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  • Thursday, 10 August 2017 6 30 pm
  • Thursday, 10 August 2017 11 00 pm

The RI Awards Australia 2017


The Growth Company of the Year

Recon Solutions

The Specialist Recruitment Company of the Year


National Recruitment Company of the Year

HCA - Healthcare Australia

Training & Development Initiative of the Year

Design & Construct

Recruitment Brand of the Year

Cox Purtell

Back Office Support Team of the Year

Aurec Pty Ltd

The Best Recruitment Marketing Campaign of the Year

RWA People Limited

Best Small Recruitment Company To Work For (1-15 employees)

Lotus People

Best Medium Recruitment Company To Work For (16-75 employees)

Six Degrees

Best Large Recruitment Company To Work For (75 + employees)


International Recruitment Company of the Year

Robert Walters

The Rising Star

FutureYou Executive Recruitment

The Best CSR Initiative

Agri Labour Australia

The Best RPO Provider

Allegis Global Solutions

The Business Leader of the Year

Paul Murphy

Ensure Recruitment

The Recruiter of the Year

Matthew Cossens

Aurec Pty Ltd

The RI Hall of Fame

Kevin Chandler


The world’s biggest 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 most prestigious award in the business. Make certain you have your hard work recognised by winning the most iconic trophy in recruitment. The aim of the awards is to recognise innovation 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, 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 now contested all over the world including the UK, Japan, Singapore, Hong Kong, China and new for 2017 the USA. They are the biggest recognition for our sector so make certain you enter your business, an outstanding individual or preferably both!

Entries for 2017 are now closed

The shortlited companies and the award winners will be revealed at the glittering awards ceremony in the Ivy Ballroom in Sydney on Wednesday 10th May 2017 - be there!


Company Awards
The 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 Best Recruitment Marketing Campaign of the Year
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

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

To reserve your dinner places please visit our awards page on Eventbrite: 

Dinner places are just A$205 per person. Book a table of 10 for just A$1,900.

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








Other Awards Partners        




Rod Hore Founder HHMC                                                                             Stuart Hipwell - Director, TwoSocial                
Rick Mare - CEO, JXT                                                                                    David Page - Chief Executive Officer, FastTrack Pty Ltd               Lee-Martin Seymour - Co-founder, Xref

Col Levander FRCSA - MD, Rec Tech Solutions                                    Sergei Makhmodov - Director, Daxtra  Technologies 

Mike Beeley - Director, Wahoo                                                                    David Carman - MD, RealiseNow Pty Ltd
Colin Cuthbert - Ayers


Stewart Rogers                 Ian Nash                  John Rose              Miles Hunt              David Higgins           Fiona Lander

Suhail Mirza                       Gary Browning       Adam Fletcher    Graham Palfery Smith

Colin Cuthbert , MD - Ayers Group & Lester Associates

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, CEO - ITCRA

Julie Mills is the CEO of ITCRA (Information Technology, Contract and Recruitment Association Ltd.) 

As CEO, her key focus is on ensuring the Association’s standards and business intelligence is at the forefront of every Member’s agenda and that of their clients and candidates.

Julie’s representation of the contracting and recruitment sector spans sixteen years and, throughout that time, her interest has been on the nature of work, the flexibility and diversity of the workforce and the necessity for a strong contracting and on hire workforce. 

Her engagement with research and statistics to encourage conversations on these topics has ensured her involvement in working groups at all levels of Government across issues as diverse as Australia’s unemployment, EEO, Disability Frameworks, Mature Age, Upskilling Youth , Skills Taskforce, Immigration and more recently, ICT qualifications reviews in Australia and New Zealand.

She is currently a member of Deakin University’s Chancellors Round Table, the Queensland Government’s ICT Advisory Group and The Chamber of Commerce and Industry Queensland QAssure Steering Committee as well as a non- Executive Director on several Boards.

Julie is an active social media contributor on Twitter and with her ITCRA CEO Speaks blog as well as a guest columnist in a number of online and print journals and a regular Conference speaker and MC.

Mikes Brett - Xref

Mike has over 6 years experience in the Recruitment Industry across UK, China and Australia. He joined Xref in January 2015 as the third full-time employee working with Xref’s 2 co-founders. Mike has personally secured and account managed a number of Xref’s organisations, helping them to streamline their hiring process, reduce costs and protect themselves against any breaches in privacy, security and governance. 

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. 

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).

Sergei Makhmodov - Daxtra Technologies
One of the original founders of Daxtra, Sergei has been in the recruitment sector for over 17 years, starting as a Recruitment Consultant with Capita Resourcing and Robert Walters and, later, co-founded Daxtra in 2002 where he developed the company's sales strategy from scratch and have had an overall responsibility for driving the company's growth. Since 2012 Sergei has been running Daxtra's APAC operations out of Hong Kong.

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” ©.

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.

Stuart Hipwell

Global Head of Creative – King Content

Stuart Hipwell, Creative Director has 25 years experience working as a creative. Stuart is passionate about and an advocate for data driven creative to drive clients' business objectives. Stuart has worked with both B2B and B2C global and boutique brands across multiple disciplines including design, branding, employer branding, advertising, social media and content. Stuart has created many award winning integrated campaigns throughout his career, the latest being Mission Australia's #NoticeUs campaign which has picked up over 20 international awards to date. Stuart's mantra for his creative and to his clients is to "think courageously".

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.


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.

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.

Tim Evans, MD, Boxington Corporate Finance

Founder and Managing Director of Boxington, the international mergers and acquisitions (M&A) boutique specialising in the Human Capital & Recruitment sector. Tim is known for his international contact network amongst the CEO and Chairman decision-makers of trade and private equity buyer companies across the sector globally.

Tim trained with PriceWaterhouseCoopers as a Chartered Accountant, holds an MBA, and has over 15 years of mid-market M&A deal experience. He is a regular speaker and writer on M&A and Private Equity in the Human Capital & Recruitment sector.

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.

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.