“To pave the way for the next generation of female business leaders, we need to stand up and show them. Inclusion is the way we act – as leaders we throw out ropes that others can grab. The more ropes we throw, the greater the opportunity becomes for others.

In a world filled at the top with men, it’s important we don’t fall into the ‘merit trap’ where bias creeps into selection processes.

Our future leaders should have different backgrounds, skill sets and leadership styles. If we continue to define merit as ‘people like us’ who have done what we have done, we will get more of the same, and not be able to meet the challenges of the future.

I have been fortunate in my career because people have taken a chance on me. Here I am, working for one of Australia’s largest financial services companies, without an insurance or banking background. Michael Cameron (Suncorp CEO) recognised my talent and was willing to think outside the square to bring something unique to the role.

Throughout my career, people have often believed in me before I believed in myself. I think that’s common for a lot of women. We often think we need to be 90 per cent ready to do the job but you can’t wait – you need to give it a shot.

Throughout my career, people have often believed in me before I believed in myself. I think that’s common for a lot of women.

I will always have a loud voice when it comes to gender equality – it’s my core belief and passion.

Amplifying and advocating for equality means being heard. You don’t have to look too deeply at my Twitter feed or calendar to see that I’m active in the community. I had some fantastic opportunities in 2017, speaking to schools, start-ups and other forums.

Gender parity for women and human rights go hand in hand. Everything we do must protect equality, regardless of age, gender, race, sexual orientation and belief.

Gender parity for women and human rights go hand in hand.

At the end of the day, we cannot forget we are helping customers and if we don’t have an organisation that is representative of our customers, we have a problem. You need to mirror the market you serve.”