Emerge 2021 is APSCo Australia’s inaugural full-day conference for recruitment industry leaders.

Join us in the heart of Sydney’s CBD at the stunning Mint to hear the insights and perspectives of experts, influencers, and peers across key topics impacting the recruitment industry.

Learn from leading IR specialists, independent legal advisers, in-house counsel, and business leaders around how best to navigate the complexities of looming legislative change, how D&I is closing the talent gap, as well as a frank look at the roles tech, media, and innovation play in successful talent attraction.

Combining lively panel discussions, audience Q&A and key presenters, the day will conclude with a networking cocktail event and a chance to put your hands together for our 2020 Award winners.



Emerge 2021 brings together a full day (8 hours) of executive-level learning for recruitment and professional staffing personnel.

Our presenters and panelists, all experts and leaders within their chosen discipline, will be addressing the issues and challenges facing recruitment and professional staffing leaders in 2021, and as identified by APSCo - legislation change and talent acquisition. Attendees will be encouraged to help shape the discussion throughout the Conference with ongoing Q&A.

A 2-hour complimentary cocktail evening following the Conference provides attendees with the opportunity to participate in our highly-anticipated return to networking.




Chief Executive Officer

Sirius People


Founder & CEO

Project F



Ready Set Recruit





Chief Executive Officer

Lightbox Communications

Debbie Davis has worked in the recruitment industry for the past 23 years. Having held senior leadership roles over the past 15 years, Debbie has always maintained a strong interest in keeping across current legislation, regulatory, and compliance matters to eliminate business risk as well as providing up-to-date advice to clients, candidates, and staff. Debbie leads multidisciplinary teams across Technology, Blue Collar, and Office Professionals.
Emma founded social impact business Project F to
improve gender-balance in technology teams and
leadership. Her career in people and talent spans over 25 years across global markets. Driven by purpose Emma is on a mission to change the culture of tech with Project F's gender-balance accreditation program; Program 50/50. Emma is also the Founder of not-for-profit tech community "Men Championing Change".
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.
Rhonda is CEO of mwah. Making Work Absolutely Human, Chair of the AHRI National D&I Advisory Panel, Patron for ASPECT (Autism Australia), and recognised as a game-changer in the future design of organisations, HR, leadership, and work.
Launched in 2017, mwah. is a determinedly optimistic ThinkTank about the future of work, a growing community, and a tech business changing the way we understand people and culture - designing a future of work that works for more of us.
Starting his recruitment marketing career in 1985 in the UK, Mike Beeley moved to Australia in 1989 and has spent the last 30+ years helping global and local organisations uncover and understand their EVP, and market their employment proposition to their target audiences through traditional and emerging media channels and technologies.


Director and Co-founder

The Ageing Revolution





Group Manager, ER/IR & WHS

The Adecco Group


Managing Partner

Sovereign Private


Senior Legal Associate 


Simon Lowe is co-founder of The Ageing Revolution and a strategic partnership and AgeTech expert. He is adept at systems change, user experience, and behaviour change theory, applying these approaches to innovative digital solutions that tackle systemic and individual issues.
 Simon’s roles include working as loyalty and partnership consultant for Talent International, helping to expand the Tech Savvy Seniors program with Telstra Australia, and creating the Age Friendly toolkit for Queensland Government.
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.
Tariq is an Employment Relations and Human Resources professional who has over 9 years of experience working for leading multinational companies. Tariq oversees the industrial relations and safety strategy for the Adecco Group in Australia. Tariq’s experience includes policy development and governance, contractor engagement and management, labour hire licencing, workplace disputes, Fair Work Commission and Ombudsman matters, enterprise bargaining/negotiation and WHS management and strategies. 
 Established in 2014, Sovereign Private is a firm that specialises in the provision of taxation, accounting services and M&A to the recruitment industry.
Up until June 2014, Paul was the Tax Leader and the National Leader of Clients & Markets at Deloitte Private. He was also the National Leader of the recruitment industry group.
Sovereign Private provides a one-stop shop for tax strategy; tax compliance; accounting services; and, M&A advisory and transaction support.
Will Marshall is a Senior Associate who works with George Haros on a raft of employment and industrial matters. The intensity and fast pace of employment law and industrial relations suit Will. He is driven by his love of industrial relations as well as his love for solving complex legal queries. He delivers advice to his clients in the short time periods frequently required in this area of law.


Principle Consultant - National Education and Training






Group Director of Employee Experience

Domain Group


NSW Key Account Manager



Talent Acquisition and Employer Branding professional


As the lead of Gallagher’s national education and training services, Brianna has been integral in developing and facilitating a range of bespoke workforce education projects and training courses which ultimately drive improved productivity, cultural, financial and most importantly people outcomes for organisations. Her projects balance best practice content with engagement and ensure that organisational collaboration and buy-in are at the centre of achieving results in areas such as mental health and wellbeing, injury management, safety, ageing workforce strategies, occupational violence and aggression and team dynamics.


Ian is the founding Director of Bidsmith, and a tendering and procurement specialist of over 16 years.
 He has a background as a Federal Government purchaser and as a private sector tendering specialist. As a purchaser, he has designed procurement processes to be robust and defensible. As a supplier, he has responded to over $20bn worth of procurement with Bidsmith clients. This experience extends to almost every industry and sector – worldwide.


