SA Women and Leadership series: diversity and inclusion

SA Women and Leadership series: diversity and inclusion

Mar 19
Join CEDA as we launch the 2018 Women and Leadership series in Adelaide. Hear from key business leaders on what their organisations are doing to promote diversity and inclusion in their workplace.


Jacqui McGill, Asset President Olympic Dam, BHP
David Syme, General Manager - People and Culture, SA Power Networks
Professor Ingrid Fulmer, Director: Centre for Workplace Excellence, University of South Australia Business School
Justin Jamieson, Chairman of Partners, KPMG

Event overview

The business case for diversity and inclusion in the workplace is strong with enhancing organisational performance, attracting the best employees and reducing the cost of staff turnover being just a few of the benefits.

Many organisations are now focusing on employing a diverse workforce however diversity needs to be managed correctly with clear strategies and polices in place in order for a workplace to be truly inclusive.

Join this discussion and hear from key business leaders on what their organisations are doing to promote diversity and inclusion in their workplace.

Meet the speakers

Jacqui McGill
Asset President Olympic Dam, BHP

Jacqui McGill is Asset President of BHP’s Olympic Dam.  A metallurgist by trade with over 25 years of resource industry experience, Jacqui has worked in a range of senior roles in operations producing coal, iron ore, uranium and gold. Jacqui embodies the belief that there’s no role a female cannot do. Commencing her career in a Victorian gold mine, it was eight years before Jacqui came across another woman in a professional role in her workplace. Through these experiences, and with a strong sense of justice and fairness, Jacqui became a champion for inclusion and diversity in the mining industry – motivated by a view that as you improve the environment for women, you improve the workplace for everyone. She has also been recognised for her contributions, winning the 2015 Gender Diversity Champion Resources award in Queensland, as well as the Women in Resources National Award. Most recently, Jacqui was awarded a 2017 Honorary Doctorate from the University of Adelaide recognising her as a ‘champion of diversity and gender equality’.

David Syme
General Manager - People and Culture, SA Power Networks

David has 32 years of experience in the electricity industry. For the last 15 years, David has been responsible for a range of corporate support functions at SA Power Networks including HR, safety, organisational change and learning and development. David is also the Chair of the SA Power Networks Employee Foundation. The Foundation has raised over $2 million for South Australian charities and facilitates volunteering opportunities for employees. David has an economics degree from Flinders University and an MBA from Adelaide University and he is a Graduate of the AICD.

Professor Ingrid Fulmer
Director: Centre for Workplace Excellence, University of South Australia Business School

Ingrid Fulmer is Professor of Human Resource Management and Director of the Centre for Workplace Excellence (CWeX) at the University of South Australia Business School. Her research is in the areas of human resource management, organisational behaviour, and business ethics. She studies how HR and managerial practices influence human and social capital and organisational performance, with current research projects focused on pay communication and transparency, valuation of human capital, and alumni relationships. Professor Fulmer holds degrees from the University of Memphis and the University of Alabama, and holds a PhD in Organisation Studies from Vanderbilt University

Justin Jamieson
Chairman of Partners, KPMG

Justin Jamieson has been a Partner at KPMG since 2008 and was appointed Chairman of Partners in SA in 2018. Justin’s enjoyment of the arts led to his role as Chair of the State Theatre Company of South Australia. He has been on the Board of the Company since 2011. Justin has a strong interest in health and led People, Performance and Culture initiatives and the Health and Wellbeing program in KPMG’s SA practice from 2011-2013.

Meet the chair

Professor Tanya Monro FAA, FTSE, FOSA, FAIP, GAICD
Deputy Vice Chancellor - Research and Innovation, University of South Australia

Professor Tanya Monro is Deputy Vice Chancellor & President: Research and Innovation in and ARC Georgina Sweet Laureate Fellow at the University of South Australia. Prior to this Prof Monro was the inaugural Director of the Institute for Photonics and Advanced Sensing (IPAS) from 2008 to 2014 at the University of Adelaide and the ARC Centre of Excellence for Nanoscale BioPhotonics.  Her research is in the field of photonics, with a focus on sensing, lasers and new classes of optical fibres.

Tanya’s awards include: Eureka Prize for Excellence in Interdisciplinary Scientific Research, the Bragg Gold Medal (best Physics PhD in Australia), South Australia’s “Australian of the Year”, Scopus Young Researcher of the Year, South Australian Scientist of the Year, and the Prime Minister’s Malcolm McIntosh Prize for Physical Scientist of the Year.

Tanya is Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science, the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering, the Optical Society of America and the Australian Institute of Physics, and serves as a member on boards including as the Prime Minister’s Commonwealth Science Council, the Commonwealth Science and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO), the SA Economic Development Board and Defence SA.

She is a tireless advocate for women in science and was a founding sponsor of the SAGE initiative, which is focussed on increasing the proportion of women in senior roles in Australian Universities. At UniSA she personally funded the scheme Research momentum during maternity leave to support new mums to stay research active.

Supported by CEDA members

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