Women in Leadership: economics of diversity and inclusion

Women in Leadership: economics of diversity and inclusion

Nov 14
CEDA welcomes key leaders to engage in the critical discussion of improving equality and gender diversity in WA and the metrics that support positive economic growth.


Peter Bennett, Chief Executive Officer, Clough
Professor Cobie Rudd, Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Strategic Partnerships), Edith Cowan University
Athalie Williams, Chief People Officer, BHP

Event overview

Despite organisations, businesses and communities having the tools to measure equality and gender diversity, and the strategies to address imbalance, inequality remains across a range of key measures.
The Workplace Gender Equality Agency recently found that although women account for 47 per cent of the workforce, they only account for 17 per cent of CEO roles. The full-time average weekly earnings for women are also 14 per cent less than their counterparts.
Join CEDA WA for the final event in the 2019 Women in Leadership series where speakers will explore:

  • Equality metric progress;
  • Workplace practices that have proven to be effective in achieving greater gender equality; and
  • Examples of how these practices have and will continue to boost Australia’s competitiveness and productivity.

Meet the speakers

Peter Bennett
Chief Executive Officer, Clough

Peter Bennett joined Clough as CEO on 1 February 2016 with 29 years of international experience in the EPC contracting sector. His experience spans business development, operations, and corporate leadership. At Clough, Peter has led the transition of the business from a specialised LNG contractor to a more diversified EPC delivery company for the energy, mining, and infrastructure markets across Australia and overseas. He has also been instrumental in championing diversity and inclusivity in the workplace to continue Clough’s legacy as an employer of choice.

Professor Cobie Rudd
Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Strategic Partnerships), Edith Cowan University

Professor Cobie Rudd is the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Strategic Partnerships) and Vice-President at Edith Cowan University.

Professor Rudd has key responsibility for redressing gender inequities in academia for Edith Cowan University.  As part of this, she led the University to achieving Bronze accreditation in the first pilot of the Athena SWAN Charter in Australia, as one of the first 11 universities nationally to achieve this award. As well, in 2019, ECU has been ranked 6th in the world for gender equality in the Times Higher Education University Impact Rankings and has been awarded the Workplace Gender Equality Agency Citation as an Employer of Choice for Gender Equality for successive years.

Professor Rudd has over 30 years of experience across sectors and has led a diverse range of capacity-building and research projects on a national scale, and also held senior policy research and advisory roles for both state and commonwealth governments. She has served on over 15 boards of governance and is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Athalie Williams
Chief People Officer, BHP

Athalie Williams is the Chief People Officer (CPO) for BHP and a member of the Executive Leadership Team.  As CPO Athalie is responsible for delivering innovative people and culture strategies, programs and policies to support the employment and development of BHP’s employees globally and ensuring the company has the right people and capabilities to deliver its strategy. A key part of Athalie’s mandate is leading the organisation in its quest for greater diversity.

Athalie’s previous roles in BHP include Vice President of Human Resources for the Uranium business based in Adelaide, followed by BHP’s Global Marketing function based in Singapore, which included responsibility for BHP’s China, India, Japan, Korea and Singapore locations and the delivery of HR solutions and services to employees in 17 locations globally.

Additional participants to be confirmed.


Supported by CEDA members

Major series sponsors