ACU welcomes Angelle Laurence as Chief People Officer

ACU is pleased to announce the appointment of Angelle Laurence as its new Chief People Officer. Ms Laurence is an experienced executive leader with a diverse background spanning the university, public, and corporate sectors, and is set to commence her role in the new year.

Ms Laurence brings a wealth of experience, notably having worked at prominent institutions such as ANZ Bank, the University of Southern Queensland (UniSQ) and RACQ. Her career has been marked by transformative leadership and a keen focus on leading positive cultural renewal and organisational wide development to deliver outcomes that are engaging, meaningful and inclusive.

During her tenure at UniSQ, she led the Inaugural People Strategy (2021-2025), laying the groundwork for a progressive and forward-thinking approach to people. This strategy enabled the university to build a future-fit workforce in support of the UniSQ Strategic Plan, reinforced by three connected pillars of People, Purpose and Place.

Among her notable achievements is the development and execution of a new business model at UniSQ, Ms Laurence led the realignment of resources, introduction of skilled HR business and change partners, uplift of capability, transformation of industrial relations, and the creation of an integrated HR service. This innovative approach resulted in a more agile and responsive HR function that played a pivotal role in the university's success.

A key focus of Ms Laurence leadership is recognising the importance of a positive and purpose-driven workplace. She has worked towards a compelling vision and strategy that engages every team member in the design and implementation of transformative initiatives. Over a three-year period at UniSQ, these efforts resulted in a refreshed meaning and purpose, aligned with the university's strategic objectives.

“I am thrilled to join Australian Catholic University and contribute to its ongoing success," said Ms Laurence. “I look forward to leveraging my experience to enhance and positively impact the university's culture, HR and performance.”

ACU Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Chief Operating Officer Dr Weller said, “The CPO is a critical member of the executive and plays an instrumental role in shaping and guiding our workplace culture. Angelle brings a diverse range of skills and experience and we are delighted that she will join the university in the new year.”

The ACU community eagerly anticipates Ms Laurence’s arrival and the positive impact she will undoubtedly bring to the university's people management and organisational development. She will start her role on 8 January 2024 and will be based at ACU’s Melbourne campus.

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