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Workshop: Women in Leadership

March 13 @ 9:00 am - 3:30 pm

In every professional field – from academia to industry, politics to research – leadership is a skill in high demand. We know that leadership skills are important, but what does good leadership look like? How do you best develop it?

To celebrate International Women’s Day, we’ve organised an all-day workshop featuring five exceptional leaders in government, academia and industry, who’ll share their professional experiences, give tips and advice on skill-building and career advancement, and answer any questions you may have.

The day will include a catered lunch, morning tea and afternoon tea, and all participants will receive a certificate of attendance.

This is a rare opportunity to learn from a group of highly talented and experienced leaders in diverse fields in an open, discussional format. This workshop will run in the Clubhouse (Bar on the Hill) and is limited to 30 people, so register immediately if you wish to secure your place.


  • 9am: Workshop with Sharon Claydon MP (Federal Member for Newcastle)
  • 10am: Workshop with Liz Burd (Pro Vice-Chancellor Learning & Teaching at UON)
  • 11am: Morning tea
  • 11.30am: Workshop with Nicole Redmond (Corporate Services Manager, North Building & Construction)
  • 12.30am: Lunch
  • 1pm: Workshop with Leah Armstrong (Director, Indigenous Engagement and Reconciliation, Office of PVC Indigenous Strategy and Leadership at UON)
  • 2pm: Workshop with Melissa Moore (Senior Manager, Employability and Enterprise Service at UON)
  • 3pm: Afternoon tea





Federal Member for Newcastle

Sharon Claydon is the Federal Member for Newcastle elected in September 2013, becoming just the sixth member for Newcastle since Federation in 1901.

Sharon is Deputy Chair of the House of Representatives Social Policy and Legal Affairs Standing Committee, a member of the House of Representatives Indigenous Affairs Standing Committee; and a member of the Joint Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade. She is also a  Member of the Speaker’s Panel, deputising for the Speaker in the House of Representatives.

As a member of the Federal Labor Caucus, Sharon is Chair of the Status of Women Committee and Labor’s Medicare Taskforce, while also serving on the International and Legal Affairs, Social Policy and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Caucus Committees.

Sharon is also the inaugural Co-Convener of Parliamentary Friends of Carers.

Sharon is a fifth generation Novocastrian with strong connections to her local community. She is an Honours graduate in Anthropology and, before entering Parliament, worked in remote Aboriginal communities and the community-based disability services sector. Sharon also served in local government as a Newcastle City Councillor.

Sharon lives in Newcastle, enjoys live music and follows the Newcastle Knights.


Pro Vice-Chancellor (Learning & Teaching) at UON

Liz Burd is Professor and Pro Vice-Chancellor at the University of Newcastle, Australia, and previously Professor of Computing and Dean at the University of Durham, UK. From 2005-2011 Liz was the Director UK’s Centre for Excellence in Computing. Liz is globally recognised having received 5 University awards for enhancing computing education. She has held research collaborations with IBM, Microsoft, BT, BAE and Logica and received $12m in funding. Liz has produced over 80 articles and 40 keynotes.

She has represented the Computer Society BoG for 6 years including taking roles of VP for EAB and MGA, and from 2014-2015 as the Society’s 1st VP. She has also been actively engaged with IEEE activities currently chairing the IEEE EAB Web Portals Committee and previously the Pre-University Coordinating Committees. She has been a member of the IEEE EAB for the last 6 years.

Liz has vast experience of the Board membership and the general business of the IEEE and the Computer Society as shown by the variety and breadth of the activities indicated above. She has worked directly, and by their invitation, with the leaders of TAB, and IEEE president and past and elect. Such good working relations with the senior leadership is essential to support the Computer Society achieve their goals. She has also experience of working with sections in two regions (8 and 10) as well as supporting the British and Australian Computer Socieities.

She is a senior executive in her institution. A large institution of over 40k students, she has sole responsible for managing a number of major strategies including approximately $5 million annually in IT projects, a campus relocation and redesign in Sydney and the creation of a new School teaching and research initiatives in the Creative Industries.


Corporate Services Manager, North Building & Construction

Nicole has over 25 years senior management experience specialising in operations, human resources, marketing, finance, property and development, logistics and safety. Not only does she have extensive experience in cost management, and systems and processes, but she also has a proven track record in leading successful teams in achieving corporate goals and objectives.

Nicole demonstrates strong people leadership skills combined with excellent communication and relationship building qualities. Her sound business acumen and pro-active approach to decision-making and problem solving enables her to deliver results with a focus on individual coaching and mentoring.

As a member of North’s senior management team, Nicole is able to convey strategic advice and profitable business outcomes relevant to people and their performance across the organisation. She is passionate about people, their growth both personally and professionally and has a willingness and desire to be a positive role model within the industry and the community.

Nicole was awarded The Women in Building Recognition Award in 2017 at the Newcastle MBA Excellence in Building awards.

In 2019, Nicole became part-owner of North.


Director, Indigenous Engagement and Reconciliation (Office of PVC Indigenous Strategy and Leadership) at UON

Leah Armstrong is the Director, Indigenous Engagement and Reconciliation at the University of Newcastle. Leah, a Torres Strait Islander, is a senior professional with over 20 years’ business and not-for-profit experience. As the CEO of Reconciliation Australia from 2010-2014, Leah led Reconciliation Australia into becoming a professional, trusted and innovative organisation. Leah was a co-founder of Yarnteen Ltd (1992-2009) — a successful Indigenous enterprise operating several commercial and social ventures.

Leah holds several Board positions including Chairperson of Supply Nation, Co-Chair First Australians Capital, Director Indigenous Business Australia Asset Management, member CSIRO Indigenous Advisory Group and Board Member of The Smith Family. She held previous positions as a member of the Prime Minister’s Indigenous Advisory Council, a Fellow of the University of Sydney Senate, IBA and Career Trackers.

In 2009, The Australian Financial Review Boss Magazine recognised Leah as a “True Leader” and in 2012 Leah was recognised in the inaugural 2012 Australian Financial Review/Westpac 100 Influential Women Awards.


Senior Manager, Employability and Enterprise (Careers and Student Development) at UON

Melissa Moore is the Senior Manager of the University’s Employability and Enterprise service. Her career includes ten years as a Careers Counsellor followed by nine years in various leadership roles with the University and a result of this, she has spent considerable time researching, sharing and practicing leadership skills.

Melissa’s workshop, ‘Developing and Demonstrating Leadership Skills’, will look at skills that will encourage an employer to think of you as a potential leader, and how to show your leadership ability when applying for work.



March 13
9:00 am - 3:30 pm
Event Category:


The Clubhouse
Underneath Bar on the Hill
Callaghan Campus, NSW 2308 Australia


(02) 4921 8894

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