Farewell and thank you, Claudia Gray

 


Claudia Gray
Last
week the RCSA

announced
that long time staff member, Claudia Gray, currently the
Learning Centre and Major Events Manager, would be retiring from her job
with the RCSA, her last day at work being 18 November 2016.

 

Claudia started her employment with the RCSA in 2002
when there was only a handful of RCSA staff in the Melbourne head office
and none in Sydney. Claudia became the RCSA’s first permanent staff
member based in New South Wales, responsible for the administration of
L&D, sponsorship and membership across NSW.

 

In 2004 Claudia was promoted to NSW Executive Manager
and three years later was promoted into the role she now retires from;
Learning Centre and Major Events Manager.

 

Claudia’s contribution across her fourteen years with
the RCSA has been immense however she will be especially remembered for
her leadership and organisational skills, driving the success of
fourteen RCSA International Conferences. Claudia’s first conference
involvement was the 2004 conference in Melbourne and has concluded with
the 2017 conference in Fiji (yes, I know it hasn’t happened yet but the
core foundation work of any RCSA conference is undertaken in the
previous calendar year).

 

I first met Claudia in 2005 when the (then) RCSA NSW
staff, Claudia and Jeni Smith, were based in the old North Sydney
premises, prior to the move to the current Castlereagh street office. I
had recently started my training business and having run a couple of
successful workshops in Melbourne for the RCSA Victoria, I was keen to
run the same workshops in Sydney (in those days there was no centralised
professional development; it was the responsibility of each state
Council to run their own events). Claudia gave me a hearing, decided to
book me, and I was off and running with my first two RCSA (NSW & ACT)
workshops held on 19 May 2005; Interviewing Skills for Consultants and
Candidate Management.

 

In the elven years since, I have had much to do with
Claudia as my major point of contact for, firstly, the many different
(223 at last count) professional development events I have spoken at or
facilitated on behalf of the RCSA and secondly in the establishment of
the RCSA PEARL program.  

 

It’s hard to overstate the importance of Claudia’s
skill and commitment to the progress that’s been made by the RCSA in the
area of professional development for our industry. The RCSA
International Conference has continued to grow in status and popularity
as the RCSA’s flagship event and the more recent establishment and rapid
rise of the annual Gala Dinner, incorporating various awards including
the PEARL Professional Recruiter Award, has been another wonderful
addition to the annual calendar for the Australian recruitment industry.
This year saw the New Zealand RCSA Gala Dinner held for the first time.

 

The RCSA mentoring program,

PEARL
, has also grown in status in a few short years, which is again
testament to Claudia’s skill and commitment to launch this program and
have it succeed.

 

On top of these many accomplishments that stand as
Claudia’s professional legacy at the RCSA what I, and every person who
has dealt with Claudia over her fourteen years at the RCSA, will most
fondly remember is her personal legacy: the truly wonderful person she
is; warm, friendly, positive, reliable, hardworking, genuine and always
smiling.

 

Nobody is irreplaceable and I am sure that Jodie and
John, and whoever else joins the Learning Centre and Events team will be
just as committed to ensuring that Claudia’s accomplishments are a
benchmark for all future events and programs.

 

Thank you and all the best, Claudia. We are very
lucky and grateful to have had the benefit of your commitment to the
recruitment industry. 

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