Our Workplace Investigations Team

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

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.


Consultant Profiles:

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.

Karen’s earlier career in sales and marketing brings a practical and commercial approach when working with her clients.

Karen has acted as a mediator in a number of employment disputes as well as representing clients at mediation.

Karen has delivered training for clients in sexual harassment, discrimination and workplace policy compliance and can provide practical advice on all aspects of workplace change and restructure.

Karen holds a Masters of Laws, Graduate Certificate in Academic Practice, Bachelor of Laws (Honours), Bachelor of Arts and is a Barrister and Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Victoria. Karen is also a Nationally Accredited Mediator with the Victorian Bar.

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.

Verena has worked in both private companies and public sector organisations, including industries such as government, higher education and health and has conducted investigations within all of these sectors.

Verena has taught MBA students in the areas of strategic HR, employee relations and risk and safety management. Her particular areas of expertise are workplace relations, employment law, and occupational health and safety (OHS) law.

In addition to her PhD in Performance Management and MBA, Verena is legally trained, holding a Juris Doctor of Law, Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice, Graduate Certificate of Migration Law and has been admitted as a Solicitor to the Supreme Court of NSW.

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.

Dr. Leigh Hodder, PhD MAPS – Senior Workplace Relations Adviser

Dr. Leigh Hodder is an experienced consultant, workplace mediator and investigator who has also trained internal investigators at various organisations. Alongside her skills in coaching, mediation and training, Leigh is a consulting psychologist with over 20 years’ experience.

She has provided investigation and consulting services to organisations of various sizes and has worked in a wide range of industries including the government, not for profit and private sectors. In providing services to organisations, Leigh has gained valuable skills in negotiating with unions and has the required insight and analytical ability to conduct in-depth investigations while following the principles of procedural fairness.

Leigh has conducted over 700 workplace mediations across a variety of industries since commencing mediation practice in 1996. She is a preferred workplace intervention supplier to Queensland Government departments and conducted her Honours Thesis on the mediation process with the Department of Justice and Attorney-General (QLD).

Her current activities include conducting independent workplace and safety incident investigations, organisational culture development partnering, team dynamics diagnostics, team and individual coaching and mediation for various clients.

Leigh is a qualified and experienced Mediator, Victim/Offender Community Conference Convenor and Trainer/Assessor. She is also a member of the Australian Psychological Society, a registered Medicare Provider and Work Cover (Queensland) Provider.

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.

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.

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.
Through working as an industrial advocate at Australian Business Industrial and at the Australian Retailers Association, alongside his further roles within the transport industry, Dru has gained extensive experience in industrial relations.

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.


See Workplace Investigations Services

iHR Australia also offers Workplace Investigation related training:

Workplace Investigations Officer Public Training Programs

Workplace Investigations Officer In-House Training Programs