Warren Shirley

Warren, a Chemical and Process Engineering graduate from the University of Canterbury, New Zealand, embarked on a career marked by a commitment to gender equity. Influenced by the gender-balanced engineering classes of the 1990s and inspired by his family’s non-traditional career paths, Warren advocates for equal opportunities in the workplace. Starting in the male-dominated environment of an oil refinery, Warren’s mission began when he observed inequity in the treatment of a female colleague.

As he advanced in seniority, Warren became an advocate for gender equity, believing advocacy needed to be more than just words. Co-chair of the Shell Equity and Empowerment Committee (SEEN), Warren actively engages in promoting diversity through mentoring programs, policy reviews, and workshops.

His leadership in SEEN contributed to its transformation from an events organising committee to an active policy-influencing group. His contribution also extends to facilitating targeted “Engaging Men” workshops that aim to address reluctance in increasing gender diversity and create a network of male advocates.

Warren’s advocacy extends beyond gender to collaboration with other employee networks. He successfully advocated for positive hiring practices, resulting in a 50 per cent increase in females in his engineering team. Recognising the importance of sustaining diversity, Warren mentors over 30 females, initiates nationwide conversations on gender equality, and contributes to the “People Powering Prelude” committee.

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Warren, a Chemical and Process Engineering graduate from the University of Canterbury, New Zealand, embarked on a career marked by a commitment to gender equity. Influenced by the gender-balanced engineering classes of the 1990s and inspired by his family’s non-traditional career paths, Warren advocates for equal opportunities in the workplace. Starting in the male-dominated environment of an oil refinery, Warren’s mission began when he observed inequity in the treatment of a female colleague.

As he advanced in seniority, Warren became an advocate for gender equity, believing advocacy needed to be more than just words. Co-chair of the Shell Equity and Empowerment Committee (SEEN), Warren actively engages in promoting diversity through mentoring programs, policy reviews, and workshops.

His leadership in SEEN contributed to its transformation from an events organising committee to an active policy-influencing group. His contribution also extends to facilitating targeted “Engaging Men” workshops that aim to address reluctance in increasing gender diversity and create a network of male advocates.

Warren’s advocacy extends beyond gender to collaboration with other employee networks. He successfully advocated for positive hiring practices, resulting in a 50 per cent increase in females in his engineering team. Recognising the importance of sustaining diversity, Warren mentors over 30 females, initiates nationwide conversations on gender equality, and contributes to the “People Powering Prelude” committee.