Annette Hughes

Principal Facilitator


Annette Hughes is a Principal Facilitator at Cognicity, and has worked extensively with clients across the private and public sectors, specialising in enabling them to improve decision making and diversity by recognising unconscious knowledge and bias.

Annette is active in supporting diversity within professional service organisations, particularly regarding diversity in leadership. She has chaired or spoken at major events on both diversity and flexible working, including an Asian Australian Lawyers Association event on the phenomenon of the Bamboo Ceiling. Annette is Chair of Women’s Circus (2013-present), an organisation founded to support female victims of violence and focused on support for women and their communities, and was a Director of the Football Federation Victoria (2009-2011).

Annette is a lawyer by training and was previously a partner at Corrs Chambers Westgarth where she was a member of the Executive Leadership Team and Chair of Corrs Diversity Council. She remains a consultant to Corrs on commercial disputes, product liability, corruption and bribery, and regulatory investigations/compliance.