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  • Wednesday, 18 April 2018 6 30 pm
  • Wednesday, 18 April 2018 11 00 pm

The RI Awards 2018

The fantastic RI Awards are coming home - back to the Ivy Ballroom on Wednesday 18th April 2018



The world’s most sought after recruitment industry awards programme is back in Australia and is your opportunity to win one of the most coveted accolades in the sector.  Enter now and join us at the black tie awards dinner where recruitment professionals will gather from all over the country, eager to win the prestigious and undoubtedly most iconic trophy in recruitment. The aim of the awards is to recognise both innovation, creativity and best practice in the Australian recruitment industry.  We will assess and reward the best recruitment companies and their people in the region and celebrate the success of our great profession.  

Last year over 300 recruiters representing some 100 different companies entered and attended the RI awards. They were judged by some of the biggest entrepreneurs, business leaders and pioneers from our industry, both locally and through our global judges.  Outstanding recruiters who have established and built some of the biggest brands in recruitment, Randstad, Michael Page, Robert Walters, Harvey Nash, Empresaria and Morgan McKinley - they know the industry and that’s another reason why winning an award carries so much gravitas. The RI Awards are the biggest recognition for our sector so make certain you enter your business, an outstanding individual or preferably both!


Company Awards
Growth Company of the Year
Specialist Recruitment Company of the Year
National Recruitment Company of the Year
Training & Development Initiative of the Year
Recruitment Brand of the Year
Back Office Support Team of the Year

The Diversity & Inclusion Champion
Best Small Recruitment Company To Work For (1-15 employees)
Best Medium Recruitment Company To Work For (16-75 employees)
Best Large Recruitment Company To Work For (75 + employees)
International Recruitment Company of the Year
The Rising Star
The Best CSR Initiative

The Best RPO Provider

The Best Recruitment Company For Client Service
The Best Recruitment Company For Candidate Experience

Individual Awards
The Business Leader of the Year
The Recruiter of the Year
The RI Hall of Fame


To enter the awards and to reserve your dinner places please visit our awards page on Eventbrite: 

Awards entries are just A$170 per entry.
Dinner places are just A$225 per person.
Book a table of 10 for just A$2,000.


Deadline for entries – Wednesday 21st March 2018 - 6.00PM
Shortlisted companies notified – Monday 26th March 2018
Winners announced – Wednesday 18th April 2018

For details contact: David Head in the UK 
Tel: + 44 (0) 1483 740874





Charles Cameron, RCSA Chief Executive Officer

With over 20 years’ experience in the workforce solutions industry, Charles experience spans across economics, advocacy, risk management, lobbying, compliance and professional standards.
 Before taking on the role of Chief Executive, Charles was an equity Partner with FCB, Australia’s largest dedicated workplace legal and consulting firm, prior to which he founded and grew his own consulting firm which specialised in lobbying and risk management within the recruitment and employment services industry.  He gained invaluable experience working with IPA, one of Australia’s most established recruitment firms, where he was the Workplace Relations and Safety Manager as well as  7 years working as an Advisor and Advocate for Australian Industry Group.  In addition to his successful professional services career he  founded a tech start up in 2006, which continues to successfully service the recruitment market today. 
Charles joined the RCSA as Chief Executive in May 2016, and since that time has established the foundations for an employment services certification scheme which will define professional service providers within the marketplace in Australia and New Zealand for years to come. 
Charles is a Director of the World Employment Confederation and holds the position of Quality Standards and Compliance Officer on the Executive Committee of the Board.  Charles holds a Bachelor of Economics and Graduate Diploma in Labour law. Born in country Victoria, Charles lives in Elsternwick, Melbourne and can be found running, watching cricket and listening to soul music. 

Mike Beeley - CEO  LightBox

Justin Hillier

For over 17 years, Justin Hillier has worked in the recruitment industry, on almost every front.  Starting as a recruiter back when the yellow pages was still the lead source, he spent many years at Seek as it grew from market minnow to market leader, helping manage some of Seeks' biggest clients.  Throughout his career he has worked as a recruiter, helped clients attract the best talent, worked with ATS providers, helped companies with graduate programs and consulted on social media's use in recruitment.  Today he is Founder and CEO of Recruiter Insider.

