A career specialist, skilled in industrial relations with extensive experience gained from working for employers and unions as both a senior manager and practitioner. I possess both the practical knowledge of workplace/industrial relations gained over 30 years of practice in senior roles along with theoretical knowledge gained through associated study.
I have strong interpersonal and communications skills and seek to create and maintain working relationships with all stakeholders including, management, staff and union representatives.
Professional capability includes advocacy skills, gained over 30 years of appearances before industrial tribunals, extensive experience in the formal and informal resolution of grievances and disputes, the management and development of staff engaged in workplace (industrial) relations, management of the process for agreement making, including development of management agendas for bargaining, the negotiation of agreements, approval and implementation processes.
• Extensive knowledge of contemporary workplace/industrial relations practice developed across a diverse range of environments
• Demonstrated capacity to provide decisive leadership, support, and advice to senior management in a climate of substantial organisational and cultural change
• Self-motivated, flexible with capacity to work independently or as part of a team, and in a wide range of work environments
• Proven ability to work as an integral member of senior teams or autonomously and to achieve required outcomes
• Reliable and pragmatic advice on workplace/industrial relations issues, including capacity to adjust strategy or tactics
I am seeking a challenging opportunity to utilize my knowledge and skills in workplace/industrial relations in a role (permanent or contract) as either an executive manager or senior practitioner, to contribute to the development and maintenance of a positive workplace culture.
-Department of health and Human Services-
Jul 2015 – Present
The department acts as the manager of the public health sector in Victoria and provides oversight for Government on all enterprise bargaining matters for employees in the public health sector. (Approximately 100,000)
The Principal Consultant role requires me to lead the management of enterprise bargaining activities for designated enterprise agreements,through the bargaining life cycle, manage the resolution of health sector issues of high significance to Government as well as the provision of high level advice and strategic imput into presenting issues.
-Country Fire Authority (CFA)-
Executive Manager Workplace Relations
Jun 2011 – Apr 2015
Part of the senior leadership team, leading the development of workplace relations policy and practice within CFA, acting with a high degree of autonomy and within the broad direction of the Chief Executive Officer. The role manages the interface between CFA and central government agencies in relation enterprise bargaining, manages 5 staff and a budget of $1.3m.
• Lead the workplace relations function at CFA including policy development and compliance
• Provide high level strategic advice and direction to executive management about complex workplace relations matters
• Lead and manage the enterprise bargaining process within CFA including the development of negotiation strategies, governance arrangements, financial modeling and management of internal and external stakeholder relationships
• Manage the Authority’s grievance process and ensure all disputes are resolved in line with enterprise agreement and legislative requirements.
• Ensure accurate and timely advice is available to both managers and staff entitlements and employment arrangements
• Plan, direct, and coordinate work activities of subordinates and staff relating to consultative processes, employment disputes, enterprise bargaining & general workplace relations matters
• Represent the Authority at Fair Work Commission proceedings including conferences, conciliation matters and or hearings as necessary
• Successful planning, negotiation and implementation of enterprise agreements
• Successful management of change management projects including the restructuring of CFA and its workforce expansion program of 342 additional staff
• Implementation of a computerized operating rostering system leading to greater efficiency in rostering of staff and management oversight
• Management of litigation of the employment framework
• Development of IR presence and knowledge amongst senior executives
-Department of Health-
Assistant Director Industrial Relations
Jun 2008 – Jun 2011
• In collaboration with various stakeholders within the Health Services portfolio, develop and implement strategies for the renegotiation of enterprise agreements within the Victorian public funded health sector
• Manage the negotiation process and implementation of enterprise bargaining outcomes including day to day activities of staff within the branch
• Represent the Department at interdepartmental forums, and with stakeholder groups as necessary
• Represent the Department at Fair Work Commission proceedings including conferences, conciliation matters and or hearings as necessary
• Advise senior managers on complex issues and their resolution
• Establish and maintain constructive working relationships with unions and employers
Principal Industrial Officer
Jan 2006 – Jun 2008