Age discrimination and unconscious bias in recruitment

At our next Food for Thought Leader's Luncheon we will hear from guest speaker Alison Gaines, Chief Executive Officer of Gerard Daniels.

In the late 1980's, Alison drafted the Age Discrimination discussion paper for the WA Government and Equal Opportunity Commission, that led to age discrimination inclusion in the WA Equal Opportunity Act. She is now an influential leader in executive and boardroom recruitment nationally and internationally and dedicated to diversity and fairness in her work.

To further the discussion of our report Towards a Bright Future, we will explore how the need to attract and retain skilled, essential workers and diverse industries is vital to the Perth region. Alison will also discuss age discrimination in recruitment and how to avoid unconscious bias.

Meet our speakers and panellists

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Alison Gaines

Chief Executive Officer, Gerard Daniels

Alison Gaines is a member of the leadership team of Gerard Daniels, since 2006, and was appointed the Chief Executive Officer on 1 July 2018. Her practice area focuses on board and executive appointments and providing wider governance, performance, remuneration and organisational consulting to clients across all sectors and industries.

Alison has extensive non-executive director and director experience accrued over thirty years, in the not for profits, mutuals and public sectors, higher education and professional and management education.

Alison was Chief Executive Officer of the Law Society of Western Australia Inc. for nine years, also responsible for a charity, industry superannuation fund and insurance mutual. She was previously a Director in the Public Sector Management Office (Western Australian Government), responsible for whole of government strategic human resource policy, the Senior Executive Service, executive remuneration, CEO employment and government boards and committees.

In 2019 Alison was elected to the AESC Council of Asia Pacific and the Middle East and appointed as Chair of Regional Nominations & Governance and Member, Global Nomination & Governance Committee. Alison is President of the Australian Institute of Management WA, a Governor of The College of Law Ltd Australasia, a member of the 30% Club and a director of the INSEAD Director Network Board.

Alison was awarded an honorary doctorate of the University by Murdoch University in 2011 for services to the University and the community; and was recently awarded a Distinguished Alumni Medal. She holds Bachelor of Arts (hons) and Bachelor of Laws from The University of Western Australia, Master of Arts (Public Policy) from Murdoch University, Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice from the Australian National University and Graduate Certificate International Corporate Governance from INSEAD; and is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, Fellow of the Australian Institute of Management and Member of the Singapore Institute of Directors.

Acknowledgement of Country

The Committee For Perth acknowledges the traditional custodians throughout Western Australia and their continuing connection to the land, waters and community. We pay our respects to all members of the Aboriginal communities and their cultures; and to Elders both past and present.