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Roads Australia Event Details

RA Women's Network Webinar with Libby Lyons

01/10/2020 15:00 to 01/10/2020 16:00

Venue: via Zoom


Amidst all the uncertainty surrounding COVID-19, Roads Australia remains firmly committed to progressing its D&I agenda. To this end, we want to use the current circumstances as an opportunity to build our online networks so we can continue to drive this important agenda.

Following on from our Women's Network group discussion in May, this webinar aims to engage both men and women from across the infrastructure sector to tap their latest experiences of working flexibly through the COVID-19 lock-down.

This is an interactive session - we want to know how working flexibly looks right now, but more importantly as we return to work. We'll be joined by Workplace Gender Equality Agency CEO Libby Lyons as our guest speaker, with RA D&I Committee Deputy Chair, Katriina Tahka and Committee Member, Kelly Maslin moderating the discussion.

As we want this event to be interactive and give every participant a voice, this is an invitation only event and numbers will be limited.



Date:     Thursday 1 October

Time:    3.00pm - 4.00pm AEST

ZOOM:  The Zoom link will be sent to you when you have registered your interest. 


RA Members & Non Members can participate FREE 

Any queries contact RA Director - Events, Rachael Rooney.



Katriina Tahka, Deputy Chair of the RA D&I Committee and CEO of A Human Agency (A-Ha!)

Katriina is Co-founder and Co-CEO of A Human Agency. In 2016 she founded and Chairs the Construction & Infrastructure Industry Roundtable on D&I. The Roundtable brings together over 20 organizations from Industry, education and research galvanised in its mission to build a pipeline of talent into Industry from primary school.

Prior to her leadership role with A-HA Katriina was a Director of the Diversity Council Australia (DCA) where she worked closely with Australia's leading organisations to cultivate inclusion at an organisational and national level focusing particularly on gender and cultural diversity. Katriina was the founder and Chair of DCA’s Mining & Resources Roundtable focusing on increasing the number of women in non-traditional industries.  She has a background in employment law and has lead national talent, diversity and HR teams in the corporate sector.

Katriina has been appointed by the United Nations Alliance of Civilisations (UNAOC) as a global  Intercultural Leader for the Intercultural Leaders project, a project of the UNAOC in partnership with the BMW Group; and she is the Chair of the Board of Joining The Dots, a not for profit organisation which enables new migrants, refugees, international students and established Australians to meet over a meal, creating a platform for meaningful connection, sparking friendships between people of diverse cultures.


 Kelly Maslin,  RA D&I Committee Member, and Vice President and Executive Director of Operations, Jacob Group

Kelly leads a team of 1100 multi-disciplinary engineers, scientists and architects across New Zealand and Australia’s Southern and Eastern regions in the delivery of projects like Westgate Tunnel, South East Program Alliance and Yarra Valley Water capital delivery program. 

Prior to her current role at Jacobs Kelly spent time as the Director of Operations for the water team and the Director of Operations for the transport team. Kelly currently sits on the ALT for SEPA, one of the LXRP alliances and the RPV TA Board.  She is also a Director of Jacobs Group Australia and the CH2M Beca Incorporated.

Kelly is a strong advocate for promoting positive mental health at Jacobs and believes that providing a flexible, safe and supportive working environment that accounts for the unique needs of its employees leads to the best client results and outcomes. She is the Flexibility Executive Sponsor on Jacobs Inclusion leadership led Council and is a strong ambassador for flexible working across the organization, locally and globally.


Libby Lyons, CEO, Workplace Gender Equality Agency

Libby Lyons was appointed Director of the Workplace Gender Equality Agency in October 2015. She oversees the statutory reporting process that gathers gender equality data from more than 10,000 employers, covering more than 4 million employees. Soon after taking up her appointment at the Agency, Libby initiated the development of a strategic plan focused on maximising the Agency’s world-leading dataset and expanding the reach and impact of gender reporting nationally and internationally.

As part of this strategic vision, Libby has travelled to Singapore, Chile, Argentina, Vietnam, South Korea and Japan to speak with government and private enterprise on the business case for gender equality and the Agency’s dataset. She also presented at the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women in New York in 2018 and 2019.

In leading the Agency, Libby is focused on working closely with employers to achieve gender equality and takes part in regular roundtable and speaking events with business leaders and their peers to share their experiences, challenges and successes in creating workplaces where the skills and ambitions of employees are equally recognised and rewarded regardless of gender.

Libby was listed in Apolitical’s 100 Most Influential People Working in Gender Policy for both 2018 and 2019 and was featured in 200 Women Who Will Change The Way You See The World. She is a member of Chief Executive Women and is a proud Ambassador for Honour a Woman, a volunteer organisation working to achieve gender balance in the Australian honours system.

Prior to joining the Agency, Libby had a distinguished career in corporate affairs and government relations, including heading up BHP’s Olympic Dam corporate affairs division, as well as senior roles at Atlas Iron, CITIC Pacific Mining, Alcoa of Australia, the Western Power Corporation and Telstra.

Libby has a strong personal commitment to public service, having started her career as a primary school teacher. She also sat on the boards of non-profit organisations SIDS and Kids WA, and was Executive Chairman for Kalparrin, a charity that supports the families of children with special needs and disabilities.



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