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Jim maintains decades of experience managing medium and large scale operations in the Supply Chain industry.  Jim’s combination of business and technical knowledge equips him with macro and micro focus when tailoring and delivering worker health and workplace safety solutions for his clients.  Putting legislation into perspective and then into practice, with an understanding of...
Tim Walmsley, founder and CEO of BenchOn, is an Australian entrepreneur passionate about revolutionising business productivity across the industrial landscape. Tim sits at the forefront of digital innovation and combines his 16 years experience in the corporate and government sectors to solve the problem of staff underutilisation by minimising the adverse impacts of business peaks...
Russell is the Managing Director of Rapid Crews workforce mobilisation software. He has 25 years experience in enterprise software development in recruitment, construction, mining, energy and telecommunications. The binding theme across his career is business systems improvement through the smart use of technology. Russell has driven Rapid Crews from the original concept of streamlining workforce...
stacey copas
Stacey has not let a devastating accident that left her a quadriplegic and dependent on a wheelchair at 12 years old slow her down. Instead, she has used her life experience and personal philosophies to become Australia’s leading keynote speaker and facilitator on resilience and finding the opportunity in change and adversity, delivering keynote speeches,...
Lee Whitaker
Lee Whitaker leads Kyloe Partners’ Australian operations. With 14 years in the recruitment software space, Lee has a wealth of knowledge and expertise into the industry. She has previously led the SEEK recruitment software integrations and headed the operations for Broadbean in Australia. Keynote Speaker Topic Are you ready for the change? Can your business and...
DR-Jared
Jared Cooney Horvath (PhD, MEd) is an Educational Neuroscientist and author of the book Stop Talking, Start Influencing: 12 Insights from Brain Science to Make Your Message Stick. He has conducted research and lectured at Harvard University, Harvard Medical School, the University of Melbourne, and over 150 organizations internationally. He currently serves as Director of...
Strategic business counsel to business owners of small and medium firms is the focus of Oconsult, a business established by Paula O’Connell. Her extensive experience is gleaned from forming, growing and subsequently selling an executive search firm in the Netherlands and is backed by a grounding in recruitment with Morgan & Banks, Sydney, in the...
Bringing demonstrable change to organisations. Director of KloudPPL, Simon Townsend is a Design Thinking professional who specialises in Human Capital. From C-Suite strategy definition to “in the trenches” delivery, Simon draws on almost a decade of innovation management experience to help organisations create change that people accept. Simon has helped HR and Procurement teams, from...
Dave is an Executive Leadership Coach & Trainer, Keynote Speaker and Published Author. Dave is one of the world’s foremost authorities on HOW TO become a purpose-driven leader and enable organizations to drive profitability on purpose. Throughout his international career, Dave has lead organizations and teams across multiple sectors and industries. As an international and award winning...
Sue Howse is a market leading authority within the human capital industry having led some of the most complex RPO and MSP deals in the Asia Pacific region. With over 20 years’ experience....
ROUNDTABLE TOPIC: RECRUITING PASSIVE CANDIDATES  Raife Watson is the full-time CEO of jobs website Adzuna, and part-time employment expert for Channel 9’s Today Show.
ROUND TABLE HOSTS
Jim maintains decades of experience managing medium and large scale operations in the Supply Chain industry.  Jim’s combination of business and technical knowledge equips him with macro and micro focus when tailoring and delivering worker health and workplace safety solutions for his clients.  Putting legislation into perspective and then into practice, with an understanding of...
As a leading art therapist, Bel Ryan is passionate about using creativity to problem solve, self-reflect, inspire and motivate. For over 15 years Bel has worked extensively with vulnerable people. Through her work, she has developed an invaluable insight into burnout and self-care. She is passionate about assisting organisations’ to empower and support their employees...
Amanda Hector is the Founder of specialist recruitment training business, Recruiter Developer.  We could tell you that she used to be a billion dollar biller or that she sold her recruitment business for gazillions but that’s not true or entirely relevant to being one of Australia’s leading recruitment training experts. Amanda has been in the...
Alan McDonald is the GM Advocacy for the Employers and Manufacturers Association (EMA) based in Auckland, the finance and commerce centre of New Zealand. The EMA has around 8,500 members employing nearly 350,000 staff and ranging in size from the smallest enterprises to New Zealand’s largest businesses across the full spectrum of sector interests. Our membership base...
I am Janelle Paterson, the CEO of Revmax, the business that specialises in finding Government funding and incentives. RevMax assists businesses and recruitment agencies to navigate through the maze of government funding to find schemes and incentives relevant to your company and industry. I have been working in this sector for over 20 years. My...
As the Oncore Group’s Country Manager for New Zealand, Dan is lucky enough to work with Partner Agencies across the spectrum of start-up, growth phase and established a multi-consultant business’ to create value through integrated end-to-end contractor management solutions. As a Group Accountant, Dan was responsible for Financial Reporting, Compliance and Risk at the Oncore...
Col Levander has a celebrated career in the recruitment and staffing industry for near on 3 decades and is regarding by his peers as a contingent staffing specialist. He has founded, grown and sold 4 recruitment and staffing businesses during his career. An entrepreneur and philanthropist, Col is renown for his quick wit, sense of...
stacey copas
Stacey has not let a devastating accident that left her a quadriplegic and dependent on a wheelchair at 12 years old slow her down. Instead, she has used her life experience and personal philosophies to become Australia’s leading keynote speaker and facilitator on resilience and finding the opportunity in change and adversity, delivering keynote speeches,...
