2016 Winners

AHRI HR Diversity Champion Award

AHRI HR Diversity Champion Award

Darren Hooper

Senior Advisor Organisation Capability, Aurizon

Aurizon is Australia's largest rail freight operator. Each year Aurizon transports more than 250 million tonnes of commodities – connecting miners, primary producers and industry with international and domestic markets. Traversing Australia, customers are provided with an integrated freight and logistics solution across an extensive national rail and road network.

Darren Hooper is Senior Advisor Organisation Capability (Diversity and Inclusion). He has a proven track record of implementing culture and diversity strategies with transformation outcomes and demonstrating his commitment to diversity. He has led work that garnered Aurizon national and international recognition, including:

  • The design and implementation of 'Shared Care': a 'groundbreaking parental leave initiative' for which Aurizon received international acclaim
  • Having written the submission to the United Nations resulting in the Aurizon CEO receiving the International Women's Empowerment Award in New York in 2016
  • Founder and President of the Diversity Practitioners Association: Queensland's Professional Association for Diversity Practitioners.

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