Australian Financial Review Top 100 Graduate Employers 2019
As a highly accomplished HR professional with a track record of working in a fast paced environment within the Financial and Professional services industry, Justin is equipped with extensive knowledge in Recruitment and project management. His practical experience is also backed-up academically with a Master of HR & Consultancy from University of London.
GTS Freight Management
Craig Evans is the Senior Manager for compliance and training at GTS Freight Management and G1 Logistics transport groups. Craig joined the company in 1988 working in the transport division and in 2012 was promoted to this key leadership role forming part of the Executive Team. Craig is passionate and committed to driving positive change in the business, ultimately striving to become a preferred employer of choice in the transport industry.
In this role, Craig leads the Driver Management Team, overseeing a team of 4 staff, specializing in all areas of recruitment, performance and development training, employee engagement and compliance within the transport sector. As a Senior Manager for driver recruitment he is responsible for developing and implementing strategies, to improve the culture and ensuring that the workforce of 150+ employees has sufficient skills both now and into the future.
Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry
Jenny has been serving the business community for over 30 years as a senior manager within industry associations, including 16 years as a CEO of associations largely in the services sector.
Commencing with the Australian Hotels Association as their Industrial & Research Officer in 1984, Jenny then served as Project Manager at Tourism’s Industry Training Advisory Board in the early 1990s.
Jenny took on her first CEO role in 1994 as head of Restaurant & Catering NSW, and then jointly held the NSW and national Restaurant and Catering CEO role until 1999. She has also been CEO of Meetings & Events Australia, Nursery & Garden Industry Australia and the National Tourism Alliance, which is the peak body for tourism associations nationally. She commenced with the Australian Chamber in 2011 and is responsible for policy development and advocacy in vocational training, higher education, schools, employment and migration.
Siemens Australia & New Zealand
Nicolette is the Head of Human Resources for Siemens in the Pacific Region and also the Human Resources Regional Speaker for Siemens ASEAN‐Pacific.
Nicolette began her career in HR in 1994, however joined Siemens in July 2001 in South Africa where she held various Human Resources functions with her last function being the Head of HR for Africa. She then relocated to join Siemens Australia in June 2011.
Nicolette holds tertiary qualifications in Human Resources, Commercial Practice and Management.
During her tenure at Siemens she has implemented multiple best practice projects, both local and international, in various disciplines within the Human Resources value chain.
Nicolette enjoys exercise, artlure angling, photography and reading with her nine‐year‐olddaughter.
Department for Education, South Australia
Paolo Damante has previously worked as a policy adviser to government, particularly in school education and training policy. He is now working at the Australian Industry Group as a Senior Policy Officer in Education and Training. He has had a long involvement in youth mental health and wellbeing projects, and is currently undertaking research in youth employment outcomes and transitions from education and training.
South East LLEN
Andrew Simmons – Chief Executive Officer, South East Local Learning and Employment Network Andrew has extensive executive experience in a variety of roles within the youth, education and training sectors. Andrew has held school principal positions, CEO and General Manager roles in large public, private and not for profit organisations, he currently sits on numerous Boards and Ministerial Appointed Committees and Panels. With a Bachelor of Teaching, Post Graduate in Mathematics and a Masters of Enterprise, Andrew has qualifications that reflect his experience in the private, government and NFP sectors. Andrew is passionate about engaging community in education, training and employment, as well as broader engagement of young people and believes that education is the key to opening options and opportunities for all. Andrew believes that education is the responsibility of the entire community, something that, in this day and age, cannot be left to schools alone.
University of Technology Sydney
Tyler Key is a graduate of the world first Creative Intelligence and Innovation Bachelor’s degree from the University of Technology Sydney, where he now works as an Associate Lecturer. Tyler engages across multiple areas of the Faculty of Transdisciplinary Innovation. He works as an educator in the classroom for project-based learning, facilitates design workshops, and he has a research & innovation focus on improving wellbeing in higher education.
Cherie Topfer is a Co-founder and Director of YEP Careers Pty Ltd who is passionate about creating innovative solutions to youth employment and preparing our young people for the jobs of Tomorrow. Prior to establishing YEP Careers, Cherie successfully founded and operated a HR Consultancy business for 7 years, as well as held key management and leadership roles within the Human Resource, Education and Real Estate Industries. Cherie has been recognised as an expert and leader in her field with nominations for the Telstra Women’s Business awards in 2013 and 2018. She has always been dedicated to playing an integral role in social and economic sustainability and has held non-executive and executive roles within peak organisations and not for profit boards for over 20 years.
