australia.

Prabha commenced her legal career as a government litigation lawyer at DLA Piper in Sydney. She holds a Bachelor of Laws (honours), and a Bachelor of Arts (Psychology) from the University of Adelaide.

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Lisa Pusey

Lisa Pusey – Lead Consultant

Lisa has over 20 years experience leading complex gender equality initiatives, 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 (Sex Discrimination Commissioner), 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 works closely with Elizabeth and the CEO of Champions of Change to support, grow and execute the strategy, and has led the Coalition’s work on workplace responses to domestic and family violence.  Prior to this she worked in the community legal centre sector.

She currently works on a range of gender equality initiatives with the Champions of Change Coalition and the University of Sydney.

Lisa is a member of the National Women’s Safety Alliance’s Policy and Advocacy Advisory Committee, Monash University’s Safe and Equal @ Work Advisory Board, and a board member of Women’s Legal Services NSW and Women’s Fund Asia Limited.

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Lisa Ryan

Lisa Ryan – Lead Consultant

Lisa brings to the team three decades of experience working in organisational culture, systems change and leadership for social impact. Lisa has worked with EB&Co on a range of high-impact projects, including most recently the Review of Bullying, Sexual Harassment and Sexual Assault in the NSW Parliament; and the review of gendered barriers to promotion within the NSW Police Force.  

A social worker by training, Lisa is highly skilled in designing methods that create safety for people to share their lived experience, and in working with people across organisations to leverage organisational strengths, identify structural and systemic challenges, and building a shared agenda for change.    

Lisa is an adaptive leadership specialist and brings to EB&Co a particular interest in the role of leaders in creating psychological safety and enabling both wellbeing and high performance. 

Leigh
Leigh Russell

Leigh Russell – Lead Consultant

Leigh is a distinguished executive and director renowned for her exceptional people-focused leadership. With a multifaceted career spanning over two decades, she has held roles such as people & culture specialist, CEO, board director, adviser, consultant, author, and speaker. Her diverse experience encompasses various sectors, including corporate environments, boardrooms, and Australia’s dynamic sporting industry. 

After a successful executive career, including serving as the CEO of Swimming Australia and Netball Victoria, Leigh transitioned to independent consulting. Over the past three years, she has advised boards, CEOs, and executive teams on workplace culture, governance, HR strategy, organisational effectiveness, and adaptive leadership. Her expertise extends across sectors such as professional services, elite sport, government, and the arts, where she serves as a trusted advisor on complex workplace issues and best practice governance. 

Leigh’s educational background includes qualifications in Behavioural Sciences, Business, Education, and Career Coaching. Leigh is a graduate member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, a member of Chief Executive Women, and an accredited Extended DISC Facilitator. 

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Alison Aggarwal

Alison Aggarwal – Senior Consultant

An innovative and strategic leader, with a strong commitment to gender equality, human rights and preventing and addressing gender-based violence.

Alison has extensive experience in being a strategic and trusted adviser in both government and civil society sectors and have also worked with the private sector in gender equality advocacy, policy development and implementation and capacity development.

With strong communication, interpersonal and stakeholder engagement skills, Alison applies her advanced strategic and analytical capacities as a collaborator and as a manager to drive transformational change.

Jane Latimer
Jane Latimer

Jane Latimer AO – Director of Strategy and Engagement

Jane is Director of Strategy and Engagement at Elizabeth Broderick & Co. and an Emeritus Professor in the Faculty of Medicine and Health at the University of Sydney. For more than two decades, Jane’s research leadership has helped create practical solutions to community issues. Jane has attracted over $21.5 million to fund her research and has published her findings in the world’s leading medical journals including Nature, New England Journal of Medicine, and Lancet.

Through her work at Elizabeth Broderick & Co. Jane has become a leader and advocate for Women in STEM. She has worked with the Australian Academy of Science to accelerate diversity and inclusion and was appointed to the Expert Working Group that developed Australia’s National Decadal Plan for Women in STEM. She has been an Australian delegate at APEC Women in STEM meetings contributing to the development of an international framework.

Jane’s recent work has focused on developing leadership capability. Her Leadership Shadow project, conducted in collaboration with University of Oxford, involved interviews with Vice Chancellors and research leaders across Australia. In 2020 at the request of Australia’s first Chief Medical Wellness Officer, she worked with Clinical Heads of Departments in one of Sydney’s largest health districts to review Leadership Culture.

Her dual academic and culture roles have provided her with a unique insight into the cultural challenges facing leaders working in the health care and research sectors and how these might be addressed.

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Brinsley Marlay

Brinsley Marlay –Media and Communications Consultant

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 Conservation for profit organisation, GreenCollar, and prior to this was at UNICEF Australia and 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

Lynette Garrick – Director, Operations

Overseeing the business operations of the organisation, Lynette brings to the team her extensive experience in managing business operations across a diverse range of settings and industries. With exceptional organisation skills, and 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.