The Workplace Gender Equality Agency is managed by a Director, supported by a small team of executive managers with diverse experience leading research, education, operations, advice and reporting, and public affairs.
Libby Lyons was appointed Director of the Workplace Gender Equality Agency in October 2015. She oversees a statutory reporting process which gathers gender equality data from over 12,000 employers and covers more than 4 million Australian employees. Libby, in leading the Agency, is focused on working closely with employers to create workplaces in which the skills, experience and ambitions of employees are equally recognised and rewarded, regardless of their gender.
Prior to joining the Agency Libby had a distinguished career in corporate affairs and government relations, most recently heading BHP Billiton’s Olympic Dam corporate affairs division. Before this Libby was General Manager of External Relations at Atlas Iron, and held senior roles at CITIC Pacific Mining, Alcoa Australia, the Western Power Corporation and Telstra.
Libby has always had a strong personal commitment to public service. She started her career as a primary school teacher in the outer-suburbs of Melbourne, has sat on the boards of the non-profit organisations SIDS and Kids WA, and was Executive Chairman for Kalparrin – a charity which supports the carers of children with disabilities. WGEA Executive Remuneration 2016-17
Operations Executive Manager
Anne is currently acting Operations Executive Manager and leads the team responsible for delivery of the cross-agency support functions of IT, human resource management, finance, procurement, property management, records management, governance and compliance. An integral part of this role is to provide leadership in the optimisation of resource and business planning including the Agency’s data management system.
Anne has worked in the Agency since 2006 as HR Manager and has more than 20 years experience working as a human resource professional for corporate and non-corporate commonwealth entities. Anne holds a Graduate Diploma in Management.
Research and Analytics Executive Manager
Janin leads the team that is responsible for the data management, analysis, benchmarking, research and education functions of the Agency. A key aspect of Janin’s role is unlocking the potential of the Agency’s world leading dataset through internal and external collaboration to enhance gender equality in workplaces.
Janin is also completing her PhD at the University of Sydney; analysing the developments of academic labour markets in Germany and Australia. Janin has worked in the Agency since 2015 in a range of roles focusing on research, data analysis and education.
Janin holds a Master of International Relations, a Master of European Studies and a Bachelor of Honours in Economics. She started her career as a nurse specialising in intensive care.
Advice and Reporting Executive Manager
Vanessa leads the team responsible for the advice, reporting, coverage and leading practice functions of the Agency, including the employer of choice citation. Vanessa has worked in key roles in the Agency since 2001 and more recently she has been integrally involved in the reforms of the Agency and its underlying Act. Her team continues to play an important role in implementing the new Workplace Gender Equality Act 2012. Prior to working at the Agency, Vanessa worked in a range of senior roles in the private sector.
Vanessa has a Bachelor of Science majoring in psychology, particularly focusing on organisational psychology and neuro-psychology, areas about which she remains passionate.
Engagement Executive Manager
Jackie leads the team responsible for the communications and partnerships functions of the Agency. The Engagement team boosts the reach and impact of the Agency’s work through media, social media, events, partnerships programs and our high-traffic website.
Prior to joining the Workplace Gender Equality Agency in 2015, Jackie worked with public affairs consultancy Essential Media Communications for a decade, advising a wide range of organisations including trade unions and not-for-profits on communications strategy, media relations and issues management.
Jackie began her career as a journalist for Australian and international print media. She covered the Australia-Pacific region for Japan’s Kyodo News and Singapore’s Straits Times; and reported on work and careers for the Sydney Morning Herald.
Jackie has served on the board of the National Children’s and Youth Law Centre, which supports young people with an innovative online legal advisory service. She has a strong interest in Australia’s role in Asia and the changing world of work; and she is passionate about the power of effective communication to drive positive social change. Jackie holds a BA (Comms), Journalism from the University of Technology, Sydney.