Our Team

Meet the Employee Relations Consulting team:

Ryan Martin

Ryan Martin

Ryan has more than seven years’ experience providing quality advice on a variety of legal and employee relations matters to businesses in a wide range of industries.

Ryan’s expertise includes providing employment solutions that contribute to the strategic thinking and direction of businesses. This allows businesses to meet their core objectives and values by effectively drafting and negotiating contractual agreements.

He is able to provide advice and assistance across a range of areas including:

  • Employment Law
  • Discrimination/Equal Opportunity
  • Commercial Contracts

Ryan has appeared as counsel for clients before a number of commissions, tribunals and courts.

He earned his Bachelor of Laws from Edith Cowan University and is admitted to practise in the Supreme Court of Western Australia and the High Court of Australia.


Erin Bethel

Erin Bethel

Erin has more than seven years’ industry experience working both in-house for multi-national corporations and as a consultant. Erin has comprehensive experience providing practical legal and strategic advice to clients regarding a wide range of commercial, construction, and employment and labour related matters. 

She is passionate about dispute resolution and frequently represents clients during negotiations and in proceedings before the Fair Work Commission. She holds a Bachelor of Laws and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Queensland.


Stephen Farrell

Stephen Farrell

Stephen is a Senior Employee Relations Consultant at CCI and has thirteen years of experience as a Human Resources/Industrial Relations Practitioner. As part of the relationship between CCI and REEFWA, Stephen assists the REEFWA Committee by providing advice and advocacy on employee relations issues affecting real estate employers in WA.

Stephen has significant experience in representing and assisting employers in:

  • Drafting contracts of employment
  • Creation and variation of awards
  • Unfair dismissal and general protection claims
  • Liaising with industrial inspectors in underpayment claims
  • Resolving workplace disputes
  • Conducting workplace investigations
  • Strategic IR planning
  • Employee relations training
  • Reviewing and developing HR policies

Stephen provides advice to employers dealing with a wide range of industrial relations issues including Fair Work Commission review of awards, performance management of employees, the drafting of contracts of employment, managing right of entry, union relationships and means to improve workplace productivity.

Stephen is an experienced and passionate advocate for employers, having appeared before Full Benches and single Commissioners in both the federal and state commissions. He has a proven track record in being able to negotiate agreements or settlements to the benefit of his clients.


Martina Ivanovski

Martina Ivanovski

Martina joined CCI in 2003 and has represented members in the Federal Court, Fair Work Commission, Western Australian Industrial Relations Commission, Industrial Magistrate’s Court, Equal Opportunity Commission and the State Administrative Tribunal.

Martina has a Bachelor of Laws from the University of Notre Dame and specialises in:

  • Employment law;
  • Dispute Resolution; and
  • Discrimination and Equal Opportunity

Lauren Hillbrick

Lauren Hillbrick

Lauren has previously worked as an Associate at both the Western Australian Industrial Relations Commission and the Federal Court of Australia.

She has also worked in private practice and at a community legal centre specialising in employment law. 

Lauren regularly assists with:

  • Tribunal matters
  • Legal research
  • Employment contracts and policies
  • Employment law advice

She earned a Bachelor of Laws and a Bachelor of Arts (Industrial Relations) from the University of Western Australia. Lauren also holds a Masters of Employment Law (Distinction) from Robert Gordon University and has been admitted to the Supreme Court of Western Australia and the High Court of Australia.


Jane Bourke

Jane Bourke

Jane has previously worked in private practice and as an industrial relations adviser within the public sector.

She has experience in a variety of industrial relations and employment issues including:

  • Unfair dismissal
  • General protection claims
  • Commercial contracts
  • Dispute resolution
  • Award interpretation
  • Underpayment claims

She earned a Juris Doctor postgraduate law degree, a Bachelor of Arts (Communication Studies) and a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Western Australia and has been admitted to the Supreme Court of Western Australia.


Laura Smith

Laura Smith

Laura joined CCI in 2014 as an Employee Relations Advisor in CCI’s Employee Relations Advice Centre.

She has intricate knowledge of industrial relations issues modern businesses face having previously worked as CCI's IR Policy Officer, where she engaged with CCI members regarding industrial relations, workforce development and social policy.

Laura can assist with:

  • Employment contracts and policies
  • Complex performance management matters
  • Employment law advice
  • Enterprise agreements

She earned her Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Commerce (majoring in Employment Relations and Management) from the University of Western Australia and is admitted to practise in the Supreme Court of Western Australia.

Employee Relations Consulting
Our Team