Lynne Barry – Telstra

Lynne Barry – Telstra

Lynne Barry – Telstra

Global Head of Learning and Development | Telstra

Based in Hong Kong, Lynne leads learning for Telstra’s 36,000 people across 23 countries. This includes Telstra’s Leadership and High Potential programs, and the full spectrum of our professional and technical learning and development.

From 2014 to April 2016, Lynne was the International Director of HR for Telstra, overseeing the Human Resources (HR) functions across the business in Asia Pacific, Europe and the US. She lead the full spectrum of Human Resources (HR) functions such as Human Capital Strategy, end to end HR Service delivery, performance management, rewards and recognition, payroll, M&A and integration, diversity, recruiting, employee relations. The role also covered Telstra’s new businesses, including Telstra Health, Telstra Ventures and Telstra Smart Home.

Lynne has over 20 years’ experience in senior human resources roles in Australia, New Zealand and Asia. Prior to joining Telstra, Lynne was the Asia Pacific HR Director for Accenture, supporting a workforce of 55,000 across 12 countries. In conjunction, she also performed the role of Global Director of HR Strategy and Enablement, where she designed the global HR strategy and co-led the global HR transformation program.

Lynne has an undergraduate degree in Politics & Social Sciences from the Macquarie University in Sydney, and also has a Master of Business in Employee Relations from the University of Technology in Sydney.


Lynne will be speaking about:

Career Planning

Lynne gives advice for people who are doubting whether they can do something – her advice is that no company is going to set you up to fail – they all want you to succeed, and therefore the only person standing in your way is you. Lynne talks about setting a goal and this will give you the confidence to work towards it, then set the plan you need to execute to get there.


Gender Diversity and Inclusion in Tech

Lynne talks about how there is a large pool of female talent coming out of universities into tech, however there is still a big gender issue. Lynne talks about a policy that was introduced at Telstra in 2014 called All Roles Flex, applying to both men and women. It’s an inclusive policy and allows for different working style and the way people want to navigate their own careers. The policy means that managers actually have to demonstrate why the role cannot be done flexibly rather than the other way around.