National Certification Council

Made up of representatives from industry and academia, the National Certification Council (NCC) oversees the HR standards, administration and decision making that result in the credentialling of eligible candidates seeking HR certification.

On successful completion of the four units of the AHRI Practising Certification Program (APC), candidates are eligible, at the discretion of the NCC, to be awarded HR certification and to use the CPHR and/or FCPHR post-nominal. The NCC also reviews applications for HR certification via the Senior Leaders Pathway, Academic Pathway and Reciprocal Memberships.


Chair, National Certification Council | State President, Victoria | Non-Executive 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.


Adjunct Professor of HRM at Curtin and Torrens Universities.

Dr Alan Nankervis has worked as an HRM academic at three Australian universities and at several international universities. He has taught many HRM courses; conducted research projects across Australia and in Asia; and authored more than a hundred and fifty books, book chapters, journal articles and conference papers.

He has also undertaken many consulting projects, mainly in the Asia Pacific region.

His most recent book is entitled Asia Pacific HRM and organisational effectiveness: Implications for practitioners.

He has been a member of AHRI’s National Accreditation Committee since 2009, and its chair since 2010.


Chair, AHRI Public Sector Advisory Panel | Non-Executive Director, AHRI | Adjunct Professor, 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). Carmel 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 and a National Fellow of IPAA and member of AICD.

Carmel 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.


Chief Operating Officer, Australian Taxation Office (ATO) Head of the HR Profession, Australian Public Sector Commission (APSC)

Jacqui leads the ATO’s Corporate and Enabling Services functions. These functions include strategic planning, governance, finance, corporate, risk management, people, integrity, change management and design for the organisation. In this role, Jacqui is a member of the ATO Executive of seven members, responsible for shaping and setting strategic direction and oversight implementation.

Prior to taking on her roles as COO, Jacqui joined the ATO in 2013 as Deputy Commissioner ATO People and was responsible for delivering an enterprise-wide human resource management service which supported employees in providing a sustainable, open and accountable workplace. Jacqui was also responsible for leading the Reinvention Program Management Office and the change management driving this key reform.

Before joining the ATO, Jacqui was General Manager of the People Capability Division with the Department of Human Services, where she led the department’s leadership and change, people development, workforce planning and research functions.

Jacqui has also worked for the Australian Public Service Commission, where she was responsible for delivering integrated people development, SES and APS-wide leadership and talent, change management, strategic recruitment, communications, and learning and development. She also has extensive international experience.

Jacqui holds an Executive Masters in Public Administration from the Australian National University and is a Fellow of Australian Human Resource Institute, and was appointed the Adjunct Professor University of Canberra in 2018.


Member, Advisory Research Panel | Senior Lecturer, Human Resource Management, Deakin University

Dr John Molineux currently teaches in the MBA and Master of Leadership programs at Deakin University, where he mentors and supervises PhD students. His research focuses on in human performance and wellbeing, as well as strategic HRM, organisation change and action.

Prior to 2010, Molineux had over 30 years’ experience as an HR director, manager, practitioner, trainer and strategist in several organisations. His PhD in Strategic HRM and Cultural Change was undertaken when he was HR strategist at the Australian Taxation Office.

As a volunteer with AHRI, John has been a Victorian State Council, including establishing the Diversity and work-life balance network, and has been involved in a wide range of AHRI activities, including mentoring HR professionals. John is also an academic member of ANZAM (Australia and New Zealand Academy of Management), and a member of the Society for HRM (USA).

At the 2015 AHRI Convention, he presented the findings of a joint research project with AHRI and Dr Adam Fraser on HR roles and psychological resilience.


Director, Cleverspace Pty Ltd.

Noel is a Fellow of AHRI and has been both past NSW State President and Board Member of AHRI.

Noel has lead HR functions Australia, Asia and Europe within a diverse range of industries including stevedoring and logistics, hospitality, property, construction, advertising and communications and FMCG.

He has lead significant HR initiatives across the portfolio of HR responsibilities and has a passion for the development of HR capability and contribution to the business.

