RCSA Conference 2014 stage
Aus & NZ recruitment industry
not agency recruiters).
In late 1998, Wynnis and Marisa left senior leadership roles at Adecco and started their own recruitment agency, Madison Recruitment. Fifteen years later that single Madison office in Auckland had become five offices and four brands and sales of NZ$56 million.
Late last year AWF Group (a large provider of blue collar recruitment services), purchasedMadison Group (which was at that stage New Zealand’s largest independent white collar recruitment business) for an initial payment of NZD$30 million with a further NZD$6 million available should Madison meet agreed targets by November 2014.
Madison has achieved NZ SARA Legend status and has also been consistently recognised within the broader New Zealand business community.
Given these amazing accomplishments Marisa and Wynnis stand tall in the Aus/NZ recruitment community and must have a fascinating story to tell and I want to hear it!
Sarina is (according to BRW) Australia’s second most successful self-made female recruitment entrepreneur, if you (arguably) count Therese Rein’s welfare-to-work training and job placement business, Ingeus, as part of the recruitment industry.
BRW assesses Sarina Russo’s personal wealth at $100 million due to the value of her Sarina Russo Group and her private portfolio of properties. The BRW interview with Sarina Russo is a fascinating insight into one of the core things that has driven Russo to the top; her passion to continually educate herself, as BRW notes:
‘Russo credits a lifelong love of learning for much of her success. In the past 20 years, she has been to the US 15 times to attend the Harvard Business School.’ Not bad for the daughter of a handyman and factory worker, who arrived in this country from Sicily at the age of five, unable to speak English.
I would love to hear from Sarina as to exactly how she has applied her Harvard education, and other education, to her businesses and what she has learned in the process.
Kym started her working life as an accountant then turned her hand to recruitment twenty years ago. In 1996 she joined Alliance Recruitment and from there she was promoted into leadership roles. Alliance was purchased by Candle (now Clarius) in 2001.
Kym continued to progress her career, moving into the Clarius COO role in early 2010, culminating in her appointment as Clarius CEO in late 2011. Kym resigned as CEO in May this year.
Kym’s experience working from the consulting desk of a small private company to the CEO of a publicly listed company is an amazing journey and one I would love to hear about.
Anita is a highly accomplished businesswoman having run her own marketing consultancy before she took on the CEO role at The Slade Group. For eight years Anita led the Slade group, including through the GFC period.
Although Anita was originally known to the recruitment agency world as ‘Geoff Slade’s better half’, she has proven to be an outstanding leader in her own right and is currently Chair of Melbourne Girl’s Grammar as well as a Non-Executive Director of the Wheeler Centre for Books, Writing and Ideas.
Anita’s views from both sides of the recruitment fence, in both her executive and non-executive capacities would make for a presentation I would certainly be lining up to hear.
Erin was a professional dancer for seven years, six of those years were with the Australian Ballet. After retiring from dancing, Erin worked as a flight attendant with Emirates Airlines before joining Drake as recruitment consultant in 2007.
In 2010 Erin left Drake and formed two companies: Devlin Alliance, a recruitment agency and Infront Sports Consulting, which provides career transition services to professional athletes and coaches across Australia.
Erin’s experience as an elite dancer, entrepreneur and consultant to elite athletes, would provide an insight into entrepreneurship and a high performance mindset that very few recruitment agency owners in Australia or New Zealand could match (Sam Hazeldine excepted).
Claire co-founded Wavelength International in 1999, after an initial (nearly) two year grounding as a recruitment consultant at Morgan & Banks. Since 1999, Wavelength has grown to be one of the highest profile recruitment agencies for the health sector, in the country with over 60 employees and a string of awards including a consistent listing in the annual BRW Great Places to Work list.
Wavelength have led the way for the recruitment industry in promoting recruitment as a career and for using a creative and innovative careers site to engage potential employees. The Wavelength office is an example of a modern workplace that engages and inspires.
I am sure Claire would have an enormous amount to share about Wavelength’s fifteen year journey to becoming an employer of choice.
I don’t have enough space in this article to provide similar profiles on the following recruitment industry women, each of whom I would be interested in listening to (in no particular order):
The list is endless and I am sure I have forgotten some very prominent women in our industry.