Compass Group Australia
National General Manager Diversity & Inclusion
Vanessa is currently employed as the National General Manager of Diversity & Inclusion for Compass Group. Vanessa is an Aboriginal woman who has traditional connections to both Wongi and Nyungar peoples in Western Australia. She has had comprehensive experience working at senior levels in private sector, government, justice, diversity and inclusion, employment, training and education, health, community and Indigenous relations. Her employment history has involved working with various companies, organisations, governments and community groups in WA and throughout Australia. This includes extensive experience managing multi-million-dollar budgets, state-wide and national operations, programs/services and numerous staff. She is focused on developing and implementing objectives and monitoring performance targets to achieve organisational objectives and strategies.
She began her career as a qualified Secondary Teacher, and in 2000 Vanessa completed a Masters Degree in Management and Leadership, Curtin University, Graduate School of Business. In 2018, Vanessa completed the Australian Institute of Company Directors Course. This GAICD professional qualification complements her Board and senior executive experience.