Executive Manager - People and Engagement
When Robyn’s grandchildren ask her what she does at work, she tells them her job is to make sure everyone is safe and happy. It’s a wonderfully simple explanation for an incredibly dynamic and complex role. As Executive Manager of People and Engagement, Robyn’s position speaks to the heart of Cafs as an organisation. She is passionate about the wellbeing of our people.
“We’re serious about our people and their wellbeing,” says Robyn. “I believe you walk out of the organisation the way you walk into the organisation. And what that means is that our culture is intrinsically linked to our quality of service. If we don’t look after our people, how can we expect them to be best placed to look after the people we support?”
Robyn leads with passion and a signature take-no-prisoners approach toward achieving positive outcomes for the Cafs community. It only takes a few minutes in her presence to understand that she’s a fierce advocate for the people and causes she believes in.
“To deliver a quality service that has outcomes for the people we support, we must walk with them rather than pull them along. It’s important to let people realise their potential and give them choice and control.”
For Robyn and the Cafs leadership team, that means infusing every decision with the organisation’s values of respect, integrity, collaboration, kindness and innovation. Together they are forging a path and building a strong, inclusive culture.
“We’re striving to be an absolutely culturally inclusive organisation. And inclusiveness is not just about your background or how old you are or your demographic. It’s about the whole package. It’s about you as a person. I choose to live differently to most people, off the grid, in the middle of a forest! So I truly believe that it’s our differences that make us stronger as an organisation.”
Robyn brings with her a wealth of experience in both the government and not-for-profit sectors. She has held long-term executive roles at both Central Highlands Water and the Department of Transport before pivoting toward community organisations including the International Women’s Development Agency and Wellways Australia. Robyn also holds an Executive MBA in Strategic Human Resource Management and is a Certified HR practitioner through the Australian Human Resources Institute.
In many ways, Robyn’s role at Cafs brings her career and life full circle. She started her career working in child protection and lived in the Ballarat region for almost twenty years before taking her life off the grid. Like so many in the Cafs team, she has deep roots in the community where she works. And for Robyn, this is where the organisation has a huge opportunity to make an impact.
“We can be strong advocates for our community,” says Robyn. “We’ve got an opportunity to be a beacon that shines a light on deep cultural issues. These are the types of issues that split communities apart in times of trouble. I think it’s really important that we provide the service of raising the issues that matter to our community.”
Connect with Robyn on LinkedIn.
Recognition and Qualifications
- Post Graduate Diploma in Adult Education and Training, University of Melbourne
- Masters Degree – Thesis, Awarded Distinction: The Role of HRD in Strategic HRM, RMIT University
- Company Directors Course, Australian Institute of Company Directors
- Myers Briggs Type Indicator Step I and Step II, Australian Council of Educational Research
- Executive MBA – Human Resources, Australian Graduate School of Management
- Human Resources Management and Services, Australian Human Resources Institute
- Emotional Intelligence – testing and coaching services, Harvard Extension School – Coaching Institute
- Bachelor’s Degree – Human Services, Monash University
- Happiness@Work, iOpener Institute
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