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Gavan Cooper

BA/Law (Hons), Cert IV Workplace Investigations, Cert IV Project Management, Trained Mediator – AIMAA


A former employment lawyer, Gavan is also a trained mediator and workplace investigator. Gavan has held various specialist Employee Relations and HR Consulting roles with nationally and internationally respected organisations including ANZ and the University of Melbourne. Most recently he managed the People, Culture and Strategy function at South West Credit Union while also growing his own successful consulting business in South West Victoria supporting organisations with a variety of HR needs.

In addition to his strong technical expertise in interpreting and applying industrial instruments and relevant legislation, Gavan has particular expertise in the areas of conflict resolution, having conducted dozens of successful workplace mediations. He is extremely experienced in workplace investigations and case management and is particularly passionate about working with managers to improve workplace culture, team dynamics and their people management skills.

Gavan and wife Diana have two lovely daughters, Talia and Jessica. Outside of work, Gavan enjoys camping, running, kayaking and competing in triathlons. A little known fact about Gavan is that he and Diana are excellent salsa dancers. 

0427 973 306
gavan@cooperhardiman.com.au

Catriona Hardiman

B.Com (HR/Management),
Dip Management, Cert IV Trainer & Assessor, Certified Professional Member of theAustralian Human Resources Institute


Catriona is a recognised HR specialist with many years experience across manufacturing, community service and VET industries. Catriona works closely with organisations of all sizes on an extensive range of HR strategies and people related functions and is an experienced trainer and assessor. Prior to commencing her own successful Human Resource and Business Advisory business, Catriona was Senior HR Manager for an ASX listed manufacturing business and also managed for many years the HR and OD functions of a community service organisation.

Catriona has a strong interest and speciality in Executive, Leadership and Personal Development Coaching. She has for many years supported local and interstate businesses in achieving their objectives via sound people management and organisational development processes and also has specialisation in recruitment, organisational change and industrial relations.

An experienced board member, Catriona has held board positions on several NFP boards and is well regarded for her pragmatic approach to organisational governance. She has a strong passion for supporting her community and actively volunteers with many local Clubs and groups. Together with husband Andrew and their family, Catriona enjoys the outdoor lifestyle that comes with coastal living. She has a particular passion for running, swimming and fitness and can be spotted at many local sporting events such as Parkrun, WSLSC, WTC and general fun runs.  

0448 971 711
catriona@cooperhardiman.com.au

Ed Thomas

B.Bus (HR/Management), Cert IV Training and Assessment, Cert IV Government (Investigations), Member of the Industrial Relations Society of Victoria.


Ed is a specialist Workplace Relations professional with over 16 years experience across the public and private sector. Ed has held various roles including Workplace Relations Advisor at the Office of the Employment Advocate and Workplace Agreements Advisor at the Workplace Authority, with a particular expertise in workplace investigations, interpreting and applying industrial instruments and relevant legislation and conflict resolution. Prior to commencing at Cooper Hardiman, Ed was a Fair Work Inspector at the Fair Work Ombudsman.  Ed consults to SMEs on a wide range of workplace relations issues, with a particular passion for supporting businesses to be compliant, innovative, productive and harmonious workplaces.

Ed is involved in the local community as a board member and school council member and happily volunteers with local sporting clubs and community groups. Ed and wife Carley both enjoy an active lifestyle, mainly because they are running around after three busy young children. Ed is also a keen runner, swimmer and coffee consumer.

0417 331 160
ed@cooperhardiman.com.au

Claire Farrer

Business and Consultancy Support Coordinator


Our Business and Consultancy Support Coordinator, Claire, provides our team with essential support and administrative assistance in our day to day operations. Claire has experience in business management, HR administration and finance, having worked for many years as a Business Manager for an accounting firm as well as a Financial Planning Assistant and formersmall business owner.

Claire provides our team with support in the coordination of internal and external training programs, recruitment engagements, workplace investigations and policy development, as well as managing the business administration and management aspect of Cooper Hardiman.

Outside of work, Claire enjoys spending time with her husband Greg and young daughter Isabelle. She is passionate about health and fitness – running, swimming and hiking in particular – and always starts the working day with a cup of coffee in hand.

Claire has a long affiliation with the Warrnambool Triathlon Club and is a proud life member.

0419 138 085
claire@cooperhardiman.com.au

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