My current role is ...Group HR manager, CPM Asia Pacific
I got into HR because ... I saw HR as a way of making a
difference and improving the relationship between the organisation
and the people who work in it...to the benefit of both parties.
My biggest career high so far was when ... I was
employed by a National retailer as the ER/OHS manager. I
recognised a need for an overhaul and update to an antiquated
OHS system. I was able to write the entire policies and procedures
to comply with the State legislation and implemented in one State.
This resulted in a notable reduction in injuries, and premium and a
recognition by the State Workcover Authority of a rebate of 10 per
cent of the State premium. The organisation then took the basics of
my program and implemented it nationally as best practice. This
company now has one of the most respected OHS programs in
Another high was when the HR team that I led, completely
staffed and trained 16 acquisitioned supermarkets in 13 weeks.
An amazing effort, that resulted in a National award for my (very
tired) but dedicated team. I was very proud.
To succeed in HR it takes ... lots of patience and persistence
and an ability to convince operational leaders of the gains that can
be made through a Strategic HR Management approach.
Living person I most admire is ... Nelson Mandela, for
keeping to the strength of his convictions despite all the odds being
against him for so long.
The thing I dislike most about myself … is my struggle to manage my own work / life balance.
The thing I dislike most in others ... intolerance,
The best advice I ever got was ... [It is] better to under
promise and over deliver than the other way around. Remember
that people only ever tell you what they want you to hear. And also
from Eleanor Roosevelt ... “No one can make you feel inferior
without your permission.”
I'm happiest when I'm … with my family and friends, and able
to see a project through to its conclusion.
The hardest thing I've ever done was...an Everest trek to
Base Camp. Lots of climbing, extreme temperatures, thin air, but a
fantastic experience of a lifetime.
My greatest extravagance is ... travel...the more the better.
My favourite book is ... anything by Douglas Adams of ‘Hitch
Hikers Guide to the Galaxy’ fame. An ageless talent.
My motto is ....Enjoy life, do the least harm, and if it doesn't put
you out too much, try and do some good.