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Carmel McGregor

Carmel McGregor PSM FCPHR

Non-executive Director and Public Sector Reference Panel Chair, AHRI
Adjunct Professor, Institute for Governance and Policy Analysis, 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). McGregor 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, an AHRI Fellow, and a National Fellow of IPAA. McGregor is an AHRI Director, and a member of AICD.

McGregor 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.


Brad Chapman FCPHR

Deputy Commissioner, People, Australian Taxation Office

Brad Chapman is currently Deputy Commissioner ATO People. He commenced in this role in April 2016 and is responsible for delivering an enterprise-wide human resource management service to support ATO employees by providing a sustainable, open and accountable workplace – one that delivers on today’s priorities and shapes the ATO as a workplace of the future.  

Chapman has previously held positions in human resources, governance and finance in the public and private sector and has lead large operational workforces covering a variety of functions. Chapman holds a Bachelor of Business from the QLD University of Technology.

Sandra Cormack

Sandra Cormack FAHRI

National Manager, Strategic Development, AHRI

Sandra Cormack provides strategic insight and input across the range of AHRI’s products and services, including building AHRI’s relationships and alliances. She manages the activities of the National President’s Forum − AHRI’s networking forum for Senior HR Directors from Australia’s largest corporations and plays a lead role with AHRI’s Advisory Reference Panels.

Cormack has over 30 years’ experience working in professional development, management education, event programming, strategic and business development roles. Prior to AHRI, she held roles with the Australian Institute of Management, Macquarie Graduate School of Management, Australian Business and the NSW Department of Education and Training.

Tina Daisley

Tina Daisley

General Manager, People & Culture, National Disability Insurance Agency

Tina Daisley is the General Manager, People and Culture Division, in the National Disability Insurance Agency. In this role, Daisley is responsible for workforce capacity and planning, learning and development, recruitment, organisational strategy, Work Health Safety, employee relations, leadership development programs, HR advisory services and is the chief negotiator for the Agency’s Enterprise Agreement.

Daisley has an extensive background in human services service delivery, program management, training and development, organisational change, HR operations, and corporate governance. She has 19 years’ public sector experience at various agencies including Centrelink, Comsuper and more recently the Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations (now Department of Education and Department of Employment).

Moya Drayton

Moya Drayton

Group Manager, People and Communication, Department of Employment

Moya Drayton is Group Manager of People and Communication in the Department of Employment. Prior to this, Drayton has had several Band 2 roles in Employment including responsibility for the management and performance of the National Employment Services program and related employment initiatives.

Drayton has recently had responsibility for the design and implementation of youth employment programs and early intervention parents’ programs. Prior to joining the Department, she has had extensive service delivery experience in Centrelink and DHS. Drayton has an Arts and Social Work degree from the University of Sydney and has worked as a social worker across Sydney.

Ian Fitzgerald

Ian Fitzgerald FAHRI

General Manager, People Policy and Operations Division, Department of Human Services

Ian Fitzgerald is the General Manager, People Policy and Operations, in the Department of Human Service. Between 2011 and 2016 he was the Chief Human Capital Officer at the Australian Public Service Commission where he was primarily responsible for establishing major capability reviews spanning the public service. Fitzgerald was also responsible for the Strategic Centre for Leadership, Learning and Development where he founded the talent management and development process for APS senior executives.

Prior to the APS, Fitzgerald held senior management policy and delivery roles in criminal justice agencies in Australia and the UK, and has held senior management positions in Westpac. He is a PhD candidate working in the field of political psychology. He has a BSc, an MBA and is a Fellow of the Australian HR Institute.

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Lyn Goodear FAHRI

AHRI CEO and Managing Director, AHRI

Lyn Goodear is the Chief Executive Officer of the Australian HR Institute. She was appointed to the role in December 2012. Goodear was formerly National Manager, Professional Development at AHRI, a position she held from 2005 to 2012.

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

Goodear 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.

Paula Goodwin

Paula Goodwin FCPHR

Chief Operating Officer, Department of the Environment and Energy

Paula Goodwin is currently the Chief Operating Officer and First Assistant Secretary in the Department of the Environment and Energy. She is responsible for a range of corporate functions including Human Resources, Finance and Business, and Ministerial Services. She previously led the integration of the People Divisions of the Department Immigration and Border Protection and the Australian Customs and Border Protection while also driving the development of People Strategies for the integrated Department. Prior to that Goodwin worked across a range of Policy and Human Resource functions both in the public and the private sector. She holds a Bachelor of Arts and a Masters of Human Resource Management from the University of Canberra and a Masters in National Security Policy from the Australian National University.

Tanya Hammond

Tanya Hammond FCPHR


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 last 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 Public Sector Reference Panel.


Trevor Heldt CPHR

General Manager, Human Resources, CSIRO

Trevor Heldt has a broad human resource background and has worked in executive roles in state and federal agencies including the Independent Commission Against Corruption, NSW Department of Courts Administration, NSW Attorney Generals Department and NSW Energy Authority.

