It’s widely agreed that within the finance and accounting sector the gender gap is large with a recent report highlighting that in financial institutions women represent 19% of senior positions, 14% of board seats, and an alarming 2% of CEO roles.
Prosperity Advisers Group is proud to support a majority female workforce and acknowledges the tremendous contribution of our women to the growth and success of the firm. Still a proudly independent accounting and advisory firm and successfully operating for over 30 years, we are also extremely proud that 44% of our leadership team are women who individually are recognised for their contribution and success in their chosen profession.
Three of our Directors are local to the Hunter area and have been instrumental to the success of the firm over the past 30 years.
‘When I first started out in accounting it was definitely very male-dominated but over the years that has changed. Certainly in small business I would say the gender split is pretty even, and at Prosperity this translates right up to the senior levels of management for which we are very proud.’
, one of Prosperity’s three founding members, has been integral in driving the strategic and technical direction of the firm’s salary packaging business. Following the firm’s decision to further diversify its service offerings 16 years ago, Megan similarly diversified her own skill set to build this speciality business from scratch, earning her well-deserved reputation as a leader in this field whilst delivering significant revenue growth for the firm.
Her expertise in delivering large scale employee benefits to clients covering payroll services, car leasing and buying services are a far cry from her original auditing days in a big four consulting firm. ‘When I first started out in accounting it was definitely very male-dominated but over the years that has changed. Certainly in small business I would say the gender split is pretty even, and at Prosperity this translates right up to the senior levels of management for which we are very proud.’
Commencing with Prosperity one week after her last HSC exam, Megan Faraday-Bensley
went on to become an equity partner in her mid-twenties. Today she leads the firm’s Business and Tax advisory team across Prosperity’s three offices. ‘I didn’t know anything about Prosperity when I joined the company, but soon learned that it’s an organisation where hard work and outcomes are recognised irrespective of age and gender.’
Megan’s success over the past 22 years has been driven by her passion to provide her clients with strategic advice and outcomes which enables them to run successful businesses. Testimony to her strong client commitment are her senior management and board roles with several of her clients’ businesses.
As Director of Human Resources, Tanya Craft
was integral to the development of Prosperity’s integrated HR function when she joined the firm 16 years ago. To date her legacy has been enabling the growth of the business across three geographical locations, the development of a shared culture and DNA for the firm, and industry award recognition including Accounting Employer of Choice, Australia’s 6th Fastest Growing Accounting Firm, and an AHRI Award for Excellence in People Management.
‘I see my role as an opportunity to create sustainable futures for the organisation and our people; I love being part of amazing journeys when we bring trainees on board straight out of school and then see them grow their careers and become successful and recognised in their career field.’
As an industry leader, Tanya’s success is built on her strategic thought and business acumen – she understands how businesses really work – combined with her passion and strong human resources skills. ‘I’m not afraid to challenge the status quo; I have always felt like an integral part of Prosperity’s leadership team and know that my input counts and can truly influence the outcome of business decisions.’
Prosperity was recently listed as number 34 in The Australian Financial Review’s Top 100 Accounting and Advisory Firms; with the overall average of female partners for these firms coming in at just 14%, we are proud to be forging and supporting paths for women in a previously male-dominated field.