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Rebecca Pooley

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Rebecca's career is primarily in marketing communications, she she also has extensive experience in stakeholder management, business development and strategy.

With two young children, Rebecca chose to work part-time to raise children and progress her career. After a time, she and a colleague, Nicole, started job-share in a marketing communications management role for a not-for profit.

Rebecca understood the value of what her and Nicole could offer and they went on to pitch job-share for a full time role at a university and were successful. 

Now in her third role job-sharing with Nicole, Rebecca is always encouraging women work out what works for them first and find the organisations that are open to flexible working arrangements. 

Rebecca has worked in various industries including; higher-education, financial services, utilities, health and supply-chain management, the common factor has always been a strategic focus combined with effective member, client or customer communications.

Vivek Prabhu

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In his role as Head of Fixed Income at Perpetual, Vivek Prabhu manages over $2bn in credit focused income strategies. He's a graduate member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD), fellow of Chartered Accountants Australia & New Zealand (CAANZ) and senior fellow of the Financial Services Institute of Australasia (FINSIA). Vivek previously served on Perpetuals Diversity Council (2012-16) and was a member of the workplace flexibility sub-committee.

Outside the office, Vivek has:

  • volunteered in a board capacity for several community based not for profits;
  • mentored university students, colleagues & finance industry professionals through formal mentoring programs; and
  • serves on the UNSW Business School Alumni Advisory Board.

Vivek acknowledges the importance of leaders championing flexibility by being advocates and role models, with a focus on delivering outcomes rather than time spent at the office. Like many Perpetual staff, he values the strong work / life balance flexible working arrangements offer and the positive contribution it makes to both home and work life. Working flexibly has contributed to a lift in employee engagement and personally, its facilitated the opportunity for him to engage in more volunteer roles outside the office, giving back to the community and broadening his own personal development from these experiences. Perpetual was awarded the best workplace flexibility program at the 2016 Australian HR Awards

Nicole Kettniss

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Nicole has held senior management roles in energy, procurement and defence organisations and managed the internal communications function for more than 3,000 employees during the NSW electricity mergers.

Nicole and her husband both work flexibly to raise their children while maintaining their career (and while never easy) it was a simple decision for their family unit. 

Nicole has worked part-time and job-shared over the past seven years and always took the initiative to go for the roles that would take her career forward, including pitching job-share to a university advertising for a full-time role. She promotes the benefits of flexible work to others as being good for both the organisation and the employee.

Rhonda Brighton-Hall

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Rhonda is Founder and CEO of mwah. Making Work Absolutely Human – part toolkit, part think tank and part community. She is also Chair of FlexCareers, Chair of the AHRI Inclusion and Diversity Reference Panel, a Rare Birds Ambassador, past Patron of ASPECT (Autism Spectrum Australia) and recognised as a game changer in the future design of organisations, Human Resources, leadership and flexible work.

With a corporate career spanning BHP, Sara Lee, Luxottica and CBA, across Europe, Asia, and the USA, and a former Telstra Businesswoman of the Year, HR Leader of the Year, and inductee into the Human Capital hall of Fame in 2013, her deep expertise is leadership, culture, diversity and inclusion, and teamwork.

Rhonda did her first TedX talk in 2017 – “Playing with Seven Aces” – on the benefits (and alternatives) to privilege.

A determined optimist, her fundamental belief – That we can design the future of work to work for more of us. And that includes much MUCH more flexibly than we’ve done to date.

 “Flexible work simply means designing work so that it works well with life. We’ve got stuck in some 1860s way of working, and in 2018 we can do better. Whether it be caring responsibilities, parenting, health and wellness, study, or just a passion to be a person who loves life to work well with life, flexibility is the difference between turning up to be and do your best, and turning up burnout. Having a day to celebrate a better way of working – whatever that means to each of us - is a great idea!"

Michelle Elvy

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Michelle Elvy joined BHP in 2012 and is the new Head of Integrated Operations for BHP Mitsui Coal in Brisbane. She has a varied background, from building international award winning architectural buildings, to managing the design and commissioning major hazard facilities.

For BHP she has transitioned mine’s to owner operations, has piloted ground breaking control technologies and was integral in the design and establishment of BHP Coal’s new integrated remote operating centre or IROC in Brisbane.

Michelle has a true passion for science and engineering, and she has been working extensively to promote inclusion and diversity both within BHP and Globally with organisations such as UN Women. Michelle is an Engineer, a company director, a mother, and an avid cyclist. With a range of post graduate qualifications, and accolades for engineering achievement and her work in inclusion and diversity.

"Flexible work allows people to work when they accomplish the most, feel freshest and enjoy working.  It allows us to meld more into our lives and balance work, family, sport, pets, hobbies or whatever is important together.  This leads to greater productivity, increases morale and increases the ability of BHP to attract and retain high quality emloyees who would otherwise be unable to work due to rigid work practices.

