Male Champion of Change Tom Walley

Male Champion of Change Tom Walley

Empowering women to have their say and bring their skills to the table is imperative if we are to continue to evolve as a business.

What are your thoughts on flexibility?

I am a massive advocate for flexibility. I believe there are many important things in life that can at times take priority over work. Family, friends, hobbies and down time are all important. As a senior leader I believe it’s critical to create an environment where every role can be flexible to allow our people to get the most out of their work and personal lives!

What do you do as a senior leader in FCTG to support women?

Often men are single-minded and have a confidence (often misguided!) about their ability

Getting more women into senior roles in one of my major goals. To do this there are two key things that we have managed to implement:

  1. Ensure that on every senior role interview there are 4 panelists - two men and two women
  2. Ensure that on every senior role interview there are equal numbers of male and female candidates.

To get number two to happen, I insist that we seek out capable women who may not have put their hand up. Women often don’t due to fear of not having every skill required for the role. The reality is that men don't have every skill either - they are just better at pretending they do!

What advice would you give to your daughters, Emma and Laura, to ensure they are successful and happy at work?

All too often women doubt their abilities at work. I think this is often due to overthinking it! Often men are single-minded and have a confidence (often misguided!) about their ability. My advice to Emma and Laura is to back their ability. They are and will be very capable, smart humans who can do whatever they set their mind to. They need to be willing to take a risk and know that their abilities will ensure they succeed!

My fierce daughters.... Emma and Laura
Emma and Laura Walley

Why is empowering women in FCTG crucial to our success?

Women are 75% of our organisation and yet make up less than 50% of our senior management. It’s really important that every team has diverse thinking, ideas and personality types. Empowering women to have their say and bring their skills to the table is imperative if we are to continue to evolve as a business.

Which woman would you like to have dinner with and why? Living or dead.

Amelia Earhart. She was the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic and tried (in vain) to circumnavigate the globe in an aircraft. I love flying (used to be a pilot), planes, travel and explorers! She embraced all of these traits and by all accounts was a pretty brave woman! I reckon she would have some good stories to tell!!

Tom Walley

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