Creating a strong, high-performing culture

Featuring: HR Director of the Year award Excellence Awardees

Australia’s best HR directors are highly driven, passionate and commercially astute. In this panel, you will hear directly from our award winners about their HR programs and strategies.

  • Creating a culture that is open, collaborative, inclusive, high performing and resilient
  • Driving continuous business improvement and innovation
  • Communicating openly and showing vulnerabilities


Sarah Derry, Senior Vice President Talent & Culture, Pacific, Accor

Amanda Hart, former HR Director, Dyson

Mari Ruiz-Matthyssen, Chief People Experience and Marketing Officer, Melbourne Airport

Natalie Nicholson, Chief People & Corporate Affairs Officer, humm group


Nigel Ward, CEO and Director, Australian Business Lawyers & Advisors

For more information about the Australian HR Awards, visit