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Aaron Fisher

Aaron Fisher

Regional People Business Partner – Director
Department of Home Affairs

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Aaron Fisher has been an APS professional since 2002, starting his career with Centrelink as Customer Service Advisor, moving through a plethora of APS roles spanning the APS3 – EL2 levels across a vast array of work environments within multiple Federal Agencies to currently be the WA/SA People Business Partner (Director) with the Department of Home Affairs. 

After many years working at the coal face implementing HR strategy, the chance to become a HR strategic partner to the business is a welcome challenge for Aaron.  He is relishing the opportunity to work with Regional Executive Teams on systemic workforce issues and connecting them with various HR experts to develop and implement HR initiatives.

The role of a People Business Partner is still a relatively new concept for many and to be a part of this evolving journey is an engaging and rewarding one.  As the role develops across the APS, Aaron is enthusiastic about working with fellow HR professionals to see the role achieve its full potential.  

 
Alec Forbes

Alec Forbes

Assistant Director – People Strategy
NDIS Quality and Safeguards Commission

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Alec is an AHRI qualified HR Practitioner working within the small HR team in the NDIS Commission since May 2020. Alec commenced within the NDIS Quality and Safeguards Commission as an Assistant Director, in a role focusing on HR Data and implementation of strategic goals. He also performed the role of Acting Director throughout the start of early 2021, during the finalisation of the volume recruitment.

Prior to joining the NDIS Commission, Alec has worked in a range of federal and state government agencies, across an area of HR specialties. Alec has experience across large and small multi-jurisdictional agencies, working through recruitment processes in many of his roles.

 

 
Amna Aslam

Amna Aslam

Group People Business Partner - Director
Department of Home Affairs

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Amna Aslam has undertaken a myriad of roles in her capacity as a HR professional and brings almost 11 years of experience in her capacity as a HR generalist. Owing to her academic background, she began her career in the legal field and transitioned to HR when she joined the Public Service.

Amna has worked in a variety of diverse HR roles ranging from career management, recruitment, workforce planning and specialist roles in the Work Health and Safety arena, and has recently undertaken a role as a HR Business Partner, where she is leading engagements with senior executives to provide strategic support on HR matters in the Department of Home Affairs and the Australian Border Force.

Her role is central to managing and alleviating strategic and systemic workforce challenges of a large Federal agency that is diverse in its footprint and operational domain. She is leading to align HR solutions to the mission and vision of the organisation by providing support to senior leaders to build their HR infrastructure through technology, compliance and people. She acknowledges the potential of a strategic HR business partner role and the opportunities it presents in shaping the future of a workforce in an organisation.

 

 
Andrew Mann

Andrew Mann

Program Manager, People Services Branch
Australian Bureau of Statistics

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Andrew Mann is a senior public servant who joined the APS in 2010. He is currently the Program Manager of the People Services Branch at the Australian Bureau of Statistics, where he has worked for the past five years in a range of senior HR roles. Andrew is a member of the APS HR Professional Stream’s SES Working Group which brings together senior HR leaders across the sector to support the implementation of the APS HR Professional Stream Strategy.

Andrew has worked for a wide variety of organisations at State and Commonwealth level and in the UK, and has experience across the public, private and voluntary sectors. His 12 years working service delivery and management roles for the Queensland State Government gave him a real appreciation of the power of the public service to contribute to the quality of people's lives.

While he was based in London, he worked as a management consultant for a not-for-profit consulting firm specialising in helping public and voluntary sector organisations deliver increased public value.

 

Andrew holds a Bachelor of Business and a Masters of Education. 

 

 
Bridie Dawson

Bridie Dawson

Executive Manager, People, Communications and Governance Branch
Australian Communications and Media Authority

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Bridie Dawson FCPHR is the Executive Manager, People, Communications and Governance at the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA). 

Bridie held Chief People Officer roles in medium sized APS agencies before taking the leap to ACMA in late 2019 to diversify herself into the world of risk management, governance, communications and media.   

