The Orijen Team

The professional team behind the Orijen Group come from a variety of professional backgrounds, but are united by their passion for excellence in leadership, diversity and equal opportunity in the workplace.

Jennifer Morris: Founder and CEO

Jenny Morris, CEO of Orijen Group

In 2014, Jenny was recognised in the Westpac/AFR 100 Women of Influence awards for her contribution to “creating a bolder and more diverse future for all Australians“. She is passionate about supporting emerging talent through structured, and facilitated mentoring and coaching programs. She has been providing human resource advice and training to organisations since 1986. She founded The Orijen Group in 2000. Since then, Jenny has been responsible for the research, design and implementation of a range of award winning bespoke coaching and mentoring programs including:

  • Industry programs: Dell’s ‘The Women in IT Executive Mentoring Program’ – Winner of the 2008 Equal Opportunity in the Workplace Agency award for the ‘most outstanding initiative and results for women in the workplace’.
  • The DellWITEM Women in ICT Coaching Circles for women in ICT in the APS
  • The Women in Defence Mentoring Circles 
  • The NAWO Transition to Executive Leadership Coaching Circles for executive women working in operations
  • The University of Sydney’s Vice-Chancellor’s Sponsorship Program for CALD Women, and the University’s Professional Women’s Mentoring Program
  • Executive coaching and mentoring for boards, CEO’s, and directors
  • Constructive Mentoring Program: national program to provide mentoring  for women in the building, design and construction sectors.
  • Executive mentoring for top talent in BNP Paribas, Leighton Constructions, Hewlett Packard, Penrith City Council, Commonwealth Bank of Australia, smaller agencies in the Australian Public Service and Non-Profit Australia
  • Executive coaching and mentoring: Development programs for talented women at NRL, Leightons, Macquarie Group, Commonwealth Bank, Qantas, Freehills, Nokia, Jet Star and Westpac.
  • Regional programs: Development of mentoring programs for Hewlett Packard in six countries across the Asia-Pacific region.

Jenny is founder and Chair of Women for Election Australia, a non partisan group aiming to increase the number of women in politics in Australia.  Her former executive positions in the not-for-profit sector include co-president of NEEOPA  and chair of the NSW Council forNAPCAN.

She co-wrote 52 Ways to Break Through the Glass Ceiling with Glenda MayShe admits to a vested interest in building inclusive workplaces – she has three daughters, two stepdaughters, four granddaughters, a female dog…..and one grandson, Jack.

Glenda May

GlendaMay_1.1_LowRes1-e1422320527514-202x170-200x168Glenda May is a facilitator and coach for the WITEM Coaching Circles and Mentoring Women in Defence. A registered psychologist  with post-graduate qualifications in education psychology, counselling and group facilitation,  she has developed and presented seminars Australia-wide and internationally.

Her career experience combines the academic with the commercial as she has been a member of the academic staff of a number of tertiary institutions and has worked in both the public and private sectors as a management trainer and consultant. She is a full member of the Australian Psychological Society, a chartered member of the Australian Human Resources Institute, a member of the Australian Institute of Training and Development, and the Australian Institute of Management.

Glenda  co-wrote 52 Ways to Break Through the Glass Ceiling, and is the author of 52 Ways to be a Top Trainer and 52 Ways to Steer your Career where she shares the techniques and tools that have led to her being one of the most successful trainers in Australia.

Heather Forton

Heather is a facilitator and coach for the WITEM Coaching Circles,  Mentoring Women in Defence, and the University of Sydney’s Vice Chancellor’s SponsorshipProgram and the Professional Women’s Mentoring Prheatherogram. With post graduate qualifications and key competencies in business, law and coaching, facilitating, strategic communications, negotiations, issue management & resolution, stakeholder management, program management, advocacy, leadership and change management, Heather is an exceptional coach and facilitator.

Heather has accumulated a unique blend of experiences over her career, both in terms of roles and geographical locations. She has worked across various parts of North and South America, Europe, Asia and Africa. As a result, Heather’s experience allows her to quickly understand and relate to clients and the issues they face, regardless of who they are and where they come from.



Deborah Harrigan, Executive


Deborah Harrigan is a passionate, innovative and entrepreneurial   thinker who has enjoyed a very successful 20+ year executive leadership career with Fortune 500 high tech multinational corporations.  Leading large scale global operations from Australia, New Zealand, Malaysia and Singapore, Deborah has built a reputation as a transformational leader.  Her ‘roll up your sleeves’ attitude allowed her to create a culture of respect, collaboration and outcomes driven performance.

