Joan Ciastkowski

President, Fitted for Work – Mornington Peninsula

Joan currently runs her own Management Consulting Firm focused on organisational performance.  She is also the initiator and President of Dress for Success Mornington Peninsula, a not for profit organisation assisting unemployed disadvantaged women gain financial independence. Prior to her current endeavours, Joan was a managing partner of the Empower Group, a global HR Consulting Firm which merged with Right Management in 2004. Joan is highly regarded for her strategic insight and has worked extensively with CEO’s and executive committees of corporate, government and not for profit organisations. She has always, and continues to be an active advocate for women’s rights.

Joan has clear reasons for becoming involved with The 100% Project: “This is an organisation that is trying to tackle the inequities for women in the workplace in innovative ways – and that is what is needed as the old ways have just not worked!”


Chris Blake

Executive General Manager Corporate Affairs, Australia Post

Chris Blake is the Executive General Manager, Corporate Affairs at Australia Post. He is responsible for leading strategy, cultural change, internal and external communications, Government relations, International and Regulatory Affairs and stakeholder management. Chris also oversees the Australia Post’s Corporate Responsibility and community engagement programs.

Prior to joining Australia Post, Chris was the Executive General Manager, Business Strategy & People, Wholesale Banking at NAB.  This role played a key part in developing a clear strategy and distinct identity for the Wholesale Banking business aligning its strategic objectives with its organisational performance and its people. Chris Blake joined National Australia Bank in September 2006 as the Executive General Manager, People & Community, Australia. In that role, Chris was responsible for leading and implementing people initiatives across the business, and developing both individual and organisational capability to help transform workplace culture and bring the NAB brand to life through its people.

Prior to joining NAB, Chris spent 20 years with PricewaterhouseCoopers, the last ten of these as a Partner. His most recent role at PwC was the National Leader of its People, Culture and Performance practice, where he worked with boards, CEOs and executive teams to help develop organisational capability and align ‘people’ strategies with broader business strategy.


Helen de Cieri

Professor Helen De Cieri (PhD) is Director of the Australian Centre for Research in Employment and Work (ACREW) and a Professor in the Department of Management at Monash University. Prior to joining Monash, Helen has worked at other universities in Australia, China, Hong Kong, Malaysia and the USA. Helen has published widely on topics related to human resource management (HRM), including a co-authored textbook published by McGraw-Hill (now in its fourth edition).

Her current research interests are in the areas of HRM, diversity, employee wellbeing, organizational health and performance. At Monash, Helen is engaged in activities to promote social inclusion, particularly gender equality in higher education.


Catherine Fox


Catherine is deputy editor of AFR Boss magazine and writes a weekly column, ‘Corporate Woman’ for the Australian Financial Review. She joined the AFR in 1989 and has held a variety of positions, including marketing and Smart Money editor, and court reporter.

Before joining the AFR she worked in financial services marketing and consulting in Sydney and London. She has worked for a range of large and small organizations, including two of Australia’s largest banks, a university and an advertising agency.

Her second book, “The F Word – How we learnt to swear by feminism” (New South) with Jane Caro, was published in 2008. The book she co-authored with Helen Trinca, “Better than Sex: How a Whole Generation Got Hooked on Work” (Random House) was shortlisted for the 2005 Blake Dawson Waldron Business Book of the Year award.

Her latest book, “The Seven Myths about Women and Work”, was published in August 2012. Her journalism has won several awards, and she is a regular speaker at seminars and conferences around the country. Catherine has a BA Communications (UTS) and MA Hons (UNSW) and lives in Sydney with her husband and three daughters.


Margaret Douglas

Margaret Douglas is currently a consultant with Executive Accelerators and has had extensive executive management experience, at CEO level since 1996, in State and Local government, service industries and a range of private enterprises, including law, travel and mining. She has also had over 10 years’ experience on Boards.

Margaret’s key strengths are strategic business planning, commercialisation, with the particular ability to clarify objectives and work with others to achieve them.

Having worked in commercial organisations, government authorities and the Not-For-Profit environment, she has the ability to relate across the divides of these types of organisations, introducing new approaches to problem solving, issue management and resolution.

It was in part due to this ability that while CEO of Save the Children Australia, Margaret was awarded the NFP CEO of the year and the organisation was awarded Best Practice NFP organisation in Australia.


Michelle Somerville

Michelle has recently retired from KPMG where she worked as a professional in the audit practice for 26 years, the last 14 as a partner.

She has worked in Australia, New York and throughout Asia and with a wide ranging number of clients across the financial services, not for profit, energy and manufacturing industries. She has decided to pursue a non executive director career and recently joined the boards of Down Syndrome Australia and Save the Children Australia.

Michelle is passionate about supporting the the diversity agenda, and was an active member of KPMG’s Diversity Advisory Board for over ten years. She also has a young family and has put into practice many diversity initiatives, particularly those that relate to “working flexibly”.Margaret Douglas is currently a consultant with Executive Accelerators and has had extensive executive management experience, at CEO level since 1996, in State and Local government, service industries and a range of private enterprises, including law, travel and mining. She has also had over 10 years’ experience on Boards.