Who we are - Workforce consulting

Welcome to Workforce Consulting

Workforce Consulting is a boutique Human Resources and Organisational Development consultancy firm that develops tailored Human Resource (HR) and organisational solutions, especially for small and medium businesses like yours. Our goal is simple: to maximise your business potential by helping you run your business as efficiently as possible. We focus on the most valuable resource of any organisation – your people.

We provide your organisation with expert consultants with nearly 100 years of combined consultancy and line management experience working with renowned HR and consulting organisations in both the public and private sectors across Asia Pacific, the United States, England and the Middle East.

Initially, we prefer to undertake a review of your organisation and HR practices and procedures through our proprietary HR Audit. We report on our findings, with recommendations for improvement. We will then maximise productivity and increase the efficiency of your business by developing strategies tailored to your business needs and subsequently implementing appropriate policies, procedures and practices to achieve your desired strategies.

Workforce Consulting Team

The Workforce Consulting team is a group of experienced human resources veterans.

Bob Aley, MSc (Def Studies), Dip Mil Stud, FAICD, AFAIM, MIMC

Managing Director

Bob is a strategic international senior HR Executive and Management Consultant. He has developed and implemented comprehensive business and HR solutions for several national and international organisations at the highest level, especially in the areas of change management, organisational development and business transformation. He established his own HR consulting company with several colleagues which was bought by IBM as the basis of their SME consulting business in Australia.

He has undertaken a wide variety of consulting assignments to several national and multi-national organisations, including Ernst & Young, KPMG, Insurance Australia Group, IBM, Computer Science Corporation, Boral, Telstra, Commonwealth Bank, Westfield Holdings, PowerTel and Zurich Insurance. His international business experience includes working in India, part ownership of a business in Singapore and HR and business development assignments in Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Bahrain, Myanmar, Thailand, Malaysia, New Zealand and the islands of the Pacific. He undertook a 2 year assignment as the Special Advisor restructuring and managing change in the Kingdom of Bahrain’s immigration organisation and then completed a contract with the Economic Development Board as the team leader working with McKinsey and Co to restructure the Kingdom’s labour market, a world first.

Bob is a regular presenter and faculty member of an Australian organisation which runs retreats for companies wishing to improve their strategic and business planning. He has advised dozens of Australian companies in the past few years on ways of overcoming their HR and organisational issues and improving their internal procedures.

Bob received a Master of Science Degree in Defence and International Studies from Madras University, Tamil Nadu, India in 1980. He also has a Diploma of Military Studies awarded in 1970 as a graduate of the Royal Military College, Duntroon. He is a graduate of the NSW Enterprise Workshop program through the University of Sydney. He is a Foundation Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, an Associate Fellow of the Australian Institute of Management and a Member of the Institute of Management Consultants.

Graham Firth, BA (Psych), MA (Psych), FAICD, CMAHRI (past), MAPsS (past)

Principal Consultant, Human Resource Development

Graham has developed a comprehensive breadth of skills and knowledge over more than twenty years’ experience in human resources management (HRM) and management consulting. He has worked in HRM for a number of major international companies including Unilever, LaPorte Chemicals Group, British Oxygen Corporation and P&O Stevedoring, including three years employed by IBM as a Principal in the IBM Consulting Group.

His experience covers a range of industries including consumer goods manufacturing, industrial gases (B2B environment), chemicals, IT and service industries including stevedoring, consulting and telecommunications. It covers recruitment at all levels of an organisation, training and development policy and practice, organisational design, change management, employee and industrial relations and operational and strategic human resource management.

It also includes three years in a “start-up” environment as the HR Director for an emerging public telecommunications company. Graham did a similar thing for P&O Stevedoring in the early 90s, including active participation in the resolution of significant waterfront industrial relations issues.

Graham holds a BA (Psychology) from Macquarie University and a Master of Arts Degree in Psychology from the University of Sydney. He has also completed studies in Taxation Law at UTS and Labour Relations and Industrial Law through the Law Faculty of the University of Sydney.

He is a past Member of the Australian Psychological Society (MAPsS), including past Chairmanship of the College of Organisational Psychology, a past Associate Fellow of the Australian Human Resources Institute (CMAHRI), Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and is a Registered Psychologist in NSW.

Wal Beattie, BA (Psych), FAIM, CMC, CMAHRI

Principal Consultant, Organisational Development

Wal has extensive experience in issues relating to managing human resources, business management and organisation change, in particular, the impact of human factors and other management practices on an organisation’s performance. His managerial expertise was developed serving as: Partner, Lloyd Morgan HR Consulting practice; Offering Leader, Organization Change/HR Strategy, IBM Global Services; Member of Drake International Management Board; National Manager Drake Consulting Services; Director, Human Resource Management Consulting Practice, KPMG; Director Management Consulting, Pak Poy and Kneebone Pty Ltd; Director Human Resources, Pak Poy and Kneebone Pty Ltd; Deputy Director General Department for Community Welfare (SA).

His management consulting experience was developed with consulting practices such as Cresap McCormick and Paget (Washington DC), Touché Ross, Pak Poy and Kneebone Consultants, KPMG Peat Marwick, Drake International and IBM Global Services. Wal has completed over 450 consulting assignments for a wide variety of public and private sector corporations in Australia, Asia, the Pacific, the United States, and the Middle East.

As a result, in his nearly 30 years experience as a consultant, he has developed expertise in a wide range of related management disciplines including strategic and business planning, business process re-engineering, the application of IT to business process, human resource management, management of organisational change, operations and organisational reviews, career counselling and organisational development, diagnosis and design.

Wal has a double major in Psychology from the Australian National University, has studied accounting at the SA Institute of Mines (Now the University of SA) and completed the Advanced Management Program at the Australian Administrative Staff College (Mount Eliza). He is a Certified Member of the Institute of Management Consultants; Fellow of the Australian Institute of Management and a Chartered Member of the Australian Human Resources Institute.