Recruiter Insider focuses on three key elements, the candidate experience, client satisfaction and improvement in all ways, always.  Recruiter Insider collects data in real-time from candidates and clients and benchmarks, identifies and highlights areas for improvement for every consultant, for every stage of the recruitment process.  Integrated with your ATS, Recruiter Insider provides a seamless, data-driven analysis of your business sentiment, from top to bottom.

Ross Clennett

Ross is a high performance recruitment coach and recruitment industry blogger and commentator. As a professional recruiter, between 1989 and 2003, Ross screened over 80,000 resumes, interviewed over 3,000 people and successfully placed over 1,500 people in work. Over this time he worked in London, Sydney, Adelaide and Melbourne.

Since 2003 Ross has run his own business,, providing a range of services to the recruitment industry in Australia and New Zealand, predominantly high performance coaching and online recruitment and leadership programs.

Ross has been professionally recognised by the designation, Fellow (FRCSA) awarded by the Recruitment & Consulting Services Association (Aus & NZ). In 2011 and 2012 Ross was a national finalist in the RCSA’s Outstanding Contribution Award given in recognition of, amongst other criteria, to a person who has raised the professionalism of the industry through their contribution.

Ross started his career with the UK’s largest public recruitment company, Hays, back in Australia two years later he commenced working for Australian recruitment industry leader, Greg Savage, at Recruitment Solutions. He built a high billing personal temp desk before hiring and coaching a number of consultants who have subsequently developed into top performing consultants in their respective niches. Subsequently Ross worked at SACS Consulting and the Slade Group, both in Melbourne.

David Page - Chief Executive Officer, FastTrack Pty Ltd

David is a highly experienced and respected business leader with an extensive background in Payroll Services and managing software development businesses. His successful executive career over 35 years’ spans Australian and international markets. As CEO and Board Member of FastTrack Pty Ltd, David Page is responsible for driving the business development and growth strategy of the organisation in both local and overseas markets.  Since joining in 2013 David has executed major organisational change to reposition FastTrack as the logical business solution for leading mid to top tier staffing organisations in Australia and New Zealand. 

FastTrack has transformed its operating model from a traditional software development business to a more nimble and innovative “Software as a Service” (SaaS) service platform. David’s focus has been to recommit to higher levels of customer service, design and development of the market leading FastTrack360 product to help customers be more productive and profitable, using a single open architecture platform to run their business.

Prior to this appointment, David held several senior leadership positions including Managing Director & Vice President (2001-2013) for Neller (ANZ), a division of UK based NorthgateArinso (NGA) where he successfully merged three businesses and led the organisation through more than a decade of significant growth. Prior to this, David was partner and joint founder of a software and services provider to the medical and animal services professions.

He holds a Bachelor of Applied Science (Electronics) from the University of Melbourne and is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD).

Colin Cuthbert, MD, Ayers Lester

Arriving in Australia back in 2002 on a working holiday visa, having worked in the pharmaceutical and fitness industries back in England, he was first offered a Business Development role for a migration & payroll company in Sydney. After 3 years he moved on to work at Foxtel, before coming back to the payroll industry to work as Sales Manger for Lester Associates. After 5 years, he was introduced to his now business partner Patrick Bourke at Ayers Management where the philosophy is all about payroll innovation and providing the best customer service possible to their clients. 

Colin has now become Managing Director of the Ayers Group which has seen some considerable growth both in New Zealand and on home soil here in Australia which has seen them add their  own Labour Hire Agreement to it's repertoire along with the recent acquisition  of industry specialist  Lester Associates in August 2016.

Julie Mills is Managing Director of APSCo Australia.

Before that, Julie was CEO of the Information Technology Contract and Recruitment Association

(Australia and New Zealand).

She was instrumental in the association’s line merger and subsequent launch of APSCo Australia.

She joined ITCRA in 2010 as a Business Manager, having previously served as CEO of the Recruitment & Consulting Services Association for Australia and New Zealand, which she joined in 1999. In 2010, Julie was awarded an Honorary Life Membership for her services to the RCSA and the recruitment industry. Since 2013 Julie has been listed among the Who’s Who of Australian Women and was recognised in the Global Power 100 – Women in Staffing in 2015, 2016 and 2017.

