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.

Our directors

Desiree Blackett

Desiree Blackett

Executive Director

Desiree Blackett is the acting Executive Director at CCER. A lawyer and accredited mediator, Desiree has worked in human resources for close to 20 years. She is an advocate for employee engagement, arguing that lasting success can only come through empowering staff. Desiree has studied Design Thinking at Stanford University, and travelled the world exploring cutting edge workplace practices in organisations that have introduced innovations that buck traditional trends.

John Ruddell

John Ruddell

Deputy Executive Director

John is the acting Deputy Executive Director having been with CCER since March 2016. John has experience in advising and representing employers on a broad spectrum of workplace relations issues, offering a common sense and pragmatic approach. John 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 of Operations

Suzanne is the acting Manager of Operations and has been 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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Briana Blackett

Communications Manager

Briana Blackett is the Communications Manager at CCER.




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Scott Cooper

Employment Relations Specialist

Scott has worked at CCER as an Employment Relations Specialist since 2013.With extensive experience as a human resources practitioner, previously with large corporate employers Scott is passionate about alternative dispute resolution and employee engagement. Read More

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. Read More

Colin Davy

Employment Relations Specialist

Colin has been an Employment Relations Specialist since 2013, having previously held var-ious 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

Administration Coordinator

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 for over a year. 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 has been an Employment Relations Specialist since 2016, having previously worked as a Workplace Relations Adviser and the National Training Manager for a national employer association.


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Belinda Lee

Administration Officer

Belinda has been with CCER since 2008. Having previously been involved with the pro-cessing of Working with Children Checks, Belinda is currently working on National Police 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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Jessica Noble

Administration Officer

Jess has a Master’s 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. Read More

Stephen Noone

Employment Relations Specialist

Stephen has been an Employment Relations Specialist since early 2016, having previous experience in employment relations with a Catholic Education Office and a trade union.
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Matilda Parker

Administration Officer

After completing a Masters of Human Resource Management in the UK, Matilda moved to Sydney to gain some global HR work exposure. She is particularly interested in the charity sector and has worked alongside a variety of NGOs previously. Read More

Tiani Rubal

Business Services Manager

Tiani is an accountant with an MBA who has been the Business services manager at CCER since 2012. Tiani 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 is an Employment Relations Specialist at CCER.




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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 an Employment Relations Specialist 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.
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Alex Taylor

ICT Coordinator

Alex Taylor is the ICT Coordinator at CCER.




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Jenny Thompson

Executive Assistant to the Executive Director

Jenny Thompson is the Executive Assistant to the Executive Director. She has been at CCER since 2008, having previously worked in events management as the Executive Assistant to the Director of Operations, World Youth Day 2008.

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Julie Tran

Employment Relations Specialist

Prior to joining CCER, Julie was a lawyer at a Union and has also held positions at the Fair Work Commission and the Fair Work Ombudsman, where she first developed a strong interest in workplace relations. Julie also has an interest in early education and slow travel and has taught English as a second language overseas. Read More