General Manager - People Solutions
How did you get here? Describe your career history and background that led you to your role at HorizonOne
I grew up in Canberra but spent many years living and working in Sydney. When my twin girls were 10, we moved back to Canberra, and I took a year off to study and focus on my daughters.
When I was ready to return to work, I went into a recruitment agency, Hays, to talk about what was next for my career, and they offered me a job working with them internally. My recruitment career started on the government administration desk, although I quickly progressed and established the policy and strategy desk within a year. During that period, I was the top biller for Hays APAC, which is quite an achievement.
I also progressed to manage all the corporate teams in the Canberra office before being asked to do something similar for the Hong Kong office. So, I packed up and moved to Hong Kong for two years. It was a big decision for my family as it meant a long-distance relationship with my husband and daughters. However, my girls had just completed year 12 and were in their gap years and ended up spending quite a bit of time in HK. Thankfully, it turned out to be a great decision and was a fantastic experience, both personally and professionally.
After two years in HK, I returned to Australia, where I moved into Hays Talent Solutions (HTS), managing several ANZ high volume outsourced recruitment solutions. Moving to HTS was also a good decision as it helped me develop a deep understanding of the strategic organisational objectives of talent acquisition.
By the end of 2020, Canberra was calling us home. I reconnected with Simon Cox, who I’d known for many years. The GM of People Solutions role we discussed within HorizonOne felt like the perfect opportunity to leverage my skills and experience in the Canberra market, so I eagerly accepted the role.
What attracted you to join HorizonOne?
There were several things.
It was an opportunity for me to leverage my skills, which aligned quite well with the strategic objectives for the People Solutions team. It was exciting for me to join an already excellent and well-established business with a renewed focus on growth and additional service opportunities.
I also appreciated and connected with the values of HorizonOne and the focus on the Canberra community. Plus, the idea of being back “amongst it” in Braddon was the icing on top.
What are you hoping to achieve for you and your team in the next 12 months?
I’m looking forward to a lot of things. We’re clearly defining our service offerings so we can better articulate the innovative solutions we provide to clients and having a more substantial brand presence for the existing Scribing and Campaigns, now People Solutions, team in the market. Our team will be continuing to contribute to the overall growth of H1 and, of course, continuing to provide exceptional and innovative service solutions!
What would you say is different about HorizonOne’s approach to business and recruitment solutions?
The people here have a genuine passion and care for delivering recruitment services at the highest level. It’s a true consulting environment for both clients and candidates. We genuinely align people with their goals and provide clients with innovative solutions
There’s also something inspiring in having the directors connected, engaged, and invested in the business. It’s a people-first culture and approach that shapes the way we work at H1.
Who is the biggest stirrer in the office? Give us a good example?
Simon Cox… although I wouldn’t say he’s a stirrer, that’s not the right word. Maybe… agitator. He likes to have an opposing view and challenges the norm.
In a more entertaining sense of the word, it’s probably Madeline Quinn. Mads has a great, very wry sense of humour.
Actually, can I say the animals? Often, they cause a good stir. Dogs, cats, birds, people. H1 is a very inclusive environment.
Outside of work I love to…
I love to see my daughters. One lives in Sydney, and the other lives in Dubbo, so I have a city mouse and a country mouse. I also love to spend time with friends and family!
I enjoy exercising; there’s nothing like a good long walk on the weekend – Canberra is perfect for this.
I recently got back into crochet too. I like making beanies for the family – getting better with each one!