Gender Equity in the Workplace Forum

Presenter Bios

Forum Facilitator

Managing Director Leigh McClusky, launched the McCo Group almost a decade ago following a 30 year career in print, radio and television journalism across Adelaide, Melbourne and Sydney.

Her media roles included working with the Herald and Weekly Times, Australian Associated Press, ABC-TV’s The Investigators and 7.30 Report, Channel 9’s A Current Affair, ABC Radio and as the South Australian host of Today Tonight.

Leigh's passion for the communications industry and delivering tangible results is apparent in every meeting and every exchange both with clients and her team. Leigh has consistently delivered proven and awarded results and facilitated hundreds of events with high calibre speakers across all industry sectors.

Leigh’s success stems from her extensive media knowledge and journalism experience and is enhanced by her commercial, government and media contacts, and her ability to think strategically and creatively.

Presenters/Panel

Christine Couzens has been the Member for Geelong since November 2014. Christine represents 44,000 constituents and has a long history working with the community. Christine is the Premier’s Ambassador for Closing the Gap, addressing issues that negatively impact the health of Aboriginal people in Victoria. Christine is currently working with the Aboriginal community in Geelong to develop a sustainable tourism project.

Christine is a member of the Parliament of Victoria’s Family and Community Development Committee which held the Inquiry into Abuse in Disability Services in 2015, and the Inquiry into Services for People with Autism Spectrum Disorder and currently undertaking the inquiry into Perinatal Services.

Dr Amanda Green joined PwC (Australia) in August 2017 as Director of Human Capital for the Consulting business after four years with the Richmond Football Club as the General Manager - People, Culture & Performance. Prior to her time in the AFL, she held a number of senior positions at leading corporate organisations such as Medibank, Australia Post, National Australia Bank and Telstra.

Amanda is a highly accomplished organisational psychologist and people development professional with significant experience in employee engagement, organisational culture and transformational change. She is also a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and has been a Director on the Triathlon Victoria Board since April 2016.

Professor Jane den Hollander AO has been Vice-Chancellor of Deakin University since July, 2010. Professor den Hollander is a board member of Education Australia Limited and UniSuper Limited. She is Deputy Chair of the Geelong Performing Arts Council, Chair of Skilling the Bay (a Victorian Government initiative), a member of the Kardinia Park Trust and a member of the VERNet Board (Victorian Education and Research Network). Prior to taking up her appointment as Vice-Chancellor of Deakin University, Professor den Hollander AO was Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic) at Curtin University in Western Australia.

Gina McColl worked as a journalist for 21 years, writing and editing for mastheads including Business Review Weekly, The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age, where she was most recently deputy editor of the multi-award winning Investigations team. 

Her series on sexual harassment in the workplace, and the failure of employers and regulators to act, won the Gold OurWatch-Walkley Award in September last year for her investigations into harassment and discrimination against women in the workplace.

Gina was an elected official of the journalists' union, the Media, Entertainment and Arts Alliance for two decades, where she was actively involved with gender equity, press freedom and independent media campaigns and was a director of the Walkley Foundation. 

In July, she left Fairfax and took on the role of media director for Andrew Denton's Go Gentle Australia, a health promotion charity that successfully campaigned for assisted dying law reform in Victoria.

Scott Holmes is the Manager, Practice Leadership at OurWatch, the national foundation for the primary prevention of violence against women. Scott is part of a team developing and implementing strategies to increase quality prevention practice across Australia.

Scott has been working in the preventing violence against women sector for nearly seven years and has coordinated prevention programs with faith communities and in workplaces.

Scott has extensive experience delivering prevention training programs for VicHealth prevention short course, Baby Makes 3 Facilitator training, and the Change the story Practitioner Training. Scott is also an ordained Anglican minister and is on the Management Committee of the Anglican Diocese of Melbourne prevention program.