Who we are

PHILIP GARSIDE

Consultant trainer and adviser on difficult staffing situations

Philip is one of Australia’s leading consultants in Human Resources, who has provided training courses to many of Australia’s major organisations, both private and public.  Philip has written and delivered courses to managers and staff in areas such as negotiation skills, manager training in procedural fairness, supervisor training, and conflict resolution; however he specialises in issues of harassment, discrimination and bullying in the workplace.  With a background of practitioner experience in hundreds of cases of harassment and discrimination, Philip is able to deliver a ‘real life’ approach to these issues.

In conjunction with senior management of organisations, he assesses training needs and develops plans for meeting those needs.  The regular clients for whom Philip delivers training include market leaders in the manufacturing, mining, construction, retail, financial, legal and education sectors as well as public sector agencies.  These clients include two of the top four banks and numerous federal, state and local government bodies, power distribution companies and hospital networks.

Philip has been training in his areas of expertise for over twenty-five years.  His strength is his ability to write and create training which is engaging, entertaining, yet still informative, and which, most importantly, can deliver cultural change.  He has a wide range of experience which, as well as training, includes management experience in both the private and public sector, and time as a union official.  Philip has also conducted many investigations and mediations in relation to harassment and discrimination complaints.  He has conducted several climate surveys which have resulted in millions of dollars being saved for his clients and has advised on numerous cases, including many dismissals, all of which stood up to scrutiny at tribunals.

 

MARGARET WINSON

Consultant, Employee Relations, EEO and Conflict Resolution

Margaret Winson established the consultancy with Philip 18 years ago.  With a background in industrial relations, she works with clients on cases they need assistance with, running a ‘help line’ for clients who require confidential advice on the practical handling of particular HR/ER issues.  In addition to her advisory role, Margaret also provides a ‘hands on’ service, investigating and mediating complaints between employees, assessing and updating clients’ policies on workplace harassment, discrimination, EEO, and disciplinary action, and assisting clients in dealing with discrimination and harassment complaints at the state anti-discrimination bodies around Australia.

Margaret worked for the Victorian Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission for eighteen months, where she investigated discrimination and harassment complaints from the public until a backlog of cases was cleared.  This gave Margaret an insight into the technical side of the law and the workings of the Victorian anti-discrimination body, which helped to round out her experience of how discrimination law works in practice.

Margaret’s tertiary qualification is a Bachelor of Arts (Social Sciences) and has studied investigation skills and case law research methods.  She is a member of AHRI.