Thursday, April 25, 2024

Women at heart of Armidale’s ‘turnaround’ strategy

Armidale Regional Council has embarked on a Restore and Thrive Turnaround Strategy to reset the operations of Council and regain “the respect of the community”.

Council says an integral part of the strategy is about developing a workforce that reflects the diversity of the region, saying women in leadership roles were crucial in bridging the gender diversity gap.

Council has partnered with the Dattner Group whose flagship leadership courses and women’s programs are assisting women in council at all levels of leadership, on a transformational journey that links women’s ambition with their deepest sense of purpose and core values.

Council’s Executive Manager People and Culture, Annie Harris said the program aligns with the values based leadership model Council was now adopting.

“Nine women in various leadership roles have been, or are currently enrolled in the program,” said Ms Harris

“The feedback has been overwhelmingly positive from staff on the program. Our hope is that we start to see women step up and drive change within the organisation and not only be seen, but more importantly heard and valued for their contribution.

“Council is aware, like a vast majority of Councils, particularly in regional areas, that it has a way to go in ensuring gender parity within its leadership group.  This program is absolutely the first step to changing this.

“As we see more women moving into typically male dominated areas of our operations, to me, this investment just makes good sense.  We know that the impact of this program is not only on current participants, building confidence and leadership capability, but it will develop strong role models and mentors for the next generation of women who join Council.

“I’m confident that with the programs we have in place and with a values based leadership model embedded into the organisation more women will join me at the executive level before too long,” she said.

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