Julie McKay is a Partner and the Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer at PwC, with responsibility for leading the firm’s internal D&I transformation as well as supporting clients to adopt inclusive practices that realise the benefits of diversity.
Prior to commencing with PwC, Julie spent 9 years as the Executive Director of UN Women Australia, working across Government, the private sector and the community to identify the barriers to gender equality and challenging the laws, policies and attitudes that perpetuate inequality. Julie has represented UN Women Australia and the Australian Government at numerous United Nations Conferences and UN Missions and has a detailed understanding of global policy responses and best practice regarding equality and inclusion.
For the last 3 years, Julie has also served as the Gender Advisor to the Chief of the Australian Defence Force (CDF) and in that role has spent time across Australia understanding military culture and addressing the structural and attitudinal barriers to gender equality within Defence. In addition to supporting the CDF’s response to the Broderick Review into unacceptable behaviour in the military, Julie led a review of the recruitment process which has resulted in substantial changes to the recruitment model. She has worked with senior leaders to design their diversity and inclusion strategies and associated targets and continues to play an advisory role to the CDF and Chiefs of Service on strategy implementation.
In 2014 Julie completed a Churchill Fellowship studying the experience of mining, engineering and technology companies in supporting women into senior leadership positions, comparing the experiences of companies in the US, UK, Sweden and Chile. She understands the need for companies to lead societal change, but also the need to support individual employees who might be the ‘pioneers’ in their role or industry. Julie has worked with leadership teams, employee networks and individuals to build understanding of the benefits of inclusion and how this can be achieved for all.
Julie convenes the Queensland Male Champions of Change, supporting the CEOs of some of Queensland’s largest employers to deliver on their diversity commitments.
Julie is the Chair of the Women’s College at the University of Sydney and a Board Member of Brisbane Girls Grammar School.