Meet Kristy

Name: Kristy Macfarlane

Your role: Head of Diversity & Inclusion

Region: Brisbane, Queensland

What’s your story?

Whilst I started as a Chartered Accountant, my love of people and doing the right thing has led me to a career in HR. As Head of Diversity & Inclusion it is about doing what is right, respecting people and making bold choices along the way to build a more inclusive community for all people. And why does this matter? I want my children and future generations to grow up being treated respectfully.

How have you made a difference?

Whilst I would hope my job makes a difference every day in allowing our people at NAB to be themselves. Personally, I aim to set the benchmark high and show that people juggling carer responsibilities and / or geography should not limit one’s mindset. Based in Brisbane close to my family, whilst my team and role are in Melbourne, I am able to work flexibly. My partner also works flexibly, as his team is based in Sydney. Some weeks we do airport handovers with our boys and no one week is ever the same; but in some crazy way we make it work so we can be close to family. I hope I show people the importance of believing in themselves, having the courage to step into new situations and not limiting their mindset based on their location or what they are juggling with at home. It should be about personal choice, doing what is right for you and having an organisation that believes in you - so you can be your best.

What are you passionate about?

I am passionate about all people from all walks of life being treated equally and I want to make Australia a more inclusive society. My happy place is on a remote beach off the Queensland Coast (Stradbroke Island), with my 2 boys and wonderful partner, (and perhaps with a cheeky glass of bubbles). This is what nourishes me and gives me perspective in the fast paced world that we all live. I find my balance and inspiration when I'm either at Straddie with friends and family or when I'm pushing through a morning run with some fabulous 80's song.

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