What you may not know about recruitment’s Top 16 Influencers (part 1)

Over the past two weeks I have highlighted the nominations (16
individuals) of those who were voted by my invited peer panel as the
most influential people in the Australian recruitment industry over the
past 60 years.

 

Here’s some background that you may not know about each person (eight of
the list are profiled this week and the remaining eight will be profiled
next week).

 

Andrew Banks (born 1951):   Came to Australia as a ’10 pound Pom’
in the early 1970s and his first job (in Sydney) was as a sales
assistant with fashion retailer John and Merivale. Having done a lot of
acting back in his native England, Andrew landed a bit part in Number
96  , a very popular TV soapie at the time. His first entrepreneurial
venture was a part share in a Sydney restaurant.

 

Andrew Bassat (born 1966)  :
In the 2015 BRW Rich List he was ranked at 195 with an estimated wealth
of $296 million, down from $465 million in 2014.

 

Paul
Bassat (born 1968):  
Prior
to co-founding Seek with his brother Andrew and friend Matthew Rockman,
Paul was a solicitor for nearly 7 years with mid-tier Melbourne firm;
Arnold Bloch Leibler. Paul has been an AFL Commissioner since 2011.

 

Robert Blanche (born 1950):  
Robert co-founded the Bayside Group of Companies in 1976, after having
previously worked in the engineering offices of Johns and Waygood for
nearly nine years. Robert has been a committee member of the Cranbourne
Harness Racing Club since 1995. Robert currently owns and races both
trotters and gallopers.

 

Geoff Morgan (born 1948):  After leaving high school Geoff studied
wool classing and went to New Zealand to work in the shearing sheds.
Back in Australia he worked his way up through the shearing hierarchy to
become Secretary of the NSW branch of the Wool Classers Association.
Geoff subsequently had a stint in the shipping industry as well as being
a part-owner in a restaurant in the same area (at the same time) as
Andrew Banks was also a restaurant owner.

 

John Plummer (Senior) (born 1928):  After training as an auditor
John paid
$50,000 in 1960 for his client’s recruitment agency, Centacom, when the
original owner decided to return to England. John sold Centacom for $15
million in the late 1980s to the (subsequently merged) company that is
now known as Adecco.

 

Geoff Slade FRCSA (born 1945):  

Geoff grew up in Bittern on the Western Port side of the Mornington
Peninsula. As a promising footballer, he was recruited by Melbourne
Football Club at the age of 16 and played with the club from 1962 until
1965, at a time when Melbourne was one of the strongest clubs in the
competition (they won their most recent senior premiership in 1964).
Subsequently, Geoff was captain/coach of East Ballarat and then played
in the VFA with Frankston Dolphins for seven years. In 1968, Geoff was
selected in an invitation Australian football squad ‘The
Galahs
‘ that toured Ireland, the UK and the USA, undefeated, playing
a slightly modified version of Gaelic football against various Gaelic
football teams.

 

Julia Ross  
(born 1955):  

Julia was born and raised in Staffordshire, south of Manchester (UK),
the youngest of eight children. After finishing school she joined a big
construction company, Taylor Woodrow, starting as a clerk. At just 21,
she became the youngest ever chief executive of a Taylor Woodrow
subsidiary and a finalist in the British Businesswoman of the Year
awards. She switched to the recruitment industry in 1982, aged 29, hired
by Alfred Marks to manage its 15 Thames Valley branches and,
subsequently head of Asia Pacific operations, based in Sydney until she
quit in 1988.

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