I often talk to people about the flex work triangle, good for the organisation, good for the team and good of the individual.  Every side has to work and have their needs meet otherwise the the whole arrangement doesn’t work."

David Jordan

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David is an energetic and passionate executive who’s personal brand message is simple, “I love helping others achieve what they are passionate about”. He has had the privilege of leading teams throughout the retail and franchising sector for the past 15 years.

Whether it be through his current role as Divisional General Manager for the Costa group where he has more than 3000 team members to lead or the various board positions he holds, his approach to flexible working has remained consistent.

“Great people make great companies. We must recognise and appreciate that flexibility in the workplace, wherever possible should be embraced. It shows our people that we trust, care for and want to genuinely ensure that they are able to find balance and achieve a happy and healthy medium. It is our privileged responsibility as leaders to create and environment in which our people thrive and flexibility within the workplace is one of those critical pillars”

Elisa Choy

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Elisa Choy is passionate about flexible working to enable teams to apply their whole selves to achieve career, family and personal goals. As a working mother of twins (girls), the juggling act is (somewhat) successfully achievable through adopting flexibility at work.
 
Flexible Working means more than where and when we work. Elisa strongly believes it is a mindset where priorities outside work are honoured equally. Happier selves, happier families, and happier teams are more engaged, productive and achieve more together. 
 
At Woolworths Supermarkets, she leads a large team where over 80% are female - working supermums.  Flexible Working allows her team to balance busy lives while achieving high performance in a challenging environment.

David Hodges

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Flexibility is so important because it's the way to finding balance.  It means we can be there for the big moments for our family, for our workmates and for ourselves.  When we have balance - that flexibility - we're happier and better at what we do in all aspects of our lives. 

David is the managing director for Aginic in NSW and ACT. Aginic is a data analytics consultancy specialising in reporting, visual and advanced analytics.  We use agile methods and demonstrate results within days.  We have over 50 awesome staff and offices down the eastern seaboard of Australia.  

Heejung Chung

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I've always been interested in the ways people work, and the extent to which people (have to) privilege work over other aspects of their lives. Having lived in 5 different countries, I realise how this varies across countries and that a more balanced life is possible. Another aspect I am very passionate about is gender equality in the labour market and a gender equal division of work within the household. Flexible working really speaks to both of these areas in that it can allow for a better balance between work with other aspects of one's life, and help even the playing field for men and women - i.e., help women stay in the labour market, help men do more in the household.

However, flexible work is not without problems, and this is one of the key research I do as a part of my Work Autonomy, Flexibility and Work life balance project . As I experience daily in academia, large degrees of flexibility at work can result in workers (needing to) work everywhere and all the time, where work encroaches over other aspects of one’s lives. My project aims to explain why this happens to see how we can make sure it doesn’t and good flexible working practices can be developed. Flexible working can be great, if you know how to use it.

Tony Holland

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Tony Holland is the CEO of OzHelp.  During his career with OzHelp Tony has used his skills as a negotiator and change agent to ensure the organisation maintained its national position as a leader in the suicide prevention space. OzHelp has a long history of association with the building and construction and mining industries across Australia.

"With a team of around 30 people working in a number of locations around the country, I really see the importance of allowing for and promoting flexible working arrangements.

Whether it be a person returning after the birth of a precious bundle of joy, a team member requiring some short term adjustments to care for a family member or a new person coming on Board in a staggered way, workplace flexibility seems to be a no brainer.

Sure it can be difficult to negotiate at times, but my experience is the benefits in a whole range of ways are way more helpful to the organisation than managing the minimal challenges that often fade into insignificance.

My advice to other CEO’s is don’t knock until you seriously explore how an attitude of flexibility could be a winner for you."

Bjorn Galjaardt

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Bjorn Galjaardt is an entrepreneur, coach and supporter of flexible work. With a background in sports, education and health and currently studying a master in sports coaching, he understands that it’s all about task management and not time management. Interaction with athletes and clients across the world requires a balanced approach. It’s knowing yourself, then others and reaching success through leadership and performance.

His latest venture is an online pathway with these bright building blocks incorporated, enabling others to achieve their goals without compromising flexibility. He often says, “The difference in coaching is how to do, not what to do. Flexible working requires a growth mindset that can evolve and give options in a mental and physical outcome.”

Link to i4bright website www.i4bright.com and LinkedIn https://www.linkedin.com/in/björngaljaardt/

Melissa Griffiths

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Melissa Griffiths is a transgender authority who lives in Melbourne. Melissa raises awareness about gender identity and transgender issues from all angles. She is passionate about making the workplace and society more inclusive for transgender people.  

