Capability Statement and Qualifications

Leigh Bernhardt

Leigh Bernhardt Corporate Consulting Services – Human resources/industrial relations specialist, certified mediator/arbitrator

leigh-bernhardt-300x1991Leigh is a highly qualified and experienced Human Resources and Industrial Relations specialist with over 25 years of experience in senior executive roles within some of Australia’s largest and most successful corporations who has built up over the last 12 years a professional and successful consultancy practice on the Gold Coast in Queensland.


Current Role

  • Managing Director and principal consultant of an Employee Relations / Industrial Relations and Human Resources consultancy business including Mediation and Arbitration services.
  • Leigh is a recognised expert in this field of HR /IR and employee relations in general with over 25 years at the cutting edge of these sometimes difficult and complex disciplines.

Specific Experience

  • Workplace relations and productivity bargaining advice and support
  • All types of workplace agreements and employment contracts
  • Human Resources policies and practices including HR/IR audits
  • Workplace Investigations including Crime and Corruption Commission investigations and reports
  • Unfair Dismissal and Bullying & Harassment Claims
  • Workplace training on the prevention of bullying and harassment and conflict management.
  • Grievance handling and dispute resolution – certified Mediator and Arbitrator (Qld Supreme Court Approved Mediator)
  • Advocacy services, State and Federal Jurisdictions
  • Change management
  • Policy design and review
  • Job analysis and design
  • Coaching and counselling
  • Business planning and performance management
  • Restructuring and re-engineering strategy and implementation
  • Corporate strategy and structure aligning HR/IR structures to meet corporate business objectives
  • Experienced in Franchise related issues and dispute settlement including Franchise Agreements and structures

Professional Competencies

  • Human Resources – Workers Compensation, strategic HR
  • Industrial Relations – Greenfield site agreements, acquisitions & mergers at industry & organisational level
  • Enterprise Bargaining – multi-site & multi-industry, design & implementation, IFA’s, Employee Collective Agreements, Union Collective Agreements, sick leave incentive plans
  • Employee Relations – general
  • Industrial Audits – risk management strategies, business plans
  • Business Planning / Processes
  • Restructuring / Rightsizing – Aligning HR/IR structures to meet corporate business objectives
  • Arbitration Mediation & Dispute resolution
  • Performance Management strategies & frameworks / counselling
  • Industrial Advocacy – All industrial and appeal tribunals
  • Organisational Learning Initiatives – managing aging workforce
  • Organisation Development – corporate health programs
  • Lifestyle Management (Balance Program)

Qualifications & Professional Development

  • Fellow of the Australian Human Resources Institute of Australia
  • Certificate in Strategic Human Resources Management – University of NSW
  • Professional Certificate in Arbitration (PC Arb) certified Arbitrator – Adelaide University
  • Certified Mediator and Arbitrator & Member of the Resolution Institute of Australia
  • Westpac Group Industrial Relations Arbitration Panel Member
  • Queensland Supreme Court Approved Mediator
  • JP (Qual) QCAT Qld

Previous Roles

  • Senior Industrial Advisor Esso Aust Pty Ltd
  • Group General Manager Industrial Relations Mayne Nickless Group Pty Ltd
  • Human Resources Manager Gold Coast City Council


  1. N.T. Electricity Commission Employees Superannuation Board
  2. N.T. Electrical Licensing Board
  3. Commissioner/ Board Member N.T. Training Commission
  4. N.T. Defence Force Advisory Board
  5. Vice President Australian Industrial Relations Society
  6. Business Council of Australia Employee Relations Advisory Board
  7. Victorian Chamber of Commerce and Industry Advisory Board
  8. Member of the Committee For Economic Development of Australia (CEDA) Advisory Committee
  9. Australian Oil Industry Industrial Committee Member
  10. Australian Road Transport Industry Organisation Board Member
  11. Mayne Nickless Pty Ltd Transport Australia Board Member
  12. Australian Human Resources Institute of Australia Qld Board (Currently a Fellow of AHRI)
  13. Gold Coast City Council Executive Officers Committee (Operating Board)
  14. Gekko Property Development Pty Ltd Board Member & Company Secretary
  15. Gekko Property Solutions Pty Ltd Board Member & Company Secretary
  16. Currently Managing Director of Leigh Bernhardt Corporate Consulting Services Pty Ltd
  17. Appointed to the Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal (QCAT) in June 2013
  18. Industrial spokesperson and advocate for the Small Business Association of Australia
  19. Industrial spokesperson and advocate for the Restaurant Industry Support Gold Coast Inc

Tertiary Qualifications

Supreme Court Approved Mediator (Qld)

Certified Mediator — Resolution Institute of Australia

Professional Certificate in Arbitration — University of Adelaide (certified grade three arbitrator IAMA)

Strategic Human Resources Management — University of NSW

Part completed Diploma of Human Resources Deakin University

Justice of the Peace QCAT Qld