Women in Leadership

It is Everybody’s Business

Partnered Events - 25 Nov 2015

Building on the thoughts of Annabel Crabb in her book ‘The Wife Drought’ (2014) and the ANZ Women's Report ‘Barriers to achieving financial gender equity’ this session discussed why organisations need to build a supportive culture and redesign systems in order to fully realise the productivity potential of equal opportunity in the workplace.

Topics Included:

  • Benefits of diversity in leadership
  • Addressing systemic barriers to change
  • Building a supportive culture
  • Personal stories of success


BRAVE Women - Ashleigh Brand
Encouraging diversity and women in leadership - Richard Sellers

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Sven Bluemmel
President, IPAA WA; Information Commissioner of WA
Office of the Information Commissioner




Richard Sellers FIPAA
Department of Mines and Petroleum
Mr Sellers was appointed Director General of the Department of Mines and Petroleum in Western Australia in June 2009.  
Mr Sellers holds a Bachelor of Applied Science Biology, a Graduate Diploma in Education and Master of Public Policy and Management.
Mr Sellers has extensive experience in natural resource management and the regulation and approval of the mineral and petroleum industry.  His work on reform is widely recognised and in his current position has taken a lead role in improving WA’s safety performance, approval processes and has worked hard encouraging exploration to ensure WA’s ongoing development.
Dr Susan Gallacher
Manager, Population Strategy Program 
Department of Local Government and Communities
Susan is the Manager, Population Strategy Program at the Department of Local Government and Communities. This social policy role delivers research and strategic initiatives for the Youth, Seniors and Women’s Interests portfolios. She was a member of the steering committee of the Committee for Perth’s research project ‘Filling the Pool’, a two year project to examine the barriers to women’s leadership in the Western Australian business environment. She earned her PhD in Sustainability and Technology Policy from Murdoch University in 2009 and recently attained her Graduate Certificate in Business (Public Sector Management) from QUT. Identifying initiatives to support and enhance women’s economic independence and leadership, Susan is passionate about strategies to support gender equity and address the gender pay gap.
Ashleigh Brand
The Mummy Coach 
Ashleigh is Director and Co-founder of The Mummy Coach and enjoys coaching talented and inspiring women to live their passion in both work and private life, by empowering them to make a difference. Ashleigh has experience working in strategic communications, project management, organisational development and change management across corporate and government settings. She is mother of two small girls and works hard to balance the many demands of family and business herself, knowing intimately about the challenges her clients face, and bringing with her a sizeable chunk of ambition and determination to help mothers in particular with the most significant transitions in life.