1. Home

ARC recognised with Local Government Excellence - Women in Leadership Program

Armidale Regional Council (ARC) has been recognised with a NSW Local Government Excellence Award nomination for its Women in Leadership Program.

Council’s general manager James Roncon established the program after he commenced in 2021 and soon realised that there was a lack of female representation in leadership positions across all levels of the organisation.

“Developing opportunities for women to grow personally and professionally was a key objective of the change journey and culture development that the organisation had to undertake in 2021,” said Mr Roncon.

“Over the last couple of years we have put a lot of effort into providing a culture that fosters the growth of women and values their unique insights into leadership and management. Often women already possess many of the skills and attributes of a humanistic and encouraging values based leadership style so it makes good business sense that they should hold positions of influence.”

ARC has partnered with the Dattner Group whose flagship leadership courses and women’s programs are assisting women in council at all levels of leadership, on a transformational journey that links women’s ambition with their deepest sense of purpose and core values.

The goals around the program are to ensure gender parity within its leadership group and have women stepping up and driving change within the organisation and not only be seen, but more importantly heard and valued for their contribution. The impact of this program is not only on current participants, building confidence and leadership capability, but it will develop strong role models and mentors for the next generation of women who join Council.

“We are already starting to see women in the organisation that have been through the program stepping up and backing themselves to take on leadership positions,” said Mr Roncon.

“In the past women in the organisation have felt that they can’t influence a decision or contribute to creating a better workplace. Since we commenced our Restore and Thrive change journey and have an alumni of women who have completed the Women in Leadership Program I am starting to witness more and more women in the organisation sharing their unique insights and backing their own abilities to deliver some great initiatives for the community and the organisation.”

Latest stories

News

Council Small Grants program funds community initiatives
Community groups and organisations have shared in $20,000 funding via Armidale Regional Council’s latest round of community small grants.
Community collaboration delivers great program of events for NAIDOC Week 2024
Armidale Regional Council is proud to support and collaborate with groups and organisations from across the community, celebrating NAIDOC Week 2024 with a great program of events in Armidale. This year’s NAIDOC Week theme is ‘Keep the Fire Burning! Blak, Loud & Proud’.
Council unveils plan to deliver over 4000 new homes
Council has endorsed a draft Local Housing Strategy for public exhibition, building on a bold new growth agenda articulated in the recently adopted Local Strategic Planning Statement: Toward 50,000.
New manga collection launched at library
Lovers of Japanese comics can now immerse themselves in the captivating narratives and vibrant artwork of the new Manga Collection at Armidale Regional Libraries.
Council invites potential Local Government election candidates to Candidate Briefing Sessions
Council will be hosting 3 hour sessions (in Armidale and Guyra) which are essential for all potential candidates considering standing for election to understand what is entailed in being a councillor.
Council works with accommodation providers ahead of Cold Chisel event in Armidale
Armidale Regional Council has welcomed the news that iconic Australian rock group Cold Chisel will kick off its 50th anniversary tour in Armidale and is working with providers to ensure accommodation options for visitors.
Council seeks feedback on Brilliant Region Strategy
The future is looking bright for the Armidale Region, with residents now able to explore the Armidale Regional Council's Draft Brilliant Region Strategy 2024, currently available online for public exhibition.
Reconciliation Week gathers community across the region
Reconciliation Week activity across the region included the annual Armidale Reconciliation Bridge Walk and a beautiful morning tea hosted by Guyra Preschool and Long Day Care.
Applications open for Community Small Grants
Community groups, not-for-profit organisations, and individuals are invited to submit applications for Armidale Regional Council’s Community Small Grants.
Preparing All Communities Together (PACT) Network meeting confirms value of a network
Armidale PACT Network met for the second time and confirmed the value of having an established disaster preparedness and recovery network.