Meet the Melbourne HR Team
david Simpson + the founding of Melbourne hr
Melbourne HR's Managing Director, David Simpson, has well over a decade of experience in HR Management and Leadership. During this time he has worked in a variety of environments, including the Defence Force, Corporate entities, and Start-ups.
Through this experience David could see a need for better practice HR advice and outsourcing in the small and medium business bracket, and established Melbourne HR to specifically support that market.
He drew on many experiences in his working life, including both the failures and the successes of the many organisations that he was involved in. Here are two examples of those experiences, which lead to the formation of Melbourne HR.
As a Lieutenant in the Royal Australian Navy David was the most senior seagoing Operations Officer at the Darwin Fleet Base, and was tasked with auditing a range of under-performing crews. The audit showed that a large proportion of crew problems stemmed from poor HR processes - poor morale, poor training management, poor people management. To change this he built custom training programs for each crew, developed better and simplified communication processes between departments, delivered HR 'quick wins' before overhauling their management to erase negative culture and established a positive standing benchmark. Not only was David recommended for early promotion, but his training programs were standardised and are still in use today as the training templates for Patrol Boats.
In 2013/14, during his tenure as the Operations Manager of TalentBox, David consulted to companies on the take up and installation of their technology platform. Clients included a major supermarket chain as well as many small and medium enterprises (SMEs). It was apparent that a number of these companies employed either under-skilled hires or relegated HR to an ancillary function of another employee's portfolio of tasks. These under-skilled or under-focussed employees had a clear negative effect on the bottom line, through poor morale, personnel development, hiring practices and retention. However, these companies had a personal and agile approach to HR that was very effective if used correctly.
There was a clear disparity between the sophisticated systems of the larger businesses and the fast and personal nature of SME HR. Melbourne HR was founded to inject sophistication into SME people management, giving them a competitive edge.
The SME market deserves best practice HR delivered efficiently and cost-effectively – that’s the Melbourne HR difference.
Christine is a senior office management and HR/WorkSafe specialist. Throughout a long career she has worked in a wide range of industries including transport, medical, insurance, education, mining, legal, and government.
With an eye on the end game she provides clients with a no-nonsense approach to company reorganisation and retention of corporate knowledge – staff are a valuable asset.
WorkSafe is a complex system providing unique challenges to employers, but Christine is able to work with all parties and find a way through the labyrinth. As she says, 'it isn’t always a happy ending for the worker or the employer, but getting the person back into the workplace should be the one driving force'.
Prue commenced her Human Resources career in 2005 and has since gained generalist experience in both multinational organisations and SME’s in Australia and the UK, in a variety of industries including investment banking, financial and professional services, environmental services and hospitality. Prue holds a Bachelor of Business with majors in Human Resource Management and Economics / Finance and enjoys partnering with businesses to provide innovative human resource solutions. Her key strengths include employee and industrial relations, workforce planning, performance and talent management, organisational change management and learning and development.
Jessica began her career in boutique agency recruitment where she was able to contribute to building the most effective and engaged workforce’s through innovative recruitment initiatives. She has since gained over 4 years of HR generalist experience within the medical, industrial and aged care industries and has co-owned two cafes.
Jessica is a mentor on the Australian Human Resource Institute (AHRI) Emerging Professionals Committee and was awarded the LinkedIn HR Power Profile for 2017. Jessica holds a Bachelor of Commerce with majors in Human Resource Management and Marketing and Bachelor of Arts with majors in Psychology and Sociology. She is accredited in DiSC profiling and Thomas International people assessments
Sean Graduated from Human Resource Management in late 2017 & his entrepreneurial background led him straight to Melbourne HR. Being both a Small Business Owner and Manager throughout his studies, Sean has a passion for customer service, communication and aiding positive work culture where all employees enjoy coming to work.
His interests in Recruitment, Performance Management and Organisational Culture stem from his Bachelor of Business Degree and help fuel his desire to find viable HR solutions for his clients.
Gaining valuable experiences whilst a part of the Melbourne HR team drive Sean to learn & grow as a HR professional day in & day out.
Christina came to Melbourne HR as an RMIT Business graduate majoring in Human Resource Management. Her professional interests include managing employee relations/performance and the recruitment process.
Committed to learning and development, Christina is excited to hone her diverse skillset with other Melbourne HR professionals and clients alike, in order to deliver the best possible outcomes in every situation.
Ensieh came to Melbourne HR as a graduate lawyer having completed a Juris Doctor at Monash University. Before joining Melbourne HR, Ensieh enjoyed a diverse range of experiences in Melbourne and Queensland, as a Secondary teacher and a volunteer lawyer at Salvos Legal.
She strives for excellence in all aspects of the human resource function and has gained broad-ranging experience during her time at Melbourne HR and has a particular interest in adding value through effective recruitment practices.