Champions of Change webinar

9 June 2021

On Wednesday 23 June, the Architects Mental Wellbeing Forum (QLD/NT) will host a special online discussion on wellbeing in the profession with Monica Edwards and Brett Hudson from the Champions of Change Coalition.

The Champions of Change Coalition (CoC) is a globally recognised, innovative strategy for achieving gender equality, advancing more and diverse women in leadership, and building respectful and inclusive workplaces. In the strategy, men of power and influence step up beside women leaders. They form a high-profile Coalition to lead and be accountable for change on gender equality issues in their organisations.

The discussion topic will focus on some of the work undertaken by The Champions of Change Coalition and issues around wellbeing for women in the profession.



Brett Hudson
Chief Executive Officer, Peddle Thorp and ACA QLD/NT Committee Member

Brett Hudson has been at Peddle Thorp for over 33 years and in 2014, he was appointed CEO. As a leader in one of Queensland’s enduring architectural practices, Peddle Thorp contributes to the profession by ensuring architects and designers have a meaningful voice in the built environment to bring lasting and positive outcomes.

As part of the Leadership Team at Peddle Thorp, Brett provides mentoring and advice, to ensure the whole team has a well-rounded and engaging contribution. He continues to provide support for students and graduates in the wider architectural community to help develop successful and positive careers. Equity is important for all across gender, race, religion and physical capabilities.

Through Brett’s current role with Champion of Change Coalition, he is an advocate for gender equality and making positive and lasting results to eliminate bias.

Monica Edwards
Senior Associate, SJB (Sydney)

Monica Edwards is an architect who agitates for structural reform of the profession. She challenges the traditional hierarchies of architectural practice to move towards collaborations which better mirror society, reflecting diverse capabilities and life experiences.

Monica reasons that authentic change in the profession is best enabled using a top-down bottom up approach and she brings this to her advocacy with the Institute of Architects NSW Chapter Gender Equity Taskforce (GET) and the development of the Chapter’s cross-generational mentoring program.

Monica is an active member of the architecture community, being part of the team that bought the Champions of Change Program to architecture, as well as preparing and coordinating the inaugural cross-generation mentor program for the Institute of Architects.


Wednesday, 23 June 2021
12.30pm – 1.30pm AEST
(WA 10.30am–11.30am, NT & SA noon–1pm, Qld, ACT, NSW, Tas & Vic 12.30pm–1.30pm)


Online event via Zoom. The Zoom link will be sent out separately.


Free of charge.


Head to the booking link to reserve your place by 5pm on Monday, 21 June 2021.

For enquiries, get in touch with Louise Street at