Helen Hovenga

Global Chief People Officer, Telix Pharmaceuticals

Helen is a talented HR Executive who has worked with Executives, CEO’s and Boards in developing and delivering transformation, the ideal Culture and the People Strategy with passion, courage, innovation, curiosity, kindness, drive and effective performance outcomes. Prior to working with Telix, she was the Executive Director, People & Culture with Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre for 3500 Health practitioners and Research employees.

As well as having broad and deep HR expertise, she is a deep thinker, high achiever, quick learner, influencer, early adopter and futurist with diverse experience across large, complex organisations and sectors, including Public Health, Finance, Manufacturing, Mining, Automotive and service industries such as Retail.

Her HR and business experience has been developed with organisations such as Afterpay, Mars, Toyota, Coles, CUB, Cleanaway, Newcrest and Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre in Executive roles along with extensive strategy development and project delivery.

Helen has a Masters of Business (HR) with distinction from Charles Sturt University; a Graduate Diploma in HR Management and Industrial Relations from RMIT and a Bachelor of Arts, Double major in Psychology and Politics from Swinburne. Helen’s passions are in change, transformation, agility, developing and implementing Strategy, people leadership, stakeholder partnerships, high performance, digital solutions and improved commercial outcomes.

Other qualifications and accreditations include:

  • Global OD and Transformation training – SABMiller
  • People Centred Implementation (Change Management Accreditation)
  • Human Synergistics LSI and L/I Accredited Practitioner
  • Insights Discovery Practitioner
  • SHL Assessment Accreditation including OPQ
  • Lominger (now Korn Ferry) Competencies Accredited Practitioner

Helen’s family originally came from the Netherlands and settled in Australia. Helen is a partner to Rob and a mother of 3 children, Emily (15), Amber (12) and Connor (10). She lives in Port Melbourne and is a parent member of the Port Colts Junior Football club with all 3 children playing football. She is also a member of the Western Bulldogs in the Australian Football league.

Helen loves to sing, having performed in musicals and choirs over the years. She was also an elite rower many years ago. When not working or managing the household, she loves to spend time with her family and her girlfriends.