Ruth specialises in workplace investigations, workplace relations, policy review and development and training. She has worked in private practice, in-house and with government departments, and works closely with clients to deliver outcomes that meet their strategic and people objectives.
Drawing on 18 years’ experience as a lawyer in private practice (Minter Ellison), in-house (Australia Post) and working closely with both public and private sector clients, Ruth takes a practical, sensitive and impartial approach to undertaking comprehensive and timely investigations into a broad range of matters including allegations of bullying, harassment, discrimination, fraud and employee misconduct, as well as assisting in the resolution of employee disputes through facilitated discussions and mediation.
Ruth has conducted investigations across a broad range of sectors and at all levels of seniority for private and public entities, including major hospitals, not-for-profit organisations, Government Departments and Professional Bodies. She makes succinct and impartial findings of fact and recommendations aligned with a deep understanding of relevant legislation and the application of relevant policies, working with clients to ensure effective resolution of a matter.
As an experienced provider of legal, compliance, strategic and commercial advice across all facets of workplace and industrial relations, Ruth has undertaken roles at various levels, including Director of Legal and Manager, Employment and Industrial Relations, managing legal and non-legal teams, as well as leading the IR Strategy for Australia Post’s Major Reform Program. She has a proven ability to communicate complex matters simply and to engage effectively at all levels, including with employees and their relevant Union. She works closely with her clients to prepare and implement strategies that align with their business and people objectives.
In addition to conducting workplace investigations and providing workplace relations advice, Ruth conducts policy reviews and policy development, as well as training for legal and non-legal employees on behavioural expectations and workplace investigations.