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SEX DISCRIMINATION COMMISSIONER
Australian Human Rights Commission
Kate Jenkins became Australia’s Sex Discrimination Commissioner in 2016. Kate is leading a number of projects at the Australian Human Rights Commission, including the recently released report on the results of the national survey on sexual harassment and sexual assault at university, the Commission’s fourth sexual harassment prevalence survey and continuing the Commission’s collaborative project on cultural reform with the Australian Defence Force.
Kate is the convener of the National Male Champions of Change group (established 2015), and the Co-Chair of Play by the Rules, a joint project between human rights agencies and sports commissions to make grass roots sports safe, fair and inclusive.
Prior to joining the Commission, Kate spent three years as the Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commissioner. In that role she held an Independent Review into Sex Discrimination and Sexual Harassment, including Predatory Behaviour, in Victoria Police. She was also the Co-Chair of the Victorian Commission’s Disability Reference Group and a member of the Aboriginal Justice Forum.
Kate spent 20 years as lead partner with Herbert Smith Freehills’ and 15 years on the board of Berry Street Victoria.
An Arts/Law honours graduate, Kate is on the boards of the Heide Museum of Modern Art and the Carlton Football Club.
Kate was recognised in the 2015 AFR/Westpac 100 Women of Influence Awards for her work in public policy.
Menaka Iyengar Cooke is a Coach/Counsellor in private practice. She has a Masters in Commerce (Employment Relations) and a Masters in Applied Psychotherapy and Counselling. She is an Educator at tertiary level (Australian College of Applied Psychology) as well as working in HR consulting, Change management and Group facilitation..
Before moving into Coaching and Education, Menaka had a successful corporate career. She worked as an H.R. Director for well-known publicly listed Australian companies (RTZ, Wattyl Paints, APS) and multi-national corporations (Hoechst, Zumtobel & Thorn Lighting). During her HR career, she won awards for ‘Best SME for involving staff in strategy’ and for Australia’s first Family friendly policy. Her work in Change Management & HR Transformation in Education (UWS) as well as Diversity (Indigenous Employment Unit at UWS) has also won awards.
In between, HR Management and her current Coaching-Counselling practice, she has owned two jewellery-related businesses – one in Jewellery retail and the other in training people to make a variety of bespoke jewellery. She is currently starting another jewellery-making business making unique sculptures and resin jewellery.
She is the current President of WCEI, NSW (Women Chiefs of Enterprises International) and has served in various roles with Zonta International (NSW ACT). She has also served on various NGO boards including eS4W (Economic Security for Women), WAVE (Women in Adult and Vocational Education) and The Junction Works (a disability services organisation).
Her other interests are: Radio News Reader with 2RPH, working with the Women’s Electoral Lobby and the Indian Crisis Support Agency. She thinks of herself as a social activist, psychology-related writer and commentator.
Graeme commenced as CEO on 11 November 2013. Graeme has previously worked in both factual and entertainment TV programming in his native Australia before moving to the UK. In Britain he worked across all aspects of film production, sales and acquisitions, and distribution for companies such as Manifesto and Polygram Filmed Entertainment. From 1998 to 2002 he was president of worldwide acquisitions for Universal Studios. He then joined Channel 4 Television as head of media projects and later as managing director of rights before moving to New Zealand to lead the New Zealand Film Commission from 2009 to 2013. With over 20 years of international experience in film, television and multimedia businesses, Mr Mason has an intimate knowledge of the full spectrum of the screen sector, having worked with large US studios, a UK television network, independent producers and government agencies.
Benjamin is a partner in our Workplace Relations & Safety group. He provides straightforward and practical guidance and direction to businesses in relation to all aspects of labour and employment law. He helps them to understand the issues they face and deliver their desired commercial outcomes. Benjamin works collaboratively with his clients, building a strong rapport and becoming their trusted adviser and an integral part of their team. Benjamin’s clients range from private business owners to multi-national and listed companies and government bodies. He has significant experience in managing highly unionised industries, such as construction, resources, manufacturing, transport, health and education. He also has a range of clients across the professional services, hospitality, retail and other industries.