Suzanne Colbert AM
Chief Executive, Australian Network on Disability
Suzanne is the founding Chief Executive of the Australian Network on Disability (AND).
Her goal in starting the organisation was to advance the inclusion of people with disability in all aspects of business by working collaborating with Australia’s leading businesses.
Under Suzanne’s leadership, AND has initiated many innovative supports for employers including publications, policies, learning and development sessions, and programs such as the ground-breaking Stepping Into™ internship program for university students with disability.
Suzanne commenced her work in the disability sector 25 years ago, assisting people with significant disability into well paid and sustainable jobs. She then became founding General Manager of a high performing Disability Employment Service and founding Chair of the national peak body representing employment services for people with disability.
Her significant experience combined with her foresight to create systemic change, has led her to participate in many advisory groups to Federal and State Governments as well as participate as a ‘Field Expert’ for the International Labor Organisation’s Global Business and Disability Network.
In 2010, Suzanne was awarded an AM in the Australia Day Honours list. In 2013, she was inducted into Disability Employment Australia’s Hall of Fame, and was included in the AFR/Westpac 2013 100 Women of Influence. Suzanne is also a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.