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 collaborating with Australia’s leading private and public sector organisations.
From small beginnings AND has grown to a team of 18 specialist staff who partner with members to build their understanding, capability and confidence to welcome people with disability as employees, customers and stakeholders. AND connects skilled and talented university students and jobseekers with disability to members who offer paid internships and mentoring support.
AND also connects members so they can share their successes, challenges and opportunities and learn from each other. AND is regarded as the ‘go to’ organisation for employers wanting to progress the inclusion of people with disability in their business.
Under Suzanne’s leadership, AND has initiated many innovative supports for employers including publications, policies, learning and development sessions, and the Access and Inclusion Index.
Suzanne commenced her work in the disability sector in 1990, 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.
Suzanne’s significant experience combined with her foresight to create systemic change, has resulted in her contributing to many Federal and State Governments advisory committees.
In 2010, Suzanne was awarded an AM in the Australia Day Honours list. In 2013, she has been inducted into Disability Employment Australia’s Hall of Fame and was included in the AFR/Westpac 100 Women of Influence in 2013. Suzanne is also a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and Patron of Achilles Running Club in Australia.