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Robert Alfarano

Happy employees lead to growing profitability and happy shareholders… all are possible with the right culture, values and leadership

Robert Alfarano is an experienced human resources leader who works with businesses to build high-performing cultures. Critical in his work is building strong connections with the people he works with, using their experiences and knowledge to identify the root causes of the issues needing to be addressed. He then empowers them to own and implement the solutions.

Robert is Director of Silent Partner Consulting. Previous successes in his business include:

  • the amicable removal and buy-out of a business founder
  • restructure of a private business to run more profitably
  • negotiations with a statutory body and its agreement to withdraw $12M in fines for a client
  • negotiation of non-union workplace agreements that have been instrumental in achieving productivity, wage and profitability growth.

When he’s away from work, Robert enjoys good food, great wine and great company. He also enjoys learning about and experiencing human endeavour, redemption and achievement – be it reading about summiting Everest, watching the Bombers, volunteering with charitable organisations or meeting new people through travels.

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Diana Taylor

Supporting organisations, boards and their people to work better

Diana Taylor is an experienced lawyer who provides advice and support in workplace relations, investigations, strategic planning, organisation reviews and governance. Diana’s client base includes organisations across the corporate, legal, not-for-profit, religious, education, sporting and government sectors.

Diana established Diana Taylor Consulting to support organisations, boards and their people to work better, engage respectfully with each other, and achieve collective and individual goals. She is also Director on the boards of the Geelong Football Club, the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Trust and the Geelong Authority, and Chair of Anam Cara House Geelong (Geelong’s community hospice).

In 2016, Diana was awarded the 2016 Telstra Business Woman of the Year Award for Victoria (Corporate & Private Category).

Diana’s passions are people, business and Australian Rules Football.

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Karen Luu

Driven to improve and sustain positive business and people outcomes

Karen Luu is an experienced senior employee relations, human resources (HR) and occupational health and safety (OHS) management professional. She has experience across a range of industries including law, logistics, manufacturing, retail, education, youth services, hospitality and tourism. Karen’s diverse knowledge and career experience provides a balanced and insightful perspective on effectively managing operations and leading people.

Karen is the Chief Operating Officer and member of the national executive of FCW Lawyers. Previously, she has held senior organisational, HR and OHS roles in national businesses and was a Board Director and the Chair for the Duke of Edinburgh Award.

When she’s away from work, Karen enjoys the lifestyle offerings of inner city living with her young family.

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Joe Carbone

Joe Carbone, Chair of the FCW Lawyers Board
Empowering teams with insights to innovative thinking and helping emerging leaders in their journeys

Joe Carbone is an experienced CEO, non-executive director and independent adviser with experience across the health, local government, retail and manufacturing sectors. Joe believes in empowering teams – building capability in leadership teams in both the public and private sectors to be future-thinking and able to deal with ambiguity and embrace change.

Joe’s areas of expertise include executive leadership mentoring, organisational review and stakeholder relations, and strategic and visionary development.

Joe’s previous experience includes:

  • leading the Royal Victorian Eye & Ear Hospital through significant governance change and rebranding
  • implementing industry reform agendas at the City of Manningham and the Royal Victorian Eye & Ear Hospital focused on empowering the organisations to chase innovation and continuous improvement in value for stakeholders and consumers
  • partnering in the founding and successful growth of the iconic and innovative Koko Black group of businesses.

When he’s away from work, Joe enjoys playing soccer, travelling, eating good food and drinking red wine, listening to music, and spending time with friends and family.

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Di McDonald

FCW Lawyers consultant Di McDonald
Translating the ‘big picture’ into action plans for achievement

Di McDonald is an experienced occupational health and human resources professional specialising in mediation, facilitation and conflict coaching. She provides organisational development consultancy services to government, private and not-for-profit organisations.

Di has a wide range of people management skills with particular expertise in conflict management including team interactions, restorative practice, workplace mediation and facilitation. She also specialises in early stress intervention, injury management, wellbeing, change management, management coaching, leadership mentoring, work performance, and workplace equity and diversity issues.

Di founded Di McDonald Consulting in 2011. She is also currently Chair of the Melbourne City Mission Board, Chair of LACW (Law and Advocacy Centre for Women), Board member of the Hester Hornbrook Academy and on the Advisory Board of Psychology Melbourne. Previously, she has held senior leadership roles including Managing Director and CEO in privately owned and publicly listed organisations, as well as executive and non-executive positions on Boards and Advisory Boards.

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