Amplify HR was created to to help you obtain adaptable and effective people solutions for your business, without needing to maintain an overhead. We believe we are HR consultants with a difference because before being consultants, we were people leaders and HR professionals.  We have worked in business, created strategies, implemented programs and managed the performance of teams.

Our goal is to partner with you and understand your business, being HR consultants that will provide you with HR solutions that are tailored to your needs.

Karen Kirton

Founder & Managing Director

EalineElaine Pereira

Principal HR Consultant

Julian banks

Julian Banks

Talent Specialist

Karen Kirton

Bachelor of Business (Human Resources and Marketing), Graduate Diploma of Psychology, Certificate IV Training and Assessment. Mentor and Certified Professional member of the Australian Human Resources Institute (AHRI).

Karen is the owner and Managing Director of Amplify HR. She believes strongly that great HR practices can make your business more effective, productive and profitable.

Karen has over 20 years corporate experience which includes over 15 years in Human Resources Management roles in various industries across Australia. She has a strong background in partnering with executives and senior leaders to help them achieve higher engagement and productivity within their teams. Karen prides herself on being commercially aware, pragmatic and able to help leaders achieve higher levels of self-awareness to achieve their personal and business goals.

Karen has worked with small, medium and large businesses across Australia, with a focus on improving performance through people. She was a senior leader in a large organisation managing a team of over 20 HR professionals, and has also managed HR functions  at medium organisations. Since 2016 Karen has worked as a consultant to small and medium businesses to create & enable people strategies, develop leaders and build positive workplace cultures.

Having coached and mentored many leaders and HR Professionals, Karen also regularly facilitates leadership development sessions.  Her experience of working across blue and white-collar industries, and across varying levels of organisations, has enabled Karen to relate to a wide range of leaders and build credibility quickly.

Her areas of specialisation include HR strategy development and plan implementation, leadership development and coaching. Karen is passionate about self-development, reading extensively and continuing her post-graduate studies in psychology.

When not helping your business achieve your goals, she can be found wrangling children, gardening, reading, studying or blogging.

“I haven’t always been in HR. I started my working life in Customer Service, Sales and Administration roles and it wasn’t until I worked for a Company that valued HR that I understood what it could really mean for a business and I changed my University degree major and decided that a career in Human Resources was for me. 

I’ve been a Senior Leader.

I managed a team of over 20 HR Professionals within a large Company and I experienced all the frustrations that can come with people management (and the unnecessary red tape!). I’ve worked for global organisations and Australian ones. There is definitely a difference between the two and I understand there is no “one size fits all” approach.

I believe in great HR.

There are many varying, and sometimes disparaging views of HR, and I’d love to show you what great HR looks like and how it helps your business. With approximately 15 years experience across different industries I have worked with many leaders to help them get their teams more engaged and productive and I’m confident of being a HR consultant you can rely on to provide effective solutions.”

EalineElaine Pereira

Diploma in Business, Human Resources Management, Certified Professional member of the Australian Human Resources Institute (AHRI).

Elaine is an experienced HR Advisor and Career Transition Specialist with over 15 years’ experience within HR at large Government and private organisations, before joining the Amplify HR team in 2019. Elaine has led small teams and works collaboratively to deliver trusted people services, solutions and advice.

She has partnered with businesses on :

  • advising on a range of people and employment matters, for example, in relation to performance, behaviour, conduct, absenteeism, pay and leave entitlements
  • recruiting great employees across a broad range of industries
  • coaching for employees and leaders around organisational change
  • outplacement support for employees

Julian banks

Julian Banks

Julian is an experienced Project Manager across a range of industries from the UK to AUNZ including FMCG, Building & Construction and Travel & Tourism. With a foundational career in Talent Acquisition, he successfully uses his ‘customer first’ attitude in order to deliver a number of people centric projects that enable simplicity, innovation and build capability in change adaption.

Some of his recent achievements include –

  • Led the business case through to implementation of a centralised contingent workforce management program, engaging and partnering with a Managed Service Provider (MSP) and Vendor Management Solution (VMS) to deliver a best in class program
  • Set up a redeployment and career centre function in order to retain and develop talent. A key value creation, scope also included developing a capability program to support impacted team members (CV review/feedback, LinkedIn profile building, navigating social media for recruitment, and Interview skills and coaching).
  • Key business partner to various leadership teams including Sales, Marketing and Group functions. Led a team delivering a wealth of talent solutions from permanent hires, fixed term contracts, contingent labour and redeployment.

Outside work, Julian is a happily married family man with two beautiful daughters and lives on the mid-north coast of NSW. A keen sportsman Julian also enjoys golf, rugby, cricket and soccer, and spending time in the garden and kitchen conjuring up different cuisines

“Her strategic thinking and foresight really allowed our company to achieve our local objectives.

We managed through many challenges together, and I am not sure I could have done it without her support.”


“Karen worked directly for me for a number of years. Karen was one of the most diligent people I have ever met.”


“Look up resilience in the dictionary and you will find Karen’s photo. She manages ambiguity, complexity and change with a laugh and a smile making it easy for managers and staff to work together with her and her teams.”


“Karen is a wise and an invaluable HR leader.

She reinvented the organisation’s training practices, which led to greater sales, reduced turnover and high employee satisfaction. She also led efforts in key negotiations between employees and management and achieved win-win outcomes, time after time.


“Karen’s personable and friendly demeanour are as genuine as her skill. She was an outstanding Head of HR with expert change management and project management skills. I would have no hesitation in recommending her to any business lucky enough to have her.”