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Thomasin Schmidt

Chair and Director, AAGE
Senior Manager Early Careers, Talent & Diversity Programs.


As Senior Manager Early Careers 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

Director, AAGE
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

Director, AAGE
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

Director, AAGE
Talent Acquisition Business Partner (NSW/ACT), GHD


Cheryl started working in entry level programs at the ATO’s Canberra office in 2012, covering a range of programs including graduates, Indigenous and niche audiences. She has also been on secondments to manage graduate recruitment in other government departments. Her work experience includes program design, marketing and recruitment to rotation placement, stakeholder engagement, training and performance management. She holds a degree in communication studies, with a major in journalism, and has completed the AHRI Practicing Certificate. Prior to working for the federal government, Cheryl worked in the Singapore broadcasting industry doing marketing and on-air promotions. She currently recruits graduates and interns for the NSW and ACT offices of engineering services company GHD.

Dara McCallion

Director, AAGE
Graduate Programs Manager, Westpac Group


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.

Fulvio Barbuio

Co-Opted Director, AAGE


Fulvio has gained a broad and deep level of experience in senior management and professional roles in finance, treasury, strategy, planning, financial and business analysis, enterprise risk management and insurance having worked for organisations like the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, Energy Australia and IBM. A focus on excellence and high performance has been at the centre of his career ethos. His career spans over 40 years across a variety of industries from mining, energy, information technology, utilities, broadcasting and media, and professional associations. The combination of roles and industries has given Fulvio a strong insight into what constitutes excellence in business and how that might be achieved. Having graduates and young professionals in his various corporate teams over the years, he has developed a strong interest in supporting and mentoring their success and is keen to support new talent initiatives for Australian organisations.

Apart from his Director role on the Board of the Australian Association of Graduate Employers, he currently serves as a Director of Business Excellence Australia and was a past Director and Vice President at the Australian Corporate Treasury Association. These roles have added a governance and whole of business lens to his corporate experiences equipping him to make a strong contribution to organisational success.

Fulvio holds a Bachelor of Commerce (with Honours) majoring in Accounting and Finance and is a FCTA of the Australian Corporate Treasury Association, a FCPA of CPA Australia and a MAICD of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Amita Laroiya

Co-Opted Director, AAGE
Senior Lawyer, WorkCover Queensland


Amita joined the AAGE as Director in December 2021. Amita is a Senior Lawyer at WorkCover Queensland. Prior to joining WorkCover Queensland, 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 Director of Community Queensland and 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.

Elizabeth Sarti

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.

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