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VIC State Council


AHRI members are represented by their State Council. These are comprised of elected professional level members. Nominations for council positions are invited from all AHRI members each February and elections held in March. Congratulations to the new and re-elected councillors listed below.

VIC State Councillors

Matt Connell CPHR

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. Now working in a new role as Executive Workplace Consultant at Workplace Harmony Solutions, he is using his skills and backgrounds to help businesses in negotiating their own workplace challenges. 

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. On the horizon in 2020 is a new venture in combination with Wandering the World where Matt will take small groups of people on a leadership development journey that focuses on building emotional intelligence capabilities on the Camino de Santiago in Northern Spain.

Matt has been a Councillor of AHRI in Victoria since 2015 and was nominated by his peers to take on the State President role in April of this year. As a certified HR practitioner Matt is a passionate advocate for the industry in this volunteer role.