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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 2017. Congratulations to the new and re-elected councillors. Below is the current State Council for NSW.

Robert Phipps

NSW State President

Robert Phipps FCPHR
Chief People Officer South Pacific and Thailand
KFC Australia and New Zealand

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 is a Fellow Certified HR Practitioner (FCPHR) along with winning the AHRI Dave Ulrich HR Leader of the Year Award in 2015.

Vice President, CertificationJames Porteus FCPHR
Vice President, MembershipRita D'Arcy FCPHR
Founder / Principal Consultant
Particularly People
SecretaryAthena Chintis CAHRI
Head of Human Resources
Councillor      John Alexander FAHRI
Human Resources Executive
Convenor of The AHRI NSW ER/IR Network
Councillor Marc Havercroft FCPHR
Vice President – HCM Strategy SAP
Success Factors Australia Pty Ltd
CouncillorIan Hedges FCPHR
General Manager, People
CouncillorCheryl Rae FAHRI
Group People and Communications Director
Cerebos Food and Coffee, ANZ
CouncillorScott Spicer FCPHR
Executive Manager Human Resources
Revesby Workers Club Ltd
CouncillorBianca Walls CAHRI
National Human Resources Manager
Opal Aged Care


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


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