Diversity and Inclusion - Best Laid Plans

Join our intimate panel discussion and networking event with colleagues Justine Cooper and Stuart Affleck from Brook Graham and Katie Williams from Pinsent Masons. Special guest speaker Chris Lamb, UNSW at Australian Human Rights Institute, also joins the discussion.

With a particular focus on the growth mind-set, our expert panel will share their personal insights, success stories and their "fabulous struggles" when diversity and inclusion initiatives didn't quite go to plan.

To make the most of the networking opportunity and learning together, we invite you to bring along a colleague who is an advocate for diversity and inclusion whether they are an HR professional, an executive sponsor of an employee network group, or the champion of a diversity and inclusion project.

Brook Graham is a strategic diversity and inclusion consultancy that is part of Pinsent Masons. Together, we provide a unique integrated offering to develop commercially and legally sustainable solutions to create diverse and inclusive workplaces. 


Event date

Pinsent Masons, Melbourne - Free

Panel: Justine Cooper and Katie Williams
Speakers: Justine Cooper, Stuart Affleck and Chris Lamb

Pinsent Masons, Sydney - Free

Panel: Justine Cooper and Katie Williams
Speakers: Justine Cooper, Stuart Affleck and Chris Lamb


Registration and inclusive networking: 5:00 PM. Panel begins: 5:30 PM. Panel ends and networking continues: 6:30 PM.



Chris Lamb

UNSW at Australian Human Rights Institute

Justine Cooper

Head at Brook Graham APAC


Justine Cooper

Justine has been designing and delivering cultural change programs for Brook Graham's clients across Australia, Asia, UK, Europe and South Africa for a range of industries since 2012. Prior to Brook Graham Justine specialised in leading international HR strategies through transformation, and has led the implementation of D&I strategies across a number of businesses. A regular speaker in the area of diversity and inclusion, in 2012-2013 Justine sat on the Executive Board of Women in Banking & Finance UK & Ireland, and until her appointment to the AHRI NSW State Council in 2018 chaired the Australian HR Institute's Diversity Network NSW for three years.

Chris Lamb

Chris is an experienced Chief HR and Chief Diversity & Inclusion Executive. He spent 12 years at Lendlease and served at different times as the HR Director Australia, Global Head of HR Construction, Global Head of Organisational Development and Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer. Since 2010 Chris has served as a Non-Executive Director of Diversity Council Australia, Australia's independent not-for-profit peak body leading diversity and inclusion in the workplace. From 2010-2019 Chris was a member of the Pride in Diversity (PiD) Advisory Board. PiD is the national not-for-profit employer support program for LGBTIQ+ workplace inclusion. Earlier this year Chris was invited to be a foundation member of the University of New South Wales' Australian Human Rights Institute Advisory Committee. Chris is a member of the Australian Human Resources Institute (AHRI) National President's Forum, a member of AHRI's Inclusion & Diversity Reference Panel and a Certified Fellow of AHRI (FCPHR). In 2015 Chris received AHRI's Diversity Champion Award. Earlier in his career Chris spent seven years working for American Express in Executive HR roles in Sydney and London after starting his career at Westpac, initially in Retail Banking and then in senior Human Resources and Corporate roles. In 2018 Chris completed further postgraduate education in Aboriginal Studies and is currently undertaking a Master of Counselling Psychology.

Katie Williams

Katie has specialised in employment law for twenty years. A trusted adviser across the full range of people issues, Katie's expertise includes contract and policy formulation, resolution of workplace disputes, restructuring and business transformation. Formerly the Head of Pinsent Masons' Aberdeen office, Katie now leads the employment team in Australia. Her clients include companies in the energy and infrastructure sectors with multi-national workforces, for whom D&I is a business imperative. 

Stuart Affleck

Stuart Affleck has over 15 years' management and leadership experience and has held numerous senior HR roles in leading Software and Financial Services companies, including Global Talent Acquisition Director and Global HR Executive Team member for SAP. As a member of SAP's Global HR Executive Team, Stuart was an integral part of the Global transformation process which produced significant  operational and cultural change whilst ensuring the diversity of future talent pipelines within the global SAP eco-system. Stuart has also held numerous consultancy roles whilst living in both Australia and Malaysia. In his most recent role before joining Brook Graham as a Director in October 2017, Stuart has held many senior HR and leadership roles within LV= Insurance, where he initiated, developed and designed LV's Diversity and Inclusion strategy. This included the initiation of numerous Employee Networks covering Gender, LGBT, Disability and Multi-Cultural. Stuart's work has also included D&I communications and engagement design and working with senior leaders to develop awareness in skills in leading D&I, including areas such as unconscious bias, micro-inequities and LGBT+ cultures.


Event location

Pinsent Masons
Level 30
360 Collins Street
VIC 3000
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Pinsent Masons
Level 32, Tower Two
International Towers
200 Barangaroo Avenue
NSW 2000
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