The HR Executive Co-mmunity (HREC) is a complimentary Australian invitation only, values based networking group. It is for

  • CPOs
  • HR Directors and
  • Heads of People and Culture.

We practice authentic connection with a generous spirit. 

Some of our topics have included:

• Connecting People and Culture to Strategy
• Reimagining Performance Management
• D&I for Change
• New Ways of Working for Strategic Impact
• Setting HR Strategy
• Future of Teams Special Insights
• Hybrid Flexible Working Models
• Ways of Working – Emerging Challenges & Best Practices
• An Insider’s Guide to Easy Leadership & Team Development Tools
• Reshaping Flexibility: Guiding Principles and Potential Pitfalls
• L+D, Setting a Vision and Strategic Plan
• From Strategy to Culture Change: Co-Creating a Step by Step Process Template
• Employee Engagement Surveys
• R U OK Day
• HR vs the Great Resignation; Winning the War on Talent
• Thinking outside the 9 box, (TM + Succession)
• Workplace Health & Wellbeing
• Differentiating our EVPs for talent attraction and retention
• Leading the Future of Work

The HREC Story


There are Chief People Officers in amazing roles, but everyone's just doing their own thing to contribute. It doesn't matter who you are or what your role is. Everyone has a question, and people are willing to share an answer

Emma Brennan

Head of HR, Telstra Health

I was blown away by the community – the openness and willingness to share and help each other have continued long past the initial reaction of COVID

Bree Robinson

HR Director, Royal Canin

I find the vulnerabilities quite breath-taking in the sharing of people's personal journeys. That's what resonated for me. I see those things almost daily

Sally Georgas

VP HR, Pacific and North East Asia Division, ASSA ABLOY Group

Dozens of HR Directors

from our most complex organisations

teamed together at a key turning point

along the way, they re-imagined how top teams talk today

In November 2019,  we started out on a journey to create a values-led network of HR Directors. We called ourselves the ‘HREC’ (formerly called ‘HRET’). No one could have predicted what happened next.

In the face of the greatest disruption of our generation, over 200+ HR Directors from some of our biggest brands and fastest growing organisations teamed together. Sometimes it was for support, sometimes to stay one step ahead, all the while, rapidly redefining the rules of how we team together within our organisations. 

Based on exclusive interviews from over 50 HR Directors, ‘On the Same Page, Five Conversations for Leading Team Performance’ is a book that shares more than a journey. It captures the key learnings of our tribe into a series of five actionable team conversations that you can use today. 

In ‘On the Same Page’, Justine Figo teaches us that there is no single answer, no hero leader who can keep the weight of the world on their shoulders any more.  To succeed, we must have co-empowering conversations. We do this not just by speaking up, but by learning how to truly listen to each other in the first place. It means reducing meaningless meetings, ditching micromanagement and genuinely pulling together, wherever you may be working today. 

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Conversations for Team Performance


In a company with fewer than a thousand employees in Australia, every single role matters. It involves making sure that the behaviours of each individual are not just individual – but they're working as a team to get the best results

Diana Nadebaum

Chief People Officer, Gurner

When you've got a workforce of around 100,000 team members, it really is a full team effort. You all need to pull together

Lynley Corcoran

GM People and Culture Operations, Coles

The more corporate services can share and work together, the more it provides a much better outcome for our clients and customers

Phillip Vaughan

Chief People Officer, Monash University

You cannot simply say, "We decree that from now on, we will share. Amen."

Nicky Urban-Weiss

Director, Engineering Enablement, Zendesk

What you need is people willing to step up and ready to get in

Miranda Hewitt

Head of Employee Experience, UniSuper

Rather than looking too hard for silver bullets and gimmicky solutions, why don't we go back to basics and just talk to people using our own voice box

Raj Tapper

GM People and Culture, Cricket Australia

We realised how much progress we had made as a leadership team for people to feel confident to ask tricky questions

Rebecca Roberts

GM, People, BlueScope

We've taken a more holistic view of how we might work in the future

Michelle Ridsdale

Former Chief People Officer, Envato

About Justine Figo

Author. Mentor. Coach.

'You don't need to be in the same room, you do need to be on the same page'

Justine creates high performance people and culture, with a particular passion for working with teams at turning points.  

She is the founder the HR Executive Co-mmunity (HREC) (formerly known as HR Executive Tribe (HRET) ) Australia’s genuinely connected HR Directors’ network. She has developed countless teams and their leaders. You actually could count them but maths is not her strong suit.

 A former lawyer and People and Culture Executive for 35,000 people in a Fortune 500 Company, certified among Australia’s most senior HR leaders, she gets it because she walks the talk.

Justine Figo BA, LLB (Hons), MOL, FCPHR

There is a great level of respect in the team. We're all striving for the same outcomes. We're challenging each other. There's open dialogue. We make sure everyone's on the same page. We're not always in agreeance, but at the end of the day, we're getting to where we need to be.

Peggy North

Chief People Officer, Monash IVF Group

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