Coun­cil row over male nomination

Western Suburbs Weekly - - News - By JU­LIAN WRIGHT

AN ar­gu­ment for gen­der di­ver­sity fell on some deaf ears in the nomination of Ray Glick­man as an Ocean Gar­dens board di­rec­tor.

The board, which al­lows for up to six peo­ple, used a re­cruit­ment firm to search for suit­able can­di­dates and set­tled on Mr Glick­man, who is Amana Liv­ing chief ex­ec­u­tive and mem­ber of the Statu­tory Plan­ning Com­mis­sion with the WA Plan­ning Com­mis­sion.

Town of Cam­bridge Mayor Keri Shan­non ex­pressed con­cern at this week’s coun­cil meet­ing about nom­i­nat­ing an­other male and “CEO-type” to fill a po­si­tion on the board. She said she pre­ferred to see a woman in the role with a back­ground in health for greater di­ver­sity.

Mr Glick­man’s po­si­tion at the aged care “op­po­si­tion” was also raised as a po­ten­tial con­flict of in­ter­est.

Coun­cil­lors So­nia Grin­ceri and Corinne MacRae agreed his cre­den­tials were out­stand­ing and that the board would be lucky to have him.

Cr Tracey King said Mr Glick­man should not be over­looked be­cause he did not wear a frock.

The nomination was sup­ported by a ma­jor­ity and passed.

Ms Shan­non’s mo­tion to write to Ocean Gar­dens chief ex­ec­u­tive to en­cour­age greater di­ver­sity and sug­gest he re­view the board ap­point­ment cri­te­ria did not gain enough sup­port from her fel­low coun­cil­lors.

The cur­rent board mem­bers are Si­mon With­ers, Michael Hol­lett, Lee Ve­rios, Eric Hooper and Anthony Kinder.

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