EY awards staff for contribution to building a diverse and inclusive workforce as female Executive representation grows to over a third

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Thursday, 24 March 2011 

  • EY’s announces 2011 Lynne Sutherland Award and Lynne Sutherland Future Leader Award
  • The Oceania Executive, the firm’s senior leadership team, now has five female members which comprise over a third of the Executive compared to one member a year ago

EY today announced the recipients of awards that recognise the contribution and efforts of our people who are helping to advance women at the firm.

The award was created to celebrate EY’s first female partner, the late Lynne Sutherland who was first made a partner in 1986.

EY’s Oceania CEO and Managing Partner Rob McLeod said the awards were one way the firm was working to nurture a unique people culture.

Siobhan Sellick an Executive Director in the Sydney Tax practice, the recipient of the 2011 Lynne Sutherland Award, was acknowledged as a role model in promoting flexible work arrangements within her teams, and her commitment to eliciting from them the courage and skills required to achieve their developmental goals.

Siobhan has also established the EY mothers group – an informal forum for women to discuss the issues they face juggling family commitments and career development.

The recipient of the 2011 Lynne Sutherland Future Leader Award, Shelley Wilken, a Manager in the Sydney Assurance practice was awarded for her contribution by providing people in her teams with forums for discussing challenges and a valued voice in the firm’s decision making process.

“As well as Siobhan and Shelley, each of our Lynne Sutherland Awards finalists has demonstrated an exceptional commitment to supporting diversity and inclusiveness in the firm,” Mr McLeod said.

Mr McLeod said diversity not only has a direct impact on the achievement of EY’s people’s personal aspirations, but also better equips the firm to meet clients’ needs.

Over the past year, the makeup of EY’s executive has grown from nine roles to the current 14. Five of those roles have now been filled by women in comparison to one, 12 months ago.

Mr McLeod said this reflected the strong talent pipeline in EY of female employees.

“We have set ourselves challenging targets across our female partner numbers with a commitment to approximately double our current numbers in the next three years.

“While we recognise that there is further work to do, we are committed to sustaining appropriate female representation at the leadership level and throughout the firm,” Mr McLeod said.


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