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John Harris FCPHR
A senior HR manager at World Vision
Australia, John Harris brings his
philanthropic drive to build networks
between the commercial world
Where is your favourite
destination and why?
Sri Lanka. They are the most friendly
and kind people. Now with my role at
World Vision I am able to go back to
see how we’re helping this beautiful
country and the communities we
Who would you most like to have
dinner with and why?
Bill Gates – I ’d love to hear about
what drives his passion to give back.
through initiatives such as The
Giving Pledge and The Bill Gates
How has philanthropy shaped your career?
There’s always been a philanthropic bone in my
body. I do a lot of charity work in my private life: I
was a non-executive director for a Melbourne-based
charity for the unemployed, and I drive public
transport for the elderly on the weekend. While I
was working in the UK with talent management
company Alexander Mann Solutions, I established a
partnership with Tomorrow’s People, an innovative
employment charity that helps get unemployed
people back into work. In 2010 I thought: wouldn’t it
be great if I could use my HR skills at an NGO. And
then I came across World Vision.
What are the benefits of social
responsibility for organisations?
Throughout my career I’ve always looked to see
where HR could partner with a volunteer or charity
organisation. There is a responsibility for major
corporations to give back to communities. The
benefits are enormous, not only for the charities,
but for employers and employees. Staff get hugely
motivated by getting involved with a cause and that
drives engagement. It’s great for branding, and you’re
going to attract great talent to your organisation.
Tell me about your experience as a
When I started my career, H R was seen as what I
call “old-style personnel”. I had to work very hard to
demonstrate the benefits of strategic HR in order to
start working with the key leaders of the business.
I do think that these days a lot more CEOs and
boards see the value of HR as a strategic business
partner. But in order to maintain that, HR needs to
be a lot more commercially savvy.
What’s the future for HR?
The future of HR is going to be increasingly digital
and the profession must embrace this mindset. There
will also be a need to manage more flexible working;
a large number of people in the future are going to
have portfolio careers, so HR needs to be flexible
in attracting talent and how it sets up contractual
arrangements for these new types of workers.
What do you think about
AHRI’s drive to professionalise
HR through certification?
Coming from the UK, I’ve got first-hand
experience of the benefits of certification with the
CIPD. Getting HR certification is about earning
due recognition alongside other professions;
I’m passionate about HR and I want it to get
the recognition it deserves. It shows a sense of
purpose, of professional commitment and a
professional drive. •••
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