Our vision is to boost women’s workforce participation, lift productivity and increase economic growth by sustainably improving gender equity in jobs and pay in enterprises throughout Western Australia.

Our patron

Her Excellency, the Governor, Kerry Sanderson AO

As the first female governor in Western Australia it is an honour to have her Excellency as our patron.

A former WA agent general in London, Her Excellency is the state's 32nd Governor, succeeding Malcolm McCusker who stood down from the role in 2014.

In taking on the role, she acknowledges the support of her family.

"Most of my role models have come from my family," Ms Sanderson said.

"My father, who was deputy director general of agriculture for many years and taught me much about public service and work ethics.

"My grandmother who didn't work after she was married but who was a great role model in terms of determination and supporting her family.

"I would also like to acknowledge the support of my own family, in particular my late husband Lance, who despite having a busy job, was very supportive of whatever I did, and my two sons Jarrad and Jason who allowed their parents to have busy careers and [who] continue to provide support and encouragement to me."

Her Excellency was the chief executive officer of the Fremantle Port Authority for 17 years and the former independent chairwoman of the State Emergency Management Committee.

She has also held non-executive director positions in the commercial sector as well as roles in the community and not-for-profit sector.

Access to her
full speech at the launch of CEOs for Gender Equity
is available (PDF).
"I would also like to commend all CEOs for the work they do to promote equality of opportunity. I understand that many of the member organisations of the CEOs for Gender Equity Group have flexible workplace initiatives such as job sharing, buddy systems, mentor programs and work from home programs and this flexibility is already delivering good results."

Her Excellency, the Governor, Kerry Sanderson AO