We are pleased to announce that Principality are our community tickets sponsor at this year’s Womenspire Awards!
We spoke to Management Development Consultant – Suzanne Sweeney, about the organisation and what it means to them to be part of Womenspire18!

Q1. Tell us about your organisation

We’re the sixth largest Building Society in the UK. We’ve helped people to save for their futures and buy homes for themselves for over 150 years.

We have big ambitions and we recognise that our colleagues are fundamental to the success of our business. We work extremely hard to ensure there is a level playing field for everyone who wants to progress their career with us and as such, we invest heavily in all our colleagues to provide opportunities for all.

At Principality we believe that our workplace culture underpins everything that we do, it’s who we are. It’s the way we do things around here. In fact, in April 2018 we were named as one the UK’s Best Workplaces™ by Great Place to Work.

We understand that the right culture is crucial to the on-going success of Principality and determines how we work together. Our values shape our culture and help guide our decision making and actions at every level. They provide the framework to influence how we work together and how we behave with our Members. We use them to guide decisions, improve our Member experience, recruit people and manage performance.

Q2. Why are you supporting the awards?

Womenspire recognises women from every aspect of life, from personal achievements to outstanding contribution, and at Principality we believe that recognition is important to achieving a healthy culture.

Chwarae Teg’s Womenspire Awards showcases the remarkable accomplishments of women across Wales and will inspire future generations and we are delighted to support awards that fit so well with our business’ culture, ambitions and values.

The ethics that underpin these awards will benefit both our colleagues and our Members, as Chwarae Teg are ensuring that equality and balance is and placed at the fore of Welsh society.

Q3. Why does gender equality matter to you?

We have more women than men working at Principality – in fact 61% of our colleagues are female.

As a business, we are committed to encouraging a more gender-balanced workforce at every level and we are taking active steps to address this, including the following:

• Signing up to the Women in Finance Charter, where we have set ourselves the target of having 33% of our senior managers as women by 2021.

• Reviewing and refreshing our recruitment processes to ensure that we attract female candidates to apply for more senior positions, as well as relaunching our careers page, rewording our job adverts and introducing gender balanced shortlists.

• Talent planning – we now have more women than men on our succession plans.

• Introducing agile working across the business.

• Rolling out compulsory unconscious bias training to all colleagues.

Supporting female colleagues through the Chwarae Teg career development programme is the latest step we have taken to providing our female colleagues with the opportunity to progress within their careers at Principality and we offer our full support to any colleague who wants to participate in the programme.

Q4. Why do you support the work of Chwarae Teg?

We have over 1100 colleagues over 55 workplaces across the whole of Wales. Whilst the majority of our colleagues are based in our Cardiff Head Office, we have a number of staff in the 53 branches across five regions in Wales, stretching from Pwllheli all the way to Aberystwyth.

We recognise that the geographical distance in our workplaces can make participating in Cardiff-based development training almost impossible for some of our female colleagues who already have busy lifestyles and commitments outside of work so we’re always looking for alternative ways to make career development opportunities obtainable for all.

We support the work of Chwarae Teg because their flexible working style provides all of our colleagues across all regions of Wales with the opportunity to achieve an apprenticeship through a working pattern that fits their busy lifestyles and differing routines – regardless of where in Wales they’re based.

Chwarae Teg’s commitment to encouraging the best talent in Wales, regardless of gender, compliments our diversity and inclusion strategy, which outlines how we will choose colleagues based on their skill and ability, while seeking to promote equality in the workplace.

Womenspire18 Tickets available from Eventbrite