Baden is a nationally recognised designer of experiential entrepreneurship education programs. He is Director of the Bond Business Commercialisation Centre and leads the entrepreneurship and innovation disciplines in the Bond Business School. He is cofounder of an ag-tech startup (BlockGrain), a niche veterinary business (Pet Wellness Centres) and has a background in commercial banking and private equity.
Department of Education & Training
Dr Lyndal Groom is the Branch Manager, Student Participation Branch in the Improving Student Outcomes Group at the Australian Government Department of Education and Training.
Lyndal’s responsibilities cover policies and programs to support and enhance student outcomes across the span of compulsory education. This covers student wellbeing, Indigenous Strategy and the transition into school and pathways from school to employment and further education and training as well as parent, community and industry engagement in school education.
Saxon Phipps – Founder and director of the Year 13, Australia’s largest digital platform for high school leavers. Saxon is a passionate leader with determination and work ethic, he is unwaveringly committed to empowering the audience of Year 13. Saxon is a creative thinker and has a natural ability to assess what the Year13 audience desires through the use of data and insights. Saxon and the team at Year 13 have been able to apply this process to develop several youth engagement strategies for the likes of the Department of Employment, Westpac, and The Department of Education & Training. He regularly speaks at events about youth employment issues, using the data from the 2017 & 2018 reports known as ‘After the ATAR and After the ATAR II : Understanding how Gen Z transition into further education and employment
Andrew Synnot is a Youth Vocational Peer Support Worker for the Jobs Victoria IPS employment program at headspace Sunshine. Utilising his own lived experiences of anxiety and depression whilst balancing work and study, he promotes the messages of hope and optimism to empower young people to achieve their vocational aspirations.
Sarah Bostock is a Youth Vocational Peer Support Worker for the Jobs Victoria IPS employment program at headspace Glenroy. She has lived experiences of managing Obsessive Compulsive Disorder and anxiety while working and studying, and uses this to work alongside young people to offer messages of hope in achieving vocational goals and balancing mental health.
Gina Chinnery is the National Vocational Services Manager at Orygen and has worked in the field of youth mental health and more broadly across the employment services sector for 15 years. She has been a key contributor to the development and evaluation of innovative vocational interventions for young people at Orygen and headspace centres and is lead author on the ‘Working it Out’ vocational manual.
Gina has extensive experience implementing the Individual Placement and Support (IPS) model of employment support and was awarded the Career Development Association of Australia (CDAA) Career Practitioner of the Year and the Long Term Unemployment Conference, Employment Officer of the Year awards in 2015.
Robin Kuhne joined Sunraysia TAFE in 2017 as General Manager of Education. Robin has combined an industry base knowledge of employment and training with VET having commenced his working career as a Steel Fabricator via the Apprenticeship pathway. Robin has been the General Manager of a diverse Group Training Organisation that included oversight of 300 Apprentices and Trainees and built an RTO arm in a time of significant change that was the introduction of the demand driven Victorian Training Guarantee initiative.
Robin forms part of a new and dynamic leadership team at Sunraysia TAFE that is leading significant change. In a short space of time this has led to Sunraysia TAFE being ranked number one TAFE in Victoria for Student Employment Outcomes, Employer Recommendation and is recognising 28% growth on enrolments to lead all Victorian based TAFE’s.
South West TAFE
Michael has a passion for careers, he believes very strongly that EVERYONE has the ability to learn and through life’s education, gain an abundance of skills to not only survive but thrive in today’s’ workforce.
Being asked to leave school early in his education Michael has embarked on a career as varied as it has been challenging. From a paper round as a 12 year old to a Supermarket Manager, from a disability employment Case Manager to an elected Local Government Councillor, from a Boilermaker Apprentice to Senior Educator in Health and Community Services in the VET sector Michael has set about showing many that employment is often the greatest form of education.
Now working as a Careers Practitioner in a Skills and Job Centre Michael is assisting others to also achieve employment goals that they previously felt no achievable.
Australian VET Alumni
For as long as she can remember Rebekah Drake has been passionate about sport. From a young age, she played a number of sports including netball, basketball and athletics.
As Rebekah grew older, she started to develop a passion for leadership and coaching – resulting in the 20-year-old undertaking an Australian Apprenticeship with Gforce Employment Solutions, completing a Certificate III in Sport and Recreation.
In 2012, Rebekah was nominated to be president of the Young Vinnies Group in Geelong, a group of young adults who volunteer for the St Vincent de Paul Society. Along with the Young Vinnies group, Rebekah dedicated time to Crossroads; a pilgrimage aiming to help out in a remote Northern Territory Indigenous community.
Rebekah was also one of the 21 Australian Apprentices that attended Group Training Australia’s Today’s Skills: Tomorrow’s Leaders program in Canberra.