Women in Leadership: champions of diversity and inclusion

Women in Leadership: champions of diversity and inclusion

Aug 8
At this event CEDA will examine diversity drivers and unlock workplace productivity. It's time to focus on gender, culture, disability, age and flexibility.


Marie Bourgoin, General Manager - Newman Operations, BHP
Anjie Brook, Chief Executive Officer, Western Australian Aboriginal Leadership Institute
Andrew Hadley, Chief Executive Officer, P&N Bank

Event overview

An organisation’s future success and competitiveness depends upon its ability to embrace diversity and inclusion and realise the benefits. According to the Diversity Council of Australia, inclusive organisations are 10 times more productive, nine times more likely to innovate and their employees are four times more likely to stay.

CEDA's Women in Leadership series delivers leading thinking, new insights and a forum for debate on a complex and critical economic development issue – equity and diversity. CEDA welcomes distinguished leaders to discuss their views on developing and supporting a truly diverse and inclusive workforce.
Our speakers will discuss:

  • Overcoming unconscious bias and cultural stereotypes for a more inclusive workplace;
  • Building an inclusive and diverse workplace; and
  • The social, economic and productivity benefits from an engaged and diverse workforce.

Event presentations

Andrew Hadley, P&N Bank MP3 | PDF

Anjie Brook, Western Australian Aboriginal Leadership Institute MP3

Marie Bourgoin, BHP MP3

Moderated discussion MP3

Delegate handout PDF

Meet the speakers

Marie Bourgoin
General Manager - Newman Operations, BHP

Marie Bourgoin was appointed the General Manager of Newman Operations in May 2019. Marie joined BHP in February 2015 after an eight year career at Rio Tinto where she held both operational, commercial/strategic and leadership positions. Since joining BHP, Marie has led supply chain improvement projects and focused on capacity uplift through improved supply chain interfaces and in August 2015 was given responsibility for managing Camps & Aviation assets within Non-Process Infrastructure (NPI).

She was appointed GM of the Integrated Production and Remote Operations (IPRO) team in December 2015, a role she held until taking on the position of GM Newman Operations. During her time as GM of the IPRO, Marie led a team of more than 500 employees and was responsible for revamping the integrated planning and scheduling process within iron ore to drive more value for the business through improved integration, collaboration and optimisation of the end to end iron ore supply chain.  Marie was also accountable for the Remote Operations Centre, managing the safe remote operations of drills, plants, trail loadouts, rail, car dumpers and shiploaders. Marie has a wealth of experience and knowledge of BHP’s operations.

Anjie Brook
Chief Executive Officer, Western Australian Aboriginal Leadership Institute

Anjie Brook has many years of leadership experience in education and the not-for-profit sector, striving to improve the outcomes and opportunities for children and youth who struggle in mainstream education and learning settings, whose different abilities and experiences impact on their success and achievements. After many years in the education sector, Anjie transferred her leadership skills to the for-purpose sector maintaining her strong sense of social responsibility to making this world a better place for all children and youth in remote Aboriginal communities in WA and the NT with a particular focus on improving the health of children and their families through providing sustainable, local access to fresh fruits and vegetables.

In September 2018, she was honoured to be appointed as the inaugural Chief Executive Officer of the Western Australian Aboriginal Leadership Institute, inspiring and supporting Aboriginal people to take up leadership opportunities to strengthen their families, communities and careers. 

Andrew Hadley
Chief Executive Officer, P&N Bank

Andrew’s knowledge of the financial services industry has been gained from more than twenty five years working in a broad and diverse range of positions, both as an executive and as a director.
He specialises in strategy development and execution and is absolutely passionate about business transformation, talent development and the delivery of unsurpassed customer experiences. 
Andrew joined P&N in 2014 where he has subsequently overseen the organisation's five-year strategic plan to transform the bank. Having successfully repositioned the brand and customer value proposition, Andrew continues to champion P&N's focus on innovation and partnership to deliver improved customer outcomes and growth.
P&N was independently recognised in 2015 by Roy Morgan as “Bank of the Year”, established itself as the fastest growing customer owned bank in Australia in 2016 and was awarded Mutual of the Year at the RFi Lending Awards in 2017 and 2018. 
Andrew is a member of CEO’s for Gender Equity (CGE) because he genuinely wants to lend his voice to championing the benefits that flow from gender diversity. The current gender imbalance in leadership needs an ongoing and concerted focus and he is passionate and committed to play his part. 

Supported by CEDA members

Major series sponsors

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