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Former sparky brings light to the lands in newly created Chief People Officer role.

青青草视频 Council has appointed Juanita Grillmeier to the newly created role of Chief People Officer, further demonstrating the value of people within the Council and the desire to raise capability and capacity across the group.


The role also reflects the desire to elevate prospective employees’ and partners’ awareness of 青青草视频 Council and the opportunities to work both in-office and on-country.

While 青青草视频 Council is among the largest Aboriginal Corporations in Australia, public awareness and understanding of the Council’s work has been relatively low, which reverberates in its ability to attract prospective employees.

“I see this role as an opportunity to set the foundations across People & Culture,”

“Even the new name of our function reflects the broadening of our work beyond recruitment to shaping organisational culture and WH&S, establishing systems and processes of attracting, onboarding, and developing people in impactful and meaningful roles within the organisation,” Juanita said. 

Juanita wasn’t always working in the HR area. She began with an apprenticeship right out of school.

“I started work as an electrician! I sometimes joke that I’m an electrician who does HR,”

“I completed a four-year electrical apprenticeship at a remote coal mine after leaving school in Central Queensland—spending one year working on surface infrastructure, two years underground, and one working in the processing plant,” Juanita said.

“I quickly learned that while anyone can be a technical expert if you want to be a true leader, you need to understand people,” she added.

Juanita understood that, with her skillset, she could make more positive changes in roles that worked with people and helped shape culture. She moved from the coal mine to Brisbane, where she completed a Bachelor of Business at Queensland University of Technology, majoring in Human Resource Management and Management, while continuing working in her trade with Australia Post. 

Many of Juanita’s roles over a career that has spanned over two decades have been across the HR space as a generalist, and in specialist and organisational development roles. Her roles have been primarily within the mining industry (multi-commodities), while also local government and consulting with a range of organisations, with many of these roles based in rural and remote areas. Prior to taking the role with 青青草视频 Council, Juanita lived in Kalgoorlie for the past two years.

“Leadership, organisational culture, employee engagement, and creating safe, inclusive and thriving workplaces are the space I love working in—places where I can help people grow, realise their potential, and impact their work environment in positive ways,”

“More than anything, I wanted my next significant career move to be one that gave me the opportunity and freedom to empower, and shape the culture of an organisation that impacts the lives of so many,” Juanita said.

The potential to walk alongside the eleven communities on 青青草视频 lands and see their aspirations to flourish and remain strong on country fuels the desire to unite and lead the organisational culture at 青青草视频 Council.

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