HR Awards finalists revealed!

Nominations for the Australian HR Awards are now closed, and today we reveal the finalists!

HR Awards finalists revealed!

This years’ Australian HR Awards has kicked off with a bang, receiving record numbers of nominations from some of the country’s largest and most innovative companies. The high calibre of entries received this year has resulted in a very impressive list of finalists (see below). The quality and quantity of entries means just to be named a finalist is a huge achievement.

Below are the finalists for what is looking to be the biggest Australian HR Awards yet. We can’t wait for the ceremony!

Australian HR Champion (CEO)

  • Jon Linehan, CEO of Defence Bank Limited
  • Gary Mitchell, vice president Australia of DePuy Synthes
  • Chris Beer, CEO Asia of Luxottica
  • Rosemary Vilgan, CEO of QSuper
  • Simon Gipson, head of school at St Michael’s Grammar School
  • Scott Charlton, CEO of Transurban

Australian HR Director of the Year

  • Vijay Kashyap, HR director at Campari Australia
  • Neil Baker, director – people & culture at Cooper Grace Ward Lawyers
  • Susan Henry, head of people & culture at Starlight Foundation
  • Emma Hogan, director – people & culture at Foxtel
  • Bob Hogarth, general manager HR at Heritage Bank
  • Simone Carroll, general manager HR at REA Group
  • Mel Tunbridge, HR director at SBS
  • Helen O’Reilly, chief HR officer at Teachers Mutual Bank

Australian HR Manager of the Year

  • Paula La Rocca, HR manager at Canterbury Hurlstone Park RSL Club
  • Hayley Hubbard, group HR manager at FK Gardner
  • Samantha Clark, HR director – OPSM, Luxottica
  • Maree Morgan-Monk, HR manager at Peoplecare Health Insurance
  • Lorraine Smith, senior HR manager at Raytheon Australia
  • Cheryl Rae, organisation & talent development at Woolworths Limited


Australian HR Rising Star of the Year

  • Alexandra Vargas Reyes, HR advisor NSW at DB Schenker Australia Pty Ltd
  • Alice Moginie, HR associate at Merck Sharp & Dohme (Australia) Pty Ltd
  • Nikki McBride, senior HR advisor at Raytheon Australia
  • Elizabeth Hales, HR advisor at Rio Tinto


Australian HR Team of the Year

  • BASF Australia Ltd
  • Credit Union Australia
  • Heritage Bank
  • Lexis Nexis
  • NSW Ambulance
  • QBE
  • QSuper


Best Change Management Strategy

  • Cooper Grace Ward Lawyers
  • City of Sydney
  • Club Assist
  • Foxtel
  • Merck Sharp & Dohme (Australia) Pty Ltd
  • Optus
  • PepsiCo ANZ


Best CSR Strategy

  • Aegis
  • ING Direct
  • Luxottica
  • Singtel Optus


Best Employee Value Proposition

  • AMP Horizons
  • Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu
  • Heritage Bank
  • Lexis Nexis
  • Medibank Health Solutions
  • Merck Sharp & Dohme (Australia) Pty Ltd
  • Perpetual


Best Employer Branding

  • Aurecon
  • Cover More
  • Inchcape
  • Medibank Health Solutions
  • Sodexo
  • Unilever


Best Health and Wellbeing Strategy

  • Bupa
  • Connect East
  • Glen Eira City Council
  • Johnson & Johnson Family of Companies
  • QT Mutual Bank
  • St Michael’s Grammar School
  • Trilby Misso Lawyers


Best HR Strategic Plan

  • Aegis
  • Coca-Cola Amatil
  • Cooper Grace Ward Lawyers
  • GenesisCare
  • QBE
  • QSuper


Best Learning & Development Strategy

  • All Purpose Transport
  • AMP Horizons
  • Aurecon
  • Clayton Utz
  • Peoplebank Australia Limited
  • The Coffee Club Group
  • TNT Express
  • Woolworths Limited


Best Recruitment Strategy

  • Aegis
  • Atlassian
  • Coleman Brands Pty Ltd
  • Compass Group
  • Hamilton Island
  • Jeanswest
  • Medibank Health Solutions


Best Reward & Recognition Strategy

  • British American Tobacco Australasia
  • Credit Union Australia
  • Faiveley Transport Australia Ltd
  • Greater Building Society
  • Jeanswest
  • Peoplebank Australia Limited
  • Telstra


Best Use of Technology

  • Atlassian
  • City of Greater Geelong
  • Defence Bank
  • Rio Tinto
  • Staging Connections
  • Woolworths Limited


Best Workplace Diversity Strategy

  • AON
  • Arup
  • Big W
  • Curtin University
  • Dreamtime PR
  • Kellogg (Aust.) Pty Ltd
  • PepsiCo ANZ
  • Suncorp Group


Employee of Choice (<1000)

  • Atlassian
  • Cooper Grace Ward Lawyers
  • Ecetera
  • McAfee
  • Merck Sharp & Dohme (Australia) Pty Ltd
  • MRWED Training & Assessment
  • Trilby Misso Lawyers


Employee of Choice (>1000)

  • Alexander Mann Solutions
  • Coca-Cola Amatil
  • GHD
  • Jeanswest
  • PepsiCo ANZ


Employee of Choice (public sector & NFP)

  • ABC
  • Australia Post
  • Epworth HealthCare
  • Family Planning Victoria
  • Glen Eira City Council
  • Port Stephens Council

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