Leadership Jersey are delighted that Wendy Orr has agreed to speak with us whilst she is over visiting Standard Bank. Wendy is the Group Head of Inclusion for the Group and is responsible for three functions, namely Diversity and Inclusion, Employee Wellbeing, and Corporate Social Investment.
Wendy is a Medical Doctor who has worked in the areas of equity, transformation, diversity and inclusion since 1999, when she took up the role of Director: Transformation and Employment Equity at the University of the Witwatersrand. She held this position for six years, during which time she was responsible for employment equity and transformation planning and strategy processes for the entire institution, as well as the development and implementation of a number of capacity building programmes for black and female academic staff. After leaving the University, she worked as a consultant, servicing a wide range of clients in the areas of employment equity, diversity and organisational culture. Immediately prior to moving to Standard Bank she was head of Transformation and Organisational Development at Absa Capital.
Her career path turned from medicine to diversity and inclusion after she had served three years as a Commissioner on the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) of South Africa – a position to which she was appointed by then President Nelson Mandela. Her path to the TRC began in 1985 when, while working at the District Surgeon’s Office in Port Elizabeth, she became the first and only doctor in government employment to reveal evidence of police torture of political detainees, when she successfully sought a Supreme Court interdict against the police to stop them from assaulting and torturing political detainees. Subsequent to this she remained active in health and human rights issues, particularly in respect of the rights of political detainees.
She is the recipient of the following awards, amongst others:
The Star newspaper Women of the Year Award in 1985
The Civil Rights League Human Rights Award in 1990
The MK Seedat Health and Human Rights Award in 1997
The UN Association for Human Rights citizenship award in 1998.
The Benjamin Pogrund Medal for advancing the cause of non-racialism at Wits in 2001.
The SA Women for Women’s Award in Health in 2006
The NMMU Council Prestige Award for “rendering exceptional service, which has made a significant impact on the community.”
Wendy will start the discussion with four local leaders, before taking questions from the audience.
Tea, coffee and pastries will be available from 07:30