Suncorp launches "enAble" resource group for employees with disabilities
This International Day of People with Disability, we celebrate the achievements and contributions of our people with disability.
Suncorp has this week launched our newest employee resource group, enAble, to provide dedicated support for Suncorp employees with disabilities, carers and their supporters.
enAble Co-Chair Henry Macphillamy said Suncorp's inclusive culture was one of the things that first drew him to the company.
"Right from the interview process, I formed the impression that Suncorp fosters a forward-thinking and dynamic environment, and this impression has been reinforced throughout my time here so far," he said.
"My personal objectives for enAble are to build on the strong foundations that Suncorp already has in place, to make it easier for someone else coming through the employment pipeline, and to help my colleagues and leaders to have a better understanding of disability in all its forms.
"It is early days, but I am very confident that if we do this well, together we will make progress. We have a strong, passionate team from all areas of the business and good regional spread, so we have a strong platform."
No one – with or without a disability – wants to be defined by what they can’t do. We have rich, fulfilling lives outside of our work roles, and we seek to bring the best of ourselves to the jobs we do.
Pictured left: Suncorp lawyer and enAble Co-Chair Henry Macphillamy with his guide dog Yasmin
A lawyer in Suncorp’s Corporate Advisory team, Henry joined Suncorp as a graduate in 2017. He also identifies as having a disability, being completely blind and moderately hearing impaired.
But it's his drive to succeed that is his most important quality, with a law degree, long-distance running events and a trek up Mount Kilimanjaro all achievements to his name.
"No one – with or without a disability – wants to be defined by what they can’t do. We have rich, fulfilling lives outside of our work roles, and we seek to bring the best of ourselves to the jobs we do.
"I know from personal experience that someone with a disability is more than capable of making important contributions if the right supports are in place.
"Having a guide dog and using various forms of technologies all help to navigate the challenges that I encounter at work and in life."
Henry believes the most important trait any workplace can bring to the table is an ability to listen and a willingness to learn and adapt.
"It isn’t so important to have all the answers, but instead having the capacity to think outside the square when it comes to the solutions.”
enAble has been established with the purpose to foster an inclusive and caring environment for those with disabilities, carers and people who support them at Suncorp. enAble exists to empower members to achieve their best and enable Suncorp to become a leading employer of choice for people with disabilities.