Helen Easton, Director of People and Culture, Darlington Building Society

Helen Easton, Director of People and Culture

Published 8 March 2023

Darlington Building Society is celebrating International Women’s Day by announcing its support for a government initiative to help more women progress into senior finance roles.

The Society has made a commitment to sign up to the Women in Finance Charter, established by HM Treasury to achieve greater diversity, and fairness in financial services.

The Society’s Director of People and Culture, Helen Easton, said: “Becoming a signatory of the charter is an important part of our equality, diversity, and inclusion agenda. We’re working towards becoming a signatory and expect to sign in September.”

The Charter requires financial organisations to support the progression of women into senior roles by focusing on the executive pipeline and mid-tier management level.

It recognises that firms have different starting points but requires them to report publicly on progress to meet internal targets that support the “transparency and accountability needed to drive change”.

Helen added: “Darlington Building Society is a very enlightened employer that embraces all levels of equality, inclusion and diversity and we still want to drill down into the detail to see what else can be done to support our women employees to progress through leadership levels within the business.”

International Women’s Day, which takes place annually on March 8, is a global celebration of the social, economic, cultural, and political achievements of women, in addition to calling for gender equality and women’s rights.

It will be marked this year across the Society’s branch network and head office, with coffee mornings as we come together to celebrate our differences and collectively #EmbraceEquity.

“We want to take time to celebrate the achievements of our female staff but also their male colleagues who support them in the business,” said Helen, who is an advocate of the Women Leaders Association, and a mentor for the Girls Network, a charity dedicated to inspiring and empowering girls from disadvantaged communities.

The Society is also creating an internal women’s network as part of a leadership development programme being launched this year. The network is aimed at female members of staff supporting each other and identifying ways for women to progress their career within the business.

“One of the key areas women are looking for in the latest employment research is a more flexible way of working and that is something Darlington Building Society strongly believes in as an employer,” said Helen.

Find out what opportunities there are to join Darlington Building Society, here.