PwC's Women in Work events examined how boosting opportunities for women would give the Channel Islands’ economy a huge lift

On 6 and 7 March, we hosted events in both Guernsey and Jersey to highlight the benefits of having a diverse leadership team in business and how this links directly to higher economic performance.

During a week which celebrated International Women's Day (8 March), the packed events,  entitled ‘Women in Work: The Key to Economic Success in the Channel Islands’, delved deeper into how more women participating in work, more women leading local businesses, more women creating new businesses and closing the gender pay gap would give a massive lift to our local economy.

We firmly believes that the untapped source of talent and key to our Islands' future success are women. Together with a diverse panel of both local and international speakers in both Guernsey and Jersey, we explored how policymakers, educators and businesses can realise this untapped potential and, in doing so, bridge the skills gap and boost diversity, prosperity and growth in the Channel Islands.

The events, which had waiting list on both Islands, were held in Guernsey on 6 March at St James and in Jersey on 7 March at the Radisson Blu. Keynote speakers across both events included PwC UK's Diversity and Inclusion Consulting Leader, Jon Terry, Global CEO at Equiom Group, Sheila Dean, and PwC Northern Ireland 'TechSheCan' expert, Narelle Allen.

In Guernsey, they shared the stage alongside PwC's leadership team and Deputy Gavin St Pier (President of the Policy and Resources Committee, States of Guernsey), Lucy Ann Kirby (Head of Digital, Economic Development, States of Guernsey) and Andreas Tautscher (CEO, Altair Partners).

In Jersey, Jon, Sheila and Narelle were joined by Jess Dunsdon (ITV News Presenter, Channel TV), Rory Steel (Director of Beaulieu Institute of Technology), Becky Houze (4th Generation Dairy Farmer, Lodge Farm) and Nicolle Maltwood (Chairwoman, Women in Tech, Jersey).

The highly experienced panellists discussed real examples of how the most successful organisations have managed to achieve and benefit from greater gender diversity in senior roles.  As the use of automation and artificial intelligence gather pace, they  elaborated on how it’s often the skills that can’t be replicated by machines such as creativity, empathy and adaptability that are the most prized.

Interviews

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Q1. Is there a gender equality issue in Guernsey?
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Q2. What should government, business and education do to accelerate gender equality at work in Guernsey?
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Q3. Why do you think increasing female participation at work is a good idea?

Contact us

Leyla Yildirim

Chief Strategy Officer, Guernsey, PwC Channel Islands

Tel: +44 7781 161874

Evelyn Brady

Partner, Asset Management and Insurance, PwC Channel Islands

Tel: +44 7781 111525

Lisa McClure

Partner, Asset Management and Real Estate, PwC Channel Islands

Tel: +44 7700 838315

Abigail McDermott

Head of Marketing, PwC Channel Islands

Tel: +44 7700 838353

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