Katryna Induni (BA LLB)
Chair of Engender Equality
Katryna is a legal practitioner who works in a private practice where she is dedicated to the areas of family law, family violence, child protection and criminal defence. She is passionate about using her expertise to represent people at sensitive times in their lives and assisting with their access to justice.
Katryna has volunteered for Engender Equality since 2014 and is now the Secretary of the Board. She is also Secretary for the Tenants Union of Tasmania Board, after volunteering as an advocate and advisor throughout her studies.
Orla Baker (BA BTeach)
Orla commenced her career in Business Development working for a leading Australian Managing Contractor where she was responsible for managing large complex aid programs in developing countries. On top of that, she has a broad depth of experience that crosses many sectors including education, not-for-profit and business.
Orla was privileged to provide strategic business development advice to a small not-for-profit in Melbourne whose core mission was to assist young people who are hard to reach. Most recently she has been appointed as the Business Development Manager - Education for CSIRO, whose mission is to solve Australia's greatest challenges through science and innovation.
Between her time in business development roles, Orla spent time teaching in the most remote Indigenous community in Australia and setting up education engagement programs to re-engage hard to reach young people in Melbourne and Launceston.
Orla is passionate about social justice and is excited about what the future holds for Engender Equality.
Karen Hind, (CA, BComm, FAICD )
Karen is a Chartered Accountant with extensive local and international executive finance experience. She has worked in both corporate and not-for-profit environments including Southern Cross Austereo (Aust), EMI Music Publishing (UK), Marie Stopes International (UK) and Scotch Oakburn College (Aus).
Karen was first introduced to Engender Equality as a counselling client during her own lived experiences of family and domestic violence. Karen knows firsthand how essential this exceptional organisation is for supporting survivors to manage complex, dangerous relationships and advocating the end of violence in Australian families.
Outside of Engender Equality, Karen is Founder of Evidently App. She is managing the development of Evidently App’s forefront technology that equips family violence survivors with evidence collection tools to assist in escaping dangerous and toxic relationships.
Driven by her desire to see entrenched toxic cultural attitudes about violence towards women wiped out, Karen aspires to see today’s young girls experience equal and safe relationships when they reach adulthood.
As both a survivor of family violence and a finance professional, Karen brings to the boardroom table a dynamic combination of executive expertise, empathy and a strong passion to realise Engender Equality’s mission.
- Awarded a Tasmanian Government Board Diversity Governance Scholarship in 2018 and is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors
- Featured by Smart Company as “a fearless female founder to watch in 2018"
- Awarded scholarships from Tech Ready Women in 2018 and ING Dreamstarters in 2019 to support the critical social initiative, Evidently App
Kathryn Thomas (DipTeach)
With a global career of more than 20 years as a Management Consultant and Global Learning Leader, Kathryn specialises in unlocking performance for people and their organisations.
She has previously worked as an HR Senior Consultant for Price Waterhouse Coopers and held global and Asia Pacific Leadership roles for IBM during her 14-year career with IBM Global Business Services. Worth noting, Kathryn also had responsibility for driving the transformational change program for the Asia Pacific IBM Executive Leadership team 2015-2016.
Throughout her career, Kathryn has worked locally, nationally and globally as an HR leader, specialising in organisation cultural transformation and strategic capability development.
On leaving IBM in 2017, Kathryn was appointed Culture and Capability Manager at Hydro Tasmania and in 2018, launched her own consultancy with a focus on supporting organisations and their people to thrive.
Kathryn brings 20+ years of experience, practical application and knowledge in the core and critical skills of communicating with influence, executive presence and being a trusted business advisor. She also brings deep expertise in adult learning, facilitation and executive coaching.
Tara Howell (BBus)
My passion for Tasmania and my desire to realise the simultaneous goals of positioning the state as the world leader of high-end tourism experiences, and creating a more sustainable world, has thus far helped me bring to fruition a number of acclaimed projects, including 'Blue Derby Pods Ride' and 'Change Overnight'.
Blue Derby Pods Ride is the first and only five-star mountain biking experience in Australia, and has proudly afforded me a 2018 and 2019 Tasmanian Tourism Silver Award for Adventure Tourism, the 2018 Tasmanian Young Achiever of the Year for Tourism, and the 2017 Trailblazing Innovator of the Year Award, all in the business's first two years of operation. Never far from innovation in the Tourism space, I was super excited to co-found Change Overnight in mid-2019 – a 31-bed hotel which gives back something tangible to the world with every night's stay.
With a strong background in the space of Brand and Marketing, I have continually looked to ask the tough questions which few seem to be asking, and to challenge the status quo for both myself and for clients, and together we have delivered some truly amazing results.
I wholly embrace my creative and challenging nature, and will continue to advocate and innovate for a more sustainable world. I strongly believe that equality in opportunity, especially gender equality globally, is a clear pathway forward to realising this goal.
Alina Thomas (BSSc Comm Serv, GDip WomenSt)
Chief Executive Officer
Alina Thomas has an established career in the Community Sector with over 20 years of experience across a range of health and community projects, with a focus on women and wellbeing.
Alina leads the team at Engender Equality with vision, passion and expertise that combines consultation with clear strategic management.
Alina’s skills include enabling marginalised communities, community development, project management, financial management, community education and evaluation, and has a reputation as a progressive change agent committed to developing community-driven solutions to inequality, marginalisation and dis-engagement.
As the CEO of Engender Equality, Alina has increased the capacity and standing of the organisation to become a known thought leader and advocacy body against domestic and family violence. Alina has a sound standing as a spokesperson on domestic violence and gender inequality in Tasmania. In her representation of victim-survivors, Alina considers the diversity of the community and strives for inclusion and equal access of all people regardless of their lived experience, identity or socio-economic background.