Welcome to the Career Advice Clinic

 

Please see the list below for our expert leaders who are available during the two days to offer career and CV advice and tips!

(Please feel free to bring along your CV with you.)

 

Each meeting will run for a maximum of 15 minutes. This is a first come first serve basis and will operate as a walk-in service. If the stations are busy you will be given a timeframe to return and take a seat or you can wait your turn.

Meetings take place on both days between 11am and 3pm

Hanna Thomas

Director @ Mint Talent

Hanna Thomas

Director @ Mint Talent

Hanna is a passionate and approachable Recruitment and Career Consultant, and Business Owner of Mint Talent, which specialises in hiring positions across the Digital Media, Advertising Technology and Product Development industries. Hanna comes with Global experience and cultural understanding working across the UK, Australia and Asia Pacific markets. Hanna has a Masters in Organisational Psychology and a genuine interest in understanding people and ensuring talent underpins business decisions and success.

Caitlin McNulty

Talent Consultant @ Mint Talent

Caitlin McNulty

Talent Consultant @ Mint Talent

Caitlin is a friendly and enthusiastic Talent Consultant, working at specialist Digital Recruitment consultancy, Mint Talent. Caitlin started her career working in the digital marketing industry, but after a couple of years, she re-evaluated and decided to make the move into a more people-focused position. Caitlin has since been an integral part of Mint Talent, hiring talent across Australia and Asia Pacific. Driven by her passion for people, Caitlin aims to guide people through their career journey through a strong understanding of their goals, strengths and developmental areas.

Petra Gross

Chief Product Officer @ MedicalDirector

Petra Gross

Chief Product Officer @ MedicalDirector

An entrepreneurial and hands-on executive, Petra Gross is a globally-recognised product strategy leader who is passionate about driving operational efficiencies while managing cross-functional teams. Petra joined MedicalDirector in 2018 as Chief Product Officer. Her main mission in the role is to oversee the product and design teams, leading the development of MedicalDirector’s product suite, including Helix, Clinical, Pracsoft, Bluechip and AusDI. 

Prior to MedicalDirector, Petra has held executive roles for One Kings Lane and Linden Lab in San Francisco, eBay in San Jose, and founded her own consulting firm Think Big in Sydney, where she drove eCommerce strategy for the likes of kikki.K, Cusp Labs and Envirobank.

Hollie McDonald

Talent Acquisition Specialist @ Amazon Web Services

Hollie McDonald

Talent Acquisition Specialist @ Amazon Web Services

Hollie, who has been with Amazon Web Services from 2016 as a Recruiter, has a Degree in Multimedia Computing and Design. That led her into a Software Development career building websites and managing key accounts whilst in Ireland. She relocated to Australia in 2014, with her love of technology this was a seamless transition into Technical Recruitment. 

Hollie has recently joined the Leadership recruitment team for APJC and previously recruited for Commercial Sales and Professional Services across ANZ. As part of the We Power Tech Diversity team, and Females in Tech Sales she is running a number of Diversity events across ANZ.

Miles Toomey

Business Manager @ Symes Group

Miles Toomey

Business Manager @ Symes Group

With over a decade of experience in global sales and business management, Miles brings a wealth of knowledge paired with strategic and innovative planning to the Symes Group. Qualifications and Experience include, BA Marketing and Management, University of Wellington, National Director and Sales Manager for Sealord Group, National Business Manager for Allied Mills & Sales and Marketing Consultant for 2me Solutions.

Ray Moukaddem

Senior Director of Marketing Cloud @ Salesforce

Ray Moukaddem

Senior Director of Marketing Cloud @ Salesforce

A results-oriented leader focused on innovation and using technology for customer success with proven outcomes in a fast-paced environment. 

Accomplished in building the Marketing Cloud practice with coverage from pre-sales, technical solutions, commercials to delivery and operational excellence. A strong people manager with a focus on multiplying the team and setting them up with the skills to ensure they have a bright career.  I recently filed a U.S. provisional patent application related to AI, emotions and personalisation. As well as received Salesforce manager mvp 2018 award.

