The DPA is a not-for-profit association for those progressing diversity and inclusion in Australian organisations.
In 2015, Darren Hooper put the call out for diversity practitioners wanting to connect to make a difference. Those who responded had one thing in common - a passion to see our organisations and communities become places where all people are valued equally.
By sharing our expertise, experiences and challenges and by creating a forum to tackle complexity, we give practitioners the ingredients to be the game changers of their organisations. As we support each other to make change in our own spheres of influence, we drive our collective purpose forward.
We are passionate, we are proactive and we are positioned to create change.
We are people making a difference.
Andrea is an organisational development specialist with twelve years’ experience delivering HR solutions in the resources and utilities sectors. Passionate about maximising organisations’ relationships with their people, Andrea specialises in building ground-up strategies that deliver in the areas of diversity and inclusion, organisational culture and employee engagement. Andrea is currently working at Energy Queensland focusing on leveraging culture, diversity and inclusion to drive tangible business results.
In 2018, Andrea was awarded a Master of Strategic Organisational Development, her study focused heavily on d&i and including a research on leveraging inclusion to drive diversity. Andrea is driven to see the DPA connect and develop professionals to elevate the entire community to achieve the outcomes we collectively seek.
Carolina is an experienced human resources and organisational development professional with fine-tuned skills as a learning facilitator, designer, manager, coach, and consultant across a broad range of sectors. She has worked with governments, not-for-profit organisations, State and National sport organisations, health, aged care, transport, retail and educational organisations. She currently has one foot in academia whilst the other remains firmly planted in practice where she continues to drive and facilitate organisational processes that result in respectful, effective and inclusive organisations.
Teagan Dowler is the founder of The Blue Collared Woman, an organisation working to improve diversity and inclusion in the engineering, resource and construction industries. She also works as a strategy and leadership consultant in the same industries and currently sits as a Ministerial Committee Member on the board of the School for Student Leadership in Victoria.
Teagan is a leader in the area of diversity, inclusion and leadership and has been quoted in The Australian House of Representatives, featured in a range of magazines (including OK! Magazine, The Collective, CLEO) and interviewed on live breakfast radio for 4BC Brisbane.
In 2014, The BCW was awarded Top Instagram Accounts to Follow by Mining Global along with a finalist nomination in the Women in Industry Social Leader 2015 Awards.
Teagan is passionate about helping individuals to achieve their full potential and believes this can only be achieved through a truly inclusive society. She believes the DPA is important for achieving this goal by supporting diversity practitioners to deliver best practice initiatives to improve access and acceptance of everyone, irrespective of gender, race, sexual orientation, background, circumstances, perspectives or ways of thinking. Through respect and harnessing our differences we can work together to achieve a more prosperous and innovative future for Queensland.
Darren moved into diversity from employee relations because the opportunity to be part of something truly transformative in a male dominated industry. Darren is motivated toward improved diversity outcomes on the on the fundamental principle of equity. It is Darren's belief that the existence of a gender pay gap, indigenous exclusion from full economic participation and the insufficient employment opportunities for people of different physical and cognitive abilities demonstrate the existence on unconscious biases creating unfair outcomes.
During his time at Aurizon, Darren helped the organisation achieve international and national Awards for their diversity and inclusion initiatives and outcomes. Darren was also awared AHRI's 2016 Diversity Champion Award.
Darren has a particular interest in the development of data analysis tools that assist in the creation and measurement of diversity KPIs.
Matt is a qualified, social worker, trainer and facilitator. Passionate about supporting healthy and respectful relationships and creating positive change in workplaces. Matt currently works as the Programs and Partnership Manager for Australia’s CEO Challenge managing and implementing face to face and online training to workplaces nationally around domestic and family violence.
Qualified with a Bachelor of Social Work, Diploma of Community Services Co-ordination and Cert IV in Community Development. His interest is in primary prevention and early intervention. After practicing as a social worker and men and family relationships specialist counsellor in the communities sector I’m really enjoying working with workplaces to implement change.
Matt has delivered training to professionals, facilitated groups and supported individuals, families and schools around a range of different topics.
Alexandra Taylor has worked as a Human Resources professional for over ten years in the manufacturing, mining, oil and gas, and professional services industries. She is a passionate advocate for vibrant and challenging conversations and sees diversity as a fundamental acknowledgement of the different views, opinions and perspectives that people naturally bring to their home, work and life every day. At work, she is a trusted advisor, supporting the commercial goals of the business and the valuable people of the organisation.
Andrew’s motivation is helping organisations bridge 'The Knowing - Doing Gap', optimising real organisational growth through unlocking Inclusive Diversity policies and developing talent and leadership. A Masters in Organisational Development and Human Resources he has a long history as a leader of people in different industries, organisations and roles.
Passionate about creating greater employee engagement and devoted to inclusive diversity in business. Andrew is a HR professional, who is committed to successful organisational change and developing leader’s to recognise and embrace their important role in delivering a happier and safer workplace.