Nicole was previously employed by Latrobe University - a long term former corporate subscriber to Women on Boards - where she was exposed to the idea that she might have the skills and experience to serve on a board. As a foster carer herself, she had a strong connection to the not for profit children's care sector. She joined the board of the Foster Care Association of Victoria (FCAV) - thanks to her involvement with Women on Boards - in 2012, and had a term as President for three years. In this time, Nicole reports the organisation has achieved a lot for its members and for children in care.
Nicole says that personally and professionally she has enjoyed so many opportunities serving on the board, including the opportunity to complete her Company Directors course and meet some amazing people.
"I am very excited about the opportunity to introduce Western Water to Women on Boards and to align our diversity objectives with Western Water’s Strategic Intent: 'Growing Strong Communities Together.'"
Western Water is the latest organisation to become a corporate subscriber of Women on Boards. Western Water provides water, recycled water and sewerage services to more than 160,000 people in Sunbury, Melton, Bacchus Marsh, the Macedon Rangesand surrounds. The organisation was the winner of the 2017 Hume Business Awards in the Diversity category for its first Diversity & Inclusion Action Plan. It is now well on track to achieving its diversity objectives and celebrated International Women's Day 2019 with a corporate subscription to Women on Boards.
Claire Braund, Executive Director at Women on Boards, said Western Water was a great example of what a smaller corporate employer could do in the area of diversity and inclusion through the commitment of the board, senior staff and a dedicated employee, such as Nicole, to the objectives.
'It also highlight's the important external facing, community role that regional and smaller companies have in our diversity economy," she said.