Workplace Relations Consulting

Workplace Relations Consulting

Your employment experts. Every step of the way.

Lisa Burrell
General Manager, Workplace Relations

Lisa has a diverse professional background, having previously worked in workplace relations roles in public transport, tourism, state government and ASX listed companies prior to joining the Victorian Chamber in 2009. Lisa holds postgraduate qualifications in law.

Richard Williams

Principal Workplace Relations Consultant

Richard has significant experience in senior Human Resource Management and Workplace Relations roles in large, highly unionised, complex environments, including lead roles in enterprise bargaining. Richard also brings a depth of experience working in specialist Industrial Relations roles for employer associations. Richard has worked in the higher education, manufacturing and local government sectors and has managed a wide range of industrial and employment related matters at the workplace level and before external tribunals. Richard is known for his level-headed and outcome-focused approach to complex employment issues.

Thomas Page
Senior Workplace Relations Consultant

One of our key advocates, Tom brings over a decade’s experience specialising in workplace relations. He has extensive experience supporting and representing small, medium and large businesses before the Fair Work Commission. Since joining the Chamber in 2008, he has managed an impressive portfolio of work including enterprise bargaining and agreement making; unfair dismissal, general protections and anti-bullying advocacy; workplace investigations; and the provision of strategic advice and assistance on a range of matters including equal opportunity and redundancy. Tom’s focus is on assisting the Victorian Chamber’s members achieve timely and commercially sensible outcomes. Tom’s ability to translate complex issues into simple terms has contributed to making him a most trusted and widely respected Senior Workplace Relations Consultant.


Katie Tofters
Senior Workplace Relations Consultant

Katie has significant experience in human resources as well as business management. Katie has worked as a national HR advisor at a global company, where she provided services to a network of over 3,000 employees in Australia. Katie has consulted to a variety of industries, including retail, manufacturing, transport, food, and fitness. Her work experience and qualifications ensures Katie can provide sophisticated and tailored solutions for any business.



Kate Connellan
Senior Workplace Relations Consultant

Kate has significant experience in heavy industries including construction, law enforcement and on the waterfront – highly challenged, heavily unionised environments. Kate has held senior roles in HR and prides herself on her practical and humanistic approach. Kate is a trusted adviser on employee welfare and engagement issues, conflict resolution, training programs, investigations, and work culture. She has experience in large scale enterprise bargaining negotiations and representation of employers in a range of jurisdictions for complex workplace complaints and claims.

David Picking
Senior Workplace Relations Consultant

David brings extensive experience in Human Resources and Employee Relations, including leading enterprise bargaining and advising on complex industrial matters. David’s background includes working within complex regulatory frameworks delivering strategic advice, restructures, cultural change initiatives and development of team frameworks. David holds post graduate qualifications in Industrial Relations and Human Resource Management from the University of Melbourne.
Sally Christou
Workplace Relations Consultant
Sally is a non-practising employment lawyer, having worked closely with employers advising on all aspects of employment. Her experience includes drafting contracts and policies, interpreting and advising on the Fair Work Act, modern awards, contracts and enterprise agreements and assisting clients with navigating issues such as disciplinary action, performance management, dispute settlement negotiation, terminations, restructures and redundancies. Sally is focused on working collaboratively with members to understand their business so that she can provide timely and straightforward advice which assists them in achieving their overall commercial goals.
Raini Garrett
Workplace Relations Consultant (Currently on parental leave)
Raini has over a decade’s experience in diverse Human Resources positions within State Government and has solid knowledge and proficiency in Learning and Development, Recruitment and HR Operations. Raini has provided consultancy advice, coaching and support to managers and staff in relation to a broad range of employment issues ranging from underperformance and conduct, policy interpretation to the application of employment agreements and consultation with unions.
Sandra Meena
Workplace Relations Consultant
Sandra has worked for the Victorian Chamber Workplace Relations team for over a decade. Prior to joining the Victorian Chamber, Sandra worked in Human Resources and Employee Relations roles for a global organisation, where her roles included supporting Enterprise Bargaining development as well as a range of Human Resources projects. Sandra brings valuable experience in a range workplace relations matters and specialises award and agreement interpretation, performance management and terminations and training. She has a strong interest in equal opportunity, harassment and bullying.
Benjamin O’Dwyer
Workplace Relations Consultant
Ben joined the Victorian Chamber in 2018, and brings expertise from a range of Employee Relations and Human Resources roles, with a focus on complex case management, Investigations and Enterprise Agreements. Ben also brings expertise in the interpretation of industrial instruments and the delivery of direct Human Resources support, including coaching and training to management teams.
Cath Pollard
Workplace Relations Consultant
Cath is a lawyer who has specialised in industrial relations and employment related matters for over a decade. Cath provides industrial and employee relations assistance to private and public organisations across a range of industries, including mining and resources, energy and chemicals, transport, construction, health, retail, manufacturing and associated industries.

Helen Hogan
Workplace Relations Advice Line Manager

Helen has extensive human resources experience and worked for two years as an advisor with an interstate member organisation assisting small, medium and large businesses with employee relations before joining the Victorian Chamber in 2010. Helen initially commenced as an advisor to the workplace relations helpline. Subsequently she moved into a senior advisor’s role and now manages the Workplace Relations Helpline.



Contact the Victorian Chamber of Commerce and Industry

Workplace Relations advice line

  • Phone: (03) 8662 5222

This service is exclusive to Victorian Chamber members.

Workplace Relations consulting team

Our Workplace Relations consulting team incorporates a team of over 20 Workplace Relations, Human Resources and Equal Opportunity professionals. The Victorian Chamber’s legal firm, CCI Lawyers , ensures that a full range of services is available to our clients for a cost effective ‘end-to-end’ solution, no matter what your employment issue.

Workplace Relations Brochure

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