New Team Members: Gender Tick Director & Workplace Programme Lead

We are thrilled to announce that Dr Kaisa Wilson has moved from her role as Consulting Programme Lead to an in-house position as Director, Gender Tick. Our other new recruit is workplace wellbeing specialist Zoe Brownlie who has recently joined us as Programme Lead, Workplace which includes the direction and management of the Equal Pay Awards.

Dr Wilson is a recognised Diversity and Inclusion practitioner who has worked with a range of companies in the public, private and NGO sectors to advance best practice over the past twenty years.

Launched in October 2018,  the Gender Tick is an accreditation programme for businesses to prove their commitment to providing a fair workplace for all employees regardless of gender.

Chief Executive Officer of YWCA Auckland, Dellwyn Stuart says that Dr Wilson’s appointment to a permanent role reflects the strong interest that the programme has received in the six months since it launched. “The programme has been very well received, in large part due to Kaisa’s expertise and the support of our founding members.  As the Director she will help more companies gain Gender Tick accreditation and will ensure the criteria for assessment is future proofed while the nature of work evolves globally” she says.

The founding members of the Gender Tick are Lion NZ, Coca-Cola Amatil, Fonterra, Auckland Council, SKYCITY Entertainment Ltd and Air New Zealand. These businesses represent more than 45,000 employees in New Zealand and have led the way for other organisations to get on board.

The Gender Tick™ was developed to enable businesses to demonstrate their compliance and leadership in matters of gender in the workplace.

Successfully accredited businesses are able to use the official Gender Tick™ logo on all internal and external communications to let everyone from their customers to their future employees know that they are proud of their healthy gender-neutral culture.

Programme Lead – Workplace, Zoe Brownlie has joined YWCA Auckland after working in a variety of workplace wellbeing roles including most recently at Auckland District Health Board, where she remains as an Elected Board Member.

Dellwyn Stuart says that her appointment will enhance the Equal Pay Awards which are now in their sixth year. “Zoe is ideally suited to this new role and we are delighted to have her skillset at YWCA. Her experience working to improve gender inequities in NZ and the UK will be a real asset for companies who enter the Awards”.