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Gunilla Burrowes :: Gender MattersGunilla Burrowes

Dr Gunilla Burrowes HonFIEAust has had a diverse career, working in a range of industry and academic positions. Her engineering career has taken her on a parallel journey of supporting female engineers in their careers and as a role model, both in Universities and in business, and developingengineering innovative companies. In 2000, she started her own engineering technology company, now the Blue Zone Group, with her husband and is passionate about supporting technology start-ups. She is committed to improving business practices through helping to achieve gender equity in organisations. She established and managed a Women in Engineering program at the University of Newcastle and instigated the very successful theme year of Engineers Australia (EA): 2007 The Year of Women in Engineering. She has been President of EA’s Newcastle Division and a member of EA’s Council and Congress and is a board member of a number of technical companies.  Her research and prominent role in diversity in engineering has given her an international reputation in this field.

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Mark Toner :: Gender MattersMark Toner

Dr Mark Toner AM is a former CEO of Kvaerner E&C Australia (now Worley), a successful but extremely male-run engineering and construction organisation. With a background in chemical engineering, science and IT, he is a company director and management consultant, and a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Technology and Engineering(ATSE), Engineers Australia (EA) and the Australian Institute of Company Directors. He was the first Chair of the Gender Equity Working Group of ATSE, which has partnered with the Australian Academy of Science to run the national SAGE Pilot. He was a member of the Expert Working Group for the Women in STEM Decadal Plan project of the Australian Government.  In recent years he was a member of EA Congress and a national board member of its Centre for Engineering Leadership & Management. For ten years he was an Adjunct Professor in the Engineering Faculty of Monash University. One of his areas of interest is unconscious bias and its mitigation.

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In 2011, Gunilla and Mark formed the management consultancy Gender Matters to specialise in providing consulting advice on gender issues to boards and management in academia, business and government organisations. As consultants, they follow research on all gender topics and on cognitive bias and for the last eight years have been making presentations, running workshops and providing consulting advice to organisations across Australia. They are both passionate advocates of gender equity (equal rights and opportunities for all, regardless of gender) in the workplace.Gunilla and Mark are both accredited Myers Briggs trainers.