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.
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.
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.
Douglas has over 15 years of professional experience and investment banking experience advising a diverse range of clients on over US$100 billion of completed mergers and acquisitions transactions in Australia & New Zealand, North America, Europe, North Asia and South East Asia. Prior to founding Quintet Partners, Douglas was Head of Mergers & Acquisitions and Real Estate Investment Banking for Citigroup in Australia & New Zealand. Douglas worked in investment banking roles at Lehman Brothers, Nomura Holdings, Citigroup and Deutsche Bank AG in Hong Kong and Australia. Before his career in investment banking, Douglas was an insolvency practitioner in Sydney, having qualified as a Chartered Accountant (ICAA). He received B Commerce (Accounting) and B Applied Finance degrees from Macquarie University and attended Sydney Grammar School.
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 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.