Our Workplace Investigations Team
All our workplace investigators are highly experienced and qualified to undertake thorough, procedurally fair investigations and can provide useful insight into potential contributing factors to complaints. iHR Australia investigators remain impartial throughout the process and are equipped with the skills to deal sensitively with the parties involved.
Workplace investigations are supervised by iHR Australia's Director of Workplace Relations and Senior Investigator, John Boardman.
John Boardman – Director of Workplace Relations
Karen Streckfuss - Senior Workplace Relations Adviser
Karen Streckfuss specialises in human resources, employment/industrial relations law. Karen has appeared in Courts and Tribunals as well as advising clients on all aspects of their cases including legal/contract entitlements, general written advice and settlement outcomes.
Dr. Verena Marshall, PhD – Senior Workplace Relations Adviser
With over 30 years’ experience in HR/IR management and consultancy, Dr. Verena Marshall is adept at providing clients with strategic advice and operational support towards sound management policies and practice.
Anton Duc – Senior Workplace Relations Adviser
Anton Duc has practiced in workplace relations since 1993. He has represented employers in the NSW and Federal jurisdiction in the Industrial Relations Commission of NSW, the Fair Work Commission (and its predecessors) and in various courts including the Federal Magistrates Court.
Dr. Leigh Hodder, PhD MAPS – Senior Workplace Relations Adviser
Charles White – Senior Workplace Relations Adviser
Charles White has worked in a range of senior workplace relations and human resources positions over the past 30 years. He was Human Resources Director at the Federal Court of Australia from 1999 – 2015 where he led a team undertaking all workplace relations and human resources work. This included providing specialist advice to the Court’s judges and executive on internal workplace relations and people management issues.
Dr. Helen Sitlington PhD - Senior Workplace Relations Adviser
Over 25 years’ experience as a senior Human Resource Manager, Employment Relations Practitioner, Academic and Researcher. Dr. Helen Sitlington’s experience includes managing significant organisational change, taking a lead role in these processes. She provides advice and support on strategic and operational Human Resource matters and Employment Relations issues. Regularly investigating complaints, managing disciplinary processes and resolving grievances.
As a Licenced Investigator Helen undertakes workplace investigations and advises organisations on strategies to improve workplace culture, operations and business processes to improve business performance and recurrence of workplace conflicts.
Helen extensive experience and knowledge of HR management and Employment Relations issues, combined with expertise in development of enterprise agreements, interpretation and implementation of relevant awards and legislation. Throughout her career Helen has been involved in frequent organisational change, due to financial pressures and changing service delivery requirements. She is therefore familiar with challenging and changing environments and is a skilled change agent.
Helen has taught Strategic Human Resource Management and Employment Relations in the postgraduate programs at Curtin and Edith Cowan Universities for many years and has presented and published widely in these areas. Helen holds a PhD in Human Resource Management and is a certified Mediator and Conciliator.
She also holds a Certificate III in Investigation Services, Certificate IV in Government Investigation and Certificate IV in Training and Assessment. In addition, Helen obtained her MBA from Edith Cowan University, and Bachelor of Science from the University of Melbourne.
Dru Gillan – Senior Workplace Relations Adviser
Dru Gillan has over 15 years’ experience in the fields of industrial relations and employment law.
During his work with the Australian Retailers Association, Dru had carriage of applications to both the State and Federal Industrial Tribunals regarding the Retail Employees (NSW) Award.
From 2005 to 2009 Dru served as the Director of Industrial Relations for the Restaurant & Catering Association of NSW. He was also Solicitor-Director at law firm, Restaurant & Catering Legal Practice (NSW) before beginning his own legal practice in 2010 where he specialises in employment law.
Dru graduated from Macquarie University with a Bachelor of Arts (majoring in psychology) and Bachelor of Laws in 1997 and became a Solicitor of the Supreme Court of NSW in 2000.
Kenneth Hunt – Senior Workplace Relations Adviser
Kenneth Hunt has an extensive background in People/HRM Resources particularly in industrial relations and Performance Management. His possesses strong analytical skills, a proven ability to bring forward both strategic and tactical options, and successfully finding sustainable solutions for difficult circumstances. Kenneth has proven negotiation, advocacy and problem solving abilities.
Kenneth has over thirty years’ experience in human resource management, many of which have been at senior executive level. Kenneth has operated as a Director of Human Resources in Queensland in both the Private Sector (10,000 employees) and the Public Health Sector (11,500 employees). Kenneth has consulted in a wide range of industries and geographical locations including far North Queensland.
Kenneth brings strategic and practical skills and has over 10,000 hours in Industrial Tribunal research and advocacy in 4 Jurisdictions within Australia with the predominance in Queensland and Australian Jurisdictions. Case matters have included State Wages Cases, enterprise bargaining, Unfair Dismissals and Industrial Disputes.
Paula Bruce – Senior Workplace Relations Adviser
Paula Bruce is a workplace dispute resolution expert. Since 1999, she has worked conscientiously to support organisations achieve conflict resolution both through models of early intervention such as mediation, education and collaboration and by providing workplace behaviour reviews/audits and investigations when necessary.
Paula is an investigator, mediator, researcher, coach and trainer. Paula’s experience is with commonwealth, state and local government, public and private hospitals, aged care providers and organisations such as airlines and hotel groups. Her past experience includes the development, management and delivery of a national workplace dispute resolution service for a large Employment Assistance Program (EAP). She has extensive experience undertaking investigations and working with parties in addressing allegations of bullying and harassment.
Paula has delivered training for clients in Bullying and Harassment, Resilience, Mediation and models of collaborative issue resolution for teams, managers and HR personnel. Her dedication and commitment to developing best practice includes undertaking research relating to high conflict relationships, culturally reflexive dispute resolution and challenges to mediation in Australian workplaces.
She has tertiary qualifications in law, psychology, mediation and management and maintains a NSW practicing certificate as a solicitor. She is a panel member with NSW Law Society and has developed pilot mediation programs for Local, District and Federal Magistrates Courts.
Graeme Sharp – Senior Workplace Relations Adviser (NZ)
Graeme Sharp is based in Christchurch, New Zealand and has over 30 years’ human resources experience, specialising in HR advice, policy development and organisational development for a wide range of clients ranging from multi-national corporations, government departments to small business enterprises.
He was a Director for 15 years at The New Zealand Institute of Management (NZIM) Executive Staff Course, recognised as the premier management and professional development programme in New Zealand. He also conducted the programme in Fiji and Australia.
Graeme is well known for his practical pragmatic approach to solving employment issues whilst observing cultural norms. Graeme is recognised for solving employment relations issues and has significant experience in workplace mediation and dispute resolution. Graeme’s innovative thinking, strategic skills and ability to develop excellent communication lines and relationships with clients makes Graeme a much sought after consultant.
Graeme was elected to the Board of the NSW State Chamber of Commerce and was also Chairman of their Industrial Relations and Employment Committee. These roles also required Graeme to represent the Chamber on the NSW Consular and Diplomatic group and act as an advocate to both State and Federal Governments.