Meet our Steering Committee

Co-founder and Co-chair Dr Hermione Parsons, CEO Australian Logistics Council and internationally recognised supply chain and logistics expert.

Hermione and has extensive executive management experience in port landside logistics, multimodal infrastructure, competition, regulation and food supply chain.

Areas of research expertise include supply workforce capability, end-to-end supply chain strategy and management in metropolitan, regional and international markets.

Hermione was recognised as one of the 100 Most Influential Women in Supply Chain-Global Women Supply Chain Leaders Awards 2020

Co-founder and Co-chair Belinda Flynn, General Manager Safety, Health and Sustainability at Qube Holdings

Belinda joined Qube in 2007, and previously held divisional safety, health and sustainability roles, including in Qube’s Ports and Bulk division. She was appointed Group General Manager Health, Safety and Sustainability in 2014. Belinda holds a Degree in Applied Science and Graduate Diploma in Safety Science. She has 20 years of experience in safety, health and environment in the rail, construction and logistics sector. She also has experience with working with senior executives to drive safety by supporting our leaders to build resilience, capability and efficiency.

Michelle Whyte, Head of Safety, Wellbeing and Environment Woolworths

Michelle has been with Logistics and Supply chain for most of her career. She has had to balance career and family and knows that it’s not an easy road sometimes.

She has worked in IT  service management and for the last 17 years has worked in a role of Culture and People, Michelle is passionate about all women in this amazing industry reaching their full potential .  Michelle is  an advocate for the high performing women in the supply chain to be given a playing  field that allows them to be the best version of themselves. 

Emma Horvat, Diversity, Inclusion and Talent Manager Nestlé

Over 20 years of experience in shopper, consumer, employee and candidate activations, project execution, strategic planning and campaign management.

During her time in HR Emma has been involved in managing strategic business programs, leading the talent acquisition team and managing diversity and inclusion programs across Oceania.

Expertise in project planning, development, implementation and management, account service, team leadership and coaching, risk management, budget forecasting and management, procurement, supplier sourcing and evaluation.

Jane Lavender-Baker, Group Executive Strategy, Culture & Reputation ARTC

Jane is responsible for strategic projects, policy and advocacy, as well as enterprise, network and supply chain strategy.

Adept in building high-performing teams and driving positive cultural change, Jane is also responsible for people, culture, reputation, communications, marketing and corporate affairs. A Director on the TrackSAFE Foundation Board, Jane has an outstanding business acumen and since joining ARTC in 2012 has played a key role in transforming the company from a passive infrastructure owner to a champion for freight on rail.

Tory Kakoschke, Head of People and Communications DP World Australia

Tory is an experienced human resources leader focused on delivering commercial strategies and programs across the DP World Australia People function.

Tory has worked in a range of roles in both blue and white collar industries, including large ASX listed and private companies to deliver increased business performance. She is passionate about leveraging innovation in human resource practice to improve service delivery. Her background with regulators including the FWO and the Australian Human Rights Commission along with legal qualifications, enables a deep understanding of current industrial relations and dispute expertise to our business.

Kerry McAleer, Head of Supply Chain, Bakery, Deli and Seafood Coles.

Experienced Supply Chain professional with demonstrated history of working in the Supply Chain industry.

Skilled in replenishment, Supply and Demand planning along with Crisis Management, Event planning, Project and Operations Management, Coaching and Mentoring.

Along with her day to day role she plays an active part as the Vice Chair and Event planner for Women in Supply Chain group (WISC) I am the ambassador for NAWO and Wayfinder/Deakin for Coles, these roles allow her to support a strong network of Women in the industry.

Veronique Spears, National Manager Logistics Program Implementation Coca Cola Europacific Partners Australia

Veronique has had a long career in the Coca-Cola bottling world, having held a number of roles across France and Australia in Finance and Supply Chain. She oversees a large portfolio of initiatives, manages large-scale projects and lead change in supply chain with an objective to deliver optimised & future-ready networks.

Veronique joins the Wayfinder team to assist the great work completed to attract talented women to the exciting world of supply chain. All workplaces have a critical role to play in ensuring we provide an inclusive & balanced workforce promoting diversity of thoughts.

Lilian Lim, Planning and Commercial Manager Viva Energy 

Lilian is a supply chain and commercial leader with over 15 years of experience in upstream and downstream oil & gas and energy organizations.

Having worked across 12 different countries before settling down in Australia, Lilian brings both local and global experience to her role.

An engineer by background, Lilian is committed to increasing female participation in the sector.

Connie Zhu, Regional CFO Stanley Black Decker ANZ 

An Australian CPA with double master’s degrees in management accounting and Executive MBA. Connie is an exceptional finance leader. Her knowledge of the business coupled with significant commercial and operational acumen is key to the on-going success of SBD in ANZ. Her ability to provide insights into complex supply chain matters enables the close relationship with cross functional teams.
Connie is a certified trainer and assessor in the financial service industry. Her passion for driving diversity and developing young female leaders in business, results in a high-performance finance team and a strongly engaged organization.

Dr Miryana Prica, Managing Director Food Innovation Australia Limited

Mirjana is an enthusiastic visionary who focuses on entrepreneurship and innovation to deliver commercial value.

Mirjana sits on boards and advisory groups for cooperative research centres, universities, research and industry organisations and businesses, where she leverages her 30 years of research and commercial experience in food, agribusiness, advanced materials and minerals. Mirjana is a member of the Australian Research Council Advisory Committee and  is leading FIAL, a national and industry-led organisation, established by the Commonwealth to drive innovation and business growth for the ~180,000 firms in the food and agribusiness sector.

Katie Fisher, Chief Commercial Officer Foodbank Victoria

Katie is a highly experienced Food Industry professional, with extensive experience across the end-to-end ANZ agribusiness value chain.  Katie has completed a Bachelor in Food Science and Technology and a Master of Agribusiness. Throughout her career,  Katie has had a strong focus on supporting food producers in developing strategies and sourcing products that are aligned with local and global market trends.

Passionate about Foodbank’s commitment to all Victorians having access to nutritious food, Kate plays a vital role in ensuring a continuous supply of high quality, healthy food is sourced and distributed to the community.

 

Michelle Redfern, Founder and Managing Director Advancing Women in Business and Sport

Michelle is the founder of Advancing Women, an enterprise providing research and advisory services on workplace gender quality, diversity and inclusion.
Along with her experience as a Non-Executive Director with Board and advisory roles in the finance,
sport, for purpose and supply chain sectors, Michelle has been a proud Ambassador for Honour a Woman, Flexible Working Day and Girls Uniform Agenda. Michelle has held executive leadership
roles at ASX & FTSE listed companies NAB, Telstra and Serco during her 40-year corporate career.

Michelle is a strong supporter of the Wayfinder initiative and a proud supporter of the Ambassador Program.