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Dr Gunilla Burrowes – Immediate Past Chair

Gunilla Burrowes has over 15 years experience in governance roles on company boards, at universities and not-for-profit organisations with strong skills in corporate governance, strategic management and leadership knowledge and practice.

An electrical engineer with a broad range of industry and academic experience, Dr Gunilla Burrowes is passionate about innovation and diversity and an advocate for increasing the profile of engineering and science in the community. Her engineering career has taken her on a parallel journey of supporting female engineers in their career and as a role model along side establishing an engineering technology company, the BlueZone Group that she founded with her husband in 2000. She completed a PhD in Underwater Communication Networks in collaboration with this business.

Gunilla Burrowes is a nationally recognised leader in gender diversity with a focus on bias training through her consultancy Gender Matters Pty Ltd.  She has managed Women in Engineering and Diversity in Engineering programs at University of Newcastle and Victoria University and was a major instigator of Engineers Australia’svery successful themed year 2007: The Year of Women in Engineering. Gunilla is an accredited Myers Briggs trainer and uses an understanding of personality types in both her gender work as well as in business.

Gunilla is also a founder and inaugural Chair of Rights House Incorporated, an Angel Investing organisation based in the Hunter Region of NSW, that invests private equity in start-up entrepreneurial companies and now runs a co-working space, Eighteen04 Inc. for start-ups. Gunilla is a past National Vice-President of Engineers Australia and sits on numerous company boards.