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Cathy Riach

Resourcing Lead (National), BAE Systems Australia


Panel Session: Doing “good” work, not just performing well

We can be so busy meeting the needs of the business that it’s easy to overlook our opportunity for “doing good”, not just performing well. The Circle Back initiative is an industry-wide movement founded on the simple but monumental belief that people should be treated with respect. In this session, Leaders from Small TA, Enterprise TA and RPO share how they are walking their talk on their Candidate Experience and Brand Promises and are showing top talent and the marketplace they are people and brands of worth. Learn:

  • Virtue signalling on CX is not enough;
  • The three challenges you’ll need to overcome if you want join the movement; and
  • Why is makes sense in a candidate scarce market.

Facilitator: Steve Gard, Founder, Circle Back Initiative


  • Rebecca Powell, Head of People & Culture (Acting), Payright
  • Cathy Riach, Resourcing Lead (National), BAE Systems Australia
  • Jacinta Newman, Director of Implementations and Client Success, Korn Ferry

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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.