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Cathy Riach

Resourcing Lead (National), BAE Systems Australia


Panel Session: What COVID Forced Global Companies to Learn, and What Changes Will Stick

During the pandemic, TA leaders were forced to re-think almost everything they knew about recruiting. Now, as we begin to slowly emerge from the other side of the global crisis, many leaders plan to continue forward with optimisations in processes and productivity that were previously unrealised or simply not permitted.

Join Chris Hoyt, President of CareerXroads, as he hosts a panel of four global TA leaders from Australia and the US who now celebrate some of the tough lessons they were forced to learn.


  • Cathy Riach, Resourcing Lead (National), BAE Systems Australia
  • Rita Newman, Tribe Lead, Joiners & Movers – GM, Recruitment/Resourcing, ANZ Bank
  • Shelia Gray, Vice President of Talent Acquisition, Quadient
  • Terra Doyle, People and Culture Practices Lead, Recruitment for Americas, Roche

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About Cathy

Cathy Riach joined BAE Systems Australia in June 2001 in a business unit based human resources role. Following a secondment to build a shared services talent acquisition model, she then assumed responsibility for the leadership of the national talent acquisition function. Her role evolved over time to include responsibility for redeployment, workforce planning support and outplacement. In early 2019 Cathy transitioned into a newly created role of Employment Brand & Partnerships Manager where she was responsible for the development, enhancement and management of the company’s employment brand in order to optimise talent acquisition outcomes across the Australian enterprise. Currently Cathy holds the role of National Resourcing Lead and is supporting the development of an operational resource management strategy and framework.

Prior to joining BAE Systems, Cathy worked for the Morgan & Banks group. She holds qualifications in human resources, industrial relations and workforce planning.

Cathy is a certified member of the Australian Human Resources Institute and sits on the committees for Women in Aviation & Aerospace and The Future Through Collaboration, a cross industry initiative to advance women in the defence industry.

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