Diversity and Inclusion - Industry insights: a case study from ASC

Why are diversity and inclusion important?

McKinsey Research1 found companies applying gender and ethnic diversity are more likely to outperform peers by 15% and 35% respectively.

Lucinda Hewitson, a diversity and inclusion industry leader, and Mike Poynter, ASC Chief Engineer, will discuss the overall benefit of applying diversity policies in the workplace. These benefits are illustrated through a case study of ASC’s journey in establishing a diversity and inclusion program, with the support of its partner, Diversity Inclusion.

The presentations will be followed by a panel discussion of industry experts.

You will gain insights into the challenges, risks, opportunities and considerations in creating an inclusive work environment.

Tuesday 7 March 2017 - 7am for 7:15am start

Case Study

ASC is Australia’s builder and maintainer of the Collins Class Submarines, builder for the Air Warfare Destroyer Program and one of the largest employers of professional engineers in the State. ASC is committed to retaining its highly competent and skilled workforce, attracting the best talent and developing and deploying the diverse knowledge and experience of its workers. This is important both to ASC’s business and in delivering for its Submarine Enterprise partners, the Department of Defence and the Royal Australian Navy.

ASC recognises the need to invest in and commit to creating an inclusive work environment.


Lucinda Hewitson
CEO & Founder, Diversity Inclusion

Lucinda Hewitson is an industry leader in diversity and inclusion, working with organisations and industry bodies to capitalise on the benefits. Lucinda is an organisational psychologist with over 15 years’ experience working with companies in Australia and internationally. Since establishing Diversity Inclusion in 2013, Lucinda has advised global mining companies, Federal and State government agencies, utilities, the insurance sector and international consulting firms on improving diversity in the workplace.

Lucinda was formerly the Head of HR: Recruitment, Resourcing and Diversity & Inclusion at BAE Systems Australia (Finalist for AHRI Diversity Awards 2013) and was a finalist in the start-up category of the Telstra Women’s Business Awards (2015). She is also the Australian and New Zealand lead on Future Work, supporting organisations to capitalise on new ways of working.

Mike Poynter FIEAust CPEng
Chief Engineer, ASC

Mike graduated in engineering from the University of Adelaide and has over 35 years’ experience in Defence, offshore and onshore oil and gas and construction. He has been with ASC for 28 years. As ASC’s Chief Engineer, Mike is accountable for group quality assurance, personnel and product safety, environmental management, engineering governance, science and technology development and diversity and inclusion. He has held various positions in engineering, contract management and quality.

Mike is a Chartered Professional Engineer, a Fellow of Engineers Australia and a committee member of the South Australian Division Committee and the College of Leadership and Management. He holds a Level 2 Engineering Authority for ‘Submarine Platform Systems and Engineering Management’ authorised by the Royal Australian Navy Director General of Technical Seaworthiness.

1Diversity Matters; Vivian Hand, Dennis Layton and Sara Prince – Feb 2015

** Continental breakfast includes fruit platters, freshly baked danishes, croissants, bircher muesli, berry compote jars and a selection of juices, tea and coffee.**






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Event Details

Event Status



Tue 7 Mar 2017 - 7:00 am to 9:00 am



Registration Closes

Mon 6 Mar 2017 - 12:30 pm


Rydges South Park - Skyline North West Room
1 South Terrace
Adelaide South Australia 5000


$55 (incl. GST)
Non Members: 
$85 (incl. GST)


EA Member Rate: $55.00 ($50.00 excl. GST)
Non-Member Rate: $85.00 ($77.27 excl. GST)


College of Leadership and Management

Key Speaker(s)

Lucinda Hewitson, CEO & Founder, Diversity Inclusion and Mike Poynter, ASC Chief Engineer

Maximum CPD Hours

2 hour(s)

Event Contact

Engineers Australia Member Services
1300 653 113