National Recognition for Local HR Talent

Human Resources Director has named their Rising Stars from across Australia, with Newcastle-based Sam Noakes making the coveted list for 2020.

26 May 2020

The HRD Rising Stars report highlights emerging talents, with less than 10 years’ experience in the human resources industry, demonstrating success in implementing progressive human resources initiatives.

Noakes, currently the HR Business Partner at Port Waratah Coal Services, has been recognised among 33 of the nation’s most promising human resources talent in the 2020 report.

Port Waratah’s Chief Executive Officer, Hennie Du Plooy congratulated Noakes saying, “Sam is one of our talented early career professionals contributing to our business success. We are proud of him and the national recognition is well deserved.”

Initially joining Port Waratah in 2017, Noakes has excelled in developing and delivering notable human resources activities to improve the effectiveness of the business. Initiatives have included: the redesign of the organisation’s apprentice programme; launch and communication of the employee engagement action plan; and improvement to Port Waratah’s recruitment process.

Most recently, Noakes has enacted his qualifications in change management to lead the development of Port Waratah’s change capability and guide a multi-disciplinary change management team associated with the implementation of a multimillion-dollar IT upgrade.

The Rising Stars accolade comes after Noakes was announced in the winning team of the HunterNet Future Leaders major project in late 2019.

For more on the HRD 2020 Rising Stars report click here.

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