Our Team

We're a team of experienced professionals specialising in strategies that support diversity, inclusive leadership, unconscious bias awareness, psychological safety, employee belonging, and flexibility. 

Passion, integrity, collaboration and focus drives us to not only deliver, but to excel - with clients, for clients. Together, our team brings substantial expertise and experience in diversity and inclusion policy and practice, so our client organisations achieve the behavioural 'soft wiring' and policy 'hard wiring' required for success.


Dr Katie Spearritt

Katie is the CEO and Founder of Diversity Partners and is passionate about making workplaces more inclusive and productive for everyone - not only because it's the right thing to do, but also because it's good for business.

Katie has 20+ years of experience working within Australian and globally listed companies. She now oversees hundreds of client engagements and programs undertaken by the Diversity Partners team each year.

Before founding Diversity Partners, Katie was Head of Diversity for Hewlett Packard for Asia Pacific and Japan, and held senior Diversity & Culture positions with Coles Myer and NAB. She was also a member of BP's global diversity and inclusion academy.

Katie holds a PhD in Business & Economics (Equity & Diversity) from Monash University and a Bachelor of Arts (First-Class Honours) from the University of Queensland. She was a Board Member of the Mental Health Council of Australia from 2008 to 2011.

In 2018, Katie co-founded Future Women Academy, a new digital platform for organisations wanting learning resources, toolkits, and on-call consulting to accelerate diversity and inclusion progress.


Anna Carter

Anna has more than 20 years of experience working in HR, with most of her career focussed in diversity-related roles in large Australian companies such as Coles and National Australia Bank. Anna is passionate about helping organisations move towards inclusive cultures – where all individuals can reach their full potential.

Anna's expertise is in diversity and inclusion policy development, strategy development, governance, and metrics. She has managed large-scale diagnostics and strategic implementation for several leading organisations. Anna has worked across all areas of diversity, contributing to award-winning mature-aged programs, leading disability initiatives, and gender equity efforts.


Dr Sandy Caspi Sable

Sandy has more than 20 years of experience in leadership development, communication, mediation, negotiation and conflict management, as well as being an experienced coach, trainer and facilitator in unconscious bias and inclusive leadership practices.

Sandy has delivered flexible work and unconscious bias programs to industry leaders in many sectors, including mining and resources, professional services, and commercial property development.

Sandy was a member of the original working group for Melbourne Business School’s Gender Equity Project, and is a respected public speaker on the topics of gender equity and inclusive leadership.

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Grazia Pecoraro

Grazia has specialist skills in delivering diversity programs and communicating with impact. She spent more than five years embedding diversity strategy and initiatives in Westpac, with some of thes recognised as leading practice through the Australian Human Rights Awards, AHRI Awards and Government Disability Awards. 

Grazia's practical experience in delivering diversity programs and running outcomes-focused employee networks that create real business outcomes in large business, are combined with 15+ years in international public relations and communications consulting for some of the world’s most iconic technology brands. Grazia is based in Sydney.

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Kristy Macfarlane

Kristy is a highly-respected inclusion expert, organisational development leader, has Board director experience and a breadth of experience in both Australia and the UK across talent, leadership, culture and learning. Brisbane-based, Kristy helps our clients develop leading-edge inclusion and diversity strategies, and leads policy reviews to hardwire D&I in organisational processes. Kristy also facilitates flexibility workshops and inclusive leadership programs.

Kristy was most recently Head of Diversity and Inclusion at NAB, a role she held for more than five years. During that time, she led NAB’s Diversity agenda, making strong progress with the bank’s commitment for 40-60% female representation at each and every level and achieving the GOLD employer award for the Australian Workplace Equality Index, an LGBTI Inclusion benchmark. 

Kristy’s background in Chartered Accounting brings strong commercial acumen to any conversation.


Duncan Smith

Duncan has been advising and consulting to organisations on diversity and inclusion for more than 25 years in the United States, Western Europe, Australia, and the Asia-Pacific region. Duncan is known for his ability to link diversity and inclusion initiatives with core business and leadership issues and has worked with hundreds of firms in banking and finance, IT, legal, mining, oil and gas, and professional services industries.

A native of Boston (USA), Duncan is an expert panellist on the Global Diversity & Inclusion Benchmarks (latest edition 2016).


Helen Nelson 

Helen is an executive adviser and experienced senior leader in a range of areas including leadership and organisational communication, culture and change. She has particular interest and depth of knowledge in the area of Diversity and Inclusion, and facilitates learning workshops at all levels of an organisation. 

Throughout her 20+ year career, Helen has led and facilitated a number of significant cultural change and transformation programs in complex corporate environments. This experience includes major acquisitions and divestment, defining and discovering Organisational Purpose and Values, establishing an Employee Value Proposition, and redesigning major Performance Management and Leadership Frameworks.

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Dr Tom Verghese 

Tom facilitates cultural awareness programs and provides strategy guidance to improve cross-cultural relationships and business performance. He has delivered unconscious bias programs to some of Diversity Partners' largest clients. 

Tom has more than 20 years’ experience working with people from a range of cultures and has presented in many countries around the world. Tom is of Indian origin and was born and raised in multi-ethnic Malaysia.


Claire Stewart

A key passion of Claire Stewart’s is supporting business leaders to design and champion flexible work environments. Based in Sydney, Claire has more than 20 years of experience in leading cultural change that improves inclusion across large, complex national and international organisations. She’s led programs that support gender diversity, flexibility, cultural diversity, LGBTIQ employees, reconciliation, accessibility, and caring responsibilities.  

Most recently, Claire led diversity and inclusion at large international law firms, Allens and Norton Rose Fulbright and held senior diversity roles at Westpac Group.


Lisa Williams

Lisa has more than 20 years of experience in individual and group coaching, people management, and gender equity initiatives. She helps leaders to identify and strengthen behaviours that support inclusive decision-making and diversity progress in the workplace.

Lisa is a highly-regarded business leader and has worked across Operations and Human Resources roles for Australian and international firms. She has worked with a number of businesses to help achieve gender equity and inclusion, focusing on improving the representation of women in recruitment and talent pools.

Lisa is a Mentor in the Women in Banking and Finance Program, and a volunteer Mentor working with women experiencing disadvantage to find and sustain employment.