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.

All Members

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.

Chris Sutherland

Chief Executive Officer
Programmed

"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."

Founding Member

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."

Founding Member

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."

Founding Member

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."

Founding Member

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. "

Founding Member

Barry Felstead

Chief Executive Officer
Crown 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."

Founding Member

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."

Founding Member

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."

Founding Member

Naveen Unni

Office Managing Partner
McKinsey

"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."

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Chris Hall

Chief Executive Officer
MercyCare

"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."

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