Professor LOUISE ROLLAND
CEO, Australian Partnership for Business Work and Ageing
In 1997 Louise Rolland began actively researching and devising strategies to help Australia deal with the phenomenon of our ageing population. In 1999, she established the Australian Employers Convention (now BWA) to produce and promote information about the ageing of the workforce and its potential impact on Australian business, and to provide the necessary resources for an informed and strategic response.
As the public face of BWA, she is now regarded internationally for her leadership in this field. In recent years she has
travelled extensively promoting Australia's work in overcoming this global challenge.
In 2005, Louise has presented at conferences in
Brussels, New York, Rio De Janeiro and is
scheduled to speak in New Zealand in early 2006.
She is one of the more eminent thinkers and
speakers on ageing not only in Australia but
Louise's direction has seen BWA establish research partnerships with La Trobe and Swinburne Universities and the University of Western Ontario, Canada. She has advised Australian Federal and State governments in developing policy and programs in this field.
Louise has presented to key business and employer groups around Australia and her work has been featured on ABC's 7:30 Report, in the Bulletin, BRW, Age and Herald Sun and on ABC radio
Louise has a 20-year background in labour market policy and planning and local and regional development.
Current Board & Professional Positions:
Professor Ageing and Work, Faculty
of Business and Enterprise, Swinburne University
Swinburne University Divisional Advisory Board
CEO, Australian Partnership for Business Work and Ageing.
Dr LIBBY BROOKE
Director of Research, Australian Partnership for Business Work and Ageing
Dr Libby Brooke is involved in researching the effects of the ageing global population on workforce demographics, policies and practices. Dr Brooke's research expertise has led to her participation in international projects, which bring together researchers in the field of ageing and workforce policy in North America and the European Union. Dr Brooke is currently undertaking an international research project with Canadian, United States and European partners.
Within Australia, Dr Brooke has conducted research into age discrimination for the Equal Opportunity Commissions of Victoria, South Australia and Western Australia, published as Age Limits: Age related discrimination in employment affecting workers over 45. In collaboration with BWA, Dr Brooke has conducted organisational case studies within four Australian companies; Coles Myer Logistics, DMS Glass, RACV Club and Australia Post to identify and implement strategies to maximise the benefits of an ageing workforce.
Through her research report, The Human Resource Costs and Benefits of Maintaining an Age-balanced Workforce, Dr Brooke successfully contested the myth that older workers represent an increased cost in human resources. Dr Brooke has a strong interest in developing applied research, which informs practical interventions and activates further opportunities for utilising the older workforce.
PhD (Social gerontology) La Trobe University
M.A (Industrial sociology) Melbourne University
B.A (Hons) Political Science, Melbourne University.
- Senior Consultant
Damien joined Business Work and Ageing in
2005 as a senior consultant. He has worked
extensively in human resources management and
learning and development, both as a manager of a
large national Registered Training Organisation
and as a human resources consultant.
Damien has extensive experience in both
facilitation and workshop presentation and has
delivered to organisations in a range of
industry sectors. In his work at Business Work
and Ageing, he manages a range of government
projects, provides consulting services to
private enterprise and co-delivers the highly
successful Lead Practice series with Professor
Louise Rolland. Damien is also running two
programs funded by the Department of Employment
and Workplace relations, one in Brisbane and the
Wise Workforce project in Melbourne.
Damien was invited to be a judge for the
2005 & 2006 NESA annual awards, and also for
the 2005 & 2006 Human Resources Magazine awards. He is
a regular presenter at workshops and seminars
and has invited to present to conferences for IQPC,
Marcus Evans, IIR, VISTA, and DEWR.
B.A. (Political Science & English
Literature) Monash University
Dip. Ed. (English) Monash University
Dip. IR/HRM Melbourne University
Taylor is Professor of Employment Policy at
Swinburne University of Technology, working in
the Faculty of Business and Enterprise.
Previously, he was a Senior Research Associate
and Executive Director of Cambridge
Interdisciplinary Research Centre on Ageing at
the University of Cambridge.
researched and written in the field of age and
employment for over fifteen years. Interests
include individual orientations to work and
retirement, employers' attitudes and practices
towards older workers and international
developments in public policies aimed at
combating age barriers in the labour market and
extending working life. He is frequently asked
to address national and international
conferences and has been a member of official
committees concerned with the implications of
Philip is currently leading the BWA project Redesigning Work for an Ageing
Society which is supported by an ARC Linkages
grant, the most substantial grant ever won by
the Faculty of Business and Enterprise at
BSc (Hons) Psychology, 1985 CNAA
MSc Applied Psychology, 1987 Cranfield
Institute of Technology
PhD Applied Psychology, 1989 Cranfield
Institute of Technology
- Senior Consultant
Business Work and Ageing in May, 2006. She has over 20 years' experience in
Communications and Organisation Development, in
Australia and the UK. Janet completed the first BWA
Lead Practice Series in 2004, and later developed an
age management plan for Sensis, where she worked in
HR and Internal Communications from 1999-2005. She
presented a best practice case study for Sensis at
the IIR Workforce Planning conference in August,
Prior to this, Janet held management and
consulting roles in a wide range of organisations,
including St George Bank (during its merger with
Advance Bank), the NHMRC National Breast Cancer
Centre, South-Eastern Sydney Area Health Service and Coca-Cola
UK. She has extensive experience in communications
strategy, facilitation and project management. In
addition to age and work, she has delivered
substantial programs in mentoring, leadership
development, re-branding and change management.
(Communications) Charles Sturt University, Bathurst,
(Anthropology) University of Sydney, NSW Dip.TEFL,
Stevenson College, Edinburgh, Scotland
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