Philippa Prothero


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Philippa supports organisations to build future-focused workforce models, applying a strong data-driven approach and incorporating best practice at all points of the employee life cycle.
She brings 20 years’ experience in senior HR leadership and consulting roles and works extensively across the Australian Government. Philippa combines a deep expertise in the science of organisational change with on-the-ground experience in driving transformation in complex organisations.

Influential work

  • Provided advice and facilitation on sector-wide workforce planning, change and digital health capability to support the development of the National Digital Health Capability Action Plan
  • Advised on the implementation of new Health Knowledge Management system in the Department of Defence, including change management, communications and capability development
  • Developed an implementation strategy to support a public sector program management office to manage the delivery of complex, cross-agency, sector-wide reform
  • Developing a workforce management and planning tool to support National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) providers to plan and manage their workforce in line with the NDIS Workforce Capability Framework.
  • Led strategic advisory support to an independent review of hierarchy, workforce classification structures and workforce management practices across the Australian Public Service. ​

Outside of Nous

Philippa holds a PhD in organisational behaviour from the Australian National University. Her research examined topics of organisational culture, work motivation and job performance with the objective of supporting genuine evidence-based decision-making within organisations.

Philippa serves as a non-executive director on the board of Care Inc, a not-for-profit organisation delivering financial counselling and legal services to low-income consumers and victims of domestic violence. She is also a member of the Australian HR Institute and a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

In her spare time...

Philippa enjoys getting outdoors and having adventures with her young family.