Emerge 2022 marked the much-anticipated return of APSCo Australia's full-day, face-to-face conference for recruitment industry leaders and managers.

Held at the iconic Sydney Opera House, one of Australia's most culturally significant and inspiring spaces, Emerge 2022 brought diverse panels of experts and influencers, together from some of the world's leading organisations, and featured a robust lineup of honest and engaging conversations that delved deep into the complexities of hiring in today's unchartered waters.

We dived head-first into the state of the nation with an up-to-date economic outlook from Westpac's Besa Deda and explored this year's most pressing legislative issues, with our 'Legislation and what lies ahead' panellists. Some of recruitment's best-known faces challenged and explored our new world of work and shared stories of innovation, and new ways of working, plus robust conversations on Equity, Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging.

We concluded with some long-awaited networking drinks - overlooking Sydney's stunning harbour.


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Attendees can now view PowerPoint presentations from some of our key presenters.

To access the presentations, you must be logged in to the website. If you do not have log-in details for the APSCo Australia website, please contact Carly Fordred to arrange this for you.

Once logged in, the presentations can be found via the blue My Portal button on the top right hand side of the page.

Please navigate down the left-hand side to My Content > Event Resources.


Sydney Opera House


Major Sponsor, the Vincere team


APSCo Australia MD, Lesley Horsburgh


APSCo Australia Chair, Steve Smith


Mark Gilham, Vincere


Westpac Business Bank Chief Economist Besa Deda share her insights and predictions


Industry commentator, Ross Clennett.


EY's Maroun Elias shares the stage with the legislation panellists.


Martin Richardson of Ready Set Recruit Legal.


The 'Legislation and what lies ahead' panel.


George Haros, Partner at Gadens Lawyers.


Greg Savage takes the stage.


people2people's Mark Smith joined a panel of recruitment innovators.


Emily McLeod of WOW Recruitment.


Simon Hair of Precision Sourcing.


Simon Hammond, Chair at 50 Crates


Tim Watson brought music to Simon Hammond's Lectern Rock presentation.


The team from ZOOM Recruitment.


Make People Matter presentation.


The team from ZOOM Recruitment joined Simon on stage to discuss its Make People Matter social experiment.


Nick Kamper, CEO, Purpose Bureau


The Equity, Diveristy, Inclusion and Belonging panel, with DCA's Lisa Annese on the microphone.


Mark Nielsen, CEO of Talent.


Rani Nandan from PageGroup.


Stephanie Zuniga-Maher from Canva.


Gallagher's Brianna Cattanach and Danielle Johnson from Sirius People.


Colin Cuthbert from cocktail sponsor, Ayers group.






Attendees enjoyed networking drinks to conclude the day.








Chief Economist

Westpac Business Bank


High-performance recruitment coach and recruitment industry blogger and commentator. 




Ready Set Recruit Legal


Partner - Employment Law


Besa Deda is the Chief Economist of the Westpac Business Bank. She is also the Chief Economist of St.George Bank, Bank of Melbourne, and BankSA – which are regional banks within the Westpac Group.

Besa has been with the Group as a Chief Economist since 2009. As the Bank’s economic spokesperson, Besa is responsible for research on the economy and financial markets.

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Over his fifteen years as an agency recruiter and leader Ross worked in London, Sydney, Adelaide, and Melbourne. 

Since 2003 Ross has run his
own business, RossClennett.com, providing a range of services to the recruitment industry in Australia and New Zealand, predominantly high-performance coaching in addition to online recruitment and leadership programs.

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Martin Richardson draws on his hands-on industry experience running the Adecco legal team to help agencies all over Australia.

He has plenty of war stories, and he's seen all the things that (should) keep you up at night. But he's also delivered real success and results to agencies everywhere because he goes beyond 'magic pills' and generic legal documents and advice, to get to what matters to agencies, and why.
George Haros is a leading employment and industrial relations lawyer. He has significant experience advising clients concerning a range of employment and industrial relations matters, including Fair Work Commission (FWC) matters, Federal Court matters, equal opportunity, restraint of trade, bullying and harassment, discrimination, workplace investigations, and workers' compensation. George offers industry-specific knowledge in areas including labour-hire, recruitment, and professional services.


