An important part of our business is our ongoing commitment to gender diversity and women in leadership. This is driven by managing director Chris Sutherland, who is currently part of ‘CEOs for Gender Equity’ – an initiative aimed at growing awareness of gender inequality.

Eighteen of Western Australia’s most influential CEOs joined together to form the initiative when statistics showed that nationally, Western Australia has the lowest female representation on boards and the highest gender pay gap.

Managing director Chris Sutherland, is a champion for gender diversity and regularly speaks publicly around issues such as low representation of females studying science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM).

Mr Sutherland believes that by promoting the study of STEM subjects, young women are then provided with the opportunity to pursue non-traditional career pathways that result in higher pay, which ultimately contributes to reducing the gender pay gap.

At Programmed we’re advocates for gender equality and opportunity. Our workforce is given the freedom to mould their working life which allows for flexibility, and more engaged employees.

We’re ranked equal fourth for diversity out of the top 200 companies listed on the Australia Stock Exchange and our board is made up of 42.9 per cent female directors, and our overall workforce is 50 per cent female.