Our Team

Board of Directors

Richard Earl
Founder & Executive Chairman
Chris Gabriel
Non-Executive Director
Mark Nielsen
APAC CEO & Executive Director
Liz Earl
Non-Executive Director
Richard Earl
Founder & Executive Chairman
"Talent is continuing to go from strength to strength as we roll out new initiatives and offices globally. Our strategic growth plan is based on providing exceptional customer service that might surprise people beyond their best expectations. With a sound vision in place the next few years will see our business explode into new markets and revolutionise the recruitment and technology services industry."

Originally from Birmingham, England, Richard commenced professional life as a Software Developer in the UK working for financial institutions before moving to Perth, Australia in 1991. Richard founded Talent in 1995 in Perth before expanding to Sydney and the Eastern States in 2000. Richard now drives the global business strategy for Talent and is taking this global brand to new heights to establish Talent as one of the most pre-eminent and innovative brands across APAC and Europe.

Chris Gabriel
Non-Executive Director
"At Talent, we are about growth - redefining what it means to be a global IT Recruiter. We are passionate and unique - doing the extraordinary; delivering what matters to our Customers and Contractors; breaking new ground; continuously evolving; and making things real. We are innovative and adventurous - pushing the boundaries of new technologies and embarking on ambitious programs that transform lives and create history. Most importantly, we give back, celebrate success and have fun. For all of these reasons, I am extremely proud to be part of Team Talent."

Chris Gabriel has delivered extraordinary results in telecommunications and technology companies across five continents. His success arises from his inclusive leadership style, cross-cultural sensitivity, intuition for customer motivation, and a sense of humour that keeps everything in perspective. Chris is an angel investor active in the Australian start up community who holds various senior advisory roles in global investment funds as well as being chairman of Alive Mobile Group. Chris holds a Bachelor of Business (Finance), Bachelor of Laws and a Master of Business Administration (Marketing). He enjoys jazz music, cars and collecting art and wine.

Mark Nielsen
APAC CEO & Executive Director
"Talent is in a very exciting phase of its growth. This growth needs to be supported by world class systems and good governance which provide a strong platform for all Talent’s stakeholders to excel."

Mark is an internationally experienced CFO with 19 years experience. Mark has held Executive leadership roles with MNCs, turnarounds and start-ups and has worked around the world including Australia, South Africa, China, UK, and USA. Mark thrives on changing and high growth businesses.

Liz Earl
Non-Executive Director
"Talent provides a truly holistic offering. When I think back to 1995 when Talent was created I am excited to see that the company embodies it's original ethos - to foster and provide world-class opportunities for candidates and support clients as they transform their businesses."

Born and raised in Perth Western Australia, Liz now resides in Sydney. She is a Non Executive Director of Talent International and as a Graphic Artist Liz developed and helped position the Talent International brand in 1995.  Liz devotes most of her working time to aged care work and is an avid supporter of the Talent RISE program that aims to make a positive impact on the world’s marginalised youth.

 

Jon Butterfield
UK CEO & Non-Executive Director
Candace Kinser
Non-Executive Director
Jane Tewson
Non-Executive Director
Jon Butterfield
UK CEO & Non-Executive Director
"The UK is at the forefront of driving innovation and technology across the globe and at Talent we thrive on working in such a dynamic and competitive marketplace. In the UK our team is the best at what they do – without compromise - so we know that we deliver a service which continually delivers beyond expectation."

Jon has spent the last twenty-seven years in the IT Recruitment, in 2012 Jon was awarded with the Deloitte UK – “Future 1000 Award for Businesses Leading Wealth Creation”

Jon has founded and invested in two successful recruitment companies before joining Talent, and played a major role in growing those companies to become multi-national enterprises with over £100 million in annual revenue.

Candace Kinser
Non-Executive Director
"The world relies on tech talent as a source of innovation and revolutionary, disruptive ideas. Talent is well placed to to ensure the tech industry can fulfill its potential, to provide the best people with the right motivation to drive the world's best tech companies."

Candace is an experienced CEO, advisor and Director in the technology sector. She is the founder of the national Women Tech Execs group representing female executives in the industry in New Zealand and is passionate about encouraging women of all ages and backgrounds to pursue a career in technology. Candace acts as an advisor for Palantir Technologies and is also a non-executive director for NZX listed company ERoad. Previously, she was the CEO of NZTech, the tech sector’s representative group and prior to that, she was the CEO of Biomatters, a leading global scientific software company headquartered in New Zealand with subsidiary offices in the USA. Candace has been recognised as a “Top 10 Female CEO in New Zealand,” and is on the advisory boards for the University of Waikato Cyber Security Lab and Massey University School of Business, a Chapter Director for the Cloud Security Alliance and on the selection panel for the Government ICT Graduate School program.

Jane Tewson
Non-Executive Director

Jane is a passionate campaigner with a global reputation for inspiring individuals and organisations to work together for positive social change. To date Jane has founded five charities, all of which are flourishing today.  Jane is well known for her lateral thinking and creative initiatives including Comic Relief in the UK, better known as Red Nose Day which recently raised its billionth dollar, best-selling books including Dying to Know – bringing death to life and most recently jewellery made out of recycled landmines encouraging people to realize things are not always as they seem.

Jane is currently the Founder and Director of Igniting Change (formerly Pilotlight Australia), a purposely tiny organisation that ignites social change by combining the extraordinary lives of some of the world’s most influential leaders to those on the fringes doing it really tough. She has been recognised for her achievements, including being awarded a CBE in 1999 for innovation in charity, named as one of the top ten innovators in the UK by The Times Newspaper in 2001, and was the Ernst and Young Australian Social Entrepreneur of the Year in 2007.