Northcott CEO Kerry Stubbs brings her leadership experience to Australia21 Board


Australia21: Northcott CEO Kerry StubbsAustralia21 is delighted to announce that Kerry Stubbs will be adding her extensive leadership experience to our highly skilled Board of Directors.

Kerry is currently the Chief Executive Officer of Northcott, one of the largest providers of support and services for people with disabilities and their families living in NSW and the ACT. Formerly, she was the Executive Director of St Vincent’s Hospital in Sydney and the first Corporate Human Resources Manager of Sydney Water.

Australia21 - Kerry Stubbs, Northcott CEO

Kerry celebrates the launch of Northcott’s SpineCare Foundation Medekidz comics to support children with spinal cord injury

Apart from Kerry’s experience in the human capital field, as a senior practitioner and consultant in a variety of roles, she has research and teaching expertise in the areas of anti-discrimination, equal employment opportunity and social justice.

In 2015 Pro Bono Australia’s Impact List named Kerry one of the most influential Australians in the social sector. She was chosen as the NSW Telstra Businesswoman of the year in the Community and Government sector in 2007.

Kerry has been appointed to a number of government and not for profit Boards, including Chair of the National Accreditation Authority for Translators and Interpreters Ltd, which she held for seven years until 2017, and Director of the CRC for Water Sensitive Cities Ltd.

Australia21 - Northcott CEO Kerry Stubbs

Kerry mingles with delegates at Northcott’s cultural competency and diversity conference in 2015

Kerry has worked as an academic at both Sydney University and the University of Technology. She has recently been appointed to the College of Adjuncts at Western Sydney University, and to the Board of Trustees of Western Sydney University. She has undergraduate and postgraduate honours degrees in Government and Public Administration, and has studied at both Harvard and Stanford Graduate Schools of Business.

Kerry is particularly interested in using Design Thinking to foster innovation and better co-design of services and systems for the people who use them, and in particular disadvantaged and minority communities.

“I am very pleased to work with Australia21 as it gives me the opportunity to do two things I like the most, and rarely find time to do in my day to day life – looking at how to deal with complex social issues based on deep research and creative thinking, and discussing ideas and issues with intelligent, committed and interesting people.”   

Australia21 - Community Engagement Manager Rebecca BunnYoung leadership

We are also excited to welcome Rebecca Bunn to our Board, after several years of outstanding service in other roles with Australia21.

Rebecca is currently our Community Engagement Manager, and previously she was one of our Honorary Youth Advisers and Chair of the YoungA21 Committee.

Australia21 - Making Our Future Work pilot in Canberra, 2017

Facilitating at the Making Our Future Work pilot in Canberra, 2017

Rebecca is the Managing Director of the Imprisonment Observatory, a virtual collaborative centre at Monash University, where she is completing a Master of Human Rights Law. Her Master’s research examines the question of whether drug addiction should be considered a disability for the purposes of discrimination law.

Rebecca also works as a research assistant on a study examining the experiences of people with Acquired Brain Injury in the Victorian criminal justice system. In 2018 Rebecca is due to begin a PhD (Criminology), using intersectionality theory to critique criminal justice policy in Australia.

Australia21: Filming for Smarter About Drugs: A conversation pack in Melbourne, 2017

Filming for Smarter About Drugs: A conversation pack in Melbourne, 2017

Rebecca has previously worked at the Victorian Department of Health and Human Services in the areas of alcohol and drug treatment policy and homelessness policy, as well as at the Drug Court of Victoria. She has volunteered as an Independent Person with the Youth Referral and Independent Person Program (YRIPP), supporting young people who are taken into police custody. Rebecca holds a Master of Public Policy and Management from Monash University, and a Bachelor of Arts majoring in criminology and political science from the University of Melbourne.

“I am involved with Australia21 because I am passionate about evidence-based policy, and enjoy being a part of an organisation that is not afraid to tackle the significant issues facing Australia in an informed, ethical and collaborative way.”

Australia21 now has 10 men and 7 women on our Board and our Executive Officer is a woman.


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