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Hannah Bloch

Hannah Bloch

Executive Producer, People and Corporate Services

Gold Coast Health

Hannah Bloch has been engaged as Executive Director, People and Engagement, Gold Coast Hospital and Health Service since September 2016 following over 10 years working across Queensland Health. As the Executive Director, People and Engagement, she is focussed on supporting the broader Executive team to engage with staff and drive strategies to Build a Culture of Success. Hannah’s role is also critical to ensuring the Health Service has the right workforce with the right skills to meet future service delivery needs.  Further, Hannah is responsible for leading the implementation of GCHHS’s communication and engagement strategy, with the objective of enhancing and protecting the organisation’s reputation as a world-class provider of health services and a leading employer on the Gold Coast. She brings wealth of experience in Industrial and Employee relations across the Health Sector and experience partnering with Health Service’s to lead transformational change.

 

 

Sarah Edwards

Sarah Edwards

HR Business Leader - Strategy & Transformation
International Operations

Schneider Electric

Sarah understands it’s people that do business. That’s why she’s passionate about creating the right culture for high performance.

Sarah is currently HR Business Lead, Strategy & Transformation at Schneider Electric, the global leader in energy management and automation. She is part of the Pacific HR Council, partnering with the Strategy and Marketing teams, leads the regional HR Business Partner team and takes a lead role on Digital Capability for the zone. She is part of a team of leaders that brought strengths-based leadership to life in an organisation of 2500 employees across Pacific. 

With 15+ years’ experience in people and culture roles across a variety of industries including Transport & Logistics, Legal and Fashion Retail before joining Schneider Electric. Sarah is proud of the fact at Schneider Electric we are purposeful in attracting, engaging and retaining Talent through initiatives like our Growth Hack, Graduate Program and Mobility.  

With a self-confessed love of learning, Sarah completed a Diploma in Positive Psychology & Wellbeing from the Langley Group. Sarah believes magic happens when commercial reality and positive psychology come together—understanding the organisation’s purpose and strategic direction, having the right leadership, and building a values-led culture that’s inclusive and innovative where people can be and do their best. 

 

 

Maria Voukenas

Maria Voukenas

Head, Human Resources

Victor Chang Cardiac Research Institute

Maria Voukenas joined the Victor Chang Cardiac Research Institute in October 2009 as HR Manager where she transformed the department into a true HR strategic business partner. She is now the Head, Human Resources where she is responsible for all Human Resources, learning & development, immigration, payroll, recruitment, industrial relations, performance management and remuneration functions for the Institute. 

Previously, Maria was at Weight Watchers Australasia and Woollahra Municipal Council in various HR roles. She commenced her HR career at Ticketek and was an instrumental player in the recruitment of all the box office staff at the Sydney Olympics 2000.  

She gained her Bachelor of Arts, majoring in Industrial Relations from UNSW, has her Certificate IV in Training and Assessing and is an accredited practitioner of both the Myer Briggs Type Indicator and the Strengthscope tools.  She is also a Certified Professional Member of the Australian Human Resources Institute (CAHRI) and the Australian Institute for Training and Development. 

 

 

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