Principal, Senet Compliance Academy
What do you consider to be the greatest achievement of your career so far?
For the past 25 years I have been very fortunate to work with some outstanding organisations in a range of countries including KPMG, ANZ Bank, Santander and Royal Bank of Scotland in Australia, UK and Jersey in the Channel Islands, which is where I met my husband and now business partner, Julian Hoskins.
The highlight of my career, however, has been consolidating my strategic, risk and compliance knowledge from decades in management consulting to help build specialist gambling law and regulatory compliance advisory firm, Senet.
What excites you most about working in the gaming and/or hospitality industry?
There are so many facets to the gaming industry and, in terms of the work we do, the legal, regulatory and compliance framework is very complex. More complex than any other industry because there are so many pieces of legislation. Being highly regulated and a ‘issue-rich’ industry, it affords the opportunity for advisors like me to work across a range of sectors and advise on a diverse spectrum of issues across risk and compliance. I also have the benefit of being able to work alongside people on a day-to-day basis who are equally as passionate, thrive on complex problems and finding solutions for clients and advancing the industry.
What do you think is the most significant barrier for women in the industry today, and how do you think this barrier can be overcome?
Women face barriers in a whole range of ways so negotiation skills should be developed as early in your career, or indeed earlier, if possible. Women tend to lean back when it comes to negotiating for things like salary, division of household domestic and childcare responsibilities so it is an important skill to master. Covid has also helped to reframe other issues that women have had to grapple with including flexible work arrangements and working from home. With men also working from home and flexibly, it creates the space women need to advance their own career. Lastly, pay inequity continues to be an issue across a wide range of industries so if I was contemplating moving organisations then I would be seeking out an employer where pay parity is policy.
What advice would you give a woman entering the gaming and/or hospitality industry?
I think there is tremendous opportunity for women in and/or considering entering the industry. My career has largely been working in other industries advising organisations across a wide range of sectors from financial services, government, telecommunications to natural resources. I have been able to directly transfer the skills and knowledge gained from those experiences across to Senet which has been extremely valuable, especially in an industry that is as diverse and multi-faceted as the gambling industry. Being able to provide a fresh lens to a wide range of issues that clients are dealing with on a day-to-day basis to help solve their problems is extremely rewarding.