2017 Winners

The 2017 AHRI Awards celebrated business leadership and excellence in HR practice.

Congratulations to all the individual and organisational winners for their achievements and for taking the lead in excellent management of their people.

Watch highlights from the 2017 AHRI Awards Dinner.

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Read about the great HR initiatives and innovative programs run by these award-winning organisations and individuals, in the profiles below.

Individual Winners

Chris Sutherland

AHRI CEO Diversity Champion Award

Chris Sutherland is Managing Director of Programmed and leads their diversity and inclusion strategy.

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Johanna Neilsen MAHRI

AHRI HR Diversity Champion Award

Johanna Neilsen advocates for equality at work, especially in the financial services sector.

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Mari Ruiz CAHRI

Dave Ulrich HR Leader Award

Mari Ruiz achieves tangible, sustainable results and acts as a change agent with an ‘iron fist in a velvet glove’.

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Dora Peake

Dave Ulrich HR Practitioner Award

Dora Peake is a dynamic, goal-driven and outcome-focused HR Business Partner at Transurban.

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Alison Ballard

Dave Ulrich HR Rising Star Award

Alison Ballard is a credible and reliable resource in Downer Group's HR team and to the wider business.

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Dr Deborah Cole

Lynda Gratton CEO Award

Dr Deborah Cole improved public oral health care with new models of care at Dental Health Services Victoria.

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Catherine McLachlan CPHR

Ram Charan AHRI Practising Certification Award

Catherine McLachlan is responsible for both strategic and innovative approaches at the Department of Social Services. 

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Lauren Jones

Ram Charan Student Award

Lauren Jones hopes to create workplaces environment that fosters innovation and promotes collaboration and engagement.

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Organisational Winners

Beyond Bank Australia

AHRI Corporate Social Responsibility Award

Beyond Bank Australia's 'B for Good' program takes a multi-faceted approach to CSR.

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International Convention Centre Sydney

AHRI Inclusive Workplace Award

ICC Sydney pioneered a diversity and inclusion strategy to meet recruitment needs while building an inclusive culture.

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McDonald's Australia Limited

AHRI Talent Management Award

All 15 participants of McDonald's training program advanced their career within eight months of completion.

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Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre

AHRI Workplace Relations Award

PMCC's change program helped ensure no major industrial action or significant job loss through redundancy.

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Chevron Australia

Allan Fels AO Mental Health in the Workplace Award

Chevron deployed a full-time psychologist onsite to support the mental wellbeing of their site-based workforce.

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Deloitte Australia

Dame Quentin Bryce AD CVO Gender Equity in the Workplace Award

Aspiring Women helps Deloitte’s talented women to fast-track their leadership capability.

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Cbus Super Fund

Elizabeth Broderick AO Workforce Flexibility Award

Cbus relaunched their flexible working agenda as part of their I&D initiatives.

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Allianz Australia Services Pty Limited (SEP)

Fons Trompenaars Cross Cultural Management Award

Allianz's Sustainable Employment Program offers permanent employment to refugees and asylum seekers.

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Department of Defence

Graeme Innes AM Disability Employment Award

Department of Defence established two high quality employment programs for people with intellectual disability.

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PACCAR Australia

Marshall Goldsmith Talent Development Award

PACCAR established a program to fill the talent gap between current capabilities against future requirements.

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The Gap State High School, DET, GROW Program

Martin Seligman Health and Wellbeing Award

Embedding positive psychology across the Gap State High School enhanced staff and student wellbeing.

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Deloitte Australia

Michael Kirby AC LGBTIQ Inclusion Award

Deloitte helped promote LGBTI role models by developing the Boss/AFR Outstanding 50 LGBTI Executives list.

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IBM Australia Ltd

Peter Williams HR Technology Award

IBM re-imagined their performance management with the new 'Checkpoint' system.

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Qantas Airways Limited

Rob Goffee Leadership Development Award

The Executive and Senior Leaders Development Programs enabled more effective leadership and created networks.

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oOh!media

Sir Ken Robinson Innovation and Creativity Award

oOh!'s strategy was to make the ‘Employee Experience’ their priority, whilst introducing more rigour and discipline.

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Programmed

Stan Grant Indigenous Employment Award

Programmed's engagement strategy delivered employment outcomes for more than 5,000 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders.

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Central Australian Aboriginal Congress

Stan Grant Indigenous Employment Award

Congress' Workforce Engagement and Development Plan increased the ratio of Aboriginal to total workforce.

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Pockets of Brilliance

Susan Ryan AO Age Diversity in the Workplace Award

Pockets of Brilliance implemented a flexible ‘Reverse-Intern’ initiative for retirees.

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Medibank Private

Wayne Cascio Organisational Change and Development Award

Medibank established their customer transformation movement, C1, to create a truly customer-centric culture.

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