BiographyAvril Henry has been recognized by the Australian Institute of Management as one of the top 40 Management thinkers in the world.
Her career spans senior roles in Finance, IT Project Management, Change Management and HR, in Australia and Internationally, in companies such as De Beers, Barclays Bank, Midland Bank, UBS Warburg and Westpac. She is an outstanding speaker, articulate, challenging and informative.
Over the last five years, Avril has delivered over 550 Keynote Addresses to over 50,000 people in Australia, New Zealand and Asia to companies and industries as diverse as CEDA, IBM, BHP, Department of Defence, ATO, Murray Darling Basin, ABS, Queensland Health, NSW Health, NSW Police, WA Police, ANZ, Westpac, Astra Zeneca, UTS, Macquarie University, CPA Australia, Telstra, Mortgage Industry Association of Australia, Fitness Industry Association, Australian Superannuation Funds Industry, Real Estate Industry Association, the Property Council of Australia, The Chamber of Commerce in 4 states, and various Singapore government departments.
She has been contracted by the University of Western Sydney to develop a 3-year leadership program for their gifted scholarship students, to be delivered in addition to their academic studies to better prepare them for leadership positions in the future.
In 2006, Avril won the prestigious Lifetime Achievement in HR Award at the Australian Human Resources Awards. In 2005, she was a finalist in the Sydney Business Review Business Woman of the Year. In 2008, she was recognised by the NSW government, as part of International Women's Day, as one of the 100 women nominated for the NSW Woman of the Year 2008.
In 2007 she joined the board of Hands Across the Water Australia, a charity which raises money to build and operate self sustainable orphanages in Thailand for Thai children who lost their parents in the 2004 Boxing Day Tsunami. She is also proud of the fact that in 2007 she achieved a long held dream of successfully running the New York City Marathon.
Avril is the author of Leadership Revelations: An Australian Perspective, The Who What When and Y of Generation Why?, and is a co-author of the book Ideas, Original Perspectives from Leading Thinkers. She is featured in the book Secrets Exposed of Inspiring Leaders, as one of Australia's most inspiring female leaders. Her latest book released in 2007, entitled Inspiring Tomorrow's Leaders Today: Breaking Down Generational Barriers At Work is the first in a four part series to be released over the next few years