Renee Alexander, finalist for coveted HR award
The department’s assistant director of human resources, Renee Alexander, was recently declared one of three finalists for the Dave Ulrich HR Practitioner category of the Australian HR Institute Awards.
The practitioner award — restricted to human resource generalists with three years’ experience in their role — required nominees to satisfy rigorous eligibility criteria, including academic or career achievement, extraordinary career progression, leadership and innovation.
At the time of her selection Renee was senior project manager at Top End Health Services.
“Given the prestige of the awards, and the quality of nominees and finalists, I feel selection as a finalist from a very competitive field is amazing recognition, regardless of the outcome,” she said.
“Human resources is involved in all stages of an employee’s work history, and each phase impacts on the overall experience of employees, and consequently, the culture and service delivery of the organisation.
“I think balancing individual perspectives with business imperatives is at the core of human resources. So I find it incredibly rewarding to be working with exceptionally talented and experienced human resources’ professionals, providing positive employee experiences that, by extension, helps to optimise the quality of students’ learning.”
The Griffith University scholarship awardee and vice president of the AHRI NT State Council, has a business degree majoring in HR and Contemporary Marketing, and is studying to become a Certified HR Practitioner through AHRI.
Renee believes education is a people-based business that relies for its sustainability on “better communication, and a workplace culture founded on supporting staff to do their best work”.
“My broad experience across several agencies can be valuable in bringing the diversity of thought needed to challenge the big issues we face as human resource professionals,” she said.
“Increasingly, human resources functions to ensure workplaces are fair, reasonable and just, enabling people to contribute effectively in a high performance environment.”
There were more than 80 finalists for this year’s AHRI Awards.