Heldt joined CSIRO in 1997 and has worked with the Chiefs of the Divisions of Mathematical and Information Sciences, industrial physics and the information and communication technology division. He has been in his current role for seven years and worked with the executive team and CSIRO Board during this time.

Neal Mason

Neal Mason CPHR


Neal Mason is currently the First Assistant Secretary, Corporate Strategy & Governance Division, DAWR. His career spans both the private and public sectors.

Previously, Mason has held the following positions:  General Manager, People Capability, Department of Human Services; Assistant Commissioner People Services, Australian Electoral Commission; and Chief Operations Officer for both the APS and Military Superannuation Schemes at ComSuper.  

Mason holds a Bachelor of Business with Majors in Accounting and Management. He is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and is a current AHRI affiliate member.

Ben Neal

Ben Neal FAHRI

Partner, People & Organisation, PwC

Ben Neal is a Partner in PwC's People and Organisation consulting practice and a Fellow of AHRI and CIPD. He has a deep knowledge of public sector HR, and experience in leading HR functions across government. Neal's interests include workforce planning and analytics and his broader areas of expertise include HR operating models, strategy, performance management, talent management, and job and organisational design.

Neal's holds postgraduate HR and business qualifications and has more than 20 years’ experience working across government. He is also a former member of the ACT AHRI Council and currently holds a position on AHRI's Public Sector Reference Panel.

Michael Nelson

Michael Nelson CAHRI

People Strategist, People Flow

Michael Nelson works independently and brings a wealth of experience in Federal and State Government public services. Nelson has spent the last 20 years in the public service, with the last ten leading all HR functions in a number of public service agencies including the largest in Australia – QLD Health and the Department of Human Services.

Nelson has also spent time working across most portfolio’s in the federal public service overseeing transformational projects, improving service delivery and negotiating outcomes. Nelson has tertiary qualifications in industrial relations, human resources and political science.


Richard Oliver FAHRI

First Assistant Secretary People Service, Defence People Group

Richard Oliver is the Head of People Services for the Department of Defence. He returned to Defence in 2012 after 15 years in a number of senior roles in various Australian Commonwealth Government agencies.

In his current role he is responsible for a wide range of People Services including Pay and Administration for both the Australian Defence Force and the Department’s civilian workforce, a range of HR support services, and Work Health and Safety. Oliver is also the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex (LGBTI) Champion of the Defence Department.


Samantha Palmer CAHRI

General Manager, Governance, People & Culture Division,  Australian Bureau of Statistics

Samantha Palmer is GM Governance, People and Culture, and Diversity Champion at the Australian Bureau of Statistics. She has more than 20 years in senior roles in the Commonwealth and Queensland Governments along with private, university and community sector experience.

She was 2013 Australian Human Resource Institute Diversity Champion of the Year (HR), a 2013 AFR/Westpac Woman of Influence, and serves on the Board of the Australian (Employers) Network on Disability, National Executive Board of the Institute of Public Administration Australia, and IPAA ACT Executive Council. Palmer was awarded National Fellowship of IPAA in 2016 and has a Master of Public Administration and Bachelor of Business.


Erma Ranieri FAHRI

Commissioner for Public Sector Employment, Department of Premier and Cabinet

Erma Ranieri is the Commissioner for Public Sector Employment in South Australia. She was named 2014 Telstra Business Woman of the Year and SA Winner of the Telstra Community and Government Award for her role in leading transformational change throughout the public sector.

Ranieri's vision is for a world-leading public sector that serves South Australians well, does what it says it will do, and to which every public servant is proud to belong. As Commissioner, she leads transformation in working practices, with an emphasis on ethics, productivity, community-focused cultures, flexible work arrangements and gender equity.

Kim Schofield

Kim Schofield FCPHR

National Manager, Certification, 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.

Meryl Stanton

Meryl Stanton FAHRILife

Meryl Stanton is an organisational psychologist, a qualified executive coach and a founding member of the Centre for Strategy and Governance, Canberra. She was an AHRI non-executive director and Chair of the Board’s Audit Committee. Stanton was formerly an agency head in the Australian Public Service, holding senior policy and service delivery positions in the agricultural, workplace relations and occupational health and safety areas.

Stanton was awarded AHRI Life Fellowship in 2017 and was also awarded the AHRI Medal in 2013. She is also a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and the Institute of Public Administration Australia.

Kerryn Vine-Camp

First Assistant Commissioner, Australian Public Service Commission

Kerryn Vine-Camp joined the APSC as First Assistant Commissioner in November 2016 from the Department of Health.

Vine-Camp has held several positions in the Senior Executive Service including the Department of Human Services, the Department of Immigration and Border Protection, Attorney General's Department and the Department of Climate and Energy Efficiency.

Prior to joining the SES, she was with the Department of Defence in Canberra and Townsville and the Queensland Public Service in Brisbane and Mount Isa.

Vine-Camp has a particular interest in leading teams, crisis management and the challenges of modern management, particularly in a rural and remote context.


Damian West CAHRI

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.


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