What is your current role?
I am the National Human Resources Director for PKF
with responsibility for leading the HR and Knowledge,
Learning & Development (KLD) teams. PKF in Australia
is a specialist group of chartered accountants and
business advisers with practices throughout the country
in capital cities and a number of regional centres.
What qualifications do you hold?
I have a Bachelor of Arts with a double major in
psychology from the University of Queensland, as well as
a graduate diploma in applied psychology from Monash
University. After university, I completed a two-year
supervision program with the Australian Psychological
Society to become a registered psychologist.
How did you get into HR?
I worked in a consulting firm focusing on psychological
practice and executive recruitment. After a couple of
years of consulting and a couple of brief secondments
to client firms, I was keen to move to an in-house role. I joined a big five accounting firm just prior to its
merger with another big five firm. Although my role
was predominantly recruitment-focused, as part of an
HR team I learnt an enormous amount by watching
those around me and seeing the ins and outs of a global
merger firsthand. Broader HR roles followed.
Why did you get into HR?
I have focused on opportunities which use my
strengths and skills and provide a learning curve for
continued development – and those that enable me to
have an impact at an individual and firm-wide level.
HR fits these aspirations. HR has allowed me to build
and use legal skills, which was one of my early career
What has been your biggest career high so far?
Each year brings a significant initiative to implement
and/or challenge to address and there is a certain
amount of satisfaction in delivering the end result. There
is not one initiative that stands above others in my mind.
As long as I am able to make a substantive contribution
to building team performance and, ultimately, have a
positive impact on the firm’s bottom line, I am satisfied.
What do you think it takes to succeed in HR?
Balancing a pragmatic, commercial approach while
How do you manage relationships with senior
By maintaining integrity, having an opinion on the way
forward when issues arise and keeping a sense of humour.
What advice would you give to graduates
considering a career in HR?
Think commercially and build your general business
knowledge and skills. It will vastly improve your
ability to link people strategies to revenue and firm
performance. Often, and particularly in a downturned
market, this direct link is the only way you will be
able to continue to move the people strategy forward.
Describe yourself in three words:
Adventurous, intuitive, pragmatic.