As a Senior Business Development Manager with WorkPro, Kerrie Brearley is committed to making workforce safety and compliance simple for her customers across Australia and New Zealand. With a solid background in financial services, Kerrie has a finely tuned client service focus, along with highly developed problem solving and objective planning skills. A keen eye...
NPAworldwide is a global recruitment network.  Membership gives independent recruiters and small to mid-size firms a way to compete in a broader marketplace without sacrificing the unique qualities that distinguish them from larger competitors. Our members rely on NPAworldwide to build relationships that result in more effective and efficient service to clients and candidates in their...
Tanya-Williams
Throw everything you know out the window & be prepared to learn the new rules (circa 2019). It is a whole new ball game – are you ready to play? It could be time you re-imagined how digital can be used to get you in front of the right people. Have you been told you’re...
Justin is the CEO and Founder of TalentVine, Australia’s leading recruitment consultant aggregator that connects employers to top-rated specialist recruiters. We provide a simple way for specialist recruiters to bid for opportunities to work with new employers and utilise the existing candidates that they have already identified for similar roles. Justin comes from a background in...
Darren has worked in a variety of roles in finance and tech businesses for over a decade with the last eight years spent gaining invaluable experience helping recruitment and labour hire businesses set up their back office and reimagine their payroll processes to give them foundations for solid growth. Darren will be featured in Melbourne,...
Marc has been providing financial solutions for growing businesses for 20 years. After arriving in Brisbane in 2002, he has held both operational and sales roles within banking and international finance companies helping Australian and New Zealand businesses achieve their growth aspirations.  Having worked with clients from startup to those turning over hundreds of millions,...
Ryan has an in-depth knowledge of tech platforms and experience in creating tech-based financial eco-systems including CRM, streamlined payroll systems and automated time-sheets. He has ten years’ experience helping businesses embrace the benefits of financial technology. Working in the accounting software space helping accountants and SMBs adapt and transition their back office to cloud. Ryan...
Tara brings to the table 20 years’ experience working in and managing on hire labour and recruitment organisations, both blue and white collar. Transitioning into the arena of Workplace Health and Safety, Tara not only applies her knowledge in a practical style but balances that with consideration of operational and commercial requirements. Tara now services...
In 2006 Tania Evans identified an opportunity to transform workforce compliance management. By creating an online platform that centralises key employment tasks, WorkPro helps organisations to better manage talent acquisition and balance compliance obligations.  As a founding partner, Tania’s positive motivation and passion for technology is instrumental in helping WorkPro to deliver a range of...
I’ve worked as a business development manager for the past seven years, the last two with Ayers Group in the contractor management industry. Managing business development is something I thrive on because it’s both challenging and highly rewarding. I love interacting with clients and getting to know what drives and motivates them, what their passions...
Neil Rose
Neil has been running sales teams for over 15 years and has recruited, hired and trained nearly 6000 people in that time. This resulted in him completing hundreds of reference checks over the years. The traditional ref checking process never took into consideration of the referee and Neil set out to change that. Research showed...
Amy currently heads up sales in the Australia-New Zealand region at Vincere. A self-professed travelling addict, Amy fell in love with the business of SaaS and joined the recruitment tech industry in 2016. Originally born and raised in Portsmouth, UK, she moved to Sydney last year in search of a new adventure. Today, she speaks to...
Steve Begg
Steve Begg has been in the recruitment Industry for over 20 years. With experience at all levels of Recruitment Steve has a wealth of knowledge when it comes to improving the performance of Recruitment functions. In 2015 Steve developed a series of training courses that focused on taking brand new people in recruitment and providing...
Colin Cuthbert
I started working in the contractor management and payroll industry over 12 years ago. Four years prior, I’d left the pharmaceutical industry in the UK to travel to Australia on a 417 travel visa. I had no job to come to, but I wanted to see what Australia had to offer. I was lucky to...
Amanda Hector is the Founder of specialist recruitment training business, Recruiter Developer.  We could tell you that she used to be a billion dollar biller or that she sold her recruitment business for gazillions but that’s not true or entirely relevant to being one of Australia’s leading recruitment training experts. Amanda has been in the...
Bringing demonstrable change to organisations. Director of KloudPPL, Simon Townsend is a Design Thinking professional who specialises in Human Capital. From C-Suite strategy definition to “in the trenches” delivery, Simon draws on almost a decade of innovation management experience to help organisations create change that people accept. Simon has helped HR and Procurement teams, from...
Building and providing technology solutions for labour hire companies with special emphasis on adding efficiencies to your business and reducing cost. Raj works with many companies in helping them automate their manual process using technology. With over two decades of experience working within the Recruitment Industry, providing technology solutions, Raj has gained an excellent understanding...
Col Levander has worked within the Recruitment Industry for nearly 30 years where his recruitment career commenced working from an entry level consulting and resourcing position to Branch, State, Regional and National roles in Operations and Sales working for small niche businesses, National companies and Global organisations. Col has also founded, grown and sold four...
ROUNDTABLE TOPIC: RECRUITING PASSIVE CANDIDATES  Raife Watson is the full-time CEO of jobs website Adzuna, and part-time employment expert for Channel 9’s Today Show.
Philip is the Manager, Customer Acquisition at Sunsuper and has worked with recruitment agencies in managing their superannuation obligations for over 10 years. Philip prides himself on building long-term partnerships with clients and thrives on being able to help businesses deliver better outcomes for both employers and their employees. His understanding of the recruitment industry means...
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