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 work is overseen by the founding and new members of CEOs for Gender Equity who individually and collectively advance the vision of CGE. This group represents leadership in WA across a range of enterprises and industries. Women CEOs currently represent 33% of our membership, more than double the state and national averages. We look forward to changing these numbers for the better.

Michael Parker

Chairman and Managing Director
Alcoa of Australia Limited

"It’s proven and compelling – companies with gender equity outperform. At Alcoa, we are committed to making gender invisible for pay, performance and career advancement. Gender inequality should be a relic of the past."

Rob De Luca

Managing Director

"There are some issues that business leaders just can't delegate responsibility for and, in my opinion, gender equality is one of them. It is such a significant issue, so fundamentally important to the well-being of our society and to realising our full potential as a nation, that leaders simply have to assume accountability; leading by example and demonstrating personal commitment."

Deidre Willmott

Chief Executive Officer
Chamber of Commerce WA

"There is now strong recognition that leadership on gender equity must come from the top. CEOs and their leadership teams need to make it clear, not only in words but in their actions and behaviours, that these issues matter to them. As CEO of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of WA I also want do my part to help all WA business leaders to identify and address gender issues in their organisations. Together we can do it."

Jenni Hill

Office Managing Partner
Clifford Chance

"The next generation of leaders expect equality – and so they should. Having an active strategy to support gender equality is good business as well as the right thing to do. Well designed flexible work arrangements are key to this – not just for those with family responsibilities but for everyone. This is the change required for all businesses to ensure sustainable careers for both men and women."

Reg Howard-Smith

Chief Executive Officer
The Chamber of Minerals and Energy of Western Australia

"Despite significant efforts by the resources sector to promote the industry to women over time, the dial hasn’t moved. In fact since 2008, the percentage of women in the industry hasn’t varied greatly.Whilst companies are doing their best to attract and retain a talented and diverse workforce, we must acknowledge we have to change our thinking to achieve improved gender diversity for the sector.There is plenty of research which suggests gender diversity builds better and more prosperous companies.As a CEO for gender equity, I have embraced the challenge of improving gender diversity in the workforce. CME and the resources sector will rise to this challenge with innovative thinking and a steadfast commitment to transformation. "

Barry Felstead

Chief Executive OfficerCrown Australian Resorts

"I am proud to be one of the founding members of CEOs for Gender Equity. As a group of ‘influencers’ we are working to advance gender equality, creating positive and proactive change within organisations and the broader community. Importantly, CEOs for Gender Equity recognises that we must work together to address gender equity, it is not just about women, it is about everyone.I believe that Crown is a stronger business due to our acute awareness of this topic, as we are able to draw from a broader range of skills, perspectives, and abilities of a well engaged and diverse workforce. As such, addressing gender equity is not just the right thing to do, it is the smart thing, and I would encourage all businesses to do the same."

Mike Anghie

Office Managing Partner
Ernst & Young

"Achieving gender parity in Australian workplaces and governments is not just a nice to have, it is an economic imperative. Vast amounts of research tell us that having more female leaders will stimulate innovation and generate new ways of problem-solving.It will create a ripple effect that not only advances women in the workplace today, but also redefines opportunities for future generations of young Australians. As leaders, we cannot ignore the opportunities this will bring.In its Global Gender Gap Report 2015, the World Economic Forum estimates it will take 117 years to achieve global gender parity in the workplace. That’s 117 years until companies and governments are equally led by men and women.It’s already been too long. Let’s not wait any longer. Now is the time to get more women onto Australia’s boards and executive teams."

Allanah Lucas

Commissioner for Equal Opportunity
Equal Opportunity Commission

"We have equal opportunity laws in place at state and federal level, so it is clear that our nation supports equality for both women and men in employment and education. But this not yet reflected in reality. What we really need now is a shift in workplace culture to continue building upon such principles. This shift starts at an executive level where people in an organisation look to their leaders for direction and inspiration.The CEOs for Gender Equity promotes the leadership commitment and example that Western Australia requires, to increase female participation in positions of influence and also to decrease the gender pay gap. CEOs in particular need to be strongly representing this objective, and as a public sector CEO I am very proud to be amongst a group of dedicated and active CEOs for Gender Equity."

Anne Nolan

Director General
Department of Finance

"We need to be able to access the best people and the best ideas. To do so we must harness the diversity in our Western Australian population. We cannot exclude 50% of the population because they are female or 37% who were born overseas, 14% who are disabled or 3% who are Indigenous. We need to embrace the power and tap into the strength that comes from this diversity to maximise organisational performance."

