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Media Release

Doing it tough during a downturn

October 18

Two speakers from business will address a human resources conference tomorrow, Monday

October 19, on doing business during tough times.   

David Johnston, chief HR officer, Metcash, on ‘Doing business in tough times’

Ian Cummin, executive general manger, people & organisation performance, Bluescope

Steel, on ‘HR strategies during a downturn’

The Australian Human Resources Institute is conducting the conference to look at the big

challenges of economic sustainability, workforce re-design and job creation in the wake of the

economic crisis. Other speakers include: 

Hon Jacinta Allan MP, Victorian Minister for Skills and Workforce Participation, on

‘Victoria: Innovation, productivity and skills for the future’

Professor Helen De Cieri, Monash University, on ‘The ill wind of economic uncertainty’

AHRI national president Peter Wilson AM will chair a keynote panel on the question: ‘building

sustainable workforces’. Panel members are:

Lisa Eccelston, Group general manager HR, Amcor 

Jaye Radisich, CEO, Council of Small Business of Australia 

Bill Harley, Professor - Department of Management and Marketing, University of


Chris Ralph, Managing Director, Schneider Consulting 

Mark Heaysman, Group CEO, Diversity@Work 

The Melbourne event is one of a series of eight Leadership Conferences being held during

September and October in Australia’s capital cities.

Media representatives are invited to attend. It is being held at Hilton on the Park, 192 Wellington

Parade, East Melbourne.


About AHRI

The Australian Human Resources Institute (AHRI) is the national association representing human resource and people

management professionals.  AHRI leads the direction and fosters the growth of the HR profession through actively setting

standards and building the capability of the profession


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For further information contact:

Paul Begley, national manager, government & media relations, Australian Human Resources Institute   

(03) 9918 9232         0402 897 884   

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