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Meet the Team

Our People Are Your People

Our consultants take the time to listen and intimately understand your business goals before guiding your needs, tailoring our services and enhancing your HR management.

Liquid HR has a stringent recruitment and training process to ensure you are getting the best when it comes to expertise and reliability.

It is also crucial to find a subject matter expert who is the very best fit for your business.

All our consultants are qualified, senior HR professionals with considerable experience across a wide range of industries including:

  • retail
  • fitness
  • not-for-profit
  • fast moving consumer goods (FMCG)
  • medical
  • hospitality
  • telecommunications
  • finance
  • insurance
  • mining
  • engineering
  • infrastructure
  • and many more
Nicholas Vayenas

Nicholas Vayenas

Managing Director

As the Director of Liquid HR, Nick is accountable for overseeing the brand and strategy of the…

Nicholas Vayenas

Managing Director

As the Director of Liquid HR, Nick is accountable for overseeing the brand and strategy of the business. He focuses intensely on challenging the status quo and is driven by adding value to Liquid HR’s clients through commercial, pragmatic human resources initiatives.

With a background in Human Resources Management, Nick established Liquid HR in 2011, driven to support businesses as they navigate through what can sometimes be a complex employment landscape.

Over 15 years, he has gained comprehensive domestic and international consulting experience, guiding organisations to develop strategic and operational HR programs.

Steve Everson

Steve Everson

Commercial Director

Steve is passionate about service delivery and as the Commercial Director for Liquid HR, is responsible for…

Steve Everson

Commercial Director

Steve is passionate about service delivery and as the Commercial Director for Liquid HR, is responsible for ensuring that our financial, commercial, resourcing and strategic planning outcomes are centred on delivering market leading results for our valued clients.

Steve is a commercially savvy senior executive with a background in finance, operations and project management.

With a career spanning over 25 years, he has driven exceptional commercial outcomes and business growth and worked with business owners, CEOs, operations and sales teams across multiple industry sectors.

Nicole Howe

Nicole Howe

Managing Consultant

In her role as Managing Consultant, Nicole is responsible for operations, client account management and consultant support.…

Nicole Howe

Managing Consultant

In her role as Managing Consultant, Nicole is responsible for operations, client account management and consultant support.

Working closely with our clients and consulting team, Nicole ensures that we are delivering exceptional service and industry-leading HR solutions.

Nicole is passionate about partnering with business leaders to understand all aspects of their business—financial and operational—to ensure HR operates as a true business partner.

As an experienced HR practitioner, she has worked across the hospitality, retail, finance and blue-collar sectors.

Nicole holds a Master of Commerce (Human Resource Management and Industrial Relations), and a Bachelor of Business and Commerce (Management and Employment Relations).

Tracy

HR Consultant

Tracy is a senior HR Generalist that has extensive experience in both strategic and operational HR in…

Tracy

HR Consultant

Tracy is a senior HR Generalist that has extensive experience in both strategic and operational HR in the retail, hospitality and FMCG industries. Tracy specialises in partnering with businesses to identify their HR needs and build long term, practical strategies to drive employee engagement and have a positive impact on business performance. She has extensive experience in employment relations including EBA development and bargaining negotiations, unfair dismissal representation and internal grievance resolution.

She has formal qualifications in human resources, grievance handling and investigation, training and assessment and neuro linguistic programming.

Nicole W

HR Client Partner

Nicole is a HR Generalist with a  background across the corporate and not for profit sectors. With…

Nicole W

HR Client Partner

Nicole is a HR Generalist with a  background across the corporate and not for profit sectors. With experience within both local and global organisations, she is passionate about providing tailored advice for each business and their unique needs.

Nicole has a strong interest and experience in the areas of performance, grievance management, internal investigations, industrial relations and award interpretation.

Nicole holds Bachelor of Business and Commerce (Human Resources and Industrial Relations Management) and formal qualifications in the investigation process and outcomes.

Julie

HR Consultant

Julie is an enthusiastic and results focused senior HR professional with over 15 years’ experience in the…

Julie

HR Consultant

Julie is an enthusiastic and results focused senior HR professional with over 15 years’ experience in the health care and not-for-profit sectors. She is an Australian Human Resources Institute Certified Practitioner (CPHR) that has worked across the whole spectrum of the employee lifecycle so is a competent generalist. Julie draws on evidence-based HR theory to deliver practical and meaningful HR solutions that meet the strategic directions as well as operational and individual needs. Previous to her HR career, Julie worked in and managed SMEs so has a strong appreciation of the commercial priority to be profitable that achieves the best outcomes through a people-focussed ethos.

