Rory Salisbury

Without mentioning your job title, how would you describe what it is you do now?

At work, I act as a trusted advisor to support the business to achieve its goals without becoming exposed to unacceptable levels of risk. I’m not sure that my role at home is, in effect, all that different really. With 3 kids aged 7, 9 and 11, it probably requires more diplomacy.

What was your main driver to enter the legal industry?

Growing up, I had a strong sense of justice, and a love of reading and writing. And I have always enjoyed a good debate. I studied science and law at University, and although I was inclined towards law as a career, I think the time I spent studying science was hugely beneficial – it has helped me adopt a logical approach, and given me a healthy curiosity in new technologies.

What are the first three words you think of when you hear the word ‘diversity’?

Perspective, consideration, balance.

What do you think it will take to develop truly diverse thinking within the legal industry?

A willingness to compare perspectives, and to try new things.

Rory is the Commercial Business Manager of Downer’s Defence Systems business.