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Flexible Working Day 21 June 2017

Senior leaders get flexible

  • ‘Flexible Working Day’ is being held across Australia on Wednesday 21 June 2017
  • features toolkits and other resources
  • Details of senior leaders who have signed up as Ambassadors are now on the website
More than a dozen senior leaders from corporate, government and non-profit organisations across Australia have already pledged their support for the first-ever ‘Flexible Working Day’ on Wednesday 21 June 2017 by signing up as official ambassadors.

Ambassadors will lead a discussion around flexible working in Australia on 21 June 2017 and include:
  • Lisa Annese, CEO, Diversity Council of Australia
  • Natalie Goldman, CEO, FlexCareers
  • Jessica May, founder and CEO of Enabled Employment
  • Ashley Winnett, Executive Director – People, Performance and Culture, GM Holden
  • James Downie, CEO, Independent Hospital Pricing Authority (IHPA)
  • Gemma Saunders, Head of Organisational Development— Diversity & Inclusion at Medibank
  • Kim Brennan, Australian World Champion, Olympian and Olympic Gold Medal winning rower 
  • Tracey Spicer, author, journalist and television presenter 
  • Yasmin Grigaliunas, Australia’s most flexible worker – 500 days travelling Australia in a campervan with her young family, working full-time flexibly!
  • Mike Watson, Founder of Flexion Consulting 
  • Nicole Lessio, Executive Director, The Parenthood
  • Hayley Windsor, millennial, business consultant, yogi and creative

Vanessa Vanderhoek, the businesswoman taking the lead on advocating for flexible working arrangements by launching ‘Flexible Working Day’, is excited by the number of senior leaders showing their commitment to flexible working practices as ambassadors for this new national day.

“The caliber of ambassadors and the breadth of organisations they represent is a clear demonstration of Australia’s commitment to flexible working practices, and I’m extremely excited to be working alongside these professionals to lead a national discussion on this important topic later this month,” Ms Vanderhoek said.

“With organisations of all shapes and sizes embracing flexible working arrangements, the focus of the national Flexible Working Day on 21 June will be providing tools for employers to make the most of flexible working, and supporting a discussion between employees and employers about this important modern work practice”.

Ambassadors will celebrate Flexible Working Day by hosting events within their own organisations to celebrate their own successful flexible working arrangements. They will also add to their voices to a national discussion about flexible work in Australia on social media.

Flexible Working Day will also see the release of a new survey outlining just how flexible Australia is in the workplace with early results already showing that flexibility is key to loyalty and retaining employees. With data showing that Australia lags many other countries in the world in terms of flexibility, it’s important that companies and their employees have the tools and information they need to explore flexible working.

The national day will breakdown stereotypes of flexible working, showing examples of how flexible working arrangements benefit both men and women, and will highlight that flexibility is not only for people bringing up families.

Flexible Working Day is proudly supported by FlexCareers, The Parenthood and Women’s Agenda.
For more information, visit or join the conversation with #FWDay2017 #FlexWorkFullLife #TackleFlexism


Vanessa Vanderhoek is available for interview. A range of case studies are also available.
Media contact: Jack Walden, or 0428 300 090