MechLog’s CEO, Jillian Aylett Brown, has been selected to participate in the Tasmanian Government’s and the Australian Institute of Company Directors’ Board Diversity Governance Scholarships Programme.
Ms Aylett Brown said she was honoured and delighted to be selected and that programmes such as these represented a positive and crucial step forward in encouraging women to participate in business and to diversify organisation and company boards to reflect the wider community.
“I would like to congratulate the Tasmanian Government and the Australian Institute of Company Directors for initiating the Board Diversity Governance Scholarships Programme. I would also like to congratulate my fellow scholarship winners. Our collective experience across many primary industry sectors is a relatively untapped resource with great potential to guide and grow the Tasmanian economy. This programme will serve to encourage other women to consider taking up positions of influence in companies and organisations; and in doing so benefit Tasmania and the sectors to which they bring their experience and expertise,” Ms Aylett Brown said.
In a recent media release, the Minister for Health & Minister for Women, the Hon. Sarah Courtney MP, said that Tasmania’s Liberal Government is committed to creating a more inclusive Tasmania to empower women to fully participate in the State’s economic, social, political, and community life.
“The Board Diversity Governance Scholarships Programme is offered in partnership with the Tasmanian Government and the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD). The Programme offers several corporate governance course scholarships to increase leadership skills of Tasmanian women. This year, the Programme focussed on industries where women are traditionally under-represented,” Minister Courtney said.
“Programmes like this partnership with the AICD ensure that the number of women on Tasmanian boards and committees continues to grow.
“As of September 30, 2019, women comprised 44.5 per cent representation on Tasmanian Government boards and committees. In July 2015, the Women on Boards Strategy was released, at which time women held 33.8 per cent of all board positions.
“Applications for the 2019-20 Programme have recently closed, attracting a strong field of 73 applicants. The selection process has now been completed and I would like to congratulate the six successful applicants who have been awarded scholarships,” Minister Courtney said.
The 2019-2020 recipients of The Board Diversity Governance Scholarships Programme, offered in partnership with the Tasmanian Government and the Australian Institute of Company Directors, are as follows:
- Jillian Aylett Brown: Forestry
- Rachel Brown: Agriculture
- Davina Gregory-Dunsmuir: Agriculture
- Abigail Foley: Engineering/construction
- Jo Fearman: Aquaculture
- Phillipa Sims: Aquaculture
Ms Aylett Brown said that MechLog is an Australian forestry services company that commenced operations in 1994.
“MechLog has established its brand and its ‘Forestry with Care’ approach to industry practices as a respected services provider to the sector,” Ms Aylett Brown said.
“Over the years, MechLog has kept pace with the expectations of the industry and the community, of which good governance and management are critical. This is why The Board Diversity Governance Scholarships Programme is so important.
“Partnerships, such as this one between the Tasmanian Government and the Australian Institute of Company Directors, will offer the forestry industry – and specifically MechLog – a very real opportunity to demonstrate our professionalism and commitment to continual good corporate practices within the forestry sector.
“By embracing changes within the industry, improving governance, adopting new technologies, and maintaining a fleet of modern equipment, MechLog will continue to build a successful sustainable business. MechLog’s goal is to create greater efficiencies and improve productivity to meet the requirements of our clients and the demands of the end-users,” Ms Aylett Brown said.