Founding Male Champions of Change

For too long, women alone have led the way advocating for and achieving hard-won improvements when so many men hold the power and influence to help advance this work.

Our focus is on working together to achieve a significant and sustainable improvement in the unacceptably low levels of women in leadership.  Advancement rates are low, and the pace of change has been too slow.

After a number of years together, and with strong guidance from many, we have learned a great deal. We are also starting to see real progress from the individual and collective actions we have taken.

We want to be up front and say that being a Male Champion of Change on gender equality requires genuine commitment – time, investment and innovation. There is much we have learned from our experience.  We share with you our approach and resources to help you get started, get momentum and accelerate your impact.

None of us can claim to have everything right. Yet we are resolute that championing change on gender equality cannot wait until we can all claim to be perfect role models.

It starts with leaders who are willing to step up, work together, listen, learn and lead with action.

Who are the Male Champions of Change in the Founding Group?

  • Alan Joyce (Qantas)
  • Andrew Penn (Telstra)
  • Angus Campbell (Defence)
  • Andrew Stevens (NED)
  • Chris Moraitis (Attorney General’s Dept)
  • David Morrison (NED)
  • David Thodey (NED)
  • Dominic Stevens (ASX)
  • Glen Boreham (NED)
  • Gordon Cairns (NED)
  • Gary Wingrove (KPMG)
  • Geoff Wilson (NED)
  • Ian Watt (NED)


  • John Lydon (McKinsey)
  • Kevin McCann (NED)
  • Martin Parkinson (Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet)
  • Matt Comyn (Commonwealth Bank of Australia)
  • Michael Spence (University of Sydney)
  • Peter Varghese (University of Queensland)
  • Paul Anderson (Network Ten)
  • Richard Deutsch (Deloitte Australia)
  • Simon Rothery (Goldman Sachs)
  • Convenor: Elizabeth Broderick
  • Special Advisor: Frances Adamson (DFAT)
  • Special Advisor: Joanne Farrell (Rio Tinto)
  • International Ambassadors: Michael Rennie (Middle East), Stephen Fitzgerald (London) Cindy Hook (Singapore)

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