Former HR Director and current speaker in areas of diversity and inclusion
Rita is an experienced Human Resources practitioner. Over a 20-year career, Rita has led HR teams and held c-suite equivalent roles in Human Resources. Industry experience includes technology, health, financial services, aged care and higher education. Rita has proven experience in developing positive cultures that deliver a commercial benefit.
Rita is a highly engaging and thought provoking key note speaker and has delivered presentations and facilitated workshops nationally and internationally on topics associated with cultural transformation, gender diversity, and new ways of working.
Rita is also an experienced Executive Coach and has coached leaders across a range of industries, including, Higher Education, Financial Services, FMCG, Sports, Marketing and the Legal profession.
Prior to embarking on a portfolio career, combining Boards, Coaching and Consulting, Rita was the Vice President, People and Culture at Swinburne University in Melbourne, Australia. In this role she led the HR function and was a member of the Executive Group. Rita was also the Chair of the Science and Gender Equality (SAGE) Committee and with academic colleagues, led Swinburne in achieving bronze status in this prestigious global recognition for contribution in advancing women in STEM areas. Rita was also Chair of the Financial Inclusion Action Plan (FIAP). Swinburne was the first university in Australia to be a founding member of the FIAP group.
Rita holds bachelor’s degrees in Business and Arts, a master’s degree in Industrial and Employee Relations and is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. In 2014, Rita commenced her Phd on Gender Equity targets (currently on hold). Rita is an accredited facilitator of the Hermann Brain Dominance Instrument and Clarity 4D.
Rita is a non-executive Director and Chair of the People and Culture Committee at Peninsula Health. She is also a Director and Principal Consultant at Human Dimensions. Human Dimensions specialises in employee experience, diversity, organisational culture and enhancing team performance.