Our people

Dr Sean Gallagher
Director CNeW

‘Human competitive advantage’

Dr. Sean Gallagher is one of Australia’s leading experts on the future of work. He explores the future of human work, creating opportunities and solving challenges for workforce and workplace.

He’s the Director of the Centre for the New Workforce (CNeW) at Swinburne University of Technology – a research centre focused on the future of human work.

Through consulting-led, research-informed solutions, Sean works with leaders from ASX 100 companies and large government departments to local councils to help their businesses empower workers to thrive in disruption and drive value creation for their organisations.

His research has shaped federal and state government policy, including the Secure Jobs, Better Pay legislation enshrining rights for flexible workers. Sean holds a PhD in chemistry.

Email: sgallagher@swinburne.edu.au

Eva Kyndt
Senior Consultant

‘Learning & Development’

Professor Eva Kyndt is a globally recognized leader in emerging workforce and learning needs within complex organisations.

She’s a professorial research fellow at Swinburne Business school and leads CNeW’s research and product development in the workforce area.

Eva uses her deep expertise in human resources to partner with government and industry leaders across the globe to shape (national) strategy in lifelong learning and professional development.

Her research informed the development of the SAAS platforms of various start-up organisations supporting workers’ careers, wellbeing, and social learning.

Email: ekyndt@swinburne.edu.au

Agustin Chevez
Research Lead, Workplace Futures

‘Work informed design’

Gus is an Architect / research academic who is focused on discovering the notion of work and uncovering environments that best support our working lives.

He is interested in the relationship between people, space and technology which led to his PhD on the evolution of workplace architecture. His work has been presented at various international forums and published in both, academic and industry publications.

His TEDx talk: “Soufflés, gymnasts and the workplace of the future” illustrates some of his ideas on the future of work. He has contributed to workplace strategies for organisations in Australia, Singapore and New Zealand.

In his latest book: The Pilgrim's Guide to the workplace", Gus presents a path to a reimagined workplace.

Email: achevez@swin.edu.au

Sue Solly
Industry Lead, Workplace Innovation

‘Workplace experience’

Sue is the Industry Lead, Workplace Innovations for the Centre for the New Workforce at Swinburne University. She brings 30 years of workplace transformation experience working for architectural and consultancy firms on new workplace solutions across Australia and Asia Pacific.

She works co-creatively with leaders and their communities to reimagine how they work and to develop experience design strategies for the physical and digital workplaces that they inhabit. Areas of focus include creating connected communities, values driven design, workplace optimisation and how workplaces can foster culture, purpose and identity in a hybrid world.

She has worked with organisations such as Deloitte, RMIT, Energy Australia, International Towers, Citi and BHP and her work has been recognised with multiple industry awards including a Good Design Award in 2022 for the Design Strategy of Deloitte’s first hybrid workplace at Western Sydney.

Email: snsolly@swin.edu.au

Advisory committee

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.

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".

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.

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.

Rachael Jamieson recently joined Xero, as Executive General Manager, Talent Experience. Her career spans 25 years in the people sector including global roles with Commonwealth Bank, Woolworths, BHP and a little entrepreneurial spirit having owned and managed her own Consulting business for nearly ten years. Rachael specialises in Re-imagining work, drawing on experience in OD, Talent Attraction, Engagement, Sourcing and Executive Development.

Rachael hails from Sydney and in her earlier career held elected Board positions with Western Sydney Business Connection, Asia Business Connection and as Chairperson of ConnectionX, a network for up and coming business leaders. More recently Rachael was an Advisory Board Member for the Starlight Children’s Foundation, and collaborated with the World Economic Forum on the Future of Talent in the Resources sector.

Last year Rachael was a Finalist as Talent Leader of Year, and proud to have led an exceptional team to a number of wins including Best Diversity and Inclusion initiative, Best Graduate Employer in the Resources sector, and Innovation Awards for Best use of Talent Insights, and Technology implementation.

Rachael now resides on the Gold Coast with her husband, three sons and three rescue pets. She is motivated by #zerowastedpotential in organisations and designing experiences that enable her colleagues, friends and family to dream without constraint, and thrive.


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