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New South Wales State Council

AHRI members are represented by their State Council. These are comprised of elected professional-level members. Nominations for council positions were invited from all AHRI members in February and elections held in March 2018. Congratulations to the new and re-elected councillors. Below is the current State Council for NSW.

Robert Phipps

NSW State President

Robert Phipps FCPHR
AHRI Director | 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.

Vice President, CertificationJames Porteus FCPHR
Mediation and Performance Specialist
Being More Human
Vice President, MembershipRita D'Arcy FCPHR
Founder / Principal Consultant
Particularly People

Athena Chintis CAHRI
Human Resources Consultant - Talent Acquisition

Councillor      John Alexander FAHRI
Human Resources Executive
Best First Service
Councillor Marc Havercroft FCPHR
COO / VP Strategy
Success Factors Australia Pty Ltd
CouncillorJustine Cooper FCPHR
Head of HRBP, BT Advice & Private 
CouncillorCheryl Rae FAHRI
Group People and Communications Director
Camilla Australia
CouncillorGeorgia Siabanis FCPHR
HR Manager
CouncillorBianca Walls CAHRI
National Human Resources Manager
Opal Aged Care


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