Karen Frenkiel


Principal Consultant


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Professional Background

Professional Background

Karen has worked in a variety of HR roles for significant Australian organisations, gaining in-depth experience across a broad range of HR focus areas. This experience includes, but is not limited to, the provision of strategic advice and coaching, HR projects, hands on operational HR support, employee relations, recruitment, learning & leadership development, training and facilitation, talent management, employee engagement as well as organisational change management.

In her current role as Principal Consultant within Pitcher Partners’ HR Consulting Team, Karen is responsible for providing strategic and operational HR advice, expertise and consultation to clients across a variety of industries via an outsourced ‘HR Department’ model. By providing timely, trusted and valued advice to clients across the full spectrum of HR activities, Karen has solved complex HR matters through professional consultation and support as and when required. This has enabled Karen to develop strong professional relationships with her clients and gain an intimate understanding of their business operations and challenges.

Areas of Expertise

  • Strategic HR advice and coaching
  • Generalist HR services
  • HR compliance and legislation
  • Role clarity
  • Organisational design and change management
  • End to end recruitment assistance
  • Leadership development, training and facilitation
  • Talent management and succession planning
  • Performance and development planning
  • Employee relations advice and guidance
  • Workplace culture and employee engagement
  • Staff communications
  • Outplacement and career transition support

Industry Experience

  • Asset Management
  • Building construction and property development
  • Ecommerce
  • Financial Services and Insurance
  • Hospitality
  • Hospitality and Accommodation
  • Tourism and leisure
  • Information technology
  • Health and Medical
  • Not-For-Profit
  • Real Estate
  • Retail and Supply Chain

Memberships & Qualifications

  • Bachelor of Arts - major in Sociology & Criminology & minor in Behavioural Studies (Monash University)
  • Master of Human Resource Management

Articles Published

Why you should hire a CEO you may not necessarily like

4th February 2019

Karen Frenkiel

*Read: Contact Magazine Summer 208/19 [1]* The failure of a CEO can come as a surprise. This candidate was selected because they felt like the ri...

Changes to Long Service Leave Act in Victoria

28th June 2018

Karen Frenkiel

This change will impact the long service leave liabilities of businesses operating in Victoria. As a result, businesses should be cautious to ensu...

How to downsize with dignity

30th May 2018

Karen Frenkiel

.. Guess what? It’s an emotional time. Well before the final decision is communicated, I can assure you, that individual has already spent coun...

Your future employer – yourself

30th April 2018

Karen Frenkiel

Today, difference has extended itself to the modern workplace and shaken up the traditional employee-employer relationship. Applying a HR lens on ...

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