College Board - Joanna Maxwell - Sydney Community College

College Board - Joanna Maxwell


  • Bachelor of Arts; Bachelor of Laws (Hons), University of Sydney;
  • Master of Laws, University of Sydney;
  • Master of Education, University of Technology Sydney (end 2017);
  • Certificate IV, Training and Assessment;
  • PCC level, International Coaching Federation;
  • Certified retirement coach, Retirement Options;
  • LEADR conflict coaching qualification.

Joanna Maxwell is an author, teacher, lawyer and policy adviser. Her current senior position is with the Australian Human Rights Commission as the Director of the Age Discrimination Team. Joanna also owns her own consultancy business – Work in Colour P/L. She is an active social media participant, particularly on matters pertaining to age and transition.

Joanna is also highly experienced as corporate governance adviser.


  • COTA Australia (Council on the Ageing);
  • National Seniors Australia Limited;
  • Australian Association of Gerontology;
  • Career Development Association of Australia;
  • International Coaching Federation;
  • Institute for Learning Professionals.


  • ‘Rethink Your Career in your 40s, 50s and 60s’, HarperCollins (ABC Books) 2017;
  • Commentator on matters of interest to older Australians on ABC local radio (Sydney 702 and Melbourne 774), regional ABC radio, Radio National ‘Life Matters’, ABC TV News Breakfast, Channel 9 ‘A Current Affair’, 2UE and 2GB, 2015 to date;
  • Resident career coach on two series of Ray Martin’s ‘The Road Next Travelled’ radio show, about the lives and issues of several Australians in their fifties (produced by Fremantle Media for Fairfax Digital), 2015 – 2016;
  • ‘Juicy Thinking: 50 Strategies to Kickstart the Power of your Whole Brain’ and ‘Showstoppers: 50 Strategies to Maintain Creative Momentum’, 2014;
  • Numerous pieces for newspapers and magazines including AFR BOSS, Sydney Morning Herald, Canberra Times and The Bulletin, 1991 to 2010.

Last reviewed and updated May 2019

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