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Channeling change across sectors by embracing diversity

The Australian Water Association last week held interviews with some of its members as part of the Channeling Change program, an initiative in collaboration with the Australian Water partnership and sponsored by ANZ, about how they’re empowering their staff to embrace diversity and inclusion on all fronts.

AECOM’s Matthew Renshaw spoke about their graduate intake program to increase diversity and their work to close the gender pay gap.

Christina Tonkin from ANZ Bank shared how important it is for senior management to utilise flexible working hours to demonstrate to their staff that it’s okay for them to also take advantage of the policies in place.

Veolia’s Kate Dryden spoke about diversity and inclusion in all of its forms including how we can accommodate our ageing workforce and assist them in adjusting to retirement.

Andrew Spinks from Jacobs shared his thoughts on how change has been glacial in embracing gender diversity but, for change to occur, people need to be prepared to come along on the journey or risk getting left behind.

Seqwater’s Tayo Adepoyibi spoke about the work they’re doing to involve indigenous voices in all areas where they work and the different programs they have in place to capture and reflect the diversity of the communities they represent.

Our own Chief Executive, Jonathan McKeown spoke about the Association’s Channeling Change program, what it aims to highlight and how we’ve introduced it to the Asia Pacific region through our work in Vietnam.

The video interviews will be released in the New Year on our YouTube channel and on our Channeling Change page.

If you’d like to get involved in the program, email