Council of State Presidents

The Council of State Presidents (CSP) represents all AHRI members and is charged with ensuring that the strategic interests of the HR profession are collectively voiced and addressed. The CSP consists of the AHRI National President, as its Chair, and the eight elected state presidents for each Australian State and Territory, to represent AHRI’s membership.

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Key functions

  • Appoint the National President (subject to Board concurrence), Commercial Directors, Member Directors and Nominated Directors (other than the Foundation Directors) to the AHRI Board
  • Advise the Board on issues affecting the development of the profession and members within their respective states and territories
  • Advise the Board on issues affecting the development of the profession and members within their respective states and territories
  • Promote the objectives of AHRI as set out in Clause 1 of the AHRI Constitution
  • Promote the objectives of AHRI as set out in Clause 1 of the AHRI Constitution
  • Develop state organised activities and submit budgets for approval by the company
  • Uphold and enforce the Constitution’s rules, regulations and by-laws


National President and Chair of Board

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.

Stephanie Waddon FCPHR

ACT State President

Steph is a HR expert with global experience in the provision of HR solutions for both private and public sector clients. Steph specialises in workforce strategy, strategic and operational workforce planning, culture change, organisational design, development and effectiveness.

Athena Chintis CPHR

NSW State President

Athena Chintis is a Sydney-based Human Resources leader, bringing 20 years of experience across multiple fast-paced industries, varying scales of businesses and at different stages  – from startup and high growth to acquisition and turnaround.  

Her current role is as Group Head of People & Culture for Cliftons Venues – APAC’s leading corporate events spaces – which employs a highly mobile and flexible workforce across 4 countries and 11 workplaces.

Athena has deep experience across the full HR spectrum and throughout her career has worked with iconic brands like the NRL, Kellogg’s, Citigroup and the Property Council of Australia. With a knack for collaboration and ideation, Athena enjoys finding innovative ways to enable business leaders to create a strong company culture, attract the right people and get everyone on board with the vision and values.

Athena’s approach to championing member interests was largely inspired by her previous work with the Property Council, one of the nation’s leading member organisations, where she was exposed to progressive advocacy and engagement strategies.   Inspired to become an advocate for the HR profession, Athena has served as a NSW State Councillor and Secretary since 2015 and in 2020 she became NSW President. A voice for progressive change, she brings a unique perspective to volunteer work where her primary goal is to champion the profession and its members.

Athena holds a Bachelor of Economics (Social Sciences) from University of Sydney and a Master of Commerce (Human Resource Management) from University of NSW. She is also a Certified Professional Member of AHRI.

A self-confessed sports nut, Athena enjoys highlighting the lessons that businesses can learn from our famous teams and sportspeople. On weekends she can also be seen cheering her sons from the sidelines!

Renee Alexander MAHRI

NT State President

HR Director– CENTRAL GROUP, SPPG, EPPG, SP, AND CORPORATE. National Indigenous Australians Agency

Renee is a Regional HR Director in the National Indigenous Australians Agency, working closely with senior leaders coaching and build capability to ultimately deliver outcomes for Indigenous Australians. She works across strategic and operational areas of HR, and is most passionate about influencing organisational and high performance cultures. A long term member of the NT State Council, she is a passionate advocate for the HR profession.

Caroline Mcguire FCPHR

QLD State President

AHRI State Director

Head of People, Australian Industry Trade College

Caroline McGuire is a commercially focused, strategic and passionate senior human resources professional with over 20 years of experience across a range of industries. As Head of People for the Australian Industry Trade College, she oversees the HR and WHS function within the College – helping to educate tomorrow’s industry leaders.

She has broad human resources, operational and management experience, and her key strengths include strategic thinking, interpersonal skills and emotional intelligence. She is a passionate champion of developing people through coaching and mentoring and enabling organisations and individuals to achieve win/win objectives. Caroline is also a proud FCPHR.

Susan Sadler CPHR

SA State President

Susan Sadler is the South Australian State President of AHRI and Director of Red Wagon Workplace Solutions, a successful IR Consultancy.

Passionate about supporting the activities of the HR community in South Australia, Susan holds a vision of continued professional development growth of every member. A sense of community enhancement is a strong focus for Susan, with learning and networking events providing key opportunities to get to know and share experiences with fellow HR practitioners.

A seasoned member of AHRI, including a long term committee member of the IR/ER AHRI Network, Susan’s growth to President is reflective of her ability as a commercially focused HR professional, known for her straight talking but practical approach to both strategic and operational HR practice.

Susan’s extensive understanding of employment law and business best practice, in addition to her background in psychology and a master’s degree in human resource management, enable her to continually deliver outstanding results. With a strong focus on practical, honest advice, Susan has an innate ability to find people orientated opportunities, solutions and innovative best practice to share with her network, AHRI community and clients.

Freya Beech MAHRI

TAS State President


Freya is a highly motivated, skilled, and versatile People Manager who contributes to an engaging, high performing workplace. She has a growth mindset and is motivated to deliver exceptional strategic people & culture strategies that drive continuous improvement. Freya enjoys encouraging and supporting others to grow professionally, personally, and creatively. Freya’s energetic approach and passion for wellbeing, inclusion and talent development is the foundation of her commitment to creating a thriving and flourishing future world of work.

Jonathon Woolfrey FCPHR

WA State President

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.

Matt Connell FCPHR

VIC State President

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.