The success of the YWCA Auckland's Gender Tick programme has led to the appointment of Dr Kaisa Wilson as a director of the programme.

The charity has also appointed workplace wellbeing specialist Zoe Brownlie to the role of programme lead, workplace, which includes the Equal Pay Awards.

Wilson, a recognised diversity and inclusion practitioner, has worked with a range of companies in the public, private and NGO sectors for 20 years.

The Gender Tick accreditation programme was launched last year to encourage businesses to prove their commitment to providing a fair workplace for all employees regardless of gender.

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YWCA Auckland chief executive Dellwyn Stuart says Wilson's appointment to a permanent role shows the strong interest the programme has received in the six months since it launched.

"The programme has been very well received, in large part due to Kaisa's expertise and the support of our founding members. As director, she will help more companies gain Gender Tick accreditation and will ensure the criteria for assessment is future proofed while the nature of work evolves globally," she says.

The founding members of the Gender Tick are Lion NZ, Coca-Cola Amatil, Fonterra, Auckland Council, Skycity Entertainment Ltd and Air New Zealand who, between then, have more than 45,000 employees.

The Equal Pay awards programme has also been given a boost through the appointment of Zoe Brownlie as a workplace programme lead.

Brownlie has joined YWCA Auckland after working in a variety of workplace wellbeing roles including most recently at Auckland District Health Board, where

"Zoe is ideally suited to this new role and we are delighted to have her skillset at YWCA," Stuart says. "Her experience working to improve gender inequities in NZ and the UK will be a real asset for companies who enter the awards."