Leading the opportunities for gender equality in workplace leadership

16 Mar 2016

Ms Lyn Brun, the Manager Corporate Strategy and Systems at Access Housing, is one of the specially selected participants in the Property Council WA’s 2016 Women in Property mentoring program.

The program, which will be officially launched on Thursday 17 March, will welcome and pair 21 mentees from the WA property sector with their mentors, also from WA’s property sector, for an intensive five month professional development program.

Now in its second year in WA, the ground breaking Women in Property mentoring program focuses on women who are aspiring to senior leadership positions in the property sector and matches them with senior leaders within the industry. This program differentiates itself from other mentoring experiences by aligning mentors and mentees through a rigorous matching process. Once paired the participants undertake a thorough experiential, interactive process including workshops with mentees and facilitated group discussions.

In recent years a growing need to promote, support and encourage women in the property industry has been identified. The Diversity Committee of the Property Council is the key driver of promoting the success of women and fostering participation of women. This program will focus on specific networking, learning and promoting the positive influence women have on their companies and contributions they make to the sector as a whole.

LynBrunAs Manager of Access Housing’s Corporate Strategy and Systems, Ms Brun (pictured) undertakes and oversees strategic level and business development research and analysis in order to explore new business opportunities and understand our existing services in more detail. In addition to this, Ms Brun also manages Access Housing’s Corporate Communications activities and IT team and is part of Access Housing’s Executive Management team.

Prior to joining Access Housing in 2013 Ms Brun held a range of teaching, research, project management and leadership roles across Queensland and Western Australia. Ms Brun holds a Bachelor of Education and Master of Education and is a member of AICD and member of ACE.

“I am genuinely excited by the opportunity afforded to me by my employer and the Property Council in their Women in Property mentoring program,” Ms Brun said.

“Learning from a wide array of experienced leaders and developing critical networks can both help me develop my capacity and then contribute more broadly to improving gender equality in workplaces.”

In addition to Ms Brun’s selection as a mentee, Access Housing Chief Executive Officer Mr Garry Ellender is participating for the second year running as a program mentor.

“I have a strong personal commitment to improve gender equality in senior management and leadership roles,” Mr Ellender said.

“Access Housing is proud to be involved with this initiative and believes the Women in Property mentoring program is a great way to bring about change and provide opportunities for women.”

At 16 March 2016 Access Housing’s workforce had a 69% majority of female employees and a 63% majority of female management staff at Executive and non-Executive level.