During her tenure with Fortune 500 corporations, Deborah never lost sight of the critical importance of female entrepreneurs and the valuable role that small to medium businesses play in Australia’s regional and global economies. Throughout her career she has championed and encouraged women to build global like-minded communities and networks for inspiring and talented women.  As Principal Consultant with The Orijen Group, Deborah facilitates Women Executive Mentoring and Coaching programs.

Elizabeth Crouch – Company Director and Consultant

elizabeth-crouchElizabeth is a highly respected executive coach and moderator for the Executive Women’s Business Female Talent program. Elizabeth spent 16 years with the Federal government before moving into the private sector where she held various positions, including the role of Chief Executive of the Housing Industry Association.

Elizabeth is the Deputy Chancellor of Macquarie University, a non-executive Director of SGS Economics and Planning, and is a Trustee of the Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences.  She was previously on the Board of Chandler Macleod Group prior to its sale to Recruit Holdings.  Elizabeth chairs a number of audit committees including for the City of Sydney, Health Infrastructure and Railcorp and is a member of the Office of Environment and Heritage audit committee.  Elizabeth is a Director of Optimize International, a strategic consultancy advisory firm and continues to support a range of community and sporting bodies including as the Deputy Chair of the Sydney Rays rugby franchise.


Katie Spearritt

CEO and founder of Diversity Partners, Katie has more than 15 years experience working within Australian and global companies to plan and execute diversity strategies and solutions. She has held senior Diversity and Change roles with Hewlett Packard, Coles Group and National Australia Bank. Katie founded Diversity Partners in 2009 to provide strategic consulting and learning programs to corporates in Australia and Asia. She holds a PhD in Business & Economics (Equity & Diversity) from Monash University, Melbourne.

Ann Sado, Tokyo, Japan

Before launching her consulting career, Ann, a third generation Japanese-American, worked with a range of global enterprises including such as Coca-Cola Company in Japan, Estee Lauder, L’Oreal Japan, Lancome, Helena Rubinstein , Deutsche Bank, and Reebok Japan Inc. In 2003, she co-founded NPO GEWEL, a Diversity & Inclusion consultancy  as well as Toastmasters International District 76 KeyForce Toastmasters Club, Zonta International District 26 Area 2 Zonta Club of Tokyo III and Toastmasters International District 76 Aoyama Lunch Toastmasters Club.

Ann’s recent speaking engagements have been for the ACCJ Chubu region, Asian Women’s Conference in Korea, Rikkyo University, Showa Women’s University on Diversity and Inclusion and Leadership. She spoke for GE’s Women’s Network, Eli Lilly Japan Women’s Network, Kodosan Temple, Hewlett-Packard’s Tokyo Women’s Summit, Entrepreneur’s Association of Tokyo, and was keynote speaker at the Asian Women Entrepreneurs Conference 2009.

In 2010, Ann was nominated for TIAW World of Difference Award for the categories of Entrepreneurship and NPO/NGO in 2010. For International Women’s Day 2011, she was nominated and awarded the Outstanding Service Award in the category of Community/Organizations by international Women’s Information Network (WIN). She has also interviewed on Diversity & Inclusion issues for iTV-Japan.

Linda Aurora, Hong Kong

Lynda Aurora is one of Asia’s leading executive coaches and mentors, being the first coach in Asia to be accredited with the Master Certified Coach designation by the International Coach Federation.

Lynda comes to executive coaching after a distinguished international career in accounting, banking, insurance and financial services.Through her exceptional international, academic and professional qualifications Lynda has been coaching individuals to achieve their professional and personal best. Transforming and stimulating, Lynda’s coaching techniques give motivated executives the tools to achieve what is important to them. Her breadth of experience in business and people development informs her approach, bringing clarity and insight to her clients’ search for improved performance.

Norman Hams

Norm is a founding member and Director of Orijen since its inception in 2000. With a strong background in strategic human resources, career assistance and workforce planning, he has worked across both public and private sector organisations including Sydney Water, Department of Social Security, Esso & Telstra . On behalf of Esso Norm completed a detailed Study of the Trades Labour Force for the Business Council of Australia. Norm headed the Workforce Planning Unit at Sydney Water before establishing that organisation’s Executive Development function & managing the Career Assistance Program. After leaving Sydney Water in the early 90’s, he established the Human Resource company Walden Consulting which consulted to both public & private companies across a broad spectrum of HR issues.

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