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Steven Nield - Connect on LinkedIn
Chair and 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.

Sharon Bellingham - Connect on LinkedIn
Director, AAGE
Principal HR Officer, Department of Environment and Science (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.

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. 

Kelly Pfeffer - Connect on LinkedIn
Director, AAGE
People Experience Advisor, Suncorp

Kelly has recently moved roles internally at Suncorp from the Graduate Talent Advisor to a People Experience Advisor. Kelly has eleven years’ experience specialising in Graduate and Intern recruitment and development across Australia and New Zealand. Prior to Suncorp, Kelly worked for the Queensland Government managing two different graduate programs and the build of the Queensland Government Graduate Portal. Prior to this, Kelly worked in a number of human resource related roles including policy, performance management, diversity and learning and development. Kelly is located in Brisbane and has been an AAGE member since 2006, a committee member since 2011 and a Director since 2014. Kelly was the Chair of the AAGE from 2014 to 2017.

Thomasin Schmidt - Connect on LinkedIn
Director, AAGE
Talent Consultant, AMP

As a Talent Consultant at AMP, Thomasin is responsible for the central development program for the enterprise AMP graduate program. The central development program focuses on building the professional and personal skills to ensure a successful transition from university to corporate life, providing the graduates with the technical and self-leadership skills to provide a solid foundation as they start their career. Thomasin has been in the graduate and Learning & Development industry for 15. She is passionate about development and being part of the journey as graduates launch their career within AMP.



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.

Amita Laroiya- Connect on LinkedIn
Company Secretary, AAGE
Corporate Solicitor Risk Management, WorkCover Queensland

Amita joined the AAGE as Company Secretary in November 2017. Amita is the Corporate Solicitor – Risk Management at WorkCover Queensland. Prior to this position, Amita spent 8 years in the financial services sector and 8 years in the legal profession – in both private practice and in-house roles. Amita is a committee member on the Central Queensland University Human Research Ethics Committee. She has a Bachelor of Laws and a Bachelor of Justice Studies and is a Fellow of both the Governance Institute of Australia and the Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators.


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