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Male Champions of Change

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Male Champions of Change

In April 2010, Commissioner Broderick was instrumental in bringing together some of Australia’s most influential and diverse male CEOs and Chairpersons to form the Male Champions of Change group. The group aims to use their individual and collective influence and commitment to ensure the issue of women’s representation in leadership is elevated on the national business agenda.

New Website 

In March 2015, the Male Champions of Change have a new website:


1 March 2016 - Progress Report

A milestone report detailing women’s representation in leadership of Australian employers that are members of the Male Champions of Change initiative has been released, revealing how they have progressed toward their aspiration of increasing the number of women in leadership positions in Australia. Download the Report from the Male Champions of Change website.

2 March 2015 - New Progress Report

The MCC Progress Report shows the extent to which these workplaces are achieving equality for women using performance benchmarks from the Workplace Gender Equality Agency and other leading indicators. It represents a new level of disclosure and accountability, which is essential for driving the internal commitment for change.

Download the Report at:

Media Release:




It starts with us - The Leadership Shadow (March 2014) Cover - It starts with us: The Leadership Shadow

The Male Champions of Change have partnered with Chief Executive Women to launch a free and simple management model, called ‘The Leadership Shadow’, which will help leaders everywhere to listen, learn and lead by understanding the impact of their personal actions.

The Leadership Shadow model will guide leaders who want their every action – their Leadership Shadow - to send the right signal around gender diversity.

Click here to view the report






2013 ReportCover of the 2013 Male Champions of Change report - 'Accelerating the advancement of women in leadership: Listening, Learning, Leading'

Tapping into the full talent pool will give us a diversity advantage, creating commercial, societal and economic value. If we want gender balance to be the norm in our organisations, we must create the conditions and cultures that enable both men and women to thrive.

As all the research says, there is no ‘silver bullet.’ With wide consultation, we have identified an interconnected set of high impact actions that leaders can take to ‘change the game.’ These actions fall into four key themes.

  1. Stepping up as leaders
  2. Creating accountability
  3. Disrupting the status quo
  4. Dismantling barriers for carers

Click here to view the report



2011 Report

The Male Champions of Change (MCC) is a collaborative initiative of corporate and institutional leaders convened by Elizabeth Broderick, Sex Discrimination Commissioner, Australian Human Rights Commission. Male champions of change - research paper publication

We are committed to discussing and promoting strategies and actions that elevate women’s representation in leadership.
Why men? To make a difference, men and women need to work together. As CEOs and board members we believe we have a responsibility to support and drive change.
organise examples from our collective experiences into three phases that bring that gender diversity journey to life: 

Phase 1: Getting in the game

Phase 2: Getting serious

Phase 3: Capturing diversity advantage

Click here to view the report


About the Group

The creation of Male Champions of Change shows an important recognition of the significant role that CEOs and Chairpersons have in achieving more gender balanced leadership in Australia.

For the charter on MCC please click here.

Male Champions of Change members include:

  1. Glen Boreham, Non-Executive Director
  2. Gordon Cairns, Non-Executive Director
  3. Stephen Fitzgerald, Non-Executive Director
  4. Alan Joyce, CEO and Managing Director, Qantas
  5. Elmer Funke Kupper, Managing Director and CEO, ASX Limited
  6. John Lydon, Managing Partner, McKinsey & Company
  7. Kevin McCann, Chair & Non-Executive Director
  8. Hamish McLennan, CEO, Ten Network Holdings
  9. Lieutenant General David Morrison, Chief of Army, Australian Defence Force
  10. Ian Narev, CEO, Commonwealth Bank
  11. Grant O'Brien, CEO and Managing Director, Woolworths Ltd
  12. Martin Parkinson, Secretary, The Treasury
  13. Stephen Roberts, Chief Country Officer, Citi, Australia
  14. Simon Rothery, CEO, Goldman Sachs
  15. Mike Smith, CEO, ANZ
  16. Andrew Stevens, Non-Executive Director
  17. David Thodey, CEO, Telstra
  18. Ian Watt, Secretary, Prime Minister and Cabinet
  19. Gary Wingrove, CEO, KPMG Australia/New Zealand
  20. Michael Spence, Vice-Chancellor and Principal, The University of Sydney
 International ambassadors:

1. Sir Ralph Norris, New Zealand
2. Michael Rennie, McKinsey Dubai
3. Geoff Wilson, KPMG Hong Kong

The Male Champions of Change and their Chair, Elizabeth Broderick are advised pro-bono by Angus Dawson and Natalie Davis, partners at McKinsey & Company.  We thank them for their support.

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