Australia CHRO Inner Circle

30 August 2023 | Q Events by Metropolis, Melbourne

30 August 2023
Q Events by Metropolis, Melbourne

Collaborate with your peers

Join Australia's top CHROs for an intimate networking dinner and facilitated discussion on key business challenges. Enjoy a relaxed evening of dinner and drinks with your peers to share best practices, make new connections and build professional relationships.

Join your peers to discuss the most critical issues impacting CHROs today:

Shifting Business Focus From Critical Roles to Critical Skills

Leadership Effectiveness in Times of Constant Change

Adopting New Models for a Human-Centric Work Design

Australia CHRO Governing Body

The Governing Body Co-Chairs shape the discussion topics and agenda, ensuring that all content is driven by CHROs, for CHROs.

Governing Body Co-Chairs

Julie Carroll

Serco Asia Pacific
Chief Human Resources Officer

Rebekah Donaldson

Qantas Airways Limited
Executive Manager, People Group

Helen Fraser

Laing O'Rourke
Director, People

Benjamin Morris

Group General Manager, Human Resources Culture & Capability

Louise Spittle

The Arnott’s Group
Chief People Officer

Duncan Thomas

Bravura Solutions
Chief People Officer


30 August 2023

16:30 - 17:30  Executive Networking Reception

17:30 - 18:45  Discussion Topics

The CHRO’s Mandate ꟷ Transforming L&D for the New World of Work

Louise Tebbutt headshot

Louise Tebbutt

Chief People Officer

Bendigo & Adelaide Bank

Cath Gillard headshot

Cath Gillard

Chief People Officer

Estia Health

Paula Holden headshot

Paula Holden

Chief People Officer

C & K

Merril Hotchkin headshot

Merril Hotchkin

General Manager – People, Performance and Culture (PPC)

Metricon Homes

Amber Kristof headshot

Amber Kristof

Chief People Officer


Nicole Macdonald headshot

Nicole Macdonald

Director People Programs


Madelyn Ring headshot

Madelyn Ring

Chief People Officer

Kraft Heinz Australia

CEOs are leaning on CHROs more than ever to ensure their workforces feel supported as their businesses continue with the widespread adoption of new work models. CHROs must take this opportunity now to evolve their businesses into a human-centric work design. The transformation necessary for L&D in this ever-changing environment is particularly poignant - not only is there a rising demand for new skills, but according to Gartner research, the average number of skills needed for a role is increasing by 6.3% annually. For leaders, there is less visibility into employee work patterns making it challenging to accurately assess performance, whilst employees want more empathy and flexibility from their managers.

In this interactive conversation, among peers, CHROs will discuss their role in evolving skill and competency requirements to match the new world of work.

Topic 1: Shifting Talent and Skills

  • What steps are you taking to better understand immediate skill needs?
  • How are you forecasting future skill needs?
  • How are you reinventing traditional approaches to learning necessary for dynamic skilling?

Topic 2: Leadership Effectiveness in Times of Constant Change

  • What leadership skills and competencies have you identified as being vital for the future success of your business?
  • How are you providing training and support to leaders to navigate tough conversations and develop empathy?
  • How are you equipping leaders in ways that develop employees to drive sustainable performance?

18:45 - 19:15  Networking Break

19:15 - 20:30  Summary Discussion & Dinner

20:30 - 21:30  Social Hour

We look forward to seeing you at an upcoming in-person gathering

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Denzil Fernandez

Community Program Manager

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