(Photo: Some of the team at Roadside promoting Roadside Services and Solutions equality and diversity on International Women’s Day are (from left) Corporate Services Assistant Michell Dunn, Corporate Services Manager Andrea Dunkley, Customer Service Officer Lynda Cox, Managing Director Jared Watkins, Line Marking Scheduling Coordinator Lina Tyrell and Human Resources Manager Catherine Vickers)
With more than 20% of Roadside staff being female and many undertaking roles in traditionally male-dominated jobs, Roadside is proud of all our team and the contribution they are making to creating a safer environment on Australian roads.
Roadside is also proud women are significantly represented in Roadside’s management team delivering expertise and leadership growing the Roadside company brand with knowledge and professional service.
Roadside Managing Director Jared Watkins said Roadside proudly celebrates and champions women and gender equality and diversity on International Women’s Day and every day at each of the company’s operations across Australia.
“We are proud of the culture and workplace we have created at Roadside that makes every staff member feel valued in the role they deliver in our organisation,” Jared Watkins says.
It is Roadside’s line marking division which continues to lead the way in attracting talented females into traditionally male-dominated roles.
Sandy Newnham recently shared her experiences and work she undertakes in the Linemarking division.
“I had no experience as a linemarker. My experience was in business and in six months I became an experienced member of the Roadside linemarking team,” Sandy Newnham said.
“Roadside has a commitment to gender equality so there is no limitation on anyone joining the business.
“You can do anything you want to do. You can upgrade skills, you can do things you would never do. it’s a career opportunity and there are advancements in the company. If you want to learn there are opportunities to do this.
“Equality, commitment, diversity, they have it all,” says Sandy Newnham.
Roadside is entering its 12th year of operation and led the way from the very start with gender diversity and equality encouraging talented females to join the company. The first company general manager was a female.
Jared Watkins says, “Having had a female general manager in the business has encouraged other females to join the company and we’re fortunate that many stay with us over the journey.”
Roadside Services and Solutions HR manager Catherine Vickers says one of the big attractions for women taking up roles at Roadside is the company’s openness to flexible work.
“We offer part-time options but do not diminish the expertise and skill these people bring to the business.
“We’re constantly looking to encourage more females to work in our industry.
“We uphold equal opportunity policies to recognise skill, capabilities, behaviour and performance based on merit. Having a diverse gender balance brings all those values to life,” Catherine Vickers says.
Roadside Services and Solutions takes the opportunity to acknowledge the contribution of all women at this year’s celebration of International Women’s Day.