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Kelly Pfeffer - Connect on LinkedIn
Chair and Director, AAGE
Graduate Talent Lead, Suncorp

Kelly is the Graduate Talent Lead for Suncorp. Located in Brisbane she is responsible for delivering Suncorp's Graduate, Intern and Women in IT Programs across Australia and New Zealand. Previously Kelly worked for the Queensland Government for a number of years including program management of two different graduate programs and the build of the Queensland Government Graduate Portal. Prior to specialising in graduate recruitment and development, Kelly worked in a number of human resource related roles including policy, performance management, diversity and learning and development. Kelly has been an AAGE member since 2006 and a committee member since 2011.


Sharon Bellingham - Connect on LinkedIn
Director, AAGE
Principal HR Officer, Department of Environment and Heritage Protection (Qld)

Based in Brisbane, Sharon is the principal advisor responsible for leading recruitment and development for the Greater Graduate Program, which delivers graduate opportunities for six Queensland Government departments. She leads the design and implementation of attraction and capability development strategies that graduates need to successfully contribute to their department’s business outcomes. Sharon is also passionate about the retention of graduates and in ensuring they have challenging and rewarding careers. Sharon started her career as a graduate herself working in the higher education sector. Following a variety of human resource roles as a generalist, in learning and development, employee relations, and change management, she specialised in employment branding, recruitment and selection. Leaving the sector and joining the Queensland Government 7 years ago, she found her passion for graduate recruitment and development.

Maree Djalikian
Director, AAGE
HR Business Partner, Australia Post

Currently in 12 month secondment role, providing HR business partnering support to people leaders across the Corporate Centre. Focus on diagnosing, designing and executing frictionless employee experiences around different people initiatives and interventions. Prior to this, Maree has worked in Leadership Development and managed the organisation's Enterprise Graduate Program, strategically managing the end-to-end graduate lifecycle including attraction, recruitment, development, performance and retention. As a former marketing graduate herself, she is passionate about bringing a marketing lens to the world of HR and is proud to have been nominated in the Top 3 Graduate Recruiters in Australia in 2014. Maree holds a Bachelor of Business with Honours in Marketing.

Senaya Krishnan - Connect on LinkedIn
Director, AAGE
Graduate Program Manager, Telstra

As Graduate Program Manager of Telstra, Senaya is responsible for the strategy, attraction, recruitment and development of Telstra’s graduate and summer vacation programs nationally. Telstra’s programs focus on the development and growth of its graduates to ensure it can develop future talent to align with its workforce. Senaya has been in the graduate, recruitment and HR industry for 10 years working locally and abroad. She is passionate about ensuring students at school and university are given the right tools to learn about employability, skills acquisition and self reflection to ensure their journey from classroom to corporate is a success. 

Steven Nield - Connect on LinkedIn
Director, AAGE
Graduate Recruitment Manager ANZ / Senior Consultant Adelaide-Melbourne, Aurecon

Currently based in Aurecon’s Melbourne offices, Steven is the Senior Recruiter for the Adelaide, Melbourne and Canberra businesses but also takes the lead on the Graduate Recruitment process for Aurecon across Australia, New Zealand and support into Asia. Steven has worked in the Graduate space since 2010 and has delivered the graduate strategy for Aurecon since that time. During this period, he has overseen campaign redesigns and rebranding initiatives as well as working on internal candidate experience programmes to help drive more positive outcomes for applicants. Steven also mentors his recruitment counterparts in South Africa to work towards aligning Aurecon’s Graduate offering internationally. While juggling the busy demands of both his roles, Steven is committed to giving back to the Graduate community who have guided and supported him since he first started.

Chris Grier - Connect on LinkedIn
Co-Opted Director, AAGE
Senior Associate, Ashurst

Based in Brisbane, Chris is a senior corporate lawyer with broad experience in Australia and overseas. He practices primarily in the areas of mergers and acquisitions, cross-border transactions and corporate advisory. He routinely advises private and public sector clients and not-for-profit organisations on corporations law and governance matters. Chris also has an active role in the recruitment, mentoring and training of seasonal clerks and graduates at Ashurst. His previous experience includes roles at Aurizon in Brisbane and Norton Rose Fulbright in London. He has a Bachelor of Laws and a Bachelor of Arts. He is an admitted solicitor of the Supreme Court of Queensland and High Court of Australia and a member of the Queensland Law Society.

David Lane - Connect on LinkedIn
Co-Opted Director, AAGE
Director & Senior Advisor, Pitcher Partners Wealth Management

David provides strategic investment advice and portfolio management to a range of clients including private clients, family groups, superannuation funds, business owners, not-for-profits and institutions. In addition to providing investment advice, he has built financial services businesses from inception – including Pitcher Partners Wealth Management – which he founded alongside the Brisbane Partners of Pitcher Partners. Since graduating as an accountant, David has worked for local stockbrokers, global investment banks and professional services firms. David provides the AAGE with skills in financial analysis, reporting, risk management and governance. In addition to recruiting, mentoring and training graduates throughout his career, David takes an active role in mentoring through basketball coaching, team management and refereeing.

David is on the Investment Committee of The John Villiers Trust. He is a CPA, Fellow of FINSIA, Member of AICD and Member of Director Institute. He has a Bachelor of Business (Accountancy), Graduate Diploma of Applied Finance, Graduate Diploma of Financial Planning and Master of Applied Finance.

Vicki Clarkson - Connect on LinkedIn
Company Secretary, AAGE
Company Secretary, Bank of Queensland

Vicki joined the AAGE as Company Secretary in November 2014 and is also the Company Secretary of the Bank of Queensland. Prior to this position, Vicki held senior roles within Shine Corporate Ltd and Aurizon Holdings Limited, including Managing Counsel (Major Projects), Assistant Company Secretary, Executive Committee Secretary & Reporting Manager and was a member of their Management Leadership Team. Vicki has extensive experience as a corporate lawyer having also practiced at Blake Dawson Waldron before moving to Clayton Utz and then in-house at Flight Centre Limited.

Vicki is also the current Deputy Chair of the Queensland State Council of the Governance Institute of Australia and is a Fellow of the Governance Institute of Australia and a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

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