21 February 2022

Why I work in water: Lisa Warren

Lisa Warren loves dancing, practicing her French and German with friends who live there, and helping to drive a values-based culture to create and support an engaged and productive workforce at Hunter Water.

Since joining the organisation in 2017, Lisa has been working to raise awareness and encourage employees to participate in activities and training in her role as Senior HR Business Partner – Inclusion and Diversity.

She is currently implementing initiatives such as an Inclusion and Diversity (I&D) Strategy and Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP), which reinforce Hunter Water’s reputation as an inclusive employer.

“Our values of Leading, Learning, Inclusion, Wellbeing and Trust guide our people in their actions and behaviour at work and help us to make the right decisions.
Lisa Warren, Senior HR Business Partner - Inclusion and Diversity

“And, initiatives like the I&D Strategy and RAP are assisting our efforts to increase our supplier diversity through procurement, support disadvantaged groups within our community through community engagement activities, and provide education opportunities and employment pathways to disadvantaged people in our communities.”

In 2021, Hunter Water participated in the Diversity Council of Australia’s Inclusion@Work – a national survey of more than 3,000 workers.

The organisation qualified for the 2021/22 ‘Inclusive Employer’ title after exceeding the national benchmark in all four categories.

Lisa says it’s the proudest moment from her time at Hunter Water so far.

“This shows that our I&D and RAP initiatives are having a positive impact on our people, which I’m really proud of,” she says.

“Not only that, but it’s also a great thing for us in terms of demonstrating what an inclusive organisation we are, something that’s becoming increasingly important in this day and age.”

Visit our Inclusion and Diversity page for more information on our I&D Strategy, the Inclusive Employer title, and other initiatives.