HRD’s first Rising Stars list in 2016 was met with such a positive response from the HR industry that a follow-up was inevitable – and this year the response has been just as enthusiastic. HRD received 112 nominees. Those selected hail from a wide range of industries, from tourism to insurance, and each has worked on impressive projects and can demonstrate both quantitative and qualitative results from initiatives they have played a key role in creating and driving. From negotiating industrial awards to downsizing workforces and implementing domestic violence awareness initiatives, the ‘rising stars’ profiled on the following pages have already added to the standing of HR as a profession, despite having under 10 years’ experience in the field.
Research suggests many younger workers have a limited desire to work in management or leadership roles – however, those on this list have the ambition, knowledge and skills to excel either as individual contributors or future leaders. It’s up to the HR leaders of today to recognise their talent and provide suitable road maps to the future. Read on to see who made the grade this year.