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Neurodiversity in the Water Sector Workshop

Icon of a calendar 7 Mar, 2024 | Small clock icon 9:00am - 4:30pm | Icon of a map pin Arup Offices, Sydney

How can we as a sector harness the power of the neurodiverse to address our skill shortage both now and into the future?

By making our workplaces accessible to the neurodiverse, we can utilise their unique attributes to help address our skills shortage.

Neurodiverse people have one or more ways in which their brain functions outside the "typical" way.  Historically these differences have been seen as deficient, but many sectors are recognising the benefits that the innovative thinking, attention to detail and hyperfocus of the neurodiverse bring to the workplace

Join other members of the sector during this unique workshop to:

  • Share experiences of initiatives and programs both within and external to the water sector
  • Map the water sector and neurodiverse enabling environments to identify opportunities and gaps
  • Connect water sector employers with schools and organisations to allow them to develop (pilot) programs, increasing participation by neurodiverse people

Workshop Program


Acknowledgement of Country
Welcome to the Workshop - Annalisa Contos, Workshop Organiser


Current Initiatives
Hear from leaders across the Water sector and beyond as they share stories of starting the conversation, designing programs and creating opportunities for the Neurodiverse.

Speakers to Include:
Sophie Barton, GHD
Bec Mede, Sydney Water
Dorine Kuo, ARUP
Doug van Gelder, Australian Spatial Analytics - see this article for a taster of ASA's work!
Christina Kerneborne, ex IBM

10:15am Morning Tea

Creating Successful Programs
How do we create programs that work? Our panel of experts will present case studies, discuss what makes effective programs and the support available for organisations and individuals

Hear from: 
Liz Webb, Department of Education
Catherine Lee, Neurodiverse Safe Work 
Shae Wissell, ReThink Dyslexia

12:00pm Key Priorities

12:20pm Lunch
1:15pm Opportunities + Workshop Activities
Work together with fellow members of the Water Sector to identify opportunities, connections and solutions 
3:00pm Afternoon Tea
3:30pm Reporting Back
Groups report back on their findings, next steps and aspirations

Current Initiatives Speakers

Christina Kerneborne, 
ex IBM


Doug van Gelder,
Australian Spatial Analytics

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Christina is a strategy and transformation executive with over 20 years’ experience leading managed services transitions and technology-led transformations at IBM for some of Australia’s most well-known brands.  She has successfully delivered programs for clients in financial services, insurance, government and resources sectors, focused on improved client experience, operational efficiencies and digital moderinsation.  Her experience leading large global teams reinforced the importance of diversity in achieving the best outcomes on any project, and for the last four years she has been a champion and sponsor for improving inclusion at IBM for their neurodiverse employees.  

Doug is a highly experienced technology professional who has worked with multiple utility and government partners. His passion for embracing technology to improve processes and help people originated in the Royal Australian Navy, where he specialised in navigation, warfare and communications. After leaving the defence forces, he became an IT consultant before embarking on sales and client relationship management, working at TechnologyOne, Melbourne IT and Esri Australia. At ASA, Doug combines his lived experiences with neurodiversity with his defence and utilities background to advocate for neurodiversity in the workplace while creating social impact for young neurodivergent adults. 

Event Day Details


7 March 2024

Time Registration from 8:30am, workshop starts 9:00am


Arup Office

Address Level 5, Barrack Place,
151 Clarence St, Sydney 2000

Register Here

Registration Type Registration Fee
Members $60
Non-members $100
Students/Concession $50

For more information please contact
Bridget Masters
Event Manager 

Thank you to our Workshop Delivery Partner


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Thank you to our event Partner

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Thank you to our Workshop Supporter

Atom Consulting


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