Board of Directors

AHRI is governed by a Board of Directors, which is vested with the overall responsibility of governance of AHRI Limited and executes this responsibility independently, in the best interests of the company.

View AHRI Ltd Board Charter

Key functions

  • Set strategies, goals and objectives in conjunction with management, as part of an institutionalised strategic planning process​
  • Appoint the CEO, approve appointment of the National President; and manage their performance
  • Approve operational and capital budgets; and, monitor organisational performance

Members of the AHRI Limited Board

Michael Rosmarin FCPHR

Chair of the Board and National President 

Michael Rosmarin was appointed Chief People & Group Services Officer for Link Group in May 2021. Michael joined Link Group in early 2019 initially as Chief Human Resources Officer before being promoted to Chief Human Resources & Brand Officer. Prior to joining Link Group, Michael was Chief Operating Officer at Stockland.

Michael has over 30 years’ experience in human resources and operational roles in Australia and Asia and has held executive human resources positions for Stockland, Westpac Banking Corporation and Goldman Sachs. He was also a Principal at the global management consulting and executive search firm Egon Zehnder.

Michael is a Fellow Certified HR Practitioner (FCPHR) and is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD). He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology and a Master of Commerce degree from the University of NSW. Michael lives in Sydney with his wife and 2 children.

Sarah McCann-Bartlett

Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director of the Australian HR Institute

Sarah McCann-Bartlett is the Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director of the Australian HR Institute. She has global experience in membership and trade bodies and has held senior roles across a variety of sectors in Australia, the UK and the USA.

Previously, Sarah held the roles of Director General of the British Constructional Steelwork Association, Deputy Commissioner of the Victorian Building and Plumbing Commissions, and President and Group Manager, Americas at the Woolmark Company.

Sarah holds Commerce and Arts degrees from the University of Melbourne, an MBA from Monash University, and postgraduate qualifications in marketing. She is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Carmel McGregor

Adjunct Professor at the University of Canberra

Carmel McGregor PSM is currently an Adjunct Professor at the University of Canberra. She was formerly Deputy Secretary Defence People in the Department of Defence until her retirement in 2014.

Prior to that she was Deputy Australian Public Service Commissioner − a member of the Prime Minister’s Advisory Group on Reform of Australian Government Administration (Blueprint). McGregor was Australia’s representative and Vice Chair of the OECD’s Public Governance Committee from 2008−2012.

She is currently Vice President of the Institute of Public Administration Australia (IPAA) ACT, a Fellow of AIM, an AHRI Fellow, and a National Fellow of IPAA. McGregor is an AHRI Director, and a member of AICD.

McGregor is the recipient of a Public Service Medal in the 2013 Honours List and was recognised by the Institute of Chartered Accountants for exceptional leadership.

In 2012 she was selected as inaugural Woman of Influence Public Policy in the Financial Review/Westpac 100 Women of Influence; and was awarded an ANZSIG Public Service Excellence Award.

Matt Connell FCPHR

State Director, AHRI

Executive Workplace Consultant 

After completing a degree in Management (majoring in HR), Matt has worked in Community Services/Not for Profits, Local Government, Travel, and Hospitality in various head of HR roles. During this time, he has started HR/OD and People & Culture functions in medium to large organisations leading highly engaged teams to manage complex IR/ER issues in challenging industries and environments. He is currently the General Manger, People & Culture for a newly merged organisation, Multicultural Community Services Geelong.

An experienced speaker and presenter, Matt is passionate about developing constructive leadership capabilities in others so they may better empower, engage and enhance performance in their own team members.

Matt has been a Councillor of AHRI in Victoria since 2015 and was nominated by his peers as Victorian State President role since the start of 2019. As a certified HR practitioner Matt is a passionate advocate for the industry in this volunteer role.

Jonathon Woolfrey FCPHR

State Director, AHRI

Managing Partner, Talenting

Jonathon is an experienced HR executive and non-executive director, ensuring a people & culture focus is always on the agenda. With an undergraduate degree in psychology and having completed two master’s degrees, he is an advocate for evidence-based practice in human resources and a strong advocate for the importance of Certification for the HR profession.

Jonathon has worked HR executive roles in State & Commonwealth Governments, large not-for-profits and in private enterprise, as well as having lectured in HR & ER for a number of years at the postgraduate level. Jonathon currently leads an HR consulting firm and is an academic coordinator for the AHRI Practicing Certification program.

Jonathon is currently a Commissioner and non-executive director for Catholic Education WA Limited, overseeing a $1.6b system of 162 schools with 12,000 staff across Western Australia, having previously been on various other boards including as Chair, over many years.

Dr Ben Hamer CPHR

Director, AHRI | Futurist

Dr Ben Hamer is an accredited futurist, where he was recently awarded the number one thought leader for the Future of Work in the Asia-Pacific. Ben has undertaken work and research around the world, including time spent leading critical projects on the future of work and skills at the World Economic Forum as well as being a Visiting Scholar at Yale University. 

He has worked as an executive across the public and private sector, most recently as the Head of Future of Work at PwC Australia. Ben is an Adjunct Professor at Edith Cowan University and has taught both undergraduate and postgraduate courses at leading Australian universities.

A sought-after media commentator, Ben is also the author of The Kickass Career: How to succeed in the Future of Work, today.

In 2014, Ben won the Rising Star AHRI Award, and achieved his certification through the AHRI Practising Certification Program. 

Shirley Liew

Shirley is a professional non-executive director with more than 15 years’ experience across publicly listed, private and not-for-profit/for purpose entities in roles including Chair, Chair of Audit & Risk Committees, Chair of M&A Committees, and Nomination and Remuneration Committee experience. She has over 20 years’ experience as a senior executive, CEO and CFO across a wide range of industries, including over 12 years in senior roles at Ernst & Young, and Head of Risk and Audit Partner in Chartered Accounting firms Grant Thornton and Moore Stephens.

Shirley holds a Bachelor of Business, an MBA and is a Fellow CPA.

Shirley is the Chair of AHRI’s Finance, Audit, and Risk Management Committee (FARM).

Dr Michelle Phipps

MA Human Resources Management, PhD, MAICD, FCPHR.

Michelle is currently the Chief People Officer at Vet Partners Australia & New Zealand. She has over 20 years’ experience working for major international companies in human resources, as well as in sales and marketing. Previously, Michelle held roles at QBE Insurance as General Manager HR for the Australia Pacific region, and Coca-Cola Amatil APAC as Group Head of Talent, Leadership and Inclusion.

Michelle is currently the Chair of AHRI’s Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Advisory Panel and has been a member of the Panel for over five years.

Michelle has been the Chair of Ausdance NSW for the past two years, and she also a Board member of Vet Nurse Plus. Michelle was previously on the Board of the Drinks Association for over four years.

Michelle is a Fellow Certified HR Practitioner and a member of the AICD.