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Nigel Ward

Nigel Ward

CEO & Director Workplace

Nigel Ward

CEO & Director Workplace

EXPERIENCE

Strategic Planning

Nigel brings 30 years of experience to the table which sees him involved in a very broad range of strategic issues for ABLA clients; major business change management, HR Management and WHS strategy, major IR/Union related projects and disputes through to facilitating Executive and Board strategic business discussions.

Enterprise Bargaining

Respected as one of Australia’s leading bargaining practitioners. It is hard to find an industry sector that Nigel has not been involved in. Nigel’s approach is embedded in the relationship between bargaining, workplace culture and employee engagement resulting in a holistic understanding of workplace strategy, bargaining tactics and law.

(Lorry) Owner Drivers

Arguably the leading practitioner in Australia, Nigel has negotiated ‘owner driver’ arrangements in all States and Territories in Australia; from fleet mix strategy, cost and rate modelling, contract drafting and negotiations as well as regularly appearing in the NSW IR Commission and before the Victorian Small Business Commissioner. He has an unrivalled understanding of and experience in ‘goodwill and sale of vehicle with work’ claims and issues. Nigel sits as a member of the Arbitration Panel of the Contract of Carriage Tribunal in NSW.

Award/Industry Advocacy

Respected as the leading employer industrial advocate, Nigel acts regularly before the Fair Work Commission Full Bench in major industry cases acting for the leading peak employer association, the Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry as well as many other major employer associations such as Australian Business Industrial, NSW Business Chamber etc.

Business Change - Reorganisation, Improvement and M&A

To add value in the people side of these activities, whether it is due diligence, risk evaluation and mitigation or change management you need to have experienced these activities from both outside and inside a major corporate setting. Nigel brings this depth of experience to ABLA clients and works with them often with an ABLA embedded team to ensure projects succeed.

Safety Management Systems & Incident Investigation

Few practitioners have actually constructed, drafted and implemented safety management systems mapped to AS 4801 or lead critical incident investigations and reviews and engaged with leading ASX Boards about them. Nigel brings this experience to ABLA client’s working closely with his fellow director Joe Murphy.

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