Hi!  Welcome to HR Club Newcastle.

HR Club Newcastle is a community group for HR professionals in Newcastle and surrounding areas which focuses on encouraging idea sharing; providing inspiration, innovation and professional development.

Never before has there been an opportunity for HR professionals in Newcastle and the Hunter to come together in an informal setting, get to know each other, ask questions and share ideas and experiences. Now there is! This is it!

Newcastle has a wealth of talent and expertise in our HR Community. Talent and expertise that should be developed and shared.

Benjamin Franklin once wrote, “Originality is the art of concealing your sources”. I must however, confess that HR Club Newcastle was inspired by the success of Jess Booth in creating and developing HR Club Sydney. You can check out http://www.hrclubsydney.com for Jess’ words of wisdom.

Speaking of words of wisdom (or otherwise!), this is the part where I let you all know that the opinions expressed here are my own and not that of my current or previous employers.  However I would like to thank them for providing me with many experiences which have enriched my career and for allowing me to share them.

More about me

Olivia O’Brien 

I grew up in Newcastle and have a B Bus (HR & IR) from The University of Newcastle and a Certificate II in Small Business. In 2000 I also spent a year living and studying in Budapest, Hungary. I moved home from Sydney  in 2010 and am currently working in Newcastle as an HR Manager in Professional Services. I have previously worked in various industry sectors including heavy industry in Australia and the UK.

At work, I’m passionate about emotional intelligence, career development, employee engagement and fun.

At home I’m passionate about great food, films, playing guitar (poorly!) and music. Sports-wise I like Netball, Swimming, Golf and Skiing.

Have a question or comment? Just want to say hi? Interested in working with me? I’d love to hear from you!

E-mail me at hrclubnewcastle@gmail.com


2 responses to “About

  1. Holly


    I am currently working as a recruiter and have just come out of HR position, was wondering if you could direct me to websites so I can keep up to date with current changes.



    • Hi Holly,

      I think the best way to keep your knowledge current is to be in contact with people working in HR everyday.
      So, if you subscribe to the blog and come along to the events you should stay abreast of things.

      Also, if you’re on Twitter, there are some great people to follow.

      I find HC Magazine has great info and is always up to date with any changes in legisation and how they might affect you.

      Hope this helps!


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