Our People

CCER has a team of qualified employment relations practitioners on hand to assist clients with their needs. Contact us on (02) 9390 5255 to speak to a member of our team.

Management Team

Ian Yard-Smith

Ian Yard-Smith

CEO/ Managing Director

Ian has been a lawyer with three of Australia's most respected law firms, and has held senior legal and commercial management roles in the financial services and insurance sector.

Using his skills, experience and knowledge, Ian is helping CCER turn the difficult employment landscape into one that’s easy for its members to navigate.

John Ruddell

John Ruddell

Executive Manager

John has been with CCER since March 2016. With experience advising and representing employers on a broad spectrum of workplace relations issues, John offers a common sense and pragmatic approach. He is admitted as a lawyer in both the UK and NSW and is also an accredited mediator specialising in the resolution of workplace disputes.

Suzanne Ashby

Suzanne Ashby

Manager, Operations

Suzanne is an employment relations professional with over 20 years’ experience working in the community, private and government sectors.

She is passionate about helping CCER members create more productive and equitable workplaces by managing and supporting a team of highly skilled employment relations specialists focused on ensuring clients receive the best possible, timely advice and assistance.

Our team

Rita Bhattacharya

Employment Relations Specialist

Rita has been an Employment Relations Specialist since 2014 having previously worked in the private sector, as well as state and federal public service over the last 14 years. Her passion is industrial advocacy and dispute resolution.
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Gabrielle Callaghan

Finance Officer

Gabrielle has worked for over 20 years as a finance officer in the not for profit sector and has a broad range of experience covering public health, education, community and political organisations.

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William Cupido

Communications Officer

William has been the Communications Officer since 2017. Prior to CCER, he has been involved with youth and international development organisations, working on campaigns, communications and making videos.

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Colin Davy

Employment Relations Specialist

Colin has been an Employment Relations Specialist since 2013, having previously held various IR and HR roles within federal and state-based Industrial Relations systems.
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Nicholas Donney

Employment Relations Specialist

Nick has been an Employment Relations Specialist since early 2017, having previously worked in the Media industry, where he had exposure to a variety of areas of Human Resources.
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Antonella Georgas

Executive Assistant to the CEO and Managing Director

Antonella has been with CCER since 2010. She’s an enthusiastic professional with over 15 years experience in administration and event management.

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Kath Grant

Employment Relations Specialist

Kath has been an Employment Relations Specialist with CCER since 2018. Prior to joining CCER, Kath held Industrial Relations and Employment Relations roles within the public sector Industrial Relations system, most recently with NSW Health in a senior HR management role for 5 years.

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Emma Howden

Employment Relations Specialist

Emma joined CCER as an Employment Relations Specialist in early 2017. Formerly an employment lawyer, she has worked in employment and workplace relations for over 20 years advising employers across a wide range of different industries. Emma works collaboratively with clients to give timely, practical and strategic advice and regularly delivers training.
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Elizabeth Jones

Project Manager

Liz has worked in the Marketing, Change and Communications space for over 10 years, with a particular focus on major projects.




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Belinda Lee

Employment Screening Officer

Belinda has been with CCER since 2008. Having previously been involved with the processing of Working with Children Checks, Belinda is currently working on National Police History Checks.



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Renee Liddy

Employment Relations Specialist

Renee has been working as an Employment Relations Specialist since 2017. Renee’s prior experience includes working as an Employment Relations Adviser for a Workplace Relations Consultancy and as a Human Resources Manager in the hospitality industry.Read More

Anthony Micallef

Employment Relations Specialist

Anthony commenced as an Employment Relations Specialist in July 2017, having previously worked in a variety of HR roles in not-for-profit and commercial environments.

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Sarahanne Moody

Employment Relations Specialist

Sarah commenced as an Employment Relations Specialist in 2019. She started her career with one of Australia’s largest trade unions, before working with large national employer associations and other not-for-profit organisations.
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Jessica Noble

Communications Manager

Jess has a Masters degree in Journalism and has worked in the communications arena for over a decade. She has held media and communications positions for not-for-profits, start-ups, creative agencies, and local government.
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Tiani Rubal

Business Services Manager

Tiani has been the Business Services Manager at CCER since 2012. She is an accountant, has completed a MBA and has experience in a broad range of commercial businesses and interest in systems and process improvement and enjoys creating efficiency and seamless workplaces. Read More

Brooke Scarfe

Employment Relations Specialist

Brooke has been an Employment Relations Specialist at CCER since 2005. She has a Bachelors in Economics with honours in Industrial Relations and Human Resources.


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Jose Segarra

Administration Officer

Jose comes from the United States with 8 years of customer service experience. He has a particular interest in delivering great service and technology integration.


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Simon Spence

Employment Relations Specialist

Simon has been an Employment Relations Specialist since 2015, having previously had a number of roles in the public sector. Simon has a particular interest in enterprise agreement negotiations and providing practical advice to employers to enable them to achieve their goals. Read More

Carolyn Synnott

Employment Relations Specialist

Carolyn has been with CCER since early 2017, having previously worked in in health and education for the NSW Government.

Carolyn has many years of experience in employment relations and enjoys assisting members to resolve challenging issues.

Alex Taylor

ICT Coordinator

Alex has been the ICT Coordinator at CCER since 2018, and, prior to that, was involved in the Security Industry. He has a particular interest in Technology, its evolution and its influence on day to day life.

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Julie Tran

Employment Relations Specialist

Prior to joining CCER in 2018, Julie was a legal officer at a trade union. She is an admitted lawyer in NSW and has held a number of positions in the public sector, including at the Fair Work Commission and the Fair Work Ombudsman.

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