Naveen Unni

Office Managing Partner

"In many executive rooms in Australia, I represent diversity. I know what discrimination can feel like, even if it's often subtle and based out of unconscious bias. I care about equity in all walks of life, and in my leadership role, I want to ensure McKinsey's Perth office is a role model for gender equity. I also believe we have a role in bringing our global research on gender diversity to organisations in WA. My dream is to help create a more diverse and equitable workforce in WA - for my daughters, I want to create equal opportunity."

Chris Hall

Chief Executive Officer

"To engage diversity is both good for business and good for civil society, and gender equity is an imperative, that in my view, is non-negotiable.The CEOs for Gender Equity are, quite rightly, challenging the status quo. Some good work has been done, but there is a great deal more to do. We need all leaders and key influencers in Western Australia to get behind our vision to sustainably improve gender equity outcomes in jobs and pay in enterprises throughout WA."

Gail McGowan

Director General
Department of Planning

"Paying lip service to gender equality is not good enough. The most prosperous societies and economies maximise the potential of their people regardless of gender. The same is true of organisations. An organisation needs strong foundations. It needs the support of the entire workforce. CEOs can ensure their organisations are successful by supporting a culture that genuinely embraces diversity of opinion and leadership style and for all CEOs to be role models for inclusive behaviour."

Irina Cattalini

Chief Executive Officer

"Women and girls don’t need the permission of CEOs to claim what is their right to equality – but it will be a much easier journey for them if CEOs and leaders across the community help champion this cause, and embed it in the culture, values and practice of our workplaces."

Mal Wauchope

Public Sector Commissioner
Public Sector Commission

"There is now strong evidence based research to demonstrate that organisations embracing gender equality within their workforce produce better organisational performance, productivity and employee engagement outcomes. We will only address gender imbalance, particularly in our leadership roles, if senior leaders actively contribute to creating more diverse and inclusive workplaces."

Terry Agnew

Chief Executive Officer
Royal Automobile Club of Western Australia

"I want to be part of the group that is inspiring, driving change and providing opportunities for future generations. Gender equity makes sense; it makes business sense, it makes economic sense and it makes social sense. CEOs have a unique position of influence, and CEOs for Gender Equity enables us to use our leadership to work with the community and be a catalyst for change."

Chris Sutherland

Chief Executive Officer

"Gender equity in jobs and pay is critical issue for business and society in general. If we want the best people then we must ensure we are educating and developing from the entire population. Currently with many occupations under-represented by women, business is missing out on some of the best people and society is left with a large gender pay gap and associated problems caused by the lack of financial independence for a significant proportion of women.We need to educate young girls as to the issue and how they can choose to become, for example, an electrician, a carpenter, a computer scientist or an engineer or many other jobs where women are underrepresented; all jobs that will lead to higher than average pay, greater flexibility as family needs change and make a strong contribution to the communities they live and work in.We need to educate parents, teachers and managers that the things they say or the poor behaviours they accept result in girls making different choices to boys in subject selection at school and career selection post school that creates today’s gender pay gap and under representation of women in many occupations, in senior leadership and on the boards of many enterprises.It is time for action. That is why I have joined CEOs for Gender Equity."

Prof Paul Johnson

The University of Western Australia

"As Vice-Chancellor of The University of Western Australia, I strongly support the CEOs for Gender Equity Group, because it is evident that women continue to be disadvantaged in promotion to senior academic positions. Systematic barriers within Universities to the career advancement of female academic staff require alternative management practices that can only be driven from the top."

Richard Goyder

Former Chief Executive Officer
Wesfarmers Limited

"There’s no question in my mind that diversity leads to more creative executive teams. If you are on a leadership team and don’t have diversity around the table, you are missing something really significant.The thing I value more than anything at Wesfarmers is our reputation. It is the light that attracts people to come and work for us. If our reputation for employing, developing and retaining women isn’t as good as someone else’s then that talent will be lost to us. They’ll go somewhere else.I believe in ensuring we get a much higher representation of gender in business, equal to the population of women. I also think it’s incredibly important for Wesfarmers and the Australian economy.If I can be an advocate for this, I’m very happy to be that. I’ve often said the biggest challenge facing Wesfarmers, and therefore most businesses, is attracting, developing and retaining talent. Any competitive advantage we have is all to do with the quality of the people we employ in the organisation."