Julie has worked closely with executive management teams and be involved at a project and operational level developing and implementing HR strategy. Her strong appreciation of diverse thinking, collaborative working style, coupled with her professional and personable character enables her to work effectively with a wide range of organisational stakeholders.  Julie’s key priority is to build rapport and strong relationships as the basis of successful working relationships.

Vicki

Internal Recruitment Specialist

Vicki is an experienced and versatile Recruitment Specialist with over ten years working with agencies and internal…

Vicki

Internal Recruitment Specialist

Vicki is an experienced and versatile Recruitment Specialist with over ten years working with agencies and internal clients.
Vicki’s passion is working in partnership with people to find them their next role or candidate. With a speciality in sector switching and an eye for the unique she has placed numerous high level candidates across banking, charities and legal firms both in London and Sydney.
Vicki is a self starter who likes to see a bigger picture, delivering smooth end to end processes that empower all involved.

Karen S

HR Consultant

Karen is a pragmatic and seasoned HR professional with over 15 years’ experience across technology, life sciences…

Karen S

HR Consultant

Karen is a pragmatic and seasoned HR professional with over 15 years’ experience across technology, life sciences and professional services industries.

She is a hands-on generalist who has worked as both a business partner and HR leader. Over the years, Karen has worked closely with senior leadership teams, helping guide policy and strategy.

Karen’s approachable, coaching style has allowed her to build internal relationships with key stakeholders quickly and help drive HR initiatives at a senior level.

Kylie

HR Consultant

Kylie is a commercially-minded HR leader with a strong track record in developing and implementing HR strategies.…

Kylie

HR Consultant

Kylie is a commercially-minded HR leader with a strong track record in developing and implementing HR strategies. She is an expert in supporting company growth and people development as well as being an all-round HR generalist.

Kylie has 15 years of demonstrated success in global and national organisations across the Asia Pacific region.

 

Robin

HR Consultant

Robin has an extensive background in corporate HR in diverse industries and has led HR departments throughout…

Robin

HR Consultant

Robin has an extensive background in corporate HR in diverse industries and has led HR departments throughout Asia Pacific.
Known as a highly commercial operator, Robin’s emphasis is on building integrated HR programs that deliver on the business strategic priorities and harness the competitive difference of the organisation. She focuses on building strong leadership
throughout all layers of the business and promoting constructive management behaviours that deliver results.
Robin is a true generalist with a good balance of strategic and tactical HR skills. She is adept at building pragmatic HR and organisational programs which facilitate and empower business processes and goals.
Robin is recognised for the ability to lead and inspire, think strategically and insightfully, and steer others through change programs that deliver increased productivity and engagement. She is a valued business partner who gets results.

Nikki

HR Consultant

Nikki is a senior HR generalist, with over 15 years of HR experience in businesses both large…

Nikki

HR Consultant

Nikki is a senior HR generalist, with over 15 years of HR experience in businesses both large and small. She has worked in National HR leadership roles within the retail industry, which allows her to understand the complexities of large business and give her broad exposure to both operational and strategic HR.

Nikki has also run her own start-up and SME businesses in recent years, providing her with a different lens to the traditional HR focus. She prides herself on a practical, hands-on and commercial approach to people in the workplace, and loves working with leadership teams and business owners to drive the performance of their people.

She is passionate about people strategies for business, creating an engaging work environment that supports maximum employee productivity, and is an advocate for flexible work solutions and innovative workplace design.

Melanie W

HR Consultant

Melanie is a leadership and career transition coach who is passionate about creating a positive space for…

Melanie W

HR Consultant

Melanie is a leadership and career transition coach who is passionate about creating a positive space for clients to be supported in their change and development efforts.

As a coach and facilitator, she has worked with a variety of professionals across multiple industries and understands the unique challenges that individuals, teams and organisations face.
Melanie’s previous clients describe her as approachable and kind, and as someone who understands when the timing is right for encouragement towards a personal growth edge.

She holds a Master of Science in Coaching Psychology from the University of Sydney, and also has a background in teaching and adult education, equipping her with a solid, evidence-based approach to learning and behavioural change.

