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Helena Cartwright - Connect on LinkedIn
Operations Graduate Program Manager, Coles

As Operations Graduate Program Manager at Coles, Helena is responsible for setting up store based graduates nationally to become Store Managers in two years, through attraction, recruitment and development whilst on the program. Prior to joining the graduate team, Helena started her journey at Coles as an HR graduate before completing a ten month secondment in Operations. Helena is passionate about helping the graduates get the best experience and building them into strong future leaders.

Kevin Duong - Connect on LinkedIn
Graduate Program Manager, Department of the Treasury

As Graduate Program Manager at Treasury, Kevin is responsible for all matters related to graduates and other entry level positions. Having started at Treasury in 2014, Kevin utilised his skills and expertise in organisational psychology to make the transition from Graduate to Graduate Coordinator. With the Graduate Program being such an essential avenue for sourcing new talent, Kevin is passionate about finding the right graduates and maximising their potential to shape Australia’s policy environment and become Treasury’s future leaders. Kevin is a registered psychologist and prior to joining Treasury, worked in psychological consulting assisting top-tier organisations with their culture change initiatives.


Tarsh Gardiner- Connect on LinkedIn
Manager Bankwest Graduate Program, Bankwest

Tarsh leads the attraction, engagement, and development strategy for Bankwest's four diverse graduate programs, as well as directly managing the Aspiring Leaders graduate program. She has had eight different areas of responsibility over 10 years in the bank, with her favourites being those with a genuine people connection. Tarsh has a passion for developing the capabilities of people, and takes great satisfaction from seeing the growth that occurs from graduates starting new in their roles, to completing their programs and going on to great things.


Simon Gibson - Connect on LinkedIn

National Campus Operations Manager, EY

As Campus Recruitment Senior Consultant for EY’s Brisbane office, the last 2 years have seen Simon lead the engagement and attraction of the organisation’s graduate program across all of its service lines. He is passionate about recruitment and ensuring that people have a positive experience and was humbled to receive the AAGE Award for Most Popular Graduate Recruiter in 2014. Prior to joining EY, Simon spent a number of years within human resource and recruitment roles throughout the engineering, construction and legal industries.


Senaya Krishnan - Connect on LinkedIn
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. 


Dara McCallion - Connect on LinkedIn
Graduate Manager, Talent Acquisition, Westpac Group

As Graduate Manager at Westpac Group, Dara is responsible for the attraction, recruitment and development of the graduate cohort and internship intake across the financial services and technology business areas. Through strategic marketing, student attraction and engagement, Dara strives to recruit and develop the best graduate talent that supports the Westpac Group values. With a background in HR, supported by an honors degree in HRM, Dara stepped into the graduate recruitment industry 3 years ago. Prior to joining Westpac in November 2013, Dara supported graduate recruitment and training within law firm Allen & Overy. She is passionate about launching graduate’s careers and introducing potential future leaders to Westpac Group.


Steven Miridakis - Connect on LinkedIn
Assistant Director, Entry Level Programs, ATO People, Australian Taxation Office

Steven is the Assistant Director for Entry Level Programs at the Australian Taxation Office. Steven has been involved in the ATO Graduate Program for several years starting as a Graduate Manager then progressing to National Graduate Manager. In his current role Steven is responsible for the recruitment and development components of ATO Entry Level Programs which includes the Graduate Program, IT Programs and ATO Indigenous Programs, which aim to increase the representation of Indigenous Australians in the ATOs workforce. Prior to working with the Graduate Program, Steven worked in a variety of roles including in marketing and learning and development. Steven is committed to achieving positive outcomes for program participants. 


Martha Murray LLB - Connect on LinkedIn
Human Resource Manager, Mobile Rehab

As Human Resource Manager Martha leads Mobile Rehab's graduate program including attraction, recruitment, program design and graduate development. Martha is passionate about utilising the HR function to advance business goals and she manages both operational and strategic aspects of Human Resource Management for Mobile Rehab, a provider of reablement and restorative health programs including physiotherapy, podiatry, and occupational therapy.


Thomasin Schmidt - Connect on LinkedIn
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.



Garry Stock - Connect on LinkedIn
Team Leader, Programs & Projects, People and Culture Division, Department of Environment, Land, Water & Planning

Garry is the Team Leader of Programs & Projects in the HR Services area of the Department of Environment, Land, Water & Planning in Victoria. In this role he leads the Graduate Programs and is responsible for the marketing, recruitment, on-boarding and  graduate development. He has worked in the graduate space for over 10 years and within HR since the 1990s. Garry has a keen interest in learning & development and in the past led the departments L&D for a number of years. He also has shown his commitment to his local community through his involvement in Local Government, having had a term as Mayor and 11 years as an elected Councillor in the City of Melton. It is now that the graduate space provides enthusiasm for his working commitment.

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