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Catharine Lumby Associates (CLA) specialises in some of the most challenging issues for Boards and Senior Management: Gender Diversity and Ethics.

The firm’s Principal, Professor Catharine Lumby, has worked with organisations as diverse as Google Australia, the National Rugby League, Channel 10, the Australian Communication and Media Authority and the Australian Sports Commission.

“In the post ‘Me Too’ era, most problems arise in what I would call the grey zone where often, with the best of intentions, people in organisations respond in the worst possible way,” Professor Lumby said.

“Our workshops are scenario-based and highlight the many ethical dilemmas that so often arise around gender relations … and work through ways to deal with them.”

Catharine Lumby Associates would like to acknowledge and pay our respects to the Gadigal people of the Eora nation, the Traditional Custodians of the land on which our business presides and the lands on which we conduct our consultancy. I would like to pay my respects to their Elders, past, present and emerging, and acknowledge all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders here today, also paying my respects to your Elders, past, present and emerging.

The Team

Sarah Maddison
Sarah Maddison, Consultant
Sarah Maddison is Professor of Politics in the School of Social and Political Sciences at the University of Melbourne, and co-Director of the Indigenous Settler Relations Collaboration.
Kate Gleeson
Kate Gleeson, Consultant
Dr Kate Gleeson is Associate Professor in Law at Macquarie University with specialist expertise in civil and criminal justice for sexual violence, including child sexual abuse. Kate has a PhD in Politics and International Relations from UNSW and is an Executive Board Member of Rape and Domestic Violence Services Australia.
Catharine Lumby
Catharine Lumby, Principal and Director
Catharine Lumby is a Professor of Media at Sydney University who is widely known for her evidence-based approach to creating customised education programs which promote diverse, ethical and accountable cultures.
Alan Mckee
Alan Mckee, Consultant
Professor Alan McKee, Associate Dean (Research and Development) in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences at the University of Technology, Sydney, is an expert on entertainment and healthy sexual development.
Laura Robins
Laura Robins, Project Manager
Laura has worked as a project manager on multiple research projects in both the tertiary and corporate sectors. She has a Masters Degree in Media Practice from Sydney University.
Leslie Cannold
Leslie Cannold, Consultant
Dr Leslie Cannold uses cutting edge presentation and engagement techniques to empower young and older adults to clarify their values, express them to others and live according to them.
Nina Funnell
Nina Funnell, Consultant
Nina Funnell is an author and journalist who has jointly worked with a range of organisations promoting sexual ethics and consent – from NRL players through to university colleges and high schools.
Victor Gugger
Victor Gugger, Business Partner
Victor is company director who has more than 25 years experience in the financial markets of Sydney, Hong Kong ,Tokyo and London. He is passionate about team building and leadershipand holds a Bachelor of Economics from Monash University.