Bridie led the Australian Financial Security Authority team to win HRD Magazine’s ‘Most Innovative HR Team’ in 2018 and 2019 and was a keynote speaker in 2019 at the National HR Leaders’ Summit in Sydney with over 1000 attendees. 

Bridie has had unique international opportunities where she has shared her human resource knowledge by representing the United Nations, World Intellectual Property Office establish HR methods in Myanmar and as Delegation Secretary to assist Parliamentarians in trade and humanitarian study tours to the Philippines, Laos and Myanmar. 

Bridie has been responsible for establishing and implementing inaugural People Strategies and workforce planning approaches in her last three organisations and is known as a down-to-earth HR professional who delivers tangible change from those strategies. 

Bridie is a Certified Fellow with the Australian Human Resources Institute.

 
Donna Bensley

Donna Bensley

National Business Manager (Government)
McArthur

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Donna has worked for McArthur for more than 17 years and is responsible for the development and implementation of workforce solutions for McArthur’s federal government clients nationally, and for managing McArthur’s operations and talented consultant team in Canberra.

Donna has enjoyed a 20-year career in the recruitment industry, but started out in the Queensland public service more than 15 years before that.  As a public servant Donna spent the bulk of her career working in people focused roles that saw her develop extensive expertise in recruitment and human resource management practices.

For over 50 years McArthur has provided specialist recruitment and consulting services to private and public sector clients nationally via their network of national offices and consultant teams.

At McArthur Donna has used her knowledge of public sector human resource and recruitment policy, legislation and practices to hone McArthur’s ability to provide fit for purpose and cost-effective solutions to not only Queensland government but to federal government as well.

As part of McArthur’s executive team Donna is responsible for strategic business management, but she is happiest when she is working directly with clients on workforce solutions and high-volume recruitment campaigns.

 

 
Dr Jacqui  Brewer

Dr Jacqui Brewer

Behavioural Economics Team of the Australian Government
Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet

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Jacqui Brewer is currently a Senior Adviser within BETA. Prior to this role, she completed a PhD in population health research, specialising in prevention and early intervention for mental health issues in young people. Bringing these research skills to the team, she has worked on several of BETA’s projects, including a project with Services Australia, helping jobseekers to report their income on time so that they get paid on time.

For the past 2 years, Jacqui has been leading BETA’s capability program, which aims to build APS capability to apply behavioural insights to public policy and administration.

 
Jason Stott

Jason Stott

Chief Operating Officer
NDIS Quality and Safeguards Commission

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Jason commenced as the inaugural Chief Operating Officer at NDIS Quality and Safeguards Commission in May 2018 just prior to start up. As a Member of the Executive Leadership Team, he led corporate through start up and transition into an effective national organisation. Along with notable achievements in governance, people, property, technology and finance, Jason holds responsibilities as the Chief Security Officer, Chief Information Governance officer, and Privacy Champion. He also provides leadership to the General Counsel, the Chief Financial Officer, Chief People Officer and Chief Information Officer.

In his earlier career, Jason held responsibilities for governance, program management, service delivery and Corporate Operations in departments of state and Commonwealth agencies. His achievements include business process and ICT transformation, strategic governance reform, leadership in complex programmes and implementation of high-profile initiatives and measures. He also led teams who deployed to scrutinised international disasters including the Bali tragedy, the Middle East evacuation and the Christchurch Earthquake.

Also early in his career, Jason worked extensively with Indigenous communities in Queensland. During this time, he won a national award for excellence for Indigenous Youth Servicing. He is also a Jawun Program alumnus, where he had a rewarding secondment working with Indigenous controlled enterprises on competitor analysis, raising venture capital and improving executive control.

Jason is an active reservist having deployed on OPERATION CRANBERRY, OPERATION ASTUTE, OPERATION QLD FLOOD ASSIST and OPERATION BUSHFIRE ASSIST. He is currently posted to ADF War College where he is a student at Command and Staff College (reserve). In 2012, he was awarded a commendation for outstanding professionalism, dedication to duty and commitment. In 2015, Jason won the Prince of Wales Award, which sponsored study on leadership at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver Canada.