Melissa is a advocate for transgender rights, media commentator, public speaker and writer. She managed to get a gender identity policy introduced at Brisbane Racing Club, Melbourne Racing Club and Victoria Racing Club. She has also spoken at Women’s March Melbourne about women’s rights and spoken at other events about leadership as well.

"Can you imagine a world where we are all working 12 hours a day and our kids are constantly looked after by friends, family or worse still android nannies? Imagine you never have the ability to see your kids or be with your family or friends or just have time out for yourself.  This is the world we are insidiously creating.

So, let’s instead create a world where we all have the ability to manage our life and balance this with our business/work responsibilities. A world where we all have time to do what we need to do and want to do and still have some time to rest. 

My passion for flexible working day comes from having been in roles where there is no time to even barely eat your lunch and I have needed time to finish early and been unable to do so.  Finding a workplace where you flexible hours and working day can be challenging. So since finding such a workplace and been able to work in such an environment means that I can balance my work commitments with my personal commitments.

If we have flexible working hours this will benefit everyone as it means that employees will be able to get their work done in a timely manner. It also means that schedules can be created which are balanced and meets both the needs and the business you are running or your employer.  This all leads to a more productive workplace and employees as they feel their employer allows them to cater for their lives and feel more valued as a result.

Finally, the other reasons I am passionate about flexible working day are the most important reasons as they lead to a more healthy society.  A flexible working day means people have the time to manage their mental and physical health. This is most important as a healthy society means a more productive society and more empathic society."

Richard McLellan

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Richard McLellan is the CEO of one of Australia’s 56 regional Natural Resource Management (NRM) organisations – the Northern Agricultural Catchments Council (NACC) – based at Geraldton in mid-west Australia. He prides himself on having a workforce with considerable diversity – in gender, age, and cultural backgrounds; in working styles, education levels, work location, life experiences and professional skills – and on encouraging and encompassing flexibility into his organisation’s work ethic in any way possible.

Richard said he is acutely aware that flexibility is a major determinant of job satisfaction among many in the workforce, valued more highly than pay-scales and position titles by many employees. Flexibility in working arrangements – such as being able to work part-time, from home, by teleconference, or with compressed work weeks – allows for easier and better balancing of work-life demands and desires. It benefits staff as workers, but also as mums and dads, sisters and brothers – at home, in families and relationships.

As a career environmentalist and one-time Director of Ecological Footprint at WWF, the international conservation organisation, Richard said flexibility is not only “good for our people, but also good for our planet” It stands to reason that fewer hours in the office, or more flexible working conditions – such as teleconferencing instead of driving or flying to meetings – is good for the environment. Flexible working conditions can help us to reduce our consumption (especially of energy and ‘more stuff’), reduce pollution, and thus reduce our overall footprint. And that’s got to be good for the planet – choosing “more time instead of more stuff”.

David Glasson

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David commenced his working life as a chartered accountant before transitioning to financial roles across the entertainment and agribusiness sectors. In 2006 David moved to Canberra with General Practice Education and Training where he held Chief Financial/Operating and Acting CEO roles over eight years. David was then appointed to lead the Victorian Metropolitan Alliance for GP Training in late 2014. He is currently the CEO of Eastern Victoria GP Training (EV).

EV are responsible for the delivery of GP education and training to over 300 registrars across Eastern Victoria under the Australian General Practice Training program.

It is all about the right training being provided in the right locations, to the right individuals. This ensures our future GP workforce are skilled up to provide ongoing quality primary care to all our communities.

David is a long-standing member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia and New Zealand and is also a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. He holds a Masters in Public Health and is actively engaged with stakeholders throughout the changing landscape of General Practice and primary care.

For David, flexible work arrangements respect the principle of mutual obligation. Where an employer is open to flexible work arrangements in support of an individual’s circumstances, a corresponding respect exists for the reasonable needs and obligations of the employer. For David there are multiple opportunities to engage effectively with individuals over flexible work arrangements. It’s not a one size fits all and what can be done may be influenced at least in part, by the role itself. The best policies though, are those where an individual’s circumstances and preferences can be aligned with the needs of the organisation. It’s about respect for both the individual and the objectives of the role through open dialogue.

Nadia Taylor

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Nadia is an executive Director of Livingstones, a national Industrial Relations, Human Resources and Organisational Development consulting firm. Nadia has delivered industrial relations and human resources services to organisations nationally for nearly 20 years across many industries, with specialties in education, business services, utilities, health services and not-for-profit. She focuses on aligning an organisation’s operations with its strategic vision through innovative human resource practices, including courageously addressing the most challenging aspects of people management. She is also a non-executive Director of TransitCare, a community transport organisation.

