Following our announcement of the Women in Defence Awards 2023 finalists on 4 September, ADM will be introducing each of our amazing finalists across the 10 categories in more detail. Today we are focusing on the finalists in People and Culture.
In this category, judges were looking for entries that exemplified outstanding success in developing and/or administering initiatives to support the defence community in 2022. The finalists in this category nurtured a positive, diverse, and inclusive culture in Defence and industry, including supporting the wellbeing of veterans and military families.
People and Culture Director
KBR GS APAC
Christine led KBR’s People and Culture Team during a period of organisational transformation. Amongst other achievements, her initiatives have resulted in the gender compa-ratio gap reduced from 2.3% to 1.9, increased paid parental leave from 6 weeks to 12 week, and Talent Mapping and succession planning to ensure women were able to access leadership opportunities.
CPO Kylie McGuinness
Divisional Officer Personnel Support Unit
Royal Australian Navy
In 2022 Kylie provided support and assistance to personnel who were experiencing life crisis incidents or events. She managed numerous complex cases, including personnel who were suffering significant physical injuries, members with chronic psychological trauma, and personnel who were facing a personal crisis, and drove across the country in her own time to do so. She provided divisional oversight to female members who required discreet and dedicated support and guidance.
Talent Solutions Manager
Throughout 2022 Lizette has successfully planned and executed strategic workforce initiatives to increase female participation and develop the skills of existing female employees. Her success can be measured in tangible results, with 31 females from 114 recruits, more than doubled from the previous year. The increase in female participation has helped to address the skill shortage in the industry but also has the added benefits of more closely reflecting social makeup, bringing new perspectives, and improving productivity.
The winners and Hall of Fame inductee will be announced at a gala dinner at The National Arboretum Canberra on 25 October 2023. Book your tickets here – we hope to see you there!