Noel was awarded the Australian Human Resource Institute medal for contribution to the Human Resources function.


Chief People Officer, Blackwoods

Sam has over 25 years of HR leadership experience driving people strategies to drive business growth, cultural change and high performing teams. Sam has worked in manufacturing, industrial and financial services sectors and has experience of working in the UK, US, Europe, Asia and Australia & New Zealand. She has held Executive roles at Deloitte Australia, Will Gallagher, Wesfarmers Insurance, Commonwealth Bank, General Electric and Eastman Chemical Company.

Sam’s areas of specialist focus include leadership development, strategic talent management/executive assessment and business turnarounds.


Chair, AHRI Advisory Research Panel | Member, National Accreditation Committee | CEO & Chief Collaborator, Tailored HR Solutions

Tanya Hammond is a highly experienced researcher and management consultant in the area of people, people capabilities and structures. She has achieved this over the past 20 years working as an HR practitioner, management consultant, lecturer and facilitator.

Hammond is very passionate about the HR profession and the value capable HR practitioners can add and contribute to both the success of an organisation and in creating the right environment where people are engaged and effective.

She is currently undertaking research at UNSW, Canberra, in the area of whether ‘just anyone’ can do HR and is committed to drawing on this research to contribute to her role on the National Certification Council.

Dr Maresa Seabrook CPHR Chartered MCIPD

Councillor, AHRI Victoria State Council| Head of People – Workforce Strategy at RMIT

Dr Maresa Seabrook currently leads the ‘Academic and Educator of the Future’ Workforce Strategy project at RMIT, which plays a pivotal role in ensuring that the academic workforce aligns with RMIT’s strategy and remains competitive in the coming decade.

Before taking on this project, Maresa held a significant role within the RMIT People team managing large-scale transformation efforts to deliver on required commercial and business initiative outcomes and partnering with C-suite executives to enhance organisational leadership capability and talent succession planning.

In her senior appointments at Charles Darwin University Maresa’s key responsibility was to serve as a trusted adviser to executive leadership by providing recommendations on workforce impacts, budgeting, forecasting, and financial management. Through her collaborative stakeholder management approach, she had a significant impact on employee retention,  engagement and performance management.

Prior to joining the higher education sector, Maresa lead People and Culture functions for private sector organisations, where she ensured organisational legislative and governance compliance.

Maresa’s academic background significantly complements her HR executive expertise. She holds a PhD in Human Resources from the University of Sydney Business School and two Master’s degrees in HR/IR and International Management. This academic foundation, coupled with her professional associations and memberships, ensures a best practice approach to HR and industrial relations.

Jessica Kaaden FCPHR

Director of People and Strategic Delivery, Trust For Nature

Jess is a people-centric and engaging leader with a passion for guiding for-purpose organisations through periods of change, digital transformations, and growth.

Jessica is a Graduate of the Institute of Company Directors, a Certified HR Fellow, holds a Master of Human Resource Management and a Bachelor of Arts, majoring in Public Relations. Jessica has close to 20 years experience on Boards and Advisory Groups, and four years in senior executive positions in the non-profit sector. In 2022, Jessica was a finalist for Leader of the Year, and is a recognised public speaker on inclusive leadership.

Jess has a structured and analytical approach to defining success and strategic goals and a relational approach to bringing others along and inspiring commitment to achieve it. She is also an avid reader, public speaker and disability advocate.

Beth Hall CPHR

General Manager, HR Standards & Learning, AHRI

Beth is a commercially driven leader who balances the needs of the business with the needs of people, with over 15 years’ experience in people and culture. Beth has experience working with organisations across multiple sectors, most recently with high-performing, complex and dynamic organisations that have geographically dispersed teams. Beth is experienced in designing, delivering and embedding organisational strategy across all stages of the people lifecycle. Beth is passionate and accomplished in identifying emerging trends that affect people to then build strategies that enable wellness, development, performance and engagement.

Beth’s work at AHRI underscores her commitment to advancing the HR profession, ensuring it remains at the forefront of creating positive and productive work environments.

Beth has a Masters in Organisational Psychology from the University of London.