“I’m passionate about flexible working as it fosters an inclusive workplace, which ultimately results in increased productivity, job satisfaction and diversity of thinking. At Livingstones we are passionate about creating a flexible work environment to cater for people’s personal and professional aspirations outside of work.  For me personally, work flexibility allows me to spend quality time to care for my 1 year old son Atlas and continue to lead the strategic direction of Livingstones. In the last year I have had the opportunity to try out various flexible working arrangements (including bringing Atlas to work, taking him to client meetings and working remotely) and this experience has reinforced to me that flexibility is the future of work.”

Nadia has a passion for innovation and cutting-edge business solutions and her strengths lie in being able to see into the horizon and to help others view things from multiple perspectives. Since her appointment as Director in 2008, Nadia has led the Livingstones marketing, growth and innovation board profiles, and now oversees all strategy & business operations.  

Brad Barnes

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Brad Barnes is the Practice Director of Callida Consulting.  "Since joining Callida a year ago the reduction in my stress levels and improvements to my quality of life has had a significant impact on me and my family.

As a father of two active boys and my wife working shift work at Qantas, the balancing act of work with school drop off, after school activities and my own pursuits are always a challenge.

However, having an employer that embraces flexible working arrangements allows me to maintain the right balance in my life while also achieving career and family goals that are important to me."

Justina Bisset

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My name is Justina Bisset, I work full time as a team leader whilst managing my online store, social media profiles, producing art work and the list goes on, all thanks to being able to work flexibly.

"I am passionate about breaking the stigma that flexible working is only for carers, and only for part timers. Its so much more than that, and for an ambitious artist and leader such as myself, its my lifeline. Being able to work flexibly and change my week to suit my other commitments means I can work on my passion. In turn, because I am able to do this, I put more passion into my work as a Team Leader. Its such a positive cycle and as a leader im able to do the same for my direct reports and my team is thriving and happy.

I am positive that working flexibly will be part of norm in the cooperate world in the coming years, and I am excited to be one of the people backing this notion."

Tim Morrison

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Many people want to work flexibly, albeit for different reasons. Tim Morrison, HR Business Partner at Mercer (Australia) Pty Ltd, also lives a 2nd career as a professional Boundary Umpire with the Australian Football League (AFL). Tim is deeply passionate about working flexibly, as it’s a true necessity for him, dividing his time between both careers, for which he feels his life has been enriched through it.

Tim fully appreciates that diversity and flexibility in the workplace is essential to fully embracing our individual lifestyles, priorities and personal situations.  By fully embracing these, understanding, accommodating these and engaging in a transparent dialogue engenders trust and inspiration in the workplace. Tim has had four roles in his 8 years at Mercer, further debunking the myth that working flexibly is a barrier to career progression.

Tim is part of a colleague resource group at Mercer, #allrolescanflex, which is aiming to help shift the perceptions and behaviours around flexible working and Making Work, Work. “I am just one example, but what our movement recognises, is that people have lives outside of work, and that is not only a good thing but actually makes for more productive employees. It isn’t just employees with caring responsibilities who need flexible working, though they of course are a prime example, the simple fact is that everyone has a life outside of work. We want to create an inclusive culture where the reason for needing flexibility does not matter.”

Fay Calderone

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Fay Calderone is a Partner Employment, Hall & Wilcox.

Fay has acted for employers for over 17 years across a range of industries focused always on the purpose and imperatives of the organisations she is servicing.

Fay advises organisational leaders and boards on all matters touching the workplace including discrimination, bullying, harassment, misconduct investigations, performance management, enterprise agreement and industrial disputes. She has extensive experience advising clients on legal issues affecting the workplace including advice to HR, C-Suite leaders and Boards on compliance with workplace laws, change management, business protection strategies and underlying cultural issues manifesting in workplace complaints. In circumstances where disputes cannot be resolved, representing employers in proceedings before Industrial tribunals including unfair dismissals, adverse action claims and restraint matters

Fay is a recognised expert and go-to person on employment issues. She regularly speaks at a number of events on the topic of “people and workplace” issues;  is sought for quotes on employment issues by the AFR and other publications; writes and comments on current employment trends and issues, frequently featuring on industry blogs including the Australian Human Resource Institute, HR Daily and the Mandarin; and has appeared on the Seven Network’s Weekend Sunrise to discuss employers’ obligations. She also has a broadened appreciation for community organisations and not for profit challenges having served as Deputy Chair of Sport NSW.

Fay was a finalist for the NSW Women Lawyers Association Private Practice Lawyer of the Year 2017,  Australian Women Lawyer of the Year 2018 and was recognised for Labour & Employment Law – Sydney in The Best Lawyers in Australia 2019 and 2020 edition. She has also been a finalist for the Lawyers Weekly Partner of the Year in Workplace Relations for 2017 and 2019.