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Libby Lyons, Director of the Workplace Gender Equality Agency, will launch Australia’s fifth year of gender reporting data including the latest figures on the gender pay gap, women’s representation in leadership and emerging trends in employer action.
Libby will be joined by Elysia McCaffrey, Deputy Head of the UK Government Equalities Office and Head of Gender, to share the UK’s experience following its first year of data collection under new gender pay gap legislation.
Libby was appointed Director of the Workplace Gender Equality Agency in October 2015. She oversees the statutory reporting process that gathers gender equality data from more than 12,000 employers, covering more than 4 million employees. Soon after starting her appointment at the Agency, Libby initiated the development of a strategic plan focused on maximising the Agency’s world-leading dataset and expanding the reach and impact of gender reporting nationally and internationally.
As part of this strategic vision, Libby has travelled to Singapore, Chile, Vietnam, Korea and Japan to speak with government and private enterprise on the business case for gender equality and the Agency’s dataset. She also presented at the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women in New York in 2018.
In leading the Agency, Libby is focused on working closely with employers to achieve gender equality and takes part in regular roundtable and speaking events with business leaders and their peers to share experiences, challenges and successes in creating workplaces where the skills and ambitions of employees are equally recognised and rewarded regardless of gender.
Recently, Libby featured in 200 women who will change the way you see the world, as well as Apolitical 100 Most Influential People Working in Gender Policy 2018 list.
Prior to joining the Agency Libby had a distinguished career in corporate affairs and government relations, including heading up BHP Billiton’s Olympic Dam corporate affairs division, as well as senior roles at Atlas Iron, CITIC Pacific Mining, Alcoa Australia, the Western Power Corporation and Telstra.
Libby has a strong personal commitment to public service, having started her career as a primary school teacher. She also sat on the boards of non-profit organisations SIDS and Kids WA, and was Executive Chairman for Kalparrin, a charity that supports the carers of children with disabilities.
Elysia is the Deputy Head of the UK’s Government Equalities Office and leads work on gender equality, primarily leading work to close the gender pay gap. This includes the implementation of new Gender Pay Gap reporting requirements, increasing the number of women on boards, increasing women’s political representation, and representing the UK on gender issues internationally.
Elysia is passionate about gender equality and has a background in leading large-scale operations and change programmes.