Advisor, consultant, mentor, investor and trainer to the recruitment, staffing, professional services, and social media sectors.


Co-Founder and Director

WOW Recruitment


Managing Director

Precision Sourcing


Group Managing Director


Greg started his career in Executive Search in Australia before managing the London office of the United Kingdom's largest accounting recruiter for two years. Then, in the early '80s, he returned to Australia to run the Sydney office of Accountancy Placements (now the Hays Group), where he joined the Board of Directors at age 27.
Greg founded Recruitment Solutions in 1987 and rapidly built the start-up across Australia and New Zealand, culminating in its successful listing on the Australian Stock Exchange, with Greg as both Executive Director and COO.  

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Emily is the co-founder and director of WOW Recruitment, a Sydney-based consultancy operating across
sales, marketing, digital, and business support.

In five short and eventful years, (punctuated by a pandemic) Emily and her team have won the trust of some of Australia’s most recognisable brands, recruiting at some serious scale whilst retaining a commitment to WOW’s founding principle – to make clients, candidates, and recruiters happy.
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Simon is the Managing Director of the award-winning recruitment business Precision Sourcing

Starting his recruitment career 22 years ago in London working for some of Europe’s largest corporate staffing businesses Simon moved to Sydney in 2009 with the goal of establishing Precision Sourcing as Australia’s stand-out recruitment experts in SAP, Data and Project Services.

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 Recruitment is a lifelong passion. After practicing for a few years as a qualified accountant, Mark decided to make the switch to the recruitment industry in 1994, where he recruited and managed teams for two listed recruitment entities in Sydney, Brisbane, and London.

In February 2005, Mark, alongside, Manda Milling, Simon Gressier, and Greg Savage founded people2people. They believed there was a gap in the market for an agency that values long-term relationships.

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The Diversity Council of Australia


Diversity & Inclusion Director APAC



Global CEO

Talent International 


Senior Manager, Global Immigration

Ernst & Young

Lisa Annese has been the Chief Executive Officer of Diversity Council Australia since 2014. In this role, she leads debate on diversity and inclusion in the public arena.

Under her leadership, DCA delivers innovative diversity practice resources for Australian businesses and supports in them improving their inclusion capability.

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With more than 15 years experience working across retail, contact centre, and sales environments as an HR leader, Rani Nandan has a passion for diversity, inclusion, and HR business partnering. 

Since joining PageGroup in 2015, Rani has been the driving force behind progress in diversity and inclusion for the Australian business. 

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Mark Nielsen is the Global Chief Executive Officer of Talent International.

Over a career spanning more than 25 years, Mark has held C-level roles across start-ups, turnarounds and multinational corporations. This experience included organisations in Australia, South Africa, China, the United Kingdom, and the USA, and across the recruitment, technology, resources, retail and medical device sectors.

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Maroun specialises in cross-border talent management.

Collaborating with organisations across a myriad of industries and sectors, Maroun incorporates workforce planning and talent acquisition strategies to develop mobility solutions, with an entrenched focus on immigration requirements.

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Partner, Labour & Employment Practice Group

Squire Patton Boggs



50 Crates



Purpose Bureau


Diversity and Inclusion Talent Partner


Nicola Martin is a partner in the Labour & Employment Practice Group. She is a highly regarded lawyer with two decades’ experience advising clients on the full spectrum of employment relations, industrial relations and human resources matters.

Nicola’s focus is on how she can best support her clients in their strategic objectives, while navigating a heavily regulated environment. She is not only reactive to their issues, but also particularly enjoys rolling out proactive training to boards, management, HR teams and employees on employment issues. 
For over 30 years Adj. Professor Simon Hammond has consistently defined the real drivers of social change and consumer behaviour.  
At his heart, Hammond is a cultural anthropologist, stemming from his earliest training as an investigative journalist, to the last 30 years of making sense of modern consumerism, branding and customer connection.
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Nick Kamper is the Chief Executive of Purpose Bureau, Australia’s largest ESG business bureau.

Frequently covered in international and national media, Purpose Bureau’s novel intelligence on every business in Australia is used by policymakers, corporates, and fintechs to better understand the stakeholder economy.


