Who We Are

Valerie Caines

Valerie CainesIn a knowledge economy it is people who drive an organisation’s competitive advantage. Integrating many years in senior corporate HR roles and professional consulting combined with a specialist HR academic interest, I partner with Boards and organisations to attract, retain and manage their people. My consulting practice is built on a platform of trust, strong relationships and practical evidence based advice.

Qualifications: B.Mgmt (Labour Relations), UniSA, B.Mgmt (1st Class Honours), UniSA, Doctoral Candidate, ANU, Research School of Management.

Professional memberships: CAHRI, FAIM, CPMgr, AAICD, ANZAM.


Michelle Whittle – Associate Consultant

Michelle WhittleMichelle recently completed an internship with the Nous Group and is an Honours Graduate from the Flinders Business School. Michelle has had experience providing support to consultants by undertaking research, analysis, report/proposal writing, literature reviews, workshop design and assisting with focus group and workshop presentations.

Qualifications: Bachelor of Business, HRM (Hons) –  Flinders University, Bachelor, Business and Commerce; HRM & Finance –  Flinders University


Robert Millwood
Associate HR Consultant

Robert MillwoodRobert comes to Cognitrix HR with an extensive background in training and assessment within manufacturing settings and has an interest in motivational techniques, performance management and training and development methods. He is experienced in organisational research and values thorough communication as a strong analytical tool. He possess the skills and knowledge required of a HR professional to act as a strategic architect, stakeholder manager, and culture and change agent.

Qualifications: Bachelor of Business (Human Resource Management), Flinders University.


Helen Wearing-Smith

Helen Wearing-Smith

Clients who work with Helen receive the benefit of her twenty-five years of experience as a recruitment consultant.

Helen’s extensive insight into the employment marketplace allows her to provide her clients with thoughtful and dependable advice.

Clients can rely on being presented the most highly skilled and company appropriate candidates.