Thought Leadership #2 Selecting a winning team.


Chris Pelchen, former list manager for Hawthorn, Port Adelaide and St Kilda Football Clubs, will join us to discuss the importance of selecting the right people into your organisation. Chris will share some insights into how elite sporting clubs approach the recruitment of their next big stars and how they go about building a “Premiership” strategy. Chris will discuss how clubs analyse their current personnel and structure and share how he goes about the assessment and recruitment of potential employees.

Andrew Maher, partner at HR Legal, will explore the legal ramifications associated with recruitment and discuss how the actions taken by a prospective employer can be as, or even more, legally challenging then when dealing with their own employees, if the right practices aren’t in place. Andrew will discuss anti-discrimination laws and how personal information is collected, used and disclosed in a pre employment context. Andrew will present an overview of the legal obligations and risks – and how best to manage them – when you are recruiting new staff for your team.

Dean Mohr, Managing Director at Bodycare Workplace Solutions, will discuss the types of pre employment screens and assessments that are available to employers and break down some of the common misconceptions around pre employment screening. Dean will share his views on how to select a screening tool that best fits your organisations and discuss what is best practice in the market.


When: Wednesday the 18th of May

8.00 – 8.30am – Registration and light breakfast

8.30- 10.00am – Thought Leadership Seminar

Where: Bodycare Head Office Level 1, 48 Cecil Street, Southbank, Melbourne

Please RSVP to or complete the online registration form below.


Chris Pelchen
Chris started his career in 1983 as a young trainee in the VFL. In 1989, Chris began at the Hawthorn Football Club, as Development Manager before moving into the role as Victorian Recruiting Manager in 1992. Chris spent 7 years at the Hawks before he was appointed as Port Adelaide Football club’s Operations Manager in 1996. Chris was a key figure in assembling the Port Adelaide team, well also fulfilling the role at List Manger.

Following Port Adelaide’s premiership in 2004, Chris returned to the Hawks as part of the Alastair Clarkson new team in 2005. He was appointed as the General Manager – Player Personnel & Strategy at the club. Coordinating the player list, the salary cap and overall football strategy at Hawthorn was all in a day’s work. Chris played an integral role in the transformation of Hawthorn’s list from 2005 – 2008

In 2011, Chris headed to St Kilda Football club to take on the role as Head of Football, a position that involved managing St Kilda’s entire football department. Chris was instrumental in St Kilda’s list development and transition and helped lead the club’s strategy for their next premiership by 2020. Since 2015, Chris has consulted to the AFL, the AFL Players Association, several AFL clubs, player management groups and the media as he maintains a strong association with the AFL and professional sport in Australia.

Andrew Maher
A founding Partner of HR Legal, Andrew advises both domestic and global clients on all aspects of Australian workplace relations and employment law. Andrew develops trusting relationships with his clients which enables him to gain an intimate understanding of their business, facilitating his delivery of practical and  commercially informed advice. Andrew’s advisory approach encompasses the provision of in-house training to clients, in addition to regularly presenting seminars on current workplace relations issues and legal developments in employment law.

Dean Mohr
Dean is the Managing Director of Bodycare Workplace Solutions and has over 15 years’ experience working in occupational health and partnering with organisations to create robust injury prevention programs. He holds a Bachelor of Physiotherapy and today is also an executive on the board of the Workplace Health Association of Australia.

Dean believes that prevention should always be the goal and believes that an effective program has to focus on reducing risk and ultimately the ratio of injuries to employees. The key to success is building strong partnerships with both management and employees and working collaboratively to create change by being innovative, transparent and flexible.