In my mind, driving gender equity is not just the right thing to do; it’s the smart thing to do. I have chosen to
become a member of CEOs for Gender equity with three different perspectives in mind.
As the father of four girls, I have a passion for gender equity to ensure they have equal opportunity in which
ever career they choose.
As the CEO of UBS in Perth, I have a passion to ensure we have an appropriately diverse workforce to provide
different points of view in the idea generation process, excellence in execution and a diverse coverage offering
as we strive to provide excellence to our clients. The finance industry, and in particular, Investment Banking
has had more than its share of challenges in relation to gender equity. I am very proud of the position UBS
takes, and delighted to have a leadership role in recognising that our employees are our greatest asset and
their diverse perspectives, backgrounds and experiences enable UBS to provide innovative solutions and to
better serve clients. I also believe a diverse workforce will allow UBS to attract and retain the best talent. It's
critical that leaders drive change from the top down to lead by example and set the culture for the entire
As a proud West Australian, my desire is that everyone in the community has the possibility to reach their full
potential, regardless of gender. Having spent over two decades working overseas, I have been fortunate to
work with many different cultures. Part of this journey allowed me to observe firsthand the detriment of not
addressing gender in equity. In Western Australia, I do not believe we can have a situation whereby a pay gap
exists, it's not sustainable and ultimately costs the community directly and indirectly.
UBS is taking positive steps towards gender equity as follows: creating an inclusive work environment which
encourages all employees to develop and perform; actively increasing the representation of women at all
levels, particularly in senior management; increasing retention of diverse talent at all levels; and, promoting
gender equity in pay and roles across the organisation. As a result, in 2019, UBS was awarded the citation of
WGEA Employer of Choice for Gender Equality by the Workplace Gender Equality Agency (WGEA).