 
Katrina  Anderson

Katrina Anderson

Behavioural Economics Team of the Australian Government
Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet

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Katrina Anderson is an Adviser in the Behavioural Design team in the Behavioural Economics Team of the Australian Government (BETA). She has contributed to building and advising on the evidence base for social policy throughout her 18 years in public sector roles spanning the Department of Health, the Australian Bureau of Statistics and the Indigenous Advisory Group in PM&C. Katrina has been with BETA since 2017. She has recently completed Honours in Psychology and is currently undertaking a Masters in Clinical Psychology.

 
Kristen Eveleigh

Kristen Eveleigh

Assistant Director, Workforce Planning
Department of Education, Skills and Employment

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Kristen is currently the Assistant Director - Workforce Planning at the Department of Education, Skills and Employment (DESE). Kristen finds it an exciting time to be in workforce planning as there is a significant focus on understanding and planning our workforce needs, both within the department and across the APS. Kristen is responsible for developing strategies to meet the department’s workforce needs, collaborating with a variety of internal and external stakeholders, and working with the department’s senior managers to develop evidence-based recommendations.

Kristen joined the public service in 2010 as a graduate in the former Department of Education, Employment and Workforce Relations (DEEWR). Since joining the public service, she has worked in a variety of policy and program management roles across DEEWR and the Department of Defence, before moving into HR in 2015.

Kristen studied a Bachelor of Psychology at the University of Wollongong and enjoys the relationship between her degree and the work of HR.

 

 
Lauren  Romans van Schaik

Lauren Romans van Schaik

Director People Business Partner Victoria/Tasmania
Department of Home Affairs

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Lauren Romans van Schaik is an experienced Human Resource (HR) professional who has over 15 years’ experience in the Australian Public Service. Lauren is currently the Director, People Business Partner for Victoria and Tasmania within the Department of Home Affairs which sees her partnering with executives across the entire Department (including Australian Border Force) to build, support and implement HR initiatives/strategies across a wide range of complex operating environments.

With a passion for HR strategy, strategic workforce planning, talent acquisition and workforce transformation, this HR generalist prides herself in growing and mentoring the Department’s current and future leaders while, imbedding HR strategies  into all aspect of the operational/workforce planning efforts. Client focused with a reputation for delivering on business strategies, Lauren thrives in an operating environment where she can streamline HR practices, mature HR settings and empower the workforce and their leaders to embed a high performance culture.

In 2019, she completed her Masters in Human Resource Management at Deakin University. 

 
Liam Page

Liam Page

Assistant Commissioner
ATO

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Liam Page is an experienced leader in strategic human resource management, with a proven history in shaping corporate service delivery within the public service, leading business transformation, and managing large scale change.

He led the design of the ATO’s ‘hub-and-spoke’ model for HR service delivery that implemented new frontline People Support Teams and HR Business Partners and has delivered innovative outcomes like the ‘Opening Doors’ initiative and the ATO’s ‘Go somewhere unexpected’ employer brand.

He is currently an Assistant Commissioner in ATO People with responsibility for the People Support Team, is Business Partner for the Client Engagement and Law, Design & Practice groups, and is currently leading the ATO’s support for implementation of the APS HR Professional Stream.

 

 
Nicole  Lisle

Nicole Lisle

Assistant Director, Workforce Planning
Department of Education, Skills and Employment

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Nicole Lisle is a Certified HR Practitioner with AHRI and has over 10 years HR experience across the APS, private and not-for-profit sectors. Nicole is currently an Assistant Director - Workforce Planning, at the Department of Education, Skills & Employment (DESE) and the project manager for DESE’s inaugural Enterprise Workforce Plan.

Nicole is passionate about delivering HR initiatives to support organisations to achieve their business objectives. Nicole does this by engaging with stakeholders often and early, ensuring her work is evidence-based and that she is continuously asking the question – why? By approaching today’s workforce challenges in this way, Nicole ensures that she is delivering high quality business-focused outcomes whilst continuously improving.

Nicole holds undergraduate degrees in Business Administration and Commerce and completed AHRI Certification in 2019.