David Carman
Managing Director, RealiseNow Pty

David Carman has had a significant impact on the Recruitment industry over the last 25 years. He has successfully founded, managed and grown innovative Recruitment companies, HR Tech Start Up organisations (VideoMyJob) and Recruitment Training company (CarmanWhite).
He has personally trained and developed over 13,000 people across Australia and in NZ, HK, Singapore, Ireland, UK and the USA. The intersection between Recruitment, People and Technology is where David spends his time.    His current focus is providing Executive coaching to fellow entrepreneurial leaders and building VideoMyJob's global footprint.

Ian Turnpenny is Managing Director of Volcanic

Ian is the Managing Director for Volcanic, a global leader in recruitment website and job-board technology. He built and runs Volcanic's operations in Asia Pacific and Australia and New Zealand. Prior to joining Volcanic, Ian spend over a decade building recruitment businesses in China, opening the Beijing office for Michael Page and setting up his own boutique agency. 

Col Levander FRCSA - Managing Director, Rec Tech Solutions

Col Levander has worked within the Recruitment Industry for nearly 30 years

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 started, built and grown four recruitment agencies over this time.
In 2010, Col turned his hands on experience in recruitment to his passion with technology where he identified value in providing an informed technology conversation with real life “Best Practice” experience in the recruitment market sector.
As a visionary and entrepreneur, Col has co-developed software solutions aligned specifically to our industry and is the trusted source that business leaders turn to for independent technology advice and consulting services.

His business; Rec Tech Solutions provides Business efficiency and operational analysis supported by his bespoke Industry aligned software evaluation tool “Skope.s” ©.

Rod Hore

Rod is a 35-year veteran of Australian and international IT and corporate advisory organisations. His executive-level credentials traverse many segments of the staffing and recruitment industry and include corporate advisory assignments, mergers and acquisitions mandates, and C-level advisory to multinational and other public and private organisations.

In 1998 Rod founded HHMC Australia, providing advisory services to the Australian, New Zealand and south-east Asian recruitment (staffing) industry.

Rod undertakes a range of advisory services and seminars assisting private businesses achieve sustainability. He is well connected in the global staffing industry and writes and presents at various local and international events.

He has a Business Degree in Information Processing and is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Rick Maré

Originally the founder of job board, JobX. Rick was instrumental in merging JobX with another industry job board, The result was JXT. 

Rick has a long association with the recruitment and professional services sector and his in depth experience of the industry and knowledge of technology, enables him to be instrumental in managing JXT; a company who prides itself on delivering world-class SaaS technologies to the recruitment industry. 

And whilst JXT's client list is impressive, it's no no wonder; given the cutting-edge nature of the technology and products that they deliver for their clients. JXT's suite of products work to build more effective brand awareness and reputation and a better ROI on the investment in candidate and client engagement. 

Stewart Rogers

Stewart Rogers brings over 25 years experience of building businesses and creating shareholder value in the recruitment and human capital management sectors. He has an enviable reputation of helping shape leadership teams in the industry that deliver both outstanding customer service to their clients as well as impressive profit growth over a sustained period that ultimately creates real shareholder value and returns.

Including his current portfolio, he has been on the Board of over a dozen recruitment businesses covering a wide spectrum of sectors, including being instrumental in bringing the following businesses successfully to market – Goodman Graham (NED); Odgers (COO and then NED); TechPartners (NED); White & Nunn (Chairman); James Harvard (Chairman) and Nurse Plus (Chairman). The combined total value realised for these businesses adds up to over £150m.

He is currently Chairman of three leading recruitment businesses – Morgan McKinley (finance and accounting); Templine (Industrial) and Hallam Medical - as well remaining on the Board of Nurse Plus (Domiciliary Care) as the Senior Independent NED and also being Chairman of JSA, one the leading and most innovative firms in the Professional Employment and Payroll Services sector. These five businesses have a combined NFI of over £100m and collectively employ just over 1,000 people.

Ian Nash 

Ian has 25 years of experience with the recruitment market. His previous roles have included group board director roles for both Michael Page and Robert Walters. During his 13 year spell at Page, the business was transformed from a UK-centric financial recruitment company to the multidisciplinary international recruitment company that exists today. Page and Walters both dramatically grew in terms of scale, profitability and market value while Ian was a director. 

