Q&A with Christine Anderson, Global Head of HR: A New Vision for Gender Equality

"Creating gender equity needs to be supported at all levels of an organization and is everyone’s responsibility." 

During the month of March, Brunel has celebrated the strong and powerful women that make up our diverse, global company. We're ending the month by hearing from our Global Head of Human Resources Christine Anderson on her vision for gender equality, both at Brunel and in the workforce as a whole. 

Bio: Christine Anderson

Global Head of Human Resources, Brunel

Christine Anderson has recently joined Brunel as our Global Head of Human Resources leading our People & Culture strategy. She is Australian and is based in the Netherlands where she lives with her family. With 17 years’ HR experience, she has lead teams across diverse geographies and industries. As a strong advocate for Diversity & Inclusion, her approach is to actively get everyone involved, educate and mostly importantly learn!  

What has International Women’s Day (IWD) meant for you?

"IWD allows us to reflect on the women who were and continue to be trailblazers for equal opportunity. It’s also a time that I reflect on the women and allies who have championed me throughout my career. I’ve been with Brunel for two months as Global Head of Human Resources and have felt inspired by the diversity of our female leaders and their career journeys." 

What’s your vision for gender equality?

"For me personally, it has always been about being true to who you are and fostering an environment where women feel included and that they belong. In the past I have adjusted my style to be more accepted, however in the end, being yourself is important, and having others around you accept you for your true authentic self is equally important. As a female leader I share my own experiences as a way of creating safe spaces for others, and to create an environment that empowers conversations and sharing."

How to achieve gender equity 

"Creating gender equity needs to be supported at all levels of an organization and is everyone’s responsibility. There are many ways this can be achieved; however, it starts with leading by example. Walk the talk, be vulnerable and unafraid to call out biases, and then own the opportunity to identify and address them.  
Education is also key; continue to build your knowledge of gender bias, and initiate activities within your team that allows for conversation. Sometimes these conversations can be difficult, and that’s okay. What is important is that woman feel safe to share their experiences and to discuss opportunities.
Leaders play a pivotal role in ensuring gender equity and can achieve this through hiring, development and succession to ensure gender balance and equal opportunity. Remember, a diverse workforce allows for diversity of thought, creates innovation and drives organizational capability!" 

What else is important?

"When it comes to gender equality, listening and learning is crucial. Whether you are a woman or an ally supporting women, be willing to listen and learn, help open up spaces without taking over, do your research and be reflective of your impact." 

What would you say to your younger self?

"It’s really simple, just be you!"