Melissa Barnes


Melissa is a purpose-driven and energetic HR leader who is passionate about enabling people and organisations thrive through change. Melissa brings a broad cultural and commercial perspective with more than 20 years experience in people and culture, and consulting roles across diverse industries including financial services, health, energy and government in Australia, Europe and the UK.

Melissa empowers organisations to create and deliver fit-for-purpose strategies and programs that galvanise teams to drive impactful change, proactive and inclusive cultures, customer and employee centricity, optimised performance, innovation, wellbeing and positive social impact. She has supported organisations to successfully navigate most key business events, including new ways of working, system implementations, large-scale organisation restructures, key leadership changes, M&A, de-mergers, and privatisation (IPO).

A graduate of Leadership Victoria’s Williamson Program (in purpose-driven leadership to achieve impact in complex environments), Melissa believes strongly in the power of HR to create dynamic and inspiring workplaces that drive positive social change.