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AAGE Committee

The AAGE Committee is made up of a number veteran employer members who regularly meet to form the 'engine room' of the AAGE. Representing a cross-section of the broader membership, our dedicated committee members volunteer their experience, wisdom and expertise year on year to ensure the growth and success of the AAGE. You can find more information on joining the AAGE Committee below.

Toni Bailey

Senior Learning and Development Advisor, Fulton Hogan

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Toni is Fulton Hogan’s Senior Learning and Development Advisor in Australia, based in Sydney. Toni has been active in recruitment across ANZ for the last 10 years, recruiting both technical and non-technical professionals globally within the engineering industry. For the last 5 years Toni has led and been involved in graduate recruitment at Fulton Hogan, focussing on identifying and developing early career entrants. This has resulted in her now leading Fulton Hogan’s Graduate Leadership program across Australia. Toni sees her recruitment and teaching experience going hand in hand to develop young leaders within STEM environments to help build their engineering capability and careers from the ground up.

Joanne Dean

HR Manager Graduate Programs, Ashurst

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Jo is currently an HR Manager Graduate Programs based in Sydney for global law firm, Ashurst. Responsible for leading and coordinating the national graduate program in Australia with a focus on consistency, efficiency and quality. Jo is passionate about attracting top talent and assisting students transition from university to a career in law.

Over the past 13 years Jo has specialised in graduate recruitment and development prior to Ashurst for a major retailer. Jo also has experience in generalist HR, management of recognition programs and facilitation of talent development programs.

Damien Holmes

Program Manager - Strategy Team, Australian Taxation Office

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Damien has worked in various Government and Not-for-Profit roles with more than 15 years in managerial positions. He has an MBA majoring in HRM and accreditation in Corporate Governance for Not-for-Profits, along with nearly 10 years’ experience on boards and committees in the Not-for-Profit sector. Damien currently works at the ATO, where he has managed Graduate, Indigenous and Veteran talent programs, both in regional and metro sites. He is currently a Program Manager in the Entry Level Programs - Strategy Team, working within the ATO’s marketing, attraction, communications and engagement programs.

Most importantly, Damien is a cricket tragic with a passion for developing and mentoring young people to reach goals and maximise their talent.

Alex Knight

Early Talent Partner | ANZ, Mars Australia

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Alex has recently joined the team at Mars Australia as Early Talent Partner | ANZ. Prior to this, Alex worked at PwC as Attraction & Engagement Lead, headed up the early careers talent strategy in Australasia for Arup and spent three and a half years in the Graduate Talent Acquisition team at Deloitte, where he was awarded Most Popular Graduate Recruiter at the 2017 AAGE Graduate Recruitment Industry Awards (AGRIAs). Alex has a passion for talent branding and employer value proposition, and ensuring a candidate-centric, yet authentic recruitment process.

Elizabeth Lam

Asia Pacific & Japan University Program Manager, Adobe

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Elizabeth has worked in the graduate industry for over fifteen years, spending ten years consulting to Federal Government and corporate clients on recruitment and assessment strategy both in graduate and lateral hiring. In recent roles, Elizabeth has been responsible for initiating the design and build of structured graduate development and internship programs, establishing processes and ensuring rigour in attraction, assessment, recruitment and program management. Elizabeth is experienced in assessment methodologies in particular the design and facilitation of assessment centres and has managed many high volume graduate recruitment campaigns. Elizabeth has post graduate qualifications in Human Resource Management, holds Hogan Assessments accreditation and is certified to deliver DDI leadership courses. She is passionate about Graduate and Early Career development.

Rialet Le Roux

Graduate Recruitment & Engagement Consultant, Stantec

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Rialet has worked in recruitment and selection as well as general HR roles across various industries in South Africa and Australia over the past 20 years. Since 2011 she has been actively involved in graduate recruitment within the mining industry and joined Thiess in 2017 as Graduate Program Coordinator, then moving to Stantec in 2022.

Rialet is currently responsible for early talent attraction and engagement strategies as well managing all graduate and undergraduate recruitment. She loves engaging potential graduates and undergraduates, supporting them through the recruitment process and assisting them as they transition onto the formal programs to commence their learning and development journeys.

Fiona Turk

Graduate Program Manager, Ability Action Australia

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Fiona is currently the Graduate Program Manager at Ability Action Australia, a leading NDIS provider in Australia. Fiona has over 20 years’ experience, both locally and abroad, in the early careers landscape, practising in the corporate sectors across investment banking, professional services and telecommunications, as well as in emergency services and health. AAGE named Fiona in their Top 30 Graduate Recruiters within Australia in 2014 as well as Top 25 in 2020. Fiona’s expertise is establishing early career programs and pipeline channels as well as managing programs from end to end including attraction strategies, recruitment campaigns and integration/development of emerging talent. Fiona is particularly passionate and focused on providing students and graduates with career opportunities that match their skills, motivations and career goals.

Madeline West

Early Careers Lead, Arup

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Madeline recently joined Arup as the Early Careers Lead for Australasia and is looking forward to transforming Arup’s graduate recruitment strategy to align with the changing needs of the business. Madeline’s prior experience is in Graduate recruitment at AECOM and Technology Intern recruitment at National Australia Bank.

Madeline has a passion for diversity and inclusion with a strong belief that graduates have the potential to positively influence the existing culture within an organisation. So far in her career Madeline has implemented various strategies to make recruitment processes fairer and more accessible for all candidates with a focus on attracting diverse talent.

Interested in joining the AAGE Committee?

The expectations of a committee member are as follows:

  • Attend monthly AAGE Committee meetings via teleconference (approximately one hour per month).
  • Bring fresh, creative ideas to the table and provide input on all issues raised by the Committee.
  • Advocate the AAGE and support recruiting new members. Attend local events and host events from time to time (e.g. providing venue, presenting or MC-ing).
  • Be involved on a sub-committee or a major project during the year.
  • Be prepared and available to be interviewed from time to time for various media.
  • Attend AAGE Annual Conference and provide input, such as hosting workshop sessions or presenting.
  • Work towards further developing the AAGE and its mission to improve graduate outcomes through networking.

Anyone who wishes to nominate for a position on this year's committee may do via the AAGE Committee Nomination Form.

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