The Centre for the New Workforce aims to bring together creative minds, visionary researchers, and industry leaders to build a strong team and advisory committee. Meet our people.
Dr Sean GallagherDirector, Centre for the New Workforce
Associate Professor Eva Kyndt
Dr Benjamin Hamer
Professor Dean Lusher
Dr Peng WangAssociate Director
Dr James Coutinho
Dr Timothy Bednall
Dr Krzysztof Dembek
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Anthony Ferrier is the inaugural Advisory Board Chair for Swinburne’s Centre for the New Workforce. A well-regarded executive, adviser and thought leader on corporate innovation, Anthony helps drive growth by creating strategic frameworks to develop new ideas and enhance company cultures. He previously led the Bank of New York Mellon Innovation program.
Anthony is a widely-read author, speaker and adviser to organisations including Bristol-Myers Squibb, Fidelity Investments, Pfizer, Johnson & Johnson and Volkswagen.
Amy Schultz has lived in China, Singapore and Silicon Valley where she led Recruiting for LinkedIn's Global Product Organisation. Amy relocated back to Australia at the start of 2021 to join Canva as their Global Head of Recruiting. Amy has worked in start-ups, publicly listed global companies and cut her recruiting teeth building teams across the Pharmaceutical and Technology sectors. Recruiting requires both instinct and insights to enable businesses to effectively scale with their Number 1 asset - their people and working globally demonstrated to Amy the cultural nuances of what we do and how talent, skills and technology working holistically will accelerate the future of work.
Craig is a visionary commercial strategist, award winning marketeer, product and service innovator and people leader.
Craig has more than 20 years of strategic leadership experience in Vocational Education and Training, the University Sector, the Public Sectors in Victoria and NSW and in various ASX 150 and private enterprises.
His passion has evolved towards identifying and extracting wisdom from both the world and research and turning that wisdom into practical tools to improve performance, strategy and importantly, lives; striving to help make the world a healthier and more richly fulfilling place.
Craig’s specialist expertise is in creating sustained learning cultures, the evolution of work and people and technology working together to create value organisationally and individually.
Hurol is an entrepreneurial executive with a wealth of experience in Digital Transformation, Marketing and Technology. He advises a range of organisations on how to effectively respond to changing customer needs, often driven by digital disruption. He founded Bienalto, a pioneer in digital strategy and development in Australia, which was acquired by WPP. Prior to that he led digital efforts at Accenture and Deloitte. He is author of the first book on web analytics titled “Measuring the Success of Your Website” (Prentice Hall). He was also a non-executive director on the board of Engineers Australia.
Jason is deeply passionate about growing and developing world class, dynamic and highly effective teams who are motivated by making a significant impact to their customers and community. He is the Global Chief Operating Officer at WithYouWithMe, an organisation focused on building a potential & skills-based model for talent acquisition and management, with a focus on supporting veterans, their spouses, neurodiversity and other under-represented minorities. Prior to joining WYWM, he held leadership positions at Qualtrics, LinkedIn, IBM, and Microsoft within the Asia Pacific and Australia / New Zealand Markets. In 2018 Jason was recognised as one of the Australian "Outstanding 50 LGBTI Leaders".
Jessica is an experienced Co-Founder and Sales Leader with over fifteen years leadership, sales strategy and ideation experience working at companies such as WeWork, LinkedIn, Yahoo, Catalyst and the BBC. Jessica is currently the Head of Sales at WeWork across Australia and New Zealand with her focus being on empowering tomorrow's world at work. Jessica has always had a passion for workplace strategy and enjoys exploring the way community, collaboration and culture can foster the ultimate workplace experience.
Jithma is a senior digital executive with more than 20 years of global experience leading organisations to take advantage of our changing digital world. Recognised as one of Australia’s Top 50 most innovative CIOs in 2018, 2020 and again in 2021, Jithma has led teams to consistently deliver a number of industry firsts and award-winning products in categories such as innovation, customer experience, and design.
Most recently, he was Executive Director of Digital, Design and Innovation within the Victorian Public Sector. He is currently the Strategic Advisor (Public Sector) for AWS Australia, helping governments explore and navigate disruptive transformation.
Megan Shellie is a Manager within EY’s Infrastructure Advisory practice. Megan completed a Bachelor of Laws (Honours), Bachelor of Arts and a Grad. Dip in Legal Practice at the Australian National University. Megan has a strong focus on empowering young people through policy reform and investment. Through her work at EY, Megan specialises in social infrastructure, policy and service design, supporting Government and the not-for-profit sector. Her work focuses on supporting organisations to articulate and evaluate the strategic benefits of investment in human services solutions across housing, family violence and children and families, and capturing these benefits through collaborative funding and partnering models. Outside of her work with EY, Megan is co-founder and Operations Director of Think Forward, a not-for-profit advocating for intergenerational fairness, with a focus on reforming Australia’s tax and transfer system.
Paul has spent over 20 years setting and delivering sustainability strategy in Australia, EU and Asia, and was responsible for Mirvac’s “This Changes Everything” plan. At the time this positioned Mirvac as the first real estate company globally to set a Net Positive target for energy and water, whilst committing to zero waste to landfill. He has worked in the US, UK, France, Hong Kong and Japan, before settling in Australia. As a qualified Building Services Engineer he has a good understanding of how buildings work and the impact they have on humans. He is fascinated by human centred design and in particular designing sustainable buildings.
Peter is an exceptional HR / talent executive and master facilitator, with an established track record of driving sustained change with some of the world’s most complex organisations. His experience includes HR / Executive Development leadership roles at organisations includes AIG (US), Coles Myer (AU), Pacific Dunlop (AU), and London Stock Exchange (UK). He is currently the CEO of Coghill Global, advising executives at a range of global corporations and public sector clients on leadership talent and HR strategy. Peter brings a global perspective, a focus on excellent and an extensive business network to any business opportunity.
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