Laing O’Rourke:
Journey to Reaching Gender Parity

Wednesday 20 July 2022  •  12:00pm – 1:00pm AEST

Join us and hear from Helen Fraser, General Manager – People, as she delves into addressing the gender pay gap.

This event is exclusive for Endorsed Employers.

Laing O'Rourke

Session details and format

The construction sector is renowned for its lack of diverse participation and the significant gender pay gap.

During this session, you will hear from Helen Fraser, General Manager – People at Laing O’Rourke, about how the company is tracking towards the goal of reaching 50% female participation by 2033 amongst its 5,500+ staff. Helen will share five key elements which are contributing to the success of the strategy, including a deep dive into addressing the gender pay gap.

Laing O’Rourke’s approach has been recognised by the Workplace Gender Equality Agency, with the company acknowledged as an Employer of Choice for Gender Equality in both 2020 and 2022.

The session will start off with a presentation and talk from Helen, followed by Q&A.

Meet the speaker

Helen joined Laing O’Rourke in May 2018 as General Manager of People. Helen has an extensive background in senior human resources roles stretching over more than 25 years across several industries. This includes 15 years in various roles at AECOM including Director of Human Resources, with responsibility for the function across Australia and New Zealand.

Throughout her career Helen has driven the development and delivery of leadership programmes, talent management and organisation design initiatives, employee engagement strategies and developed and implemented market leading gender diversity strategies. Helen has a particular interest in encouraging women to join and stay within the construction and engineering industry and creating innovative changes in the way the industry works, to lead to a diverse and sustainable industry.

Whilst with Laing O’Rourke, Helen has led a significant organisation restructure, has introduced a Gender Diversity Action Plan, a Flexible Working toolkit and has been focusing on productivity through using our HR technology to its potential. Helen also leads our Hub Executive Development Program. Helen is a key leader in increasing capacity and wellness of the people in Laing O’Rourke through implementation of the energy principles in collaboration with the Energy Project.

Helen graduated from the Queensland University of Technology with a Bachelor of Business (Human Resources Management), Graduate Diploma of Business (Industrial Relations) and Master of Business (Human Resource Management) and is a Fellow Certified Practitioner of Human Resources. She lives in Sydney with her partner Alex, who is a teacher, and two teenage daughters.

Helen Fraser

General Manager - People, Laing O'Rourke

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