John Rose

John has spent most of his working career in the recruitment sector, having started in the industry in the late 1980’s. John has an impressive track record leading successful business turnarounds and driving profitability. Whilst CEO of Hudson’s UK/Ireland operation, he integrated 12 acquisitions, re-shaped the business and grew profitability (EBITDA) from (£100k) to £11.3m. As CEO of Kellan Group Plc he returned the loss-making Berkeley Scott business to profitability and led the acquisition of Quantica Plc. John was most recently CEO of FiveTen Group where he built a strategy based on specialist recruitment brands, took the business into immature, less commoditised markets and significantly increased the Group's profitability. Through his own venture, Vered Consulting, John now acts as Mentor/NED/Operating Partner to recruitment businesses and their leaders, helping them through their growing pains and  both building and delivering sustainable and valuable strategies.

Sue Cooper

Sue's recruitment career spans over 3 decades and 3 leading recruitment  businesses. Following a 7 year tenure at Hays Plc Sue joined Page Group in 1992 as part of the Page Personnel senior team helping to grow the business from 18 to over 300 UK staff . After a long and very successful career at Page Group Sue moved to join Morgan Hunt - a privately owned public service recruiter . During her 6 years with Morgan Hunt Sue was promoted to MD and in 2016 CEO . The business enjoyed significant success & growth and in 2015 was voted RI Best Recruitment Company further awards followed as the business matured.

Early 2017 saw Sue step down and retire from the corporate world and moving on to set up her own business - Scoop Consultancy offering her services to SME 's across sector wanting to use her experience to help achieve growth & success.

Sue is passionate about the challenges facing the female leader in the recruitment sector and keen to share her experience to help others.

Miles Hunt

Miles is an entrepreneur, board advisor and investor with over 20 years’ experience building successful companies.  He is a former lawyer and the founder and former CEO of Empresaria, Group, a staffing company that he built to over £200m revenues with operations in 20 countries.  He now invests in and advises companies primarily within the Human Capital Services sector through his investment company Benula Capital.  He is currently Chairman of Serocor, a UK based IT and Engineering recruitment group, Darwin, a technology recruitment company operating across Europe, Davidson, an Australia based talent management company and Oasis HR, a London based HR recruitment company.  He is also Chairman of the Association of Professional Staffing Companies (“APSCo”). Awards include Staffing industry Entrepreneur of the Year (Recruitment International) and national finalist Ernst &Young Entrepreneur of the Year.

David Higgins

David spent circa 20 years building Harvey Nash plc into a £500m turnover global professional services organisation.  David's roles have encompassed Managing Director, Chief Executive, Executive Deputy Chairman and most recently Non-Executive Deputy Chairman.  As a highly effective senior international business leader, his past successes have included growing Harvey Nash significantly in terms of size, revenue and profits as well as expanding a previously UK-centric business into a global organisation covering Europe, Asia-Pacific and the USA.

David has a proven track record in creating growth, both organically and via strategic acquisitions. He has also taken a private business through to a successful flotation on the London Stock Exchange. He currently advises entrepreneurs and owners of SME companies.

Fiona Kay Lander  FCIPD, FIRP, MIOD

fiona landerBusiness Link approved trainer Fiona started Lander Associates in 1997 and heads up a team of experienced recruitment trainers and an efficient operations team in Head Office . With over 30 year’s recruitment sector experience, Fiona started her career with the government working on initiatives for the long-term unemployed. She then moved to Blue Arrow in 1986 and held a number of roles in both operations and training, including Training and Development Director. A move to the US followed in 1992 to continue training and Fiona also designed training seminars for well-known US presenter Anthony R. Byrne for his world tour in 1993. While in the US, Fiona was also commissioned to write a training book and training articles. Fiona is regularly published in trade journals and online including Recruitment International.

