Alexandra (Alex) Shehadie is the Director of Projects at Elizabeth Broderick & Co (EB & Co) - a high level strategic consultancy company that undertakes large scale projects for organisations, focussing on gender equality, diversity and cultural reform. Among the projects that Alex has led in that role are:
• a review for the Australian Federal Police designed to increase the number of women in the force, including into leadership roles;
• a review of culture at six of the residential colleges at the University of Sydney
• cultural reviews of James Cook University and the University of Canberra; and
• a review of the NSW Police Force’s promotions system and its impact on female police officers.
Alex is also an expert adviser to the Male Champions of Change on sexual harassment and sexual misconduct.
Prior to joining EB & Co, Alex held a senior role at the Australian Human Rights Commission where, along Elizabeth Broderick (as former Sex Discrimination Commissioner) she conducted the Review into the Treatment of Women in the Australian Defence Force. As a result of this work Alex was invited to be an expert adviser to NATO on the implementation of the United Nations’ Security Council Resolution 1325: Women, Peace and Security.
Alex has held senior roles with the NSW Government, including as the Executive Director of the Office for Women’s Policy and as a Senior Officer with the Department of Premier and Cabinet and the Department of Aboriginal Affairs. She has worked as the Director of a range of NSW Parliamentary Committees examining such issues as Suicide in Rural Areas, Juvenile Justice, Violence Against Women and Women’s Imprisonment.
Alex has worked as a solicitor in private practice, legal aid and a community legal centre.
In 2014, she was named as one of the 100 Westpac/Australian Financial Review Women of Influence.
Alex is a board member of the Corporate Advisory Committee of Victoria Police. community. She also sits on the Council of the Women’s College, within the University of Sydney. She is also a board member of Guthrie House, a holistic residential program for women involved in the criminal justice system and their accompanying children, to successfully transition to the community.
Alex has a BA LLB from Macquarie University and a Masters of Public Administration from the University of Sydney.