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What is your favourite book or
movie, and why?
Catch Me if You Can, with Leonardo
DiCaprio and Tom Hanks. But the
book was better! It’s about someone
who turns their life around and ends
up helping the FBI; going from being
an enemy to a colleague.
What is your favourite
destination and why?
Bali. I like the culture, the people
and the food. The people help you
get some perspective on life. The
shopping is pretty good as well.
is general manager for employee
compensation & claims at NSW
Police and 2016 finalist for the Dave
Ulrich HR Practitioner Award.
Applications for AHRI Awards 2017 close 17 May.
to hire a person
Lower staff turnover rate
A person with a vision impairment
is more likely to show loyalty to
an employer, giving you a lower
turnover rate and a lower overall
cost of employment.
Due to the access challenges they
face every day, people with vision
impairment tend to be great
problem-solvers, flexible and
Less workplace incidents
People with a disability are far less
likely to have an accident at work
than their peers.
More days at work
People with a disability have lower
levels of absenteeism and use less
sick leave than their colleagues.
Diversity = good business
A more diverse workforce will
effectiveness. It will lift morale and
enhance productivity. In short,
diversity is good for business.
An untapped workforce
You are looking to recruit a new
employee for your business, but what if an
applicant is blind or vision impaired?
Understandably, you may initially question
how they can possibly do the job that you
advertised for – how would they read emails
or find their way to work?
You may also think, “What about
the extra costs and the changes
that I will have to make to my
To alleviate your concerns,
Guide Dogs NSW/ACT has
developed a handy guide to
highlight the benefits of employing
someone who is blind or vision impaired,
and provide solutions to common concerns.
These job-seekers are loyal, great
problem-solvers and can provide an
inspiration to your workforce.
All they need is an opportunity!
To download our free Employers’ guide for hiring
people who are blind or vision impaired please
Tell me about your career to date.
I have worked in a range of roles from training
and development, audit, client services, human
resources, safety and risk, and consulting.
What are the most challenging aspects
of your current role?
At times it can be difficult to find a solution that
keeps all stakeholders satisfied. The demand on
resources is also a challenge as the workload can
often be very demanding.
Police officers have a stressful job.
How do you address health and
The NSW Police Force has a workforce
improvement program (funded by the NSW
government) to assist and address physical
injuries and mental health issues. This holistic
resilience program has substantially changed the
culture, allowing HR to focus on preventative
measures to promote positive health and safety
messages and programs.
What has been your biggest lesson
working with the NSW Police Force?
Learning about the complex nature of policing,
and that officers can face daily risks unlike any
other occupation. The men and woman of the
NSW Police Force never know what job they are
going to attend and how the situation will need to be
managed. It takes great skill and tenacity to be that
flexible and dynamic in your work.
How does that determine your role in HR?
Each individual needs and deserves to be treated on
a case by case basis with sensitivity and compassion.
And then there is also the accountability and
responsibility that we have for managing public
funds and using them wisely.
What is your favourite part of the job?
The variety of work and challenging conversations
that you have. The NSW Police Force is an amazing
organisation and regardless of whether you are a
sworn or administrative officer, no two days are ever
What do you think about AHRI’s move
towards HR certification?
Certification gives HR practitioners the recognition
that has been lacking for many years. It ref lects the
hard work that HR practitioners undertake within
any organisation as we are always the ones who
deliver the bad news along with the good. It will put
the spotlight on H R and help organisations to drive
much needed organisational and cultural change. •••
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