Greg Mitchell, Principal Consultant and Owner

Greg established HR Success in 2007, realising a long-held ambition to start his own business, connect more closely with the local community and pursue his professional passion for helping to create great places in which to work (after all, life’s too short to be miserable at work, regardless of whether you’re an employee or the boss!).

He’s lucky enough to live in the beautiful lower Blue Mountains with his small family, crazy dog, two incessantly chirping budgies (free to good home) and a nice big garden which he doesn’t get to spend enough time in.

If you’re more interested in the boring stuff, Greg has in excess of 20 years’ experience in HR management and organisational development roles across a variety of industries in both private and public sectors. His experience includes leadership of the HR and organisational development functions in large corporate and not-for-profit organisations undergoing significant growth and change, and the provision of coaching and consulting services to a range of small to medium-sized businesses with 15 to 100 staff.
 
Greg has undergraduate qualifications in HR Management, a postgraduate qualification in the Management of Organisation Change and a Masters in Social Ecology. He is also an experienced trainer (Cert IV TAA qualified) and is accredited and experienced in the use of a range of management, leadership and organisation culture tools, including Human-Synergistics, Everything DiSC® and The McQuaig System™.
 
Greg is a Chartered Member of the Australian Human Resources Institute and sits on the HR Course Advisory Board for Charles Sturt University.

Paul Hoppenbrouwer, Senior Consultant

Paul was born and bred in Western Sydney and has lived here most of his life. He lives with his partner, a crazy (but ageing) and very cute dog, and a growing number of noisy budgies, cockatiels and quails! Apart from HR, Paul’s other passion is investment property and he likes to dabble on the share market too!

Paul took a nanosecond to decide to work for Greg when the opportunity arose a few years ago, having reported to Greg in a previous role in the not-for-profit sector.

Paul has over 20 years’ experience in human resources management at both strategic and operational levels in a variety of organisations, including global manufacturing companies, medium sized manufacturing and commercial service-based businesses and small to large not-for-profit organisations.

Paul is also no stranger to small business having grown up with his parent’s fashion business and later, owning and operating a retail business with his mother and brother which they established and built up as a successful business over four years.

Paul is a HR generalist, and his experience encompasses all of the functional components of human resources management including recruitment, selection and induction, learning and development, career and succession planning, work health and safety, and compensation and benefits management.

Paul’s experience is supported by a Master’s degree in Workplace Relations and a Master’s degree in Labour Relations and Law. Paul is an accredited Return to Work Co-ordinator and also holds a Certificate IV in Training and Assessment (TAE qualified). He has been a member of the Australian Human Resources Institute since 1996. Paul was also recently appointed to the Board of Directors of a charitable organisation called Club Cares.

Emma Ricci, HR/WHS Consultant

Emma started her work life young and says that her diverse experience has taught her “what not to do” as an employee and a boss (should the opportunity ever arise!).

Emma began her tertiary studies while having a young family (including cat!) and working at a local club. She was also volunteering at several schools to help prepare year 10 students for the ‘real world’ of work... which is where HR Success came into her life. Emma met Greg at one of these days in 2008 and since then, they have in one way or another been working together.

Emma has more than 12 years HR/WHS experience across a variety of industries including registered clubs, professional services, retail and trades-based businesses.

While Emma’s professional passion is helping clients achieve work health and safety compliance and improvements, she also supports clients with recruitment and selection, HR policy and procedure development.

Emma’s experience is supported by a Bachelor of Social Science Degree (HRM & HRD) and a Diploma in Work Health and Safety.

Margot Gallagher, Senior Consultant

Margot has recently undertaken a “tree change” and moved to the Blue Mountains with her Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, Lucy.

Margot is a highly pragmatic, passionate HR professional with over 25 years’ experience across a range of industries. Margot has worked with teams as small as 6 people through to large multi-nationals of around 3,000.  This range of experience means that Margot recognises and understands that one size does NOT fit all, and that solutions need to be tailored to suit the specific needs of a business.

Margot understands and acknowledges the importance of having the right people in place to make a business a success. She has also been a leader of people herself, so can easily put herself into someone else’s shoes. Her experience is supplemented by her formal qualifications in HR Management.

In her spare time, Margot enjoys travelling, catching up with friends over a nice wine, and stopping Lucy from terrorising the neighbourhood cats!