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Campus News : July 2010
Lindall West Bachelor of Commerce (Accountancy and Industrial Relations) 1994 Lindall and Sean West are part of a growing University of Wollongong contingent making Singapore their home. Lindall (pictured above), who heads up human resources for Westpac in Asia as the Director of People and Performance, said that Singapore has been a fantastic place to raise her two children and continue her career. "Sean's work brought us to Singapore and as it turned out Westpac were looking to expand here and so I took on the role I'm doing now," she said. "Singapore is a fantastic, easy place to live - everything just works. And as a working mother it's a great place to have kids too." Lindall graduated from UOW in 1994 with a Bachelor of Commerce (Accountancy and Industrial Relations). While at University she met Sean, who also graduated with a Bachelor of Commerce in the same year. Lindall grew up in Wollongong and wasn't sure what she wanted to do when she finished school, so took her accountant father's advice. "My father told me that there is never an out of work accountant so I started a major in accountancy," she said. It wasn't until she had started her degree that she began to consider a career in human resources. "I think it was my first Psychology subject that peaked my interest in the human resources side of my degree and then I started looking at the Industrial Relations side of things later on. The best things about doing a Commerce degree at Wollongong were the good diversity of subjects and teachers who had varying degrees of work and academic experiences." After graduating from UOW Lindall started work as a trainee accountant at PepsiCo. "I worked out pretty quickly that accounting in the real world wasn't for me. So then I got a job at Westpac in their remuneration department -- which was a nice segue from accounting into HR." Lindall's career has spanned different aspects of banking and financial services including financial planning, rural banking and wealth management. After six years at Westpac Lindall moved to Rothschild Asset Management as HR head, but returned to Westpac when the bank purchased Rothschild two years later. "Then I had my two kids and I've been really privileged to be able to work part- time in a variety of roles in the institutional banking business since I had my children," she said. A strong believer in equal opportunities for women, Lindall said some of her career highlights have been her roles managing organisational development and workforce diversity helping to transform Westpac into an organisation that has well-developed, flexible initiatives and programs to promote women. With a varied and successful career in the financial human resources industry Lindall says her degree from UOW helped to make her stand out. "The one thing that differentiated me was my early training in accountancy," she said. "That gave me a good grounding in the business basics, which have been really useful for properly understanding HR." Before embarking on her Singapore career, Lindall returned to UOW to take part in Career Ahead, the University's speed interviewing program to prepare final year students for real work interviews. With her passion for ensuring gender diversity in the workplace, and as an HR manager and recruiter, she was keen to help young women to put their best foot forward at interview. KM There are more than 3500 University of Wollongong alumni living in Singapore. Campus News writer KATE McILWAIN recently visited the island nation to meet some of our alumni. She filed these reports: Lindall sings city's praises 8 Campus News July 2010 University of Wollongong www.uow.edu.au graduates of our university... Alumni SPOTLIGHT Cassandra White Bachelor of Commerce (International Business and Marketing) 2005 Courtney Butler Bachelor of Commerce (International Business and Marketing) 2008 Joel Renkema Bachelor of Science (Exercise Science) and Bachelor of Commerce (Marketing) 2009 Global firm Procter & Gamble markets leading international brands like Pampers, Olay, Head & Shoulders, Pantene, Vicks and Pringles, and in the company's Asian headquarters in Singapore an up-and-coming cohort of UOW graduates is being established. Cassandra White, Joel Renkema and Courtney Butler work in the Consumer Market Knowledge (CMK) sector at Procter & Gamble Singapore, which is focused on understanding the way customers behave and what they want. "In CMK we are a bit removed from the business itself and we really can say what's right for the consumer," Cassandra said. "The mantra of Procter & Gamble is 'touching lives, improving life', and it's our job to bring that consumer understanding to the company." Cassandra graduated from UOW in 2005 and started working at the Sydney Procter & Gamble office. She now works in the global Head & Shoulders (shampoo) team. "I came to Singapore last year and have been working on product development for this brand. This involves customising and identifying products that we can launch globally and looking at all the individual cultural Marketers establish UOW connection