With over 15 years of experience in Technology Recruitment,  Talent Acquisition, and Talent Attraction, Stephanie is passionate about building diverse teams, celebrating differences and helping to build cultures where people can bring their whole selves to work.
Prior to moving into her current role as a Talent Inclusion Partner, Stephanie worked across many roles in the Australian Recruitment Industry.  

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9:00am - 9:05am

 APSCo Australia Managing Director's Welcome

 Lesley Horsburgh, Managing Director, APSCo Australia

9:05am - 9:10am

 APSCo Australia Chair Opening and Introductions

 Stephen Smith, Director, Sirius People

9:10am - 9:15am  From our Major Sponsor

 Mark Gilham, Engagement Director APAC, Vincere

9:15am - 10:00am

Opening Keynote: Economic Outlook 2022 and beyond

 Besa DedaChief Economist, Westpac Business Bank
10:00am - 10:30am

Presenter Ross Clennet takes a deep dive into the challenges of the industry

 Ross Clennett, High-performance recruitment coach and recruitment industry blogger and commentator, RossClennett.com


10.30am - 10:50am


Sponsored by SEEK


10:50am - 11:30am

Legislation and what lies ahead.

Hear the experts discuss the current legislative challenges that face the professional recruitment industry as workplaces navigate an evolving backdrop of hybrid models and changes in regulation, compliance and Immigration. 


Facilitated by Ross Clennett

Nicola Martin, Partner, Labour & Employment Practice Group, Squire Patton Boggs

George Haros, Partner - Employment Law, Gadens

Martin Richardson, Founder, Ready Set Recruit Legal

Maroun Elias, Senior Manager, Global Immigration, Ernst & Young

11:30am - 11:45am

Audience Q&A with Ross and the Panel


11.45am - 12.10pm 

Presentation from Greg Savage

Greg Savage, Advisor, consultant, mentor, investor and trainer to the recruitment, staffing, professional services, and social media sectors.
12:010pm - 12:55pm 

There's few people who can boast decades of leadership and influence in the recruitment profession quite like Greg Savage. So who better to dig into the details behind 3 very different businesses - all responding to changing market conditions with some fascinating approaches.


Facilitated by Greg Savage

Mark Smith, Managing Director, people2people

Simon Hair, Managing Director, Precision Sourcing

Emily Mcleod, Co-founder, and Director of WOW Recruitment


12:55pm - 1:40pm 


Sponsored by SEEK

1:40pm - 2:40pm

Lectern Rock

 Simon Hammond, Chairman, 50 Crates

2:40pm - 3:10pm 

Simon and his special guests discuss the social experiment that helped unsuspecting recruiters understand what it really means to Make People Matter.

 Simon Hammond and special guests

2:50pm - 3:10pm

Audience Q&A with Simon and special guests



3:10pm - 3:30pm 


Sponsored by SEEK


3:30 - 3:50pm



Nick Kamper Presentation


Nick Kamper, CEO, Purpose Bureau

3:50pm - 4:35pm

Equity, Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging -  A Panel discussion 

This facilitated panel discussion will explore what’s happening within recruitment firms that have implemented D&I initiatives, what impact it’s having, and the lessons learned. It will also dive into how clients are approaching D&I in their hiring and how has EDI&B has evolved since the beginning of the COVID pandemic.

Facilitated by Nick Kamper, CEO, Purpose Bureau

Rani Nandan, Diversity & Inclusion Director APAC, PageGroup

Lisa Annese, CEO, The Diversity Council of Australia

Mark Nielsen, Global CEO, Talent International

Stephanie Zuniga-Maher, Diversity and Inclusion Talent Partner, Canva

4:40pm - 5:00pm

Brianna Cattanach and Danielle Johnson – fireside chat



5:00pm - 8:00pm

Emerge 2022 Cocktail Evening

Proudly sponsored by The Ayers Group




To express your interest in Emerge sponsorship, please contact Carly Fordred at APSCo Australia.

Opportunities are exclusive and limited. Get in touch with Carly today.

Carly Fordred
Marketing and Communications Manager
Email: carly@apscoau.org