Thomasin Schmidt - Connect on LinkedIn
Chair and Director, AAGE
Talent Consultant, AMP
As a Talent Consultant at AMP, Thomasin is responsible for the management of the Enterprise wide graduate program. She leads the design of the overall program structure and the talent management processes to support the graduates throughout the program. She is also responsible for managing the central graduate development program which focuses on building the professional and personal skills to provide a solid foundation as graduates start their careers. She is passionate about the experience that both the graduates and business have through their involvement with the program. Thomasin has been in the graduate and Learning & Development industry for 18 years. She has been an AAGE member since 2014, joining the AAGE committee in 2016.
Robert Blaze - Connect on LinkedIn
Learning & Development Manager APAC, Clough
Based in Perth WA, Robert is the Learning and Development Manager for Clough APAC. Robert is currently responsible for a large portfolio of professional development strategies and activities for Clough including the Graduate Development Program.
Originally from a hospitality background as a restaurateur, Robert's passion for development has taken his career into various learning and development roles including hospitality, telecommunications, business management and now engineering and construction. Robert has over 20 years’ experience in the learning and development space, with 10 of those years directly engaged in graduate development.
Rachael Hennin - Connect on LinkedIn
HR Business Partner, Unilever ANZ
Rachael is passionate about helping young leaders reach their potential and find a meaningful career path. Working in Human Resources at Unilever, Rachael is working in Learning & Development, Employer Brand and the Early Talent programs. Previously she worked at Caltex Australia where she ran the Graduate Program, was a recruiter for the Fuels and infrastructure Business, and was involved in Early Talent and Diversity & Inclusion initiates across Australia. She understands how interpersonal relations can be improved to enhance engagement and productivity. She is a Human Resources Professional, Graduate Program manager, D&I specialist, and Corporate Trainer.
Cheryl Koe - Connect on LinkedIn
Talent Acquisition Business Partner – NSW/ACT, GHD
Cheryl has worked in human resources since 2012, managing entry level program participants in the ATO’s Canberra office. She has been on secondments to manage graduate recruitment in other government departments. Cheryl enjoys the range of work involved with the entry level program life cycle, and her work experience includes design, marketing and recruitment to rotation placement, stakeholder engagement, training and performance management. Cheryl has a degree in journalism and has completed the AHRI Practicing Certificate. Prior to working for the federal government, she worked in the broadcasting industry doing marketing and on-air promotions. Cheryl currently recruits graduates and interns for the NSW and ACT offices of engineering services company GHD.
As Graduate Programs Manager at Westpac Group, Dara is responsible for the strategy, attraction, recruitment and development of the emerging talent programs enterprise wide. Dara has experience in branding and attraction redesign, large volume recruitment methodology design and professional development strategies. With a background in HR, supported by an honours degree in HRM, Dara supported graduate program management within law firm Allen & Overy prior to joining Westpac Group in 2014. She is passionate about launching early talent careers and nurturing thought leaders and contributors to experience challenging and rewarding careers at Westpac Group. Dara has been part of the AAGE Committee since 2014.
Chris Grier - Connect on LinkedIn
Co-Opted Director, AAGE
Vice President, Legal and Governance, Abt Associates
Based in Brisbane, Chris is the Vice President, Legal and Governance for Abt Australia and Abt Britain. He leads legal, governance, insurance and contracts functions supporting the corporate and program operations of Abt Australia (Australia, Indonesia, Myanmar, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Timor-Leste, Tuvalu and Vietnam) and Abt Britain (Armenia, Bangladesh, Brazil, Ethiopia, Georgia, India, Kenya, Malawi, Moldova, Mozambique, Nepal, Nigeria, South Sudan, Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda, Ukraine, United Kingdom and Zambia). He is also the Company Secretary of Abt Australia and Abt Britain. Chris is a senior lawyer with extensive experience in Australia and London. His areas of expertise include corporate law and governance. His previous experience includes advising government, financial institution, corporate and not-for-profit clients at leading international law firms Ashurst in Brisbane and Norton Rose Fulbright in London. His experience also includes the recruitment, mentoring and training of graduates and lawyers, and senior mentoring roles for the University of Queensland and Association of Corporate Counsel. Chris is an admitted solicitor of the Supreme Court of Queensland and High Court of Australia and a member of the Queensland Law Society and Australian Institute of Company Directors. He has a Bachelor of Laws and a Bachelor of Arts majoring in International Relations.
David Lane - Connect on LinkedIn
Co-Opted Director, AAGE
Queensland State Manager, Ord Minnett
David provides the AAGE with skills in financial analysis, reporting, risk management and governance. David is Queensland State Manager of Ord Minnett, a leading Australian wealth management group, incorporating full-service stockbroking, financial planning, funds management and portfolio services. He has been recognised as one of Australia’s leading Financial Advisors, including being ranked in the Barron’s Australian Top 100 Financial Advisers of 2020 and 2021. In addition to recruiting, mentoring and training graduates throughout his career, he takes an active role in mentoring through basketball coaching and team management. He is Director and Treasurer of Southern Districts Basketball Association Ltd (Spartans!) and is a member of the Investment Committee of QIMR Berghofer Medical Research Institute.
Company Secretary, AAGE
Director / Senior Advisor, Major Transport Infrastructure Authority
Liz joined the AAGE as Company Secretary in November 2020. Based in Melbourne, Liz is Managing Principal Lawyer (Construction) on the West Gate Tunnel Project. Liz has over 12 years’ experience in commercial and construction law, having worked in both private practice and in-house roles. Prior to moving to Melbourne, Liz was based in Sydney where she held senior legal positions with a national contractor and a global engineering firm. Liz is an admitted solicitor to the Supreme Court of Victoria and the High Court of Australia, a member and graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and has a Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of International Studies.