Our People

The team behind Akyra

Director Margaret Goody

GradDipMgmt, FAICD, CAHRI, JP (Qual)
Human Resource & Employee Relations Strategist

Margaret’s expertise comes from working with small-to-medium and corporate enterprises across a myriad of industry and service sectors in the private and not-for-profit areas.

Key strengths include fluency in the language of business underpinned by on-the-ground experience together with a broad knowledge and understanding of the legislative environment and contemporary practices for human resource management and business sustainability.

Previous roles held by Margaret include managing director, CEO and consultant with responsibilities covering human resource management, business development, stakeholder relations, community-business partnerships and strategic and business planning.

Margaret is an alumni of the Australian Graduate School of Management; fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors; and member of the Australian Human Resources Institute. 

Certifications include Saville Wave Psychometric Assessment, Australian Council for Educational Research and Gallup's CliftonStrength Finder.

 For more information on Margaret Goody, you can visit her LinkedIn here.

Administration Support Karilyn Ewings

Certificate III Business Administration and Business

With strong attention to detail, Karilyn produces high-quality, timely, and professional administrative work and provides confidential bookkeeping support to the Akyra team.

With a proven track record for managing complex and confidential administrative and bookkeeping responsibilities, Karilyn plays a key role in effectively supporting the everyday operations of the business.

Karilyn’s expertise comes from working in various administration, business support, and bookkeeping positions across a myriad of industry and service sectors, in a career spanning more than 20 years.

For more information on Karilyn Ewings, you can visit her LinkedIn here. 


HR Coordinator Renee Forcey

Bachelor of Business in Hotel and Resort Management, Diploma of Food and Beverage Management

Renee’s HR expertise comes from working with numerous hospitality corporate enterprises, across a myriad of HR and administrative roles, with a career spanning over 12 years, of which she has specialised in HR for 5 years.

Key strengths include providing high level recruitment and team culture management, reinforced with first-hand experience in HR administration, payroll and executive support fundamentals.

Previous roles held by Renee include Talent and Culture Advisor and Co-ordinator, Executive Assistant and Payroll Office across several major resorts and hotels.

Renee’s experience in the management and administration of HR real world applications, coupled with her ability to effectively drive people management performance; and her passion for employee engagement plus staff development, ensures she provides the utmost value to any organisation.

For more information on Renee Forcey, you can visit her LinkedIn here

Human Resource Administrator Grace Falconer-Smith

Bachelor of Social Science (Psychology)/Bachelor of Business (Human Resource Management)

Grace’s HR experience hails from working with a variety of hospitality enterprises, across a variety of HR and hospitality based roles. Grace has specialised in HR for 3 years, with her career spanning over 8 years including senior hospitality management roles.
Key strengths include providing high level training and development, recruitment and team culture management, underpinned with on the ground experience in HR management, functions and administration.
Previous HR roles held by Grace include Human Resource Advisor, Recruitment Officer and HR Administrator at several hospitality and tourism enterprises, and a TAFE institution.
Grace is experienced in a multitude of HR specialisations including end-to-end recruitment, performance management, WorkCover, Payroll management, Return to Work planning, training and development, and engagement and culture initiatives.
Grace has a passion for people management, coupled with a deep understanding of the nature of the HR industry, particularly in relation to the hospitality and property sectors. She recognises the demands and pressures faced in people management and the innate strategies to apply to drive people performance and deliver a proactive team culture.
For more information on Grace Falconer-Smith, you can visit her LinkedIn here

Associate Jeanette Jifkins

Bachelor of Laws, QUT, 1996. Master of Laws, QUT, 2001. Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice, QUT, 1997. Graduate of the Company Directors’ Course, AICD, 2014

Jeanette is a Principal Lawyer at Onyx Law who is an entrepreneur and a highly experienced corporate lawyer with strong interests in digital services and privacy law. She’s a leader in her field and takes an active role in shaping the future as a board member or chair of several national and international organisations. 

Jeanette equips clients to grow their businesses, using her legal skills and creativity to build a protective framework and remove barriers to innovation.  After working in litigation, Jeanette concluded that she’d far rather protect clients against legal action than defend them once they’d become ensnared. Prevention is better than cure, after all. 

As the owner of several businesses herself, Jeanette’s goal is to make business life easier for clients using her natural enthusiasm, strategic thinking and clear communication style – exemplified in her 2016 book, Cover your arse online: a guide to protecting your online business assets. 

 Jeanette’s formal qualifications include, Prof. Cert. Digital Transformation, KTH Royal Institute of Technology, 2018; Strengthening Financial Governance, AICD, 2015; Graduate of the Company Directors’ Course, AICD, 2014; Master of Laws, QUT, 2001; Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice, QUT, 1997; Bachelor of Laws, QUT, 1996; Bachelor of Arts (Japanese)/Laws, Griffith/QUT (transferred), 1990.

For more information on Jeanette Jifkins you can visit her LinkedIn



Associate Helen Rogerson

BA, Grad Cert Management, Ad Dip HR, Dip Training & Assessment, Masters Prof Ed & Training, AHRI Professional Member

Helen Rogerson is the founder and CEO of LeadershipEQ which focuses on developing leader capability. 2021 will see the release of her first book, “LeadershipEQ: Everyday Leadership for the Everyday Leader.” Helen’s pragmatic and direct approach ensures she delivers high level of service which gets results.  

With a long career in the corporate world at executive level  in  H R and L & D roles, Helen has helped leaders to be the best they can. With a real-world approach to developing leader capability, Helen is passionate about her personal mission of making a difference, one person at a time.

Helen has extensive experience in the corporate sector across a variety of industries, including large corporates such as Wesfarmers, MLC, The Coffee Club and smaller organisations including Infocus, Churchill Education and Henderson Matsuch. 

Helen has had more than 25 years experience in area including Strategic Human Resource management, Organisational redesign, Executive Coaching, Learning & Development Framework, Leadership and management programs.

For more information on Helen you can visit her LinkedIn here 


Associate Michelle Pitman

Dip OHS, Dip Mgt, Lead Auditor, Fire Safety Adviser, HACCP Practitioner

Michelle offers practical, hands-on and strategic experience and knowledge to her clients for all safety and compliance requirements.

Bringing more than 20 years of diverse industry experience to the table, Michelle is an innovative and dynamic safety business partner, committed and passionate about driving engagement around safety leadership to all levels of an organisation. 

She is passionate about helping businesses operate to the best of their ability, whether this is guiding best practice business processes to implementing smart, tailored safety and compliance solutions to protect you, your business and your workers.

Michelle’s industry experience includes construction, mining, waste management, local government and hospitality, as well as a myriad of industries in the small-medium business sector. Michelle has guided many businesses through COVID-19 with advice, planning, training and audits.

For more information on Michelle Pitman you can visit her LinkedIn here

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