POWER Q&A: Nicola Quayle, Senior Partner, KPMG

How is NPW different from other groups that promote gender equality?
I would say the difference is Simone. The energy and passion she brings to the agenda is refreshing.

Simone captures it nicely when she talks about her desire to get women together not to just talk about the diversity or inclusion issues, but to talk about business. NPW gives women a forum, with a great reach, to have different discussions and to talk about women in business rather than general diversity issues. That’s slightly different to the take some groups have.

How do you accelerate gender diversity in your everyday practice?
I do it in lots of different ways. I’ve always hated the phrase “role models”, but when you reach a certain level in your career then you are a role model, whether you like it or not, and you have to respond to that.

Senior women are proof that women can have a very successful career, and the younger generation really needs to see that. It’s up to us to show the way, to lead, and bring our male leaders with us, because inclusivity is not just a female topic, it’s a business issue. It’s an economic imperative and a social responsibility. I think sometimes it falls on the females in organisations to create the agenda so that we bring the whole of the leadership team with us.

Within KPMG, I’m really fortunate because our leaders right across the organisation get the business case and economic need to have a socially mobile and inclusive workforce.

by Carolyn Howgego

Carolyn Howgego is a PR consultant, media relations specialist and content creator powered by Northern Power Women.


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