Our Consulting Team

Our Consulting Team


Eileen Walsh – Professional Services Director / Account Manager

Eileen is iHR Australia’s Director of Professional Services. Eileen is responsible for providing direction and management of iHR Australia’s Senior Specialist Consultants, Facilitators and HR Generalists. Eileen is also responsible for the delivery of all services to iHR Australia clients.

Eileen has 20 years’ experience in Human Resources and Safety, Health and Environment. Eileen’s experience has been in generalist human resources and also managing significant projects to achieve change. Eileen’s particular skills and demonstrated expertise include managing and delivering large projects for iHR Australia’s clients and managing a team of HR professionals, combined with her ability to develop and adapt strategies to meet the needs of each particular organisation. Eileen’s success has been in developing cost effective HR solutions and models for iHR Australia’s SME clients.

John Boardman – Director of Workplace Relations

John Boardman is iHR Australia’s Director of Workplace Relations and has an extensive background in human resource management and industrial relations. He possesses high order analytical understanding, the proven ability to assess strategic options, and strong negotiating, advocacy and presentation skills. John has over 30 years’ experience in human resource management, many of which have been at senior executive level.

John is a competent ‘hands-on’ technician and has researched, prepared and conducted complex cases before both State and Federal tribunals. John has also provided advice to employers throughout major industrial relations disputes.

John has extensive experience in conducting independent workplace investigations into allegations of bullying and harassment, and has conducted major investigations across a broad range of industries. John also possesses significant experience in mediation and dispute resolution and has worked with a variety of organisations and workers at varying levels to assist in restoring appropriate working relationships.

John co-facilitates iHR Australia’s Workplace Investigation Officer Training around Australia.

As the head of iHR Australia’s investigations team, John reviews all reports and oversees all investigations to ensure a highly conscientious and consistent approach is applied.

David Tulip – Senior Workplace Relations Adviser

David has worked in the human resources / workplace relations field for 30 years. He has worked for a number of diverse organisations in the transport, mining, oil and gas, manufacturing, logistics and service sectors, as well as employer organisations.

This experience in a diverse range of working and industry environments has allowed David to develop a broad repertoire of human resources, workplace relations and general management skills. These skills include negotiating enterprise agreements, drafting employment agreements and HR policies, advocacy before industrial tribunals, conducting workplace investigations and HR due diligence for acquisitions.

Alongside his training in negotiation, mediation, advocacy and performance management, David holds an Honours Degree in Economics and a Masters Degree in Strategic HR Management.

Peter Abrams – Senior Workplace Relations Adviser

With over thirty years’ experience in Industrial Relations, Peter Abrams has amassed experience across a broad range of industries and in various-sized enterprises.

His appointment to senior executive status within a major national organisation, to a federal government working group by Ministerial selection, and as the strategic HR Advisor to a major manufacturing Group, all speak to his standing in the Industrial Relations community. Peter has been involved with iHR Australia since 1997 including a period as a Director.

He has built a reputation as an effective advocate in Federal and State Commissions and Tribunals in which he has conducted all manner of cases and appeals including National Test Cases, opposing claims of unfair dismissal, alleged discrimination and breach of general protections. Peter has VCAT professional advocate status.

As a Workplace Relations Consultant and strategist, he takes pride in partnering with businesses to create effective enterprise agreements with innovative solutions to pre-existing problems. He has been heavily involved in enterprise agreement negotiations both as a direct party and as a strategic adviser to management.

His experience as a mediator and his calm nature equip him well to reconcile conflicting parties and he has been engaged by several corporations to act as an independent chairperson for a range of negotiations including enterprise agreements.

Peter is always keen to add value to HR management utilising his broad knowledge of employment law and common sense approach to problem-solving.

Lisa Guenther – Senior HR Consultant / Facilitator

Lisa is a seasoned HR professional with over 20 years’ experience across the full human resources function with expertise in performance management, leadership development, talent management/succession planning, change management and workplace culture. She has a particular interest in designing, developing and facilitating workshops that enhance workplace culture and leadership capability, including train-the-trainer programs.

Lisa has collaborated with employees from diverse backgrounds, functions and organisational levels, from large global matrix organisations to SME environments across a range of sectors including manufacturing, healthcare equipment, pharmaceutical, technology and media.

With significant experience in recruitment, performance management, handling EEO/bullying matters and investigating complaints, Lisa brings a wealth of knowledge, creativity and a practical approach to the programs she designs and facilitates.

Lisa holds a Master of Business Administration (Human Resource Management) and has considerable experience partnering senior leadership teams and front line managers in both professional and worker environments. Her focus is to achieve business outcomes by providing practical solutions supported by sound people management practice.

Jo Murphy – Senior HR Consultant / Facilitator

Jo Murphy has over 20 years of diverse management experience in a range of roles incorporating Human Resources, Training and Development, Change management and Marketing in large multi-national organisation environments and SME’s.

