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Council of State Presidents

The Council of State Presidents (CSP) represents all AHRI members and is charged with ensuring that the strategic interests of the HR profession are collectively voiced and addressed. The CSP consists of eight elected state presidents, representing the eight recognised geographic regions of AHRI's membership and the AHRI National President.


The functions of the CSP are to:

  • Appoint the National President (subject to Board concurrence), Commercial Directors, Member Directors and Nominated Directors (other than the Foundation Directors) to the AHRI Board
  • Advise the Board on issues affecting the development of the profession and members within their respective states
  • Foster development of human resources professional knowledge and skills of the members, and enhance the profile of the profession within their respective states
  • Promote the objectives of AHRI as set out in clause 1 of the Constitution
  • Develop state organised activities and submit budgets for approval by the company
  • Uphold and enforce the Constitution's rules, regulations and by-laws

Members of the Council of State Presidents

Peter Wilson

Peter Wilson AM FCPHR – National President and Chairman of Board

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.

Steph Waddon

STEPHANIE WADDON FCPHR – Australian Capital Territory State President

Director, PwC

Stephanie is an HR expert with global experience in the provision of HR solutions for both private and public sector clients. She specialises in workforce strategy, strategic and operational workforce planning, culture change, organisational design, development and effectiveness.

Most recently, she has led the design, development and implementation of strategic workforce planning solutions, workforce analytics review redesign, coaching and leadership development training design and facilitation.

Robert Phipps

Rob Phipps FCPHR – New South Wales State President 

Managing Director, evolvefast

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 saw KFC become a leader in this area, being widely recognised within Yum! and across Australia. He now heads up evolvefast, helping companies connect to their people by finding purpose and activating culture. Rob is an AHRI Director, and President of the AHRI NSW State Council. He is a Fellow Certified HR Practitioner (FCPHR) and won the AHRI Dave Ulrich HR Leader of the Year Award in 2015.

Rob is passionate about finding a cure for cancer, riding around the country to personally raise over $120K for Tour de Cure foundation over the past eight years and lives in Sydney, Australia, with his wife and two children.

Jason Chin

Jason Chin FCPHR – Northern Territory State President

HR and Operations Manager, Menzies School of Health Research

Chin is Manager of Human Resources and Operations at Menzies School of Health Research based in Darwin, NT.  Prior to his appointment at Menzies, he held HR roles at Kormilda College and Paspaley Pearling Company. He has been a member of the NT State Council for seven years and is passionate about the development of the HR profession and HR practitioners.

Chin holds Masters degrees in Human Resources (MHR) and Business Administration (MBA), both awarded by Deakin University.

Caroline McGuire

Caroline McGuire FCPHR – Queensland State President

HR Specialist and Coach, Clariti Consulting

Caroline McGuire is a commercially focused, strategic and passionate senior human resources professional with over 20 years of experience across a range of industries. She has broad human resources, operational and management experience, and her key strengths include strategic thinking, interpersonal skills and emotional intelligence. She is a passionate champion of developing people through coaching and mentoring, and enabling organisations and individuals to achieve win/win objectives. Caroline also sits on the Board of Management Re-think Re-engage Australia.

Chris Wood

Chris Wood FCPHR – South Australia State President

General Manager, People, Performance and Culture, Adelaide Football Club

Wood is the General Manager People, Performance and Culture at Adelaide Football Club, a leading Australian Rules football club and sports entertainment business.

Wood brings a breadth of experience in role discipline, industry and location. He has previously had roles in the retail, hospitality, leisure, FMCG, airline and resources industries. He has a decade of international experience in the USA, Canada, UK and Europe, and returned to Australia in 2008. Wood holds a MBA from the Oxford Brookes University, UK.

Alayne Baker

Alayne Baker CAHRI – Tasmania Council President

HR Executive, DJ Motors

Baker is the Group Human Resources Executive at DJ Motors, a leading Tasmanian automotive dealership for Mitsubishi, Mazda, Nissan, Kia, Renault and BMW.

Baker brings a breadth of experience with over 20 years as a HR practitioner, coupled with a strong learning and development background. She has had roles in aged care, the arts, financial services and recruitment industries in Tasmania. Baker has been part of the AHRI state council for over six years assisting, supporting and growing the HR community across Australia.

Chirs Steinfort

Chris Steinfort FCPHR – Victoria State President

Director and Founder, hr 4 impact

As a consultant, Steinfort builds leadership capability to achieve strategic and operational business outcomes, and manage human capital risks. Working in partnership with leadership teams, he supports organisations to design and implement good HR practices, leading to better business outcomes and social impact.

Steinfort’s experience spans private, public, not-for-profit and co-operative sectors, including having held the role of HR Director with Australian Red Cross and Alfred Health, and earlier roles with Affinity Health, Mayne, Kraft Foods and Bonlac. Steinfort has been an AHRI Victorian State Councillor since 2010.

Helen Sitlington

Dr Helen Sitlington FCPHR – Western Australia State President

Director, Workplace Management Network

Sitlington joined the WA State Council in 2010 and has been both WA Vice President, Professional Development, and Vice President, Membership. Her key focus as President is to build on the Student Ambassador program as well as supporting the certification process to ensure AHRI engages with the next generation of HR practitioners.

Sitlington has held senior HR roles in a number of state public sector agencies before moving to academia, completing her PhD in organisational restructuring and downsizing, and teaching SHRM and ER. She is currently self-employed, consulting in organisational restructuring and development, as well as conducting workplace investigations and advising on employment relations matters.


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