Head of Perth Office UBS
In his own words...
Why commit to more women in the workplace?
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 whichever 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 organisation.
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).