With a consistent track record for interactive and highly engaging facilitation, Jo has conducted hundreds of training sessions using varied approaches to accommodate diverse cultures, functions, levels and abilities.

Jo is a trained Investigator and Contact Officer for EEO and Anti-Bullying issues, and has practical experience handling complaints and establishing prevention and issues handling frameworks.

Jo holds a Master of Business qualification from the Australian Graduate School of Management, and has broad experience partnering with senior leadership teams and frontline managers in managing employee performance to facilitate achievement of business objectives, whilst maintaining respect for the individual and legal considerations.

Alan Colvin – Senior HR Consultant / Facilitator

With over 26 years’ experience in roles across Finance and Administration and HR, Alan has amassed extensive experience in managing people and teams in large multi-national organisation environments.

Alan is a practical and common sense HR Executive with a passion for the power that proper People Management and Leadership can deliver to an organisation.

As an accomplished HR professional, Alan has expertise across the full human resources function including designing and embedding major workplace cultural change, performance management, change management, talent acquisition and retention, succession planning and employee engagement programs.

Alan holds a Bachelor of Economics, Business/Managerial Economics and Certificate IV in Workforce Training and Assessment.

Nick Murphy – Senior HR Consultant

Nicky Murphy has over 20 years’ experience working with and leading Global and Australian organisations across the breadth of human resources functions. By combining best practice, pragmatism and a commercial focus, Nick ensures clients get the best possible outcomes.

An accomplished HR professional, Nick has worked on numerous consulting engagements solving complex people and performance issues. His expertise includes considerable experience in organisational design, operational HR management, policy application, position description development, performance and talent management, change management and communication.

As a naturally strategic thinker, Nick has extensive experience in employee relations, guiding clients on the legal and regulatory aspects of employment policy.

Nick holds a Bachelor of Economics, Graduate Certificate in Labour Law and a Certificate IV in Workplace Training and Assessment.

Dr Verena Marshall, PhD – Senior Workplace Relations Adviser

Verena Marshall specialises in workplace investigations, mediations, and training. Verena brings to these areas over 30 years’ experience as an HR manager and organisational development consultant in private and public sector organisations. Examples of industries for which Verena has provided investigation, mediation and training services include resources (mining, oil and gas), transport, retail, government (federal, state and local), and not-for-profit businesses.

As an academic with Curtin Graduate School of Business for 18 years, Verena taught in the Master of Business Administration and Master of Business Leadership programs. In this role she focussed on researching and facilitating units in Organisational Behaviour, Strategic HR, Employee Relations, Employment Law, and Occupational Health and Safety Law.

In addition to her PhD in Performance Management and Master of Business degree, Verena is legally qualified, holding a Juris Doctor of Law and Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice, as well as a Graduate Certificate of Migration Law. Verena is admitted as a Solicitor to the Supreme Court of NSW, licensed as an Investigator (pursuant to the Security & Related Activities Control Act (WA)), and a Nationally Accredited Mediator.

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.

As a barrister, Anton has a unique and practical insight into how the law applies to issues that have the potential to be litigated, which is common in the bullying and discrimination sphere.

Anton has worked for a variety of employer organisations and law firms and has advised both large and small employers. He has also worked as a Human Resource Manager in hospitality and defence industries, dealing with counselling and discipline, investigations, planning of resource needs and dealing with unions.

He has been involved in all aspects of workplace relations including drafting contracts of employment, advising on terms and conditions of employment, litigating unfair dismissals and unfair contracts, workplace health and safety and enterprise agreements. Anton has also had extensive experience in investigating workplace bullying and harassment claims, including sexual harassment and discrimination claims.

Anton holds a barrister’s practicing certificate and specialises in employment law.

Charles White – Senior Workplace Relations Adviser

Charles 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.

Charles has also worked for a range of other public and private sector organisations where, among other things, he streamlined a range of human resources policies and practices.

Charles has the ability to translate complex and contentious workplace issues into practical, easy-to-understand advice and reports. His articles and opinion pieces have appeared in the Australian Financial Review and the Australian Human Resources Institute magazine.

Charles has extensive experience in workplace investigations, both in the Court and in previous roles, in particular as the Australian Public Service Board’s manager of Grievances and Appeals in NSW.

His qualifications include a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) and Master of Labour Law and Relations, both from Sydney University.

Rodney Levett – Strategic HR Consultant

Rodney Levett has gained extensive HR experience in a career spanning over 25 years, with various roles including senior generalist HR positions in Australia/NZ in the pharmaceutical, telecommunications and manufacturing industries. He has also worked in Global HR roles supporting large and complex IT groups, and with businesses ranging in size from global multinationals to small businesses with less than 10 employees.

He has consulted in areas ranging from senior executive recruitment to manufacturing process improvement. Rodney’s experience covers all main areas of HR – compensation and benefits design and administration, talent management and leadership development, recruitment and selection, workplace investigation, performance management and change management support for mergers & acquisitions and internally generated reorganisations and large scale transformations.

