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Steven Nield - Connect on LinkedIn
Chair and Director, AAGE
Emerging Talent Recruitment Manager, Australia & New Zealand, Aurecon

Steven is the leader of recruitment for Emerging Talent across Australia and New Zealand for Aurecon, a multinational Engineering & Infrastructure Advisory organisation. As an extension to his ANZ role, he also provides strategic advice to his peers in South Africa & Asia. Steven is also part of Aurecon’s i40+ cohort, a team of facilitators and innovators helping to drive Aurecon’s Design to Innovate philosophy. Working on recruitment for Emerging Talent since 2010, Steven has overseen campaign redesigns, rebranding initiatives and recruitment systems design and implementation in Workday.

Outside of Steven’s Recruitment role, he is an Ally on Aurecon’s PRIDE network supporting inclusion for LGBTIQ+ staff, supports and drives gender inclusion initiatives through Aurecon’s Emerging Talent programmes and sits on an academic Advisory Board with Deakin University. Steven has a real passion for mentoring and broadly discussing all things graduates and interns and sees this as his “giving back” piece to those who have helped him in a similar fashion over the years.

Sharon Bellingham - Connect on LinkedIn
Elected Director (appointed 28 July 2014), Provisional Director (appointed 8 September 2019)
Principal Advisor, Department of Employment, Small Business and Training (Qld)
Bachelor of Business Management, MBA

Based in Brisbane, Sharon is currently a principal advisor responsible for leading recruitment and selection and establishing a HR advisory services for the Department of Employment, Small Business and Training. Her former role was leading the recruitment and development for the Greater Graduate Program where Sharon lead the design and implementation of attraction and capability development strategies that graduates need to successfully contribute to their department’s business outcomes.

Sharon started her career as a graduate herself working in the higher education sector. Following a variety of human resource roles as a generalist, in learning and development, employee relations, and change management, she specialised in employment branding, recruitment and selection. Leaving the sector and joining the Queensland Government 8 years ago, she found her passion for graduate recruitment and development.

Senaya Krishnan - Connect on LinkedIn
Director, AAGE
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. 

Kelly Pfeffer - Connect on LinkedIn
Elected Director (appointed 15 May 2014), Provisional Director (appointed 8 August 2019)
HR Advisor, National Injury Insurance Scheme Queensland (NIISQ)

Kelly is located in Brisbane and has formerly been the Graduate Program Manager for TechnologyOne, Suncorp and a number of Queensland Government departments. Kelly has specialised in the graduate recruitment and development industry for 13 years. Career highlights include consolidating Suncorp’s multiple programs across Australia and New Zealand and the design and build of the Queensland Government Graduate Portal. Prior to this, Kelly worked in a number of human resource related roles including policy, performance management, diversity and learning and development. Kelly has been an AAGE member since 2006 and a committee member since 2011.

Thomasin Schmidt - Connect on LinkedIn
Director, AAGE
Talent Consultant, AMP

As a Talent Consultant 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. 


Chris Grier - Connect on LinkedIn
Co-Opted Director, AAGE
Head of Legal and Risk, Abt Associates

Based in Brisbane, Chris is the Head of Legal and Risk for Abt Australia and Abt Britain. He leads the legal, procurement, risk management, compliance, audit and privacy functions supporting Abt's corporate and program offices in Asia Pacific (including Australia, Indonesia, Papua New Guinea, Philippines and Timor-Leste) and the United Kingdom. He is also the Company Secretary of Abt Australia and its subsidiaries. Chris is a senior lawyer with extensive experience in Australia and London. His areas of expertise include corporate law and governance. His previous experience includes advising government, financial institution, corporate and not-for-profit clients at leading international law firms Ashurst in Brisbane and Norton Rose Fulbright in London. His experience also includes the recruitment, mentoring and training of graduates and lawyers, and senior mentoring roles for the University of Queensland and Association of Corporate Counsel. Chris is an admitted solicitor of the Supreme Court of Queensland and High Court of Australia and a member of the Queensland Law Society and Australian Institute of Company Directors. He has a Bachelor of Laws and a Bachelor of Arts majoring in International Relations.

David Lane - Connect on LinkedIn
Co-Opted Director, AAGE
Director / Senior Advisor, Pitcher Partners Wealth Management

David provides strategic investment advice and portfolio management to a range of clients including private clients, family groups, superannuation funds, business owners, not-for-profits and institutions. In addition to providing investment advice, he has built financial services businesses from inception – including Pitcher Partners Wealth Management – which he founded alongside the Brisbane Partners of Pitcher Partners. Since graduating as an accountant, David has worked for local stockbrokers, global investment banks and professional services firms. David provides the AAGE with skills in financial analysis, reporting, risk management and governance. In addition to recruiting, mentoring and training graduates throughout his career, David takes an active role in mentoring through basketball coaching, team management and refereeing.

David is on the Investment Committee of The John Villiers Trust. He is a CPA, Fellow of FINSIA and Member of AICD. He has a Bachelor of Business (Accountancy), Graduate Diploma of Applied Finance, Graduate Diploma of Financial Planning and Master of Applied Finance.

Amita Laroiya- Connect on LinkedIn
Company Secretary, AAGE
Senior Lawyer, WorkCover Queensland

Amita joined the AAGE as Company Secretary in November 2017. 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 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.

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