Speaking recently at the inaugural Women in Insurance Leadership Summit, Suncorp Insurance CEO Gary Dransfield led the discussion on the importance of diversity in the workplace, female representation in leadership positions and why our industry must reflect the society in which we operate.
Mr Dransfield is a Suncorp Group ambassador and founding member of the Male Champions of Change (MCC) Insurance Group, part of the MCC Institute which works with business and industry leaders to redefine men’s roles in acting on gender inequality.
While he acknowledged the significant progress that has been made in increasing gender diversity, Mr Dransfield went on to say there is still much work to be done. “We have a long way to go in reaching equal representation in all leadership positions across our industry.
I strongly believe that we will be our best when our workforce is as diverse, talented and passionate as the communities in which we live and operate.Suncorp Group CEO of Insurance, Gary Dransfield
“Diversity of thought is critical to the sustainability of any business and as an industry we must represent the customers we serve at all levels from call centre worker right through to the board of directors.
“In the six months since I became a male champion of change, I’ve learnt a lot about the challenges and obstacles in advancing gender equality.
“As part of my involvement in the MCC group I conducted a series of employee forums to develop a deeper level of insight into the barriers that need to be tackled within our organisation and broader society.”
Closing out the event, Mr Dransfield encouraged everyone in attendance to not be afraid to call out imbalance.
“Gender equality sits with all of us, and we must work together to push for faster change. I strongly believe that we will be our best when our workforce is as diverse, talented and passionate as the communities in which we live and operate."