Angela

HR Consultant

Angela has experience in HR management roles across a variety of industries including retail and hospitality. She…

Angela

HR Consultant

Angela has experience in HR management roles across a variety of industries including retail and hospitality. She is passionate about achieving outstanding results and creating positive and productive relationships through employee relationship management and the development of HR policies, programs, processes and services to align with overall business objectives.

Angela has a strong interest and experience in award interpretation, industrial relations, policy development, employee engagement, performance and grievance management.

She is dedicated to creating and maintaining safe work environments including effectively managing workplace injuries to achieve successful outcomes for both employees and employers.

Karen A

HR Consultant

Karen has over 20 years of HR generalist experience. She is skilled at providing pragmatic advice and…

Karen A

HR Consultant

Karen has over 20 years of HR generalist experience. She is skilled at providing pragmatic advice and solutions to her clients and is passionate about creating effective solutions to HR business-related concerns and issues.

She has an extensive range of industry experience ranging from small business to multi-national, and her generalist experience allows her to transition into any business with ease.

Chris

HR Consultant

Chris has over 20 years’ experience as an HR practitioner, with considerable operational and strategic experience in…

Chris

HR Consultant

Chris has over 20 years’ experience as an HR practitioner, with considerable operational and strategic experience in managing complex workplaces and culturally diverse environments.

Chris’s career highlights include seven years with SMEC Holdings, a large engineering consultancy, leading the HR division in his role of Group General Manager.

Previously, Chris spent over 15 years as the HR Manager at Mitsui & Co. (Australia) Ltd, one of the world’s most diversified trading, investment and services enterprises.

Mark

HR Consultant

Mark has over 25 years’ experience in operational and HR leadership in a range of operating environments…

Mark

HR Consultant

Mark has over 25 years’ experience in operational and HR leadership in a range of operating environments and sectors.  He prides himself on being pragmatic and ensuring people solutions and strategies are commercial and fit for purpose within each business’ unique operating environment.
A trained project manager, an experienced non-Executive Director and an accredited Executive Coach, Mark has a proven track record of accelerating and embedding change in organisations.  He is passionate about enabling a business to maximise its greatest asset – the capability of its people.

Danielle

HR Consultant

An experienced human resource, learning and organisational development practitioner. Danielle is passionate about enabling workplace cultures where…

Danielle

HR Consultant

An experienced human resource, learning and organisational development practitioner. Danielle is passionate about enabling workplace cultures where people feel good about being at work.

She works to increase people engagement through customised individual programs and delivering organisational initiatives.

Danielle has 15 years’ experience working in organisations and with corporate clients in learning and development, organisational development, change management and HR.

She holds a Master of Management and is currently studying for her Graduate Diploma in Psychology. Danielle is accredited by the International Coach Federation (ICF) as an Associate Certified Coach (ACC).

Desiree

HR Consultant

Desiree is an experienced HR Business Partner with over 16 years experience within the HR industry working…

Desiree

HR Consultant

Desiree is an experienced HR Business Partner with over 16 years experience within the HR industry working across various industries.  Experienced across all areas of HR, she specialises in Employee/Industrial Relations, Talent Acquisition, Workforce Planning, Employee Health and Well being and Continuous Improvement.
Desiree is a self starter who has an authentic and empowering approach to her work.  She is focused on partnering with key stakeholders within businesses to implement a HR framework to support their business needs.

Lynn

HR Consultant

Lynn is a highly successful HR generalist who assists clients by developing practical, people management systems and…

Lynn

HR Consultant

Lynn is a highly successful HR generalist who assists clients by developing practical, people management systems and processes to enhance business performance and talent retention.

She also offers HR project management expertise with an excellent track record of delivering key HR and organisational development projects on time and within budget.

Lynn has a proven track record in a variety of industries including banking, retail, hospitality, logistics, health, the arts, not-for-profit and a variety of small and medium-sized enterprises.

Melanie F

HR Consultant

Melanie is a Masters-qualified counsellor, with extensive experience in mediation and Employee Assistance Programs. She specialises in…

Melanie F

HR Consultant

Melanie is a Masters-qualified counsellor, with extensive experience in mediation and Employee Assistance Programs.

She specialises in supporting clients through anxiety, depression, grief and loss, trauma, bullying and workplace issues.

Working with clients to help achieve their goals, Melanie takes an individual approach. She has the utmost respect for both the employee and the client, ensuring confidentiality at all times.

Utilising Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Emotion-Focused Therapy and Mindfulness, Melanie is able to support staff through any difficult period.