My current role is ... National Manager – People, Culture & Legal at
Nissan Motor Company (Australia) Pty Ltd. My key accountabilities
include the management of the Human Resources and the Legal de
I got into HR because ... Human Resources was a function that pro
vided me with an opportunity to apply my business knowledge and
skills cross-functionally (“Wide and Deep”). The constant need for
Human Resources to develop and implement true business break
through programs with the purpose to drive business profitability, rev
enue, productivity and efficiency levels was a challenge that I con
My biggest career high was when ... I was given the responsibility
to broaden my management accountabilities to include the Human
Resource and Legal function at Nissan.
To succeed in HR it takes ... A lot of perseverance and determina
tion to influence and change people, processes and systems through
all levels of the business without losing sight of the organisation’s ob
jectives. HR must ensure that all its initiatives and/or projects have a
direct and positive impact on the business’s profitability, revenue,
productivity and efficiency levels while maintaining a strong em
ployee value proposition. Otherwise HR as a function has no value.
Living person I most admire is ... Not so much an HR practitioner
or a business identity – I am inspired by a number of professional ath
letes across numerous sports. Their discipline, self-sacrifice and de
termination to achieve are all inspiring.
The thing I dislike most about myself ... Is that I am my own worst
critic and sometimes place unrealistic expectations and standards
on myself. The upside to this dislike is that it drives my passion for
continuous improvement and self development.
The thing I dislike most in others ... Is the need to drive personal
agendas to the detriment of their team and/or the business.
The best advice I ever got was ... Difficult to say. Everyone has an
opinion and is willing to give that opinion. I guess I have taken bits
of advice from different sources and applied them to my life. This
practice has not yet failed me.
I'm happiest when I'm … In an organisation that is seeking to drive
change to achieve aggressive business objectives in an environment
that has not yet experienced or gained an understanding of a high
performance workplace culture. I thrive in an environment that de
mands you to be one step ahead of the game.
The hardest thing I've ever done was ... Work in my current role at
Nissan while finalising my Masters and organising a wedding all at
the same time.
My greatest extravagance is ... It is difficult to narrow it down to a
specific example, I have too many.
My favourite book is ... Anything that has been reproduced into a
My motto is … Never say die…