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Lyn Goodear FAHRI

CEO & Managing Director

Lyn Goodear is the Chief Executive Officer of the Australian Human Resources Institute. She was appointed to the role in December 2012.

Lyn was formerly National Manager, Professional Development at AHRI, a position she held from 2005 to 2012.

Previously Lyn held leadership and management roles within the education sector at Southwest Institute of TAFE and Deakin Australia, in addition to holding accounting roles within the mining and engineering industries located in the United States and Australia. She has also managed her own consulting business.

Lyn has a Bachelor of Business and a Master of Education (Leadership and Management). She is an alumnus of the Mt Eliza Business School Leadership Program and the Advanced Human Resources Executive Program of the Ross Business School, Michigan, USA.

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Marianna Panopoulos

CFO and Company Secretary

Marianna manages AHRI's transaction processing, accounting, reporting, risk management and regulatory compliance.

Marianna has had over 18 years of experience in various finance positions in the not-for-profit, private and government sectors.

She is a Certified Practicing Accountant, holds a Bachelor of Commerce, an MBA and has completed the Company Director's Course Diploma. Marianna is a member CPA Australia.

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Toula Filokostas

Acting National Manager, Professional Development

Toula joined AHRI in 2014 as Education and Training Manager, offering extensive background in the education and training industry, delivery of high quality client focused learning programs and RTO compliance management.

Toula is currently Acting National Manager, Professional Development and has a passion for learning and development and AHRI’s enablers to HR certification, AHRI Practising Certification program (APC) and the Senior Leader’s Pathway.

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Julia Whitford

National Manager, Operations

Julia's background includes more than 17 years' experience in membership based organisations, primarily in the not-for-profit sector. She previously held the position of membership manager at AHRI from 2009 to 2011, and has returned in 2013 as national manager of operations.

Julia oversees the membership, commercial and client services, events and information technology teams to ensure the best possible outcomes for AHRI members and stakeholders. Julia has qualifications in business and finance.

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Paul Begley

National Manager, Government and Media Relations

Paul has been with AHRI since February 2002. He is responsible for liaison with government and relations with the national media, having previously worked in the communications role. Prior to AHRI his background includes publishing and instructional design positions with Deakin University, a managing editor role with the Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority, and a period as a ministerial speechwriter and in-house journalist. Paul has an arts degree and a diploma of education.

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Sandra Cormack, FAHRI

National Manager, Strategic Development

Sandra’s role is to provide strategic insight and support across AHRI’s business. This involves establishing and assessing strategic alliances and relationships that benefit AHRI. Sandra also supports the work of AHRI's National President's Forum, which is a networking forum for senior HR Directors from Australia's largest corporations.

Sandra has 30 years of experience in professional development, management education, event programming and business development roles. She has held roles with the Australian Institute of Management, Macquarie Graduate School of Management, Australian Business (formerly Chamber of Manufactures of NSW) and the NSW Department of Education and Training.

Sandra holds a BA (Economics) Dip Ed from Macquarie University (1977) and in 1996 completed Harvard's Strategic Human Resource Management Executive Program.

Rosemary Guyatt CAHRI

HR Manager

Rosemary joined the Australian HR Institute in 2016 as HR Manager.

Rosemary’s HR career has spanned over 25 years in Australian and global organisations in both generalist human resource management and specialist roles in the retail, technology and recruitment sectors. She has a strong interest in career development and enjoys mentoring and coaching.

Rosemary’s holds a BA (Hons) from University of Sydney and a Masters of Social Science (Career Development) from RMIT.

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Kim Schofield FCPHR

HR Certification Consultant

Kim has extensive experience in Human Resource Management and capability development gained through his accumulated 25 years of service in the UK Health Service, UK Local Government, UK Private Sector and the WA State Government for the last 14 years.

Kim is currently leading the Australian HR Institute's HR Certification strategy. He also facilitates a range of customised, public and qualification programs in Australia and international in both public and private sector organisations for AHRI on HR and management topics.

Kim’s consultancy experience includes the provision of specialist advice to organisations experiencing human resource issues, in addition to learning and development solutions.

His last position was as Deputy Commissioner with the WA Public Sector Commission. Kim has held a number of senior Human Resource Management roles where he has managed large HR functions and provided strategic human resource management to CEOs in public and private sector organisations.

Kim has a passion for the development of capability within organisations. He has been instrumental in the development of a number of capability frameworks and programs for human resource practitioners and policy practitioners. He has a keen interest in the development of human resource practitioners and delivers courses in strategic human resource management at Curtin University.

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Paul Robinson

Manager, Membership

Paul Robinson was appointed to the role of Membership Manager at AHRI in July 2016.

Paul’s experience in membership based businesses was gained during stints at Ambulance Victoria as Membership Manager and the RACV as Membership and Policy Manager. These roles at two of Australia’s largest member based organisations provided Paul with a wealth of hands on experience and the opportunity for extensive study into concepts surrounding membership and associations.

Paul has also worked with Monash Health in the role of Contracts Manager, providing valuable insight into procurement and the Government sector.

Paul holds a Bachelor of Commerce and a Graduate Diploma in Project Management.

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Dana Grgas CAHRI

Manager, Development and Research

Dana joined the Australian HR Institute in December 2005. Dana heads up the development and research team where she manages the AHRI Awards program, research activities, AHRI:ASSIST and national mentoring program. In addition Dana has responsibility for the program planning and management of AHRI national conferences and events.

Dana has completed post graduate study in HR and has held previous roles in the hospitality sector and the arts.

Dana is committed to creating avenues for HR practitioners to contribute and connect through AHRI activities.

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Chris Dayson

Manager, Events

Chris Dayson manages the national events program at AHRI and leads the events team in the production of professional development activities including the national convention, state conferences, special events, HR leaders’ events, as well as a wide range of network events and forums across the country.

Chris has been an event manager for over 16 years, working across a wide array of industry sectors, including corporate, sporting, charity and most recently not-for-profit organisations. His experience has been built through the delivery of small and large scale events, both public and private, and has developed extensive experience in the production of professional development events.

Prior to this Chris commenced a career as a software consultant in the IT industry. This experience means brings a technical expertise to the event manager role and a perspective beyond the events industry.

From the customers perspective, he is passionate about both the delegates experience and the successful delivery of events. From an operational viewpoint, he continually seeks new efficiencies and opportunities for his team and AHRI as a whole.

Dean Hegarty

Dean Hegarty

Manager, Commercial and Client Services

Dean joined AHRI in 2014 to head up the Commercial and Client services team, managing the sponsorship opportunities for AHRI's professional development and networking events nationwide, as well as AHRI's range of products and services.

Coming from a media background, Dean has held sales and marketing roles in New Zealand, Australia and Europe over the past decade and holds a Bachelor of Commerce in Marketing Management.

He is passionate about developing strong relationships with AHRI's members and sponsors to help them reach their organisational goals.

Carmen Greenway

Manager, Marketing and Brand

Carmen joined the Australian HR Institute in June 2016. She heads up the marketing and communications team, and is responsible for all of AHRI's offline and online marketing activity.

Carmen has significant experience in brand strategy, delivering marketing campaigns and solutions, and leading teams across a wide variety of sectors including membership organisations, education, not-for-profit, performing and visual arts, environmental conservation, and local and state government.


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That AHRI is representing 21,000 HR professionals from Australia and around the globe?


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