Stephen Berriman has a diverse and extensive management and consulting background.
For over 10 years until January 2008, Stephen was a partner and director with Fisher Cartwright Berriman (now FCB Law) and its affiliates. During that time, Stephen worked with many large corporations including AGL, Alinta Energy, APA Group, Macquarie Bank, Goodman Fielder, SC Johnson, Bayer, Bio-Rad Laboratories, Orica, ABB, Alstom, Worley Parsons, BAE Systems, Adsteam Marine, Craig Mostyn Group, Pace Farm, Farm Pride and Inghams and numerous SMEs in projects, activities and advisory services in a wide range of management challenges including:
- HR and IR strategic planning;
- Mergers and acquisitions, including due diligence, risk management and post merger integration;
- Enterprise bargaining, including project managing multi-state negotiation processes with unions, contingency planning for protected industrial action and drafting enterprise agreements;
- Managing and mediating industrial disputes and grievances;
- Work design and rostering, including 24×7 operations and 12 hours shifts and split shifts;
- Policy and systems development;
- Drafting, reviewing and advising on the management of employment contracts, including executive contracts;
- Advice and support with discipline and dismissals, including executive terminations; and
- Advice and support in transformations, restructuring and redundancy processes.
Prior to forming Fisher Cartwright Berriman in 1997, Stephen was the National Employment Relations Manager with National Rail Corporation Limited and was at the forefront of National Rail’s structural and cultural changes to integrate disparate state rail freight systems and prepare the organisation for private sale. Previously, Stephen held senior management positions with the Chamber of Manufactures of NSW (now Australian Business Chamber), Incitec Ltd (then part of ICI group) and the NSW Police Service.
In January 2008, Stephen accepted the opportunity to join a client and its related companies on a full time basis to manage the integration of 3 acquisitions, achieved within a relatively short timeframe, and to lead the corporate services of the integrated group, including:
- Creation of a central shared services function.
- Governance – for the Board and management systems across the group’s 11 factories in Australia and New Zealand.
- Finance, including accountability for the integrated finance function and managing relationships and reporting obligations with banks, auditors, taxation agents, ATO and other regulators.
- Human resources and remuneration systems, including developing and implementing an integrated strategic HR/IR plan, managing employment contracts and industrial instruments and union negotiations, managing grievances and disputes and managing remuneration processes.
- Risk Management, including ensuring all necessary insurances were cost effectively in place and managing compliance and accreditation systems and workers’ compensation processes.
- Occupational Health and Safety, including coordinating the development, implementation and maintenance of OHS&E policies and systems across all businesses and sites;
- Legal services and supplier and customer contracts management.
- Information technology, including the integration of management information systems.
In mid 2011, Stephen decided to offer his services to other clients and to redevelop his consultancy group.
Stephen has a Bachelor of Economic degree and an MBA from the AGSM of the University of NSW. firstname.lastname@example.org