Lina Sharii

Azure Stack Sales Strategy Lead, Asia @ Microsoft

Lina Sharii

Azure Stack Sales Strategy Lead, Asia @ Microsoft

Lina is a Sales Strategy Lead for Azure Networking and Azure Stack which are the two flagship Microsoft offering to support the customer digital transformation and provide the consistent cloud experience. For the last 3 years Lina has been leading partnership engagement and enablement initiatives for Asia Pacific Region which included analysing market tends and providing the insights back to the headquarter to drive new Microsoft businesses growth. Her role requires high levels of entrepreneurial and strategic thinking as she helps partners to define new growth directions in the fast changing industry of technologies and cloud services transformation.

Lindsay Lim

Principal Architect @ AKQA

Lindsay Lim

Principal Architect @ AKQA

Lindsay is a Principal Architect at AKQA. She has spent majority of her working life integrating front-end code with enterprise applications. She enjoys the battle of wrangling code and processes to make things work and working closely with other developers and designers to help them to achieve their vision! Lindsay loves to push the boundaries of what enterprise applications are capable of. 

Brona Kelly

Talent Acquisition Partner @ Sportsbet

Brona Kelly

Talent Acquisition Partner @ Sportsbet

Brona is the Talent Acquisition Partner at Sportsbet. Her role is focused on partnering with Sportsbet’s Technology leaders to attract and recruit talent who are right for the company now and into the future. She dedicates her time to fostering employee career development and recruiting a high calibre of diverse, talented and dedicated individuals. Determined to promote gender diversity and equality across all sectors at Sportsbet, Brona is committed to embedding inclusive practices into the organisation’s people systems, processes and policies. Prior to joining Sportsbet, Brona was the Senior Talent Acquisition Consultant at Odecee, A Cognizant Digital Business, where she worked to recruit across technology roles of development, DevOps, mobile development and test automation. 

Christy Forest

CEO & Executive Director @ LiveHire

Christy Forest

CEO & Executive Director @ LiveHire

With a strong interest in the transformational business model, Christy’s focus lies in changing the way all people find meaningful work. Best known for the drive for performance and collaboration and humanity in the workplace, Christy has more than 20 years of experience in leading high-growth talent and technology businesses.

As the Global Head of Member Services, and the first woman on CEB's Executive Committee, Christy developed a passion for delivering and scaling high-quality customer experiences worldwide. As the MD APAC for CEB, she pioneered new markets, products, and processes. Christy is passionate about creating the right avenues that encourage women to pursue a career in technology.

Dr. Michael Haywood

Founder & Growth Director @ LiveHire

Dr. Michael Haywood

Founder & Growth Director @ LiveHire

Dr Michael Haywood is Founder and Growth Director of LiveHire. A talent acquisition software platform that creates unique candidate experiences with the purpose of attracting high quality, diverse talent. Prior to founding LiveHire, Michael launched two technology start-ups with his respective co-founders.

Michael is passionate about scaling businesses in fast-paced, competitive industries, solutions that deliver real positive value in people's lives and technology that helps us evolve to a more personalised and connected world. Dr Haywood has completed a PhD in Engineering and a Bachelor of Commerce and Engineering, both from the University of Western Australia.

Ingrid Green

Editor @ Symes Group

Ingrid Green

Editor @ Symes Group

Ingrid combines two decades of experience in the media in both sales and editorial with an enthusiasm and curiosity borne out of her studies in psychology and anthropology.

She brings a calm and pragmatic approach to “getting things done” at Symes Group in her role supporting and developing client projects.

Paige Benedum

HR Transformation Lead – APJC @ AWS

Paige Benedum

HR Transformation Lead – APJC @ AWS

Paige is a lead for the HR Transformation program across AWS in Asia Pacific. With a background in psychology, she has diverse experience across human resources and talent acquisition where she has partnered with the business to identify and execute strategies to attract, develop and retain critical talent. She is passionate about HR optimization and designing the programs, processes and technology that allow HR to scale with rapid business growth and innovation.

Yvonne Butler

Managing Director @ The Information Source

Yvonne Butler

Managing Director @ The Information Source

Yvonne Butler is a thought leader in the strategy execution, governance and risk management. She is widely respected in the project management world for her unique combination of deep industry knowledge, consulting expertise and global management experience. 

