Catherine McNair, QBE (Australia)
Job title: Head of diversity & inclusion, Australia and New Zealand
Catherine McNair is the head of diversity and inclusion at QBE Insurance Australia and New Zealand. She brings deep subject matter expertise with over 10 years’ experience delivering innovative and impactful diversity and inclusion strategies with people at the centre. McNair is passionate about working collaboratively with senior leaders and organisations, taking a solutions driven approach, enabling future thought leaders and workplaces. Her career spans over 20 years in a range of industries and organisations, including Minter Ellison, King Wood Mallesons and Deloitte. For McNair, creating an inclusive workplace is a way of life. QBE itself is committed to a workplace culture in which all employees are respected for who they are and can bring their whole selves to work every day. It was a significant milestone for the organisation – and a testament to McNair’s skill as an HR professional – to be named as one of Australia’s top LGBTI inclusion employers, receiving gold employer status in the 2019 Australian Workplace Equality Index. The ranking sees the general insurer advance from bronze status last year to become the highest-rated insurer on Australia’s benchmarking instrument for LGBTI workplace inclusion.