• Effective Workplace Solutions

Who We Are

Effective Workplace Solutions are specialist practitioners who provide practical advice and assistance in workplace relations, employment law and human resources related matters. WE ONLY REPRESENT THE EMPLOYER and therefore have a comprehensive and in-depth understanding of this area from the employer perspective.

Our areas of expertise include representation in the Fair Work Commission for unfair dismissals, general protections claims, negotiating enterprise agreements or the cancellation of agreements, management of workplace bullying and harassment claims, generalist advice in relation to employment contracts, award interpretation, managing workers compensation claims and employees returning to work, policies and human resources.

We have the knowledge and specialist skills to provide you with practical solutions that meet your needs. Our highly experienced team is focused on exceeding expectations and delivering great outcomes for you and your business.

Located on the beautiful Tweed Coast, we offer both remote and onsite employment law and human resources support services to our customers. Our aim is to optimise performance and mitigate risk for your workforce. We provide a specialised yet holistic approach to the employment law and human resources challenges faced by our clients, by delivering solutions that add true value to business.

Effective Workplace Solutions combine expertise with personal service that is cost-conscious and without the jargon.

Greg Arnold

Greg Arnold

Director
Principal Consultant
Karen Arnold

Karen Arnold

Director and Consultant
Annie Walsh

Annie Walsh

HR Consultant
Jennifer Crawford

Jennifer Crawford

Payroll
Workplace Training Co-ordinator



Andrea Vickery

Andrea Vickery

Consultant
Peter Norrie

Peter Norrie

Consultant




Greg Arnold

Greg has been involved in multi-sector workplace relations for over 35 years as both a consultant and an industry executive. Greg has had workplace relations and industrial relations experience in a broad range of industries ranging from the building and construction industry, engineering, newspapers and publishing, food processing and the hospitality sector.

In all of those sectors Greg has represented his clients in the Fair Work Commission (formerly the Australian Industrial Relations Commission), as well the Queensland, NSW, WA and Victorian Industrial Relations tribunals, as well as the State and Federal Anti-Discrimination tribunals. He has also successfully represented small retailers in trading hours cases in the State industrial tribunals. During this time he has also a represented employers and industry sectors on key workplace relations and WH&S advisory committees.

He has represented employers in hundreds of unfair dismissal matters, provided advice and negotiated many enterprise agreements across a broad range of industries.

Greg has a degree in Industrial Relations and has WH&S qualifications and is a trained Mediator. His extensive experience in the industry has created his belief that the strategic approach to industrial relations is the best way to ensure that businesses reduce the risk and exposure to industrial disputation and prosecution.

Karen Arnold

Karen is a consultant for Effective Workplace Solutions and manages the Business Development and HR Services. Karen’s drive, passion, instincts and clarity of vision has seen Effective Workplace Solutions flourish and grow significantly in the last few years.

Karen is distinguished by her passion for this business, her focus on collaborative team-building, and her commitment to meeting client and market demands. Her contagious enthusiasm instils her and her team members with extraordinary energy and dedication in an environment where creativity, innovation and professional growth are encouraged. Karen does not just set out ambitious goals … she motivates people to deliver.

Karen’s experience includes HR and employee relations, business development, payroll, advisory support, performance management, administration, policy development, guidance and leadership, general compliance, grievance resolution, and implementing productivity-inducing practices. Karen has a law degree, majoring in Industrial Relations and qualifications in Training and Assessment and Business Administration.

Annie Walsh

Annie is the HR Services Consultant for Effective Workplace Solutions. Annie has over 25 years’ experience in human resource development and administration. She has worked for large and medium sized businesses ranging from local government, tourism and hospitality, not-for profit and private enterprise to large construction and engineering companies both in Australia and South East Asia. 

 Annie has provided sound HR advice to a number of businesses including indigenous communities and remote mining sites assisting these organizations develop awareness amongst staff in the areas of anti-discrimination, work-based harassment, equal opportunity & diversity.  She has encouraged necessary behaviours that have achieved successful outcomes for all stakeholders.

 Annie has been instrumental in establishing a sustainable human resource framework of coherent personnel policies and practices geared towards effective organisational performance.  Annie has introduced innovative HR programmes that have engaged teams, enhanced employee excellence and reduced staff turnover.

Jennifer Crawford

Jenny comes to us with almost 30 years of comprehensive payroll and HR experience across a broad range of industries including construction, real estate, universities and aged care, and is highly credentialed and experienced in this field. Jenny also has experience in managing and coordinating training. This experience includes coordinating training requirements for staff on-site and off-site across Australia.

Jenny has qualifications in Human Resources as well as Rehabilitation & Return to Work Coordinator qualifications.

Andrea Vickery

Andrea is a consultant for Effective Workplace Solutions with over 20 years professional experience working initially in employee relations in Australia and the UK and subsequently as a human rights/ corporate responsibility consultant on major infrastructure projects in Australia and overseas. 

Andrea has always had a passion for employee relations.  She has advised on employment matters from recruitment through to termination in various roles including as an industrial advocate, human resource adviser and employment lawyer.  She has also worked in a number of industries including mining, construction, contract cleaning, traffic control, aged care, banking, local government and railways.  Andrea’s wide range of experience has equipped her with the skills necessary to quickly identify the relevant issue and provide practical advice.

Andrea has a degree in law and economics, a graduate diploma in Industrial Relations and qualifications in Training and Assessment. 

Peter Norrie

Peter is an accomplished professional with over 25 years experience in human resource management and industrial relations gained across a raft of industries. Peter has worked with registered clubs since 2000 and a strong relationship with many clubs in NSW and QLD.

Peter has a very extensive history of successfully restructuring the people side of businesses, developing remuneration systems and developing and implementing staff development and performance enhancement systems. He also has vast experience in developing Awards, collective Agreements and individual agreements.

Peter is a long time member of the Industrial Relations Society of Queensland, having served on the Management Committee for a number of years.