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Alan Nankervis FCAHR

National Accreditation Committee Chair, AHRI
Adjunct Professor of HRM, Curtin University & RMIT University

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.


Marian Baird AO CAHRI

Professor of Employment Relations, University of Sydney

Marian Baird is Professor of Employment Relations, Director of the Women and Work Research Group at the University of Sydney Business School and a longtime AHRI member. She is one of Australia's leading researchers in the fields of women, work and family and in 2013 was named a Financial Review and Westpac 'Woman of Influence' and the most influential woman in the Public Policy Category.

She has received Australian Research Council, federal and state government grants to study parental leave, women and leadership, flexibility for working parents and gender equitable organisational change. Baird serves on a number of government advisory panels and is currently working with the Human Rights Commission on the prevalence, nature and impact of age discrimination.


Jennifer Barlow CAHRI


Jennifer Barlow has been at TAFE NSW for over 25 years. She was the TAFE NSW representative on the IBSA national reference group 2009−2012 and worked with ITAC committee 2014−2016. She is currently a member of the AHRI accreditation committee and was awarded the TAFE Managers Association Award for Educational Leadership and Management in 2012.

Over the last 18 months Barlow has been involved with the commercial development and delivery of management and competency based trainer courses in Korea, China, Indonesia and India. These experiences have proved invaluable in her teaching at TAFE in her field of Human Resource Management and Competency Based Training

Sara Caplan

CEO, PwC's Skills for Australia

Sara Caplan is CEO of PwC's Skills for Australia, a skills service organisation, and leads PwC Consulting's work on skills, vocational education and employment. She has over 25 years' experience in education, training and skills. Her recent work has focused on supporting government in delivering policy outcomes: designing and implementing innovative solutions to government priorities, including reforming and transforming skills systems and creating new vocational routes to professional careers.

Caplan has been with PwC in the UK and Australia since 2009. Prior to working as a professional consulting leader, she spent 10 years in senior management roles in the tertiary education sector in the UK.

Justine Ferrer

HRM Lecturer, Deakin University

Dr Justine Ferrer has been a human resource management (HRM) educator for the past 10 years and has taught extensively at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels. Currently employed at Deakin University, Ferrer is the current course director for the Masters of HRM, and previously has held the role of Chair of the Faculty’s Student Misconduct Committee and Director of Undergraduate HRM programs.

Ferrer is the associate editor on the editorial board of the Employee Responsibility and Rights Journal. Her research has covered employee engagement, aging workforce in agriculture, and Indigenous inclusion in organisations.


Cate Hathaway FAHRI

Group General Manager, HR & SHE, GrainCorp Operations Ltd

Rob Phipps FCPHR

Chief People Officer South Pacific and Thailand, KFC 

Rob Phipps has broad experience leading HR functions across the UK, South Africa, Thailand and the South Pacific. He has spearheaded culture and people programs that have seen KFC become a leader in this area, being widely recognised within Yum! and across Australia. Phipps sits on the AHRI NSW Council. He is a FCPHR along with winning the AHRI Dave Ulrich HR Leader of the Year Award in 2015.

Phipps is an avid cyclist, having personally raised over $100K for Tour de Cure foundation over the past six years and lives in Sydney, Australia with his wife and two children.

Kim Schofield

Kim Schofield FCPHR

General Manager, HR Standards & Practice, AHRI
Managing Director, Kapability Solutions 

Dr Kim Schofield possesses 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 last 14 years in the WA State Government. His last position was as Deputy Commissioner with the WA Public Sector Commission where he had responsibility for leading the Capability Development Division.

Schofield played a key role in setting the strategic direction for development of the WA Public Sector and was a member of the Corporate Executive of this independent statutory office reporting to Parliament.


Ron Watts FAHRI

Principal, Strategic HR Consulting

Ron Watts has an extensive human resources background with over 30 years as a senior HR manager across various government business enterprises and the higher education sector. He held positions of HR Director at Deakin University and The Australian National University. His early career focus as an industrial relations specialist developed into a focus on change management and organisational development.

Watts' current role as executive general manager, Professional Standards & Practice, with Engineers Australia involves the provision of strategic advice and provision of services to support the career development for its 100,000 members. This also involves the accreditation of engineers’ academic courses in all Australian universities.


Damian West CPHR

General Manager, Corporate and Research Division, Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA)

Dr Damian West is the General Manager, Corporate and Research Division at the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA). The ACMA is a converged regulator, created to bring together regulation of telecommunications, broadcasting, radiocommunications and the internet. West leads a diverse team delivering the full range of corporate services for the ACMA.  He is responsible for delivering high quality support across finance, human resources, information technology, communications, information management, facilities, corporate governance and strategic planning, to enable the ACMA to achieve its business outcomes.

Peter Wilson

Peter Wilson AM FCPHR

National President, Board Chairman and Chair of the National Certification Council, AHRI

Peter Wilson is Chairman of the Australian Human Resource Institute Limited, CPA Australia Ltd, the Australian Network on Disability Limited, and of the World HR Federation (WFPMA) as its President & Chairman.

He is immediate past Chairman of Yarra Valley Water, and of Vision Super, and currently a Director of Bank First and also at Vision Super.

He led the Business Council’s program to mentor senior executive women, is an Advisory Council member of the Harvard Business Review and is Adjunct Professor in Management at the Monash Business School in Melbourne. He is also Chairman of the Advisory Council of the Victorian Institute of Strategic Economic Studies at Victoria University, and an accredited PhD Supervisor at the Latrobe Business School, Latrobe University.  He authored the book “Make Mentoring Work” in 2012 & 2015, and delivered the 2014 Kingsley Laffer Oration at Sydney University.

Peter held senior executive appointments at ANZ, Amcor and the Federal Treasury, CEO of the Energy 21 Group, and also a range of senior board directorships.

Peter lives in Melbourne with his wife Rebecca, and has two adult children.


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