Alan Ward is Director, Workforce Systems and Payroll at the University of Sydney - Fisher Leadership

Alan Ward is Director, Workforce Systems and Payroll at the University of Sydney

Alan Ward has been appointed as Director, Workforce Systems and Payroll at the University of Sydney.  This key leadership role champions exemplary people management practices and strategies, both internally with a team of managers and also with external vendors.  This entails promoting a positive and supportive work environment, while ensuring that the University’s workforce systems and payroll processes align with best practices and compliance requirements.

An executive with broad HR leadership experience, Alan brings several years in the higher education sector, with a track record of implementing change to deliver solutions that drive improved employee experience and business outcomes.  Most recently as General Manager, People Operations at Plant and Food Research in New Zealand, he has led the development of the people strategy and technology roadmap, including payroll remediation activities and key people transformation projects.

In previous roles at the University of Auckland and AUT, Alan helped develop new strategies and service delivery models for HR across each university, including driving improvements via the existing HR systems and implementing new solutions to improve the end-to-end employee experience.  He has also consulted across New Zealand and worked in top finance companies to lead HR technology reviews and strategy development and led significant change programmes.


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