How we’re developing female leaders at Transport

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In the latest Women in NSW report, women made up just 26 percent of the Senior Executive Service across the public sector.

It’s always been important to empower women into leadership positions, and Transport for NSW believes in helping to make this happen.

At Transport, we know that having women participate at all levels of our organisation, particularly in senior leadership roles, contributes to improved staff engagement, better decision making, productivity and more customer-focused services.

With this in mind, we are dedicated to attracting, developing and retaining women in senior roles as well as creating opportunities for women to build their skills and develop a strong plan for their future at Transport.

Our Freight, Strategy & Planning division is doing this through a number of initiatives, including a new women’s networking program, informal social gatherings, a week of celebrations centred on International Women’s Day and a new mentoring program.  

The mentoring program is open to women from Freight, Strategy and Planning and is dedicated to encouraging new working relationships across the division and the cluster. The six month formal program provides a platform for women to build their skills and better position themselves to be able to secure more senior roles within the cluster.

The program is led by Luke Homann, Director Audit & Authorisation and Kim Appleby, Business Manager and each cohort is sponsored by a senior transport leader such as the Deputy Secretary, Clare Gardiner-Barnes and Andrea Parker, Executive Director, Transport Planning. A total of 58 women are currently being mentored as part of this program.

We want to give talented women the opportunity to pursue exceptional careers with room to grow. We do so by making sure our policies and plans support diversity, fairness and flexibility.

You can read more about these efforts here: http://bit.ly/2wjyYJ6

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