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 a passionate D&I practitioner with a career devoted to delivering people solutions in the resources and utilities sectors. Committed to 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 leading Energy Queensland’s diversity and inclusion focus, focusing on sustained cultural change to drive tangible business results.
In 2018, Andrea was awarded a Master of Strategic Organisational Development, her study focused heavily on D&I and included research on leveraging inclusion to drive diversity. Andrea was recognized as a finalist for the AHRI HR Diversity Champion award in 2018. Andrea’s driven to see the DPA connect and develop professionals to equip our community to achieve the outcomes we collectively seek.
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.
Bilge is a passionate and resilient professional with 15 years’ experience delivering collaborative community programs for diverse multicultural groups. Bilge is currently working at Wesley Mission Queensland as diversity lead. Bilge is the Chair of WMQ Diversity Advisory Committee. She has taken a lead role in advocating for diversity while enabling organisations to recognise the value in developing a progressive and inclusive workplace. She is primarily responsible for creating and managing educational and linguistic programs that reduce diversity and cultural barriers within the local community and organisation. She secured funding and set up Workplace English classes for migrants and refugees. After a successful pilot, Bilge opened five classes that created employment pathways, reduced isolation and increased cultural inclusion.
Tertiary qualified, Blge has obtained a comprehensive knowledge of language education, public relations and community development. With a background in events and project management, her expertise also encompasses social change and formulating diversity and inclusion initiatives and strategies. Bilge has a Graduate Certificate of Education (TESOL), University of Southern Queensland 2018 and Master of Communication for Social Change, University of Queensland (Thesis attained Distinction) 2015.
Sally was a founding committee member of the DPA in 2016. She is a project and program specialist with a passion for delivering innovative and cutting edge workforce projects to improve performance. Sally is currently working with Queensland Health as their Senior Advisor Diversity and Inclusion, and has previously worked as a diversity consultant with management firm Johnston & Goldsmith, and with the Local Government Association of Queensland to support the sector implement innovative diversity and inclusion agendas.
Sally's background is as a social policy analyst and operations manager delivering statewide public and private funded projects that encourage women and girls into non-traditional streams of work and study. Sally served as a senior assistant to the Ministerial Advisory Board on Women and Girls into Sport and Recreation in 2014, as well as the high profile Smart Women-Smart State (STEM) Taskforce 2005-2009. Sally has qualifications in communications, project management and psychology.
Malcolm Barter emigrated to Australia from England with his wife and son in 2002 and brings back some welcome gender diversity to this year's DPA Management committee. With some 18 years experience in a variety of communications roles Malcolm made the move into inclusion & diversity at Aurizon in 2015.
During Malcolm's time at Aurizon, he oversaw the introduction of a number of innovative approaches which were recognised in a number of national and international Inclusion and Diversity awards (United Nations, AHRI, WiMARQ, WGEA Employer of Choice and Queensland Reconciliation Awards). In 2017 Malcolm took a 12 month career break to live in Spain with his family and experience first hand the challenges of an extended period away from the work place - he has used this experience to develop a deeper understanding of the benefits, challenges and support mechanisms necessary regarding workplace approaches to flexibility.
Over the past 15 years Malcolm has worked for three of Queensland's largest listed companies across finance (Suncorp), mining (Lihir Gold Ltd) and transport and logistics (Aurizon) and has recently set up his own independent consultancy specialising in inclusion and diversity based in Brisbane.
Emma’s HR career has spanned a broad range of industries over 10 years, including retail, recruitment, finance and insurance, and is currently the Employee Engagement Manager at CPL in the disability sector. Prior to this she has gained a wealth of knowledge and experience from frontline and leadership roles in sport, fitness and hospitality. This experience fuels Emma’s passion for excellent customer service, and acknowledges that the key to this from an organisation’s perspective is employee engagement. She is passionate about helping achieve an inclusive culture and diverse workforce to drive organisational success, and more broadly a more inclusive society.