Graham Palfery-Smith

Graham Palfery-Smith has been involved in the recruitment industry for almost 40 years. He is an accomplished and highly experienced strategic senior manager who has built and run a wide range of specialist recruitment businesses internationally, including HW GroupFaroFiveTen Group and parts of Robert Walters; having extensive international M&A experience in the sector, with experience of more than 50 transactions. Presently, Graham, is Chairman of 6CATS InternationalebstaCoppergate International and Spring FF&E and non-executive director of several businesses including Executives in Africacube19The Recruitment Network and Capital International Staffing. An enthusiastic supporter of the industry he retains his passion for the sector despite his advancing years!

Suhail Mirza

Suhail qualified in the City and practiced as an employment lawyer for several years. He was owner of a healthcare business (employing over 220 people) for 12 years which he successfully sold in 2014. He is also extremely well connected within the recruitment sector across both listed and privately held businesses.

Over the past decade he has worked with investors in the recruitment and support services sectors. He has written the City Page for RI since 2006 and also writes for leading healthcare journals.

Most recently he has become a Non Executive Director at H1 Healthcare( the nursing and care provider based in Scotland) and also leads the Healthcare Practice at Alium Partners the well known interim business. He has a range of interests in support service providers including partnering with Virgin Fastrack 100 business RACS Group and is Chairman at CPD safe and Non Executive Director at Argonaut.

Adam Fletcher 

Adam has over 20 years’ experience in the recruitment sector, mostly as an operator but more latterly as an investor and NED / advisor.

 Adam starting his recruitment career joining a graduate training scheme for an IT staffing business called Computer People. After much success in sales and management was appointed as UK Managing Director in 2003. He spent the next 5 years at the helm and more than doubled the size of the business to over 350 recruiters and £40+m net fees. Subsequently, Adam held Board Appointments at Ajilon, Adecco UK and Elan Computing (now Experis). In 2011 joined Hamilton Bradshaw Private Equity to launch a buy and build programme focussed upon specialist recruitment. Adam led 6 acquisitions to create an integrated recruitment business generating more than £20m net fees, now trading as Ignata. Today, Adam works with a portfolio of specialist SME recruiters, primarily advising on growth planning, value enhancement and exit realisation. 

Geraldine King, Chief Executive, National Recruitment Federation (NRF)

A qualified technician, trainer, and leadership coach who started her career in the Electronic Industry. During this time of her career she worked for 3 of the major Multinationals in various supervisory and senior management roles in the technical, quality, and training departments. She spent 7 years with Grafton Recruitment where she managed 3 of their offices on the east coast. 

She joined the Federation in 2009 and is responsible for the running of the NRF office and all divisions of the Federation, including all PR & Marketing and internal communications. Since her arrival to the NRF she has been focused on expanding the services of the NRF to members, has introduced the accredited Certificate in recruitment practice to the Irish recruitment industry and is committed to developing a full academic career path for recruiters in Ireland.

Geraldine is a member of the council board of the Fingal Dublin Chamber, and a member of the MBA interview panel at Dublin City University.

She is currently studying for a Masters in Human Resource Management. Married to Martin they have 2 daughters Nikki and Aimee.

The National Recruitment Federation is a voluntary organisation set up to promote and maintain standards across the recruitment industry in Ireland for recruitment agencies.

Dave Pye   CEO, NextGear

Dave has had a stellar career in the professional services arena with a significant focus within the recruitment sector.  He is known as a key speaker, writer and influencer.  Dave has worked with organisations across Europe and has been responsible as MD for two of the UK’s largest public recruitment companies.   As well as working within the private equity community, Dave has also led and grown niche, private companies before becoming co-Founder of NextGear, a Scale-Up Management Consulting firm specialising within talent and technology.   Dave is an NED of a number of recruitment companies and a passionate ambassador for the power recruitment brings to the UK economy.  Dave is married with 6 kids and in whatever spare time he has, works as a Trustee with two charities focusing on education and international humanitarian relief.  

 Tim Moynihan 

A qualified accountant, Tim had an executive career and was a Finance Director with Hays. On leaving Hays, Tim embarked on a portfolio career and has for nearly twenty years specialised as an advisor to entrepreneur, family owned, and private equity backed staffing and recruitment firms. These include Huntswood, Astbury Marsden, Change Recruitment Group, Directorbank, Techpartners and Trinity Group. He has held several senior roles, including chairman, non-executive director and advisor. Tim is currently a non-executive director of Education Placement Group, McGinley Support Services and Proco Global.