Ros leads Employee Experience for the Domain Group and has deep experience working in media/tech as a human resources professional and employment relations specialist. Prior to joining Domain Group in May 2018, she was HR Director for Fairfax Media’s Australian Metro Publishing division.
 Ros has held several other HR roles at Fairfax, the CSIRO, and spent time volunteering in Samoa for the Public Service Commission as part of the Australian Youth Ambassadors for Development Program. 
Lee is the NSW Key Accounts Manager for the IT and Digital recruitment firm Peoplebank, prior to this Lee was the National Manager for Porterallen which was Peoplebank’s sister company. Lee has been working in the Peoplebank group since 2018 and within recruitment for nearly 6 years across both the Banking and IT industries. Lee’s current role is to continue to build on Peoplebanks strategy within NSW as well as supporting the Key Accounts Team from a National perspective. Lee’s Key Accounts team manages technology recruitment delivery for high profile brands within Banking, Telecommunications and Government. Lee’s previous experience to recruitment was within Investment Banking where he spent 11 years working for Deustche Bank, Royal Bank of Scotland and Credit Suisse.


Rowena spent over 15 years with the Emirates Group creating proactive recruiting strategies and delivering impactful talent attraction campaigns to over 60 markets globally. Partnering closely with TA, Marketing and IT, she looked for innovative, multi-channel opportunities to grow the hiring success of the diverse range of Emirates and dnata brands. A passionate employer brand professional, she is also experienced in designing effective and inclusive recruitment processes with the candidate at the centre.







Morning sponsored by:


9:00am - 9:10am

 APSCo Australia Managing Director's Welcome

 Lesley Horsburgh

9:10am - 9:15am

 APSCo Australia Chair Opening and Introductions

 Stephen Smith, Director, Sirius People

9:15am - 9:50am

How to win the race for clients and talent - and stay legally protected

If you’re in business, you’re in the legal game whether you like it or not.  Unfortunately, many agencies think they need to avoid the legal game to be successful. This means they accept lots of risk or, worse, ignore thinking about  risk at all. In this session, Martin is going to introduce you to his 3 step  formula to show you:

  • Why cut and paste legal documents are never a good idea, and even the best legal documents money can buy can be counter-productive.
  • How to simplify the rules of the legal game and positively impact your key relationships – clients, contractors, candidates, and consultants.
  • Why embedding the ‘legals’ in your sales process will impress clients and contractors, speed up sales, impact consultant wellbeing and keep you legally protected.
 Martin Richardson - Founder, Ready Set Recruit Legal
9:50am - 10:35am

Compliance Panel 

Featuring leading IR specialists, independent legal advisers, in-house counsel, and business leaders, this panel will discuss how to navigate the complexities of legislative change.

 Debbie Davis - CEO, Sirius People
 Tariq Nasri - Group Manager, ER/IR & WHS, The Adecco Group
 Paul Masters -  Managing Partner, Sovereign Private
 George Haros - Partner, Gadens

 Facilitated by Martin Richardson 


10.35am - 11:05am





Three high-value presentations delivered in short, sharp 20-minute sessions.


11:10am - 11:30am

Managing IR and risk

 William Marshall - Senior legal associate, Gadens

11:30am - 11:50am 

Work Health and Safety

 Brianna Cattanach - Principal Consultant - National Education and Training,   Gallagher

11:50am - 12:10pm

The key to winning tenders

 Ian Maas - Director, BidSmith

12:10pm - 12:30pm 

Audience Q&A
Your questions answered



12:30pm - 1:20pm 


Afternoon sponsored by:


1:20pm - 2:00pm

Challenging the norms of talent attraction

 Mike Beeley - CEO, Lightbox Communications

2:00pm - 2:45pm 

Diversity and Inclusion Panel

Following on from Mike Beeley's session on talent attraction, this panel will discuss how diversity and inclusion is closing the talent gap, and the opportunities in untapped talent pools from diverse workforces across mature aged workers, indigenous peoples, people with disability, and women in tech.

 Emma Jones - Founder and CEO, Project F

 Simon Lowe - Director and Co-Founder, The Ageing Revolution

 Lee Barnes - NSW Key Accounts Manager, Peoplebank

 Rowena Smith - Talent Acquisition and Employer Branding  professional

 Facilitated by Mike Beeley


2:45pm - 3:15pm 



3:20pm - 4:00pmPeople and culture in the workplace

 Rhonda Brighton-Hall, Co-Founder/CEO, mwah.

4:00pm - 4:45pm

Implementing a diverse workplace culture
A fireside chat with Ros Tregurtha of Domain Group

 Ros Tregurtha, Group Director of Employee Experience, Domain Group

 Rhonda Brighton-Hall, Co-Founder/CEO, mwah.


5:00pm - 7:00pm

Emerge 2021 Cocktail and networking
Featuring the presentation of the 2020 APSCo Awards winners




The Mint

10 Macquarie Street, Sydney, NSW, 2000

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Registration opens 8:30am for a 9:00am Conference commencement.

Cocktail networking commences at 5:00pm and concludes at 7:00pm.

On arrival, you will be asked to check-in using the Service NSW COVID Safe QR code. The details of attendees without a smartphone will be recorded on another device.On arrival, you will be asked to check-in using the Service NSW COVID Safe QR code. The details of attendees without a smartphone will be recorded on another device.

The Mint Entry, James Horan for Sydney Living  Museums