Every day our people do amazing things and these achievements deliver value either internally, to a client or to the wider community. Jane Edwards is one of those individuals who has done Australia proud!
Jane was one of five winners in the Asia Pacific Recognise 2016 Awards for her PwC OnBoard submission. This is a fantastic achievement given there were nearly 400 entries from 15 territories across our Asia Pacific region. Jane had her outstanding contribution recognised at the annual Asia Pacific new partners conference in Hong Kong late last year. We asked Jane about her experience.
Tell us about your winning submission, and for those that don’t know, what ‘PwC OnBoard’ is?
PwC OnBoard is a program focused on helping our people (and some alumni and clients) secure not-for-profit (NFP) and Government board roles. Our submission focused on the difference our people are making to NFPs and the important work they do in our communities. It also shared some of the amazing diversity outcomes that PwC OnBoard has achieved, particularly in relation to gender and generational diversity.
What did it mean for you to win the Recognise Award?
It meant a huge amount! It was also a great story to teach my two girls about persistence as I had entered the Awards last year and, whilst PwC OnBoard was a country finalist for Australia, we didn’t win an award. I almost didn’t apply a
second time as I thought the opportunity had passed but I am so passionate about what PwC OnBoard is achieving that I gave it another go.
As the winner, you attended the new partners conference… tell us more about the event and the role you played.
The conference was an amazing opportunity to meet with new partners from across Asia Pacific. I attended a day of the conference which included a brilliant session from Luke focused on culture - and then an “Amazing Race” around Hong Kong in the afternoon - a great way to see Hong Kong!
Overall, how would you describe the experience and what you took away?
The experience was one of the best of my career. I have built a number of relationships with colleagues across the Asia Pacific and am continuing conversations with a couple of territories who are interested in setting up PwC OnBoard in their country, which I am working with them to achieve.
For further information about PwC OnBoard, reach out to Jane Edwards.
PwC has been recognised by clients as Market Leader in Australia at the Financial Review Client Choice Awards 2016. This award measures overall brand strength via a measure of 'leading firm' within independent research by Beaton Research and Consulting. These awards celebrate the best in professional services as voted by clients, buyers and users and the survey remains the largest study of clients of professional services in the world.
Partner Ben Gilbertson from PwC’s Strategy& team also received the Most Client Focused Management Consultant award in the practitioner category.
“To be recognised in this way by our clients is humbling and hugely rewarding”, said Ben. “But what we do for clients can only be achieved through our teams and with my colleagues. In my mind, the award reflects our collective endeavour and impact, and the value that we can deliver to clients when we bring the best of the firm.”
Congratulations to International Tax Services leader, Peter Collins, who has been awarded the Tax Institute of Australia's 2016 Corporate Tax Adviser of the Year.
This award is testament to the significant market brand Peter has built over the years at PwC. Nominated by Corporate Tax Senior Manager Jayde Thompson, Peter has played a large part in leading some of our practice's key market relevance initiatives such as our G20 sponsorship, our appearance at the Corporate Tax Senate Inquiry, and our market voice on BEPS, including hosting OECD Director Pascal Saint-Amans in our Sydney offices.
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