Q&A with David Jack

David Jack

Commercial Strategy, Aristocrat Technologies Australia

Why are you an advocate for gender equality in the gaming and hospitality industry? 

Fair and equal treatment regardless of gender is the baseline expectation of a 21st century industry; and seeing an industry focused on this equitable treatment of all must be the common aim of all participants from all levels of work. 

What have you done, personally, to support gender equality? 

I have recently been able to put together an executive development program at Aristocrat APAC (Australia, New Zealand and Asia Pacific) delivered entirely by women leaders within our business, either experienced or emerging. The first point to mention about that is to note the amazing talent in women leadership that we have at Aristocrat.  

The program itself is designed to ensure that learning opportunities in key knowledge areas, that make up the fundamentals of our business, are made available to leaders across APAC, both current and emerging. I’m delighted to say that 58% of participants of the program have been women, providing them with enhanced career opportunities within the group. 

In what ways have you assisted in normalising flexible working? 

I normalise it by practicing it myself. The current state of living provides a once in a generation opportunity to reset gender role expectations and tolerances; to that, I personally take the time to do at least my half of the workload at home, including home schooling, whilst working flexibly. This means being flexible in worktimes and priorities. Flexibility also entails attention to detail in communications; setting clear and reasonable expectations helps. I share my experiences with peers at Aristocrat and listen for ways to improve and adapt. It’s a known and understood condition of modern work that my boss Ben and I look to emulate constantly.