Yvonne currently sits on a number of boards as a non-executive director, including being an External Board Member for the Department of Defence.  Prior to this she was the CEO of the Australian Institute of Project Management, which is the peak body for project management in Australia. With over 16,000 constituents, the AIPM is recognised by Australian business, industry and government as the key promoter, developer and leader in project management professionalism. Yvonne is passionate about seeing more women in senior executive and Board positions. She is a member of the UN Women National Committee Australia and a participant in the forthcoming OECD Asian Governance Round Table.  In her spare time she is currently writing a book on strategy execution.

Josette Allen

Talent Acquisition @ Amazon

Josette Allen

Talent Acquisition @ Amazon

Josette is a Talent Acquisition lead for the Retail and Marketplace teams in Australia for the recently launched Amazon.com.au. She partners with the business to identify and execute strategies to attract and secure talent both globally and locally. 

She is passionate about attracting the best talent to allow the business to expand and succeed, whilst also establishing and maintaining long term relationships, and assisting people achieve their career goals.

Adelina Ekechukwu

Manager @ Hays

Adelina Ekechukwu

Manager @ Hays

Adelina is a technical recruiter managing and growing the digital technology capabilities of Hays IT. Her key areas of technical expertise are: Digital Software & Mobile Application Development, Software Engineering, UX, UI, CX and Service Design, Data Science and Data Engineering 

Katie Lewis

Senior Consultant @ Hays

Katie Lewis

Senior Consultant @ Hays

Katie specialises in IT Operations & Support recruitment. Working with exceptional individuals and organisations, Katie aims to provide an honest and consultative service which as a result adds value to an organisation. 

Using the depth of her expertise, and market knowledge, Katie’s primary focus is to partner with candidates and clients ensuring each unique match results in individuals and companies flourishing. She bring a positive, upbeat, solution focused approach and enjoy working closely with my clients and candidates.

Melissa Halliday

Manager @ Hays

Melissa Halliday

Manager @ Hays

Melissa specialise in IT Operations & Support recruitment within Public Sector; across Local Councils, Not for Profit, Federal Government and Education. Working with exceptional individuals and organisations, Melissa aims to provide an honest and consultative service which as a result adds value to an organisation. 

Using the depth of my expertise, and market knowledge, Melissa’s primary focus is to partner with candidates and clients ensuring each unique match results in individuals and companies flourishing.

Michelle Redbourn

Senior Consultant @ Hays

Michelle Redbourn

Senior Consultant @ Hays

Michelle specialises in recruiting Software Developers across Microsoft Technologies, focusing on the .NETstack on both a contract and permanent basis, in all industries. Her main areas of focus are in .NET, ASP.NET, ADO.NET, C#, VB.NET, MVC, Entity Framework, TFS, LINQ, SQL Server, Azure, Sharepoint, Dynamics, SSRS, SSAS, SSIS.

Tali Friedman

Solutions Architect @ Elastic

Tali Friedman

Solutions Architect @ Elastic

Tali is an IT professional with 15 years of experience. She has hands on experience with software development lifecycle, DevOps, consulting and cyber security. She has worked with numerous customers in the region on optimising and securing their software development lifecycle and protecting sensitive data. In her current role she is helping customers to democratise data and  gain insights with the elastic stack. Tali holds a bachelor degree in Computer Science and Masters in Business Administration. Tali lives in Sydney with her family and pets.

Jessica Symes

CEO & Founder @ Symes Group

Jessica Symes

CEO & Founder @ Symes Group

Jessica Symes is the CEO and Founder of Symes Group. Symes Group’s focus is on leadership and people development that is grounded in the principals of creativity and coaching psychology. Jessica Symes holds a Masters of Applied Science – The Psychology of Coaching at Sydney University and holds a Bachelor of Communications from Charles Sturt University and a Graduate Diploma of Directing from The National Institute of Dramatic Arts – NIDA. Jessica is an accomplished speaker, coach and consultant in the spaces of leadership, the future of work, organisational culture, creativity and innovation.