"Pioneer" may be an over-used term. But it's hard to find a better word to describe Audrey Page's role in career transition services in Australia.

In the 1970s, Audrey became aware that people who had been retrenched were not given guidance or support.  Audrey recognised the damage and cost incurred by this approach - both to business and to people.

There was a clear need.

Audrey created a model for outplacement, bridging the responsibilities of business with the needs of the individuals. Emotional counselling fused with practical career support became the hallmarks of a new model that launched initially in the public sector and then in the corporate world.

In 1984, Audrey joined KPMG to develop one of the first outplacement services in Australia, and established a similar service for PriceWaterhouse in 1989. Audrey set up her own career transition company in 1998, which operated in Australia and internationally. She was also a founding partner of Arbora Global Career Partners, one of the world's largest career transition groups.

After a long and successful tenure at the helm, Audrey stood down as general manager of Audrey Page & Associates. Her sons, Graeme and David took over leadership of the business in 2008. Building on Audrey's impressive foundations, Graeme and David took the business to the next level. Their vision saw APA evolve; building an experienced team who has enhanced the company's scale, service portfolio, client list and technology platforms.

With an unswerving passion and commitment to this work, Audrey shifted into her new capacity as chairperson, and remained deeply involved in executive program delivery right up until late 2014. She maintained a strong association and friendship with long standing clients and was a mentor to staff who drew on her unparalleled experience. Audrey was also involved in several community organisations; including Chief Executive Women (CEW) of Australia, the Art Gallery of NSW Foundation and as an Ambassador for the Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA).

Audrey's influence has been both seminal and enduring in the field of career transition in Australia and this will continue through our alliance with Directioneering which she was instrumental in forging.

Few Australians - if any - have had as significant an impact on the way businesses and individuals deal with major career transitions as Audrey has.


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