Board of Directors

Board Responsibilities

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.

Key functions

Planning

Set strategies, goals and objectives in conjunction with management, as part of an institutionalised strategic planning process​

Leadership

Appoint the CEO, approve appointment of the National President; and manage their performance

Oversight

Approve operational and capital budgets; and, monitor organisational performance.

Michael Rosmarin FCPHR

Chair of the Board and National President 

Michael Rosmarin was appointed Chief People & Group Services Officer for MUFG Pension & Market Services (formally Link Group) in May 2021. Michael joined MUFG Pension & Market Services in early 2019 initially as Chief Human Resources Officer before being promoted to Chief Human Resources & Brand Officer. Prior to joining MUFG Pension & Market Services, 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 joined the AHRI Board as a non-executive director in 2018 and became Chair and National President in 2022.

Michael is an AHRI 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 MAHRI

Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director

Sarah McCann-Bartlett commenced at AHRI as its Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director in 2020. 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.

Matt Connell FCPHR

State Director
Vic State President

Matt has worked in senior HR/People Culture roles in community services/not-for-profits, local government, and travel and hospitality industries. He has an MBA majoring in Strategic HR Management and has worked in several start-ups, and has developed and implemented 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 an AHRI Fellow Certified HR Practitioner.

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

Matt has been an AHRI state councillor in Victoria since 2015 and became Victorian State President in 2019.He joined AHRI’s Board as a State Director in 2022 and is a member of AHRI’s Finance, Audit, and Risk Management Committee (FARM).

Jonathon Woolfrey FCPHR

State Director
WA State President

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. He is an AHRI Fellow Certified HR Practioner.

Jonathon has worked HR executive roles in state and 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 is currently Managing Partner at talenting., 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.

Jonathon has been an AHRI state councillor in WA since 2019 and WA State President since 2020.  He joined AHRIs Board as a State Director in 2021.

Dr Ben Hamer CPHR

Non-executive Director

Dr Ben Hamer is an accredited futurist, that has seen him 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, including 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. He is an AHRI Certified HR Practitioner. He joined AHRI’s board in 2021.

Shirley Liew MAHRI

Non-executive Director

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 joined the AHRI Board in 2021, and is also the Chair of AHRI’s Finance, Audit, and Risk Management Committee (FARM).

Dr Michelle Phipps FCPHR

Non-executive Director

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 after being a member of the panel since 2019.  She joined AHRI’s Board in 2023.

Michelle is the Chair of Ausdance NSW and a board member of Vet Nurse Plus. Michelle was previously on the board of the Drinks Association for over four years.

Michelle holds a PhD in Communications, Marketing and Cultural Strategy from UTS and a Master of Arts degree in Human Resources Management from Charles Sturt University.  She is an AHRI Fellow Certified HR Practitioner and a member of the AICD.

Jacqui Curtis PSM FCPHR

Non-executive Director

Jacqui is Chief Operating Officer of the Australian Taxation Office, leading the Enterprise Strategy and Corporate Operations (ESCO) group responsible for the ATO’s key corporate strategy and services functions; having joined the ATO in September 2013 as Deputy Commissioner, ATO People.

Prior to joining the ATO, Jacqui was General Manager of the People Capability Division at the Department of Human Services and has worked for the Australian Public Service Commission.

Jacqui holds an Executive Master in Public Administration from the Australian National University. She is an AHRI Fellow Certified HR Practitioner and was Adjunct Professor University of Canberra from 2018 – 2022.

In October 2019, Jacqui was appointed the inaugural Head of the APS HR Professional Stream.  In 2022, Jacqui received the ‘Award for Excellence in Public Service’ Medal in the Queen’s Birthday Honours.

Jacqui is Chair of AHRIs Public Sector Advisory Panel, a member of AHRIs National Certification Council and joined the AHRI board as a non-executive director in 2024.