Rodney’s passion is connecting HR to business strategy with practical and tangible outcomes and business results, working with senior stakeholders to understand their business drivers and tailor HR programs accordingly.

Rodney holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Commerce (Industrial Relations), Postgraduate Diploma in Management (Human Resource Management) and has completed his MBA, majoring in finance, acquisitions, corporate change & restructuring.

Leonie Kerley – Senior HR Consultant / Facilitator

Leonie Kerley is an experienced HR practitioner and facilitator with over 20 years’ experience working in the world of best practice strategic Human Resources and People Development, covering all facets of leadership development, capability building, change management, performance management and EEO legislation. During this time Leonie has designed, developed and facilitated numerous learning programs ranging from senior leadership and team development programs to ‘on the floor’ programs for shop floor employees; for various industries including manufacturing, media/communications and state government.

Leonie’s extensive experience has harnessed her unique ability to engage with all levels of an organisation, from senior leaders at the executive level to front line employees on the factory floor, whilst delivering interactive and engaging learning programs that truly make a difference. Leonie’s passion is creating engaging workplace cultures that activate an employee’s full potential to deliver the overall business strategy.

Leonie holds a Bachelor of Business with the University of Technology, Sydney and a Graduate Diploma in Education with Macquarie University.

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.

Mary Crean – Senior Workplace Relations Adviser

Mary Crean is a specialist in Workplace Investigations. Adept in providing advice post investigation, she is able to assist in managing the workplace after the inevitable disruption of an investigation, providing solutions and recommendations going forward.

Mary has conducted investigations all over South East Queensland for Local Government, not for profit organisations, multi-national companies as well as small medical practices and is very proud of the way she has helped improve long established poor workplace cultures to mitigate future workplace conflicts for many organisations.

After thirteen successful years at the English Bar practising in Crime, Family and Civil Law Mary emigrated to Queensland were she undertook a Post Graduate Diploma in Law at University of Queensland and was admitted as a Solicitor in 2010. Since that time Mary has worked in State and Local Government as well as private enterprise.

Karen Hermann – Senior Workplace Relations Adviser

Karen Hermann is an experienced workplace relations legal practitioner with a background working for leading private law firms, industry associations and government departments at Federal and State level.  Karen has substantial experience in providing technical, strategic and practical advice on a broad range of workplace relations matters including employment, discrimination, human resources and migration law matters.

Karen has significant experience in representing clients in mediations and conciliations before relevant Tribunals, and managing sensitive and complex employment and discrimination litigation in a range of jurisdictions.

Karen has also delivered training for clients in employment, discrimination and workplace policy compliance and on managing overseas workers.

Karen holds a Bachelor of Laws (Honours), Bachelor of Arts and is a Barrister and Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Victoria. Karen is also a registered Migration Agent.

Marie Irwin – Senior Workplace Relations Adviser

Marie has worked in the field of workplace relations and employment law for more than twenty years with ASX100 companies, trade unions and major law firms in Sydney, Brisbane and Melbourne.  She has advised on and led employee relations strategy, organisational change and case management of complex individual employment matters in diverse industries, including finance, energy, retail, stevedoring, oil, supply chain and manufacturing.

As an experienced Workplace Relations practitioner, Marie has built a reputation for enabling HR and operational management to implement constructive solutions to workplace challenges. She has advised senior executive teams and boards on strategic approaches to workplace relations, including major change involving closures, automation and business acquisitions, as well as leading sensitive investigations into executive behaviour.  Marie coaches enterprise-bargaining negotiation teams, assisting them to develop successful bargaining strategies and practices.  She also provides guidance on the appropriate management of employee under-performance, adverse action matters, employees suffering long-term illnesses and allegations of bullying or harassment.

In addition to her certification in change management and leadership performance, Marie is a qualified lawyer, admitted as a legal practitioner in the High Court of Australia, holds a first class Honours Degree of Bachelor of Arts, (Politics) as well as a Master’s degree in Law and Management from the University of NSW.

Kate Sykes – Senior HR Consultant

Kate Sykes is a senior HR and business leader with a demonstrated history of working in professional services, health and defence sectors. Kate brings a commitment to best practice and is highly experienced across all aspects of the HR function and employment relations matters including reporting and analysis, contract management, recruitment, interpretation of the Fair Work Act, creation and implementation of employee policies and procedures, performance management, grievances, coaching, and learning and development.

Kate holds tertiary qualifications in Human Resources and Human Resources Management and a Bachelor of Economics. She is a Nationally Accredited Mediator and is a current member of the Australian Human Resources Institute.

Kate has held numerous positions on Boards of not for profit organisations and advocacy groups and was the Chair of the Diversity Working Group and Social Responsibility Working Group at the Pharmacy Guild of Australia.

See HR Consulting Services