The CEO of Perth-based WaterWorks is the only person in the company to be a female, but that hasn’t stopped some from wondering whether they’re the right people for the job.
In fact, WaterWorks CEO Sarah Smith says that’s not what the company’s trying to achieve.
“We don’t want to be just a gender-neutral business,” she said.
“What we want to achieve is gender-balanced businesses.”
Ms Smith said the company would continue to focus on gender diversity.
“The gender balance of our workforce is 100 per cent female,” she told news.com.au.
“Women and men work the same way.”
I think people are curious, and we want people to have the opportunity to be in a role where they can make a difference in the community and in our company.
“She said the new role would also see the company move away from its traditional focus on water, water services and drinking water.”
This is the time to look at our water supply, our water infrastructure, our recycling systems,” Ms Smith said.
WaterWorks operates two distribution facilities across the country and its first project is in the Port Augusta area.
The company was founded in 2000 by the former mayor of Perth and its current CEO, Sarah Smith, previously held a number of leadership roles at WaterWorks.
The role would be similar to that of an executive board member, and the company is planning a training program for female leaders.”
Our board has been working very closely with our female employees,” Ms Jones said.
The roles will be a combination of senior leadership and community engagement, and a new focus on women in the workforce will be created.
The announcement comes as WA’s gender imbalance continues to rise, with women making up more than 80 per cent of all workers and a growing number of women working in the sector.
The WA government recently released a report which found that women are under-represented in government, at 77.5 per cent in the State Parliament and 75 per cent on the State Executive.”
When you look at the figures, it’s actually more of an under-representation,” Ms Moore said.
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